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Rustic & Handmade Charm : Our Wedding

We did it! 🙂 after a year of careful planning and detailing, our wedding is finally over! And just as we have envisioned it to be, our special day was laid back and fun, intimate, and simple with cute little details. It was simply the best day of our lives. :).

Our overall theme was “rustic and handmade” and until now we still hear praises about how our wedding was so beautiful and so heartfelt. It’s the simplicity with splashes of design that mattered – we wanted details without going over the top. Each was carefully thought about, individually at that – and during the wedding day itself, we were amazed how each of the items we purchased and/or made fit together so perfectly! To be honest, what happened that day was even more than how I originally thought of. God really blessed us with everything – even the beautiful sunshine that He showered us that day.

I’m proud to say that we are proof that you need not spend much to make your dream wedding a reality. Our total spend could probably be just half of the budget of the other weddings I witnessed. It all boils down to prioritizing must-haves vs wants, getting suppliers who can deliver, has a reputable name, but doesn’t cost much. I probably spent every night of the last 365 days researching about weddings and stuff, but it’s definitely worth it!

Of course, there are elements too that we let ourselves splurge a little bit. Cholo had his own panggulat moment as well and nag-change outfit din sya sa reception. We billeted at Oakwood Hotel which set us back a couple of thousands more than the other option. I also had a brooch bouquet done instead of the fresh one that comes with the package (thanks Cheri Handicrafts!). Lastly, and probably the biggest splurge, was getting Moki Gray as stylist to do my ceremony altar and the photo station for the photo booth.

 So here you go, ladies and gentlemen, enjoy our wedding photos! 🙂




My Wedding Gown by Amonn Velasco

I had a hard time deciding how my wedding gown will look like. What I was only sure of is that I don’t want to splurge much but I want to look sexy and modern, without veering away from my style and personality.

When I first met Amonn last September, I knew he’s the one. His sketch was spot on, his price reasonable, and he can do Cholo’s attire as well. He had very reasonable packages, but we later on decided to just get the “major ones” from him. He’s also very flexible, and his shop (whose interiors I really really love!) is just nearby.


And here is my own gown’s sketch!

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My gown has two looks – the tulle skirt is detachable, such that during the reception my skirt will be a mermaid-style, all lace sexiness!!!

I’m so excited! I am praying and putting all my hopes and confidence that Amonn can execute the design. I can’t wait for my first fitting in March! :)

Trial Hair and Make-up with Beauty Call

Beauty call is one of two suppliers that we booked though wedding fairs (yup, only 2.. we made sure we wouldn’t fall into the common trap of being blinded with freebies and sweet promises :-) ). We got the chance to chat with Joy, one of the artists, and upon learning that they know our photographers very well, we booked them on the spot.

That was 4 months ago..

Today I had my trial hair and makeup with Eula Esmeralda of beauty call. We are having our video shoot with Stephen wedding films in the afternoon so I purposely scheduled my trial session with her today. It’s like hitting two birds in one stone!


We went to beauty call’s newly renovated studio in Greenhills. Going there is a breeze.. They are conveniently located in between Abenson and Amici along Connecticut street. Since they’ve just recently renovated, the studio is still bare of decorations, but I so love the pink walls!

This is me before…




And after!


During trial, Eula did the airbrush makeup technique on me. I’ve always been intrigued by airbrush and have always wondered why it’s so much more expensive. Well, it has a more polished finish, and I think actual application is easier and faster, but after an hour under the sun, my pores were visible already. I guess airbrush is better if you’re doing the shoot indoors, but it still worked well for me today.

Overall, I love my look! The curls of my hair stayed even until evening, and my make-up didn’t need much touch-up all throughout the day! I love the sweet look and the romantic curls. I know Eula and her team will do a great job on our wedding day!


Shooting our Concept Video with Stephen Wedding Film

Stephen Prado is a promising young videographer slowly making a name in the wedding industry. After watching probably hundreds of wedding videos online, one of the few videographers whom Cholo liked was Stephen. After our initial meeting last July, we booked him for the wedding already.

One of my reasons for favoring Stephen would be his creative and pocket-friendly concept videos. We had raw videos of the proposal that we would like to share during the wedding and Stephen agreed to do it. We just had a little difficulty communicating as he was so busy last December but I regard him highly for still attempting to update us even if he’s super busy.


Today we had our video shoot with Stephen’s team. And nag-enjoy talaga kami! They’re funny and easy to work with, and Stephen was very patient in directing us on what to do. I can’t wait to see the videos!


Side note: where else did we shoot our video but Makati garden club? Great ambiance, privacy, beautiful garden, accessible, and most of all, we got it for free! This is where Cholo proposed so this place will always have a very special spot in our hearts. :)


Edited to add: Our concept video is out! So beautiful that I cried when I watched it first! Check the link here 🙂

Falling in Love (even more) at the Imagine Nation Prenup Marathon II!

I was planning to blog about the Prenup Marathon event last October 13 but Imagine Nation beat me to it. They’ve released a comprehensive round-up a few days ago. See the link here 🙂

So let me just add some more of my thoughts, as a marathon-er and soon to be bride..

We didnt really know what to expect so we just packed whatever nice clothes we have in our closets for the shoot. Cholo and I are both practical, so we just wanted to keep our looks simple and wouldn’t want to bring too much stuff. I had my hair and makeup done in a salon prior to going to the PNR station. Upon arrival, we were made to pick from the bowl to know which photographers are assigned to us. Each photographers have their own themes, to set the mood and feel of the shoot.

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Much to my delight, we picked the 3 protographers I was most intrigued in – Alex Ruelo (Lights, Camera, Action), Larry Leong (Rain or Shine) and Jed Ray Calara (Sweetheart Athletes). The whole shoot took about 3 hours, and it was almost dark when we finished.

Later that day, we walked away exhausted from the numerous costume changes and endless poses and smiling. In spite of these though, it’s a very unforgettable experience because I felt a deeper strenghtening of the bond  between me and my fiance. I felt our love grow stronger by leaps and bounds after the shoot.


The Perfect Proposal (Makati Garden Club. 05.18.12)

Yes, you read it right. I’m getting married… finally! 🙂

Finally because as a single mom, there were times when I was losing hope already that I will be able to find someone who will be willing to take the risk with me.

… and because ever since Cholo and I became an item, I have been secretly dreaming of spending the rest of my life with him.  I think it has even turned into a funny obsession already at some point. Hehe.

I met Cholo 5 years ago at work. We were both headhunters from sister companies, so although we’re in the same building and attend the same company events, we have different sets of friends and not really talk at all. It was only in 2009 when we really became friends and discovered our common interests in blogging, photography, travel, and food. We were also both graduates of UP.

The next three years went by and we are stronger than ever. Cholo is the kindest and most understanding man I have ever met, and he loved me and was always there for me. Most especially, my son adores him and vice versa. That, in itself, is more than enough for me.

I have been secretly waiting for him to propose marriage for the past year of our relationship. I had false expectations several times, and was beginning to lose hope. But… what I don’t know is that he has been secretly preparing for that day… and he made sure I will never ever forget.

The Proposal

May 18, 2012 was a very stressful day for me. I was about to deliver a presentation to all employees during our company’s townhall and I was so stressed for most of theday. That night, my friend Michelle asked me out for dinner “in a new hang-out place she wanted to try out in Makati.” Cholo was on sick leave that day so I agreed.

We met at Leviste in Makati where a cab was already waiting for us.  The driver took us to this place inside Urdaneta Village where “the said hang-out place” is. It was Makati Garden Club.

Upon entering the place, the first person I saw was another friend – Pam. First thing I noticed were the rose petals by her feet. Then there were photographers. At that point I wasn’t able to recognize anyone other than Pam. She handed to me a balloon with a photo of Tagaytay and inset was Cholo and I’s photo. There was also a handwritten note from Cholo for me to read.

the Tagaytay note read: Hi love! Tagaytay was our very first out of town trip together. It was the beginning of many “firsts” in our relationship. From then on, I knew we had something very special 🙂

By then I knew. That was it. The moment I have been waiting for!

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