Today is special, really special. Exactly a year ago, in front of our family and friends, my husband Francis and I vowed to love each other forever. I can still vividly recall that day. It was a Friday – a glorious early Friday morning, to be exact. And we made all our guests take a leave from work (or school), wake up really early to attend our wedding. Oh, they must love us so!
I remember my bridal car carefully approaching the church and I saw each one of those familiar faces, all up and giddy on that early Friday morning. We must be so weirdly crazy to make them to do that, and I was just so happy that they came. It was an intimate affair, attended by only 75 guests, and coordinated by family and friends.
There were so many things I recall that day – too many precious snippets of memories – but if there’s one memory I would forever cherish, it is this: I started approaching the church doors, walked my way to the aisle, and for the first time, saw my groom. It is as if for one quick second, time froze. This is it, I thought, this is it. I’m marrying the love of my life. My best friend. My English Breakfast Tea latte co-drinker. My forever movie date. My lobster. My Puso. This was another thing I was so excited about on the day. I couldn’t wait to present him with his wedding band. As jewellery is not really his thing, I thought this would be my best bet. And I’m so glad I did this because he really loved it and so did everyone else. There were so many compliments like “The Barnum looks awesome” and some were even asking where I got it from! This was just another highlight of the special occasion.
As we both lead active lifestyles, wearing our wedding rings and bands is not something that we feel comfortable wearing on our daily runs. We’d rather keep them safe, which is why we later on switched to wearing silicone rings. They are much easier to maintaining and are a safer option when you are always on the go like we are than your everyday gold wedding ring.
It was our Day 1… and we have forever to go.
Happy 1st Anniversary, Francisco! ? ? ? See you later! ?
And because I’m uber happy today, I’m sharing with all of you our sweet, sweet memories from a year ago. 🙂 Cheers!
Our wedding was vintage inspired – and what perfect way to uphold this than holding our ceremony in a 300-year old church and our reception right in the church courtyard. Don’t ask me what exactly our wedding theme was, I’m really quite unsure myself. Ha! 🙂 I just knew what elements I wanted to see, and that’s how we decorated the place. We used old family treasures (vintage vinyl record, old typewriter, old books from the family library, etc.) as decors in the reception.
Our wedding was a true product of “labor of love” not just because of the DIYs (it took me 3 months – and a number of You Tube tutorials on wire looping – to finish our rosary wedding cord!), but also because the entire wedding preparation was a family group effort (we didn’t have a coordinator!). We decided we wanted to be 100% hands-on on the wedding. Speaking of DIY, not many people knew this, but I’m pretty sure my husband was initially wanted to rent a tuxedo for the wedding. You know what guys are like when they get together. That’s how I like to look at it anyway. In the end, he opted out of the idea, but I would have been cool to see what he would have designed though. I’m just so happy with how everything turned out. I would admit that it was really hard and oh-so-stressful (giving directions to the florist while getting dressed, picking up the favors a day before the wedding – we had potted herbs so had to make sure they were fresh from the supplier, staying up late at night to cut the wedding invites, etc.), but in the end, everything was worthwhile because we achieved what we wanted and how we wanted it, and everybody who helped with the wedding did what they did because they loved us. Yes, our wedding was intimate, it was simple beyond words, but it was also very heartfelt. And I think it’s all that matters. 🙂
It was a Friday. And we were (still is!) in love. Here’s the rest of our wedding! ?
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The Dream Team:
Photography: Nez Cruz | Videography: Jake Olaso Wedding Films | Ceremony Location: Santuario de San Pedro Bautista | Reception Location: Brother Sun Sister Moon Garden (church courtyard) | Bridal Gown and Mother of the Bride Dress: Sheril Garcia-de Asis | Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever 21 , Petit Monde , Mags | Groom’s Attire and Groomsmen’s Attire: M Barretto | Bridal Shoes: Yosi Samra | Reception & Event Design, Floral Design: Groom’s Brother + Rare Elements | Chair Rentals: Botafogo | Wedding Cord, Ceremony candles, Invitations: DIY | Bride’s Make-up & Hairstyling: Karen Jean Santos | Wedding Rings: Suarez Wedding Rings | Ceremony Music: Brother & Sister-in-law of the Groom + Friends | Wedding Favors: Potted Herbs by Edsa Garden House | Catering: 5LK Catering | Wedding Cake: Estrel’s Caramel Cakes