Posts Tagged ‘tessa prieto-valdez’

Brunch @ Impressions!

Sunday, April 1st, 2012
I LOVE SUNDAY BRUNCH!  It is the most relaxing thing that I indulge in when ever possible!  Easter brunch is something that me and my friend always look forward to . However this year most of us are going on different directions and destinations so we  were all so happy that our sea princess Tessa Valdes invited us all over for an early easter brunch at  the Impressions.
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Say Hi to my friend Chef Cyrille Soenen!

The Wedding of the Pirate and the Sea Princess!

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

15 years ago, Dennis and Tessa Valdes got married.  Their wedding is the stuff of legends!  The theme of their wedding was Medieval and they had everyone in Manila going agog and some aghast.  I remember that it was a mad scramble for everyone to get costumes.  I was just starting my designing then and I was fortunate enough to have done some of the guests attending the wedding.

Fast forward today….The couple…(Hmmm actually maybe Tessa more)  wanted to celebrate their anniversary in the most unique manner.  When I received the invitation to the party, I knew that I had to clear out my day because this was something I would not want to miss.  The wedding had an “under the sea” theme and Tessa and Dennis really made this party truly special and extra memorable for everyone! It was one of the most unique parties that I have ever been too!  My wish for Tessa & Dennis is to continue inspiring others how to live. They live their lives truly to the fullest!  This is their mantra.  Thank you for making me a part of this!

 How lucky was I to have three GORGEOUS dates to the party!  My dear friends  Fashion designer Patrice Ramos-Diaz.  Model/Actress/TV host Teresa Herrera and Glamazon/Athelete/PR maven Leica Carpo.  You  should have seen the people move aside when these women strode to the venue.  They literally stopped people in their tracks!  AMAZING!
How lucky was I to have three GORGEOUS dates to the party! My dear friends fashion designer Patrice Ramos-Diaz, model/actress/TV host Teresa Herrera and glamazon/athlete/PR maven Leica Carpo. You should have seen the people move aside when these women strode to the venue. They literally stopped people in their tracks! AMAZING!

 Tessa & Dennis decided to have their anniversary party at the Manila Ocean Park.  I have never been there so I was really excited.  This is the top f the dome of the park.
Tessa & Dennis decided to have their anniversary party at the Manila Ocean Park. I have never been there so I was really excited. This is the top of the dome of the park.

 Tessa in her sea princess gown.  I was inspired by mermaids and venus coming out of the shell. Her shell turns into a peplum after the ceremony.
Tessa in her sea princess gown. I was inspired by mermaids and Venus coming out of the shell. Her shell turns into a peplum after the ceremony.

 A back view of the dress, I think we used more than 3 thousand "scales" for the skirt.
A back view of the dress: I think we used more than 3 thousand “scales” for the skirt.

 Dennis Valdes!  He is the PIRATE!  All thumbs up indeed!
Dennis Valdes! He is the PIRATE! All thumbs up indeed!

Tessa and her beautiful daughters...Anika and Athena.
Tessa and her beautiful daughters…Anika and Athena.

 These young men are my cousins!  Watch out young ladies of Manila!  Prepare to be enthralled!
These young men are my cousins! Watch out, young ladies of Manila! Prepare to be enthralled!

 The ocean park is really a sight to behold!  I am so happy that we have one in Manila!  I will do a separate entry for this.
The ocean park is really a sight to behold! I am so happy that we have one in Manila! I will do a separate entry for this.

 This is Tessa and Denni's amazing wedding cake!  I love the details that they did!  It was magical!
This is Dennis and Tessa’s amazing wedding cake! I love the details that they did! It was magical!

The party came in to parts.  First they had their renewal of vows and then they had the dinner inside the main hall of the aquarium.  This fishes were surrounding us the whole night.
The party came in two parts: first, they had their renewal of vows, and then they had the dinner inside the main hall of the aquarium. The fish were surrounding us the whole night.

 The guests were led to the giant tube so that we could get the full under the sea experience.  Here are lovely ladies Grace Poe, Teenee Chan and Malu Gamboa. with Anna Angara and JR Isaac.  All having the best time!
The guests were led to the giant tube so that we could get the full under the sea experience. Here are lovely ladies Grace Poe, Teenee Chan and Malu Gamboa. with Anna Angara and JR Isaac. All having the best time!

Tessa also had live Mermaids and Mermen lined up for our photo entertainment!
Tessa also had live Mermaids and Mermen lined up for our photo entertainment!

I am always happy to see hot looking Mermen!
I am always happy to see hot looking Mermen!
 I had to take photos with the under these under the sea creatures.  The production design was utterly amazing!
I had to take photos with the under these under the sea creatures. The production design was utterly amazing!

Tessa started the party with some fancy sing-along games!  The Party of Tessa & Dennis is never complete if there are not games!  The prizes this year were really amazing!  From Timex watches to Nokia cel phones even a Discovery shore Boracay weekend get away!  The food was catered by  Cibo.  I thought that Tessa was kidding when she said that she spent so much on every tiny detail for the wedding that all she had budget for the food was Monggo soup and Dilis!  When the food came out.  I was laughing so hard because it was the most classy Dilis  and monggo soup that I have ever had in my entire life!  They were other food though as  you can always trust Margarita Forres to give you the best spreads in the land!
Tessa started the party with some fancy sing-along games! A Tessa & Dennis party is never complete if there are no games! The prizes this year were really amazing! From Timex watches to Nokia cell phones, and even a Discovery Shores Boracay weekend get away! The food was catered by Cibo. I thought that Tessa was kidding when she said that she spent so much on every tiny detail for the wedding that all she had budget for the food was Monggo soup and Dilis! When the food came out, I was laughing so hard because it was the most classy Dilis and monggo soup that I have ever had in my entire life! They were other food though as you can always trust Margarita Fores to give you the best spreads in the land!

Tessa in her mermaid costume!  She was suppose to swim with inside the AQUARIUM!!! OMG!  The thing was she caught a cold that day and was advised by her doctor to pass on swimming with inside the tank.  She decided to still wear the costume though.  Here she is assisted by her dear friend Tim Yap as they hosted the rest of the evening. Take note of her Mermen entourage. LOL!
Tessa in her mermaid costume! She was supposed to swim inside the AQUARIUM!!! OMG! The thing was, she caught a cold that day and was advised by her doctor to pass on swimming inside the tank. She decided to still wear the costume though. Here she is assisted by her dear friend Tim Yap as they hosted the rest of the evening. Take note of her Mermen entourage. LOL!

 Everyone came home with a prize!  Nix shows off his new Nokia phone that he won!  Actually everyone won a NOKIA phone that night!  LOL!  Now how is that for a party souvenir!
Everyone came home with a prize! Nix shows off the new Nokia phone that he won! Actually, everyone won a NOKIA phone that night! LOL! Now how is that for a party souvenir!
The view from my table!  We all had an amazing time!  May Dennis and Tessa's marriage flourish for another 150 years!

The view from my table! We all had an amazing time! May Dennis and Tessa's marriage flourish for another 150 years!

TIGHT HUGS!
RAJO!

The Sea Princess!

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Tessa Valdes is the Sea Princess!  She and her Pirate Dennis will be celebrating their wedding anniversary very soon and she asked me to do her gown.   This is a sketch of what I had in mind for her.  It’s inspired by mermaids and Venus emerging from a half shell: two iconic images fused into one.

The peplum actually lifts up and becomes the shell. LOL! The skirt will be made from thousands of “scales” made from hand cut mikado silk and the bodice is inspired by the waves of the ocean. This will be done by using crystals suspended like a chandelier.  The overall color of the gown is mother of pearl.  I am so excited for the party because I am sure it will really be magical!

HUGS!
RAJO!

The Under the Sea Bash!

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

I just received my e-invite to one of the most exciting parties that will be happening in the metro!  It’s the invite to the wedding anniversary bash of Dennis and Tessa Valdes!  The invite alone is something so unique and striking that I cannot wait to see the actual thing!  I imagine this to be like one of those pop-up books that I loved as a child.   The party will be held inside a giant aquarium!  Tessa and Dennis really hosts the most unique parties; when they got married, they did a medieval themed wedding.  They even had hamsters and dogs in church!  OH MY!  I am so looking forward to this!  I just wanted to share this with all of you!

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HUGS!
RAJO!

Tessa!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

One of my most favorite people on the planet is Tessa Prieto-Valdes. She has one of the most incredible spirits and the biggest hearts.  I have been so blessed because of her friendship.  She has taught me many things, one of which is to really live for the moment and capture each day with positive light.

I wanted to share with you some photos from a recent shoot.  I wanted to do something very English.  My inspiration was the late fashion icon Isabella Blow.  Tessa looked spectacular!!!  In a few weeks, she and her husband Dennis will be celebrating their wedding anniv in very big way!  She asked me to do her dress!  I will be blogging about that process very soon.  In them meantime, do enjoy our photos from the shoot!

 Tessa Bare! Do you know that Tessa does Bikram Yoga daily?  She is also planning to do one of this iron man things soom!  INCREDIBLE!

Tessa Bare! Do you know that Tessa does Bikram Yoga daily? She is also planning to do one of these Iron Man things soon! INCREDIBLE!

 The Talented Jiggs Mayuga starts doing her face!

The Talented Jigs Mayuga starts doing her face!

 Tessa and her signature eyelashes!  LOL!

Tessa and her signature eyelashes! LOL!

 Well....Hello  there Gorgeous!

Well....hello there, Gorgeous!

 The minute we dress her up it was non stop of emoting till the very last second.

The minute we dressed her up, it was nonstop emoting till the very last second.

 Tessa in her full outfit.  It was a study of how I want to do a "basic" white blouse and a pencil skirt!  Operative word here is "Basic" in Tessa world anyway. LOL!

Tessa in her full outfit. It was a study of how I want to do a "basic" white blouse and a pencil skirt! Operative word here is "Basic" in Tessa world anyway. LOL!

 I love this Faux neck piece for Tessa, I think this will be the starting point for her wedding gown which has an under the sea motif.  Tessa after all in the sea princess!  LOL!

I love this faux neck piece for Tessa. I think this will be the starting point for her wedding gown, which has an under the sea motif. Tessa, after all, is the sea princess! LOL!

HUGS!
RAJO!

Christmas at Tessa’s!

Friday, December 19th, 2008

One of the highlights of my Christmas calendar is Tessa’s Christmas party! Every year she comes up with the most fun concepts and everyone ends up with an abundance of Christmas spirit!  Last year she had a white Christmas theme and she even had a snow machine installed in her living room so everyone experienced snow inside Tessa’s house!  CRACK!

This year her theme was GREEN!  She transformed her entire house into an enchanted forest!  She had trees and shrubs and fairies all over the house, it was magical!  The woman is a testament to fantasy coming to life!  The party had actually a circus quite feel to it as there were so many things happening at the same time that you end up having a bit of sensory overload!  It did not help that there were several Tessa’s that evening as her staff from her show “House Life” came to the party dressed as her!  She even had a contest as who was the most like her!

Tessa and I! In the evening's color!

Tessa and I! In the evening's color!

There were so many Tessa's that evening!

There were so many Tessa's that evening!

An army of Tessa's ready to party!

An army of Tessa's ready to party!

The princesses Athena and Anika!

The princesses Athena and Anika!

 Tessa's tree was an abundance in gold!

Tessa's tree was an abundance in gold!

Tessa and Jon Jon Rufino who wore a beautiful Vacul from Batanes.

Tessa and Jon Jon Rufino who wore a beautiful Vacul from Batanes.

The fairest fairy of them all! Teresa Hererra. See people, she eats!  LOVE YOU!

The fairest fairy of them all! Teresa Hererra. See people, she eats! LOVE YOU!

Philip, Tessa, Marissa and Anton having a grand time!

Philip, Tessa, Marissa and Anton having a grand time!

The foyer of the house was filled with trees and shrubs!

The foyer of the house was filled with trees and shrubs!

Tessa rendering a song! You do remember that she is the Celebrity Duet's Philippine champion?!

Tessa rendering a song! You do remember that she is the Celebrity Duet

Getting into the groove! Karen dancing with her cute son with Leah and Angellete!

Getting into the groove! Karen dancing with her cute son with Leah and Angellete!

Chito with this loot! Tessa has the best exchange gifts!

Chito with this loot! Tessa has the best exchange gifts!

My highlights for the evening were the photo booth, for it was a fun way to capture the spirit of the moment. I also loved the yogurt dessert  station with several fruit toppings.  It was so yummy and the big bonus was it was sugar free, fat-free, and well….Free! A party at Tessa’s is not complete without games and this year she really brought it to another level.  She had arranged a family feud game with live feed from none other than Richard Gomez!  It was so hilarious! Then Tessa  arranged for a pole dancer to perform!  It was incredible! There in the middle of her living room was a pole attached to live wires. My heart could not stop thumping as the dancer went up so high as I thought that it might collapse!  A few people tried it out, including myself, and let me tell you, it was very difficult!

This booth was a major hit! It was so yummy and honestly a healthy   dessert.  You just have to stop yourself at the 4th serving! I had six! Jesus help me!

This booth was a major hit! It was so yummy and honestly a healthy dessert. You just have to stop yourself at the 4th serving! I had six! Jesus help me!

 Sandy and Tita Marixi !

Sandy and Tita Marixi !

It was great to see friends that I have not seen in a really long time like Miguel, Ben and Keren!

It was great to see friends that I have not seen in a really long time like Miguel, Ben and Keren!

 Leica came in with a Baron who is really cool in person!

Leica came in with Baron, who is really cool in person!

Nix and Melo!  Who just arrived from Europe!

Nix and Melo! Who just arrived from Europe!

Lea P and Melo!

Lea P and Melo!

Dennis Valdes gives the pole a try!

Dennis Valdes gives the pole a try!

Nix with the fabulous Tita Virgie Ramos!

Nix with the fabulous Tita Virgie Ramos!

Fun times with Marissa and Anton!

Fun times with Marissa and Anton!

The gang in Green! Gosh thats sounded oddly like Gangrene!  YIKES!   LOL!

The gang in Green! Gosh thats sounded oddly like Gangrene! YIKES! LOL!

All in all, it was a joyful evening filled with old and new friends celebrating the holidays!  See you soon!

HUGS!
RAJO!