"Listening to Fourth's vow melted my heart" --Grizelle
Fourth Solomon and Grizelle Gratela spent only two months to put together their Pinterest-worthy city wedding in lieu of the Boracay wedding. The couple decided that being together as soon as possible was what they wanted more than the big celebration--that can wait. Starting married life ASAP? The Solomons just could not wait!
Scroll down to see the Solomon's gorgeous wedding photos and how they planned their stylish intimate city wedding as told by Grizelle.
What was your initial wedding plan?
Our plan was a Boracay wedding on March 2021 but the pandemic happened and we're not sure how long this will be so we instead planned for a city wedding in two months. We realized that we can't wait much longer for everything to get better, so we put together a simple intimate wedding with our closest loved ones. We were supposed to get married on our anniversary on August 13 but Metro Manila was suddenly put on Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) so we had to reschedule and the nearest available date for everyone was August 27.
How did you come to the decision to plan your wedding in this way?
We will still push through with our Christian wedding in Boracay, maybe in 2022 or when everything is settled. Our city wedding was a civil wedding with 30 guest. I really wanted to make it memorable since it's going to be our first official wedding and I wanted everything to be Pinterest-worthy, so that when we take photos it will be memorable and not just something plain.
What were some of the things you made sure to have for your wedding
We already booked Nice Print Photography for our Boracay wedding and we're happy they were available on our civil wedding. We're so happy with how our photos turned out! I also want to acknowledge Ginger Event Styling, my events stylist for really bringing my mood pegs into life! She gave me more than I expected and she really made the wedding breathtaking!
What are some of your favorite moments of the day?
When I heard Fourth's vow, and listening to how much he loves and appreciates me just melted my heart.
What was your and your outlook on having a quarantine wedding? How were you able to make it a positive and memorable experience?
Most of the people might get scared to really celebrate during pandemic, I personally was scared so I did not invite my parents who are senior citizens because they are high risk. It's sad but we have to put safety and precautionary protocols first. For everyone who attended our wedding, we made sure that they were really careful, that they follow all the safety guidelines, and that they are not sick. I'm happy that Las Casas Quezon City and my coordinator Maxine Covar really made sure the wedding was safe, they made everyone more at ease and happy during the wedding.
What are your tips for planning a pandemic wedding?
There are a lot of things to consider but my advise is to think of what will make you happy and then decide from there. Some people will be happier if they celebrate with big groups so they wait until everything will be settled. But if you can't wait like me, you can plan a simple intimate wedding now. Just make sure you follow all the safety guidelines, talk about this with your venue and with your coordinator on how you can make your wedding safe so you'll be worry-free on your wedding day.
Photos by Nice Print Photography and courtesy of Grizelle Gratela-Solomon
The Dream Team:
Venue and catering: Las Casas Quezon City | Event Styling: Ginger Event Styling | Event Coordinator: Maxine Covar Events | Photography and videography: Nice Print Photography | Cake: Chef Jay Patisserie | Hair and makeup: R.M.E. Salon | Wedding dress: Hey Helena | Nails: Hello Lovely Salon | Lights and Sounds: JCM Lights and Sound | Invitations : Lucia Artisania | Giveaways: Samting PH and Wear a Damn Mask | Bridal Robe: Dream Luxe | Wedding ring: Paul Syjuco | Band: Frequency Band