October 12, 2017 was a very special day for my sister Julie and now brother-in-law Dan.
It was a day we gave away a daughter and a sister, a day we welcomed a son and a brother, and a day two families were joined in God’s house. It was a day for both sun and rain, a day for music and thanksgiving, and a day for tears and laughter.
Allow me to share with you the priceless moments and details of this remarkable day.
I don’t normally make our eldest sister cry but I did that day!Papa and Ate Julie practicing their father and daughter dance — for the first time. Grammar check for the Maid-of-Honor speech.It takes two to get the job done! We love you ate Julie!Sisterly chit chat is always a must!During the preparations, heavy rain poured. Papa quietly slipped out of the Bridal room to pray for sun in the chapel near our hotel. True enough, after a good 30 minutes, the rain stopped. Dan after reading Ate Julie’s letter.Dan is the youngest and only boy in the family and the camera caught such tender moments among them siblings. Sneaky photo of Brian and I running errands. Ate Julie with her Bridesmaids, Mase and Majel. Bridal dress by Khristelle Tan. Beautiful close up of the bride, make up and hair by Katchie Mejias.Adorable flower girls!Wedding cake by Eat Smiles.The reception was mostly a night of wonderful and heartfelt singing!Table scape beautifully put together by K by Cunanan. Artwork and wedding invitations by Kaliwete Creatives.The groom with his goofy groomsmen!Entourage dresses by Weddings by Desino Dulce.Photos by Randolf Evan and team.
I will always look back to this day and remember that it was a day of sun, rain, tears, laughter, music, thanksgiving, and above all, love.
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 verygenuine wedding.
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.
Sa wakas! Finally! (Photo by Angela Paguio)
The newlyweds. (Photo by yours truly)
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!
The bride’s dress, customised with her painting printed on the skirt! (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
The bridal bouquet made by the bride’s friend Lee Dequito. Final touches by family and friends of the bride! (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
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!
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.
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!
As I was part of the entourage, I had to do a mock set up for the caterers the day before the wedding. It was a windy day in Tagaytay!
My note for the caterers when I had to leave the reception area to attend the wedding. Ha ha! (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
With my partner in crime in setting up the desserts, Tita Maricor, Lalee’s mom! (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
Neighbors unite in our DIY projects! (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
The couple’s photo montage (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
Another shot of the very well crafted bridal bouquet!
Montes Cousins singing our wedding anthem Bless Us All (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
Toasting the wedding reception!
DIY “Sa Wakas!” sign for the bridal car by Lalee’s sister, Sarah.
Our fruit basket, which turned out beautifully! A joint effort between our childhood friend and neighbor Blanche, and I.
The couple talking to the event hosts, our cousin Mia and our youngest brother Jose (Photo by Sarah Mendoza)
Loving the hats, ladies! (Photo by sarah Mendoza)
The entourage’s bouquet were made using statice and a thick rope. Simple, yet elegant.
The groom, and my dad!
My date to the wedding! He helped me with egress and even volunteered to wash the glass jars! ❤
These are just a few photos I managed to gather from early social media uploaders (like myself). I cannot wait to see the rest! 🙂
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.