When it comes to Filipino wedding and weather, it is a bit like being Goldilocks. Our heart sings when we wake up on a working weekend to find that it is sunny but not too hot, that there is a little light cloud but not so much that the day is overcast, and that there is a slight breeze but definitely not too much wind. In short, we like it “just right”, and thankfully that is how Melanie and Alvin’s Radisson Blu Heathrow wedding day dawned.
Alvin and Melanie have been together for many years but decided that they really wanted to formalise their relationship and celebrate their beautiful family in a fantastic celebration. Their children had prominent roles in their wedding party, and we got the impression that this was not just about the “bride and groom” but about the entire family unit.
The couple chose to get ready at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow Hotel, which was the venue for their wedding reception, and we had professionals follow each of them as they prepared to say “I do”. Melanie and Alvin are part of a large and close-knit community, so it was not surprising that they had a big and fantastic wedding party. Their rooms were full of laughter, excited chatter and a few sentimental tears but above all, an overwhelming sense of love and support.
Melanie was a wonderful bride. Her traditional gown flattered her figure with its sweetheart bodice, with a jewelled belt adding a further touch of glamour. Alvin’s cornflower blue suit was an inspired choice as it differentiates him from his groomsmen. The vibrant shade is entirely on trend, and looked great not only next to his new wife, but also next to the eye-catching Lamborghini cars in which and his best man used to get to the church!
The ceremony took place at the Roman Catholic Church of St Bernadette’s where the priest incorporated a very Filipino touche at the end of the service. To symbolise that two single people are becoming one united couple, the groomsmen and bridesmaids place a veil over the couple, followed by looping a cord around their necks in an infinity symbol (or figure of eight).
Once the wedding was finished, and we had taken some great group family shots as well as some more of the happy couple walking out of the church into a shower of petal confetti, it was time for everyone to make their way to the reception venue. Alvin swapped his sports car for the regal elegance of the Rolls Royce Phantom that had conveyed the bride to the church. We made use of the sports cars once we got to the hotel – any excuse to take a few more shots of these beautiful vehicles! The personalised number plates Alvin had arranged for all three cars were a cute touch.
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel proved to be a fantastic wedding venue. The decorations looked sophisticated and elegant, and the food and service were excellent. It was lovely to capture this great couple and their children as they listened to the speeches where their family and friends share how much they loved them and admired their relationship. After cutting the amazing seven-tier wedding cake, the couple took to the dance floor for the first dance and the Philippine money dance, after which it was time for everyone else to let loose and have fun.
Thank you to Melanie, Alvin and your extended family and friends for making us feel welcome. It was a pleasure to work with you and we wish you and your charming family a wonderful future!