#RealWeddings: This Couple Pulled Off A Rustic Wedding Inside An Art Museum In Just 4 Months!
A year ago, Hiyasmin and Patt met up for their first "official" date. They hopped on a car, went on a road trip to Antipolo, and enjoyed coffee and conversations as they cruised through the mountain's long, winding roads. They parked near Pinto Art Museum, where they checked out one gallery to the next—not having the slightest clue that a year from now, they'd start their chapter to forever. In the very same spot.
"Pinto is very special to us," shared Hiyasmin Neri-Soyao, Star Magic actress, former O-Shopping host, and now the Market Head for ABS-CBN millennial brand Tilt Asia. "It was only fitting for us to celebrate our special day there."
In just four months, the couple was able to plan an intimate wedding inside one of its galleries. The result? A rustic, romantic, and Pinterest-worthy wedding! Rays of sun seeped through the ceiling, shining a natural spotlight not only on the happy couple, but also on the beautiful pieces of art hanging from the gallery's walls.
"Putting up a wedding in less than a year is doable!" shared Hiyasmin to Metro.Style. "You just need to know your budget, level your expectations, and ask people for leads. Know which details you’d like to splurge on, and be keen on researching about reviews of suppliers online."
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About the couple
How did you and your husband meet?
"Through Instagram! Well, Sort of. Haha! We went to the same graduate school in Ateneo, and my professor told me about his story. I looked him up on Instagram and followed him. He followed back and messaged me. We met up for coffee and started hanging out more after that. We had the best conversations."
How long have you two been together?
"One year. It felt like we knew each other for a long time."
What are your current occupations?
"Patt is the Managing Director of his company, Icon Executive Search. I'm the Market Head for ABS-CBN's new millennial brand, Tilt Asia."
What do you enjoy doing together?
"We like having coffee, traveling, sharing ideas, and doing talks together."
Preparing for the wedding
What was your theme for your wedding? Why did you decide on a blush and dusty blue color motif?
"Our wedding's theme was rustic with hints of Filipino elements. We also incorporated a blush and dusty blue palette. Patt likes blue, and I like pink—so we just combined it! I also saw on a Pinterest board that the color combination works especially for rustic weddings in summer."
Why did you choose to go with paint and canvas in lieu of union candles?
"During our wedding preps, our pastor gave us three options: union candles, sand jars, or paint and canvas. We chose paint and canvas because it's more us. We like being creative! Plus, it suits the venue."
In lieu of union candles, the couple painted on a blank canvas together
How were you able to pull off a beautiful wedding in just four months?
"We went to three bridal fairs, and got suppliers from there. It was also helpful that we asked for supplier feedback and recommendations from other newly-married couples. Our wedding coordinator also gave us leads on who’s good.
"We also just opted to inform our guests about our wedding via Facebook. We sent them e-vites, and updated our page monthly before the wedding. It’s also good to work together with your partner in creating a timeline, so you know which detail to prioritize until the wedding day.
"Finally, I also used bridalpod.ph for my checklist."
What were the challenges you encountered along the way?
"We initially wanted a garden wedding—but two weeks prior to our wedding, it kept raining. (It even rained the day before our wedding!)
"We were supposed to have the ceremony and reception outdoors, but three days before the wedding, we decided to have it inside the art museum instead.
"Our suppliers were kind enough to anticipate the immediate change. We were able to pull it off—in fact, it was even more beautiful than what we imagined!
"The ironic part was, it didn't rain on our wedding—but it rained hard the next day. It was crazy, but we loved the experience."
What was the best part in preparing for your wedding?
"We got to understand each other more. 'My okay' is different from 'Patt's okay,' and his expectations are different from mine. This back and forth was very frustrating, but in the end, we realized that we got through this friction between our own preferences. We got to talk in a different way, not just as lovers, but also as partners. That is the best part."
What is your tip for future brides and grooms who want to have a destination wedding?
1. Decide on number of guests early to clear out expectations, both from your partner and immediate families.
2. Prioritize well to get the most out of your time and budget. Pin down the major things first—venues, officiator, ceremony, caterer, stylist, and coordinator.
3. To be a bridechilla, don't fuss over small details so that you won't get stressed out and overwhelmed.
4. If you also plan to go to a wedding fair, make sure to have a game plan. Don't just randomly go there and welcome suppliers with open arms! Always have an agenda. It will make you less overwhelmed, and will help you with better judgment.
5. Finally, always check the weather. Even if it says that there's only a slight chance of rain, don't risk it. Find a plan B right away!
Why did you opt to wear an RTW wedding dress?
"I didn’t know exactly what I wanted for a bridal dress until I saw it. I only had four months to prepare, so I didn’t want to spend too much time in customizing it. Ready-to-wear dresses for brides is now a growing trend in the Philippines. It’s actually perfect for practical brides. White Label also customized the dress on me a few months before my wedding that’s why it fits perfectly."
Why did you choose the cut and silhouette?
"I want to look simple and elegant. I feel that the serpentina silhouette was classic, feminine and simple."
Number of guests: 120. We wanted an intimate wedding with people from our various circles.
Venue: Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo
Pastor: Pastor Dan Harder of Victory Christian Fellowship, Quezon City
Wedding coordinator: Weddings Are Blessings by Jo-anne Co
Photographer: Taavi Films
Videographer: Taavi Films
Invitations: "I did a DIY on this. I bought some templates from a graphic designer online, and I just edited them. I did the same thing with our table numbers, menu cards, thank you cards, tags, napkin holders, and our monogram, which we flashed on the LED screen to serve as our background."
Event stylist: White Kraft Events and Styling by Vera De Jesus Reyes
Cake designer: Bethany Dream Cakes
Caterer: Peppermill Catering
Entertainment: Manila String Machine for string quartet, and 10 inch for lights and sounds
Giveaways: Personalized room scents from BC Fragrance
Wedding gown: Rica Rico for my pre-nuptial gowns (our pre-nup shoot was also shot inside Pinto Art Museum), and White Label for my ceremony gown
Pre-nuptial dresses by Rica Rico
Bridal shoes: Dune London
Groom's suit: Coutuba by Paul Santos
Entourage gowns: Coutuba by Paul Santos
Bridal hair and makeup: Hair by Freddie Caber and makeup by Marie Stephanie Ching, both from CJ Jimenez Make Up Artistry
Entourage hair and makeup: Hair by Merlette Yane Bucatan and makeup by Vanessa Estor Makeup
Other Interesting Details
- "We had two maids of honor and two best men!"
- "After the reception, we had an after party in Le Blanc Sky Garden for a chill Al Fresco mood to celebrate with more friends who weren't able to come to the ceremony and reception."
- "Instead of classic wedding bands, we opted for stylish Charriol rings."
Photographs by Taavi Films
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