Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dream Wedding: Clark and Leah

I have been watching "On the Wings of Love" since the show started about six months ago. It is not hard to fall in love with the show because all of its elements is so real. You can easily relate to the different characters in the show. I like the fact that the show stuck to being real and tackled many different issues about love and marriage. All that is well, ends well and as with any local telenovela it ends with a happy ending.

I only saw the same day edit of Clark and Leah's wedding today and thought I'd share it here. The production team really made an effort in putting together a beautiful wedding for Clark and Leah. The whole effort was encapsulated in this video and I must say it's a dream wedding that many bride-to-bes can emulate.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I Do for Jimmy and Kring

Taking time out from my blogging sabbatical to write about dear friends Kring and Jimmy who joined the TV show "I Do".

Getting married is something that you really should go into with open eyes. As elders always say, "Marriage isn't like newly cooked rice that you can just spit out if you find it too hot." You have to be prepared - emotionally, physically, financially before getting married because love cannot feed you in the long run, no matter how romantic it sounds.

It was a pleasant surprise to see Jimmy and Kring join the show. I met Kring in a blogger event, she was known then as funnysexy and she was indeed really funny. I bumped into her oftentimes in other blogging events, community events and blogger dinners and it was in one of those dinners that she dragged in Jimmy who she introduced as her boyfriend. That evening was spent with Jimmy explaining why, "Korea was the best." At that time he didn't speak/understand Filipino, but he contributed a lot to making the event more fun.

In the last few years I didn't really get to see Jimmy and Kring together. I'd see Kring every so often in some events, but I saw how their relationship was blossoming through their posts on FB. At one time Kring even made a song and a music video out of the song for their anniversary (I think it was the first one).

And now they are ready to take their relationship to the next level. I'm really happy they went through this "pre cana on steroids". The one I went through before I married is incomparable to the experience that they went through. I saw how much they've grown as individuals and as a couple through the show and I think that they are really ready to take things to the next level.

Let's help them make their dream come true and give them the wedding they want!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Wedding Arras (Wedding Arrhae)

One of the most important symbols used during a wedding is the wedding arras (wedding arrhae). My Mom told me that it symbolizes money and the promise of your husband to provide for you.

The wedding arras is usually a collection of coins provided by the couple or provided by your wedding gown designer as part of the package. It's usually placed in a small pouch or bag (or you can be creative) brought to the altar by a coin bearer. If you're using valuable coins make sure you ask one of your relatives or friends to secure it after the ceremony.

After the pamamanhikan my Mom gave me a small bag of coins. She said that my grandmother gave her the coins and she split it into three. One set for my sister, another for my brother and the last set for me. Both my brother and sister used the coins as arras for their wedding too. Using the coins my Mom gave me made the arras more valuable to us since it felt like my grandparents were around as well to witness our wedding.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wedding Gown and Entourage Gowns Designer

Being creative and practical are two key skills you need while planning your wedding. With limited budget you need to make choices that can fulfill your heart's desire while being practical. I took that approach when I was working on the gowns for my wedding. I visited several designs in Metro Manila, but found them quite expensive. I just wanted a simple gown and I luckily found a great designer who I had good rapport with at a wedding fair. I decided to go another way though for the gowns of my entourage.

I wanted to involve my family in the preparations for my wedding so I got my niece, Patricia Apolo, to design the gowns for the entourage. She was skilled at it because she's done several weddings already even though she was still in high school during that time. My talented niece made these for my huge entourage (this is just a sample):

And after carefully choosing the right cloth and working closely with the seamstress I got exactly what I wanted. Here's how I pulled it off.

My talented niece has recently graduated from fashion design school and is ready to accept orders for designing. Inquire here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Your Wedding Ring

When Sweetie started planning to propose to me he didn't have a clue where to get me an engagement ring. Good thing we had a friend, based in Cagayan de Oro, who's Mom owned a jewelry shop. He lost no time and enlisted her help in his grand proposal plan (and that included getting my ring size by stealth!). 

We decided to get our wedding rings from the same friend (Golconda Jewels in CDO). Sweetie wasn't comfortable wearing accessories (he didn't even wear a watch back then) and he was happy that I just wanted a traditional set. We went for white gold. The big plus was our rings were handcrafted Philippine gold and we got to meet the artisan who made it.

Here's the desk Manong works on to make jewelry.

Manong check the size of our rings.

Doing some polishing.

Our handcrafted white gold wedding rings. 
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