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Loving our guestbook!

April 8, 2010

Got the initial layout for our guestbook from 5th Door Productions. To be honest, we originally didn’t want to have a guestbook for the wedding but when Mac and I saw the pictures from our engagement shoot, we changed our minds.

We had some very minor revisions with the layout (mostly to change which word they should give emphasis on) but all in all, my fiance and I loved how it turned out. Can’t wait to see the hard copy!


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The Engagement Shoot

March 20, 2010

I’ve been a super negligent blogger. Blame it on weekend appointments and facebook games but I always seem to find an excuse not to blog.

Since I’m stuck in Makati waiting for my fiance to wake up from a much needed nap, I decided to make a blog post about our recent engagement shoot.

It was only when we started preparing for our wedding did we find out that there was such a thing as “pre-nup pictorials”. I’m a self-confessed camera whore: I love taking pictures and having my pictures taken. Unfortunately, Mac’s my complete opposite. He gets really uncomfortable in front of the camera. When we looked for photographers, the top priority was that we should be comfortable with our main photographers. This is the main reason why I got colleagues of mine from GMA to take our pictures for the wedding.

My hair and make up was done by the very talented Anne of AnneVida. Too bad she’s not free on my wedding date…

HMUA: Anne of AnneVida

We finally got to schedule the engagement shoot last March 13 at two locations: Jardin de Miramar in Antipolo and Broadcast City. Jardin de Miramar is this events place in Antipolo which is just a perfect location for prenups. It’s composed of several different “venues”; among them its own version of Intramuros or walled city. Broadcast City is this huge compound which contains the studios and offices of RPN-9 and IBC-13. My fiance and I have careers in media so it was a great choice.

Our theme? We didn’t have one. We just wanted the photographers to catch us at our best–to showcase our personalities via the pictures. I think we succeeded.

Here are some of our raw, unprocessed pictures by 5th Door Productions:

A candid photo of Mac. Love this! He looks so gwapo! haha!

one of our favorite shots taken in Broadcast City


Venue Options Part1

September 30, 2008

We were originally planning a church wedding since Mac’s family is Catholic. To my surprise, he told me that he wanted to have the ceremony in a garden. I didn’t have objections–I actually preferred it. A garden ceremony would be simpler and less demanding: it was more in tune with our personality as a couple.

Our criteria for choosing our venue:

  1. It should be big enough to accommodate at least 150 guests.
  2. Must be accessible to people who will mostly come from Paranaque and Quezon City.
  3. Must not be expensive.

With these in mind, I was able to search the internet on possible garden venues without thinking about nearby churches. We’ve narrowed down our choices to the following:

  • The Filipino Heritage Library. The Courtyard showcases a great view of the Makati skyline. Price isn’t too bad either. Only problem is that the venue might be too small to hold both the reception and the ceremony. An option I have is aside from renting The Courtyard, I can also rent The Reading Room for cocktails or for the reception. I think it’s still our best option.
    • Location: Makati
    • Peso Power : P10,000 for first 2 hours/ 1,500 for each succeeding hour (separate prices for the two venues)
    • Plus points: There’s ample parking since the venue is near a parking garage. It might also be easier for our guests to travel to Makati.
  • Amaranth Garden. A quaint little garden in Quezon city that might just be big enough for our event. Same price as The Courtyard with no corkage fee.
    • Location: GSIS Subdivision, Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City
    • Peso Power: P15,000 for 5 hours
    • Plus points: No corkage fees!
    • Minus points: read in one review that the “the neighbourhood looks fairly dubious, and its hard to get to” without a private vehicle. Will reserve judgment until we visit the place.
  • La Huerta Estate. My favorite venue so far. It’s this really nice estate overlooking Antipolo. The fact that it is in Antipolo is a drawback since most of Mac’s guests will be coming from the South. Plus I’m not sure if Antipolo is considered an “out of town” location by our suppliers which might incur additional cost. The rental price is reasonable since we get to have the entire place all to ourselves for the entire day.
    • Location: Antipolo
    • Peso Power: P40,000+ for the entire day. Corkage fees to be determined.
    • Plus points: Since we can rent the venue for the whole day, we won’t be pressed for time…and the view from the veranda looks breathtaking from the pictures. I can’t wait to visit the place in person.
    • Minus points: It might be too far for some of our guests and there’s a possibility that there might be out-of-town charges.
  • Ecotrend Garden. Really classy-looking from the pictures. It’s relatively unknown (which works for me).
    • Location: Las Pinas
    • Peso Power: P20,000 for five hours/ P3,500.00 for every additional hour.
    • Plus points: The place is big and it really looks promising.
    • Minus points: It’s in Las Pinas!!!!! It might be too far for some of our guests.

I’m still researching on possible places in Manila. I’ve heard of Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros but I know next to nothing about it.

Mac and I aren’t rushing into this. We’ll be deciding on the place by next year pa so we’d probably stumble on more possibilities.

Haaay…I am realizing what an “event” a wedding can be.


booking our first supplier

September 29, 2008

There are many advantages to planning your wedding early. My wedding date is on April 17, 2010 pa but we started looking for suppliers last month. Mac and I wanted to book our major suppliers since they would probably be the ones who would put a major dent on our budget.  The major advantage of planning our wedding this early is being able to get 2008 prices for our 2010 wedding (and usually, by installment pa ang bayaran!). 🙂

Being the food lovers that we are, our first mission was to look for the perfect caterer.  Officemates at GMA referred Hizon’s and Josiah’s. I found Josiah too “celebrity-ish” for my taste since it boasted of so many “famous” clients.  I can’t really explain why but it was a turn off.

Mac and I were both disappointed with our first food tasting with Hizon’s and I ranted my disappointment at the w@w egroup and on my personal blog. A few days later, I received an apology and an invitation to an exclusive food tasting from Hizon’s general manager. It was the proverbial olive branch. More on this later.

Queensland catering was offered as a cheaper alternative but I wasn’t too thrilled with their reception set ups.  I also thought it might be difficult for us to get a venue where Queensland is accredited and we’d just end up paying a hefty corkage fee.

Robert Camba was next.  I emailed him for his rates and menu and in fairness, he replied promptly naman.  His rates were less expensive than Hizon’s and the packages included the venue.  First turn off: appetizer offered was assorted nuts. I also emailed him again to ask for a location map to Casa Camba for the food tasting but I guess he got a bit confused because he re-sent me his menu and package rates.  It was raining hard on the night we were scheduled to go there and without a map, we decided not to go na lang.  The assorted nuts weren’t worth it. 🙂

A friend of mine suggested Fr. Blanco’s Garden as a possible venue but she said it had an exclusive caterer (she forgot who it was).  Curious, I researched on the place and thought the garden was pretty. But their exclusive caterer turned out to be Makati Skyline. Let’s just sat that I’ve had bad experiences with this caterer and there was no way I’d consider them for my wedding.  Unfortunately, this meant crossing out the garden from my list of possible venues as well.

Our next caterer was Manila Catering. My mom and I went to their food tasting at the Manila Ocean Park.  We liked their food. Masarap.  The table set ups were nice as well. They were on the more expensive side though.

Back to Hizon’s. Our next food tasting was supposed to happen last Saturday but we were moved to Sunday instead.  Mac and I decided to bring reinforcements this time. I brought my parents while Mac invited his brother and his brother’s girlfriend. Bumawi talaga sila. We were all happy with the food they served and Stayce (our AE) was her usual perky and likeable self. My mom was completely bowled over specially after Stayce showed us samples of their set ups. Magaling talaga sila. Even Mac got excited in his own way–tahimik na lang siya which meant that he was generally happy with what’s going on. Iimik lang naman yun pag may napansin syang hindi nya nagustuhan.

So basically, we’re all set with getting Hizon’s as our caterer. Despite the fiasco of the first food tasting, we all think that they made up for it. And since may nangyari nang hindi maganda before, we’re pretty sure that there would be extra effort on their part not to f**k up on our big day. 🙂


our motif

September 28, 2008

After setting the date, the first thing I immediately thought of was the motif. I guess I’m a non-traditional bride since my original choice was red and black. My mom basically went ballistic and told me that I was preparing a wedding and not a funeral. I don’t really get it. Feeling ko bonggang-bongga if I’m the only one wearing white then all my bridesmaids will be in black with bloody red bouquets. Since we didn’t really want to get into a long drawn-out fight with the parentals, I told Mac we can settle with shades of blue, gray and red. Blue is his favorite color, red is mine, and gray still has that element of black to it (tigas talaga ng ulo!).

I’m thinking red will be used primarily for the flowers as accents–blue and gray can be interchanged. I don’t really want my entourage to have the same gown designs. We’re not particular with the exact shade of blue as long as it’s not “baby blue”. We’re leaning towards navy or royal blue with silvery gray. Since we’re hoping for an evening reception, I think the blue and gray would look perfect at night.


Based on our primary colors, we came up with the following possible combinations:

teal and gray

teal and gray