Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ethel and Jayson's Wedding: The Reception

After the simple wedding at Mary The Queen Parish, guests were all invited to Ethel and Jayson's wedding reception at the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel.

The newlyweds were showered with confetti from the party popper.

After which they were asked to cut their really CUTE blue and white wedding cake. It was so pretty!

They also did the traditional wine drinking with their arms linked together. Wish I had a taste of that Monet wine, too! :)

And when the guests start tapping their glasses, it's time for that KISS!

Since it was past 12NN, people were already hungry. And when we were fed, we were fed well! I loved the set menu they had prepared for their guests, like for their appetizer we had the Chili Fried Soft Shell Crab with Wild Berry Vinaigrette, Seared Scallop Wrapped in Parma Ham Caviar.

Although I'm not a fan of vinaigrette, I enjoyed the scallops and the soft shell crab! Really good for jumpstarting your appetite for the upcoming meals.

After the appetizer, we were given soup which I forgot to take a picture of. But it was called Lobster Reduction with Basil Prawn Wonton. I did not enjoy this, particularly because the soup was thick and they didn't cook the wonton very well, you could still taste the flour in the tough wrapping.

To cleanse our palette, we were given Lemon Sorbet with Pistachio Nuts.

I only had one small teaspoonful of this thing because it was just TOO SOUR! It was good, but damn! Whoever squeezed the lemons had too much fun pouring it into the mixture! They even forgot there's such a thing as sugar!

The kicker was really this: Thyme Roasted U.S. Tenderloin with Eda Mami Beans, Creamed Leek Garlic Mash and Port Pink Pepper Reduction.

The meat was thick, but it was so tender! We didn't have problems cutting it with the knife and chewing on it. It was also so tasty! Perfect combination with the mashed leek thing. Great meal! :)

For dessert, we were given Glazed Chocolate Pave Layered with Jasmine Tea Infused Ganache and Anis Spiced Wild Berry Reduction.

I really don't know what a REDUCTION is, but whatever they are, it was really good! :)Good meal for a bunch of hungry guests!

During the meal, the newlyweds were asked to go table hopping for the usual picture taking. They had also prepared a really cool AVP/MTV, which we really enjoyed watching. It was here that the real deal on the love story was finally revealed!

Ethel and Jayson met when he was serving his OJT in Ethel's family's company. They were introduced to each other, and obviously sparks flew. Jayson must have reall given it his all, even going all the way to a town in Batangas where Ethel was with officemates just to see her.

It was on Ethel's birthday, August 11, when she finally "answered" Jayson during her birthday dinner with the family. The proposal came several months later, on February 14, 2010, at the Wheel of Fate in Enchanted Kingdom (a popular theme park here in the Philippines).

And like what they say, the rest is history. :D

Earlier during the reception, it was announced that there would be a very special guest who will be singing. Turned out, this mystery guest was ERIK SANTOS. For foreigners who get to read this, he's this big shot crooner here in our country. His ticket to fame was winning this reality singing competition some time ago.

Ethel's mom apparently, is the huge fan of this guy. He sang a couple of songs for the guests, but he also sang a couple more to which the newlyweds danced to.

Ethel and Jayson's wedding also served us a reunion for me and a couple of my blockmates. Here's Kym, me, and Doreen with the newlyweds.

It was really fun to catch up with each other, especially with Doreen whom I haven't seen for a couple of years now! Still pretty as ever! :)

Like their church ceremony, the reception was also simple but it was really fun. I noticed how the guests ranged from family, relatives, and a few friends, really an "intimate" bunch. And I am privileged to have been part of their special day.

To extend their warm thanks for being with them on their big day each guest received this cute keepsake. A butterfly inside a glass. I already have this on display in my room! :)

Wanna have your reception at the Edsa Shangri-la just like Ethel and Jayson? Here are their contact details.
Edsa Shangri-La
1 Garden Way
Ortigas Centre
Mandaluyong City 1650, Philippines
T: (63 2) 633 8888
F: (63 2) 631 1067
W: http://www.shangri-la.com/en/property/manila/edsashangrila

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