Run T&C (a.k.a the Theorita Gonzastro affair)

Last year i mentioned heading out to sunny Hawaii for my friend’s wedding — i got caught up with things when i got back that i failed to write about it! It’s too bad too, since that wedding was one of the most fun weddings i’ve attended πŸ™‚ Anyway, i finally got to sort out a lot of pictures and things over the holidays and i figure i will write something about it so here goes:

I met my friends Cha and Theo a few years back when they were in Manila for their Fullbright scholarships. It was, as some people say, eons ago, but i’m happy that in spite of the long distance and very few times we got to meet after that, we remained good friends. πŸ™‚ I was so happy to hear that they were finally tying the knot and was extremely flattered when Cha asked me to create their save the date and wedding invitations. Naturally i said YES! The color theme? Prince Purple! πŸ˜€ love that this color was paired with white — it not only made a great contrast, but a statement!


save the date card

Cha (who was based in DC during that time) and i would email to talk about the wedding invites. She wanted something fun and illustrated, a couple pic of her and Theo with orchid elements and purple (lots of it!) unto the design. She gave me pictures of her and Theo to work on, and i came up with the finished work. Not only was i psyched to design an invite for two people i both know and love, i was also psyched that Cha was very clear about what she wanted her invite to look like, & gave clear feedback on what she thought of the designs as we worked on it. I also created a Cha+Theo logo for them to place their “stamp” on it — happy that they liked it! πŸ™‚

Halekulani hotel, where the wedding took place

It’s awesome to see two people in love and even more awesome to be part of their special day —ahh, l’amour! Their wedding, which was set in the lovely Halekulani hotel in Waikiki, was a beautiful morning affair, with personal details and a steady, chill vibe. The groom, a musician and teacher, added his personal musical flair with the music selection, and even got his musical friends to perform for the wedding. The bride’s personal stamp was in the details, from the lovely choice of gowns, the cute DIY table favors, to the “Watch Love Bloom” seed packets each guest got to take home (all these were made/arranged DIY by the bride & friends — love the personal touch!).

lovely flower girls

floral arrangements for the ceremony

the newlyweds!


I’m also happy to see that the invitation motif was carried out throughout some of the elements in the wedding. πŸ™‚ Simple details do add a lot of flair, and ties everything so nicely!

wedding program

A wishing tree nearby the table “honeys” (in lieu of table escort cards) gave guests a chance to write a few words/wishes to the couple after/while finding their table number, complete with a bar serving signature hawaiian cocktails (blue hawaiian, anyone?) for every one to try.

"wishing tree" and the table "honey"s --- table numbers for each guest is written and tied to each bottle of hawaiian honey

wedding cake

my table "honey" and drink

reception signage

"Watch Love Bloom" seed packets for each guest to bring home

with the lovely bride!

The ceremony (an intimate affair by Hawaiian wedding standards i’m told) was attended by 150 guests, all near & dear to both parties. It was beautifully coordinated, with ample time for guests to mingle and have fun while the entourage took pictures. Guests were treated to a scrumptious array of food served buffet-style for the reception, with music performances by the groom and dancing after the toasts, especially dj-ed by the bride and groom’s friends. All in all, it was a great wedding, filled to the brim with love, happiness and lots of great memories! Congratulations, Cha & Theo!


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