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Terry’s slideshow

Hi!  If y’all care to see Terry’s slideshow for Jay and I, here it is:

Step 1: visit

Step 2: click on “CLIENT ACCESS”

Step 3: enter password: TANK

Step 4: click on “slideshow” and it will take you to “CATHY & JAY: THE WEDDING”.  Wait for the images to load as it’s in flash and then… ENJOY!



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Supplier Rating: Cake Concepts

Our cake was just yummy!  We chose a fondant chocolate cake because Jay and I love chocolate, and we gave out pieces of the cake once people started dancing and were so happy to find out that it was still yummy and moist inside.

This was my design inspiration (from Martha Stewart Weddings, of course!):


Something Maite (of Cake Concepts) pointed out to me when we chatted was scale. The image above is a small cake, that’s why it can sit pretty on a cake stand 🙂  It would be weird to have a cake for 400 people on a cake stand, so we had to improvise, which suited us just fine because it turned out just as we had imagined it to look like:


5 stars for Cake Concepts and Maite!

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Supplier Rating: Angel, Tropical Blooms

5 Stars for Angel.

Angel had to deal with a lot… my mom wanted high table settings, I wanted the low ones. He told me that it might be hard to get pink peonies and that I may have to settle for white, and I basically said IwantpinkpeoniesandI’mgonnagetpinkpeonies!  In so many (nice) words :).
I think Angel had a Tagaytay wedding that he had to go to on the same day as mine, but believe it or not, he prepared for both. He requested to have access to the Rigodon Ballroom at exactly 12:01 AM on November 24, and started setting up bright and early so that come reception time, things were lookin’ money.

The ento flowers looked fresh. My peonies looked good enough to eat. They were plump and the most perfect blush hue – I just stared at them for like 10 mintues straight before I put them down to have something to eat (for lunch).


 I kept them days after and I ended up giving them to my Tita who works at the Peninsula Hotel to thank her for all of her help.  Unfortunately, the flowers were left at her office when they had to flee because of the coup attempt.  Argh!

As for the styling, Angel captured the little drawings and cut-outs I had in my wedding scrapbook to a T.


Entourage on the dance floor after their dancing entrance… waiting for Jay and I to enter (notice the lanterns and the slim drapings.. didn’t want it to be too heavy with the drapes, and actually, we only covered 2 of the chandeliers as we wanted to have them out cos sayang if you cover them, they’re really gorgeous).


Notice that you can see our faces and expressions!  That’s cos we had low table settings and you didn’t have to strain your necks to catch a glimpse.  

My advice to other brides out there is to book Angel because he’s so talented, easy to work with, and he executes on the day of. The only con for me was that he hardly ever checked his e-mail, and if he did, he wouldn’t reply over e-mail (but text or call me directly), but again, as the bride, you have to get used to people not communicating with you in your preferred medium. Some people like e-mail, some don’t – so we compromise and everyone’s happy.  Tropical Blooms’ website leaves much to be desired, but show him your pegs and he’ll execute it – just remember to manage your expectations.  You can’t achieve the settings of your dreams with a teeny budget – but add a bit more and use local flowers and you then make room for Angel and his team to work their magic.


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Chinkie Uy Agregado/Metro Eventscape Planners

Yup, this is a supplier review.

Chinkie Uy Agregado and Metro Eventscape Planners: 5 (out of 5) stars

Chinkie was very different from the other two planners I interviewed (JP and Nenita Zagala). She was around 15 minutes late and sleep-deprived when we first met, which normally wouldn’t bode that well for a supplier meeting, but for some reason I was ok with it. She was a lot warmer and easier to talk to, in my opinion, than the other two suppliers, and it didn’t feel like a stiff “interview,” which it kind of felt like with the others; it was more of a coffee date with a friend. I tossed out a few images from my scrapbook, a few ideas, and she contributed her own ideas as well, and then for the most part, we just kind of chatted and got to know a little bit about each other. I just followed my instincts with this one, as I tend to do with most of my decisions, and I called up Jay and my Mom to tell them that I think I had found a coordinator who we could all work with that same afternoon after our first meeting.

In terms of personality: Chinkie is one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve ever met, so hands-down, she gets 5-stars in this department.

For promptness and correspondence: She’s not great with e-mails, but I have high expectations since I work in media and check my work mail every minute. That being said, she will get around to answering your queries over e-mail, but it may take a quick text to her to remind her to check her e-mail. If you’re the kind of person who needs to get an email reply within the day – you should make this very clear with your suppliers, so that you don’t have mismatched expectations. Chinkie is much better with phone calls and will pretty much tell you what you need to know if you just give her a quick call. The only times that she didn’t answer that promptly were over the weekends (when she’s on the job as most weddings are over the weekend) or late at night (when she’s asleep!).

Looking back, I think I would sometimes get apprehensive because Chinkie has a really relaxed way of doing things, so I would be thinking, “Hmm… does she really know what she’s doing?” But about 2 months before the wedding she went full throttle. She would call often throughout the week or text to confirm appointments or payments; she mediated between a problematic supplier and I. She made little tweaks and suggestions on how to make the day-of run smoother. One of those suggestions was the hagads – we had… 6 hagads 8 hagads guide us through Manila traffic, which came in so handy on the day of (imagine this route – Makati-Alabang-Makati – on a Saturday afternoon/night!).

She exceeded our expectations and her staff was professional throughout our wedding. We didn’t hear a single complaint from any of our guests – and our entourage enjoyed being told what to do, and when to do it. I’m sure there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong or did go wrong – but Jay and I were oblivious to them because we were too busy having fun, and I think this is testament to a job well done on the coordinator’s part.



Chinkie and her staff made the day a seamless flow of one fun event after another, and for this we are truly grateful.


To reach Chinkie, please click here or text her at (0917) 328-1893. Images 1 & 3 by Jill Lejano. Cliquebooth image by Clique, the party photobooth. For more images, click here.

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The Barong Tagalog

Countdown: 4 months left

I’ll spare you the history of the ‘national attire’, which you could read about here. But as pimp as I would look in a suit, there was no doubt I was going to put on a Barong for my wedding.
I’m Filipino. Cathy’s Filipino. Our wedding is Filipino. The Barong Tagalog is Filipino.
When Cathy walks down that aisle and I’m trying my hardest to hold back the waterworks (by the way, Cathy thinks my emotional pulse is not unlike that of a robot and is confident I won’t shed a tear), I want to make sure I’m at least breaking down in style. What I love about the Barong Tagalog is that it looks vintage and old school, but brings so much class and style. That ‘untucked’ look with a buttoned up collar and long sleeves exudes confidence but stays comfortable at the same time. Coupled with a crisp pair of pants and spanking new shoes, I will definitely hold my own at the Big Day.
Now, all I have to do is find one to wear.
I actually found material this past weekend which I thought would look great, but upon further research on the Barong Tagalog, I found some nifty designs online that I may like to look at. I won’t put up any sample images, because I want to surprise Cathy, but I’m excited to find that right one and get it tailored to my specifications.
It’s also going to be great to see all my best men and groomsmen decked out in a Barong Tagalog! Especially on my good buddy Kai Paul. A strapping young American man (but Indonesian at heart), well over 6 feet tall, and fiery red hair that would put Conan O’Brien to shame. Him, in a Barong Tagalog. Priceless.


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A Michi Calica bride

My friend and old dance-mate, Maiga, had a rustic wedding ceremony in Vermont last month.  Her and her then-fiancee and now-husband kicked-off the year with a reception here in Manila, but they finally had a chance to exchange vows and make it official in May. 

Maiga and I always have these funny life intersections and coincidentally, she picked Michi Calica as her designer, too.  Great minds think alike, Maigs! 😉

She was kind enough to let me post a few pics from her wedding.  She was an out-of-town bride and she told me that, generally speaking, Michi was great to work with.  It makes sense as Michi also told me that she’s used to working with out of town brides – which bodes well for Jay and I and a handful of our out of town entourage members who can only e-mail their measurements and will probably have time for one fitting (if that) when they arrive.

 A few images from her wedding:

Lovely spring colors!

This is such an awesome candid shot… Maigs said that she had a bongga train to go along with the dress 🙂 but because of the rain, she couldn’t wear it because it would’ve just gotten soaked.  Oh well – she still looked gorgeous. 

Glowing with happiness 🙂

First dance!


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Jay and I are deciding between the Ateneo de Manila Glee Club and the UA&P Chorale.  Both of them sound pretty good (we’ve listened to their samples online, googled them and read bits and pieces about them, watched videos on their websites, looked through their photo albums…) and they seem pretty much at par with each other.  The clincher will be when we hear UA&P at a church wedding ceremony (that we’re going to ever so quietly crash… you won’t even know that we’re there) this Saturday, and when we hear Ateneo at a rehearsal in 2 weeks. 

UA&P charges P5,000 less than Ateneo (who charges P20,000 for a 16-member choir + P1,000 for the pianist).

We heard that Ateneo can sing the song that we want to hear (seee-cret) after Fr. Francis pronounces us as Mr. and Mrs. Lara (whoa… that’s the first time I’ve ever written that with us in mind and not Jay’s parents… ha!).  But we’ll really have to hear the rest of their repertoire.  And UA&P’s obviously.  Btw, UA&P is Jay’s alma mater.  We have no ties to ADMU 🙂 My dad was UP Prep and then UP Diliman and my mom was a scholar at Philippine Women’s University. 




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 SO HARD!  We’ll have to come back to this post in 2 weeks to let you guys know which one we decided to go with.  If you have any stories to share (esp wedding-related ones) about either one of these groups, please share!

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