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Friday, November 20, 2015

Here Comes the June Bride

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For they say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life.”

Disclaimer:  all official photos of the wedding and prenups are thanks to the ff people:

                                     Coordination and Styling: Maria Rubie Gabay Quilinguin

Bridal Gown: Noelle West Bridals
Entourage Gowns: Larry R. Ybesate

Once upon a time there were three little girls who believed in witches, dreamt of castles and pretended to be princess...

Now that we're all grown up and of marriageable age, my cousin decided to tie the knot with her first-love. Wedding announcement has been made as early March. My cousin always wanted a garden-inspired wedding. The wedding was held at Negros Oriental. She had opted to have the reception at Tierra Alta Clubhouse, located on top of hill with an overlooking view of Dumaguete City.

The day before the wedding we had our cotillion rehearsals at Tierra Alta.  After the practice we took the bride out to our favorite restaurant, Gabby's Bistro and had a gut-busting meal.

The months leading to the wedding was a blur. My sister from Manila, I from Davao and my cousin back in Negros Oriental spent time instant messaging each other about dresses, give-aways and etc. My cousin settled for a pink and gold motif. Months turned to weeks, weeks turned to days and finally, it was time for me to board the plane and say hello wedding weekend. My mom and I arrived in Negros two nights before the wedding which was quite a tight schedule. Since it was a long holiday weekend, the bus from Cebu was filled to the core and we ended up riding the last trip thus arriving just half past 10 in the evening.

The next day bustled with activities, my sister and I packed our overnight bag as we were going to be her chaperones at the hotel( the night before her wedding). Aside from that, we had to go to the venue to practice the cotillion with our partners. While waiting for the entourage, my sister and I tested our latest photography gadget, a reflector at the hotel's balcony. After that I managed to coddle my cousin to stop by this old thrift garage for me to grab that ceramic doll I've been meaning to buy since the year before albeit my sister's protests (she's scared of clowns). I wanted to have a memento of that day and I think the clown was the perfect memento-it's a clown with a sad expression. I think it's ironic but kinda symbolic in a weird way. It's actually goodbye to the carefree days and hello married life.

Anyhow, my sister and I treated the bride-to-be at our favorite resto, Gaby's bistro. I just love the place and the ambiance. We ate our hearts out over dinner of my favorite Sisig. Then we went over the hotel so that we can have our beauty sleep which turned out to be one of those nights when I have insomnia bouts.

My sister and I decided to do our make-ups. Actually, I insisted to do our own make-up for the reason that I know there are six bridesmaids and other members of the entourage. Even if your make-up artist is a hardworking person, she can get tired with the number of people she had to put make-up on. There is a tendency that others will get a half job due to time constraint at the same time it is a way for my sister and I to bond since she and I enjoyed dolling-up once in a while.

I actually enjoyed selecting make-up for the wedding. I searched the net and found out that kokuryu has good pancake foundations. I know it's funny. People automatically think of the old days but despite the fragrant smell of the foundation that I'm not a fan of, it actually did it purpose when it gave good coverage. I purchased the Maxfactor 3 in 1 foundation. I intended to buy the Maxfactor luminizer foundation but I was thinking we'd need better coverage especially my sister but I was quite disappointed with the Maxfactor foundation that I needed to find an alternative, thus I ended up with kokuryu. 

For the eyes, we mixed up Mac's paradisco with Canmake's perfect stylist eye palette in 02 in baby beige. With the lips, I used In2it's moisture intense lipstick in Flame and topped it off with Pinkies Collection Lipstick in Nude to add that spark and tame the color a bit while my sister wore YSL #52 and topped it with Pinkie's Collection Lipstick in Nude. I also bought the new mascara from Maxfactor  excess volume Mascara but I am disappointed with it cause I have used better Mascara at cheaper price like Loreal (though it was discontinued) so I mixed it up with my favorite Kiss Me Heroine Volume mascara. For the blush, we used The Face Shop's  Artist Cube Blusher in Number 3 Satin Coral.

Finally, we hopped on a van and waited at the church for the bride to come. Was horrified with the weight I gained as I had some hormonal issues. I can't believe how much I gained in a span of 2 months because of hormonal imbalance. Plus the dress I had, the seamstress managed to use all 5 meters of cloth that my dress weighted a lot (I had mine made here). 

Tadaa! The product of our DIY make-up.

At the Church...

The Wedding March

Here comes the bride... The Bride marched down the aisle while her younger sister (with the violin) together with the church ensemble played Shania Twain's "From This Moment On"

Surprise- the groom serenaded the bride before the sacrament.

Puyat pa more..


The funny thing is we are related to the Groom. The Groom's middle name Sienes, is actually our Great-great Grandmother's last name. I do not know how to label it though but it would seem like he is my grandmother's 3rd cousin.

After the wedding ceremony, I felt like I was about to collapse. My head was spinning and my heart was racing. I asked my mom if we could get something to eat and drink since I was so thirsty and hungry. It turns out- I was having PMS. My hormonal imbalance finally ended that day. After some Jollibee burger and a glass of coke-I was ready for the next round of pictorials. We had the post nuptial pictorial at Silliman University, my cousins'  (also my mom's and aunt's) alma mater.

At the reception.

Finally we were on the way to the reception. Just when I thought I had enough pictorials-another set was done at the venue. The dreaded cotillion was also about to happen. We had to dance waltz. Incidentally, my cousin chose Waltz for the Moon -something I didn't want to do anymore since dancing that at our PE night a decade ago in college. The fact that we had just 3 practice sessions the previous day, it was a lot to take and ended up dancing out of the rhythm. Nevertheless, the bride and the groom provided much entertainment with their beautifully choreographed waltz from the live-action Cinderella film.

The night was a blur for me as I suffered menstrual cramps and fatigue. The wedding ends with a fireworks display and after that-rain poured. As they say-rain gives luck to the newlyweds. I'm gonna end this long post with a Native American Love Blessing for the bride and groom. xoxoxo

"Now you will feel no rain
for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness
for each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two persons
but there is only one life before you.

May beauty surround you both in your journey ahead and through the years.
May happiness be your companion to the place where the river meets the sun.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May the breeze blow new strength into your beings
And all the days of your lives may you walk gently
through the world and know its beauty.

Treat yourselves and each other with respect.
And remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness
that your connection deserves.

When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship,
as they threaten all relationships at one time or another,
remember to focus on what is right between you,
not only on the part that seems wrong.
In this way you can ride out the storms
when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives,
remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together,
it will be marked with abundance and delight.

When evening falls there you will both be.
You'll take each other's hands and turn together
to look at the road you have traveled to reach this,
the hour of your happiness.
It stretches behind you even as the future lies ahead.
A long and winding road whose every turn means discovery.

Old hopes - new laughter - shared tears.
The adventure has just begun."