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) 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!
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.
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! 😀
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
Island Souvenirs (haha)
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
Deciding on WHERE to pop the question was simple. Obviously, Maan and I love to eat, so to have an anniversary dinner celebration was non-negotiable. Since we will be both be coming from hospital, we wanted to have it on a restaurant nearby. We both wanted something new, a place we’ve never eaten at before.
So a quick search revealed The Bayleaf at Intramuros — a newly renovated hotel situated near the Lyceum building in Intramuros. I actually see it every time I come back to Manila from QC and was curious at what it can offer. It has a restaurant at the 9th floor aptly called 9 Spoons, and a tapas bar at the rooftop named SkyDeck.
I searched the net for pictures and reviews if the place and from what I saw, I fell in love with it. It had a beautiful view of the Manila skyline of both Binondo and Ermita districts while overlooking the serene Intramuros golf course. It offered typical pastas and pizzas, as well as pinoy fusion dishes. It also has a churros bar at the ground level where you can have desserts or coffee after dinner. It’s website said you can arrange for a candle-lit dinner for two at ten roofdeck, just the perfect place to pop the question. 🙂
Three days prior to our anniversary, I called up Bayleaf and made a reservation. I asked the manager if they had anything special for a proposal dinner. He said he could make some special desserts and turn it to anything that I wanted them to be. Knowing that the Bayleaf is famous for their special churros, I pitched the idea of them serving churros shaped with the words “Will you marry me?” But that idea turned out to be so impractical, how the hell could we devour all those churros right?! Haha. So the manager later offered me to serve three deserts instead. I told him sila na bahala to make it extra special and to not forget to include the magic question when they plate the desserts. So with that, the dinner was sealed, all I had to do was bring Maan to Bayleaf at 8pm that night.
The timing of our anniversary was in-tune with our duty schedule. We were both pre-duty on that day, meaning less work in the hospital, and we both get to come home early that night in time for dinner. But just two days before our anniversary, I got a text from her saying that she’s not sure if she’ll make it in time for our reservations since she was OOD the following day. She then asked if we wanted to have dinner elsewhere, like that french resto in fort haha, or even stay at home and watch movies instead. This of course was happening at the time when everything was already set-up! — the ring, the dinner, the flowers, etc. Nooooo!!! Haha. I just gave her a generic posi-vibe reply “Ok lang yan, tuloy tayo sa Bayleaf.” and prayed that she does finish on time.
This post is actually divided into 6 parts. Read the rest of the other parts here: