Just an hour and a half away from Metro Manila and already offers intimate wedding packages with Juan Carlo the Caterer
After almost a year of not seeing each other due to the COVID19 pandemic, wedding planners, event stylists, and other Philippine wedding industry big shots trooped to Lipa City, Batangas on the invitation of Juan Carlo The Caterer. The event was to launch the exclusive partnership of Juan Carlo the Caterer and The Old Grove Farmstead and their intimate wedding packages.
The Old Grove Farmstead is located in Lipa City, Batangas, a mere hour and a half drive from Metro Manila. Thanks to the new Skyway Stage 3, this trip is a breeze even if you are coming from the northern side of the Metro on the tip of Quezon City. The sprawling events venue can be seen from the STAR Tollway, another blessing of the highway that traverses the Southern Tagalog region which makes commuting to this part of countryside a pleasant experience. The lush greenery along this highway is a much welcome sight for city dwellers’ tired eyes and COVID19 pandemic weary spirits.
There are two main architectural features that will draw you to the charming The Old Grove Farmstead. First is the windmill. Yes, a windmill that looks very much like the iconic trademark of Holland. Just about the same size, the windmill in The Old Grove Farmstead is nestled on verdant grounds with white fences and where sheep and ponies graze and ducks, geese, and other fowls feed. The scenery is straight out of a rustic farm wonderland. Truly the perfect setting for the Philippine weddings’ finest and brightest creative minds to unwind.
The other architectural feature to note is the big and imposing red barn. This is The Old Grove Farmstead pièce de résistance for weddings and other events as it offers a covered event grounds that can accommodate intimate wedding celebrations or any party of about 400 guests during non COVID19 pandemic times. The interior is a blank canvas that is a dream for any event sylist as it allows the barn to be transformed into any theme desired by the celebrants. For the launch of the Juan Carlo The Caterer and The Old Grove Farmstead partnership and intimate wedding packages, the theme was barnyard chic. The overall look and feel at the launch was barnyard fabulous.
The sprawling The Old Grove Farmstead property is a destination itself perfect for farm, barnyard, rural, provincial, or rustic-themed events. Or maybe even just for a relaxing family picnic or a romantic date, a respite from COVID19 pandemic concerns, where you can savor the lush greenery and scenic rustic scene that remind you of how tranquil and peaceful life can be under a blue sky and a gentle breeze that seem to carry your cares away. Imagine farm animals you can feed and a small picturesque lagoon where you can row a boat and while away time. It’s picture perfect and the venue has been booked for prenup photo shoots and fashion pictorials precisely because of this. With Juan Carlo The Caterer’s all-in intimate wedding packages, we see a lot of rustic-themed weddings happening here.
Juan Carlo The Caterer left no stones unturned to make sure that their guests, big names in their own right in Philippine weddings, will have a fun time at the launch of their partnership with The Old Grove Farmstead and of their intimate wedding packages. While a lot of their guests were understandably from the Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite areas, some of their industry partners from Metro Manila and as far north as Bulacan were also invited.
The welcome drinks of summer coolers and Juan Carlo The Caterer’s signature popsicle-in-fruit punch quenched away our thirst especially coming from a long drive from our side of Metro Manila and away from COVID19 pandemic worries. Seeing friends, wedding industry colleagues, and the warm welcoming smiles of Alex del Rosario, Chairman & Founder, and JC del Rosario, AVP of Juan Carlo The Caterer instantly shifted our gears to party mode.
The grazing table was a sight to behold. And double joy of a feast to partake. The awesome spread of oysters, tahong (New Zealand mussels), cold cuts, nuts, dates, cheeses, vegetables sticks, flat bread, and mini burgers was a such visual delight that will make your mouth water by just looking at it. But was it delicious? Of course! It’s Juan Carlo The Caterer.
The interior décor of Gideon Hermosa, one of Philippine weddings’ creative geniuses, was something else. The combination of farm fruits in crates, candles, votives, orchids, and other blooms was postcard pretty barnyard chic at its finest. Three long tables with fragrant centerpieces dominated the room accented by faux trees to give the place a cozier outdoorsy vibe. Juan Carlo The Catarer’s party souvenir of Batangas tablea, honey, and kapeng barako packaged in a crate box with a sliding cover was a pleasant surprise that greeted the guests upon being seated.
The food was great. But that’s a given of any Juan Carlo The Caterer’s event. The plating was superb. Another given. It was fancy hotel dining experience in a remote setting such as The Old Grove Farmstead. And for this event, Juan Carlo The Caterer did not disappoint.
Morissete Amon, herself a soon-to-be bride, dazzled and mesmerized the Philippine wedding industry guests with three Trina Belamide/Regine Velasquez collab songs (You Made Me Stronger, Shine, and Reason Enough For Me) and encored with the Mariah Carey remake of the Jackson 5 classic I’ll be There with the 3rd Avenue lead vocalist.
To help ensure the safety of their Philippine wedding industry guests, an antigen swab test area was appropriated and guests were requested to be tested before they can proceed to the event grounds. While everyone in the party grounds tested negative for the COVID19 pandemic virus, reminders of the minimum IATF safety protocols of wearing masks and physical distancing through beautifully styled themed signages and announced by the event emcee every so often. This is an idea an intimate wedding party of any celebration in this time of COVID19 pandemic can adopt.
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Planner/Coordinator by La Belle Fete Manila
Catering: Juan Carlo The Caterer
Styling: Gideon Hermosa
Entertainment: 3rd Avenue and Mherjohn Lagaya
Host: Karen Kabuhat
Lights & Sounds: LX Events Pro
Official Photo & Video: Nice Print Photography