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flowers to impress from Florabee : a review

In my mind I have already made my bouquet pick. Way, way before the wedding. But, I live in the Philippines. So yeah… flowers are subject to availability.

Thankfully, I got most of my requested blooms all thanks to our florist Tita Belen of Florabee who did all the bouquets/boutonnieres/event styling.

*Tita belen was the florist to our friend’s wedding, and they loved what she did so much that they recommended her to us. We already saw how she works. She makes everything look absolutely grand on a budget! And we liked what she does so we booked her a year before our wedding!

my bridal bouquet

my bridal bouquet

In my bouquet: pink peonies, pink Ecuadorian roses, white ranunculus, million stars, peach carnations and cream colored lisianthus all tied with white ribbon trails.

It doesn’t really look huge in the photo above… but in reality, my bouquet was huge! (and had a really substantial weight to it! I think it weighs about 2.5 kilos. no joke.) Tita Belen spared no expense in creating my bouquet. *talagang di nila ako tinipid! 

To show you the size of my bouquet.

To show you the size of my bouquet. Quite huge and heavy too. 

I actually wondered why is there million stars in my bouquet? When I specifically told them I dislike baby’s breath. Upon research…apparently, Million Stars and baby’s breath are varieties of Gypsophila! That is why they look similar! Well, I dislike them (baby’s breath) because they have a certain smell. I have also mentioned that to Tita Belen.

So, In replacement to the astilbe filler I requested (that was nowhere to be found), Tita Belen used Million Stars.  That is actually a fluffier version of baby’s breath and definitely smells better. So, I am okay with it. Thanks Tita Belen! Gypsophila Means: Innocence, pure of heart.

The last flower got me to google its meaning… The name “lisianthus” actually means “bitter flower,” referring to the taste of the flowers that was used in traditional herbal medicine. Apparently I am carrying medicinal flowers in my bouquet!

Lisianthus means: deep, romantic desire for another – making it perfect for weddings!
Colours: White/Cream, purple, pink, purple/white
Availability: Year-round with some difficulties
Origination: Southern United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and northern South America

For the girls, Tita Belen made these bouquets.

photo cropped for privacy reasons

photo cropped for privacy reasons

Maid of honor flowers: pink carnations, peach roses and purple statice

Bridesmaids: rose and gerbera on top of a feather fan

For Kei’s boutonniere: white ranunculus and lisianthus

Groomsmen boutonniere: peach rose, purple statice

Flowergirls got a pomander (ball shaped flower bouquet carried by a ribbon to be held by hand or on the wrist) of peach roses with purple statice plus a floral crown of roses. – The flowers held up beautifully! hindi siya naglagas! No fallouts.

As for the event styling, I was blown away by what Tita Belen gave us.

I requested for low flowers for the aisle (preferably the same height of the pew if possible) and a simple floral arch. 

And this is what she gave us.

this is budget I swear

the floral arch

Does it look simple to you? I was absolutely stoked. She also placed a lot of flowers on the altar. -sorry no good quality shot as of the moment.

But the icing on the cake was the reception.

richly decorated

richly decorated with flowers!

As I had a peek on the ballroom, I cannot believe that it was my event. Tita Belen exceeded my expectations!

Our agreement was, the flowers used at the church be used again at the reception to get our money’s worth as well as to back up the free flowers from the hotel that is included in our wedding reception package. And also place some drapes as backdrop of the bridal table. 

She surprised us by giving more than what we agreed and paid for, she decorated everything! When asked about it she just smiled and said, it is her wedding gift to us. Thanks so much Tita Belen! 

 

5outof5Rating 6 out of 5. (really exceeded our expectations) She knows her flowers well and her price is also affordable! I say get Tita Belen as your florist and you will not regret it!

*Mention that you are a reader of Pam & Erickson’s blog to her and she would be sure to give a good price.

 **All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, we paid for the flowers from our own pocket.

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Searching for the wedding gown: The Adorata experience

While watching TV, I learned that local celebrity Kim Chiu opened up a bridal store in partnership with local designer for the celebrities Pepsi Herrera and Edwin Tan.  And their appeal is that they would offer designer fashion at a budget friendly price.  (Their selections range from P35,000 to P120,000)

Edwin Tan, Kim Chiu and Pepsi Herrera Photo from www.hola.ph

Edwin Tan, Kim Chiu and Pepsi Herrera Photo from http://www.hola.ph

Pepsi Herrera’s celebrity clients includes Kris Aquino, Regine Velasquez, Julia Montes and Kim Chiu. Edwin Tan, on the other hand, has designed for Kristine Hermosa, Claudine Barretto, and Luis Manzano.

Wow. I have high expectations for this one.

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I excitedly called Kei to tell him about Adorata.  And did what I do best, I googled for them, I looked at pictures of their press releases but, since it is fairly new. Nothing much is to be seen. So, we decided to simply visit the shop.

We went on February 14, 2014 a Saturday afternoon after work. We did find their shop easily enough.

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A sullen lady storekeeper met us, in a dim store. We don’t know if the store was supposed to be closed or what? She just continued on texting. Then she opened the air conditioner then went back to her desk to again text. She didn’t even try to hold a conversation, a question for a answer. Ugh, Really felt like a nuisance in the store. 

Adorata's interiors

adorata’s rack of dresses

We just looked the gowns on display. They have lots of ball gowns here, and almost all of them were corset back. Not exactly the type that I was looking for.  But hey, Kim Chiu does really wear a lot of ball gowns so maybe this was their signature style.

Keeping an open mind, we picked out 3 gowns to try. Then we asked the lady storekeeper where I could fit the dress. She was not really talking, or smiling at all it’s as if we were a nuisance to her texting. She just looked at us and walked away. Oh well, lets just get this over with huh?

So, she got the first dress. Opened up the clear protective bag, got the dress out and handed it over.  Just like that.

The first dress is a v-neck ballgown, with corset back. tulle fabric with beading.

corset

a v-necked ball gown, with a corset back

a v-necked ball gown, with a corset back

It is pouf-y. I dislike the boob area of this one. Que horror! looks like nipples showing through! 

A big fat NO.

The second dress was a boat neck, illusion neckline with appliqued lace. No beading.

embroidery detail

gown 2

cinched waist, ballgown

Better than the first, but not exactly my type.

The third is an A-line, with portrait back.

keyhole back

 

better than the first two, but this gown has to be cleaned. You don't see it but its hemline is dirty.

not a ballgown.

Better than the first two, but still a NO.

 

We then asked for the price. True to their promise the gowns are within their budget range. But this experience, was real awful. From the sullen storekeeper, some gowns have dirt on the hemlines. We left feeling really sad, a bit insulted, overall a major, major disappointment.

That sums up our Adorata experience.

 

Taking photos is allowed. Walk-ins are welcome.  

 

Boutique– Their shop is sparse but still functional. The floor is not clean as I hoped it would be. No platform.

Gowns– I only got to fit 3. I can say their style (ball gowns) would look really good on tall brides to be. Moderate bead works. My gripe, their gowns are not clean (please look at the hemlines and clean them), they don’t have different silhouettes. They just concentrated on ball gowns.  No clamps, no bathrobe, no shoes.

Fitting room– limited space, visually unappealing. But, it will do. No clean floor, No platform.

Lighting– decent enough.

Price– P35,000 to P120,000.

Friendliness– The storekeeper looks like we disturbed her texting marathon.

 

P.S.-We still like Kim Chiu. But not her shop, or her shopkeeper. 

Adorata Weddings can be found at: PT square bldg. 85 P tuazon street brgy. san martin de pores quezon city

 

The first RTW wedding gown search : The Mi Sueno experience (part1)

The second RTW wedding gown search : The Adorata Weddings experience

The third RTW wedding gown search: The Rosa Clara experience

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post.