Sunday, November 30, 2008

Entourage Gowns by Veejay Floresca

As you all my read from my previous posts, my entourage gown designer is Veejay Floresca.
And with that, I'm very proud of my designer for completing the gowns in 10 days! Can you believe that? He's our lifesaver! My girls loved their gowns! The pictures, their smiles purely showed how proud they are wearing their gowns! hahaha! I think in the end, that's the most satisfying and happy feeling that me, as the bride had her girls wore on our big day!

I like to share the designs and pictures that we had on that day! hahahah!
Love them, love them!! Purely LOVE THEM!! hahaha!

Thanks so much Veejay! You're forever "IN" in our hearts! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Favorite pictures

Melchor and I are on a Mission this week.
To finalize the pictures we love among all pictures, and give them to Nelwin for the album.
This is actually a very difficult task for us. Ang dami kasing pictures e!
So as we take a break once in awhile, I can't help but choose some of my favorites... hahaha!
I love all the pictures! I actually wanted more! hahahah! Pwede bang kasal ulit? hahaha! Joke lang!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

my Hair & Makeup!

I personally know that it will be hard to please a kikay, when it comes to makeup.
For a kikay girl like me, I already know what I want when it comes to makeup.
I want a flawless smooth face, and Melchor requested that my eyes to be not so singkit. (Even Melchor knows what he wants when it comes to makeup! hahaha!)

So with makeup, yes, I'm very particular. Particular with brands, shades, shades I want, what works best, brands that can have allergic reaction to my skin, makeup that are oil-based.
When it comes to who will be doing my makeup, I had thought of this over and over and over. And because of my bit familiarity in the makeup world, it was assumed that I'm leaning towards something already, assumptions which I did not take.

I did researched about who I want to do my makeup. I've inquired and ask around, looked for pictures, other than print ads... and yes, I know that bridal and print ad makeup is totally different with each other.

So when Clarice recommended Peddy Acebo to me, and my Mom wanted me to booked him already, looked at his past brides, I guess, I was thinking, as long as we can meet with each other, and communicate what I like, etc., I'm okay with him already. I saw a picture of Rachel Weisz and love her makeup! I knew then that I wanted to look like that on my wedding day.
I wanted Rachel's makeup to be my bridal makeup! hehe :)

I scheduled a meeting/trial with Peddy, because I want a perfect makeup on that day. We met 3 days before October 18! hahaha! Had trial at Propaganda Salon. :) Though some of you may say that I should forgo the trial, I feel the need to communicate with Peddy.. And get to know more about each other. So come that day, Melchor & I finally met Peddy. I even brought some of my stuff for him to fuss around. We kid around, chit chat.. And as we talked and talked, I felt that we grew comfortably with each other. I shared with him my addiction to makeup.. hahaha! (Actually it's Melchor who told Peddy that I have a lot of stuff here in Shanghai! hahaha!)
As I watched him work his way to me, I knew in my heart that I made the right choice.
Peddy and I met at Propaganda Salon for a trial makeup - 15 October 2008
Ang payat payat nya!! hahaha!

Come the morning of 18th, I was told by Clarice the night before that the first supplier arriving my suite is Peddy's team, at 6:00AM. I was, "oh my.... ang aga pala! hahaha!" I woke up 5:15AM, and took a bath, then by 5:50AM, I heard a door bell on my door na! Wahhh!! It's Peddy's team na noh!!! They've arrived! With Peddy to do the hair is Bong. This is the first time I met him and siguro morning, ndi pa sya naka smile e! hahahaha!

Then, things went really fast... Bong did something and prepared to my hair, Peddy started my makeup!! Wahhhh!! After that, Bong finishes up my hair! And with that, GRABEEEEEEEE!!! I love my hair and makeup!!!!!!!!!
I super duper love them!!! In my heart, I'm hugging both Peddy and Bong na!! They worked real wonders!! They also did my Mom and Sister's makeup, and they super duper love it!!! My sister even up to this point is saying that when it's time for her wedding preps, Peddy Acebo will be the first supplier she'll get from my Perfect group of suppliers! hahahaha! :)

Peddy's finishing up.. Can you see how happy I am with my flawless makeup? hahaha!
ndi naman obvious dba? hahahaha!

Bong's fussing my hair! I love my hair-do!! Thank you very much Bong!!

I don't think I can say anything more to proved my happiness that day, other than the big smile I have for both Peddy and Bong. I just super love them!! They transformed me into a confident, pretty bride!!

Peddy and Bong made me really beautiful! Flawless, radiant, hair made-up! I felt like a Queen! Everything's so pretty!!!!!

Thank you once again Peddy and Bong! I will say this over and over again.. hahaha! Thank you so so much!!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Discoveries

I have recently discovered the world of luxury.
Not exactly the whole world.. I've been in touch with branded items in terms of makeup and skincare! But now I just discover 2 brands - Louis Vuitton and Gucci!
Hahaha! That's all I can say for now.. :) (late bloomer e! hahah!)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

my New Entourage Designer

Girls, as you may have read from my previous posts, I changed my Entourage Designer 12 days before our October 18 wedding. It was a stressful week! hahaha! But I can tell you that we've pulled it through!!! With flying colors pa! hahahah!

My new Entourage Designer and maker is Veejay Floresca. You guys may have heard about him from the Project Runway Philippines. Yes, the one and only Veejay Floresca! hahaha! :)

He was actually part of my entourage gown maker list.. I have more than 10 designers being considered, inquired and asked for... And I have to explained that I wanted him already... it's just that at the time that my Mom, Erica, Ai Becca and Cheska went to see him, he was a bit occupied! hahaha! I thought he may not have the time to do my entourage! hehehe :)

So come the disastrous former designer, who wanted me to pay up immediately and have excuses and reasons for not able to make the gowns with the designs that he drew! I knew then and there that I have to find someone who's willing to make my ento gowns in 12 days!

I called up Clarice and we immediately think of our own ways to look for the new designer/maker.
Clarice called up Ms. Veluz, Niko, and even Cecilio Abad! hehehe! Ms. V and Niko had plans that week and may not be able to rush into it.. Cecilio Abad quoted me way way beyond of what we can afford. Since we'll be changing designers, and gowns made by the former designer... well, they're not valid anymore, we wasted our downpayment with the former designer and will not be getting the gowns they rushly made for us. So sad talaga! I was feeling a bit shame with Melchor, since we'll be adding the budget for our entourage gown, and wasted the downpayment we had with the former gowns! (ang labo ba? hahaha!)

So I remember that Monday lunch, Melchor, Mom and I were at Pacific Star Building Makati Ave., Chowking Restaurant, I opened my magic notebook (where I have a lot of numbers and list of suppliers! hahahah!), and dial a number! Luckily, Veejay answered, I explained the situation, and I ask if he'll be able to make my 6 Adult, 3 Kids gowns in less than 2 weeks time! hahaha! He said yes to me and we agreed to meet up the next day! I was itching to meet up immediately with him nga e, hahaha! But he had prior plans na kasi.

Our gang meet up with Veejay the next day.. talked about possible designs, color motif, ideas.. hahaha! I actually let go of my perkiness this time. I told Veejay, I just want my Entourage to look good and beautiful! My female Principal sponsors colors are in Citrus green, I wanted Yellow for my entourage... but I left everything to Veejay na. With the time constraint, I don't think I can afford to be picky pa! hahahaha! I'm just happy that he accepted my 'challenge'! hahahaha!

A little cooperation from my entourage, Melchor's help to pick-up the flower girls, we fetched and drove Veejay to my Aunt's place for measurement taking.. threw-in some ideas.. looked at my ento's body structures... Wah-la! Measurements completed.. the fitting will be in 1 week! hahahaha! :)

Our picture during the fitting, 4 days before the wedding day! Ito muna i-blog ko ah! To be continue - Entourage Gowns by Veejay Floresca.

I've already said my sincere thank you to Veejay! He was super kind talaga! And tons of salute and love talaga to him! Here's his take about our challenge! hahahaha!

Once again Veejay! Thank you Thank you very much!!!

10.18.08 Melchor & Ria Wedding Pictures

As you all know, I love taking pictures, I love pictures! hahaha!
So it won't be a surprise that on our wedding, we'll be having a lot of pictures! hahahah!
I have uploaded pictures that we got from Nelwin Uy here. Also uploaded the Lomo picture we got from Jill Lejano! :) Melchor and I will be choosing our pics to give to Nelwin soon! heheh :)
As you may see, it's hard to choose! hahah! I also have good friend Winston Tiong's pictures uploaded, Fabfoto pictures also! hihih! Ang saya lang e!

my SPA-arty!

I'll eventually be back-blogging the happenings I had during the month of October.
Everything happened too fast, and too stressful! I think I just have to go through them one by one, so that I can still continue to document our journey towards our October 18 and more.

I guess being too stressful and had little time to personally look into our wedding preps, I wasn't really thinking of having my own bridal shower! So who wouldn't be surprised that someone did arranged something for me? hahaha!

1 week before the wedding, Melchor told me that we will be meeting or coffee on October 11 with some of his friends, friends he hadn't seen for a long long time. He actually told me that we'll be meeting his Slimmer World friends. I actually got mad! hahaha! Because with our busy schedule and hectic week, I myself haven't meet up with any of my closest friends!! And yet, he arranged a meeting with his SW friends! Can you believe that? I got mad, he was silent. Fine!

Come October 11, I have a dentist appointment in the afternoon.. but actually I was also delaying the time, hoping that our meet-ups with the SW will not push through! Hahahah! Yes, bad noh? Had dinner at Alba Restaurant in QC. Fine, fine!

Then, we went to Lancaster Suites, as Melchor said, that's where we will be meeting his friends. I was really too timid this time. I was tired, I have too much to think of pa, and yet, we'll be wasting time in meeting with his friends. Parked the car at Basement 3 I think, and funny thing, we met good friend Winston Tiong at the parking! hahaha! I asked him what he's doing there, he was a bit NR and said that he'll be meeting a friend. hahaha! (yun pala, he was there to fetch his wife!)

So we went to 21st floor, I was really in aloof mood.. hahah! Kasi naman e... @_@
Melchor knocked the door, I was a bit far, kasi nga medyo reluctant ako!
Ayun! hahahaha! I was surprised to see Erica, Ever, Cousins, Girlie, Aimee!! hahahah!
It was actually a bridal shower for me! hahahahha!!!
Here's the invite that Ever made for the event.
I was really surprised! I never thought I'll be having a shower! It was a fun night, and I was pampered... I have to thank Erica, Ever and Melchor, as well as all the guests for arranging and coming to enjoy the night with me! :)

Birthday dinner

Melchor and I ate dinner last night... Just the 2 of us together.
Since we had 6 voucher for a buffer dinner or lunch at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel that we were not able to avail, due to lack of time, I finally thought of having our birthday dinner at Pudong Shangri-La Hotel.

We had fun, we were full, we had a great time! Hahaha! I don't think I can further explain how enjoyable the night was! Hahahaha! We had a lovely time! It was indeed a celebration of life and love!
Most importantly, Melchor and I are together!
Happy birthday to me! hahahah! :)

my 31st Birthday

Yesterday was my 31st birthday!
And my first birthday as Mrs. Melchor Gan.
hahahah! :)

Well, my husband surprised me with my first flower bouquet from him!!! hahaha!!
In addition with that, he also surprised me with a Cake! hahaha! :)
Before Melchor brought the flowers and cake, I was actually starting to get mad at him, because it was already 0000 hours of November 22, and yet, he haven't greeted me a happy birthday yet! All the while, he had a little surprise for me! hahahah! Fine fine, ndi na ako magagalit! hahahah!
Thank you husband, for the wonderful surprises! I really really appreciate your efforts and all! :)

Friday, November 21, 2008

my Former Entourage Designer

As I'm starting to getting back to my routine here in Shanghai, I'm also taking the time and opportunity to one by one write and say thank you to all the people who made our wedding day really perfect and special. I wrote in my previous entry that I'm waiting for some time.. actually I'm waiting for the mood, hahaha! My writing and feeling mood e! But will try and start my suppliers rating soon!

Everyday, I do check my blog visitors. I guess I really want to help out other girls, who are also planning their special day! I'm happy to share this blog to others, who are confused and in need of some ideas, as I also experienced before. With that, I stumbled upon that some visitors of this blog had checked out my entry last time for the Quest for the Entourage Designer.

As much as possible, I like my entry last April 2008 be just the way it is. After all, it was what I felt and thought of that time, that makes me really want to blog. But I think I have to set the record straight for this. I don't think anyone deserves to be stressful on planning their event.

My blog entry last April 2008, I thought I can sit back and rest, because the designer I chose was okay already. I guess this is the hassle for being overseas, you can't be sure of everything, unless you're physically in place already.

Everything was okay already, measurements taken, sketches were drawn, pictures were exchanged, motif were finalized. I was assured that the schedule are in time. Melchor and I went to Manila last September 25. We had some other stuff to do, like our meeting with Clarice, meeting with Anne Sy of Edsa Shangri-La, Melchor's fitting with Delby, etc. it was a hectic schedule for us!

I will be only honest here in my blog, based of what really happened. I guess, my family and I were to trustful to really believe that with only few weeks left before the wedding, they (the former designer) can really pull it through. The first fitting was set a week before our flight from Shanghai to Manila. At that time, I remember specifically that I kept on pressing for the fitting, my sister was calling the former designer also, as well as my coordinator. I totally understand that designers do then to get the measurements too fast, like in our case last April 2008, and ask for the downpayment immediately, in our case last April 2008; then will start doing the gowns pretty late, in our case, maybe less than a month's time.

The first fitting I was told was purely lining! Honestly, I was expecting it to be a little more than the lining! But fine, since it's the first fitting palang.. whatever. I remembered calling the former designer's office for the scheduled 2nd fitting. I was told that the gowns are being made at that time, and since the designs were the preferences of my entourage, they're having a bit difficulty in doing those designs. Funny that I will be given that reason, when they were the one who really sketched the gowns! I gave a specific instructions that the designs will have to incorporate the preferences and personalities of my entourage. I don't think that's too much to ask, right? After all, why do we have to hire a designer just to do simple gowns, when you can have it readily buy from stores and even have dressmakers do it for you?

Anyway, I really think I don't have to go into details with what really happened. Bottom line, my previous post here turns out to be my FORMER designer. 12 days before the wedding, we had a very tough decision to make, and I think it turned out pretty well. My entourage were wearing gowns created in 10 days! Can you imagine that? What more if I had chosen the New Designer even way before? I don't think I like to think more about it... After all, things happened for a reason. :)

So with that, my readers, I won't say that I really would recommend my former designer, because I was challenged that week because of them. I was stressed, disappointed, unhappy... but I moved forward, I took charge, I decided immediately. In end, I found a new designer who gladly accepted and worked with me in just 10 days! hahaha! And I think my Entourage pictures are proof enough, for you guys to really believe that, in the end, I chose the one with the real talent!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

One Month After

I can't believe that it's been a month now after our wedding day.
Ang bilis noh? haha! I remember that last year, I was still busy booking suppliers, chasing them, and trying to work out contracts and prices! hahaha! And now, this exact date that Melchor and I promised forever.

I'm still waiting for some creative juices to flow for me to start and write my suppliers' review.

But one thing's for sure, I just love our wedding! I have a lot of people, suppliers, friends to thank for... and I just have to find the time and make sure to thank them talaga!! After all, without them, I won't be as happy as I am now.. though it's already been a month! hahahaha!

Of course, I really appreciate my family and relatives.

Lastly, to Melchor! hahah! For making sure that I had the wedding of my dreams!!!
Happy happy to you!!

Btw, we just finished wrapping our Wedding tokens here in Shanghai. You see, here in China, after a wedding, we need to give out "Wedding Chocolates/Candies" to officemates, co-workers, etc. to share the happiness around. hahaha! So we've ordered 4 kilos of Dove Chocolates!! and also ordered small cardboard type boxes to wrap the chocolates! We finished 400+ pcs within 2 hours! hahaha!
I will share the pictures very soon!

our Wedding Token

We got Fabfoto as our Wedding token for the guests!
With that, Nelwin sent me a message yesterday that pictures taken during that night were already uploaded to the Fabfoto multiply site (please click here).

Melchor and I like to thank Fabfoto for keeping up with our guests, my cousins and my sister! hahaha!
Our guests loved the token!! I think based from their feedback, they find our token refreshing and unique! hahaha! I think sanay pa sila sa mga lumang souvenir ng wedding! hahaha!

Enjoy the pictures!! I've also uploded them in my picasa web album here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Back in Shanghai!

It's been awhile since I last blogged!
I guess I'm not sure what I like to share here first.. hahah!
I still have to do my Suppliers' Rating.. and I can't wait to finally sit-down and start doing it!
We're still a bit busy here! We need to arrange a bit of our things pa..
Winter's about here already and I have to bring out my winter gear na, in preparation for the cold weather.
Apart from that, work, have to choose the pictures for Nelwin for the album.. hahaha!

But in spite of that, we can't help and recall our 10.18.08 day! Hahahah!
I just felt I had the most wonderful day of my life.. and I can't help but think about it over and over again! hahaha! :)

So I will continue to blog my adventures, thoughts, etc.
and my Suppliers' rating!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm sad, yet a bit happy

It's been more than a month since Melchor and I arrived Manila... for our vacation, wedding, etc.
But now, the time has come for us to go back... though I've been through this phase couple of times already, it still makes me sad that I have to leave my Mom and family once again. *sigh* Here we go again...

And it's so weird.. hay...

But of course, I'm starting a new phase in my life... I'm now wife to Melchor..
I'm happy that my wedding was so beautiful!! I married my perfect guy, and I know he's my soul mate!
I'm excited that we're now together forever, and will be each others' companion to our journey in this life. So it's really a mixed feelings!

Now, we're packing our stuff, and I can't help but feel really sad to leave my family behind once again. huhuhuhu....

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Where is Home?!

Melchor & I are finally home!
But where is the real home for us? haha!
We'll just be spending short time here in Manila, then we'll be going back to Shanghai on Monday.
Sometimes the feeling of not wanting to be far away from home do struck me once in a while..

I have little things to say now.. let me settle in muna..
hihih ;)

Sunday, November 02, 2008

the Songs

I'm blogging here, far away from the Philippines.
In fact, around 7hours away from Home!

That's why I can't catch up to chat with family members

Yes, we're on our Honeymoon now... :)
Being cheerful that I want, I'm so excited to share my happiness with people!

But first, I like to blog the songs that we've used in our AVP..
Are you familiar with the feeling that you want more and more choices, and you can't just get enough of everything? I have that feeling when I was still in search for the songs.

In end, we chose the following:
Photo AVP - Corrine May's Everything in its time

On-site AVP - Daniel Bedingfield's Never gonna leave your side

To be honest, I wanted more choices! hahaha! Yes, I was in search of something haven't been used before.. something unique, only for us! Something not too RNB, but not too alternative.
And I think my sister, Erica, would agree, that the songs I was looking for were not easy to find!

With that, our videos can be found here:
Melchor & Ria's Photo AVP
Melchor & Ria's On-site AVP
Also with Nelwin Uy's slideshow, he used the song of Snow Patrol - Signal fire. The video can be found here.

Please comment and... Enjoy!