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DIY Rustic, Quirky, Beach-Themed Wedding Invitation

So, I’m proud to share our DIY wedding invitation! After months or a year of doing drafts, checking for different designs, styles and materials. Here’s the one!

I forgot how many times that I changed my design. I remember the first one I made, the plane ticket but then I changed my mind and wanted a an airplane invitation, and the list goes on and on….

I also made a Would-You-Be Cards for my entourage but I wasn’t not able to print it because I focused on searching for invitation designs. :) When I started planning the wedding, I already knew that the invitation would be #1 in my DIY list. :D

Well, anyway! Here it is!

First Page. I used sinamay to bind the pages of the invitation.  And since we are having a beach themed wedding, I put seashells as a design.  At the back of the invitation, you can see the ref magnets as a part of the invitation. :) The first page pala is our love story and tagalog ang kwento! :)

First Page

In this photo, you can see the pages of the invitation. I used kraft paper and cream cardstock. :)

Pages

Here’s what you’ll see when you open the invitation box.

inside

Tadaaaaa! Pwede ng ipamigay! I put our monogram sa front box and used abaca strings to bind the box! :)

box with names

Romantic Gothic

E-session Teaser (Bohochic and Romantic Gothic)

Bohochic

 

 

Romantic Gothic

 

 

Photographer:  She&Him Photography

HMUA: Berny Tia of Style Me Beautiful

Stylist: S of She&Him Photography

Venue: Alpadi Estate, Antipolo City

E-Session Photographer: Booked!

Yesterday, we went to We’re Engaged! Bridal Fair 2012 at PICC. Our aim was to check for photobooth suppliers and to visit Berny Tia of Style me Beautiful (my very talented, sweet and caring HMUA).  Anyway, we cannot find a photobooth supplier, di pasok sa budget namin ni Dennis.

While checking out other suppliers, we saw She&Him Photography‘s booth. Nung time na yun may tao sa booth nila so I told Dennis na si Sheena yung girl na nasa side.

Then, biglang sinabi ni Dennis, “Kilala natin sya e.”

Me, “Huh? Natin?”

Dennis, “Siya yung sa SPi”

Then, biglang nag-sink-in sakin yung sa VMV namin. :p Siya pala yun! Kaloka lang, di ko sya naalala nun (Halatang di nagbigay attention. :D ) So same company pala kami pero di ko alam diba?! Haha! Ako na talaga di matandain sa faces. :D

Anyway, kinausap namin saglit si Sheena then we told her na babalik kami. Nag-ikot-ikot muna kami, then nung bumalik kami, sobrang sure na ako na kunin sila for prenup. However, may konting problema dun since on a budget kami. Dennis was thinking na, wag na kami mag prenup photos dahil kasama naman sa video package namin with Aisle 1401 yung prenup. At dahil makulit ako at cute (kapal mukha) bumigay na si Dennis na magpabook kami for prenup! At marami pang dahilan: Una, magaganda yung shots ng She&Him. Raw photos pa lang maganda na!; Pangalawa, sobrang sulit ng rates nila sa fair! 3k only for prenup,  no OOT charges (except sa pamasahe or gas syempre), no time limit sa prenup! Ang saya lang! Pangatlo, eto yung isa pa tinitignan ko, dapat talaga at ease ako sa kausap ko. At ganun na feel ko nung kausap namin si Sheena. I like her na. :D

After namin mabook si Sheena, kitang-kita ni Dennis na super happy ako. Medyo napatalon pa nga, kasi we have a prenup photo na! :D

Aside

In less than 7 months, I will walk down the aisle na!!! So ano ba nararamdaman ko ngayon?

Happy?! – Super!

Stressed? – Yeah!

Natataranta? – Minsan… Uhmm, madalas!

Masungit? – Minsan… at si Dennis lagi napagbubuntunan. :)

Excited?!!!- Sobraaaaaa! I can’t wait na sa Big day naming!

Since the time we started planning, that was last January (9 months na pala!!!) , we have booked na almost the suppliers we need.

  1. Videographer ( Cinemagraph, Save-the-date, Prenup, SDE, Full Wedding Coverage) – Aisle 1401
  2. Church – St. Pancratius Chapel (PacoPark)
  3. OTD wedding coordinator – EC Weddings
  4. Host – Ellen Celis
  5. Photographer (Services only  – Wedding Day ) – Alex Ruelo of Imagine Nation Photography
  6. Lights and Sounds – Rejectkrew
  7. Caterer – MaDel’s Cuisine
  8. HMUA (Wedding Day) – Berny Tia
  9. HMUA (Prenup with Aisle 1401) – Berny Tia
  10. Reception Venue – MARC 2000 Tower Penthouse
  11. Wedding Ring – Matus

List of my DIYs:

  1. Invitation
  2. My Bouquet
  3. Bouquets for bridesmaids and FGs
  4. Wrist corsages for female secondary sponsors and MOH
  5. Boutonnières for the groom, BM, groomsmen, male secondary sponsors and male principal sponsors.
  6. 3D letters for prenup.

Still searching for:

  1. Bridal Car – We want green Kombi!
  2. Shoes
  3. Hair accessories
  4. Favors for guests
  5. Favors for bridesmaids, bridesmaids, secondary sponsors, groomsmen, MOH and BM
  6. Favors for principal sponsors.
  7. Hotel for preps

Hmmm…. I guess, sa ngayon ok pa naman. Marami pang gagawin? OO. Pero ayaw ko pang mag PANIC! (Hindi nga ba?!)

Wedding Preparation Update!

HMUA: Berny Tia

This post is super late na. I had my trial HMU with Berny Tia last June 10, 2012. Super satisfied ako sa free trial HMU. Here are the reasons why I got her:

1. Ang linis nya pag make-up sakin. I noticed nung nag make-up sya sakin. She never uses her fingers sa pag touch ng skin ko. She uses brushes lagi. Unlike other make-up artist na gumagamit na fingers (na feeling ko unsanitized).
2. Nagustuhan ko yung make-up nya sa mata ko. Ang arte ko kasi sa mata ko laging nagiging sobrang singkit pag na make-upan ako. Sa kanya, nagawa nya gusto ko.

3. Feeling ko ang ganda ganda ko.  ;D

4. Gustong-gusto ni Dennis yung make-up sakin. Haha!

5. Ang bait nya at palagay loob ko sa kanya. Grabe daldalan namin kanina, kung san san na napunta kwentuhan namin!

6. Super affordable!

Her contact details:

500-8680
0915-265-1724
smBeautiful@yahoo.com
https://www.facebook.com/smBeautiful

Our Kwento (Love Story kuno)

Our kuwento:

Diana : We met 3 years ago at our workplace. Both of us our in different shifts, Dennis was in a long distance relationship (I never knew then) and I was single and not really looking for a relationship. November 2009 was our first conversation and he helped me on my work tasks.

Dennis: I thought she is beautiful & umm… laki ilong

On January 2010…

Diana:  I was online and he messaged me through Facebook

Dennis: I decided to get to know her when she went online, I messaged her.

On March 2010…

Diana: Dun na nagsimula, lumipat sha sa shift naming, nagpapacute sha (beautiful eyes) lagi, nasa tabi ko. Parang manliligaw na hindi (Kaya sobra ako nalito nun).

Dennis:  Mula noon, sumasabay na ako sa pag-uwi nya at sa lunch breaks, kulang na nga lang manligaw ako (di kasi ako marunong). First gala naman is sa Borawan, b-day ni Diana nun, magkatabi kami at masayang Masaya ako nun.

Diana: At the time sobrang happy din ako and I know na fa-fall din ako

On May 2010…

Cagbalete, Quezon

Diana: Dun na sure ko sa love ko na sya and feel ko di sya ganun ka sure.

Dennis: First kiss naming dun naganap, pero tama nga si Diana, naging magulo rin ako at the time…

Diana: Kasi napaka reserve nya. Saming dalawa, mas seryoso sya parang dapat sure na sure sya. – in short sha ang umaarte samin dalawa

Then, after nun, lagi na kaming nagpaplan, dalawa. We were not together, pero sa mga lakad, sa Bohol, sa Zambales magkasama kami. Parang gumagawa kami reason to be together.

Moving forward to September 2010…

Cagbalete, Quezon (dalawa na lang kami bumalik)

Dennis:- nagtanong ako, its’ official, kami na! –, at sinagot nya ako (tagal noh? hehe)

Nagpatuloy ang kagawian namin… mag gala!

CDO-Bukidnon – October 2010 (rafting & ziplining)

Bird watching at Candaba – October 2010

Surfer’s break at la Union – November 2010

Trek at Batulao – November 2010

Trek at Manabu Peak – January 2011

Trek at Manalmon – January 2011

Hot Air Balloon Festivities at Clark, Pampanga – February 2011

Dipolog – Dapitan – Dakak – March 2011

La Union vacation again – April 2011

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales – June 2011

Sandbar Island beach at Iloilo – July 2011

Cebu- Dumaguete vacation – August 2011

Calaguas, Camarines Norte – September 2011

Dennis: Nung Augus, nagsimula na akong maghanap ng engagement ring. I decided to pop the ‘question’ on December 2011

Ang eksena eh sa bahay ni Diana, nagluluto sha ng spaghetti sauce sa isang malaking kalan at ako nakaupo sa likod nya, tinanong ko sa kanya if “will you marry me?” – pero wala sha narinig, pabulong ko ata sinabi (hehe), kala ko mahuhulog nya yung kawali! Shock sya pero nakangiti… sumagot naman sya ng ‘oo’.

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Burot Beach + Isla Puting-Buhangin

Last Saturday we went to Burot Beach, Calatagan , Batangas. We have been checking this beach through internet for months but we can’t decide as this is privately owned by SMDC.  However, a friend told me about her contact (Mang Ramon- (09156028907)) and we inquired. He said that the beach is still open to public until further notice.  With the blogs we read, the travel time for bus is 2-3 hrs. However, our experience is different! We left around 5:00 am from Pasay and arrived 9:45 am at Calatagan Public Market! Almost a 5-hr drive!

TIP: Bus and van rates are BSC liner – P193.00, Celyrosa – P160.00 and van P180.00. They all have terminal in Pasay. For buses: At the back of Mc Donalds (First trip 4:00 am). For vans: At the back of Kabayan Hotel.

As soon as we got there, we bought our baon and looked for a tricycle driver who took us to the beach!  Travel time is 15-20 mins.

TIP: Tricycle fares vary from 100-150 pesos. Also, ask the driver to pick you up.

Our plan is day-tour only so we asked the tricycle driver to pick us up at around 3:00pm as the last trip from Calatagan to Pasay is 5:00 pm. If you want to stay overnight, make sure you have a tent or you can rent a tent from Mang Ramon if you don’t have one. :)

 

Here’s a sample Itinerary below:

2D/1N Burot Beach sample Itinerary

Day 1

5:00 am ETD Pasay bus to Calatagan

9:45 am ETA Calatagan Public Market (you can buy your baon here, but limited lang choices.)

9:55 am Look for a tricycle driver that will take you to Burot Beach. Travel time is 15-20 mins.

10: 15 am ETA Burot Beach

10: 15 am beach bumming, swimming

11:00 am Prepare lunch

12:00 pm Lunch time!!!

1:00 pm Beach bumming, swimming or you can go to Isla Puting-Buhangin. Look for a boatman. Rate is 40 pesos per head. It is only 3-5 mins away from Burot Beach.

2:30 pm Back to Burot and enjoy the beach!

6:00 pm Prepare dinner

10:00 pm Lights out

Day 2

5:30am Prepare breakfast.

7:30am Free time! Enjoy the island. Swim, beach bumming. :)

10:00am Preparing to go home.

11:00am ETD Burot Beach to Calatagan Public Market.

11: 20am ETA  Calatagan Public Market. (you can eat your lunch here)

12:00-12:30 pm ETD Calatagan Public Market to Pasay

4:30 pm ETA Pasay Terminal

Expenses for 2 persons
Bus (to Coastal road) Php26.00
Bus (to Pasay) Php20.00
Bus (to Calatagan) Php386.00
Tricycle (back & forth) Php200.00
Burot (table) Php150.00
Burot (entrance) Php120.00
Van (to Pasay) Php360.00
Boat (putting buhangin) Php100.00
Food Php160.00
banana P30
corned beef P35
water P30
bread P55
TOTAL Php1,522.00
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DIY Carnation fabric Part 1

Eto yung part 1 of my DIY wrist corsages for my female entourage. My peg is Carnation so sana nabigyang hustisya ko yung flower na yun. :) Kasi sobrang love ko carnation (parang ang lambot lambot nya). ;)

Materials I used:

Organza (orange and light yellow)

Tulle (peach)

Felt Fabric (white)

Glue Gun

Glue Stick

Scissors

Eto yung pictures, saka na yung instructions. :)

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Aside

We booked another supplier for our wedding! :) I have been eyeing Rejectkrew for a while na. Medyo nahirapan din akong convince si Dennis na we need them. But when he realized na isa sa important suppliers ang L & S, he agreed. So when we found out na isa sila sa suppliers ng isang wedding sa Marc 2000 last May 13, we decided to book them.

Elmer is so nice and based sa review sa kanila ng GirlTalk sisses ko, kampante ako na sila na-book namin. :D

Mood Lights and Sounds: Booked

Wedding Coordinator and Photographer: Booked!

Just updating.

Wedding Coordinator:  We actually booked a OTD coordinator last April. :) I chose Alpha Events Management because my GT sisses referred her. :D The feedback I read in the forum is good. Napanatag ang loob ko sa kanya.  Marj is nice and accommodating. She also gave me a good offer. :D And on April 14, on our first meeting, we booked her right away! I am an Alpha Events Bride na!

Photographer: Our first choice is Benjie Tiongco. However, when we were about to book him, his rates went 75% higher than the first time we inquired. Since the new rate is way over our budget, we decided to look for another photographer. Again, with the help of my GT sisses, I was able to find another one! Since Imagine Nation Photography has good feedback, we decided to check their site! Eto maganda dun, Junior photographers pa lang chine-check namin, literal na na panganga kami sa galing nila. Their shots are amazing! Of course, we have to choose pa sa kanila kung sino pipiliin namin. We both like Alex Ruelo’s style, but we decided to choose another pa baka kasi booked na si Alex sa date namin. Next in line namin is Jed and Madoka. :)

When we contacted Imagine Nation, we were so happy that Alex was still available on our date. We decided to make our downpayment na! And kahapon, I am officially an Imagine Nation Bride! Yey!

I am so happy! Unti-unti na namin nahahanap ang this-is-it suppliers namin!