Today’s real wedding of Celine and Jerry literally made us swoon so badly when we first got the email. Photographer’s Jei and Gaile from Wanderlust Creatives will totally blow you away with this stunning, family affair wedding. We just can’t get enough of the colours, the styling and the gorgeous couple. The couple have mixed in many of their family traditions and the heritage and love from both families shines through. Celine and Jerry are big music lovers so watch out for all the little musical details! This is such a unique wedding and so beautifully thought out and put together. We’ll let the lovely couple tell all…
CELINE + JERRY’S STORY
We actually met when I (Celine) was a student volunteer at a health fair at my school, and Jerry was there as a volunteer from the laboratory. He had offered to cook me steak but I was not available/interested at that time so I said no. After I graduated, I ended up working with him on the same shift. We had so much fun working together (mostly from pranking each other >_<) and we went to get the long-awaited steak.
THE DRESSES + ACCESSORIES
I was originally going for a more flowy, boho look but found that the shape of this dress was more flattering. I loved the lace detail and the buttons on the back of the dress. The dress is by Galina, from David’s Bridal. The veil, belt and lace bolero are all also from David’s Bridal.
Jerry wore a barong tagalog – a traditional embroidered formal shirt from the Philippines. His trousers and shoes were from Macy’s. The best man chose his own suit after being given details of the theme.
THE BRIDESMAIDS + FLOWER GIRL + PAGE BOYS
The bridesmaids had free reign and were allowed to pick any grey dresses! The flower girl wore an outfit picked by her parents – something appropriate that she could still use for another occasion. For the ring and bible guards we asked their parents to dress them like they were our security detail. They love Nerf guns and the two brothers asked if they can bring them and we said yes 🙂
The wedding flowers were chosen by the bride and her parents. The bridal bouquet was arranged by the bride and her aunt and included ecuadorian rose, ranunculus, limonium, dusty miller, anemone and music flowers. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were arranged by each bridesmaid and the wedding table flowers were arranged by the bride’s aunt.
THE HAIR + MAKEUP
Myself and my cousin Olivia did the hair! We had some leftover fillers from making the bouquet the night before and Olivia was inspired to weave it in the fishtail braid. My makeup artist was Nicole Tena.
THE CAKES, THEME + STYLING
The dessert bar was from bakeries all over San Juan Capistrano as well as from Porto’s Bakery. We picked red and gray for our colors with a touch of musical notes and the rest of the decor was inspired by the venue. We wanted to go with colors that would go along with the natural beauty of the venue and we are both music lovers, so we HAD to have music infused there somewhere. Most of the decor was handmade by the bride’s family. The bride’s dad loves woodworking and made the arch, the crates, the wheels. The bride’s mom and sisters made the centerpieces.
We went with a shortened traditional ceremony and we recited our own personal vows to each other.
STATIONERY + FAVOURS
The invites were from paperlesspost.com. The place cards and wedding programmes were created by the bride using stock paper.
The favours were sandalwood wedding fans, which the bride’s dad engraved with the bride and groom’s first names and date of the wedding. It originally came with a flimsy, white tassel but the bride’s dad and groom changed it up to a silver/gray tassel with a wooden bead.
El Adobe de Capistrano. We loved the Spanish-style setting, how close it is to the beach but what really sold us was the ceiling that opens. The event manager offered to have it opened for our first dance for a more romantic effect.
THE ETHICAL BIT
Almost all of the decor was created by the couple and the bride’s family and were re-purposed afterwards. The only thing we bought was a birdcage from Ikea, which we had used as a card holder and is now in the couples’ home as meaningful home decor, a reminder of the wedding day.
THE FIRST DANCE
Fade Away by Commoner. This song was written by the groom for the bride when the two were still dating.
THE BEST BIT
This is a tie for both of us: 1) We both loved speaking our vows to each other, affirming our love and commitment to each other. It was WAY more emotional than either of us thought it would be. 2) And we also both loved the part where we sang our duet “The Only Exception”. No one knew we were planning that, not even our parents and we loved being able to share that with our loved ones.
A runner up would be the musical numbers by the bride’s siblings and cousin.
THE ADVICE + WHAT YOU MIGHT DO DIFFERENTLY
Don’t get stressed out too much and be open-minded about all the different options there are.
We would choose a more aggressive coordinator/s. Both of us are pretty chill and just went with the flow regardless of whether it was happening as planned or not. It would’ve been helpful to have gotten a more experienced and aggressive coordinator. We were sad about not having a complete family picture (which we planned to be right after the ceremony and even printed on the program).
We are so in love with Celine and Jerry’s wedding – it’s just perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your story and photos from your day with us. Plus a huge thank you to Jei and Gaile for the beautiful photography. Check them out at Wanderlust Creatives! Find more real weddings here.
Photography / Wanderlust Creatives
Venue / El Adobe de Capistrano | Flowers / Bride + Family
Groom’s Suit / from the Philippines + Macy’s | Bridesmaids / Self chosen
Hair / Nicole Tena | Makeup / Bride + Bride’s Cousin
Cake / Porto’s Bakery