This is not really a travel post but I am writing this anyway in case there’s someone out there who is dreaming of a Baguio wedding but does not know how to pull it off or where to start. Besides, we can argue that weddings (or marriage, for that matter) are pretty much like travels. Think of it as a journey and destination and you get the picture.
But really, I am just too happy to have witnessed a solemn and cool wedding where it felt like all the guests were just attending a dear friend’s birthday celebration. That’s how fun and laid-back it was.
I was supposed to travel to Iloilo for Dinagyang but decided against going anyway because, well, Dinagyang’s going to happen every year. My friend S’s wedding was a special event that I shouldn’t miss for the world.
S and I became friends when I started teaching in UP Baguio in 2006 and really got close to her when I took my M.A in Diliman. We were neighbors in UP Village. I remember there was a time when my official papers in UP Baguio weren’t processed yet, delaying my stipend for almost two months, and she’d cooked for me. Her boyfriend (now, her husband) was Kuya G, my classmate in Nat Sci 1 in UP Baguio way back in 1999.
I have always known them to be a really cool couple. How the wedding celebration turned out to be extremely exciting and magical that Sunday night did not surprise me (and everyone else in attendance, I guess).
It was the kind of merrymaking that you’d expect from such a dandy couple.
Everything was just perfect that day – the location, the weather, the food, the mood! Location is crucial for celebrations like this and Frangeli House, in Bakakeng Norte, was really a befitting choice for the garden wedding.
The place has two well-manicured gardens that remind you of a foreign landscape (but hey, Pinoy Pride alert, it’s the Philippines!). The wedding ceremony took place in a garden in front of the house.
Kuya G, with his adorable brand of humor, set the mood of the wedding. He was looking more than dashing in his suit!
S was, of course, glowing during her wedding march. That radiance was unmistakable even when she appeared nervous (out of excitement, obviously!) at some point.
My favorite part of the wedding, aside from their vows and their messages to their parents, was when S was just some inches away from Kuya Gelo and she was like dancing to a special beat that only she and Kuya G knew about.
The wedding ceremony was straight to the point and meaningful. It was sincere. There wasn’t a time that I got bored. Believe me, some weddings have become boring these days, what with all the ‘highly-budgeted’ props and gimmickry.
Theirs was a no-frills wedding.
It wasn’t stiff or pretentious.
Everyone was just really having a good time, including the groom’s father, who sat on the grass, in front of the couple, as he filmed the ceremony.
Everybody was there to enjoy S and Kuya G’s moment.
Their wedding also served as a mini-reunion for most guests, including us.
Together with S, I dare say that we were one of the chicest(!) junior faculty members of UP Baguio before some of us decided to venture out to different careers. T, the one with the roaring cleavage (hehe), is now with ABS-CBN, while D is back in NUS to finish her PhD.
It was also an opportunity to bond with some more friends and acquaintances.
Frangeli House was a key factor to the wedding’s success. While we waited for the reception to start, we lounged out at the living area as we munched on some finger food. Frangeli is a swanky house that does not intimidate.
The reception was set up in a garden behind the house. It was lovely! And the nippy weather was just perfect for the occasion.
I like the table setting because it obviously allowed us to chat with one another. It was simple but dramatic. None of those laboriously made center pieces that I see in some weddings that just hinder guests from conversing with one another.
And I love the mismatched chairs!
Again, I cannot reiterate how much everyone got a kick out of S and Kuya G’s wedding.
Sadly, I had to leave early because of another engagement but I heard everyone had a grand time until the wee hours of the morning.
I am glad to be part of this significant time in their life and I will be very happy to witness their marriage grow in love. Already, I am looking forward to more celebrations with the couple, and their kids!
Congrats S and Kuya G! You obviously rocked your day and you gave us a stylish wedding to remember.
And thank you S for the gift of friendship, I appreciate it. 🙂
- All photographs courtesy of A. Arellano. Taken with a Sony RX100 camera.