Mendezona-Ramas Nuptials: The Reception

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I got to take out a big “bulk” off my wedding dress. hahaha.

Yes, the humongous lace/ organza skirt was a detachable….Tito Bong, your design is ingenious.

“….This will be an everlasting love.

-Natalie Cole

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You asked me if I loved how the place looked that night tita and the answer is a big I DO!!! Thank you so much Tita Teresin Mendezona for making both the Cathedral and Casino marvelously stunning. The decorations and the flowers from Pink Flora were wonderfully exquisite.

Our hosts for tonight’s wedding reception: Jeminah Ferrer Birkner and Javi Mendezona.

You guys did a superb job just like professionals. We truly were impressed! Thank you so much. 🙂

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Calling out the parents of the groom and the bride.

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Your cakes are always a lovely work of art. Thank you Tita Marissa Unchuan for the beautiful Lace Inspired cake!

Traditional cake cutting.

Cheers to us, my love. 🙂

And since we didn’t get a chance to say our personal vows at the Cathedral, here goes…

….It feels so surreal that after 11 years, this day has finally come. I am marrying my soulmate. You have loved me since Day 1, you have loved me at my worst, accepted my many imperfections that even I can’t accept. You are my constant inspiration, my best friend and partner in crime. You give me a reason to strive for excellence in this short life of ours.

-Marco

…I’m not going to lie Marc, the 7 year long distance deal was really tough and I’ve asked God so many times what I did to deserve this. I couldn’t understand why he would allow two people who love each other so much, be apart for so long.  Up to this day I can’t say I completely understand why he did what he did but with this happening today I can only say that God is indeed the best author of our love story. I truly believe that he custom made you for me.

-Rhea

Sealed the deal with a kiss.

Shout out to Tito Jojo for taking awesome pictures!

Thanks Annina for leading us in prayer.

Our little darlings already enjoying the dance floor while the grown ups head to the buffet table.

And the little boys enjoying too much of the floor, literally.

Oh well, boys will be boys.

John, my baby brother and the best ring bearer ever.

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Outside the Grand ballroom of Casino Espanol.

#MARCOANDRHEA

I’m glad we went with Banana Booth’s Pocket Prints, hashtag your instagram photo with #marcoandrhea and it gets printed out. How awesome is that? Our ‘younger’ guests (haha) really enjoyed their services.

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Tita Teresing made sure our buffet tables were in another room as not to cause traffic and as not to disturb other guests who were already eating. She also opted for the buffet to be divided into stations so people wouldn’t have to wait very long in line, they could just hop to other stations while waiting. If I’m not mistaken they had the pasta station, carving station, salad bar and a dessert section. Now this I’d have to say is “organized chaos”.

Maricel and the quartet provided wonderful musical atmosphere while the guests were eating.

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Table Hopping: While everyone was eating, we did our rounds and took the opportunity to take pictures with each table.

L is for the way you look at me

O is for the only one I see

V is very very..extraordinary

E is even more than anyone that you’d adore

Eeeepppp… my sisters sang one of my Nat King Cole favorites!!!!

I didn’t expect any number from my sisters anymore because I knew for a fact that before they left Houston they were busy packing, they only arrived a few days before the wedding and we spent those remaining days running wedding errands. There really was no time for them to practice. But they went ahead and sang for us anyway, I love you my palanggas!

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So I thought, Sandro (Marco’s cousin, the guy in the 1st frame) was going to render us a beautiful song and I expected it more or less because I knew he could sing well. The quartet started playing the familiar introduction of Aladdin’s A Whole New World and I was beyond ecstatic because this song is ultimately one of my Disney favorites. The next thought that crossed my mind was “Wait, so who’s singing Jasmine’s part?”. And then Nacho, Pauline and Mateo came into the picture…and then Javi..they kept passing the mic until everyone, and I mean EVERYONE sang a line from the song, even those who didn’t sing!!!! I was in utter disbelief and Marco just couldn’t stop tearing up.

This sweet gesture made me feel like I was welcomed into the family, like I could be my “Broadway Musical Loving” self and they wouldn’t find it weird, like I could sing at the top of my lungs in the shower and I wouldn’t get judged.

I did not want extracurricular games for our wedding, nothing against weddings with games but I’ve been to some where the games weren’t executed well and people just didn’t want to participate, they start leaving the room or they start talking….I don’t know I just think those can either make it or break it. It’s risky business.

Now, a number of performances to entertain the guests…that’s a totally different story, I am all out for that!

Besides I wanted to go for classic and traditional but I admit, sometimes traditional can be boring so with the help of Snoogie we revamped the usual “Boquet and Garter Toss” . ( I guess you can still call those “games”, haha)

The idea was to toss a number of long stemmed roses and whoever doesn’t get one is the not-so-lucky girl who gets to wear the garter later on.

…and so all the single ladies scurried for one. Haha.

Look who picked up leftover flowers after the toss. Haha, Baby David.

Instead of the “garter-toss”, we had pass-the-garter and mind you this garter was HUGE!

Snoogie provided us with this large garter, and the object of the “game” was for the boys to put the garter over their body and pass it on, whoever has the garter when the music stops is pretty much “It”.

Yep, its the infamous “traveling blue garter”..haha. I think in my barkada, I was the 3rd one who got to use it….now to pass it on to Karina a.k.a “Dadz”.

Our very innocent spectators, I think these kids were wondering what “game” the grownups were playing.


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Surprise song number from my grandfather. You should hear him sing, he’s seriously a PRO.

 

(Pauline) Maid of Honor’s Speech

(Ate Jemma) Matron of Honor’s Speech

Father of the Groom’s Speech

Father of the Bride’s Speech

(Nacho) Best Man’s Speech

I can’t even begin to describe each and every single speech that was given out that night. Let’s just say that night was full of life and of love. How blessed are we to be surrounded by the people who love and care for us…Thank you Lord for the gift of family and friends.

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It was a roller coaster of emotions, not just for me and Marco, but our guests as well.

Dancing to Steven Curtis Chapman’s I’ll Take Care of You for our Father-Daughter dance.

My dad, Mr. Ramas handing me over to my husband, Mr. Mendezona so we could have our first dance as a married couple.

Trivia: Marco and I were classmates in Social Dance during our college days in UP, tell me why this guy got a better grade than me when he missed class half the time and I ended up teaching him the steps. Ma’am Aguilar ha? hahaha.

Marco and I danced Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Look Tonight just because that song has a special place in my heart and how can you possibly go wrong? It’s a classic. I know it’s a bit overplayed during weddings but we made sure we made that dance ours. For 2 weeks or less,in between meeting suppliers and what not, Marco and I worked on that piece and yes we choreographed our own dance— a contemporary version of Foxtrot. I completely forgot the last few steps of the dance because we only rehearsed the full version twice, but my husband took the lead and he made sure to finish the dance with a dip. Haha.

And the Grand Finale…a dance number from the brothers.

And the entire time, I thought the ” A Whole New World” Number was the surprise already. For the past few weddings in Marco’s side of the family, he would choreograph a dance number, and it usually is a song from his favorite boy band in the world—-the Backstreet Boys. I honestly didn’t think there was going to be one since the choreographer is the one getting married in this wedding.

Boy, was I wrong…. PARTY ROCK IS IN THE HOUSE TONIGHT!

OF COURSE IT WAS A BIG HIT!!!!

Thanks for keeping your promise and flying in from New York dai. Love you Patricia!

UP CTA ’03 represent

Much love from these two…always and always. Love you dada and mita. Thanks for EVERYTHING!

I’m glad you enjoyed the wedding festivities, Tito Mel. We appreciate you flying all the way from DC. Thanks for the crystal set, the 2 cases of exquisite wine, the Plantation Bay GC, the pearls and the classy cuff links, the perfume and thank you for being there. How spoiled are we?

We ended the night with a LOT of dancing. Thanks Jom for setting the mood. 🙂

I know Marco and I didn’t really go into detail during the reception in terms of thanking everyone who helped us make our BIG day possible, we were overwhelmed and at the same time scared we might miss out on some people.

BIG THANKS to…

Our Parents, for your unconditional love and complete support . Thanks for making this dream wedding of ours happen. We’re really glad that both families were complete for this long awaited event. Thank you for setting a good example to me and Marco, we’ve said it once and we’re going to say it again…this relationship wouldn’t have lasted (especially during those LDR years) if it weren’t for your much needed advice. Marco and I can only hope to have a relationship as wonderful as both of yours.

Our Siblings, for just being your awesome selves and for making this wedding extra special by performing and giving out tear-jerking speeches. Your kuya Marco and I being the eldest in both families, we’ve probably bossed you around a couple of times and have teased you endlessly but do know that we love each and every single one of you and we will ALWAYS and always try our best to be a good example to all of you because we want you to be the BEST you can be.

Btw, thanks Ann Marie for lending ate your white dress for the wedding dance during the reception. Love you!

Our Grandparents, for just bearing with us during the last month prior to the wedding.Thank you so much for helping us with our wedding errands and for helping us deal with our stress. We know you’ve had to adjust your schedule to accommodate our mga lakaw. Thank you Thank you Thank you! We should’ve taken your advice, Abu Mario, we should’ve just eloped. Hahaha… just kidding. We will surely miss your words of wisdom, your stories and tales of the good ‘ol days.

Tito Berns and Mama Joy, for also driving us around..the municipal hall, barangay hall and for helping us fix our papers.

Kuya Jv and Jezza, for taking us out to drink when we needed a break from wedding planning and for being my personal akyat-bahay gang. Haha.

My Cebu Family—the Odilaos, the Tabaqueros, the Climaco, the Senorons, the Lunas, the Calderons and the Ouanos for your support and for the good company.

Our Godparents, for saying YES to us and saying YES to being part of our lives from this day forward. Thank you for being our “second parents” and for the emotional, spiritual and financial support and advice.

Our Bridal Entourage, for helping us survive the BIG day. Ate Jemma Leus, my matron of honor and Carlos for flying in from Australia even if they’re expecting. Big shout out to my girls Jeminah Ferrer Birkner, Angela Encanto, Andrea Portugal and Karina Cosep San Juan for keeping my sanity, talk about intense emotional support.

Pauline Cuenca Mendezona, for helping us deal with the RSVPs and confirmations, for helping us organize our guest list, guest accommodations and for being Marco’s favorite go-to-person. We truly appreciate what you’ve done for us.

Msgr. Joe Tajanlangit, growing up with you as our parish priest in Talisay, you’ve always given us things to ponder on in terms of our spiritual life and our relationship with the Lord. Having you as our wedding celebrant is indeed an honor.

All our wedding suppliers…

Snoogie Mata and team, our wedding coordinator, for making sure everything was in the right place at the right time, for dealing with my Wedding Day stresses and for the smooth flow of the program. Tita Teresin was right in referring you to us, you really are a joy to work with. Thank you also for referring us to the people who provided us with the coasters and the lights crew for beautiful lighting during the reception, please send our thanks.

Ramil Solis and team, for making me and my entourage look fab on this big day. Mami Ramil, I’ve known you for more than a decade now and you’ve never failed to bring out the best of my features. You always know how to make me beautiful, thank you so much.

Mark Cantalejo and team, I don’t think I can stress enough how much we appreciate the wonderful photos you took of our wedding day (and also the engagement photos). It takes a real artist to capture true emotions on film (or should I say digital film, haha). Thank you for being one of the easiest people to work with, kung sa bisaya pa “way libog” ba. We really had fun working with you and we hope to avail of your services in the future.

Allan Alejandrino and Carla Gutierrez of MVP Digital Video, our videographer, it really was a blessing that Jem referred you to us. It’s amazing how both of you were just there standing quietly behind the scenes, taking videos and not necessarily saying a word. You never demanded for us to do anything unnatural and yet you were able to portray the real Rhea and Marco on the SDE. Thank you!

Tito Alexis “Bong” Monsanto, for my dream wedding dress. Your work has surpassed everyone’s expectations and most importantly you made a piece that reflected my character and personality. Thank you for bringing out the “Rhea” in the dress, I felt like a princess in my Alexis Monsanto.

Tita Teresin Mendezona, for the beautiful atmosphere during the ceremony and the reception. Thank you so much for working closely with us and not just being in charge of decor and styling but also for coming up with the Best Personalized Menu ever. Your taste is truly exquisite. Btw, we really enjoyed the Shangrila Mactan GC,  we had our mini honeymoon in Cebu already. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Pink Flora, for working hand in hand with Tita Teresin and providing us beautiful flowers on our wedding day.

Jihannee Tan of Twenty O Four, for our wedding invitations and giveaway labels. Thanks mach for just working with our demands and dealing with us constantly changing our minds. You have a knack of just knowing what we want for our invitations and carrying it out. All I can say is we LOVE letterpress. haha.

Thirty, my friends since forever, I know due to our circumstances I’ve been missing out a lot, but its good to know I still have you girls to come home to. Its an honor to wear this blue garter and pass it on.

Casino Espanol de Cebu,  for nothing less than excellent service, you never fail to impress. Thanks to all the waitpersons for spoiling me, Marco and our family, salamat kaayo sa inyong tabang.

Tita Marissa Unchuan, for accommodating us and for being so easy to talk to. Thanks for pretty much just working with my “cake peg” and bringing it to life.

Maricel Cortez Capon and the quartet, for playing wonderful music and for giving in to our request to play Yiruma for the bridal march.

Jom Gonzales, our DJ, although we never met officially thank you for the awesome mix you did there during the after party. You played your heart and soul there and people were just dancing like crazy. You literally were the life of the after-party.

Banana Booth’s Pocket Prints, for the unique concept of printing out instagram photos for our guests to keep as souvenirs. They sure had fun! Thanks James Go and Rose Cunanan.

Reggie Ocampo, for providing us that beautiful 1948 Cadillac as our bridal car. Can  I just say that we loved the little UP sticker detail at the back of the car? #iskolarngbayan

Bibendum Wines, we got our guests drunk, need I say more?

All of our guests who made it on our wedding day, all those who flew in from out of town and out of the country just to be with us…all the way from the USA (Houston, Washington DC, New York), Australia, Japan, Chile and Korea, you know who you are. Thanks for being part of this special day. To those who couldn’t make it, I know you were celebrating with us in spirit. Thank you for your well wishes and your prayers.

Thanks to everyone for their gifts, I’m so sorry I know we’re supposed to be sending individual “Thank you cards” and just to let you know we’re still working on it. We just got a bit overwhelmed with presents from USA, Cebu, Dipolog, Bacolod and Manila, job hunting for Marco and thesis for me (yep, I’m back in UP to FINALLY finish my course.) From the bottom of our hearts, Marco and I would like to thank you for your generosity, it’s more than enough to help us start our lives together.

Most importantly, we would like to thank our God Almighty, for making all these possible. Thank you Lord, for never failing to provide for us. Thank you for a wonderful bright sunshiny day, for all the family and friends that have gathered to celebrate this important occasion, for keeping everyone of our guests safe, for the multitude of blessing that you continue to shower upon us. Thank you for the wonderful gift of life and love and thank you for helping me find the right person to share the rest of my life with. Marco and I love you so much and we will try our best to live our lives for your greater glory.

~Rhea

Mendezona-Ramas Nuptials: The Preparation

Photos below (except for the 2nd one) are from our official wedding photographer, Mark Cantalejo. Getting him is one of the best things we ever did for this wedding! Thank you for capturing the details, the emotions and the wonderful candid moments during our big day.

Clear skies on our wedding day, Thank you God Almighty!

Before anything else, I want to thank my wedding coordinator Snoogie Mata and her team for being 100% on top of everything. You guys are indeed God-sent , thank you so much for being our stress buffers and for dealing with He-who-should-not-be-named. On the other hand, I’m sorry that you guys ended up getting stressed with him. You saved my sanity, you guys were a big factor to the success of our wedding.

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I woke up to a surprise!!!!

So this was what the balloons were for. Haha…My bridesmaids, Gela and Jem, woke up extra early and tied the polaroids from last night’s bachelorette party to gold balloons. I love you girls!

Hair and Makeup by my favorite makeup artist in this world—Ramil Solis.

Ramil has taken care of me since pageant and prom days in high school, I think he’s mastered the contour of my face. Haha. Thanks Mami, you’ve never failed to make me look beautiful. As long as I’m in Cebu, know that I’ll keep coming back to you.

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Special Delivery from my sweetest, he got me a GoPro for our future adventures.

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I had the bridesmaids robes made in Cordova where you can pick the cloth and they sew it according to your specifications. Picked two different colored cloths with the same prints, beige for the bridesmaids and light pink (a younger color) for the Jr. bridesmaids. I opted for plain pink and went to Metro so they could embroider “bride” on my robe.

There was a lot of drama behind this wedding dress but this Alexis Monsanto piece turned out to be my dream wedding dress after all. Tito Bong, as I prefer to call him, put to life the dress I had envisioned—the lace, the sleeves, the conservative neckline and the crystals. This beauty was sent through a package from L.A to Houston, then packed in a Balikbayan Box from Houston -Moscow-Seoul-Cebu. Thank God it was safe and intact when I opened it to air it out.

Alexis Monsanto on this wedding piece…

Gatsby themed wedding meets Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind influence in this vintage ecru all silk ensemble , alencon corded lace gown with detachable skirt in tiers of pleated silk organdy, boarder lace, french tulle adorn with swarouvski crystals….Made in Los Angeles

We would have loved to display this on a body stand but apparently we had a hard time looking for one that suit my measurements so it had to be hung on one of the hangers that I made. Funny thing is I made all my bridesmaids and Jr. bridesmaids personalized hangers and forgot to make myself one, so I think I ended borrowing Pilica’s.

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Brides nowadays usually go for “Brandname-Statements” with their wedding shoes, as I was browsing through wedding shoes inspirations, I could see that names were trending —I’ve seen Monique Lhuillier, Christian Dior, Jimmy Choo, Christian Loubotin and the less pricier ones like Badgley Mischka and David Tutera. I on the other hand didn’t want to go mainstream on this one, I  searched the design I wanted and googled laser cut wedding shoes just because they give you that “lacey” look and ended up falling in love with a Christian Louboutin. I almost died. It’s a good thing I stumbled across a pair of peep toe laser cuts with a similar baroque vibe as the Loboutins but more practical in terms of price, in the color that I wanted, champagne gold.

Yes, I wore a Klub Nico (Moxie) on my wedding day and I just purchased it online from Nordstrom.

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Thank you Pink Flora for the simple flower ensemble for me and the entourage, I was scared it would upstage our dresses but it was perfectly complimentary with the theme and the outfits.

Spot Ferdinand Marcos, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana. Haha.

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Top Left:  Arrhae; Assorted Coins from the Mendezonas/ Top Right: The Bible/

Bottom Left: The Cord/ Bottom Right: The Veil

All the wedding pillows (3) , the cord, the veil and blue garter were also provided by Alexis Monsanto; he used the same materials for all to unify them with the wedding gown and vintage purse he designed for me.

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My Cebu friends a.k.a my childhood friends started a sisterhood of the traveling blue garter tradition. Haha. They really are the cutest. Here’s my something blue and something borrowed.

Our wedding rings were beautifully crafted by Wilma Pena, Marco’s abuelito and abuelita’s go-to jeweler in Cebu.

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We didn’t have any design in mind when we visited the jeweler so we started browsing through some magazines and fell in love with Chanel wedding bands. We showed her the design and with no hesitation, said that she could do it. Marco and I couldn’t agree on the color of our wedding bands, I wanted white gold so it would match the engagement ring he gave me, he said he preferred yellow gold. Abuleita Tit (Marco’s grandmother ) suggested why not have both, that’s what she and Abuelito Mario did for their wedding bands, and that’s how we ended with our wedding band design.

Oh yeah, learned a new term today from Abu…chispaz a.k.a brilliantitos.

Our invitation was designed by the one and only Jihannee Tan of Twenty O four, one of my closest friends in Cebu. I’ve probably known this girl since kindergarten and it was a thrill to pick her as one of our wedding suppliers. It was actually nice of her to still make it to my wedding, considering the fact that it was also her birthday on the actual wedding day. haha. Thanks so much, mach and Happy Birthday! 🙂

People usually don’t see the beauty in letterpress, they always say “so, what’s so special about it?”, I guess I’m unlike other people. I went with letterpress not because it was a fad in the wedding industry, I consider it as a form of art like calligraphy and appreciate the tedious process that goes behind it.

Delicate, light, vintage and very old-world, I fell in love with the invitations in an instant.

Vintage Car—check! Thanks Reggie Ocampo!

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Payback time! I gave hime the mini iPad that he’s been raving about. I made sure that his name was engraved in the back.

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Marco’s classic suit was custom made by Cornell’s Tailoring in Manila. Awww… my sweetie looking so dapper. Thank you Snap for the referral!

More family photos before the wedding…

The loves of my life—my family.

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The little brother and the littler brother

Ramas Sisters—with my little sisters.

Mendezona Sisters—and my new not-so-little sisters.

My beautiful ladies in waiting.

Nicole. Angelie. Brianna. Ann Marie. Pilica. Anya. Pauline. Jemma. Gela. Jem. Janine. Karina.

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Photo with our Moms.

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Photo with our Dads.

The Mendezonas (Mikel and the babies not in the picture)

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The Luzuriagas

Marco and his boys

Groomsmen ala “Beatles”