Hours before our wedding

In my carefree and confusing quarter-life-crisis days, I worked as a part time wedding coordinator whose main JD was to be the bride’s shadow — follow the bride wherever she goes and offer her a helping hand. Back then, I would arrange every bride’s long train, hold their bouquets for them, hand them tissue to…

Wedding Gown by Desino Dulce

Every bride has her own dream wedding gown.  Some want big and fluffy ball gowns, while others prefer the sexy mermaid cut gown.  Some would die for Vera Wang’s iconic wedding dresses, and some would happily buy ready-to-wear (RTW) gowns from simple bridal shops. Regardless of the style and the maker of their gowns, I…

Parish of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

Our hearts were united and blessed at the Parish of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (PHJM).  🙂 From our list of Quezon City-based church options that included Mt. Carmel Shrine in New Manila, Sta. Rita de Cascia Church inside Philam Homes and Our Lady of Consolation Parish inside Mira Nila Homes, fiance and I…

Elements at Eton Centris

After having decided to book our caterer Richgold Weddings, looking for the reception venue was next on our list.  To make our wedding preps easier, we decided to select venues where Richgold Weddings is an accredited caterer.  Our reception venue options were Elements at Centris in Quezon City, The Glass Garden in Pasig, Le Pavillion…

Richgold Weddings

Since I worked as a part-time wedding coordinator when I was 22, I had the opportunity to learn about different suppliers in the wedding industry even before I got engaged.  One of my “dream” suppliers was the burgeoning caterer Richgold Weddings.  What made me interested in Richgold was the elegant and modern event styling on…

Wedding Hair and Make Up by Jammy Villas

Since I’m not a make-up junkie, the last supplier I thought about for our wedding is a hair and make-up artist (HMUA in the world of wedding preps).  “Oh really, do I need one?” was my initial thought whenever someone would inquire about the make-up artist I booked for the wedding. But despite my manang…

DIY Wedding Invitations

Aside from our DIY entourage bouquets and boutonnieres, I was able to finish one more DIY project for our wedding – our wedding invites! 🙂 I composed the wordings and did the layout. Thanks to our photo editing buddy, Adobe Photoshop! 🙂 As per the advice of my sis-in-law, we had the invites printed by…

DIY Origami Bouquets and Boutonnieres for Entourage

The frustrated craftsperson that I was, I forced myself to have even just one do-it-yourself (DIY) project for our wedding.  So I thought of doing origami bouquets and boutonnieres for our entourage. Not only would it save us money, it would also be an opportunity for me, the “feeling” romantic bride, to do something personal,…

My Not so Wholesome Bridal Shower by Girl Friends

Other than the wholesome and refined tea party bridal shower organized by my sisters-in-law, I also experienced the typical “not so wholesome” bridal shower.  Thanks to my naughty bestfriend Ainah for the concept!  🙂 With a kinky cake and room design, my female highschool friends pushed through with their crazy idea of teasing me before…

Readings for Nuptial Mass

More than the after party and the little romantic details of the wedding, my fiancé and I looked forward to receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony and the nuptial mass.  We wanted it to be special and solemn, so I really took time handpicking the readings and even the songs during mass. For the First Reading,…

Prayers & Eggs for Good Weather

With the specific prayer intention of having good weather on our wedding day (September 5, 2015) and on our vacation in Cebu, we visited the Monasterio de Sta. Clara along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. Traditionally,  saying a prayer for good weather on their wedding day has been part of the wedding preparation of many…

Tea Party themed Bridal Shower by Sisters & Titas of Manila

My sweet sisters-in-law Manay and Karen organized my absolutely wholesome Tea Party-themed bridal shower at our home sweet home. To address my two major weaknesses, the first part of the bridal shower was a cooking and make-up tutorial!  😊  I must admit that cooking and good grooming are essential in surviving my entry into wifeyhood,…

My Bridal Shower by Workmates

My workmates were the first to throw a bridal shower for me. The first part of the bridal shower was not exclusive for girls. My male colleagues couldn’t afford to miss a single event of our division. Haha!   The second part of the shower was a not-so-wholesome female party with games like banana shaping…

Prenup Pictorial with Studio1

With every trusted photo & vid supplier inserting the pre-wedding pictorial to their professedly affordable packages, we ended up riding the millennial generation’s “pre-nup” bandwagon. Yey! But photos of us clad in vogue pieces and posing before a long, winding staircase might just send a wrong impression to our future grandchildren. Sa totoo lang, wala…

Pre-cana Seminar and Other Marriage Preparation Activities

One of the basic wedding requirements of the Catholic Church is the Pre-cana seminar.  For the Parish of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (PHJM), the pre-cana seminar is a whole day seminar conducted in one of their function rooms. The pre-cana seminar fees for both groom and bride are already included in the wedding…

Pamamanhikan

I learned about this lovely Filipino tradition from a Sibika at Kultura book many years ago. The page had a simple illustration of family members eating together, with a young lady and a young man in the middle. Never imagined myself in the picture. Now I have a photo of family members about to eat…

The Wedding Proposal

My tremendously phlegmatic personality might not reveal my inner bliss, but of course, I was the happiest woman on Earth on the 25th day of July 2014. I’m engaged!!! 🙂 My romantic and very expressive banker boyfriend, Novo, proposed to me in a bank, his very own place of work. With the cooperation of my family,…