A Philippines wedding with a fairytale theme

13 Nov 2019

Despite the couple living 7,000 miles apart when they planned their wedding, Annagel Butron Lamparas and Terry White had the perfect day in Bohol

How did you meet?

We met online on a dating website in June 2016. 

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Tell us about the proposal.

We had a New Year's party and Terry, who lives in Bournemouth, Dorset, had come to visit me in the Philippines. He knew my family would all be there and he wanted to propose with them all present. He had a book made for me with 'Reasons why I love you' throughout and a surprise at the end of the book asking me to marry him.

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What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?

The theme was fairytale and our colour scheme was blush pink with grey blue. 

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What venue did you choose and why did you choose it? 

We got married in the Philippines and for the wedding ceremony we chose St Augustine's Church because we are both Catholic and wanted our wedding to be solemn and sacred. 

For the wedding reception we chose the beach as we wanted it to be fun and refreshing, a place for our guests to party - plus the beaches are so nice in Bohol.

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When did you know when you’d found ‘the’ dress? 

Keeping our fairytale theme in mind, I chose a multifunctional, glowing LED gown. It had long sleeves, a lace embroidered top and giant bow, perfect for the wedding ceremony, and during the grand entrance for the reception, the skirt lit up with LED lights. Just before the first dance the dress was transformed into a short cocktail dress with the sleeves removed to change the look of the dress completely. The dress was by a designer in Bohol called EJ Relampagos and was completely bespoke. 

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Who were the bridesmaids and what did they wear?

I had five senior bridesmaids and five junior bridesmaids, who were a mixture of close friends and family. The senior bridesmaids wore grey blue bespoke gowns of their choice and the junior bridesmaids wore dusty pink bespoke gowns of their choice. 

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Where did you find your suits?

The groom's suit was bespoke and also made by EJ Relampagos. 

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Did you hire a wedding planner? How did they help?

Yes, we hired a wedding planner called Your Weddings and Events. They helped from conception to preparation and throughout the actual wedding day. They also had staff with us whenever we had to sign documents for the church or other legalities. 

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Tell us about your floral arrangements.

Our flowers were designed by a florist called Blue Grass Project. The colours were shades of blue and pink with white. We had flowers along the aisle of the church and the pumpkin carriage was also covered in flowers which served as my backdrop as I walked down the aisle. There were also flowers on every table and a grand entrance floral arch at the reception. 

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Often the aspect that makes a wedding original to the couple is the detail – tell us about the details of the day.

Since our theme was 'fairytale', we continued that with lots of details:

  • Butterflies were released in the church
  • Bespoke miniature pumpkin carriages for the sponsors
  • My shoes were Cinderella glass slippers

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  • Each guest received a lucky sixpence gift
  • The aisle carpet and the guest book had 'Happily Ever After' printed on it

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  • We had dry ice during our first dance and the dancefloor featured our monogram
  • We had fireworks
  • Our wedding invitations were scrolls in wire holders with doves on
  • A picture of us was used as the photobooth backdrop.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I felt happy seeing familiar faces as I walked down the aisle, but was also excited and nervous. As my parents have both passed away, my son gave me away. He wore a bespoke waistcoat and trousers in grey with a grey blue tie. 

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How did you make the ceremony personal to you?

We made our own personal vows to each other. We also chose the songs for the communion and during the pictorials. 

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What was your most memorable moment? 

Anna: When I saw my son waiting for me to walk down the aisle. 

Terry: When the church doors opened and I saw Anna for the first time. 

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What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?

Being 7,000 miles apart while planning the wedding. 

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What was the most important investment for you? 

The videographer and photographer were worth every penny. The finished result was amazing and will last a lifetime. 

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What song did you choose for your first dance, and why? 

Rewrite The Stars (cover by Sam Tsui and Daiyan Trisha). We chose that version as it's a little slower and we thought the lyrics at the end are nicer than the original.

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Did you have any evening entertainment?

Yes; we had a violinist playing during the cocktails, a band called Infinity Blues serenaded us throughout the night, and we had special appearances from a few talented guests who got up to sing for us. The male and female entourage also performed a choreographed dance for us. We had fire dancers who performed twice during the evening. 

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Tell us about your wedding cake. 

The wedding cake was designed and made by Lola-Lila's, a cake designer in Bohol. It was 24" at the base and was six tiers in height with a crystal chandelier cake stand holding up the top tiers. The cake was themed as one fit for roytalty. We also cut the cake with a sword. 

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Did you have a custom hashtag for social media?

#annasterrytalewedding

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Was there anything you wish you’d known before?

We had the invitations made too early and some of those listed in the entourage told us they couldn't make it weeks before the wedding, which resulted in changes to the invitations and reordering them. 

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Where did you go on honeymoon? Did you go immediately after the wedding of leave it a few days?

We went to Scotland a few days after the wedding. We stayed in Edinburgh and hired a car to explore the Scottish Highlands. 

Steal their style: 

Photography: SuperSeven
Videography: Story of Us Studios
Reception venue and catering: South Palms Resort Panglao
Wedding dress and groom's suit: EJ Relampagos Couture
Bridesmaids' dresses: Kim Villamor Atelier
Groomsmen suits: KIMS Bridal and Gowns
Hair and make-up: Yan Tiempo
Planning and styling: YOWEV, Your Weddings and Events
Flowers and styling: Blue Grass Project
Cake: Lola Lilia's Homemade Specialities
Stationery and favours: Tiffany Novelty
Band: Infinity Blues Bohol
Ceremony musicians: Music 'N' Lyrics
Host: Odessa Pusta-Rodriguez
Lights and sounds: DRC - Disco Record Centre
Bridal car: Bohol Vintage Car (Mustand 5.0)
Dessert buffet: 10:31 by Chef M
Bridal party robes and swimwear: Classy and Fab Shoppe

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