Thursday, December 29, 2005

Ocular Inspection

We went to Good Shepherd Parish church yesterday (which is known also as Cathedral of Novaliches) and did an ocular inspection. After taking pictures of everything we need (photos to follow) we head back to the parish office to reserve the date ... the woman in the office told us that they can't reserve the date until we furnish all the requirements needed ... Baptismal and Confirmation certificate that has the "For Marriage Purposes only" stamp, birth certificate, pre cana interview ek ek whatsoever... what the ... my confirmation certificate is in Plaridel, Bulacan ... I have to go there to get it??? My Baptismal Certificate naman is in Novaliches ... ok lang malapit lang dito yun ... Marriage license and Contract sa Quezon City Hall pa namin kukunin ... na di namin magagawa ng isang linggo.

Dad already knew na I'm getting married ... he cried so hard... naiyak na din ako ... he's still waiting for Jason to tell him about the plans. And I think Jason is looking for the right time to say it hehehehe!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Family night out

Jason went out with his family... and so do I ... he already told them we're getting married and their happy with the news ... but on my side... I told them that we're planning to get married na ... change topic agad si dad ... hmmmm... ano kaya ang ibig sabihin nun? kailangan na ba ako kabahan? I didn't get the nerve to ask him his reaction parang natakot ako bigla. I told Jason, na I'll ask dad about it pero this time ... dapat kasama na siya ... wish me luck!

Monday, December 19, 2005

Advance Merry Christmas to all!

I'll be having my Christmas vacation this week ... just in case I don't have time to blog ... I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes. In this loveliest of seasons may you find many reasons for happiness. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2005

My Latest Addiction

Hindi ito yung link ko ... joke! been doing this for days na ... wala lang, iniisip ko lang paano ko siya ma-iincorporate sa Save-The-Date cards namin ni Jason. Adobe Photoshoppe is a great help talaga hehehehe! I should finish my STD cards before January ends ... help me God!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

How to Create Your Own Wedding Vows

I read this post from a fellow W@wie Tricia ... just want to share it with you.

How to Create Your Own Wedding Vows
By H. Norman Wright
Too many couples give little thought to what is said at each stage of a wedding. They simply follow an established script. Think about it. The words of your wedding, especially your vows, will be the focal point of your wedding. You want to create a ceremony that reflects your values, beliefs, and taste.

Your pastor can help provide direction about the service, but this is your wedding, your marriage! What would you like said? What would you like remembered by your guests and by you?!

Wedding vows are usually reflective of three significant elements - your commitment to God, your commitment to marriage itself, and your commitment to each other. But where do you begin? What should be included in your vows?

Begin by thinking about your relationship with your future spouse. Use it to build your vows. The following questions are designed to help sort out some of the information you're looking for. Think about the questions and then write your responses. (Your partner should do this, too, only separately.) Don't read your partner's responses until you've completed your own.

Questions for the Bride- and Groom-to-Be

  • Where did you meet? Describe the setting, the time, the weather, etc.
  • What were your first impressions?
  • Was there anything memorable that your fiancé said or did? If so, what?
  • When were you first interested in pursuing a relationship?
  • What did you first like about your fiancé?
  • What have you discovered about your fiancé since then that is especially important to you?
  • What do you love most about your fiancé?
  • What is your fiancé bringing to the marriage that you think will make it work?
  • What are you bringing to the marriage that you think will make it work?
  • What four adjectives would you use to describe your fiancé?
  • What is the dream or vision you have for your life together?
  • What are at least six reasons why you want to marry your fiancé?
  • What passage from the Word of God has meant the most to you during this courtship?
  • Where did your first kiss occur?
  • What did you think the first time you kissed?
  • What were your feelings at the proposal?
  • What do you want your fiancé to commit to in marriage?
  • What do you want to commit to in marriage?
  • What do you believe you will receive or experience out of marriage that you wouldn't experience if you remained single?
  • What does the exchange of rings signify to you? List several ideas.
  • If you have already purchased your rings, what did that experience mean to you?
  • What would you like the minister to say about the rings?
  • Is there anything you want to say when the ring is placed upon your finger?
After both of you have completed your questions, read each other's responses. Take time to discuss thoroughly the answers. Out of these questions and the examples provided in this book you will find different themes and words you would like expressed in your own wedding vows. Remember, these are to represent you and your relationship. They need to be personal.

Some couples include their parents in the vows: The parents express their role and commitment in the couple's life and/or the bride and groom make a commitment to their parents.

As you create your vows, remember to state what you are promising to God, to the marriage itself, and to your future spouse.

Be positive: Share what you are hoping for and what you will do. Instead of phrases like never be unfaithful" or "I'll never ignore you," say, "I will always be faithful" or "I will always give you my attention." Avoid using the phrase "I will try ... ." Too many couples end up saying, I tried, but it just didn't happen."

Do you want to share your vows in monologue form, spoken by only one person?Or do you want them shared in a dialogue where you each express your lines alternately to one another?

Vows for InspirationGroom:
I take you, (name of bride), to be my lawfully wedded wife. I promise before God and these witnesses and by the power of the Holy Spirit that I will rejoice and delight in you, becoming one with you as God bas ordained. I will cherish and protect you. I will endeavor to be a godly, self-controlled man acting with kindness, consideration, patience, and humility in the heading of our household. I will endeavor to bring up any children we may have with love, fairness, and discipline, always teaching them according to God's holy Word. I will endeavor to love you as Christ loved the church, giving up my lifedaily in order to see you grow in every way that is pleasing to God, for as long as we both shall live.

Bride: I, (name), take you, (name of groom), to be my lawfully wedded husband. I promise before God and these witnesses and by the power of the Holy Spirit to love you always. I will leave my parents and become one with you. I will respect your headship even as Christ is head of the church. I will work with you as a united witness of the love of God. I will bring up any children we have with love, forgiveness, and discipline, always teaching them according to God's holy Word. I promise to love and cherish you and to prefer you above all others as long as we both shall live.

Exchanging your vows is serious. It's not a time to share cute or funny statements to get a reaction from your guests. You'll probably have a number of one-liners or jokes come to mind as you create your vows. Share these with one another, but don't include them in the service, because it lessens the importance of what is taking place. Remember to keep this personal and meaningful to you. This is what you are committing yourself to be and to do until death. For some, that could be for another fifty to seventy-five years!"

Promises to Make and Keep
The following are promises that have been included in wedding vows. Perhaps there are some here you would like to incorporate into your own.

I promise:

  • to live with you and love you forever
  • to love you with a Biblical pattern of love, Eros, Philo, and Agape
  • to be a source of joy to your life
  • to meet all of your needs: emotionally, spiritually, and physically
  • to be there when you need me and to respond in a way that meets your needs
  • to laugh with you but never at you
  • to bring out the best in you and always be your cheerleader
  • to share and delight in your joy and to share your struggles during the down times
  • to hear your tears, never try to fix you, and to wipe your tears with my hands
  • to love you when you have wrinkles rather than smooth skin
  • to love you with my mind and keep my mind focused on you
  • to care for you in sickness of all kinds and in health
  • to care for you in the progress of your illness
  • to listen when you are worried, angry, or sad to
  • to adventure with you into the unknown
  • to never take you for granted
  • to love your face and body as it ages
  • to be a person you can always depend on
  • to challenge you to be all that God wants you to be
  • to respect your wishes for your own children, your siblings, and your parents
  • to follow you wherever your life's vocation takes you
  • to pray for you and with you, and to initiate times of prayer
  • to be your spiritual leader
  • to forgive you quickly when I have been offended
  • to thank you for who you are as well as what you do
  • to love you, your father, and mother as well as any children God allows us to have through childbirth or adoption
  • to adventure into your life, to see it through your eyes, to hear it through your ears, to touch it through your fingertips
  • to fulfill my responsibilities as given in Ephesians 5
  • to be faithful in seeking the Holy Spirit to direct my thoughts and words
  • to use the following Scriptures to guide my interaction with you

Most couples find they need to write at least a few drafts of their vows before they are ready. After you have finished writing your vows, decide how you want to recite them during the ceremony. It's all right to have your pastor first say the vows phrase-by-phrase and you repeat them. It's also all right to read them aloud. You don't have to memorize your vows unless you want to, but even if you do, have them printed and available...just in case. There's a common malady that occurs at weddings called "brain blockage." It happens to the best of us.

Practice reciting your vows over and over. Share them in a loud, confident, and positive way. When you recite them at the wedding rehearsal, have someone stand at the back of the room or area to make sure you can be heard. Amplification equipment may be needed. Too many times guests leave a wedding without hearing what the bride and groom have said. Make yours a different experience. If you are going to have a wedding bulletin or program, consider printing your vows inside. Another option is to give a copy to guests as they leave.

To make your wedding commitment even more significant and meaningful, you could take these vows one step further by signing them during the ceremony. Have the vows printed in advance on a piece of parchment worthy of display (perhaps 11 x 14 inches). Then, for your wedding, have the paper placed nearby on a table or stand. After you recite the vows, the pastor can ask you to each step to sign and date the vows, We know that, for some reason, when people sign their name to a statement, agreement, or covenant, they seem to remember it better and follow through with their commitment.

Your vows could immediately be put in a glass frame and displayed at the reception for everyone to read. They could also be displayed in your home.",

If your family and guests are asked during the wedding to make a commitment to pray for you, to be available for counsel, etc., this commitment could be on a parchment as well. The participants could be encouraged to read their commitment to you, and if they desire, sign their names to indicate their willingness to support you.

Vows for Inspiration

Groom: (Name), I love you and I am thrilled to take you as my wife today. I am thankful that God designed you with me in mind, and that I will not be complete without you. As God designed marriage and gave husband and wife separate and complementary responsibilities, I promise to be the head of our household. I promise to be the leader that you need, keeping our household focused on Christ. Since love is in action, I promise to demonstrate my love to you in ways that you understand - showing you that I care. I promise to protect you, giving you a secure household in which you can share your innermost feelings. And I promise to listen and try to understand all of those feelings. Most of all, I desire to encourage you, helping you to become the woman that God wants you to be. I have seen your love for God and your desire to serve Him, and I am trulyblessed to have you love me as well. I am glad that you are my best friend, and I am honored to become your husband.

Bride: (Name), I love you so much, and I am so glad that God has brought us together. I thank Him for you every day.I promise to be respectful of your leadership as the head of our family. Because you are a man of God, I am confident that you will be a loving spiritual leader, and I promise to support you in all of your decisions. I will try to work toward a growing communication, keeping nothing from you. I will always listen to you, and when you confide in me, I promise to guardand keep what I hear. I love you, (name). You are my best friend and I am proud and happy to become your wife today.

From The Complete Book of Christian Wedding Vows, by H. Norman Wright.
Published by Bethany House.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Just a Thought

Before, I love pink and yellow combo. But now, I thought of getting the color pink out in our motiff. We really don't have a theme for our wedding. But I thought of having these "From Sunrise till Sunset" theme (ang corny ... gumawa ba ng sariling theme). That's why will gonna have Sunshine Yellow and Turquoise for our motiff. Yellow representing the Sun, turquoise for the sky (sky is blue ... shade of blue ba ang Turquoise?). My bouquet will be in Fire colors, meaning there's a little bit of orange, yellow, tangerine, gold and red. Same goes with my whole entourage but they'll gonna have one shade only... Orange will be great, don't you think? Now I'm wondering, what will my tokens for my guest would be? How will I incorporate my venue with our theme? Hay naku, Jason thought it was all easy for us B2B's to plan for our wedding. Hindi nya alam how stressful this is. Lalo na ngayon, malayo kami sa isa't isa. And guess what, wala pa din kami reservation sa church for our wedding date. hahaha! By next week malalaman na. Wish me luck!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Divine Intervention

The other night, I asked God for a divine interventi0n. I asked Him for signs if He really wanted na matuloy yung wedding. We'll have to wait and see. Pero ngayon palang nakikita ko na yung sign.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

uy... may blogsite na ako!

I just finished transfering my journals from my wedding multiply site ... and I thank Wella (sis, sobrang thank you! mwah!) at inayos niya ang blogsite ko. wala pa naman siya masyado maayos sa blogsite ko kasi wala pa naman akong updates about my wedding. Para di na ako maghirap maglagay sa blog ko pag may updates na nga hahaha! Natuwa si Wella sa Ticker ng Daisy Path at naglagay din siya sa blog niya. hehehehe! Yesterday, I slept all day. Ang dami ko panaginip na super weird.

First, an airplane crashed in our house in Bulacan ... sabi sa Dream Dictionary about Airplane Crash: To dream of being in this event is a feeling of not only a dramatic negative change in your life, but also to everyone around you as well as your envorment. A very negative symbol and should be meditated upon. To dream of witnessing this event is symbolic of feelings of helplessness in the face of a great tragedy. In prohetic dreams this heralds a great change in the distant future (planes are associated with great distance). This change may not be negative. Hmmm...

Second, I caught a rattle snake in our garden (hmmm... di ba pera ibig sabihin nun? hehehe) According ulit sa Dream Dictionary: A snake, being the ages old symbol of evil or satan, makes it a bad omen to have one show up in a dream. To see a lone snake and feel threatened by it shows that you have a bad enemy that is even then working against you, it also a warning against bodily harm from an enemy. To dream of many snakes in a pit is the foreboding of much bad luck in love or business. Should you overcome and kill a threatening snake in your dream shows that you will overcome your adversary and win out. Hay ano ba naman to ... katakot!

And last but not the least... ang pinaka weird sa lahat ng panaginip ko kahapon ... I was wearing a bridal gown daw ... tapos siyempre a photographer was there tot ake my pictures ... after na ako mag-pose bigla lumapit sa akin yung photographer ... sabi niya "Maam, ok na po, pwede mo na hubarin yan gown at hinahanap na po ng may-ari" ... grabe pagkagising ko tawa ako ng tawa... kasi naman no mega-pose ako di pala akin yung gown na yun hehehehe! According nanaman sa Dream Dictionary: To dream of being the groom or bride - Desire to marry. Face of fiancé': Reassuring. Face of a non- candidate friend: Patience required. Faceless: no prospective partner there yet. Hmmm... teka hanap pa ako ng ibang meaning ... wedding - A desire fulfilled if there is no ready mate. Preparing your mind set for the future. Prior to actual wedding: To be expected. Sige pwede na least positive. Meron ako nakita napaka-negative, and I don't want to publish it here... kasi baka pati ako matakot ... ayoko ganun mangyayari no!

Thursday, November 24, 2005


I'm so fascinated with origami (the art of paper folding) ... I wanted to try pero I can't seem to buy a good one. A friend gave me origami papers but still its in my baul ... nanghihinayang ako gamitin siya kaya minsan I practice with gift wrappers. Last Monday, I cancelled my trip back to Laoag (for some reasons, I don't know... oh sige... tinamad ako bumyahe hahaha!). When my Dad came home, he gave me a box (uy Hello Kitty!) and said it was from Kaye (a friend who married a Japanese citizen last month). And when I saw it ... its an origami kit with all the materials needed. Jason and I were so excited to do it ... it tooks hours and hours to fold it... (nakakapagod pala) It's a cute Hello Kitty parasol ...

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Siyempre while doing it (the origami thing) we're talking about our wedding preps ... ako lang yata yung may blog site na wala pang nakalagay na preparations eh. Kasi we haven't finalize our dates yet sa church. Ok it's not what you think ... ready na kami pareho tie the knot pero ang hirap lumakad ngayon ... kasi magkalayo kami ng work (he's in Manila, I'm in Laoag) kaya ang scheds minsan di nagmi-meet. He told me we'll go there sa church Tuesday afternoon to have an cocular inspection of the place (but I'm sure it's perfect na for us). I said, OK ...

Kaso yun nga lang something came up ... muntikan na nag-overheat yung car niya. He went to his mechanic ... whole day siya nandun ... I just waited there sa house for him. Pagdating niya, almost 6pm na ... and kawawa naman di pa kumakain since lunch time. Sabi ko sa kanya "Labs, di na tayo nakapunta sa church..." and he said "OO nga eh, di bale pagbalik mo nalang sure na sure na yun pupunta na tayo sa church para magpa-reserve ng date ok?"

Last Sunday naman after watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we went to his friends birthday party. And nandun yung friend nya na Caterer. I already discuss to him what I wanted sa wedding and everything ... sabi ni Raymond "walang problema Ann, basta makasal na kayo ni Jason gagawin natin lahat, kontakin ko lahat ng suppliers ko for that" Ahihihihi ang sweet ... now you know kung anong klaseng pressure nararamdaman ni Jason ngayon ... sobra sobra na talaga ... kaya nga ako hindi ko na siya masyado kinukulit kasi baka mamaya mag-breakdown na yun eh.

I'm working on my DIY Save-the-Date Card ... its for my aunts and uncles in the US... they wanted to attend the wedding kaya I should inform them immediately hehehehe! The problem is ... still no date to be saved???

Friday, November 11, 2005

Wedding Rant...

Been away for a month ... SWAT team ako ng Contractor namin kaya nadestino ako sa office nila. One month I stopped doing my research on the net on my wedding details and reading mails from W@W ... Still have 214 Digested email (25 emails each) to read on.

My mom suggested to change the date for our wedding... She wanted it to be on October 14, 2005 ... why? Birthday nya yun para daw masaya ... anniversary namin eh birthday nya, double celebration daw palagi. Jason thought about it and he agreed.

Medyo nahihirapan ako mag-asikaso ... kahit next year pa yung wedding... kasi ayaw kumilos ni Jason mag-isa. Inaasahan niya ako eh I'm here in Laoag while he's in Manila. Ang hirap ng magkalayo, parang nasa abroad ako at siya nasa Pilipinas... Kahit manlang sana mag-inquire about the church sana gawin niya, ayaw nya rin eh. Gusto niya kasama ako.

Kinakabahan nga ako, baka di namin ma-meet yung budget na kailangan namin for our wedding. One time I cried hard on the phone telling him na wag pilitin kung di pa pwede... pero siya talaga yung disidido na ituloy, by hook or by crook ... And that makes me love him more sobra ... hehehehe! Kilig ...

ok enough of this ... I need to go home, its getting dark already!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

My Motiff

Lowella, a W@wie, told me na abnormal daw ako ... after sending her my ideas on what's going to be my motiff on my wedding eh wala dun yung napili ko. It's Sunshine Yellow ... nice color isn't it? I just thought of it while browsing the net. I let Leiza (my h2b's fashionista cousin) look at it and she said "Yes, this is the one I like for you ... it's so YOU ..." My h2b told me on the phone "Labs, final na yan ha, wag ka na titingin sa iba"

Blue is our favorite color, then why didn't we use it as our motiff? Hmmm... bakit nga ba ... sabi ni H2B, common na daw yung blue. Madami ako ginawang variety, pero Sunshine Yellow din ako bumagsak.

My Entourage would wear the Sunshine Yellow gowns

our moms will gonna use turqouise ...

and the principal sponsors would use Nude

My bouquet would be all shades of pink ... and so does my entourage but one shade only. I was planning to let my guest wear baby pink and baby blue ... hassle kaya sa kanila yun? oh well, here comes my imagination hahahaha!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Whats going on...

It's not too early naman to envision our wedding di ba ... ngayon puro internet browsing muna. I joined Weddings at Work e-groups, so far they helped me a lot as in.

Zero pa kami, pwera sa date na gusto namin... It's on July 8, 2006 (dapat 6, yun ang Anniversary namin eh)

Church ... Good Shepherd is our 2nd choice talaga, Mt. Carmel ist choice nya because he loved the place sobra. Pero sa Good Shepherd kasi lagi kami nagsisimba (I live in Greenview kasi in West Fairview). One time we went to hear the anticipated mass, naabutan namin yung isang wedding dun ... and ang ganda pala ng church pag ganun oras ... yung reception ginanap lang dun sa Parish Hall sa tabi ng church. Kaya its so convenient para sa lahat ... parking is never a problem and yung location nya madaling mahanap and not crowded. As I go through their website, di lang pala yung Parish hall ang reception venue nila, meron pang dalawa which can hold up to 150 and 250 guest ... We're going to inquire na at the end of the month. Wish us luck ... sana wala pa kumuha nung date na gusto namin.

Food ... A friend of his who's family is into Catering Business for almost 10 years (and in fairness masarap yung food nila) has given us a friendly discount. Bakit? Friend niya yun, and isa pa, matagal na talaga nila gusto mag-asawa yung h2b ko ... kaya kung food lang magiging hadlang sa budget, he dropped the price per person ... grabe, mahahalikan ko si Raymond sa tuwa. Yun nga lang, marami di kasama sa package nila, like the cake, the car (since they don't cater much on weddings, they're more on corporate parties) ... so eto may problema na.

Cake... I texted my friend, Angie who's an Area Manager of a leading cake shop in the country ... I asked her how much would it cost us for their cakes. Fondants usually range from 10k to 20k depending on the style and add ons of the couple. But for chiffon cakes ... usually range from 4K - 6k. As a gift from her, may discount (I love my friends sobra!) plus pwede daw ako mag-choose ng fondant style na pwede gawin sa chiffon cake ... Ganun daw kasi ginawa nya sa wedding ng Ate niya, yung cake style fondant pero chiffon cake lang ginamit nila. She took a picture of it and yes ang ganda nga. And she told me na they gave the principal sponsor petite size of those cakes. (hmmm magastos na ata yun)

Gowns ... actually may design na ako in mind pero wala pa ako nakikita pwede gumawa ng gowns namin ... My Entourage will consist of me and the groom (of course) 1 MOD, 1 Bestman, 3 Bridesmaid, 3 Groomsmen, Secondary Sponsors (Candle, Veil, Cord), Isasama ko na din yung sa Dad ko, Bro and my Mom and Mom in law ... hmmm... mga magkano kaya? 25K budget would be good enough.

Photo and Video ... had a friend who's into the business and di ko pa siya nakakausap. Pero I saw his works and their family is into the business for so long. I think he'll fit our needs. I'm a member of phphoto yahoogroups (photography is one of my hobby) ... di ko kaya sila Kuya John Ong (of Imagination) masydo mahal nyahahahaha! And got a lot of friends na din there. Dennis wanted to have my photos taken sa wedding ko pero sa candid shots daw siya ... dun sya sa hindi scripted ... and he'll do it Labor of love para daw maganda yung wedding album ko ... oh di ba ...

Invitations ... I saw in Tiffany Novelty their samples... may nagustuhan na ako, pinakita ko kay h2b and he agreed... But I went to a Bora-like Shop here in Laoag w/c is Isturya ... they have handmade paper Cards that they sell for 40 a piece... I asked them if they can try to provide me handmade papers for my invitation, she was so pleased and she got my contact number, she'll gonna asked daw muna her business partner kung pwede di lang yung handmade paper i-provide nila, but the whole invitation as well ...

So far yan palang ... gusto namin unahin yung sa church ... and sa October malalaman na namin kung ano ba talaga nyahahahaha!