Bridal Shower #3: Lace and Pearls

So one day mom tells me that she’s planning a bridal shower for me, I told her “sure mom, that would be great” but in my head I knew there was a 50-50 chance of it pushing through. Not that I doubted mom’s party planning skills nor did I question her creativity, it was just that she’s literally one of the busiest people that I know. If she’s not working in the hospital, you’ll find her working at home, surely she wouldn’t be able to find time to do this. And another thing, she wanted to go all out on DIY-ing this party without asking for my help. How the heck was she going to do that?

 “Give me a date when you’re free, you don’t need to worry about anything. We’ll plan this.”

I thought she wasn’t serious until she brought these DIY printed-out invitations home. That was the only time she let me help…wrapping the invitations with doilies and burlap strings (very rustic vintage) before she handed them out.

Mom had one of her co-workers (who btw also was crazy about DIY) come up with the invitation print-outs

And on the day of the actual shower, this table at the entrance blew me away.

There it was… mom’s mirrored vanity tray that we bought from one of the past estate sales, Vynna’s assorted glass perfume bottles, the vintage off-white gloves that I bought from the lady next-door in the old neighborhood we were living in, a photo of me and marco (mom made sure to buy vintage frames for that), faux pearls, a cream colored candle inside a bird cage, a lace fan, Mae’s DIY guestbook in pink/gold/ pearls, a DIY cake towel made by one of mom’s friends (its at the far corner—yes, that thing was made out of towels) and just a hodge page of trinkets and treasures.

Walked in the room and saw my thrifted vintage wedding dress on a mannequin.

The homemade mocha cake Tita Mymar made. Isn’t it lovely?

Mini Cupcakes. 🙂

My sister’s home made oreo cake pops—Thanks Pauline!

Loved the wonderful flower arrangement made by a lady from church.

Dessert/ Punch table setting.

And they also prepared a slide show presentation for me ℅ the Sandils.

They were showing some embarassing pictures of me growing up, How delightful (not, haha)

Practice for the wedding day— I also had cake slicing during my bridal shower.

…and of course they also had a Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest. The models from each group: Tita Mymar, Angelie and Tita Connie.

Opening of gifts: L-I-N-G-E-R-I-E….lost count.

This is a tad bit too late but I want to thank everyone who made it to the bridal shower and also thank you for all the presents, the cards, the gift cards, cash, stuff from the wedding registry, inspirational books on marriage, the lovely rosary and most importantly words of advice as I start a new chapter in my life. Mom was right, each and everyone of you has been an important part of my life, true women of wisdom whom I won’t hesitate to run to in times of need.

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Here’s a run-down of the people who made it to the bridal shower:

Tita Flora, our closest family friend/ mom’s second mom here in Houston.

My boss and my second mom at work.

CFC-FFL Titas with Mae, all of them are my second-moms in the community.

Mom’s friends and co-workers.

The Singsons, the first ever family who housed us in Houston.

Mommy Norma and Ate Jen, one of our very few relatives here in Houston. They just moved in a couple of days ago.

The infamous Tita Mymar, cake extraordianire.

The Ladies of the Pinoy Community of Sienna Anderson Springs, our closest friends in the neighborhood and the most down-to-earth bunch I know.

with the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Costales (they’re also getting married this year!). Thanks so much for hosting, Mae!

With the youngest girls in the family—Ate loves you!!!

And of course my dearest mom, the brains behind the bridal shower.

Mom, you’ve really outdone yourself! I know you’ve been silently stressing out on the preparations for this bridal shower and for a while I did feel kind of helpless not being able to pitch-in with the planning or the execution of this whole thing. I’m so used to us tag-teaming with you, doing chores, running house errands, telling the kids off but you know what with the help of our family, close friends and neighbors the whole thing just turned out quite perfect. We really are so blessed and loved. I want to thank you for going out of your way to make me feel appreciated and for making sure that my last few days in Houston were memorable. And in turn I too appreciate you for sacrificing your time and effort just to make this send-off a blast. You really would do anything for us, mom. Thank you and I love you so much!

~Rhea

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Great Gatsby Glamour

CONFESSION: For a month or so now, I’ve been hanging out less with my girls just so I could get used to the fact that they won’t be here in Houston for awhile. Every single one of them except our baby girl (Nikki) is flying to Cebu, Philippines to be there on the Big Day. As much as I would have wanted be there, I have my own wedding planning (and saving) to do and I actually thought focusing on the fact that my fiance is coming to visit would take away the envy I was feeling inside. Coincidentally, due to some complications, his schedule to come here was moved back and so I am totally stuck here in Houston alone and yes I am completely jealous. GREEN-EYED MONSTER ALERT!!! I wish I found out about this schedule earlier so I could have looked for a way to go home not only for Ann’s Wedding but also for Tiny’s Wedding, my own wedding planning and most importantly Marco’s transplant. Frustrating as it is, I know God has his own plans and I’m guessing he wants me to be here in Houston right now. <sigh>

In anticipation of Charles and Ann’s wedding, I’ve finally decide to post SOME shots of “that” night and some will NEVER make it into this world of social media. They will stay locked in my hard drive never to see the light of day (unless the bride asks for it, haha). I tell you, my whole notion of bridal showers have been forever changed and up to this day a part of me is still in complete shock. And as the saying goes:

“…what happens in (fill in with name of place) stays in (fill in with name of place)”

In this case “What happens in Zaza stays in Zaza” or maybe not.

Bridal Shower Prep Team at our Hotel Zaza suite. Roxi, Vynna and Jasna.

Home made glamour food by the one and only Amil Almacen. Isn’t he amazing?

Oh btw, did I mention they’re all fabulously healthy.

Amil, our personal master chef, in the flesh. Awww…sweetest brother ever.

Me, Jas and Vynna

The Bride, Ann, and her girls

The Bride and her Cock Cake.

(Note: I’d like to remind you ALL that this was a bridal shower and everything you see was meant for sheer entertainment only meant to amuse/tease the bride. If you want to pass rash judgement, leave them else where)

Bride-to-be’s. We are currently happily engaged (not to each other, duh) . haha.

Keep those drinks coming.

Girls just wanna have fun…You can tell they did.

#OOTN (Outfit of the Night) photo taken by Nikki posted on my Instagram. Add me: reginaramas

Yes, I went all out and bought my first personal wig and I’m not sure how I stuck all of my hair inside it but I’m proud to say I rocked the Great Gatsby Bob. Yahoo!

…And there you have it, a short and “milder” recap of the night that should not be mentioned. Haha.

Congratulations in Advance and Best Wishes to the one of the best “couple friends” I have. You know I love you both so much. I can’t wait to see you Mr. and Mrs. Charles Garcia. Mwah!

~Rhea