Call me a nuptial Grinch, but I sometimes get tired of the all the cliché elements that have turned weddings into a competitive nightmare. It was so refreshing to attend a wedding that did not give in to commercialism.
The couple opted not to do a prenuptial fashion shoot. They did not hire a videographer—only a small team of photographers, who, thank goodness, not once uttered “O wacky naman!” throughout the event.
“It’s best to just recall the wedding from your memory,” Pao said when I asked why he didn’t want videos. “It’s not like we’re going to watch the video after the wedding. We don’t really like watching videos of ourselves,” he joked. “What?! No same-day edit with a Christina Perri background song? Unthinkable!” I joked back.
There were no forced parlor games for the singles, no photo booths with dirty and overused clown wigs, no generic wedding host with tired catchphrases like, “Ladies and gentlemen, at this point…” and no videographers dictating when, where, and how the guests should react for the camera. Best of the all, nobody starved.
From the start, I knew this was going to be a laid-back wedding. I laughed when I heard the groom asking his guests if they knew where his black Barong was minutes before the ceremony, and when the photographers could not get the entire entourage to sit still and pose for standard photos en route to the reception. I even heard the bride tell her photographers, “It’s okay; Let them be!” and not to fuss about getting all the shots.
The theme was also one for the books. I would describe it as gothic with a touch of boho, which is a representation of the couple’s sense of style. Pao and Marionne didn’t actually have a theme in mind when they started planning. All they knew is that they didn’t want bright colors, so they chose a gray color scheme. The rest of the details just fell into place weeks leading to the wedding date.
Scroll down to see how that memorable day unfolded. Congratulations to my beloved vampires!