Thursday (7/17/14) – As guests started arriving in Mendocino Coast, California, welcome bags greeted them at their respective rooms. Bride and groom personally dropped off bags at hotels and inns where guests decided to book their stay for the weekend. Bags were made in the Philippines, designed by the couple. The “Keep Calm” phrase on the flap was to pay homage to Lester’s English heritage. Each bag came with scrolled personalized notes explaining the significance of the items – pencil sharpeners in the shape of the distinctive London red bus and red telephone stations; pencil from the couple’s favorite boutique hotel in South Kensington; loose tea leaves in tin cans that depict photos of tourist spots in England; coffee bags from Cavite. Philippines; and a jar of locally-made lemon curd from Mendocino, CA. There was also a personalized newsletter designed by Krystal Menez. It that had information about the tour that was to take place the following day.
Friday (7/18/14) – At the suggestion of their wedding coordinator, Rocio Nuyda, the couple hired a vintage trolley from the Mendocino Transport Authority, to tour their guests around the quaint town. The trolley is normally used as public transportation in the area. But the couple hired it for the day, to introduce their guests to famous film location sites (Murder She Wrote, Dying Young, Overboard); the Mendocino headlands; Cabrillo lighthouse; Noyo Harbor; Main Street in downtown Fort Bragg; and the world-famous Botanical Garden (www.gardenbythesea.com)
Saturday (7/19/14) – Guests arrived at St. Anthony’s Church in Mendocino at 12:30p.m., for the rehearsal. Jannelle walked in wearing a white gown, designed by Carlyn Nuyda Calloway, for her BHLDN bridal collection that is yet to be launched. She also designed Jannelle’s headpiece, to match the gown.
After the rehearsal, reception followed at one of the vacation rental homes managed by Mendocino Coast Reservations. The Bay House was the place that Jannelle and Lester first stayed at when they visited Mendocino for the first time in October 2013, at the invitation of Ligaya and Richard Sublett who owned MCR at the time.
The rehearsal reception had an English flavor, as it was hosted by Lester’s family who flew all the way from their hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon. The family prepared English finger foods and salads and decorated the place with Union Jack flags, along with a wall of photos documenting Lester’s life from childhood.
At the end of the reception, the couple distributed presents to members of the wedding party. Principal sponsors received a personalized Tiffany harmony bowl. Secondary sponsors received a marble cheese serving set.
Sunday (7/20/14) – The wedding was scheduled for 3:00p.m.; but started a little bit late because the bride, accompanied by her matron of honor, had to go back to the house to fetch the bridal bouquet which they forgot. A small and perhaps the only glitch during the day.
The bride walked down the aisle accompanied by her parents on each side.
The dress is inspired from the traditional Filipiniana terno with a modern approach. The lace is French lace acquired from a purveyor of fine lace; which was enhanced with hand made glass beading that sparkled to the touch of sunlight giving it a dreamy silhouette. This one in particular was from the House of Sophie Halette, whose intricate creations have been made into some of the most memorable gowns including Princess Kate Middleton’s wedding gown.
Ms. So’s petite frame called for a silhouette that did not overpower her, so I created a modified trumpet skirt gown with an empire waist line. The plissé detail at the empire waist was done in silk gossamer and the butterfly sleeves was a miniature version that complemented the bride’s dainty frame. Left unlined it showcased the delicate lacework; a design deviation from the usual.
Embroidered in silver silk thread with the finest beadwork, the two layer cathedral veil crowned the bride’s head along with a custom hair embellishment fashioned and patterned into the shape of the flowers from her lace. or something old and borrowed, the bride wore a 1930’s Vintage Art Deco bandeau diadem which she wore as a headband; a piece from Thumbelina’s rare collection.
Little added details included a blue flower sewn into her gown for something blue. The cathedral length train was fashioned into the shape of a triangle (instead of the usual circular pattern) to signify the union of two wonderful souls, blessed by The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” – Carlyn Nuyda-Calloway of Thumbelina
There was a slight mist as the couple came out of the church as husband and wife. In many cultures, this is believed to be a blessing from heaven. Guests lined the path, throwing red rose petals, to welcome the newlywed.
The Setting – Mendocino California is a little known coast in Northern California, albeit noted for its distinctive Pacific Ocean coastline, and dramatic cliffs. The only way to get there is by car, on a 3 ½ drive along Redwood forests, colorful wineries and independent microbreweries.
Jannelle and Lester got married in a small yet historic church on top of a hill, St. Anthony’s Catholic Reception followed in nearby Fort Bragg, in a private estate that boasts of a deck that provided all 64 carefully-chosen wedding guests a 180-view of the majestic ocean and the stunning sunset that followed toward early evening.
Guests took home matchboxes with tags that read: ‘Keep Calm and Keep the Flame’
Monday (7/21/14) – Guests were treated to an all-Filipino brunch, hosted by the bride’s family, before they left for their trip back home.