February 21, 2007

Costume Time

I got my wedding gown this morning...i can't help but to shed some tears when they handed it to me... grabe it is so beautiful!!! it is an off-the-shoulder ivory satin gown, with beaded gold metallic lace details all over the body, and a 4 meters fully beaded cathedral train. after the mass the cathedral train will be bustled up to form an elegant design skirt.

side kuwento: when we decided to pursue our church wedding..first question i asked myself was "paano gown ko?" at the beginning i was really planning to have my wedding gown made by a famous cotourier in manila... kasi nga sabi ng mommy ko... "wag kang mag-kuripot sa gown mo...minsan lang ito..at syempre everybody will be focused at you kaya dapat bongga ang gown mo..."

so i listed the "must have" ng gown ko...

  • first it needs to have a cathedral train kasi ang haba ng aisle ng malate church...thinking na mas dramatic kung super haba ng buntot ko diba?
  • secondly i really want a fully beaded gown..kasi i chose a simple gown for my entourage...joke ko nga sa family ko.."ako lang ang bongga sa araw na yun!!!"
  • lastly i want a cap shoulder sleaves gown...parang hindi ko kasi trip ang sleaveless or halter gown...pero open naman ako sa strapless gown

so i contacted Edward Teng to inquire kung mag-kano yung style na gown na gusto ko.. i sent them several pictures of the gown i envision to wear during my wedding..they quoted it as 55k...sabi nila satin daw tapos cathedral train and fully beaded with swarovski crystal... so before i finalized my contract with edward...eric and i went to several bridal boutiques dito sa LA and when i went inside this one store i saw this gown starring at me and calling my name!!!! sabi ko kay eric eto ang gown para sa akin... i think eric saw the spark at my eyes so he said "oh sige bilhin mo na...!!!"

i do believe that the price of this gown is worth every penny of it...kahit lumagpas sya sa budget namin for my gown....kasi super elegant and beautiful naman sya eh...!!!! tuloy hindi na talaga ako mapakali...grabe na ang excitement na ito...

February 18, 2007

Things We've Accomplished

as of today here's what we've accomplished from our to do list for our wedding...

  • booked malate church

  • booked ilustrado garden courtyard

  • bought my wedding gown...got my first fitting already...

  • bought eric's barong..but he wants another one custom made for him in manila...

  • ordered our wedding invitation..hopefully it arrives before february ends, so we can send it out

  • gathered all necessary documents for the chancery of manila and malate church

  • schedule our pre-nuptual seminar

  • ordered one of our souvenirs (we got it already!!!) still need to order the other ones..

  • got our plane ticket to manila

  • got new passports but it hasn't arrive yet...

  • booked vendors like: photo/video, wedding coordinator, string quartet, hair and make-up

  • sent the tela's for the gown of our abays

  • started my guestlist...

i think that's all... now that i actually wrote it down..i just found out that i still need to accomplish many more to do list...hay naku..can we slow down the time.... i'm starting to stress out (or i've been stressing out!!!) grabe i only have few more weeks and may 11, 2007 is coming up already.....but i know i can do this...breath..breath...breath...

February 17, 2007

d' airplane

We already got our plane ticket to Manila, Philippines!!! (yipee..naka-ka-excite..super..!!!) We ended up choosing Eva Airline as our carrier. We've never tried this airline before but they have the lowest fare to manila so why not book ourselves with them!!! plus we leave LAX around 1 AM going to taipei, taiwan for a 2 hour stop over then have an hour and a half flight to manila which will arrive around 11 am... we prefer arriving manila in the afternoon...para may magawa agad diba?..

It's been 4 years since the last time I went back to manila, and that's for my ate gina's wedding and now it's for my wedding...!!! Eric was just in manila last October of 2006. We will be arriving manila 2 weeks before the wedding..just enough time to finish up with the last minute to do list for our special day... but in total we will out of the country for a total of 1 month...

We have so many things and places that we want to go to while in manila... kaya ngayon pa lang we are already planning our day-to-day schedule...pero subject to change naman yun.... it will be fun kasi almost all my family members as well as eric's family will be there...

so 2 months and +++days and we will be in manila na...!!!! i can't wait.....

February 11, 2007

one of my visions

108 Matahimik St., Diliman,Quezon CityPhilippines
Telephone Nos. : +63(2) 921-5889
Mobile Nos.: 0917-9705544
hear their sample music : http://www.stradstring.com/audio.htm

if there's one this for sure i will have for my wedding it will be a string quartet... walang questions yun... this is one of the few questions i asked malate church if we can bring our own string quartet during our wedding ceremony... sabi ng malate church ok daw basta kailangan makipag-coordinate yung quartet group sa music ministries nila... so na worried ako kasi nga i heard from few malate brides na talagang mahigpit ang simbahan na ito regarding music... at first we are leaning towards getting manila philharmonic orchestra because of their long reputation of good music..pero noon nalaman ko na 2 hours lang ang play time nila..wag nalang..sabihin noon kahit hindi tapos ang program namin uuwi na sila or kung mag-stay naman extra bayad..

so ang nangyari hanap pa kami ng ibang quartet group. while researching for group.. i came across this name na hindi ko ma-pronounce "stradavarius". one plus points regarding this group is that they already had the experience in playing in malate church..kaya ok...alam na nila ang mga rules nila..!! then when i spoke with jojo their main contact person..super bait... mukhang organized sya regarding time frames... then good trait about them is hindi ko rin na feel sa kanila na mukhang pera sila..paano sa website nila they are requiring 50% downpayment to reserve our wedding date..tapos sabi nya kahit 3,000 pesos lang daw ok na... wow... first time ko ito narinig sa mga suppliers.yung iba kasi gusto bayad agad...pero we decided to still pay 50%....finally they are good!!! (eto ang pinaka importante)

i'm so happy and excited..i am picturing myself walking down the long aisle of malate church with my cathedral train gown hearing the live music of my string quartet...(ngayon palang naiiyak na ako...!!!)

the start of our countdown

today is february 11, 2007..and exactly 3 months from now will be one of the most memorable day of our life... for the first time i started feeling the anxiety of we might not have enough time and not be able to pull it off... but with the faith in God and trust with my husband and our family members who are helping us with our wedding preparations i know that when that day comes.. it will be beautiful! i came in terms with myself that i will not be too particular in the smallest details. i will enjoy every single moment of it and just go with the flow...!!!

February 10, 2007

my new hobby


when i found out about this website..i stayed up until 5am making our picture montage.. grabe ang sarap gumawa... and i now i am addicted to it... i already made 2 one with just our pictures and the second one with my friend joanne!!! i am just tempted to make one of our baby pics to the most recent one for our wedding...pero may nag-volunteer nang gumawa noon eh.... well here's the link of my masterpiece...

our pictures:

February 5, 2007


Dino Lara
9186 Balagtas St. Guadalupe, Makati City
883.4408; 0920.9125069

he is the best photographer in manila!!!!

during the beginning of our wedding preps..my heart was broken when eric told me na hindi puwede si dino lara na maging photographer namin kasi nga super mahal ng singil nya compared to other professional photographers in manila...isipin mo hanggang mag-away pa kaming mag-asawa dahil hindi ko talaga matanggap na hindi si dino yung photographer namin...paano ba naman debut ko sya ang nag-cover and in addition dino had been my photographer ever since.. nag-sta-start palang sya..ako na model nya...kaya alam nya na ang mga angle (oh diba) na maganda sa akin..!!!!hehhehe.. tapos he knows the whole family already kaya magaan na ang loob namin sa isa't-isa..!! but ofcourse with lot's of lambing with eric..pumayag din syang si dino ang kunin namin..!!! yehey.... oh i cant wait...i called him last night...we already schedule our pre-nuptual wedding pictorial sessions..tapos instead of having just 2 photographers covering our wedding...regalo nya na daw sa akin..3-4 daw ang mag-co-cover sa amin...yippee...(paano ba naman... aamin na ako...i am somewhat a photo addict!!! hehhehe.. the more photographers the better..)

i promised eric ..... dino is not a vendor we will regret getting for our wedding...just check out his website and his blog for his recent weddings... his artistic talent pays off with his high fees!!!!

her magic will make me the prettiest bride

Madge Lejano

ok if there's 3 things i will splurge in wedding they are:
1. my gown
2. photographer..they will help you preserve the memories of your wedding day
3.make-up artist...ofcourse...kailangan super pretty ka sa wedding day mo noh!!!!

so... i found the perfect magician that will help transform me to the most beautiful bride... her name is madge.. she is one of the most talked to artist at weddings@work.com website and infairness she is highly recommended by my photographer..!!!

ms. madge is really fun to talk to..isang beses palang ko sya nakakausap yet..magaan na ang loob ko sa kanya...she already gave me little beauty secrets para maging ok ang face and hair ko in time for the wedding. we already talked about our tentative schedule..so maayos ang flow namin pag nasa manila na kami.. i will have a trial hair and make-up session hopefully the same day when we are having our pre-nuptual pictures..!!!

pero eto lang pray ko...i hope i dont break-out with pimples..mostly when i've been having this days of high stress level