Saturday, December 25, 2010

Happy Christmas From Our Home to Yours

Dear Online Diary,

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I can’t believe we’re actually celebrating our very first Christmas as husband and wife. Christmas eve was superb yet simple. We cooked our own dinner (yes, DIY Christmas eve dinner) and decorated our home in time for this special day.

{Christmas Eve Dinner involves inihaw na liempo, barbecue, hamon, chicken sopas, graham cake, blue chocolate roses (from Sophia's Chocolat) and a sparkling wine plus a movie date}

Friday, December 17, 2010

Atty. RF: The Lawyer con Master Photographer

Dear Online Diary,

Professional. Creative. Witty. Cowboy.

That’s how we can describe Atty. Raymond Fortun upon meeting and working with him for the first time.

Almost two years ago, I never dreamt of getting him as our photographer. W@Wies were (and still are) raving about his works on our W@W e-forum. Later, I found myself dumbfounded as I browse his creative works via his multiply site. To make the story short, we were one of the lucky couples who were able to book him. Big hurray!

On the day, he’s one of those who arrived early at the hotel. He proceeded to the bedroom (not without the “ooohhss” and “aaahhhss” and “si Atty. Fortun oh!” of the people inside the suite), quickly scanned our wedding details, flashed a big smile upon seeing all my DIY projects and presented the bride and groom badges that we won via his raffle last October (Thanks, Atty RF. They’re adorable!).

{Our couple bears proudly show the "I am an RF Bride" and "I am an RF Groom" badges from Atty. RF}

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hey Friend, It’s Been Awhile

Dear Online Diary,

It’s 11 days before Christmas and I have yet to finish my supplier’s ratings and kwento. My apologies, lovely readers and brides but I’ve been working on a new venture that may well be part of the new chapter of our lives. :)

Still, it cheers me when people send me private messages just to tell me that they like my blog and ask questions about our DIY projects. Thanks, sisses for reading my blog and my supplier reviews. Don't hesitate to shoot me an email whenever you have questions to ask or just to say hi. :)

How’s married life so far?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Supplier’s Rating: Special Events by the Planner

Dear Online Diary,

Before we met Ms. Love and Ms. Beth, I’ve been reading a lot of not-so-good feedback from their previous W@Wie and GTalker brides. Thanks to their valuable suggestions and payo, we were able to design an all important game plan.

On the day of our first meeting, Ms. Beth went ahead and explained their OTD package – the inclusion, the freebies, the plan, requirements et al. I like the inclusion. It seemed promising especially since both of our families aren’t too wedding savvy. We will need their expertise on the day (since I’m pretty much ok on being a hands-on bride, I need trusted people to execute our wedding vision).

After the meeting, Ms. Beth sent a handful of wedding planning excel files for me to complete and send back to them. The files are structured and I can’t figure out how to complete most of them. Eventually, I only sent the Guestbook file back to Ms. Love (sorry, I did not care about the other files, hehehe).

How did they fair? Let’s see…

Friday, November 19, 2010

Hotel Preps Review: G Hotel

Dear Online Diary,

We first heard G Hotel from W@Wies who were raving about the hotel’s affordability and amenities so we took time and checked it out.

Skywalker: A Big No, no!

Dear Online Diary,

We got in-touched with Skywalker through Ronnie, the person behind Flytomanila, whom we first heard from W@W e-group.

When we called Ronnie to rent a van for our out-of-town trip early this year, he said he’ll give us the driver’s contact details the night before the scheduled trip, which is not ok but, fine. We can’t do anything about it. Eventually, the driver gave me a call to collect all the information about the trip and so on.

The transaction turned out great. We also learned from this particular driver that Ronnie works as an "agent" and if we want to rent again, we can call them directly (handing out their calling card) instead of contacting Ronnie. Since we like their van, the driver’s attitude and their service, we called them directly and rented a van for another out-of-town gig. This is when I asked them if they could also provide a car and/or vans for our wedding. A couple of days after that, I received a call from Arnel, the owner of Skywalker. I gave him our budget and requirements, to which he promised to provide a bridal car (8 hours) and a van (12 hours) for our wedding. This was about four months before the wedding.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Little Bit of Sunshine: Rocky Blooms Flower Shop

Dear Online Diary,

Our floral requirements are simple. We’re ok with locally grown blooms as long as they will be fresh and vibrant on our wedding.

Ms. Rona and Sir Marlon are the husband-and-wife tandem behind Rocky Blooms. He’s the florist and she’s, well, the manager. :)) They are fairly new in the business but I can honestly say that they are very promising.

We first met them at a bridal fair. I stopped by their booth when I saw the pretty aster arrangement. We gave them our budget and asked if they could provide us with what we need (and want). Gladly, they were able to work around our budget so we booked them on the spot.

Supplier’s Review: Sweet Affair

Dear Online Diary,

Everybody loves chocolates (and candies). Chocolate fountain was one of our nice-to-haves but because of W@W Auction last year, we were able to get a chocolate fountain package for our guests.

Supplier’s Review: Excellent Audio

Dear Online Diary,

As lights and sound system isn’t one of our priorities, we looked for a supplier who can provide just what we needed. And then we found Excellent Audio.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Supplier’s Rating: Photobot Manila

Dear Online Diary,

Photobot Manila was the first photo booth we have ever tried. During preps, Ms. Aggie was easy to deal with, she follows up on us even through email and almost always, answers our inquiry in a timely manner. We booked them during one of the bridal fairs that we attended because their prints are of high quality, they offer affordable packages and we like their slim photo booth machine plus other amenities (soft and hard copies of photos, props, stop time, et. al.).

We also appreciate that Ms. Aggie and Sir Nards customized our layout and did their best to come up with a tarpaulin printed with turquoise and white damask (for our photo background). Unfortunately, the background did not resemble well on photos. When browsing through our photo booth pictures, it looked like we have a white background (possibly because of the camera flash) instead of damask. Prior to our wedding, we were not informed that they are not going to use a photo booth machine. They set up a camera stand and attached a screen just below the camera where we can preview our photo for each take. I was actually hoping to see the slim photo booth because that’s one of the reasons why we booked them.

The MC Come to Town: Bien Rivera

Dear Online Diary,

I’m been out and about but I’m decided to finish my supplier’s rating. Who’s our next fab supplier?

{Bien Rivera: Seasoned host and comedian}

We got Bien from attending Before I Do a year ago and met him (with his friend, Martin King aka our almost MC) just a couple of weeks before the wedding. He’s fun, spontaneous and personable– the three magic qualities that a professional MC should possess.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

When Boredom Strikes: Meet Bridezilla and Groomkong

Dear Online Diary,

Are you familiar with Diner Dash? I used to play it on my sweet ol' PSP but earlier today, I encountered another version of this game – Wedding Dash 4Ever. It’s a strategy game much like the Diner Dash where the player has to satisfy each guest’s request and make the couple happy in order to win the game. Out of curiosity, I installed it and have a go. Before I knew it, I've been playing it for about four hours. It's quite addicting. :))

What excites me more than the game was a discovery. I’ve heard about brides becoming Bridezilla when stress gets the best of them. What I never knew before now is that stressed out grooms (mainly because of their brides) are called –Groomkong!

{Wedding Dash 4Ever Tutorial screenshot}

Oh, here comes my Groom(kong). I better get going *evil grin*. PDW will be back to regular programming on Monday. Have a great weekend! :))


Friday, November 12, 2010

Fondant Cakes by Mavic: Minimalist yet a Work of Art

Dear Online Diary,

We initially wanted a cupcake tower and a separate mini cake for cake cutting ceremony but it just doesn’t make sense that the cupcake tower rental fee costs 20% of the total price. Most of the credible suppliers that we found are from QC, all of which ask for not less than a thousand bucks just for delivery charge (I totally get this because cakes are fragile). If my calculations are accurate, the fees alone are more or less a quarter of our cake budget. These factors prompted me to look for a supplier from the southern part of the metro.

Ms. Mavic is another, shall we call, “ wonder”. I was searching for an affordable cake supplier over at the multiply site when I spotted some of her beautiful cakes – minimalist, simple yet a work of art. That’s exactly what we want. When I sent an email inquiry, I was also hoping that she can work around our budget.

Supplier’s Rating: FG Rose Pastillas Basket from Sweet Blooms

Dear Online Diary,

I first saw these rose pastillas at a bridal fair that we attended. I love it's milky taste and it's fun to eat. Furthermore, it's edible yet it's not made of chocolate so it's something new to me.

Since we already booked a photo booth service as our wedding favor, we did the next best thing – get the flower girl basket arrangement for our little girls. I was so excited about the idea that we ordered on the spot especially when we saw this:

{Sweet Bloom's sample arrangements at the bridal fair}

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Supplier’s Rating: Val Villarin

Dear Online Diary,

I learned about Mama Val through W@Wies who raved (and still raving) about his works and techniques. Looking at his portfolio, I like that each of his brides has a clean, natural airbrush finish. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get his services until I won one of the packages he donated to W@W via W@W Auction last year.

Last June, we agreed to hold the trial airbrush makeup in line with our engagement session to put the makeup to the test. It was the first time I met him in person. He (and his shi tzu, MAC) warmly welcomed us. While working, Mama Val went on to explain what each make up do to my face and appearance, which shade of lipstick will work best for me and so on. Here’s our photo right after the trial makeup session:

{Airbrush Trial Makeup with Mama Val, June 2010}

Supplier’s Rating: Marc Rancy

Dear Online Diary,

I did not expect to get Marc Rancy as my gown designer before the whole gown horror story but I came to know Marc and his elegant gowns when I watched one of the Philippine Fashion Week shows. When we decided to get a reputable designer for my wedding gown, Marc was one of the top on my list.

Despite his busy schedule, we were able to set an appointment with him. It was last July when mama Betty, Ninang Fely and I went to his shop in Buendia. He’s bubbly and fun to talk to. Kalog talaga siya. :)) He let me try some of the gowns available so I could see which type would look best on me. He also gave us a couple of tulle “wisdom” and showed us his precious collection. Here’s my gown by Marc Rancy:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

11.9.2010: My First Birthday as a Mrs.

Dear Online Diary,

Yes, it's my first birthday as a wifey today and I was touched to see hubby’s surprises for me this morning.

I was awaken by a Happy Birthday song playing loudly (somehow gave me the chills since papa Noel used to do the same on each family member's birthday). I thought I'll see hubby beside me but I found a gift with a funny note:

{Hubby's gift on my first birthday as his wifey}

He suddenly appeared and said that he has plans for us today so I better get going. I just want to share how sweet he is. :))


Thank you to everyone who did not forget to greet me on my birthday (aka friends in FB). I've read all your messages but will reply later. Earvz, not so sure why you can't post on my wall but will check on it later, too. Probably there's something about my account setting that I have to adjust. Happy Nov 9 everyone! :))

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Supplier’s Rating: Ms. Thet Hernandez of RTJ Photography

I can remember it clearly as if it happened just yesterday: I was browsing our W@W e-group when a certain post caught my attention – a free backup photography service was being offered by a previous W@Wie, by the name of Ms. Thet Hernandez, who ventured into photography together with her husband. I composed an email and sent it with prayers. In a heartbeat, my prayer was answered by an email from Ms. Thet congratulating us for making it to the list. True enough, our wedding date was posted on their website.

{We made the list: RTJ Photography Service}

Supplier’s Rating: Sophia’s Chocolat

Dear Online Diary,

I was glad (and relieved) to have found Sophia’s Chocolat while browsing We were a bit stressed during the homestretch of our wedding preps because we haven’t found the right giveaways for our PS and entourage.

Sophia’s belgian chocolates are not too sweet nor bitter. Our parents love the chocolates (as much as we love them) when we brought some for them to taste test. Sophia’s offers different kinds of packaging and molds on reasonable prices. It was a breeze negotiating with Sir Alex and Ms. Michelle, the husband-and-wife tandem behind Sophia’s Chocolat.

{During our first meeting: Thank you, Sophia's Chocolat! :))}

Supplier’s Rating: Goldenhills Jewelry

Dear Online Diary,

Booking Goldenhills Jewelry is by far one of the most memorable experiences of our wedding preps. We booked them at the first bridal fair that we’ve attended, which led us into winning a honeymoon package.

Their wedding rings collections are gorgeous, they offer lifetime warranty (cleaning and resizing), and they offer layaway plan, which entitles the couple to pay their wedding rings within a certain period. It’s best for those who are on a budget but wants gorgeous wedding rings for a lifetime.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Supplier’s Rating: Written in Ink (Wink)

Dear Online Diary,

We initially wanted to DIY our invitation but later chose to find a supplier that can provide quality printed invitation without hurting our budget, which led us to Written in Ink (Wink).

We were truly grateful to Ms. Noky Gatmaitan (owner of Wink and its affiliates) for extending the bridal fair discount to us even if we booked them after the bridal fair. She even arranged our meeting with our AE, Ms. Jo. They were easy to deal with, offers a huge range of invitation concepts and their package rates are considerably affordable.

{During the first meeting with Ms. Jo: Thank you, Wink!}

Supplier’s Rating: Little Dreams By Decisive Moments

Dear Online Diary,

It was hard yet easy to contact them since our AE, Ms. Jane, do not always reply to text or email messages. If a decision has to be made – say regarding schedule, location or number of photographers, we have to wait a week or two because she has to consult it to someone else.

Bumawi naman sila. During our engagement session, they sent four photographers instead of two– Ken, Jerome, Ian and Sir Mel, who do not need to be there but chose to join his “kids” since according to him, he has nothing else to do. :))

{Ken, Jerome, Ian and Sir Mel at work}

Friday, November 5, 2010

Special Deliveries: Wedding Photo DVD Copies

Dear Online Diary,

Today is a special day!

We received the DVD copies of the shots taken by two of our three photography teams. The fully packaged DVDs came from Atty. Raymond Fortun while the other copies came from Photoline. We’re very excited to see the raw photos.

{DVD Copies of our Wedding Photos from Atty RF and Photoline}

Thursday, November 4, 2010

La Boda Horror (The Wedding Horror)

Dear Online Diary,

I am so ready to give the supplier’s rating so let’s get rid of the horror story first before we move on, shall we?

Many of you may know that the original “maker” (sorry, I can’t call him a designer after what he did) of my gown is Sohrab Arcega. He has a shop in Divisoria and a long time friend of tita (who’s my MoH), which basically the reason why we landed on getting him to make my gown. Everything was going fine until the first fitting.

I’ve shared on our e-group my horrible experience with him, rather too emotional. I never thought that it will blast like a bomb because as soon as I posted that particular message, complications happened.

So, you may be wondering, what’s the story? What really happened?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Planning our Personalized Wedding on a (Tight) Budget

Online Diary,

Boo! It’s Hallow’s Eve everyone! It’s time to talk about spooky things. *grin*

Now, there are two things that I wanted to talk about – our wedding budget and some of our suppliers who turned out to be a disappointment (unfortunately, some of them did not measure up). These are two of the most horrifying things that brides do not ever want to encounter. Do you agree?

Since staging an elaborate (read: personalized) yet budgeted wedding is generally what brides fear the most, let’s start with that matter. We will talk about the other concern later during the supplier’s rating.

While it’s true that holding a church wedding is not inexpensive, you can control your budget by following one or all of the following tips based only on my own experience:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Honeymoon Part I

Dear Online Diary,

We just got back home last night from our fab honeymoon at Shangri-la Rasa Ria Resort at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Everything was amazingly great, we're still on Cloud 9. We want to thank all the people of Shangri-la for making us feel at home (more about this later). While waiting for the official wedding photos, let me share some honeymoon photos we took. We love every bit of it :))

{The clouds are completely magical.}

{Approaching Kota Kinabalu International Airport}

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Honeymoon Preps

Dear Online Diary,

It never occur to me that I can pack light for an out-of-the-country vacation. Admittedly, it was a challenge before we had this:

{one baggage and a carrier: Impressive}

Angelo ♥ Eyzel: We Did It!

Dear Online Diary,

Yes, We are now officially married! Before the whole kwento and blow by blow account of The Wedding, here's an awesome AVP created by Atty. Raymond Fortun.

{Onsite AVP that was shown during the reception dinner}

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This Is The Day!

Dear Online Diary,

This is the day that the Lord has made.
Today, my family, friends and our Holy Almighty
will witness our love for each other.

Today, I am going to marry the man I can’t live without.
The man I am in love for six years.
The one man I plan to live, serve and love for the rest of my life.

Angelo, I will marry you today. Umulan o Umaraw.
Today is the day! :))


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bridal Fair Escapade: Kasalan 2010: Ikalimang Yugto

Dear Online Diary,

Kasalan 2010 is definitely the last bridal fair that we attended before the Big day but it proved to be one of the most memorable bridal fairs.

{Kasalan 2010 Bridal Fair Registration Area}

Saturday, October 16, 2010

An Early Wedding Present

Dear Online Diary,

It’s a busy Saturday for both H2B and I. What can we expect? It’s just a week before our Big Day *kilig*.

People say the amount of time and wedding details are enough to make one go crazy, thanks to numerous great people around me (and in cyberspace), I kept my sanity (at least that’s what I think. hehehe).

Speaking of great people and new found friends, we met Sir Alex and Ms. Michelle earlier today as part of our Saturday itinerary (and various meetings, including the last bridal fair that we attended before the wedding. Read more about it here). They are the husband and wife tandem behind the heavenly yet sinfully tasteful Belgian chocolates, better known as Sophia’s Chocolat. We have received our order and we can only thank them for making beautifully packaged chocolate goodies for us and our guests. BUT let me hold my horses as this post is about an awesome early wedding gift that we received today...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DIY Home Stretch Projects

Dear Online Diary,

Here’s my chance of sharing some of the latest DIY projects I’ve been doing even when I was under the weather. These candies served as my stress reliever and helped me get back on tip top shape. :))

{DIY Gift tags}

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our Movie Poster errr… Tarp Photo Layout

Dear Online Diary,

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted something here but I’m sure you’ll understand why. We’re on the homestretch of our wedding preps and I only have good praises to all our wedding suppliers for being oh so cooperative and helpful. The reception details and program draft are doing great. I can’t ask for more.

As a freebie, Ms. Anj of Ma Del’s will give us a welcome tarpaulin to be displayed at our reception venue. We’re going to set it up at the registration area so guests wouldn’t miss it. Here’s the exact design I’ve sent to Ms. Anj just moments ago.

Monday, October 4, 2010

DIY Escort Cards & Table Numbers

Dear Online Diary,

I can't believe that I’m at the last leg of my DIY projects for our wedding. So today, I’d like to share our DIY Escort Cards and Table numbers*.

{DIY Table Numbers: Printed and framed. Ready for the Big day.}

{DIY Escort Cards for the guests to bring home a piece of something special from us}

Update: Documents and DIY Fascinators

Dear Online Diary,

Alright, it’s 19 days to go before the Big day. Should I panic? Am I feeling giddy?

Maybe. I'm not too sure exactly how to describe it but when I think about my husband-to-be *kilig* and all the details of our wedding, I feel happy and light as a feather. Let me share some of the things that we’ve acquired and achieved for the past two weeks...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Bridal Look Promise: “I am going to be a Radiant Bride”

Dear Online Diary,

In my previous post, you've read all about our wedding style -- our wedding theme, motif, flowers, entourage gowns and all the DIY projects that I have created for our wedding. You have known that even if our wedding style is of high importance, I still want to send the message that our wedding is about us (H2B and I) and our love for each other.

But still, everyone says a bride should look her most beautiful on her wedding day. Why not? If we're going to think about it, it’s going to happen only once in her lifetime.

As the wedding draws near, people ask what I want to look like on our wedding --- my hairstyle, the style of my gown, the type and color of my bouquet, yada, yada. Well, I have only one answer ... and Mr. Webster defined it as:
ra•di•ant adj \ˈrā-dē-ənt\ 1 a : radiating rays or reflecting beams of light b : vividly bright and shining : glowing 2 : marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happiness
That’s exactly what I want to be on our wedding day. I want to have a bright and shining aura when the door opens for me to enter the church. I want to be confident and I want my heart be filled with happiness and love as I walk down the aisle to meet the man I can’t live without, who will be longingly waiting for me at the other end of the church. Yes, definitely. I am going to be a Radiant Bride.

Our Wedding Style

Dear Online Diary,

Since H2B popped the big question, I always knew that I wanted to be a hands-on bride. Thankfully, I got a lot of help from my family and found wedding treasures from online resources such as W@W,, GirlTalk and TheKnot as well as the countless bridal fairs that we attended.

I’m sure I was able to share what our wedding theme and motif are, but it’s probably good to mention these things again now that I want to talk about our overall wedding style.

{Nature Photography: It's All About Us}

Our wedding theme is Nature Photography. We love to travel and take photos of almost anything and everything under the sun. Well, nature is our favorite subject. Nature-related photos dominate our portfolio. I may not give a precise explanation but photography is something that H2B and I enjoy doing together and we will probably doing this for the rest of our lives.

Two Families, One Roof

Dear Online Diary,

Every detail of the wedding has been finalized. The only missing link is that our families haven't got the chance to meet in person. We can't let the two families meet only on the wedding day itself so last September 18th, H2B and I arranged a simple and straight-forward dinner just to let acquaint everyone with each other. Get a glimpse of the two families together under just one roof.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Sacred Visit to Saint Clare Monastery

Dear Online Diary,

Prayer is such a powerful tool especially when it’s done wholeheartedly.

Last Sunday, H2B and I visited St. Clare Monastery in Katipunan, Quezon City. Many attested how Saint Clare made their heart’s wishes come true.

{Shrine of St. Clare}

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Primping up…

Dear Online Diary,

Just thought of sharing these "upgraded" DIY items. :))

DIY: Head Candies for my Girls

Dear Online Diary,

You've seen the sneak peek... and now, I’ve finished one of my special projects – fascinators.

These fascinators are personalized, handcrafted and created with love for my female entourage, who are all very special to me. All designs are unique, just like each of my girls. :))

My MoH requested a small, simple fascinator. Here's what I've made for her:

{for my MoH}

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Quick DIY Update

Online Diary,

I’m on my second day of “hibernation”. I can say I’ve done most of the final details needed for our wedding. Before hitting the sack, I just want to post a sneak peak of what I was doing today, which I expect to complete tomorrow.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Our Divilandia Experience: Ready, Get Set, DIY!

Dear Online Diary,

Yesterday, H2B and I spent one whole day at Divisoria, Manila, aptly called "Divilandia" because it is considered by many as the haven of everything you need at very affordable prices.

The night before, I listed all the items that we need to finish all our pending projects. Then, as early as 8 o’clock in the morning, H2B and I were on the road leading to the two most popular streets in Divilandia -- Ilaya and Tabora streets.

It was raining when we reach Divilandia but even the rain did not ruin our excitement. We decided to check out a few stores inside the Tutuban Mall while waiting for the rain to stop. We got a few (wedding and non-wedding related) things, including two Beatles shirts for H2B (oh, he’s a huge fan of the Beatles, that I can tell you.)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Report: Accomplishments & DIY Projects

Dear Online Diary,

There’s a lot of things going on now that it’s almost just a month before the wedding. I’m so thrilled because H2B (finally) shows some hint of excitement towards the wedding. Our AVP (his project) is looking great. Get this: with 3D effect! (Winner!)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Groom’s Attire: Major accomplishment!!!

Dear Online Diary,

At long last, suit-hunting days are over!

H2B was able to come up with a decision as far as his wedding attire is concern. He purchased a suit and pants (complete attire) yesterday with the help of yours truly.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Nice-To-Have: Leggiero Strings Ensemble

Dear Online Diary,

I can still remember it well as if it happened yesterday…

H2B and I were at the Perfect Beginnings Bridal Expo when we first witnessed the recital of Jamer Yapchulay. He is a young violist and a member of Leggiero Strings. Later on, he was joined by the rest of the group. Their music touched our hearts and then, we fell in love. Yes, all over again.

{Leggiero Strings Performance from YouTube}

Monday, August 30, 2010

With this ring…

Dear Online Diary,

"With this ring, I thee wed, and with it, I bestow upon thee all the treasures of my mind, heart, and hands."

We got our rings -- the symbol of our love, happiness, commitment and forevermore. It’s the most beautiful rings I’ve ever seen. I was trying to find the correct words to express how I felt when we first saw it but, I just can’t. What I’m sure of is that we’re a big pile of love today, not to mention, happiness. :))

{Our "babies" from Goldenhills Jewelry: Love. Happiness. Commitment. Forevermore.}

H2B is a bit more inspired today as he “playfully” took all these shots. Will he be the next Raymond Fortun? (Hi Atty. RF!) ^___^

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Designer: Marc Rancy

Dear Online Diary,

Most of my readers knew that I had a change of heart. Turns out, it’s a blessing in disguise -- a blessing by the name of Marc Rancy.

Marc showed interest in fashion at an early age. He’d constantly flip through fashion magazine and went as far as designing the suit that he wore during their school’s Graduation Ball. While reading his story, I’d like to think that he’s destined to become a fashion designer.

{Marc Rancy's elegant gown collection (photo taken from Marc's Facebook Page)}

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wedding Checklist: Guestbook

Dear Online Diary,

We finally received our guestbook!

Earlier this month, I learned from sis Grace, a co-W@Wie and co-October 23rd bride, all about Photobook and how easy it is to create your very own photo album using Photobook’s downloadable software (Thank you, sis Grace!).

{Fresh from the box: Our semi-DIY Guest Book from Photobook}

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sharing: Our Mock-Up Invitation

Dear Online Diary,

Last Wednesday, H2B and I received the mock-up version of our invitation from Wink. It’s exactly what we want. H2B is happy especially with the way the main invites turned out. Can you guess why?

{Our Mock-Up Invitation from Wink}

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Wedding Checklist: PS Gifts


Dear Online Diary,

We have found our principal sponsors gifts!

Just like most couples, we want to give them something that will remind them of our wedding (sans frames and figurines and the likes) but deciding what to give them was one of the hardest things we had to do. H2B suggested giving them practical items good for everyday use but it won’t be as romantic and memorable as I want it to be.

The solution: we’re going to give them two gifts – edible and non-edible.

We’ve searched the web for as long as I can remember when I found the page of Sophia’s Chocolat. Their bridal car design is too irresistible. It’s unique, plus, they do have elegant boxes of delicious Belgian chocolates. After browsing through their product photos, I sent an inquiry via email. Surprisingly, Sir Alex sent a reply with precise answers to my questions later that day. He suggested to set an appointment in order to see the actual products and, get this, taste test the chocolates.

{The cutest (edible) bridal car I've ever seen. (Photo taken from Sophia's Chocolat)}

Friday, August 20, 2010

OT: Because I Am a Believer...

Dear Online Diary,

I believe in God.
I believe in the power of True Love. It conquers all.
I believe that everyone has their own Destiny.
I believe that Happiness is a blessing. It is contagious.

These (and more) are the things I believe in life. It would be great to tell the whole world what we believe in, wouldn't it? Fortunately, Levi's, the original jeans and authentic clothing for men and women let us, Facebook fans, speak out our minds -- in a fab way!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

E-session Highlight: L♥VE Grows

Dear Online Diary,

I was creating the layout of our guest book when it occurred to me that I haven’t been able to share our engagement photos. I’d love to share some! These are the highlights of our simple yet fun and colorful engagement shoot last June 4, 2010 at La Mesa EcoPark, Quezon City (If you would like to see the preview of our engagement shoot and a couple of behind the scene photos, you may click here).

All photos were taken by Little Dreams by Decisive Moments. Hair and Make-up by Val Villarin. Huge thanks to these professionals for the labor of love. Kudos and more power!



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