Knowing we had only two months to plan, hubby and I made the most of every waking hour. We employed the help of family and friends. It was amazing how things fell into place. We only made one visit to Boracay to meet with our suppliers and yet we pulled it off. It really was because our Lord guided us every step of the way.
What a blessing Nonoy (our make up artist) was to us. Before him I had had at least 3 trials with 3 different make up artists. Luckily, hubby and I bumped into his Tita who was also a wedding organizer. She referred us to Nonoy and that was it. A match made in beauty heaven. 🙂
As early as 6:30 am, hubby and I were already up preparing for our 2:00 pm wedding. Make up session began at 7:00 am. My sisters Kaye and Mimin joined me on my last night as a singleton. We were all exhausted from all the travelling we had to do. Suffice it to say that we just slept the night through.
Since we were staying at the Boracay Plaza Resort, which was located right in front of the church, I opted to walk to my wedding. With my brother holding an umbrella to shield me from the warm rays of the sun and my younger sister holding my train, it was a fitting start to a beautiful new life.
The entourage – Our hearts swelled at the sight of relatives, family and friends who came all the way to Boracay from the Philippines and all over the world despite the short notice.
Mixed emotions..that’s what I felt. I was certain that the man standing, waiting for me at the altar was the one but still, it was a little sad kissing my mom and dad and leaving them, to walk toward him.
“When the one man loves the one woman and the one woman loves the one man, the very angels desert heaven and come and sit in that house and sing for joy.” ~ Indeed, it was a joyful affair. I’ve always loved weddings and I’m proud to say that I loved mine the most. (haha, love your own.)
Love is beautiful and weddings, well, they are the most definitive form of celebrating love.
A wedding is not just joining of two souls. It too is the joining of families, the union of two houses. I am now not only a Parreno but also an Alova. 🙂
We hadn’t thought of how we would get from the Church to the venue. We figured we could easily walk to the reception. After all, it was just across the Church! However, Ms. Vicky of Boracay Plaza Resort lent us her car and driver for the occasion. We were pleasantly surprised to find a wedding car waiting to take us to the venue.
Our 90 or so guests were treated to cocktails and some light snacks while we went off to the beach in search of the perfect shots. We prepared a hosts of things for them to do, a jigsaw puzzle, a DIY photo and video booth. However, the concept of Do It Yourself in the Philippines hasn’t quite caught on. While we had put signs asking them to record a message for us, no one actually did. Still, it was a pleasant exercise in understanding the pysche of the Filipino wedding goer.
Our host and my maid of honor Kaye, kept the mood light and breezy. Also, since only close relatives and friends were there, they knew each other and were excited at the opportunity to reconnect. Besides, Boracay is a paradise, guests pretty much entertained themselves.
It was a beautiful night filled with lots of singing and dancing. Laughter filled the air as we celebrated love, the love between a husband and wife, the love among family, relatives and friends.
And this is the story of our love. 🙂
This my friends, is the start of our greatest adventure yet. Hope you enjoyed viewing the pictures.
I’m finalizing the details of our DIY IT. I can’t remember how it came about but “DIY” has become my new mantra in life. Since my first intl trip in 2008, I have embraced the role of planner, became my personal tour agency. We’re a great team, my hubby and I, I research the “things to do” and he figures out how we’re supposed to get there. I like the spontaneity of it all, it is a great feeling to have freedom in travel. To not have to trudge along where the tour is supposed to go, to have the luxury of time to just hang out and just be.
In less than 24 hours, we’ll be on our way to another jampacked DIY tour of 3 cities. =) Thank you Lord for promo fares and the internet. Bless our trip. Enrich us with learnings from another culture and the happiness that comes from wonderful new experiences. Bless Mom too Lord, I hope she can keep with us and enjoy the trip. Hehe.
From another site, I got the idea to create a wedding map. We were getting married in Boracay and to correct the misconception (as there are no churches in Boracay) that we were having the ceremony at the beach , I set out drawing a map of the church and the venue for the reception. Despite my awkward attempts to draw, our map was well-received. At the back portion, we included information about Boracay, where to go, what to do, where to eat. I love how we were able to personalize our wedding despite our limited budget. Like I’ve always said, research pays off. =)
I love DIY projects…thing is, I’m not very artistic. I’m a very good researcher though. While researching wedding ideas for my own wedding, I came across pictures of wedding signposts. I fell in love with the concept. Luckily, I have a sister who’s quite crafty and a groom who’s super supportive (He had their carpenter build a sign post for me..oooh…love). =) So, here’s the finished product!