As someone easily swayed and taken by the aesthetically pleasing visuals she sees on the internet, it's no surprise that Lizel Ancheta's wedding to now-husband DM Jove was brimming with picture-perfect elements. Choosing to celebrate their nuptials in the middle of the forest, the couple turned The Forest Barn in Tagaytay into the boho-chic greenery of their dreams. Flanked by fairy lights, bronze lanterns, inspiring Bible quotes, a shabby-chic wooden backdrop, macrame decor, and a vintage Volkswagen bus to boot, this pair's intimate and tasteful wedding is basically a Pinterest moodboard we all aspire to recreate.
See more of their gorgeous wedding below as Preview talks to the bride about their theme, how they pulled it off, her advice for couples taking a similar flora and fauna route, and more!
Congratulations on your wedding! How are you two settling in so far?
"Since we moved in together, we’ve been learning to adjust and compromise with each other more. We've been together for 11 years, though, so we find it easier now. We did manage to set our own rules, just to guide us—but anyway, we've got a lifetime to get to know each other more."
Tell us about your dream wedding. Was it like the wedding you had down to a T, or did some details change along the way?
"I’m the kind of girl who's tempted by a lot of inspirations I see on the web. Some days I want this, some days I’m drawn to that. It gets crazier and crazier as the wedding bells approach, but I guess it’s normal for a bride to explore options as she discovers what best suits her style. Just a piece of advice, though: Try to stick to what you imagined [your dream wedding] to be and don’t let pressure get in the way."
How were your preparations leading up to the big day? Would you say you were a bridezilla?
"Thankfully, I’m not; even though I know weddings are notoriously stress-inducers. I think having an intimate wedding—with a small group of people who actually know and love us—really helped. Also, it’s so easy to manage a small crowd."
It looked straight out of a Pinterest board! Which makes us wonder, did you have an actual Pinterest board for the wedding?
"Yes, definitely a lifesaver and the best tool for me! I just pinned everything I like, and from there, I was able to trim down the common elements. I started looking for pegs the day after the proposal—not that I was too excited for my wedding, LOL! I just didn’t want to forget even the smallest of details because they're important pieces of a puzzle—and together, they would create the overall mood of my wedding."
Why did you decide to have a wedding in the forest? Any tips/advice for couples looking to do the same?
"Well, I've always leaned towards a boho chic aesthetic, and I couldn’t think of a better way to say 'I do' than in the middle of the woods. Also, we wanted to veer away from the 'traditional' wedding and create our own version instead. Just like what Carrie said in the movie Sex and the City 2, 'You have to take the tradition and decorate it your way.' This line stuck with me and gave me so much courage to go out of the box. You do you!
"That said, realistically speaking, you also have to consider the weather, the location, and the willingness of your guests to travel."
You looked absolutely lovely! Can you tell us who did your gown? How about your hair and makeup? What look were you going for?
"Since our theme was rustic-bohemian, I wanted an ethereal, boho-inspired and effortlessly chic wedding dress for a free-spirited girl like me. My main wedding gown was from the Von Lazaro 2019 collection, while my second dress was from Bride House Manila. I opted for functional dresses that I could conveniently move around in. As for my hair and makeup, I wanted something that still looked natural so I opted for lightweight makeup and a half-up 'do."
Which would you say was your favorite part of the wedding?
"The ceremony itself, since we did it in the middle of the woods. The vibe was calm—you could even hear the bird chirping—and the weather was cold."
Last question! Where's the honeymoon?
"We went to Japan—it’s our happy place and it's also where he proposed."