A Luxe Filipiniana Dinner Party

August 24, 2011

A few weeks ago I hosted a bridal dinner party for my good friend Jackielyn. Inspired by her (and my own) heritage, I challenged myself to design something fresh - aka a style you haven't seen in any design blogs. "Luxe Filipiniana" is my interpretation of  the glamorous side of Filipino style. It's a modern blend of Spanish opulence and rustic charm. 


Most people think of coconuts and beautiful beaches when they think of the Philippines. I wanted to emphasize the more glamorous side of our culture. We're also known for our amazing hand crafted goods, natural resources, and (thanks to over 300 years of Spanish occupation) we have a very rich eclectic style that's evident in architecture, fashion, and art. I tried to translate this style with the use of gilded embossed paper that evokes meticulously carved art and furniture, wood grain card stock, crocheted lace, intricate "doily" edging, and some "capiz" accents.

View my previous post on these print goods

I love the capiz chandelier and vintage mirrors at Intramuros! The Filipino restaurant lent the perfect backdrop to our theme. 
I kept the flowers modern and understated - I used bougainvillea in a burnt orange hue, set in crystal cubes. It was unexpected and fresh! Popular local flowers in the Philippines are orchids, hibiscus, and jasmine. But for some reason I always think of home when I see Bougainvillea - lots of Filipino homes have large trellises or walls fully cloaked in them. 
The Food
Chef Cocoy whipped up some ahh-mazing dishes for the party! For starters, everyone was served a refreshing summer salad of mangoes, shrimp, and tomatoes. Dinner consisted of hearty traditional Filipino "comfort food" dishes. And for the grande finale - dessert, we had "Bibingka" souffle (a more fancy version of a popular rice cake), "turon ala mode" (deep fried phyllo-wrapped bananas), and a little buffet of cupcakes (tropical flavors), mango bars, and silvanas (a buttercream and cashew wafer pastry).

I had a blast putting this event together and designing the details! It was great digging back into my roots and learning how to translate my heritage into something chic, fresh, and inspiring.

Jackie & AJ: Modern In Yellow & Gray

August 15, 2011

I designed some simple centerpieces and print goods for Jackie and AJ's wedding reception in San Diego. For the flowers, I combined bright pops of yellow and lime - tulips, craspedia, hydrangea, bells of Ireland, and dianthus balls in white glass cylinders. For each table, I created a 3-in-1 mini booklet that served as the table number, menu card, and guest book. The escort cards coordinated with the booklet design and features two styles- a graphic floral and a lattice pattern. 

Photos: By my hubby of course - Jeremy Brady

Jackielyn & AJ: Personal Flowers

Over the weekend two of my most favorite people got married in San Diego! Jackielyn and AJ are part of our extended family- and one of the sweetest couples I know. They're truly a perfect match in every way possible.  I am so honored to have shared their special day with them. They had a wonderful ceremony at the USD Immaculata church, followed by a delicious dinner at their favorite restaurant- Pearl. I created some simple florals and print goods for their wedding. Here are the personal flowers I whipped up (all in the comforts of a hotel room):
Bride's bouquet
Groom & groomsmen boutonnieres

Once in a while I am lucky enough to work with couples that enjoy something a little more out-of-the-box with regards to design. Jackielyn is super stylish, so I wanted her bridal party to carry special florals that complement her fashion-forward personality. For the ladies in the entourage, I came up with fresh floral clutches:
Bridal clutch
Bridesmaid's clutches

The bridesmaids wore gorgeous dresses in a golden yellow hue. The silver-gray clutches adorned with white and purple tulips, and yellow craspedia (billy balls) really pulled the entire look together. The great thing about these are they are chic, functional and re-usable. I designed them in a way that the flowers can be removed and the purse can be used again. The ladies appreciated how they didn't have to worry about where to stash their essentials!
After the wedding, Jackielyn carried her own bridal clutch in a champagne hue, adorned with cream roses. More amazing photos of this wedding coming soon!

Photos: Jeremy Brady