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A Modern Touch on Tradition: The Filipiniana Wedding of Johnny and Gie

Love knows no boundaries—a truth exemplified by Giezel “Gie” Gumahad and Johnny Carpio II’s romantic journey from a serendipitous office introduction in Los Angeles to their stunning Filipiniana wedding on February 10, 2024. This wedding not only celebrated their unique love story but also honored their deep roots in Filipino culture. 

Setting the Scene: A Dream of Blue, Green, and Champagne

Choosing the historic Manila Cathedral for their ceremony and the luxurious Manila Hotel for the reception, Gie and Johnny infused their special day with a Filipiniana theme that spoke volumes of their heritage and personal tastes. Their chosen color motif of Loyal Blue, Ceylanite, and Savon de Provence symbolized the couple’s love for the ocean and nature, with a hint of champagne to represent the sandy shores that unite land and sea. This palette not only set the aesthetic tone but also framed the Filipiniana theme in a refreshingly modern light.

Overcoming Challenges: The Road to Forever

Despite the challenges of coordinating a wedding across different time zones and managing logistics during Johnny’s brief stays in the Philippines, the couple’s meticulous planning and the expertise of their wedding team ensured a seamless celebration. Their story is a testament to the importance of teamwork and clear communication in turning wedding dreams into reality.


A Filipiniana Wedding to Remember: Joy and Tears in Manila

From a relaxed morning to emotional moments with loved ones and a fun ‘Marites’ themed photoshoot, Gie embraced her wedding day with poise and excitement. Meanwhile, Johnny’s day was filled with anticipation, which culminated in a touching moment when he couldn’t hold back tears as Gie walked down the aisle. 

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The reception was a highlight, with features like a beautiful hedge entrance and a fountain that resembled a traditional Filipino courtyard. It was these thoughtful touches that emphasized their Filipiniana theme, making the event not just a celebration, but a cultural homage.

Learning and Loving: Insights from the Journey

Planning a wedding as grand as a Filipiniana themed celebration comes with its set of learnings. Gie and Johnny’s experience highlights the necessity of balancing a budget, managing a guest list, and ensuring every detail reflects the couple’s personality and desires. More importantly, they learned the value of enjoying the process and embracing each moment, ensuring that their wedding day was not just about the festivities but about celebrating their union.

The Couple’s Advice in Preparing for Your Big Day

For couples embarking on their wedding planning journey, Gie and Johnny offer sage advice: keep a close watch on the budget, enjoy every little planning detail, and make a concerted effort to be present on the big day. They emphasize clear communication, handling disagreements constructively, and inviting only those who truly matter to ensure the day is fun and memorable.

A Filipiniana Wedding Celebration Like No Other

Gie and Johnny’s Filipiniana wedding was more than a ceremony—it was a vibrant celebration of love, culture, and shared dreams. It stands as an inspiration to other couples to weave their heritage into their wedding day, ensuring it reflects who they are and the love they share. Their story is not just about the challenges overcome or the details that made their day special. It was about starting a lifetime together with joy, laughter, and a promise to forever hold dear the traditions that brought them together.

Gie and Johnny’s wedding journey beautifully illustrates that with love, patience, and a touch of creativity, you can turn a traditional celebration into a personalized, unforgettable experience. Their Filipiniana wedding wasn’t just a day to remember. It was the perfect mix of personal history, love, and the blending of lives into a harmonious future.


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Philippine Wedding Industry Trivia:

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Church: The Manila Cathedral

Reception Venue & Wedding Prep: The Manila Hotel

Church Styling: Gayak Manila

Reception Styling: Drew Menor Event Styling

Pre-nup & Wedding Photo & Video: Nice Print Photography & Exige Weddings

Lights & Sounds: Crossmix Sound and Lights

LED Wall: Metrotech Projector

Bridal Gown: Bianca Cordero

Mothers’ Gowns: Bianca Cordero

Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Gown Concept Sales and Rental

Bridal Robe: La Rosa Bridal

Make-Up: Creations by DGS

Hair: Hair By Tatin

Host: Ernest Sto Tomas

Music: Bernie Pasamba and the Music Masters

Bridal Car: APerfectDayWedCar Luxury Bridal Cars Manila

Invitation: neonovelties

Wedding Bands: Ty Po Huat Goldsmith

Engagement Ring: Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry

Photobooth: Marlly Photobooth

Bartender: @manbehindthebarph (MK Ramores)

DJ: @s.t.f.l.r (GA Sison)

Food Carts: Potato Corner & Mr. Ruben Manalo for our Filipino Street Food (Taho & Sorbetes)


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