When we started The Wedding Scoop just 4 months ago we never realised we’d received such a strong readership from outside of Singapore. It’s wonderful to have so much support from abroad! Yul and Iya’s wedding in the Philippines is a beautiful blend of tradition and modernity and we know you’ll be inspired by their love, vintage travel theme and creative DIY details.
Yul and Iya both work in Singapore but their love story has its roots in the Philippines. They started out as colleagues and even though their desks faced one another, they never actually spoke. Everything changed one day however when an assignment needed to be completed. Yul and Iya added each other’s Yahoo email addresses into their work accounts and their relationship sprang from there.
Iya recounts that Yul’s proposal came unexpectedly.
“We planned a trip to Indonesia to relax for a few days. Little did I know that he had already talked to my parents and asked them for my hand in marriage. My parents liked Yul from the very start so he easily got their approval! After a day’s tour while relaxing at the hotel, Yul gave me the most beautiful present a lady could ever ask for…and I gladly accepted!”
Even though they were both in Singapore, Yul and Iya still had a very hands-on approach to all aspects of their wedding planning in the Philippines. The theme of their wedding was “Vintage Travel” and their colour palette was a mix of their favourite hues – pale dark blue and coral. The talented groom stretched his designs fingers and was responsible for many of the wedding’s details including the photo booth layout, church booklets, menu cards, wax sealed invitations, table numbers, giveaway tags and cake design. Not wanting to be left out, the bride also DIYed her shoe design, signs for the photo booth, candles for the ceremony, matches and unity candles.
In keeping with tradition, Iya had the traditional "father/daughter" dance just before her first dance with Yul. She also ensured that on her special day, she had something blue (her garter), something old (the vintage bridal car), something new (her shoes) and something borrowed (her tiara). The tiara itself is a family heirloom that is passed down to the women in the family who are getting married.
Yul and Iya’s advice to couples planning their wedding?
“Start planning as early as possible so that you will be able to book the vendors that you like. DIY some stuff to save money but of course, do this as early as possible so you will have enough time to relax before your big day. Also remember to expect the unexpected as there will always be some glitches here and there that can’t be avoided so don’t let them disappoint you.”
Congratulations Yul and Iya!
Photography and Videography: BlackTie Project
Venues: St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Pasay Phillipines and Atrium at The Enderun Colleges Taguig
Wedding Dress: Celerina Durante
Hotel Preparations: Marriott Hotel Pasay
Hair and Makeup: Edwin Esurda
Wedding Rings: Meyson and Citigems Singapore
Cake: Joy San Gabriel
Bridal Car: JCA Bridal Cars
Wedding Styling and Fireworks: Chasing Dreams
Flowers: Staging Inspirations
Emcee: Max Tiu