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Blog Count: (11) Meet Bride and Breakfast |

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Tish Leizens

Janna Simpao is perpetually in love. She is in love with her husband, Ian, and her three-year-old boy Matti. She is in love with bridal gowns and just about anything on weddings. So, it is no coincidence that she started two blogs, Bride and Breakfast in 2010 and Baby and Breakfast in 2013. Both are drawing more attention with beautifully crafted blog design, inspirational tips and pictures.

“I started blogging a few months after Ian and I tied the knot in January 2010. During that time, I was hooked with wedding style even after the wedding was over. My husband saw how passionate I was with wedding inspiration that he encouraged me to start blogging about it,” said Simpao.

At first, she said, it was just a way to express her appreciation for the pretty things, but then she noticed that people were reading it and the blog become helpful as brides made their wedding plans. Today, Bride and Breakfast has been recognized as one of the worthy blogs to follow.

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Images from the blog: from top left, a wedding ceremony, photographed by: Pat Dy; the wedding cake, photo by Jose Villa; and table setting, photo by J. Lucas Reyes. At bottom, flowers and shoes, photos by Pat Dy and  the wedding ring, photo by Ian Santillan.

Below is our conversation with Janna Simpao who shares her passions and bridal tips.

Who is Janna Simpao? 

I am a wife and a mother to an adorable three-year old. I love staying at home and just having a quiet evening. I also really like traveling, interior design, and good food. Obviously, I am passionate about weddings, my Christian faith, my marriage and family life.

Tell us about the success of Bride and Breakfast. 

I think the blog did well because it was really the first of its kind when we started it. It was a place where brides can really envision how they want their wedding to look like, as well as, an easy resource to find suppliers they wanted to book. It made the whole wedding preparations so much fun and a bit easier. I think God has really placed this unusual passion in my heart to really give my 101% to wedding blogging, and at the end of the day I think that readers feel it and catch the ‘wedding fever”. I am also very hands on with all our blog posts, events, and other wedding-related endeavors such as editorial shoots. I make it a point to never lose sight of letting our followers as well as suppliers get the Bride and Breakfast experience.

Photo credit: Pat Dy

The bride and blogger: Janna Simpao.  Photo by: Pat Dy

We like the Fashion Friday category. Tell our readers what it is.

Every Friday, we feature bridal collections both from international and local suppliers. Like myself, most brides are obsessed with finding the dress. I think it’s apt to set one day for it!

What’s the story behind Baby and Breakfast blog?

We launched Baby and Breakfast a few years after the wedding blog. Since children’s parties, shoots and inspiration are the next thing for the newlyweds, we thought of creating this new blog. We’ve already established a strong relationship with our readers and we wanted to share this new season in their lives.

What have you learned about weddings and brides based on your blog?

There is no one look for a beautiful wedding. You can actually choose whatever theme, color or look. For me the most important thing in terms of style execution is balance. Know when to add and when to hold back. And, no one ever outshines the bride on her wedding day—no matter what, she just has the special glow.

When is the best time to get married in the Philippines?

Best would be relative. If you want to do an outdoor wedding then stay away from the summer months. If you want most of your family to be here, then do December or January cause people are available to fly in from different countries. It really depends on what your priorities are.

Can you provide us with tips for the brides?

I only have one, make sure you put  about the same effort planning your wedding to making your marriage work. A beautiful wedding is great but a legendary marriage is better.

Blog Count is a series of conversations with Pinays all over the world. We think these Pinays sparkle and shine. If you are a member of, we can feature you too. Can you inspire us? Do you have something to share? Email Tish Leizens, chief editor at Let’s start a conversation.

Tish Leizens

Tish Leizens is a great believer in asking lots of questions. That was how she was trained as a business journalist for newspapers and magazines. That was how she survived trying moments in her personal life and how she navigated a successful career and business in media. In 1997, she asked, “Why not?” And so, she moved from Manila to New York City. It was and continues to be a great adventure. After stints as a reporter for Manila Chronicle and Manila Times; correspondent for The Straits Times and Gulf News; Tish worked as editor for Conde Nast, and later edited and published her own regional magazines, OurHouse and Excursions. OurHouse, sold in bookstores chains in the East Coast, was nationally recognized for its innovative approach to magazine publishing. Tish has lectured at the New York Public Library on how to launch a magazine and other topics related to publishing. She was featured in CNN Money in 2010.

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