Currently Loving House of Serafina’s 2014 Bridal Collection

Nowadays we are in constant search of the latest trends and new collections that will inspire us. We see them on runway shows, Pinterest, Instagram, every social media channel spills the beans on all things “trendy”, “what’s in”, top 10. But I guess with the sea of trends out there, I prefer to swim against the current and pick out the ones that will last a long time.

The 2014 Bridal Collection from House of Serafina is a testament of quality, craftsmanship, and ownership; a kind that reflects originality and hard work. It’s no surprise why I am currently loving the brand’s collection of lariat necklaces, Cinderella bag, Rock Candy Clutches, and semi-precious stones  – all of which will last so much longer than this season’s must haves and the next.

Scroll down and be ready to get dipped in some swoon-worthy elegant pieces and jewels!

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Cinderella Bag (24k gold dipped brass filigree bag handcrafted and lined with Russian crystals)


Cristina Clutch (classic 24k gold dipped brass filigree clutch lined with Russian crystals)


20 Ways to Wear It: The Filigree Lariat (24k gold dipped brass with agate stones)


Rock Candy Clutch (natural stones set against the classic Filipino fabric of Tinalak; available in custom colours)


Cleopatra Cuff (filigree cuff of 24k gold dipped brass lined with Russian crystals; available in long, short, custom lengths)


Handcrafted Dragon Pendant Necklaces


Dragon Cuff (24k gold dipped filigree brass available in a variety of finishes)


Cinderella Bag


Cristina Clutch


Bridal Lariat Necklaces

Spear Necklace (five-spear filigree necklace dipped in 24k gold)

Spear Necklace (five-spear filigree necklace dipped in 24k gold)

These pieces are amazing as gifts for entourage. But best news for brides out there, co-founder Arlu Gomez says they can customise designs, colours, and materials. “We work with brides directly or through wedding planners, to ensure all aspects of design and function are taken into consideration.”

I had a recent chat with co-founder Cristina Gomez on their idea behind this collection and she says, “Your wedding is the most important day of your life and we’re honoured to have the opportunity to be part of so many celebrations across the Philippines. Our aim is to make our brides be even more beautiful and their wedding even more memorable. ”

Pieces are available for purchase online at, private trunk shows in Manila and Singapore and select retail partners.

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Photos courtesy of House of Serafina



Supplier Review: Flowers from Mr. Hardinero

VendorSpotlightDoing a review on our florist, Pamela Torres is quite easy, in fact I don’t mind at all because in the end she did excellent work and was worth it!  Like most brides, I didn’t know where to start in terms of seeking a florist. But with the help of the internet wedding planning wasn’t so frightful as it seemed. Pam is the person behind Mr. Hardinero brand. To help you out, read on below to see my review and some advice when looking for a florist. Wico+Altina_Wedding-0141 Continue reading

Review: Celebracion by Suelas

If you have plans on turning to the dance floor after your wedding reception like I did, make sure you have an extra pair of comfy flats to change to! Or if you’re having a garden or beach wedding, please don’t make the fashion over function mistake of wearing stilletos!

You wouldn’t want to be buying shoes you’ll regret later. So before you go out shopping for an extra pair, be sure to check out Suelas. It’s a brand of foldable flats that’s soft on your feet. It launched a capsule collection, Celebracion by Suelas with 3 styles to dress your feet for special occasions such as your wedding day. Since it started over 3 years ago, the brand has evolved and improved so much in quality -without breaking your wallet. They’re comfortable and the bonus is you can wear them even after your wedding!

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Supplier Review: Christine Ong -Te Events

Today’s post is a review on our wedding coordinator – Christine Ong-Te Events (COTE). In my previous post I did mention how important it is to get a good coordinator. Their role on your big day might not be as obvious yet to those still planning but believe me, depending on how good they are, the coordinator helps you run e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g smoothly.

When we were scouting for a coordinator, we were looking for a team who we can trust to help us plan our big day. Since our wedding was out of town we needed someone who can help us look for good suppliers, plan for an entire day hopefully without major setback, and be ready to make us feel at ease and comfortable on our wedding.

COTE with Christine as the head coordinator was two thumbs up, make it ten!  If you’re looking for one or just researching on what exactly a coordinator does — scroll down to find out more!


With COTE and our hosts, Cristina and Chase

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Check out and avail Discount!

Ever wonder how difficult it is to find the right wedding dress for you? Perhaps you saw one but it doesn’t fit well or the price is just too much? With few options out there, how about we make it a little easier on you. Your best alternative — 100% made to measure from at very affordable prices! is an e-commerce website providing over 600 wedding dress styles, 180 bridesmaid dresses, and almost 100 wedding veils — all priced under USD 600.

It has showrooms in Los Angeles and New York. They offer extensive customer service and best of all, the company guarantees their products by offering a 30-day risk free return policy! How cool is that?

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Shipping is easy because they can send it directly to you and their packaging is specially designed to minimize shipping costs and is reusable. Their wedding dresses have been featured on Style Me Pretty, Rock n Roll Bride, Wedding Chicks and HuffPost Weddings.

By simply posting a reply about the item you like — you’ll be given a 15% discount on your first purchase!  Once we hear from you, the discount code will be sent to your email. So what are you waiting for? Head over to and start browsing!

5 Save-the-Date Design Ideas

Hey everyone, hope you all had an awesome weekend. To kick start this week, I’ll be sharing some creative Save the Date ideas for your own wedding day. I think this is a great way to showcase a personalized style whether it’s printed professionally or do-it-yourself.  If you haven’t read my post on sending a save-the-date, click FAQ: Save the Date.

In the meantime, here’s our dose of daily inspiration for all things wedding.

1. DIY: This first one is a really cute design thanks to a free printable from The House that Lars Built.

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Supplier Review: Mi Sueno Bridal (Pronovias Barcelona & Atelier Diagonal Authorized Dealer)

In recent years, we’ve seen a growing trend toward RTW wedding dresses. Some brides may not know what design they want or which looks good in them. Fortunately, we have Mi Sueno in the Philippines. It’s the first bridal boutique in the country offering RTW bridal fashion and it’s the authorized retailer of Pronovias Barcelona and Atelier Diagonal.

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