Wedding Day

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All photos by Jeff and Lisa Photography

More than a year of planning led to this most perfect day that exceeded my and my husband’s expectations. I am by no means, an event planner or even close to enjoying planning one. The idea of having a destination wedding daunted me to no end, but I was persistent to execute the vision in my head. Being a creative, I already knew what I wanted and envisioned the day vividly in my mind. It didn’t take long for me to decide on my wedding dress style and shoes, photographer, coordinator, hair and make-up person and venue. I knew in my heart that they were the only options. The rest: videographer, florist, music and invitation were a little more challenging to accomplish but with the help of friends, recommendations, my parents and Carlo I was able to more than manage–I got my dream wedding.

I thought I’d cry buckets, be a complete stress ball or worse, a mini-bridezilla! God knows I had my fair share of diva breakdowns the past twelve months or so, my now-hubby can attest to that. But come wedding day, I was my old calm and steady self, giddy with happiness, excitement and anticipation. If there’s one thing I noticed about me in these photos was how HUGE my smile was in almost every frame. That and I looked down a lot, a habit I do when I’m feeling really overwhelmed. I wish I looked up more to see all the happy faces of those near and dear to me (and not have so much photos looking down–haha!). I did cry, but very minimal maybe because I was just so darn happy. In the end, I had my dream wedding after all, sans the pomp and grandeur but not lacking in style, quiet elegance and most importantly, the whole vibe that was so “us”. My good friend Mariel (who also flew in all the way from NYC) put it best: “This is such an Anne wedding!”. That line alone was enough to make my day.

Wedding invitation was a gift from my college girlfriends ordered from Printsonalities.

Wedding invitation was a gift from my college girlfriends ordered from Printsonalities.

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YSL Tributes

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Bouquet by King Louis Flowers of Nikki Chatto.

Bouquets by King Louis Flowers of Nikki Chatto.

Our flower girl Sabine getting dolled up.

Our flower girl Sabine getting dolled up.

Carlo gets ready.

Carlo gets ready.

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Getting a little help from Pops.

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My bridesmaids.

My bridesmaids.

His best men and mates.

His best men, bros and mates.

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Make-up by Omar Ermita and hair by Jerry Javier.

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Carlo’s barong tagalog and pants by Joey Samson.

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My new brothers, Jay and Iman.

My new brothers, Jay and Iman.

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Pops and Mommy

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My mama zips me up.

My mama zips me up.

April, one of my bridesmaids help with my shoes.

April, one of my bridesmaids helps with my shoes.

Sabbie, photo finish!

Sabbie, photo finish!

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Cricket, my Maid of Honor.

Cricket, my Maid of Honor.

My lovely gown, entourage dresses and outfits by Richie Ortega Torres.

My lovely gown, entourage dresses and outfits by Richie Ortega Torres.

With our secondary sponsors.

With our secondary sponsors, friends from high school, college and Publishing.

My wonderful parents.

My wonderful parents.

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Taking a moment.

Taking a moment.

My bridesmaid Robbie helping me down the stairs.

My bridesmaid Robbie helping me down the stairs. Pretty much sums up our friendship!

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Bonding with Dad before heading to church.

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Fr. Kit, who before beginning the ceremony takes our photo!

Fr. Kit, who before beginning the ceremony, takes our photo!

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Atmosphere at St, Joseph.

Atmosphere at St. Joseph.

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Local kids helped guests find the reception venue.

Local kids in traditional Igorot attire helped guests find the reception venue.

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Cake by Sheree Gonzalez of Cake Box in Baguio City.

Strawberry cake by Sheree Gonzalez of Cake Box in Baguio City.

Mama's Table by chef Vicky Tinio.

Mama’s Table by chef Vicky Tinio.

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Table names were places dear to us.

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The fireplace was quite the masterpiece! Flowers and styling by Nikki Chatto.

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Mi familia.

Mi familia.

The entrance.

The entrance.

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Our host, Suzy 899 (Tin Gamboa) was just perfect.

Our host, Suzy 899 (Tin Gamboa) was amazing and so hilarious!

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Father-Daughter dance to the tune of "Mack The Knife".

Father-Daughter dance to  “Mack The Knife”.

First dance to "(I've Had) The time of My Life".

First dance to “(I’ve Had) The time of My Life”. Yes that Dirty Dancing song.

Priceless reactions!

Priceless reactions!

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