Save The Date

Hooray! Our Save the Date is finally out and counting the days, it’s already a little more than 5 months to go. Wuhooo! Exciting times ahead!

Save the Dates are not really necessary, but since we’re living abroad and some of our family members and friends are also living and working outside the Philippines, we want to make sure that everyone we’re inviting has enough time to make travel plans and celebrate with us.

We also took this chance to do something we’re not doing every day, and that’s to be a celebrity for a day! Hahaha! Kidding aside, when we’re both old and grey, this is one of those things that will make us remember how silly we are on our younger years.

Thanks to our STD and prenup video supplier, Aisle 1401. I’m very impressed because they were able to build the video exactly the way we wanted it, playful and candid, even if Ge and I were really shy. Plus everything was planned in a short notice, our schedules kept changing and there were lots of ideas to consider. Thanks Anna for putting up with my requests. ^_^

It’s nice to know a bunch of hardworking guys and a gal who are determined in fulfilling their passion. It felt like we were part of their ‘tropa’. We’re blessed to have them as part of our “Dream Team”. And I can’t wait to see our main prenup video soon! :)

Enjoy the show!

One Hundred and Eighty Five Days

The Mango FarmHere’s a setup of another wedding in our venue, The Mango Farm, taken by For You Are Mine


Marry your best friend. I do not say that lightly. Really, truly find the strongest, happiest friendship in the person you fall in love with. Someone who speaks highly of you. Someone you can laugh with. The kind of laughs that make your belly ache, and your nose snort. The embarrassing, earnest, healing kind of laughs. Wit is important. Life is too short not to love someone who lets you be a fool with them. Make sure they are somebody who lets you cry, too. Despair will come. Find someone that you want to be there with you through those times.
Most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. A love that will never dilute – even when the waters get deep, and dark.” – N-tima Preusser


My love, Gerald, I can’t wait to marry you… again.
To promise to love and to cherish each other for the rest of our lives, while standing in front of our loved ones and our beloved Heavenly Father.

We’re celebrating three years of togetherness today.
James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” You are truly God’s gift to me. I love you, so very much.

Hugs and kisses,
Melai

Wedding Wednesday: The Search for Photographers

One of the most important elements of a wedding, from a personal perspective, is the photographer. You probably know this – after all is said and done, the cake is cut, the flowers are wilted, and the favours are gone, only the wedding photos (and videos) remain. It’s possibly something we’ll decorate our homes with, create scrapbooks and photobooks, and share in social media. And you already know that I’m one who loves to take photos and be in it a LOT. So I’m really willing to invest on this. :)

We shortlisted a list of photographers that fit our style – wide open spaces, sharp, bright colors, and natural-looking photos that almost look like fine art. Jaja Samaniego and J Lucas Reyes are my favorites. We also considered Benjie Tiongco and Chestknots Studio. Two of them were already booked on our wedding day and the other two will probably leave a big dent in our savings account. I wanted to cry at that time. This dilemma probably took weeks of battling between “it’s only once in a lifetime” to “it’s just one day”. But later on, the practical in me won and I decided to move on. Haha!

Then, I’ve read good reviews about Manny and April in Weddings At Work. They are architects by profession who are also venturing in photography. I love their portfolio and the vivid details in their works. They are just new in this business so we got them for a really affordable rate. I think 60% cheaper than the names I mentioned above. ;)

Manny and April Photography

They were the first wedding supplier we met when we started our preps in the Philippines. And oh, they were former W@W couple too! It feels nice to talk to people who went through the same thing we’re going through and really understands our needs. They are super nice and adorable and I’ve had a full list of tips and tricks from them. Excited to have them capture our big day! :)

100HappyDays: Fleeting Moments

It’s Days 46-80 of my #100HappyDays challenge. How time flies so fast and now I’m almost through this long satisfying journey. :)

Constant blog update about this project has been difficult in the past weeks though, because we’re catching up with our wedding preparations in the Philippines. It was a little challenging to make appointments and run errands from Singapore so we’d be set until when we come home but we made it! We started meeting our wedding suppliers and most of our major tasks are done, including my first gown fitting, our venue ocular, food tasting and prenup!

In between, we’ve moved houses, served in kids church, squeezed in some time to catch up with our spiritual families, be a wife and a husband to each other, and still work full time! Hahaha! It’s just so amazing where we got all the time and energy to do a lot of things in a limited time. Thank You, dear God, for your overflowing love. And thank You for giving us wonderful families and friends who have been helping and encouraging us all the way.

The days are long and tiring but at the end of it, we’re super satisfied and smiling. :D

Here’s 40 days filled of happiness.

100 Happy Days

100 Happy Days

Gah, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post about this project. Hope you guys keep tuning in for more. Happy weekend! :)

Wedding Wednesday: The Venue

I used to dream of a wedding in San Agustin Church and a reception in a hotel. I don’t know when my preference completely changed but now, we’re on to an outdoor wedding. Garden wedding specifically. As mentioned in another post about our Mood Board, we wanted a casual and relaxed celebration where our guests could easily enjoy themselves and not feel intimidated. And for me, garden wedding has that ability to make a wedding easy going, at the same time, intimate. :)

We initially scouted for a venue in Tagaytay – the nice view and cool weather was just irresistible. Ville Sommet, Splendido, Two Gardens, and Balai Indang are on top of our list. I can’t exactly remember, but it’s either they were already booked on our date or they have a tie-up caterer… which for us is non-negotiable! We’re sure that we want Passion Cooks to be part of our dream team! We also thought of our budget. Since Tagaytay is already outside Manila, most of our suppliers would require an out-of-town fee.

The only venue we found that would fit our style is Mango Farm, tucked within the quaint Kingsville Court Village in Antipolo City. Ge is from Fairview (north), I live in Cavite (south) and our wedding will be at Antipolo (east). Hahaha! I think that’s the best we’ve got for everyone to meet in the middle.

We haven’t seen Mango Farm when we decided to book it last year. We heavily based our decision on the lovely photos and positive reviews around the web. The location is actually popular, most wedding suppliers are familiar around the place and Dylan, the farm’s Operations Manager, is very accommodating and quick to reply.

The use of the 2.5 hectare farm is exclusive. We’re having an outdoor ceremony on the grounds of Mango Farm and the reception would be inside their air-conditioned Glass Pavilion. Having both the ceremony and reception in the same location is convenient for our guests and it’s also cheaper to have both of them in the same venue. Win-win!

Here are some of the photos we took during our recent ocular.

The Mango Farm, Antipolo City

The farm is big; there are actually different options where you can choose to hold the ceremony. The first one is Plan A, as in the above photo. It features a long line of trees that forms an aisle. I like this the best because it really feels rustic and looks so enchanting. The only problem is that, the grass or the soil is dry and brittle. That’s because it’s summer in the Philippines now, and it’s very hot. Hopefully, the grass will grow green again when ‘ber’ months come.

The Mango Farm, Antipolo City

Plan B is on concrete, shorter but wider. Most of the ceremony photos I see online were held here. You can arrange the ceremony stage between the two big trees perfectly. It’s a good choice too, if in case it rains, you won’t worry about walking on a puddle of mud.

The Mango Farm, Antipolo City

Just right beside the Glass Pavilion is Plan C. The mango trees in this area look younger and scattered. It’s also open and airy. I think this one’s better for an outdoor reception than ceremony.

Here are some setups at The Mango Farm.

The Mango FarmCeremony Setup at Plan A (photo grabbed from www.vatelmanila.com)
The Mango FarmCeremony Setup at Plan B (photo taken by Jaja Samaniego)
The Mango FarmReception Setup at Plan C (photo taken by Passion Cooks)
The Mango FarmReception Setup inside the Pavilion (photo taken by Jaja Samaniego)

Isn’t it lovely? Nature is the most beautiful backdrop in the world. And with a garden wedding, we’re also taking advantage of the beautiful green grass, fresh air, and the natural goodness of the surroundings. I am excited!