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A setting of sand and sea, palm trees and starlight is hard to beat.

An Island Wedding in the Pearl of the Pacific
by Metro Weddings I do
July-December 2003 Issue


For drama on shore, consider a full length train. On Grace: White satin gown with beaded bodice by Edwin Tan; on Ariel: ‘Barong’ and black slacks by Silk Cocoon. Make up and grooming by Yvette Lao
For drama on shore, consider a full-length train. On Grace: White satin gown with beaded bodice by Edwin Tan; on Ariel: ‘Barong’ and black slacks by Silk Cocoon. Make up and grooming by Yvette Lao.

 

By nature, an island wedding is a departure from tradition, says Rita Sanson, whose family owns and runs Pearl of the Pacific in Boracay. "Here, it's about the tropical setting," she explains.

"People who choose to get married here tend to be nature lovers, they're freer and more independent-minded." And the weddings follow suit. "People who get married here want it different," Rita adds. "They want it in their style."

With the help of friends Louie Cruz, the party impressario, and florist Mita Rufino and Bamboo, and a host of workers, the pearl demonstrated the possibilities in a series of wedding set-ups expressly made for "Metro Weddings 'I Do'."

The range of styles is impressive, utilizing a surprising number of elements: sunsets and sandcastles, starlight and palm trees, starfish and pearls, horses and a teepee. A ballroom may be more manageable and certainly more controllable, but a setting of shore and sky is tough to top

 

A Pearl of the Pacific ‘cabana’ is transformed into a dazzling setting for a champagne dinner.
A Pearl of the Pacific ‘cabana’ is transformed into a dazzling setting for a champagne dinner. Alternatively, it could serve as the couple’s table at the wedding banquet with other tables gathered round. The raised bamboo floor is lined with ‘banig.’ Cushion covers are also ‘banig.’ Flower-filled iron candelabra hangs from the roof, tented with white fabric. An antique iron cauldron is filled with water and candles floating on flowers.
A Pearl reception setup facing the resort’s magnificent view
A Pearl reception setup facing the resort’s magnificent view.

The resort built a teepee just to show the extent of possibilities for an island wedding
The resort built a teepee just to show the extent of possibilities for an island wedding.
     
The Pearl’s Mary Mother and  Queen of All Nations Shrine designed by Bobby Mañosa
The Pearl’s Mary Mother and Queen of All Nations Shrine designed by Bobby Mañosa

Setting up the luau. Tripods of bamboo are the candelabra
Setting up the luau. Tripods of bamboo are the candelabra.
 
The first set-up was the most formal, a grand banquet in the Pearl's imposing, Willie Coscolluela-design, thatched-roof main hall at beachfront. Red roses, capiz shell lanterns and mile of pearl garlands had a very romantic effect that was also reflective of the seaside setting.
   
The resort’s main hall decked out for a wedding
The resort’s main hall decked out for a wedding. The couple can sit on the elevated portion at the center under a rose thronged ‘chandelier’ hung on fabric.

A luau set upon the beach the following night was almost as grand though a tad more casual, with low dining tables allowing guests to sit on the powder-soft sand. Bamboo torches assembled into tripod served as centerpiece "candelabra". Ginger plant leaves lay the length of the dining tables. An elevated banig-lined dais was to hold the couple. There were antique iron cauldrons filled with water and floating flowers and candles. The set up was so thoughtful and thorough as to include normal height dining tables and chairs for those who prefer to (or can't) sit on the sand. To one side of the setting was a trademark Boracay sight. In the late afternoon, after school, kids build sandcastles and other sculptures on the beach and fill their hollows with candles at dusk. It's a very pretty sight.

The Pearl not only has one of the widest beachfronts in Boracay, its property reaches far inland and goes up a hill. Deep inland, in forested area, there is an impressive shrine designed by Bobby Ma-osa all decked out for a ceremony.

   

At the top of the property, overlooking the ocean, there is a wood pergola which they decorated with flowers and furnished with a marble-top table and antique-style chairs. This would make a lovely setting for a private dinner for the wedded couple or a pre-wedding bridesmaids' tea party.

The possibilities and variation are endless. If a luau is too casual for your wedding banquet but the idea appeals to you anyway, throw one for your rehearsal dinner. Louie Cruz suggests one of the pre-wedding activities be sarong painting or tie-dyeing for attire to be worn at luau.

The Pearl’s beachfront all set for a walk down the aisle
The Pearl’s beachfront all set for a walk down the aisle.
 

It's these details, that make the island wedding so special, he says. "By the mere fact that the bride is holding a coconut instead of a champagne glass or that she's taken off her shoes, the whole feel of the wedding is changed."

   
What's it going to cost?  
   

Pearl of the Pacific has set packages for weddings of a minimum of 80 to 150 persons. The packages are inclusive of floral centerpieces for all tables and decoration of reception venues, complimentary accommodations for the couple in the Maharlika Premier Beachfront Suite for three days and two nights with daily breakfast at the Princess Rita Restaurant or in the suite. The couple will also get a 15% discount on other food and drink they consume themselves and a bottle of Champagne.

A set menu in Package A includes a Thai beef salad, Carrot & Pumpkin Soup, Grilled Seafood Skewers with Pesto, Grilled Chicken Breast with Mango, mashed potato, paella, and an ice cream and fruit dessert served in coconuts. This costs P530 per person. The buffet version is P640 per person.

 
The set menu in Package B is P860. Buffet Menu 1 includes several salads and desserts, and is highlighted by pork, chicken and marlin selections from the grill, as well as main courses like Caribbean Spiced Free Ranged Chicken, Braised Pork in Tomatoes with Kalamata Olives and Chorizo. It costs P1,085 per person.

 

A standard room at the Pearl is $120 a night. A deluxe room is $150 and a suite is $200.

Pearl of the Pacific - Manila Office
Address: R&G Tirol Bldg., 831 EDSA, Quezon City
Telephone Nos: (632) 926-0162, 924-4480, 924-4483
Fax No: (632) 924-4482

Pearl of the Pacific - Resort
Address: Balabag, Boracay, Malay, Aklan
Telephone No: (036) 288-3220
Fax No: (036) 288-3961
Url Page: http://www.pearlofthepacific.com.ph
E-mail: boracay@pearlpacific.com.ph

 

South East Asian Airlines flies to Caticlan (The airport closest to Boracay) eight times a day. The round trip fare is P5,130 inclusive of insurance.

South East Asian Airlines
Telephone No: (632) 843-7308
Url Page: www.flyseair.com
E-mail: tickets@flyseair.com

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This article and its photos are republished with permission from Metro Weddings I Do (July - December 2003 Issue). Photographs by Jovel Lorenzo. Models: Grace Tagle, Ariel Atendido.
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