1. Father oh Father!
Our initial priest was SFL’s spiritual adviser Fr. Arlo Yap – but as the months passed by schedule & economic stuff doesn’t seem to go as planned. So we settle to have the priest from the parish itself. One week before our wedding as part of the requirements, Koko & I went for an interview with Msgr. Renato Beltran – at the end of our session we asked Him if he is available on the 16thMay & he said yes, so we requested the office for him. Invitations set & on the 14th we reconfirmed the office about Msgr.’s availability & so it was it. On the day of the wedding, both of us found a new face on the altar. The priest is Msgr. Renato Beltran no more. But then the ceremony goes on, hearing His sermon and adlibs was indeed a great ride, it was full of energy and wisdom and somehow we felt at home with this nameless priest. Finally at the end of the mass as we sign our contract and we got his name! Rev. Father Daniel S. Mata! Father Thank you! And by the way we missed to take a photo with you! Fact: The ceremony was really good; his sermon was full of wisdom. #BlessedBride
Our invitation was a passport & a ticket by Winks– since our theme was travel (obviously). Instead of a normal passport cover, I took advantage to the fact that Kokobear is an architect & asked him to lay-out what I wanted. (Of course it’s a joint effort). We ordered only 30 pcs & so some might not be able to get their own copy, our apologies for that! We were happy to know that a lot of you liked it and even requested their own copy as a souvenir – most of you complimented that it is unique! We are delighted to hear this, thank you so much! Fact: we ordered only 30 pcs. Because we only made a Facebook invitation to save some papers! Hahaha #ThankfulBride
PS: Interested where we had it printed? Contact me :)
3. French Tip.
On the 15th we thought our schedule was clear & that the so called “beauty rest” can be done, instead the opposite happened. We were doing some errands here & there till we end up at around 12:30 AM (16th May already) and realized I have not get my nail polish done yet! LOh oh! Of course, Mamo and my cousins to the rescue – I requested them to bring our own nail polish sets & what more could I asked? I have the best hubby in town – doing home service for me! Hahahaha J. Yes – you read it right, Darrelle did it! Cleaned up my nails (hand & toes) and do the French tip! Fact: Koko has always been my saloon! ^^ LuckyMe! #HappyBride
4. 3 inches.
I have 2 sets of shoes to wear on the big day (red & white) – both from Nine West but undecided what to wear… I used the white one on our pre-nup and so to give justice to the other one; I decided to take on the big day – the 3 inches red shoes!!! Unused to high heels as I am, I always have back-up shoes and so I got myself a red doll shoes on the side. As the pictorials are ongoing – this comfy red shoe was my buddy. Walks, poses, laughs, jumps with it. Then the ceremony grand entrance comes, to emphasize my gown – I got to break in to that red heels & praise God I made it to the altar all well! Fact: The whole ceremony? I was on foot! (barefoot) Hahaha #CleverBride
Our photo & video provider 1080p Digital Studio was booked one year back! Yes, it was 2013 when I went home to start clearing things, searched here & there then eventually saw one of their video because of my maid of honor – Vibang. Without hesitation, consulted Koko & he accepted it. So I signed the contract as early as May/June 2013. Some may find it unsecured as we don’t know what may happen in between the 12 months, but these fellas are real good people sent by God for us! Continued communication, exchange of ideas questions here, answers there – inputs, suggestions etc. Nevertheless we had our ideals delivered because of them. Fact: The package was very good to have both photo & video all in! #SatisfiedBride
PS: Want to have them on your wedding too? I have tagged them on my photos… or you may contact me :)
6. Eye contacts.
After 5 years + in Abu Dhabi I have to wear eyeglasses to see comfortably… but on my big day it’s a big no-no! I wanted to see everyone clearly, smile & see their eyes to show my sincere gratitude of their presence, know who I am smiling at and escape the glasses on my face. So a week before the big day I purchased these sets of contacts to prepare myself, my eyes actually as this is going to be my first time to have it on. I did manage to use it the whole day & somehow felt so free. And so I get confident in using it. Make up session came & I have to put it on – well well well it came as a challenge… I needed 10-15 minutes to put it right! So I got it from 6:30 AM. As the ceremony started I felt something is not ok on my right eye – I was thinking maybe because of heat it starts to dry up. Eventually in the middle of Father Mata’s sermon my right eye contact fell on my right palm! Yes! On my palm and Kokobear saw that! It brings us to a moment of laughter (but tried not to show it)… on my head I want to rescue it & put it back once the ceremony is complete. Fact: I only had 1 contact (left eye) the whole time at the reception. But of course seen it all! #CandidBride
There are a lot more to share that made JD Wedding seemed surreal, but for now these are the once I thought of sharing that may give you a smile. :)