Friday, May 29, 2009

My Wedding Kwento Part 3

When we arrived at 310, it was raining. I couldn’t help but notice that the luminaries were not lit up, the songs they were playing were not my song choices, the tarpaulin was not setup and everything was just…magulo. But it was actually ok with me…I was happy and it didn’t matter.

Again, Michelle came with me to the room, and started retouching my makeup. And I was hearing the guests settle themselves.

Then it was time to make our grand entrance as a couple. We were introduced by our emcee, Ate Vive. Thank God the DJ got the entrance song right this time!!

So the program came and went. The traditions first, the dove, cake and wine. Another glitch—the wine we drank was not wine…it was…SPRITE!! Hahahaha!!! The wine were supposed to use was accidentally dropped and spilled. So no more wine for us! Ahahah!!!

I told you, so many glitches, eh??

And then dinner time for the guests and photo shoot. I was so hungry but we didn’t have time to eat because we had to smile and smile and smile. In the background, Totally Mesmerized was singing beautifully.

And then, it rained! Again!! Thank God we were able to finish the pictorials.

Then the program continued. I sang a special number for my groom (now husband). My father sang a special song for me. We performed the money dance tradition. And some messages from our relatives.

And then we were done!! We had our pictorials again by the garden (the rain stopped this time, thank God). And the day was finished…

I was tired, I was famished, my feet were aching, but I was happy! More than anything! The day was just perfect. We were married and that’s all that matters.

What I learned from my wedding day is that it doesn’t matter what happens during the wedding day. If it rained, if the guests didn’t make it, if the DJ didn’t play the right song, if the wine bottle broke, if…if...if…if… What matters is that I am now married to the man I have loved for the past 11 years. The man who I practically spent my teen years with. And now, we are starting a new life together. And we are in bliss… =)

Oh this post is really long…but I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing it. Supplier’s rating to follow!!

My Wedding Kwento Part 2

By the time we went out, the weather was gloomy (I was already praying then that it won’t rain). And then…it started to sprinkle…oh what a disaster my wedding would be, or so I thought. It was also kind of traffic along Alabang-Zapote Rd (It was a Saturday), and the guard from BF Homes almost prevented us from entering the gate…I thought I would have to get out of the car and point out that it is my wedding day and the church was inside the Village…anyway, they were kind enough to let us pass.

When I arrived at the Church, almost everyone was there. My relatives, Jake’s relatives, our friends, our suppliers, and a lot more. I thought I would have time to make chika to my friends but then Michelle suddenly entered the car and started to retouch my makeup. Oh he made me really pretty that day.

Then I saw the organizers from the Church already starting to instruct the entourage. And then I heard the choir sing my special request – Canon in D Acapella version. It was just so heavenly. And then my time to shine came…I got out of the car, and Christine was fixing my gown. Ate was actually instructing me to go walk with my parents. I told her I want to have my “moment” ahahahah!!! So I met my parents half-way through the altar, to the tune of “Perfect Moment” by Martine Mccutcheon. Another glitch here, the CD almost didn’t play…it was already the chorus when Diane began to sing. Oh anyway, her voice was beautiful that I didn’t mind the glitch. By the way, by this time, it was raining pretty hard!!!

While I was walking, I was concentrating on NOT tripping. I actually didn’t notice anyone. My eyes were just glued to my groom, who I saw was on the verge of tears!!! I couldn’t help but smile…he was such a lucky man...hahahaha!!!

And then we were at the altar together, where Fr. Rene greeted us. The ceremony started. Everyone loved Fr. Rene. He was our former school chaplain back in high school and we wanted him to marry us. His homily was really long, as always. But we loved it! There was no dull moment there. It was very light but full of meaning. We simply loved the ceremony.

Then came my dreaded moment…the vows. I was really not prepared with my vow. I just finished it the night before! Shame on me…Jake said his vows first (vow to be posted later). I was so touched with his vow. It was so sweet. My vow was…ok…ahhahaha…I admit, he put more effort on writing the vow than I did.

After that, the ceremony came on really fast. Before we knew it, it was time for pictorials. All smiles here and there…And then, we got out of the church and headed for the reception area, which was a good 5 minute drive away from PCJ.

My Wedding Kwento Part 1

Omigod...I feel so ashamed. My last entry was November pa...and I even promised to be back after a FEW days...

Well, I’m back...after a FEW months, that is... =)

Here’s my kwento and of course suppliers’ ratings. Our wedding day was really a perfect day for us. Despite the glitches, palpak, pintas and was just so goes my kwento:

November 21 - the day before our wedding...Jake and I were already on leave, but we were still doing a LOT of things.
* pick up gown at Oskar's place
* pack my things
* Burn CD for reception and backup music for church
* print guest sheets
* have a manicure and pedicure
* Text entourage and suppliers
* print the missalettes
* And a lot moreeee!!!!!

I was already on the verge of crying because I didn't know that to do first. Good thing my parents were also on leave and they were able to help me out big time!

Miraculously, we were able to do almost everything in our to-do list... (We slept at around 3am already). My maid of honor, best man and his girlfriend were with us at the hotel. Thank God for them...they helped us with the last minute chuvaness.

Oh by the way…I thought we could still have some “relaxing” time by the pool that night. Oh well…

November 22 - it's the BIG Day!!!

Despite my lack of sleep the previous night, I woke up at 7am feeling well rested…and so damn excited! So excited was I that I was even singing U2’s Beautiful Day. I woke up to the smell of purefoods luncheon meat, purefoods hotdog, egg and rice...yummy! It was a good thing I was able to eat a heavy breakfast. My next meal would be dinner!!!

At 8am, Michelle Zapanta, my makeup artist texted me telling me that they were already in Alabang. I hurriedly took a bath, asked my mom and my groom to also take a bath and texted the other people who would be availing of her make up services.

My makeup session started at 9am. I was already wearing my cutesy preparation dress. And then the doorbell rang…Christine and Jeff of Espesyal na Ngiti were already at the hotel!! They’re really early! I actually didn’t have time to ask them if they have eaten their breakfast because Michelle was busy doing my makeup. I just caught glimpses of them taking pictures of our wedding paraphernalia and behind the scene actions. And then the rest of the morning are already in a blur…a lot of people came in at the hotel. Ninong Bobby and the rest of the RJL people, Ate Vive, Li-anne, my in-laws, some of my high school barkadas, the flower people of Mang Boy Mahusay…and I think some more people. I was really not aware what was happening inside the hotel room. Michelle kept on putting makeup on me, her assistants were doing something in my hair, and the next thing I knew, it was already 12nn!! I haven’t eaten lunch, we haven’t had the pictorials yet, Oskar Peralta was not yet in the hotel to help me dress up!!! I was sort of panicking already and I kept asking my groom to ask Tito Oskar if he is already on his way to the hotel. Finally he arrived at 1pm just about time for me to dress up. The gown he made for me was really fantabulous…I loved it, everyone loved it…I felt like I was the most beautiful that day…Oh indeed, I am!!!!!

By 1:30 pm, Diane of Totally Mesmerized texted me and informed me that they are already at the Church (really early!!). I was excited to hear these guys sing…I haven’t heard them sing. I just relied on the reviews of other brides who got them as their choir.

And then, my “Ninong” Engel, arrived at the hotel bringing with him his Pearl White CRV which will serve as my bridal car (SUV, that is). And him as the driver…oh, that was really nice of him.

After the pictorials and last minute pahabols – things to put in my pouch, the laptop, other things that need to be brought…it was really PANIC TIME!! And then finally, it was now time to go to the Church.