As Mr. and Mrs.

Running Down The Aisle

Can’t believe that a month has already passed since our big day! Ang bilis din…parang kailan lang that we we’re so busy with all the wedding preps!

Ge + Maan with their wedding coordinator (Jody Liwanag), details diva (Ernest Pascual) and stylist (Teddy Manuel) on one of their evening meetings.

Ge + Maan with their wedding coordinator (Jody Liwanag), details diva (Ernest Pascual) and stylist (Teddy Manuel) during one of their evening meetings.

Looking back, preparing for our wedding was but a whirlwind of events, scattered through May 2012 to December 2013 including but not limited to:

  • making sure we completed all the requirements for marriage (takot lang namin kung di namin magawa ‘to haha) going back and forth to Talisay, Batangas and Midlands, getting the sacrament of confirmation and attending the very sulit and highly recommended Discovery Weekend (pre-cana seminar/workshop)!
  • Decision making for all the never-ending details of the wedding: choosing who, what, when, where and how –> And STANDING BY these decisions (which, I think, is the harder part, haha)
  • Cris-crossing in and around Manila (Binondo, Makati, MOA, QC) to find the perfect wedding rings, socks, shoes etc. (because you just couldn’t wear black heels with a Veluz gown!)
  • “Window shopping” through all the possible details we see everywhere in malls and RESISTING temptations!
  • Posing for NOT one, but TWO engagement sessions by non-other than Mimi+Karl, PLUS creating one do-it-yourself save-the-date video shot in Cebu haha!
  • Meetings and appointments with the suppliers scheduled on after-dinner hours just because we’re busy like that
  • And so much more that I think this needs a separate post. 🙂

But amidst all the toxicity of the preps along with our busy schedules in residency, the wedding still went great with no major hitches; And for that we are grateful!

The wedding went so beautifully that until now, we can’t stop reliving all the memories and details of that day. We were just so happy with everything!

12/07/13

12/07/13

Although the wedding is over, we’ll still update this blog as we share our memories on our big day, because as much as we are part of the celebration, YOU are too! 😀

So for our first post as husband and wife, here’s our wedding Same Day Edit (SDE) video by the master Threelogy videographer Bong Sare.

Enjoy!

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Tandem Love

Tandem love ❤ #engagementshoot #mimiandkarl

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A preview of the second part of our engagement shoot. 🙂 Thanks to our great photographers Mimi+Karl! We had our first shoot in Manila back in September during the heavy rain of Typhoon Pablo. Now that the weather is much clearer, and with the sun *still* shining, we had this last session in Diliman.

For our guests, don’t forget to tag your photos of our wedding with the #geandmaan hashtag! 😀

30 Days to Go!

 

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Seriously, only one month to go??? Hehe, until now it’s still kinda hard to believe that after 9 years, here we are, 30 days to go until the start of our new life together.

No matter how hard and particularly depressing my day is, the thought of getting married soon puts a smile on my face.

Finally, all our plans are falling into place.

Can’t wait. 🙂

Marriage Isn’t For You

Something really worth reading! I’m re-blogging it here for keepsakes, and a friendly reminder to both of us. 34 days to go! 🙂 #geandmaan

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

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Glimpse of the Future?

Received this referral personally, via phone. Haha. Joint effort 🙂 #geandmaan #OOD1 #burnROD @maandecastro

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It still amazes me how, despite the big difference between the practice of OB-GYN and Plastic Surgery, we could still end up managing the same patient. Hahaha.

We’re both on duty today. Maan’s the 1st OOD (Obstetrician on duty) admitting all charity OB-GYN patients under her care, and I’m the Burn ROD (Resident on duty) seeing all charity referrals to the burn service.

On a previous instagram post, I jokingly suggested that the only time Maan and I could treat a patient together is when she refers to me for wound closure of her CS patients. Hahaha. I never thought that managing a pregnant woman with burns is also a possibility. So, when Maan called me up this morning, the last thing that I thought I would hear from her was a referral.

Jackpot. Pregnant patient + Scald burns.

It’s funny how we were discussing this very same topic lengthily just last week! Because of the recent mortality in the burn unit [A 28 week pregnant woman with 30% burns from a blast injury (sumabog ang LPG, tsk tsk) who also delivered her preterm child while in the burn unit!], I was asked to report about the management of burns in a pregnant woman in our weekly conference.

While preparing for my report, I told Maan how little literature there was about this topic. The most recent one I found was written in 1998! Sabi ko pa noon sa kanya, maybe we could co-author a research paper about this ‘pag medyo libre na kami. Interesting kasi and at least parehong malapit sa puso naming dalawa.

Little did I know that today, there was this patient we’d see together.

A glimpse of the future perhaps? 🙂

This is our DIY self-produced engagement video. 🙂

Armed with a camera and a tripod, we had an awesome pre-toxicity spur-of-the-moment vacation to the Queen City of the South with great weather, very relaxing accommodations, and amazingly lots of foooood!!! Here are some video clips of our Cebu trip. Enjoy!

Pictures to follow 🙂

NAIA Terminal 3
Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan
Tune Hotel Cebu City
Edge Coaster, Crowne Regency Hotel
Larsian Barbeque
Magellan’s Cross
Basilica Minore
Island Souvenirs (haha)
Maya Restaurant
Crossroads
Mactan International Airport

Music: Son of a Gun (We Have Fun) by For The Foxes
All shots taken using Canon EOS M & iPhone 4s
Edited with iMovie

DIY Engagement Video: Ge & Maan Conquer Cebu!

One of the first pictures that we have together, taken February 2001

One of the first pictures that we have together, taken February 2001

Kahit hindi TBT ngayon, I’ll just post this here. This I think is the FIRST picture Maan and I have together taken in 2001 (?) at UP Rural High School in Laguna. I was a 2nd year exchange student then from UPIS in our sister high school in UPLB for the annual UPIS-UPRHS Dual Meet. I met Maan then, but never expected that I’d be marrying her 12 years later. 😉

Ultimate Throwback!!!

Deciding When and Where

Obviously, one of the first steps in planning a wedding is deciding WHEN and WHERE to hold it. Aside from it being two of the most frequently asked questions to any newly engaged couple, the answers to these two simple questions sets the ball rolling in deciding on the other million things to decide on in wedding planning.

But do not be deceived as to how simple these two questions are. They are, I think, two of the most difficult ones to be answered as there are many factors that you need to consider like your budget, availability of yourself, your partner as well as your important family members, proximity to your  guests, and superstitions/traditions in choosing the right/lucky day.

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DECIDING WHEN

For our case, we didn’t have much trouble deciding WHEN to hold the wedding. We instinctively wanted to hold it on our 10th anniversary, May 22, 2014 para meaningful pa rin, but at this time we would be more busy in our training programs (Maan will be 4th year/senior resident and I will be a 1st year/junior fellow). We then decided on December 2013, so that we’re still both in third year, less demands in training, and to have more time in the preps. We also figured that a 1.5 year long engagement is just enough preparation before the wedding. Despite being in the peak-season, a December wedding also allows our balikbayan relatives to join us in our wedding. 🙂

We want our wedding to fall on a weekend so that our guests (mostly fellow doctors) would be available to celebrate with us, preferably a Saturday so that there’s no work the following day. December 7th was then perfect. This would allow us to have at least a week off from work for honeymoon before returning to work mid-December in time for the moratorium for PGH residents: no leaves on the last two weeks of December.

DECIDING WHERE

One of the first things we decided is WHERE to hold the wedding. We want our wedding to be a destination wedding but also want it to be a accessible to our guests, especially our co-residents coming from PGH. We eventually narrowed it down to three locations: Tagaytay, Batangas or just hold it here in Manila. But since Tagaytay has a special place in our hearts (thats where we had our final “date” before she answered my question, cheesy haha), we decided to hold our wedding in the breezy, cool city in Cavite.

Maan, who instantly and expectantly became so engrossed in wedding planning the moment I proposed (haha!) bought three wedding magazines in one go! In one of the magazines was a feature about Tagaytay weddings. It said that in Tagaytay there were only a handful of available churches/chapels, but lots of possible venues for the reception. What intrigued Maan was the exclusive chapel located at Tagaytay Midlands, the Madre De Dios Chapel. Upon seeing the beautiful pictures of this cozy-small chapel, she immediately texted me that SHE WAS SOLD. 🙂

I then told her that we must keep our options open for other places especially if we wanted to hold the wedding in December, baka fully-booked na (this was around June 2012, 1.5 years away pa when we were deciding!). So when we both had a free Saturday, we headed to Tagaytay to do an “ocular” of some of our finalists:

1. Transfiguration Chapel (Caleruega)

Taken on our pilgrimage to Tagaytay for our medical board exams last 2010

Taken on our pilgrimage to Tagaytay for our medical board exams last 2010

Maan and I have been to Caleruega before with our brods and sisses in our Tagaytay trip during boards review.  With the cool mountain breeze with lush gardens surrounding the church on top of a hill, we knew then that this was a great place to get married. But as one of the most sought-after churches in the Tagaytay area for weddings, we knew that Caleruega would be a tough choice for us. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this was easily scratched off our list since all its December weekends were FULLY BOOKED already when we inquired. (Again this was sometime around June 2012! Crazy right?!) Besides, we were not sure if this chapel is big enough to accommodate our guests.

2. Chapel on the Hill (Don Bosco Batulao)

This circular chapel reminds me of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman

This circular chapel reminds me of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman

Scenic view of Mt. Batulao from one side of Chapel on the Hill

Scenic view of Mt. Batulao from one side of Chapel on the Hill

This is the chapel near Caleruega and was our 1st runner up. We fell in love with the circular chapel and its breathtaking view of Mt. Batulao outside! We fell so in love with the church that we almost paid the downpayment for reservation of our chosen date! But after much deliberation, we realized that we didn’t have many options on where to hold the reception if we hold the ceremony on this side of Tagaytay (Batangas side). So again, we scratched this off our list.

3. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Because this is a parish, this I think is the biggest church in Tagaytay located along the highway itself. This would be a great option for a big wedding because of its 1) proximity to the Tagaytay city center; 2) there are a lot of reception venues located near this church, 3) did I say it’s huge? haha. But Maan didn’t want a big church for our wedding, so yet again, we scratched this off our list. We didn’t even bother going there during our ocular.

4.  Madre De Dios Chapel (Tagaytay Midlands)

We finally decided to give Tagaytay Midlands a visit along with our families. I’ve been to Highlands many times before but was never able to go down to Midlands so it was both our first time to see the chapel when we scheduled our visit there.

P-E-R-F-E-C-T-!

P-E-R-F-E-C-T-!

Our first impression of the church: PERFECT. 🙂 The chapel was not as tiny as Caleruega or Chapel on the Hill as it comfortably sits around 200 guests. With its high painted white walls and ceiling contrasted by dark wooden beams, the coziness of this chapel is just perfect for a very solemn Tagaytay wedding. It also offers a great view of the Taal lake! What more can you ask for?! Maan also loved that the altar is not as “traditional” looking as with old churches. One of the drawbacks in choosing this chapel however is that it has a short aisle for the bridal march. But Maan seemed not to be deterred by this fact so we went for it and reserved the chapel the following week. (Here is a great write up from Weddings in the Philippines website about the chapel)

Taal Lake View from The Veranda Clubhouse

Taal Lake View from The Veranda Clubhouse

A great feature of having your wedding in Madre De Dios is that you wouldn’t have a problem on choosing where to hold the reception as The Veranda clubhouse is just an escalator ride away! This is very convenient for all the guests since they don’t have to ride cars going to the reception after the ceremony. However, one downside to this is that you wouldn’t have a choice of a caterer since you’re limited to getting food and drinks exclusively from them.

Tagaytay Midlands Country Club (image taken from http://tagaytayhighlands.com)

Tagaytay Midlands Country Club (image taken from http://tagaytayhighlands.com)

So as early as late August last year (about 1 year and 4 months before the wedding) we already finalized WHEN and WHERE. Akala namin we’re going to breeze through the other decisions, but boy we’re we wrong! This was only half the journey, but half is really not that bad is it? 🙂

Below are some pictures I took when we went to Midlands for our second ocular and food tasting this August (one year after booking it!). There was a wedding about to happen that afternoon so the place was set-up already! Too bad it was raining hard that time (Habagat hay..) so the view wasn’t that spectacular as we first saw it last year.

Contact Details

Madre De Dios Chapel, Tagaytay Midlands
banquets@tagaytayhighlands.com
+63 (46) 483-3657|+63 (46) 483-0820 / 3657
http://www.tagaytayhighlands.com/