Got married to the Doctor! Part 3: the church, food, cake, and flowers

Previously, in The Islander Girl…
Adrian and I got married! Our wedding was Doctor Who-themed! Our prenup video had us escaping from Darth Vader, a stormtrooper, and a Cyberman, and traveling through space and time! The groom dressed as the Tenth Doctor! I had a headpiece made of stars! And now, the venues, food, and flowers…
The church:
Wedding venue was Nuestra Senora de Gracia Parish in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati AKA the site of almost every telenovela wedding ever. Despite its stately facade, NSDG is actually smaller on the inside. Seating capacity is around 200-230 people (5 people/pew X 2 pews/row X 20 rows)ย with a relatively short aisle: save the long train for a different church.

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Our reception was in the garden of the Monasterio de Guadalupe next door.ย The garden is in the middle of the monastery and with some planning, was able to accommodate 2 long tables, 21 round tables, 2 buffet setups, the couple setup, the band stage, the projector screen, and the TARDIS.
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The monastery let us use their airconditioned library (where I got my makeup touched up and stored the wedding cake) and their non-airconditioned recreation room (became the storage area for our suppliers). The monastery has toilets on the first floor for visitors but since their staff don’t maintain those during events, my ninang (who operates a restaurant maintenance company) hired two staffers to keep the toilets clean and restock toilet paper throughout the reception.
Weekend weddings are scheduled for 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, while the garden can host one event per day.

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Got married to the Doctor! Part 2: the wedding garb

Previously, on The Islander Girl…

Adrian and I got married! Our wedding was Doctor Who-themed! Our prenup video had us escaping from Darth Vader, a stormtrooper, and a Cyberman, and traveling through space and time! And now, for the wedding preparations…

Our wedding clothes were inspired by a few key Doctor Who looks.
Adrian’s suit was the easiest part: of course he wanted the Tenth Doctor’s suit ๐Ÿ˜› He already had the brown suit made but he wanted the blue pinstripe suit for a more formal look. We couldn’t find the exact navy blue with red pinstripes so we got navy blue with light blue pinstripes instead (thanks Divisoria!). Not exactly accurate but close enough. Shoutout to Mang Mando (Kamuning Market) for making the time to make Adrian’s suit! Apparently, Adrian had recommended Mang Mando to everyone who asked about his brown suit and Mang Mando got so many orders to the point that he almost didn’t have the time to make Adrian’s blue suit.

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My wedding dress was a custom dress by Ann Cuatico-Mansueto.ย The first design that Ann and I talked about was based on the Constance Reformation dressย but with an additional French lace overlay. I’d initially wanted just the Constance dress but my mom insisted that it was “too plain” and needed lace. Oh well. Unfortunately, no matter what Ann did with the cut, I still ended up looking bigger than I actually am. I guess the flowy dress look isn’t for everyone. The added lace also prevented the dress from being swishy so it just became bulky.

The second dress design was the result of a mishap with the lace. The French lace for my gown was a wedding gift from an uncle who works for a lace factory in New York (thank you Tito Junjun!). My uncle gifted me with three yards of gorgeous uncorded white lace in June 2015. However, because of the first dress’ flowy design, the narrow width of the lace, and the scalloping at the ends of the lace cut, three yards wasn’t enough. My uncle then brought an additional four yards when he visited the Philippines for Christmas 2015. However, the lace he got was one yard of uncorded white lace and three yards of corded ivory lace. Ann and I toyed with the idea of alternating the white and ivory lace to make them fit but decided on making an entirely new dress using just the three yards of ivory lace. Because of the limited lace, the second dress was cut closer to my body and had a semi-mermaid skirt instead of a full skirt. The lace mishap turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the second dress turned out so much better than the first one. It was gorgeous and it matched my body type. I’m so happy with it <3 Ann’s team saved one scalloped edge to use as an accent to cover the join at the waist and to use as tiny sleeves. They also added some minor beading to the dress and salvaged additional lace for the train.

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LOOK AT IT!!! IT’S SO PRETTY!!! <3

My headpiece was custom-made by Steph Lopez of Flow Jewelry and Crafts. I asked for a headpiece with stars and touches of blue for a traveling-through-space-and-time feel. Steph used silver, pink, and gold metal stars in two sizes, blue and clear glass beads, and wire to make it. Steph sent me photos first before delivering so that I could comment and make changes if necessary. She didn’t need to change a thing. It was perfect.

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My makeup was by Chichi Sotomilย and hair by Rommel Escobido . Truthfully, I know next to nothing about makeup (the only thing I’m sure of is that I need to use VMV Hypoallergenics because I’m allergic to a lot of stuff). This is why I ran all of the makeup artists’ portfolios past Anna ๐Ÿ˜› Anna initially recommended Mayone Bakunawa because she liked what Mayone did for her friend’s wedding about two years ago. Mayone wasn’t available but she did give me a list of makeup artists that she would vouch for. Chichi was included in the list. After much discussion with Anna and moving stuff around in the budget, I decided to book Chichi even though her fee was way more than what I had planned to spend for HMU because I wanted to be absolutely sure that I’d look drop-dead gorgeous on our wedding day. Looking at our wedding pictures, I think it was money well spent.

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I requested for the dark red lipstick (“Studded Kiss” by MAC is love) because I wanted to look classic.ย For the record, I didn’t wear a veil during the ceremony because I wanted my face to be seen clearly in all the photos ๐Ÿ˜› Chichi’s airbrush makeup withstood a non-airconditioned church and a garden reception in March. You can’t get any better than that.

I’d planned to have the test makeup done on the day of the prenup shoot but Chichi couldn’t do it because she’d just had her baby (the prenup shoot was in December) and couldn’t travel to Pasig from Las Pinas. In the end, I decided to trust Chichi’s skill and not have a test makeup session anymore. Plus money. Haha.

I bought my wedding shoes from Hush Puppies. Yes, Hush Puppies! I have flat feet so it was a pleasant surprise to find out that Hush Puppies has a formal wear line. Unfortunately, the local stores don’t carry it so I had to order the shoes from Amazon and a friend of my mom’s who lives in California brought them to Manila. The color is called “bone” and the shoes matched my ivory gown.

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More blog posts to follow! Food! Photo and video! Lots of Doctor Who goodness in everything!

Got married to the Doctor! Part 1: the prenup shoot

This blog hasn’t been updated lately for a whole slew of reasons, but I hope to change that in the coming weeks. First major post in the series: we got married!

Adrian and I are big fans of Doctor Who, so when it came time to decide on the wedding theme, it was a relatively easy decision. Well, it could have been a Star Wars wedding but since our friends Rej and Oneal already did it a few years ago, we wanted something different.

The prenup shoot was the middle step (the first step was designing the invitations). Adrian and I came up with the rough outline for it: a series of adventures through space and time. Guess who his favorite Doctor and my favorite Companion are? ๐Ÿ˜›

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Yes, I know that Martha wears black leather bootlets instead of sneakers but the sneakers were a personalย touch. Adrian’s had his brown Tenth Doctor suit since NexCon 1. This was an excuse to wear it again.

We shot it in a day in Summit Studios in Pasig. Almost everything was shot against a green screen for Adrian to replace with backgrounds later.

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Aunardย took the photos and videos, with direction from Adrian. Thanks Aunard!

Major thanks to all of our lovely friends who helped out:

Maid of Honor Anna, who did my makeup because I can’t be trusted to do my own makeup for something like this:
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Mika, who is probably the smiliest Cyberman ever, and Beejay, who shot multiple scenes of being a great stormtrooper (AKA not actually hitting anything) so that we’d have three troopers in the hallway:

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And Manny, who donned the uncomfortable Vader suit for several hours. Here he is standing in front of an electric fan to cool down between takes (just follow the glowy buttons):
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Adrian did the cinematography and edited the video.

There was a lot of running around:

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And things added in post-production:
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And of course, kickassย opening credits:

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Adrian and I had to re-record our lines the night before the wedding. So yes, Adrian was still editing and rendering the video up to 3am on the day of the wedding. Because of the limited time, the video we showed at the wedding was shorter than what we initially planned. But since Adrian has a George Lucas streak AKA keeps on going back to his previous work to improve it, I’m notย posting the video here because he’s still fixing the audio ๐Ÿ˜›

Up next: the wedding preparations!

The books I gave for Christmas

I admit it: I love giving books as gifts because 1) it’s always a challenge to come up with something that the recipient will like, and 2) getting it right is a huge rush. And hey, books are gifts that keep on giving because you can always pass them around when you’re done with them ๐Ÿ™‚

The books I gave this Christmas:

“Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin

  • To whom: Mom
  • Why: My mom loves her rom-com novels. After a long day at the bakery, all she wants to do when she gets home is relax AKA no thinking involved. I’ll probably give her a Julia Quinn novel next year.

“Dog Tricks” by Mary Ray and Justine Harding

  • To whom: Dad
  • Why: because we have two American Cocker Spaniels at home who my dad loves as much as his (human) children ๐Ÿ˜›

“1,000 Places to See Before You Die” (2nd edition) by Patricia Schultz

  • To whom: Mom and Dad
  • Why: because these two folks love to travel. Upon browsing the book, they were tickled to find out that they’ve already been to quite a few places on the list. Mom always says that we (her children) are way luckier than she was because we started traveling while we were still young. (My parents took me on my trip out of the country when I was 12, compared to my mom first going abroad when she was almost 30.) My mom also believes in spending her hard-earned money on experiences like traveling instead of on stuff.

“Leviathan” by Scott Westerfeld

  • To whom: my younger-younger brother
  • Why: because he likes to read (OMG IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY TO WRITE THAT). After successfully getting him hooked on Harry Potter (after many years of trying!), I steered him towards Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book gets a thumbs-up), then Eoin Colfer (he says Artemis Fowl is okay), then Rick Riordan (he loves Percy Jackson). For my encore, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with an Aurealis Award-winning steampunk novel that was also listed by YALSA as one of their “2010 Best Books for Young Adults”. Will be borrowing this book from him once he’s done with it.

“That Summer” by Sarah Dessen

  • To whom: my younger sister
  • Why: because I needed a novel targeted towards teenage girls that did not feature 1) vampires, 2) werewolves, 3) angels, 4) demons, 5) shapeshifters, or 6) some other supernatural thing. Seriously. I asked the guy at the Customer Service counter in Fully Booked if he could recommend something and all he could say was “Uhhhh….”. *facepalm* Thankfully, I remembered that Danes lent me some Sarah Dessen books via Kindle (that I haven’t read yet >_<) and Danes would never give me anything shitty.

For my other brother, my Christmas gift was doing all of his Christmas shopping and gift wrapping plus a Doctor Who shirt ๐Ÿ˜›

Happy holidays everyone and have an awesome 2012!

The coolest gift wrapping ever.

The TARDIS in Manila prior to sending by Time Lord Adrian:

The TARDIS in El Nido:

The passengers of the TARDIS:

The sonic screwdriver in action:

It lights up! Extends! Has three different sound effects!

The coolest gift packaging and the equally cool gifts just made my night. Thank you for the gift, Dear. May we have many more adventures together ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Holidays everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€

Kindle screensavers: 10th Doctor, 11th Doctor and Amy Pond (Doctor Who)

After a review of Michale Scott’s book “The Warlock”, here comes the third in my Kindle screensavers series: the 10th Doctor and the 11th Doctor with Amy Pond from Doctor Who. Can I just say that I absolutely adore David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Doctors? The 10th and 11th Doctors are tied for the position of Doctor of my heart (don’t make me pick one!). I want to smush them both ๐Ÿ˜€ And confession time: despite knowing who the Doctor’s (future) wife is, I still ship 11th Doctor/Amy Pond. If not Amy, then Rose Tyler but definitely not River Song. I firmly believe that Amy just settled for Rory – sure she loves him but I don’t think she’s in love with him and she certainly doesn’t love him as much as she loves the Doctor.

Anyway, on to the screensavers!

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How can you resist the Doctor?
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Matt Smith's smexy eyes ๐Ÿ˜›
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The reason why my brother watches "Doctor Who": Karen Gillan's legs *rolls eyes*