Vergel and Kristine
Vergel and I got engaged in October last year. He told me he had been quite nervous trying to plan how to do it especially because I’m not really into big romantic gestures. It was particularly hard to hide the ring from me because we live together, so apparently the poor thing took the ring with him everywhere for almost one month – to work, to the gym, to the basketball courts.. everywhere! Vergel ended up taking the traditional route and coming over to my family’s home with his parents and proposed to me in front of my family.
We both have large families (being both Filipino.. of course we do!) and various circles of friends. So we decided to have a big engagement celebration and, thinking ahead, opted to hold a smaller wedding overseas. We decided on a cocktail party just before Christmas and held it at the clubhouse at Twin Creek’s Golf and Country Club. This absolutely beautiful venue is located in a scenic semi-rural area near my parent’s home and where I had attended high school, so being in the area really brought back a lot of memories for me (like skipping classes and hiding out in the bush!).
The photography was the work of my uncle, aunt, cousin and Vergel’s brother – all talented photographers who were more than happy to help us save on a professional and they were confident they could do an equally good job. I think they definitely did!
We had about 150 guests made up of our huge families and all of our close friends who came to celebrate with us. Everyone looked amazing! The dress code we had chosen was ‘summer cocktail’ which actually provided plenty of amusing confusion amongst lots of the guests prior to the party: ‘shorts?’, ‘pants?’, ‘half shorts and half pants?’, ‘cocktail.. but summery?’, ‘hawaiian shirts!’. On the day, however, everyone really made an effort to interpret it into their own style and they really owned it!
The weather had been horrible during the week, but in the afternoon before the party began, the sun came out and really got everyone in the mood to party. The sunset over the golf course was simply stunning. Throughout the night, we had a fabulous soul band that Vergel had organised, entertaining everyone with awesome music. The band was one of things Vergel and I were most looking forward to!
The country club catered for the event with canapes and platters, whilst Buttercream Bakery, based in Sydney, catered for the delicious desserts of cupcakes, cake pops, a cake, and a candy bar. I had a mix of red velvet, vanilla, and banana cupcakes and ordered 300 (yes, 300) choc-mud cake pops. I collaborated with the amazing head baker Kat to turn my visions into reality! The cake, cupcake spread, and candy bar provided the main decorative centrepiece in the room as her baking designs are so gorgeous I felt that we didn’t need to add much more. She beautifully hand-crafts every piece of candy decoration that goes on the cakes to create gorgeous food-art!
I asked the bakery to be subtle with the ‘love’ concept so we chose to go for a summer theme instead of a valentine-esque one. Our theme was yellow, white and grey which started on the invitations and carried over to the party. Everyone was really impressed with the styling and even more impressed with how delicious the desserts were (people just couldn’t wait for the candy bar to open and were in anticipation for the cupcakes)! It really added that special touch to our celebration and Vergel and I are so grateful to the amazing Buttercream Bakery team!
During the afternoon, we had a special moment where Vergel presented flowers to my grandmother and I presented a bouquet to his – we wanted to take the chance to thank these two great women who have helped raise the both of us. We also got one of our bridesmaids and groomsmen to say a small toast each. They really enjoyed the opportunity and said some touching and hilarious things about us!
Vergel and I had such a fun time and were really overwhelmed by the support that our family and friends showed us. A few people joked with us that it felt like a wedding! Funnily enough it was just what we had wanted – we had envisioned a special celebration, giving us the opportunity to get everyone together, before we tied the knot in a smaller event. Vergel and I are getting married in Boracay Island, Philippines in December of this year and we cannot wait!
Images by Kristine’s uncle, aunt, cousin and Vergel’s brother.
Ms Gingham says: Yellow, grey and white is such a beautiful, classic colour combination! Styled beautifully here. I love this big, beautiful engagement. It really leaves the door open for an intimate location wedding without feeling like you’ve missed out on celebrating with those that can’t make it.
Kristine describes herself as: “About to get married to my lover!”