A Modern Filipiniana Wedding
Jerameel Mendoza Cruz and Carmina Flores Cruz
By Danielle Sebastian
Jerameel and Carmina
Weddings are celebrated
events in many different cultures way back then up until today.
Wedding celebrations have continuously evolved and changed
into a celebration not only of family and love but also of
For couple Jerameel and
Carmina Cruz, they chose their wedding to be a fusion of traditional
Filipino flavours with a twist of modern day elements. Just
like them, their wedding is a combination of the old and new.
They want their married life to be like those of our Filipino
ancestors, strong and unyielding, but also modern, where love
is based on openness, growing together and mutual respect.
Jerameel and Carmina shared
with us how they transformed their wedding celebration into
a modern Filipiniana themed wedding.
The couple in their Filipiniana wedding
Filipiniana Wedding Elements
Carmina has always wanted to be married in a small chapel.
She especially wanted a Catholic Church wedding. Jerameel
on the other hand was not fond of the beach wedding idea.
Thus, both of them agreed to have a traditional Catholic Church
wedding with a Filipiniana theme.
Central to the Filipiniana
wedding theme were the wedding attires of the couple. Carmina
wore a conservative but elegant Filipiniana wedding gown while
Jerameel wore a Barong Tagalog. Adding to the theme were the
guests who also participated and wore Filipiniana gowns and
Souvenirs for male sponsors.
Organic coffee packed in a box of pandan
leaves sourced from Bacolod.
To make the wedding celebration
more Filipiniana, the wedding favors for their entourage and
sponsors were made from native products. Female sponsors received
wedding souvenirs of native spa sets (lemon grass scent body
oil & chamomile (manzanilla) tea while the male sponsors
were given organic coffee both of which were packaged in a
box of pandan leaves. These wedding favors of spa sets and
organic coffee were both sourced from Bacolod. The female
entourage, on the other hand, were given as wedding souvenirs
mother of Pearl bangles from Palawan in a box personally made
by Carmina. The male entourage’s wedding favors were
personalized pens inside a native pencil case made of abaca
Souvenirs for female sponsors.
Native spa sets (lemon grass scent body
oil and chamomile tea)
With family from Canada
and friends from abroad, their Filipino wedding gifts and
theme were new and interesting to their wedding guests. Months
after the wedding, family and friends are still going on and
on about their wedding from choice of menu, to the wedding
souvenirs, the wedding songs of the string ensemble and even
the match a sponsor used to light a candle! Every detail was
well thought of and planned to make the guests enjoy their
The Filipiniana theme added
a Filipino cultural charm to their wedding as they exchanged
their vows and the guests were toasting for their success
in life and in marriage.
Modern Wedding Elements
Now the wedding will not be Jerameel and Carmina’s if
it didn’t incorporate their modern personalities. Carmina
is into wedding planning while Jerameel is a graphic artist.
Both of them are into artistic and outgoing endeavours that
reflect their modern and fun Filipino personalities.
To create a complement to
the Filipiniana wedding theme, the couple chose an elegant
modern color motif which was cobalt blue and silver. Some
guests opted to wear gowns and dresses in line with the wedding’s
color motif. It was a refreshing contrast to the Filipiniana
wedding theme, a match of the old and the new.
Jerameel also designed a
logo for their modern wedding invitations and other prints
such as menu cards, signages & table cards.
Jerameel and Carmina especially
wanted their guests to have fun at their wedding too. So instead
of the traditional rose petal or confetti, guests were able
to choose what they wanted to shower the couple with after
the wedding mass. Choices were petals, party poppers and lots
of bubbles. Children playing with bubbles also greeted them
at the chapel door.
Another mix of modern and
traditional was their audio-visual presentation of thanks.
Filipino wedding couples usually express their gratitude at
the end of the wedding reception. Jerameel and Carmina made
an extra effort to prepare an AVP of thanks for their beloved
family and guests.
Unforgettable Wedding Experience
Adding all of these traditional and modern features of a wedding,
Jerameel and Carmina Cruz got their unforgettable wedding
experience. Their bold decision to incorporate traditional
and modern all in one wedding surely paid off. They got their
dream wedding and their guests were as happy as they can be.
As Jerameel and Carmina
proved, weddings are much nicer and meaningful when traditional
and modern cultures are entangled into one joyous and unforgettable