One of the things that you’ll notice immediately when going through these photos is that the two key colors are black and gold. Black connotes mystery and is the color of the unknown. Gold, on the other hand, is a color that symbolizes prestige, luxury and sophistication–all qualities that require something that black would never want nor have–an audience. How fitting it is that this editorial features a budding events planning-styling company that is, as of the time of this post’s writing, still flying under the radar but who is about to have its own sophisticated audience.

Hosted on the grounds of The Mango Farm in Antipolo, this is the first of many editorial shoots launched by Blue Trumpet, a full-service event planning, styling and production company that has essentially merged some of the most outstanding people in the wedding and events industry. For their first editorial, a black and gold theme which featured several cohesive elements that lends to a very specific aesthetic. From sold-out placeholders to gold-colored plates, (special thanks to Bizu!) the team carefully handpicked every one of the elements in the images below. The black candle holders were enough to create a beautiful contrast against the white plates with gold linings, the escort cards were placed in glass placeholders which had gold metal frames and plates were accentuated with gold eucalyptus.

In an editorial that emphasized varying levels of contrasts, the Blue Trumpet team made sure that even the gorgeous bouquet matched the elegant and classy setup spruced up by master florist Dylan Gozum himself as he created a cascading bouquet that had gold leaves so it could both stand out and blend seamlessly with the palette. When held at a specific angle, the implied lines even form a triangle which again subtly hints at both harmony and balance–something that the members of Blue Trumpet no doubt have in abundance.

The cake, which also follows the geometric guidelines, was handcrafted by Box of Sweets by Punky Porca. From being featured in Baby and Breakfast to Unang Hirit, Punky is no stranger to fame but can always execute your vision when it comes to cakes. The diamond shapes fencing the entire cake seem to be out of shape until one realizes that a diamond shape cut horizontally in half is composed of two identical triangles. Every element seems to require both harmony and tension to see it fit inside the big picture.

Eventually, you’ll see this iconic geometric heart laced with triangles executed from the artistic mind of Rorie Fule. From the brush calligraphy lettering of the couple’s names to the carefully placed triangles on the invites, she merges mystery and opulence within several frames and manages to make everything look exquisite. The intricate boutonniere that that you see photographed along with the invites are lovingly handcrafted by {etc} Handmade Goodness and they, too, only add to the unity of the theme.

The bigger black and gold geometric heart backdrop that stands as a visual anchor to all of the images was executed by Kathleen Dela Merced whose skill in translating visions into realities is unparalleled. As one of the founding members of Blue Trumpet, she specializes in closing the gap between what you want and what’s possible. Basically, if the fantasy world that you want to create exists in your mind, more often than not, she makes it happen.

The gowns were supplied by familiar names in the wedding industry: Mi Sueño Bridal Botique, Ryan Madamba, Tantease and Von Lazaro. If you’ve ever wanted to see more of their creations so you can imagine how their designs might look on you, now’s your chance. I could embellish the designer’s works and call their aesthetic elegant, classy, balanced, flattering and sophisticated but a picture paints a thousand words. So when you see their gowns below, be prepared to be listen intently.

Our makeup artist and hairstylist tandem was Chichi Sotomil and Steph Escobido who both did an amazing job of adjusting the look of Rizza according to the kind of light the entire team had during the entire day. The weather absolutely did not cooperate and we had to make the best of what we had. Having her on board as our makeup artist was just key in the success of the editorial.

Our gorgeous and sweet model, Rizza was styled by none other than Lifestyle by Feliz. Looking at their impressive resumé will no doubt give you a feel of how integral this aspect is in any kind of shoot. From the spot on gold bangles to the beige pumps with contrasting accents, they were able to complement each look in subtle yet refined ways. I keep imagining what each layout would look like without any kind of styling from this group and I almost always frowned at the thought. “Beautiful things don’t ask for  attention.” But they still are seen. And they still are beautiful.

And like a conductor directing an entire cast of virtuosos, I would like to give a final shout out to Joed See for taking care of not just me and my team of photographers but by ensuring that every detail of this entire editorial was polished. You can always tell what kind of person the captain is by the way their ship runs. And in this case, the hassle-free coordination by Blue Trumpet’s event planner came as no surprise at all.

Creative minds let loose are like celestial bodies–in and of themselves, they are beautiful. However, when creative minds come together like a stellar collision, they not only make something “pretty” or “beautiful”. Most of the times, onlookers become witnesses to something majestic.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you , in partnership with Zeus Martinez Photography, “Black & Gold” by Blue Trumpet Events

 

 

 

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