Lalaine and Russ: A Beautiful Wedding in Napa (Oct 2012)

Getting There

I arrived in Pleasanton the day before from my week-long trip in New York. As soon as Jazel arrived from Seattle, she picked me up at my hotel, we had a quick lunch at Stoneridge Mall, then headed out to Napa in time for the 4:00 PM wedding rehearsal. We can’t be late or else the beautiful bride will not be happy ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a fun ride catching up on things. Well, I did not have much to share, not much has happened to me. Jazel had more exciting things to share that I cannot share here (nor with anyone else… haha, nang-intriga pa) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The Venue

Beautiful, isn’t it?

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Mother and daughter walking down the aisle during rehearsal while Russ’ parents look on. Beautiful moment ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner with the family, close friends and entourage

After the rehearsal, the group went to this elegant Italian restaurant. Shared stories with old and new friends.

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Russ thanking family and friends. Sorry, Russ I missed the beginning of your speech.
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Jessica. Russ’ beautiful sister.
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Listening intently to Jessica.

Bridal Shower

After dinner, Elaine suggested that we give Lalaine a bridal shower since many of us are from far away places (Jasmine from LA, Jazel from Washington, Aileen from Virginia, and me from the Philippines) and could not get together ย weeks before. We decided to meet at Crush (and we got lost going there, haha!)

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Hello, sexy ladies!
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The bride with her bling!
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Lalaine and her beautiful girls!!! Me, Marie, Lalaine, Grace, Jazel, Elaine, Jasmine

Pictorial before the Ceremony

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Beautiful gown!
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The beautiful bride and her flower girls
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Katelyn. Love her smile and beautiful curls!
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Hi Lalaine! Luv ya!
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With the mother of the bride. Kanino pa ba magmamana ng kagandahan!
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Love this! Miss you girls!

At the Ceremony

Could not take pictures, but snuck this one ๐Ÿ™‚

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Aunt Elsa: Take care of Lalaine, Russ! Walang solian!

Married!

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Lalaine and Russ โค

Pictorial again after the Ceremony.

We tried to catch some of the light. Had a hard time going up and down the hill in my 3-inch heels. Well, Lalaine had a much harder time in her 4-inch heels! I should not be complaining.

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Jasmine did my curls, Aileen did Jazel’s, Jasmine did hers, Aileen did hers. I wish I can style my own hair!

Cocktails

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Hello!
Hello!

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Lalaine with brothers Ryan and Rommel
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Great idea, Lalaine! Keep the kids busy so they won’t get bored ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Hey, Russ. I’m taking Jack’s picture.

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First dance as man and wife โค
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Cheers! I wish both of you lots of happiness and beautiful kids ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Change in outfit. Love the dress!
Change in outfit. Love the dress!

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Outtakes

What we did before going to Meritage for the preparations for the wedding.

Jazel, Aileen and I took a walk around the area and took some silly pictures, haha! We decided we need some exercise!!!

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Hot air balloons in the distance

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Filipinos in the US

I went to lunch today with Norma Acaba in FP&A and she was very happy to meet another Filipino travelling to the US from Philtech. Later in the day, Dorothy-Ann Rouse, asked me to go to dinner with her. Nahiya na ko sumama coz she’s always paying for me. Dami ko na utang sa kanya! I hope I can do something for her before I go, or at least give her something. It’s nice to see how Filipinos in the US are so eager to help other Filipinos who go to the US.