Moments in Time: Bridal Tips from Ana Martha Moreno-Coscolluela
A reflection of these couples’ romantic histories and commitments, four brides share how their dream weddings came to life. Shauna Jay Popple Williams takes you along for the nostalgic ride and culls invaluable advice for future brides-to-be
How did you meet?
We met through my sister when I visited her in New York in 2006. Enti was working there at the time, too. We became very good friends and we got together as a couple six years later.
Describe the proposal.
Enti brought me to Palawan last December and I thought it was just one of our “normal” trips because he gave no indication this was a “special” trip. He planned a day of island hopping and on one of the most breathtaking beach coves, we had a small picnic. He asked me to go for a walk down the beach where he eventually dropped to one knee and proposed to me. My sister and some of our closest friends were with us, too! (They were all in on the surprise!)
What was the overall look and theme of your big day?
We did not really have a theme per se… But the look we went for was an elegant garden wedding.
How did you decide on your gown? What was the process like?
I shopped in Hong Kong, Singapore, California, New York and Spain and ended up wearing a gown from Pronovias. I first tried it on when I was gown shopping in the US and I saw the exact same one when I went to the flagship store in Barcelona. I always wanted to buy a ready-made gown because I’m scared of surprises. I also always wanted to wear lace for my wedding.
Which wedding Apps, sites and bridal Instagram accounts did you follow for inspiration?
My wedding was pretty much a straightforward one so I didn’t have to use many Apps. All I really wanted was an elegant garden wedding with good food, pink flowers, unlimited drinks and for everyone to have a great time celebrating with us.
What did you insist on doing yourself and what did you delegate to the wedding planner and bridal entourage?
It was really a total team effort. My husband and I chose a lot of things ourselves from the venue, the band, photographers, caterers, etc. My mother-in-law was also a huge help in terms of the planning and lots of the little details. My brothers were also very helpful in terms of logistics as they had been down this road before. Our coordinators just picked up from what we already decided on.
Who did your flowers and what was the direction there?
We got Anton Barretto and the Floriade team to do the owers and the styling. Anton is a dear friend who knew that all I wanted were pink owers and was very easy to work with.
What were your wedding giveaways?
Our wedding favours were trinket trays with an embossed tree to symbolise the place where we got married.
Was there a standout, magical moment for you? For Enti?
The whole day was filled with excitement from the time we were getting ready to the emotional march where I saw my husband-to-be waiting for me. For Enti, it was when he saw me walking down the aisle towards him. I was also very awed by our reworks, which lit up our garden beautifully.
Was there a unique element or an unexpected gift that you can reveal to us?
My brother, Raj, his wife Kai, and our friend, Bianca, surprised us with a secret after party venue for the reception. They set up a beautiful tent where a lot of the guests had fun dancing the night away.
Do you recommend your outdoorsy garden-style wedding? What were the most challenging parts of organising a destination wedding?
If a couple is outdoorsy, I definitely recommend an outdoor wedding. The challenging parts were the out of town oculars, the distance for everyone to travel, and the city-based suppliers that had to set up. Of course, the key to a good outdoor wedding is good weather (but do have a contingency plan, always!). It was worth all our trips and everyone had a splendid time.
Did you plan your big day with a strict budget in mind? Can you give any pointers on what is essential and what can be forgone?
What’s important is to always remain realistic and practical. Work within the budget you have and always keep a running count of your expenditures. It also depends on the priorities of the couple. For us, our priority was the food and drinks. We both felt that everyone should be sated and not left wanting for more. Luckily, all our suppliers were easy to talk to. We told them our budget and they worked around it.
Where will your honeymoon be and how did you decide on this?
We both wanted to see a place we’d never been to so that we could enjoy it together for the rst time. We honeymooned in Africa two weeks after our wedding. We started in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, then onto Botswana. We then enjoyed a three-day Safari in South Africa and ended our trip in Cape Town.
Ana Martha Moreno & Enti Coscolluela Wedding
When: November 10, 2018
Where: The Holy Family Chapel, Pithaya Farm followed by a reception at the Moreno family home in Calatagan, Batangas
After six years of knowing one another, the friendship of Ana Martha Maria Moreno, who works for her family business, Kaizen Organization Inc., and Javier Vicente “Enti” Coscolluela, developed into a romantic relationship in 2012. When the penny dropped, both immediately knew they wanted the same thing: forever.
When Ana started planning their wedding, home tugged at the heartstrings and she already knew they would hold it at her family estate weekend home in Calatagan. And they did, choosing the cool month of November, perfect for a party out on their sprawling backyard. “I’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding in our garden ever since I was young. My whole family (siblings) also had their receptions there as well.
Enti, the director of the Network Sales Division of Hoppler (a real estate company that connect buyers and sellers) and Ana hosted around 450 guests that comprised their families and closest friends, most of which came from Manila, while a few flew in from the US, Europe and around Asia.
The couple being fans of Via Mare, put out a marvellous spread and made sure that there was a calorific abundance of Wildflour desserts, too. After all the indulgence, guests got their groove on to the live band, Power House.
- Photography Mango Red