Adventure of a Lifetime: Gabriel and Lorma Wedding Day Prep

June 8, 2019

The BRIDE

 

The GROOM

 

The RINGS

Rings

 

Photo/Video: FlipFat Studio; Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Krizia Guevara; Groom: Dapper Groom; Wedding Coordinator: Liz Soliva of Thirty One Events; Venue: The Manor; Couturier: Atelier Debbie Co; Barong: Exclusively His; Rings: Sep Vergara Fine Jewelry

 

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Adventure of a Lifetime: Gabriel and Lorma (Preparations)

When Gabriel first mentioned marriage to me, we were hundreds of kilometers away from each other and we were just six months into the relationship.

At first, I thought he was just toying with the idea. But he was dead serious. Three months later, we began our preparations.

Ceremony and Reception Venues

We first considered San Juan, La Union as our venue. Gabriel visited various churches and reception venues, but none felt right. We decided to have the wedding in Baguio instead since weather is nicer and there were more hotel options for guests. By January 2018, we already had our ceremony and reception venues booked: St. Ignatius of Loyola in PMA and 19th T of The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay.

 

Early Wedding Gifts

Among the first people to hear about our wedding plans were my friends abroad. When I visited the Bay Area in California in June 2018, my friend Lalaine, gave we a valuable gift that helped throughout our planning:

When Lalaine and I visited Jasmine in LA, they surprised me with gown fitting at Panache Bridal Salon in Pasadena. I tried at least 5 gowns. The one I liked the most was a Rosa Clara gown. I almost bought it.

Before I left the US, I also ordered my first item for the wedding: a personalized table napkin.

 

Wedding Suppliers

Next is selecting the couturier for my bridal gown and bridal entourage. I decided to go with Debbie Co since one of my friends had her before and I was a bridesmaid. We chose mauve as color motif for the entourage.

We got our wedding coordinator and event stylist and florist next. Thanks to my Maid-of-Honor, Lizbeth, we were able to book the best in Baguio – Ms. Liz Soliva and Thirty One Events. We decided on a rustic theme to go with the design at Forest Lodge.

Upon our coordinator’s recommendation, we got Reinforcement for lights and sounds, Krizia Guevara and Dapper Groom for hair and makeup, Glyco Sweetshop for our cake, Jaime Yaneza as event host, Music of the Heart for music and entertainment, Happy Bunny for photobooth and Robin Tan for our bridal car.

ThirtyOneEvents

Our Photo and Video supplier was an easy decision for Gabriel. We chose FlipFat Studio which is owned by Gabriel’s friend and neighbor.

For the rest of the suppliers, we went to Bridal Fairs in the metro to find them.

Wedding Checklist

To help with our wedding planning, I downloaded a checklist from SheKnows.

I just modified it as needed.

Wedding Checklist

Letting Everyone Know

By December 2018, we were ready to let everyone know.

We distributed our Save The Date cards to our families right after Christmas. Thanks to my dear friend, Chinky, who made the cards for free.

Including our invitations to would be entourage.

Lastly, I created a website to let our family and close friends know: https://www.gabrielandlorma.com

 

Visit to Anawim with Power Mornings

Anawim has served as home to abandoned elderly for over 10 years now. It was founded by Bro. Bo Sanchez and is located somewhere in the Rizal provinces.

Power Mornings, which is a prayer group attendee by professionals in Makati CBD visited Anawim last August 15, 2015. The visit was organized in coordination with DZMM and ABS-CBN. They provided medical services and entertainment to the elderly.


  
  
  
It was fun interacting with the elderly who always looked forward to visitors.


  

Thank you for the opportunity to serve!

One

At this moment, there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, that war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. 6 billion people in the world. 6 billion souls. And sometimes, all you need is one.

Sometimes, when youre young, you think nothing can hurt you. It’s like being invincible. Your whole life is ahead of you and you have big plans. Big plans. To find your perfect match. The one that completes you. But as you get older, you realize its not always that easy. It’s not until the end of your life that you realize the plans you made were simply plans. Because at the end when youre looking back instead of forward, you want to believe you made the most of what life gave you. You want to believe youre leaving something good behind. You want it all to have mattered…

– From One Tree Hill.

Stacey’s and Dilbert

Judy Gallagher and Kathy Kelly took me to lunch at Stacey’s. It’s a cute little place located on Main Street in downtown Pleasanton, California serving Fresh California Cuisine.
According to Judy, the owner of the place is also the author of Dilbert, Scott Adams. No wonder, the menu has some funny anecdotes and side comments. Just read their philosophy:
Our Philosophy
No matter how finicky you are, our servers are trained to resist the urge to slap you senseless. Feel free to ask for changes to your meal. We can add garlic, delete spices, remove meat if you’re a vegetarian, whatever change you like as long as it’s legal. And if no one is watching, we’re flexible on the legal thing too.

A sample from their lunch menu:

They were also selling Dilbert dolls.

Judy got one for me!