This Dreamy Wedding In The Philippines Filled The Ruins Of An Old Church With Flowers

Bride Julien was born on the beautiful island of Camiguin in the Philippines and grew up there until she moved to the UK at 13 years old. When she and groom Patrick were dating, they visited Camiguin together and knew immediately that when they said “I do” they wanted to do it there. 

The ruins of an old church proved to be the perfect spot for these two self-professed “nature enthusiasts” with the four remaining moss and vine covered walls creating an open-air ceremony space that was surrounded by trees and plant growth. From there they turned to planner Events by Amanda Tirol and event designer and florist House of Hermosa to pack the space with roses and greenery and create a lush fairytale feel. 

The celebration included four days worth of adventures in the great outdoors like snorkeling and visits to waterfalls so that guests who’d traveled in could make the most of their time on the iconic island.

We cannot get enough of Julien + Patrick’s romantic wedding day and all of the breathtaking photos that Jaja Samaniego took!

Julien + Patrick’s powder pink invites are stunningly simple. Check out our list of the best minimal wedding invitations to buy online if you’re feeling a less-is-more invitation vibe.

Julien’s Saeda 85 pumps in Linen/Crystal by Jimmy Choo are the definition of bridal glam.

We’re loving Julien’s loose waves and soft pink makeup looks by stylist Jay Aquino and makeup artist Anthea Bueno.

How cute are the white pajama sets all of Julien’s bridesmaids are wearing?! Matching PJ sets are such a great bridal party gift idea!

If you’re on the fence about whether a billowy veil moment like Julien’s is for you, explore our breakdown of reasons to veil or not to veil.

Look through our fave sage green bridesmaid dresses if you’re loving that pop of green in this otherwise blush and ivory bridal party palette!

The Ceremony

We absolutely cannot get enough of the floral wonderland that House of Hermosa created within the ruins of this old church.

“As a couple we love our weekend getaways in the English countryside,” say Julien + Patrick. “So our main inspiration which we communicated to Gideon Hermosa, our wedding stylist, was definitely to transform the old church ruins into an English garden with lush florals just like how it is in England during springtime.”

Julien tried different types of dresses to discover that a sheath style gown would suit her body type best. With that in mind she focused in on that silhouette, and, on a trip to Js Couture in London, she found the “Orrie” dress by Enzoani. “All of my friends were left speechless,” Julien says, “and it even brought my maid of honour to tears.” The fit was perfect, and it was comfortable enough to make sense in a tropical climate. “And to top it all off,” says Julien, “I really had the vision that the romantic, embroidered pattern of vines and flowers, together with the delicate Chantilly lace, would suit the overall vibe and aesthetic we wanted for the old church ruins, our ceremony venue.”

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Our Musical Choices

Processional: "Spring" by Vivaldi (recomposed by Max Richter) + "Canon In D" by Pachelbel

Recessional: "Newlyweds" by Kris Bowers

First Dance: "Stand By Me" by Ben E King

Statement aisles like the windy garden path at Julien + Patrick’s wedding are one of the wedding trends we’re excited to see!

So into Patrick’s casual yet elegant open collar look!!

The film effect on this photo really captures the dreaminess of this day. Get into our breakdown of film vs. digital wedding photography to learn more about the differences!

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Enjoy every planning stage of the preparation and try not to stress too much in little details. Respect each other’s opinions and be authentic, filtering out what social media may deem acceptable. You do you!

More importantly, ignore other people’s comments or opinions and follow what you both think is right. Enjoy each moment, may it be small or big, as your wedding day will be faster than a blink of an eye. No wedding is going to be perfect, but it will be the most perfect day for you both.

Check out the Roesia Pearl Veil from Anthropologie Weddings if you’re loving the pearl details of Julien’s stunning cathedral-length veil.

“We really pushed for it to be as intimate as possible, and this was one of the best decision we made because we truly felt the love from each and every guest,” Julien + Patrick say. “We also opted for an unplugged ceremony and felt our loved ones’ presence.”

Take a peek at our collection of 37 lace wedding dresses for a romantic bridal look!

We are obsessed with this kiss shot!! And the way it captures all the romance of Julien + Patrick’s day as well as the gorgeous floral design. Jaja Samaniego really did nail it.

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The Reception

Love all of the luminaries on the lawn!! Here are some LED candle luminaries if you’re looking for a battery powered option.

There’s really no way to prepare for the show stopping lights and florals in this reception setup.

Explore our list of 14 dreamy ways to use fairy lights in your wedding if you know your celebration needs some twinkle.

Take a look at our list of the most creative hanging installation ideas for your wedding if you can’t get enough of the dreamy romance that the dangling florals bring to this space.

Snag some long stem candle holders to recreate the fun way that candlelight was folded in among the table settings’ glassware and centerpieces.

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Apart from seeing everyone enjoying themselves and celebrating with joy, our favourite would be our dance alone, under the fairy lights, after all the guests had left. It was the moment we were able to sink everything in and feel grateful for all the love we received.

Congratulations, Julien + Patrick! Your enchanted English garden wedding in the Philippines was a total floral fairytale!! GWS wishes you all the very best!

photography: Jaja Samaniego // venue name: Guiob Church Ruins, Catarman, Camiguin, Philippines // event design: House of Hermosa // planning: Amanda Tirol // florals: House of Hermosa // wedding dress: Enzoani // wedding dress boutique: Js Couture // hair stylist: Jay Aquino // makeup artist: Anthea Bueno // videography: Amavi Studios // music: Toons Canoy // events host: Kevin Lapeña