11 Years: Love Wins!

11 Years: Love Wins!

My kuya (older brother in English),  finally got married! We waited 11 years for this! Everyone, and I mean everyone, had been waiting to see him and my now sister-in-law Lalee, get married. So when the day finally came, we were all overcome with pure joy that not even the formalities of a wedding was able to cap. It was, as most guests had put it, a very genuine wedding.

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Their DIY wedding invite with the bride’s painting of the wedding reception venue on one sheet, and calligraphy on the main sheet!
Sure, the videographers came in more than an hour late as they got stuck in traffic. Then maybe kuya ended up bawling behind my mom when Lalee started walking down the aisle (I would kill to get my hands on a photo of that!). Then there was the wedding ring. Lalee had a hard time putting the wedding ring on his finger. After a few seconds of apparent struggle, it fit and Kuya raised his hand ala Beyonce’s ‘Put a Ring on it’ to show to the guests that yes, the ceremony will proceed  as it were!

There may be a longer list of all the things that went [or could have possibly went] ‘wrong’ that day. But not a single item on that list, not even those I mentioned above, really mattered. Because on their special day, the only thing that had true weight was the celebration of their love. They made sure that their wedding day was theirs, a day that would speak loudly of who they are as a couple and of how big their love is for their families and friends.

It was a truly beautiful celebration and part of me still can’t get over the realisation that after months and months of the couple’s planning, everything did turn out as they should. That’s why I’m sharing the event here in my blog. Somehow, it won’t give the day justice should I just keep them in my social media accounts. 🙂

If you are a DIY kind of person, you will love the details that were put into this wedding!

For this wedding, I was assigned to style their dessert buffet tables, photo montage, and others. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to share all as I have limited photos from the event. But, I will share with you some very special highlights!

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Photo by Carla Argoso
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Photo by Sarah Mendoza
They had two dessert tables. One I assigned for the homemade desserts (The Mendozas love their sweets!) and the other, I assigned to the couple’s chosen ‘Wedding Cake’: Cello’s doughnuts!

Both tables were of a plain off white linen provided by the caterers, a burlap runner, wood works by the Mendozas, ceramic trays, glassware and simple white Statice flowers in mason jars. What completed the whole look were Lalee’s hand painted food labels, and of course the desserts (!), as you will see in the photos above and below.

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Photo by yours truly
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Photo by Sarah Mendoza
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Even the kids enjoyed the couple’s dessert buffet! The little boy on the left, the son of our neighbor and childhood friend, had a scowl on because he hadn’t finished his meal yet and he already wanted to eat a donut, like my nephew on the right. Ha ha! Cute!

These are just a few photos I managed to gather from early social media uploaders (like myself). I cannot wait to see the rest! 🙂

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The breathtaking DIY-ness of this wedding didn’t end at the reception. As a thank you gift from the couple, I received these personalised note cards!

I am grateful to kuya and Lalee for allowing me to do this for them. This was my way of being one with them on their special day, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Until the next wedding! 🙂

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Projects: Giant Paper Flower Wall

Projects: Giant Paper Flower Wall

The two weekends leading up to my older brother Gab and now sister-in-law Lalee, were spent for surprise bridal showers/welcome parties. Our side of the family wanted to officially welcome her into the family by hosting a surprise bridal shower for her. I have never planned a bridal shower in my life, ever. But I surprisingly had fun planning the event with my cousins.

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I was assigned to plan out the decorations for the event. This means collaterals such as the event logo, e-invites, and others. To make the event extra special, I decided to create a giant paper flower wall. It was going to be the focal point of the event for two reasons: 1) My sister in law is a very artsy girl and 2) who doesn’t like a nice photo wall?

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Creating each giant flower can be very challenging. I didn’t expect it would take so much time and effort! It took one whole weekend and two week nights for us to finish the wall, not to mention all the blisters that we incurred from constant use and abuse of a glue gun.  Ha ha, so much for foresight. It’s a good thing that my cousins went full force in this project, making the work so much more fun and lighter.

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Even my not so artsy youngest brother joined in the fun, too!

Here are some tips in creating your flower wall:

  • If you want to be cost effective, buy cartolina paper to create your giant paper flowers. Cartolina sheets from National Book store are priced from Php 5 each to Php 10. Buy the thick ones.
  • Don’t settle for cheap or flimsy glue guns– two glue guns conked out on us during production.
  • To make the wall, stick the flowers on your thin ply wood using glue gun, not any tape.
  • Patience is key to have fun!

There are so many tutorials in making giant paper flower walls available in Youtube. To view the specific link I followed, click here.

Everything went great! The main activity was a make up 101 session by make up artist Eica Decepida. Since this year will be full of weddings in our family, we thought it might be a good idea for a crash course in DIY make up. Everyone was so interested and so involved!

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Projects: Table Lamp for the Bed Side

Projects: Table Lamp for the Bed Side

I have been relentlessly looking for a bed side table that will serve two purposes: 1) match the feel of my room and 2) suit well with my personality (whatever that is!). For a very long time, I haven’t been able to find one. Not because I didn’t have the time, my work almost always requires and allows me to actually be in malls. I just couldn’t find that one lamp that I would love enough to buy (not even my visit to Ikea Malaysia did the trick). IKR. WTH.

So I have been lampless for a good 2 years until a couple of Sundays ago, when I didn’t know what to do with my newly bought clear LED christmas lights. I thought I could put them all over my window, be all pinterest-y and create my own starry starry night window. But my mom (being my mom) strongly advised against it as it sounded too dangerous of an idea for her. Curtains + Christmas Lights = Fire in December? That’s just crazy.

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I tried putting it around our Christmas advent wreath, it didn’t work because the wreath looked like it was pregnant with lights. Too bulky. Then I spotted a huge empty mason jar in the kitchen that even has “MILK” written on it and for some random reason, I chucked the whole string of lights in it. When I plugged it, voila! Instant table lamp!

The best thing about the mason just is that its cap has a removable top, making it accessible for the christmas light to reach out to a socket.

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Guess what? It turned out great for me! I actually read at night with just this lamp on. 🙂

Cost? Php 129 for the clear LED Christmas Lights, available in National Bookstore.

Much love,

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