Mendezona- Ramas Civil Wedding

On October 17, 2013, my fiancé and I decided to get married civilly in Houston, Texas when he came to visit me—-exactly a month before our 10 year anniversary and 8 months before our church wedding in the Philippines. We could have opted to just get married exactly on our 10th year anniversary but he had to fly home to the Philippines earlier for a much needed follow up appointment with his eye doctor.

Long Distance Relationships are no joke and we weren’t taking any more risks, 7 years of LDR should be enough! The earlier we got married, the earlier we could process our papers and the sooner we don’t have to be apart anymore, that was the simple logic behind this. To those who wondered why we couldn’t wait for a few more months until the church wedding, try putting yourselves in our shoes and going through what we did…spending the holidays and special occasions with Skype dates, waiting for the other person to wake up because he’s still asleep in the other side of the world just to tell him what’s troubling you, constantly saving up to fly every 1 year and a half just to see each other for 30 days or so… maybe you’ll be singing a different tune. I don’t wish for anyone to go through LDRs, it can get tough and lonely and sad and miserable, it truly is a test of the strength of your relationship but in the same breath I can say that I would not want to change what Marco and I went through. It taught us patience and perseverance (we’re still both working on this) and it made us realize how much we loved each other.

Marco, Rhea—nervous much?

John, practicing his ring bearer duties.

Saying our vows

Our First Legal Kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona.

Ceremony Done! It lasted for 10- 15 minutes. Wow, that was quick.

The judge handing us out marriage certificate.

This is the real thing, it’s legit, sweetie. Haha

Thank you pop and Javi for flying all the way from LA just to be with us, for the Tupas(es) for being there to support us on this special day and for my dad for making it just in time for the ceremony (still jet lagged from the Philippines). Mom, we missed you on this day and God knows how much we wanted you and the rest to be here.

 

Heading out to Prima Pasta for our “mini-reception”

Cake Cutting

We’re practicing for the actual day

The Mendezonas

(…and missing a whole lot of them)

The Ramas(es)

Thanks so much to family and close friends who made it to this last minute gathering. Special shout out to my boss, Tita Clavel for being on top of things, for helping us settle down in Prima Pasta, getting us the cake and for lending us your special wedding cake plate and silverware.

Oh yeah, Mom, Pop…thanks for this (you know what I mean). I love you!

~Rhea

Those “Ugly” Sneaker Wedges

Proud as it may sound, but I’ve never been insecure of my height, I guess I’ve been tiny long enough to even want to be taller that what I am today. Although I’d have to admit I was a bit relieved to have reached that point in my life where I can just choose to slip into some 5-inch heels to give me a “boost” when need be.

Of course, being with Marco gives me a lifetime excuse to wear heels until my legs are old and weak.

<insert hilaw smile>

The thought of  a lifetime of stilettos, wedges and all kinds of heels to lessen that 1-ruler gap between my height and Marco’s height was not as amusing as I thought—it just killed me.

 French Designer Isabel Marant then came up with the most ingenious design a few seasons back—the Sneaker Wedges also coined at one point as “Summer’s Ugliest Trend”.  Call it tacky, bulky,  hideous, Love it or Hate it, let’s face it—those things are damn comfy and they still give me those few inches that I need. It’s no surprise that shoe designers of all walks of life joined in the band wagon and came up with their own version (or knock offs whichever term you prefer) when it first came out and now that this trend is slowly dying down (or has it died yet?) I can bring my own pair out of the closet and put it to good use. I still think it’s great to keep for those casual laid -back/lazy days when you want to take a break from those pretty, sexy heels. Well, that’s just me anyway.

(BEANIE: knitted; Forever 21/ TOP: thrifted/ SKIRT: from Pauline and Marie; Image/ SHOES: Sneaker Wedges; Charlotte Russe/ PURSE: from Mom and Pop; Michael Kors/ BANGLE: Forever 21/ WATCH: New York and Company)

Dressing Up this “hideous” pair

Side View: Sneaker Wedges (I honestly think they’re not that bad)

Happy coz I’m comfy (and not as short, haha)

Purse of the Month: Michael Kors Large Weston Pebbled Shoulder Bag; a birthday gift from the ‘rents

Sorry Isabel Marant, you may consider this Charlotte Russe pair as knock-offs from yours and they’re probably not as comfortable as yours but there’s no way I’m spending $695 on sneaker wedges.

~Rhea

The Long and Short of It.

I’ve always had long hair as far as I can remember. I cut it short just right above my shoulder at times but for the most part it’s always been long. A few years back (5 years to be exact) I found out the beauty of being able to donate hair here in the US.  Well, I’m doing it again and I’m going to try to give it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths this time and hope they put it into good use.

This is for you Grandmy Emma (+) , I love you and miss you heaps. #breastcancerawareness #notocancer

(TURBAN: Forever 21/ TOP: from Mommy Babe/ SHORTS: Ross/ SANDALS: from the streets of Thailand/ PURSE: Forever 21/ SUNGLASSES: Shasa/ RING: Forever 21)

 Eyelet top on my Lace Crochet Shorts

Lace floral detail on the neckline for a more vintage feel

Pastels and Neutrals with my two most favorite colors in the world: pink and purple

Black Faux Leather Studded Platforms from Bangkok

Marco—the guy who tried to talk me out of it. Haha. He says I look better with long hair, I told him it’ll grow back just in time for our wedding. I hope it does <crossing my fingers>

Long Hair No More.

~Rhea