Mik ❤ Poi

While typing the title of this blog entry I almost put “Solon” instead of “Mik”, we should really stop calling him that. All throughout college we were so used to calling him by his last name so naturally we were doing just that during the entire wedding reception, I was actually surprised that we weren’t turning a lot of heads considering that half of Mik’s guests were related to him and they probably had Mik’s last name too. Haha.

Amidst the crazy circumstances and the time constraints, I’m glad we got to witness one of our closest guy friend get hitched to the long time love of his life. I think the last time I saw Solon was right before I migrated to Houston, he moved to Chicago too but in those years that we spent in the US we never found the time to meet up. I’d like to think it was perfect timing for us to still be here, imagine if we moved back to Houston a few months earlier then we would have completely missed this celebration of love.

Like every one else I knew these two were going to end up with each other, it was clearly just a matter of time. Solon and Poi got hitched in the US before coming home to the Philippines so they had a simple renewal of vows by the ocean, in front of closest family and friends. It was a wonderful and intimate celebration and I do have to agree with Missy, the place looked like “Pinterest ideas that came to life”. I loved how everything was charming and rustic. Hats off to Poi…I know how hard it is to plan a wedding fro across the miles but you pulled it off and the details were just gorgeous.

Sharing some photos of this wonderful wedding…

Btw, thanks Ninang Ito for the wonderful Kate Torralba dress, you are a life saver!

LaVista ladies made it to Moalboal

Mrs. and Mr. Marco Mendezona with our little one on the way

Jau and Gelala

When cousins think alike, Kuya JV in yellow too!

This way to the reception. 🙂

Gela, Missy and I waiting for the rain to stop pouring

Little Diego

The set up

Everyone settling down for the night

Classic appetizers

The happy groom and bride

Slicing of the cake

Sandbox—the Kid’s Area

Diego and Mateo having a grand time at the sand box

Tonight’s Menu…Yumm

Tito Marco and Mateo

There were TWO goofballs…

…then THREE

….then FOUR

…and then there were FIVE. Hay nako boys…

I caught my godson coloring the night away

And he’s at it again..

Nacho recruiting the boys to the KLG (Kagat Labi Gang)

Pauline and Nacho

Missy and Andoni

Gela and Jau

Our little family and the Santos(es), the photo bombers

Solon and Poi, thanks so much for having us, it was a fun and relaxed wedding and I’d have to say we enjoyed it immensely. We love you both and we’ll see you in the States.

Congratulations and Best Wishes!

~Rhea

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Albi ❤ Jem

I met this wonderful set of people during college…3rd year college to be exact and boy were we inseparable from beer nights to wine nights to magic sing nights to pambahay day to ukay2x day to salsa nights to themed Christmas parties to the beach—we’ve done it all. I thought migrating to the states would change everything but fast forward to 7 years, here we all are at Jem and Albi’s wedding, all the way in Bukidnon and yes, these same people made it to my wedding a few months back so I guess you can say this friendship stood the test of time and will continue to do so. Thank God for friendships like these.

Flashback to those nights in college, those heart to heart talks about relationships and finding the right one, it’s comforting to know that God kept his promise to us and indeed his timing is perfect. I am still completely amazed at the fact that God found your perfect match in Germany and sent him all the way to the Philippines (in contrary to popular belief, Jem and Albi met in person and not online…just thought I’d put that out there) just so he could be with you.

September 20, 2014—it was a beautiful day to do a farm wedding considering the fact that we were currently in the middle of a typhoon. A few days prior to the wedding must have been very hectic for everyone involved, flights were cancelled and rescheduled and everyone had to adjust from the shuttle going to Bukidnon to all other wedding suppliers but our bride was faithful and hopeful. She still checked up on us and made sure that everything was okay, as if she didn’t have one million and one things on her mind—that’s Jem, she’s very hands-on. On the day of the wedding, the sun came out to celebrate with us and we were able to spend the entire day outdoors.

The wedding celebration was a wonderful combination of a Filipino and German wedding that lasted the whole day. They held the ceremony at the beautiful Perrine Farm in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon with close family and friends. I felt like they had 3 receptions coz we had lunch, merienda and dinner. Haha. Part of the wedding itinerary was to tour the farm, they showed us how they make the famous Hineleban coffee and taught us the importance of giving back to mother nature. After the farm tour, they served us Hineleban coffee while we lazed around on our banigs until night fall came and we picked up where we left off—eating and dancing. Of course, we partied the night away.

Congratulations and Best Wishes Jem and Albi!!!

Here are some of the photos we took from the wedding. Enjoy!

The bridesmaids and their make-up

Gela, Pauline and I— about to head out to the Perrine Farm for the wedding

Friends in college now we’re one Big Family..haha

Spot the Godfather!

Jau. Andy. Kaya JV. Nacho. Pauline

Awww….look at you two.

Bridesmaid duties

…And here she is!

The Beautiful Bride and her parents

First Kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht Birkner

The Ferrers

The Birkners

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The newly-wed couple with their entourage

The kind of tree where you “take it all in” per Pauline and Nacho.haha

Want a drink? Take your pick.

The guys’ favorite hang out place…hmmm… I wonder why. Haha

The Pervs who made it to the wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht Birkner with Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona.

Eeeeppp…we’re married love!

Joji’s Peanut Butter!!!! YUM!

…and the woman behind the yummy peanut butter, Jem’s mom, Tita Joji Ferrer

Jai, Jem’s brother showing us before and after photos of the farm to start the farm tour

Hineleban Coffee Beans—getting there

Enjoying Hineleban Coffee after the tour.

Ummm…is that snake skin I see?

Lazing around on our bang with the bride

Bonfire

Brotherly love—Nacho and Marco

This was the cutest, you should’ve seen this.

Baby Jemalbi. Haha

Pervs unite after some crazy dancing

Last photo of the night with the new Mr. and Mrs.

~Rhea

50’s Cafe Engagement Shoot

Here are 15 shots from the first part of our Engagement Shoot. Enjoy! I’ll be finishing up on the next batch of photos next week.

#marcoandrhea

Location: Fifties Cafe at Crown Regency Towers

Photographer: Mark Cantalejo

Hair and Makeup: Ramil Solis

 

Not prepared—that was the last thing I wanted to be for the Engagement shoot but what do you know, we were NOT prepared at all. The first time we met with Marky at Starbucks Ayala Center-Cebu, Marco and I were unsure of what we wanted for the shoot. We were so preoccupied with other wedding preparations that we ended up putting this aside. We had some ideas but they were never final until we got to talk to our photographer. Marky helped us come up with pegs for the shoot and he also suggested a few locations that would be good for our “theme”. Another problem was the apparel and I think that was what frustrated me the most. I have my closet just sitting there in Houston while I didn’t know where to get clothes here in Cebu; Marco on the other hand just didn’t have anything at all that he could pass off as vintage or 50’s.  But with Mark’s expertise and Mami Ramil’s magic touch, we were able to pull off a good shoot considering that we were limited in our change of clothes. Thank God, it all worked out in the end.

Btw, here’s the Engagement Shoot AVP that Mark Cantalejo showed on our wedding day.

~Rhea

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 Ceremony

On my way to the church, I was a nervous wreck. I wasn’t going hysterical or anything but my heart was pounding like crazy, like it was ready to jump out of my chest. In my entire life, I can safely say that I’ve been in front of people on stage a hundred or more so times but I don’t recall ever feeling this uneasy. It took a good 2 years to prepare this wedding…countless phone calls, countless Viber calls, Skype dates and FaceTime, hundreds of emails and inquiries all the way from Houston, a whole month’s visit to the Philippines just to check on suppliers and another whole month prior to the wedding of running last minute errands, decision making and finalizations yet when I woke up on my wedding day, I knew there were things that still needed to be addressed. I couldn’t tell myself that everything was the way I wanted them to be but as my morning progressed I made a decision to Let go and Let God.

Preparing for a wedding is indeed like preparing for a theatrical production, you have to go into details: the look, the theme, the venue, the lights, the sounds, the outfits, the cast or in this case the entourage—just the whole lot. If I looked at it as if it were a show, I think I would’t have been as nervous, but I didn’t…It wasn’t just a show and I wasn’t just a performer, it was my wedding day. This was the day that God promised me and Marco, a long time ago, the special day he told us to wait for. And here it was, the day that will mark the end of our 7-year long distance relationship. #nomoreLDR

I sat quietly inside the vintage car Marco and I picked for our wedding day,  my dad had to sit in front because my dress was humongous and with that, the three of us couldn’t fit in the back of the car. My mom squeezed my hand gently and asked me if I was okay, I nodded but I told her I had a hard time breathing. She told me everything was going to be alright, she reminded me that every time I worried things usually turn out better than expected, it’s always been like that ever since I was small (not that I’m any bigger now).

To get married at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral was a dream come true for me, it is one of the most sought out churches in Cebu , I’m guessing because of it’s look and ambiance. Like everyone else, I too fell in love with this cathedral instantaneously but not just with the way it looked, I appreciated it’s architectural structure and the history behind it. It’s really overwhelming, who would’ve thought that after spending my entire college life in Manila and migrating to Houston that I would get married in the city that I grew up in, Thank you to Marco and his family for allowing this wedding to take place in Cebu.

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Marco’s best men: his cousin Snap and his brother Nacho

My Handsome Groom and his parents

Godparents: Dada Benj and Mita Bo

Godparents: Ninong Jun and Ninang Ofel

Godparents: Tito Mikel and Tita Ito

Godparents: Tito Joey and Tita Leni

Godparents: Ninong Hey and Manang Aio

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Secondary Sponsors: L: Kuya Jv and Anna; R: Hans and Mariana

Missing Andoni and Patricia

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Bearers and Flower Girls

My Brother John in the picture.

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My Little Ladies-in- Waiting: Angelie, Nicole, Anya and Brianna

When Marco and I started our relationship, these girls were just babies…now they’re beautiful young ladies.

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Groomsmen and Bridesmaids

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My maid of honor, Pauline and my matron of honor, Ate Jemma.

The parents of the bride—-my parents.

Our Little Diego did it!!!

Thanks so much for the awesome signage, Snap. 🙂

They told me I was going to walk down the aisle in a few minutes…I took a deep breath and prayed to God I wouldn’t trip. I think that is every bride’s worst nightmare. Don’t you think?

My make up artist, Mami Ramil, told me not to cry because he wouldn’t be at the altar to retouch my makeup. Haha.

The sight of Marco crying was a total shock for me. In our entire 10 1/2 years together, I’ve only seen him cry once and that was when we almost put an end to our relationship. Believe me, at this point, I was on the verge of tears…I just wanted to hug him tight.

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Of course when Marco cried, the women started crying…

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That moment…when the doors slowly open and everyone’s anticipating the bride’s entrance.

For my bridal march, I wanted the quartet to play a medley of Yiruma‘s River Flows in You and Kiss the Rain but they could only do the first one, so we settled for that. I have Matt from the St. Angela Merici choir to thank for introducing me to that beautiful piece and of course my younger sisters for overplaying this song on the piano. It was perfect!

(If you want to listen to it, click “PLAY” on the youtube video at the bottom of this post)

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Ever-reliable Snoogie, my wedding coordinator, telling us what to do and where to go.

The cathedral looked so ethereal, thank you Tita Teresin Mendezona and Pinky Flora for setting the mood.

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Thankful that our commentator (Pauline) and all of our readers (JM, Mita Wee and Andy) were very clear and articulate.

Marco and I were supposed to read our own vows, it’s a good thing we ran out of time, I would’ve been an emotional wreck after that. Haha. Not good for the post-nup photos.

Offerors: Kuya Andrew and Tita Gands

Offerors: Daddy Pakong and Mommy Babe

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Kuya Jv and Anna lighting the candles—-symbolizes the presence of God in this union.

Jiro and Pilica putting on the veil—a symbolism for being one.

Thanks lic for being Patricia’s proxy.

Andoni and Mariana putting on the cord—-to signify everlasting fidelity.

The Lord’s Prayer

Thanks to my inaanaks, Godric and Derron for being my coin and bible bearer.

To my little brother John, thank you so much for still walking down that aisle earlier even without that suit. It just goes to show what you’d do for me and kuya Marco even if you felt embarrassed by it. We love you so much and you truly are the best ring bearer in the entire universe. Thanks for being such a sport, langga!

(Just to let you know, Ivan Belocura, what you did was foul…just remember what goes around comes around)

Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time as a married couple is such a beautiful experience

Gladly signing our lives away to each other.

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The long awaited kiss…our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. Marco Mendezona.

Thank you so much Msgr. Tajanlangit for being our celebrant.

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Our last shot before leaving for Casino Espanol….

(Notice the UP sticker on the car. )

~Rhea