Supplier Rating: Threelogy

Ummmmm…. let me think…. 5 STARS, baby!

I know, I know, we’ve been been MIA. Again. But there’s just no room for blogging at the moment! Too much work and on the weekends, we recover :). But somehow we’ll get thru all of our ratings, as promised.

We heart Threelogy (Jon, Bong and CJ). We are still getting texts and e-mails from friends and family near and far who really loved the onsite AVP that they put together for the reception. Here’s the opening capture from of the video:

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We heard from different people who attended the past Wedding Expo that Threelogy showed our onsite at their booth, which is super cool ‘cos that means that they appreciated the video as well and recognize the fact that it captured Jay and I’s very loving, playful and hopeful relationship in three minutes.  That’s not an easy thing to do when you’re forced to do it right then and there, but they did it.

To see the video and read the uplifting and supportive comments from peeps everywhere who have seen the video, please click here.

All of our friends who are in the midst of wedding preps have booked Threelogy for their wedding celebrations 🙂 – yep, their work is that good!

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Post your reviews on www.SPOT.ph

Hi, everyone!

I feel like, after having gone through our wedding preps last year, I’ve realized just how we soon to be wedded couples here in Manila are actually quite a very discerning bunch – perhaps one of the most discerning. I was hesitant to post this for fear of a self-promotion backlash, but then I was like, wait, our blog is called JayandCathy: The Wedding – and it’s the epitome of self-promotion (ahahahaha!!!). So I figure, why not just have you guys take a peek into one of my lastest work projects?

We want all of the discerning couples out there to be part of SPOT, a new community-driven website put out by the same people who have brought us the websites we all love to visit on a daily basis: Shop Crazy, PEP (showbiz gossip – you know you love that stuff!), Real Living Space blog, and the Female Network, to name a few.

Beyond the review-writing contest that we’re having until April 15 (and we use the word “reviews” and “writing” quite loosely, meaning if you have something to say and you want to say it in a sentence, then by all means, write it in just 1 sentence), I really want you all to test it out, play around the site, upload pictures and post reviews if you like. Although the site is live and it’s a public beta, we’re still a long way away from where we want it to be come our full launch. I’m sure by now, you’ve all gone to a lot of meetings with your suppliers at Starbucks, Coffee Bean or your preferred restaurant or bar. If you happen to have had good service (or not so good service…) then feel free to drop us a few lines at SPOT.  Let us know what you’re thinking.

You just look for the establishment in the search field, click on it when you find it (or ADD it if you don’t), and then you can post a review right then and there.

Of course, you have to register to post a review, but after that, do what you like, girlfriend (or boyfriend).

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Supplier Rating: Jill Lejano, Photographer

Hello, wedding preppers and web purveyors.

Before I launch into our supplier rating for Jill, first let us tell you why it’s been hard to blog. There are plenty of reasons: no dsl at home (so difficult for my techie husband) yet because we just moved into our place and have not yet been graced by a phone line; busy at work; busy fixing up our place on the weekends; and we’re still recovering from the jetlag and hangover from our 2-week vacay *that needs another vacay after it*.

We went to Bogota, Colombia, for my Kuya Fred’s (and his now wife, Natalia’s) wedding. We did lots of eating – as in eating MEAT, which they have a lot of (well, cows) in Bogota, lots of drinking, and lots of dancing. The eating, drinking and dancing combo – despite the drugs/crime/third-world status of Colombia – has a lot to do with why Colombians are so happy, I think. There’s nothing that a shot of arguadiente or an hour of salsa with friends can’t cure.

Kuya and Nat at Andres Carne de Res, dancing – what else?

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Their wedding was held at Hacienda Santibella, and it was g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s.

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Bogota itself was so interesting… it was like Los Angeles, Miami, Manila, and parts of New York balled up in one place.

Their wedding was intimate (120 people) and quaint, but still so romantic and fun to be at, and it was so worth the journey to get there. So congrats to my new sis-in-law, Nat, and to my brudda, Kuya Fred!

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On to the supplier rating for a certain Ms. Jill Lejano.

Jill’s an artist and a cool cat. She’s also a professional, she’s damn good at what she does, and she’s a lot of fun to be around. If you’re looking for a traditional portaiture for your pre-nups, or for the old stuff that you see in your Tita or Lola’s wedding albums, then Jill’s not the person to call. But if you want fun, tongue-and-cheek, and candid – the kind of stuff that should be blown-up, framed and displayed – then Jill’s your girl.

I guess, yes, she was our “second” photographer, but that’s just cos we hired her after we hired Terry. But to us, they’re both professionals and extremely good at what they do, and we’re grateful that they shared our big day with us.

A few shots of our pre-nups in Laguna (Casa San Pablo, to be exact) and Alabang:

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A few shots from the wedding:

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Although Jill took amazing digital shots (all included in our wedding album, along with Terry’s), what we really loved were her lomo/film shots.

Supplier Rating for Photographer, Jill Lejano: 5 stars.

To learn more about Jill and what she does, click here. To inquire about her wedding rates and package, please contact Jill at suplada80@gmail.com.

Don’t worry, party people. She’s not in the least bit suplada so don’t be scared by the e-mail addy! She’s game for what you and your significant other have planned for your shoots.

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Jay and I with Jill, on the dance floor 🙂

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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.

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

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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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And we’re back…

Hello, everyone.  🙂

So we’re back on WordPress… and we’re not sure we should have left, either!  Nodblog (for those who don’t know, we moved to jayandcathy.nodblog.com awhile back) was kind of weird and we thought we liked it at first because it enabled us to put in AdSense but now, we don’t really care about that and just want to share with you guys our journey to our Big Day… and beyond (yes, there are plans of blogging about life after the wedding, which is really when the fun really starts, don’t you think?).

Anyways, I’ll post stuff on here for now and will let the word-of-mouth do its thang in the wedding network/subculture that we’ve set up (blog) camp here on WordPress.

We have a lot of updates and it wouldn’t be fair to just ramble on and on about all of them in one posting, so we’ll have to pick just one thing for today.  And that would be Terry Uy’s (our main wedding photog’s) revamped website!

He uses flash so it takes quite a bit of time to load but it’s really worth flipping through all of his pictures.  We saw him at a friend’s despedida de soltera on Sunday night and he informed us that we made it into his new site!  Under the “brides and grooms” category, photo 19.

We really love Terry’s style.  He managed to capture so many of the moments that we still look back on with such fond memories, but also the ones that escaped us entirely because we couldn’t be everywhere at one time.  There was nothing contrived about him, he wasn’t a diva, and there wasn’t a moment when he didn’t have a big ‘ole smile on his face.  And believe you me, smiling for an entire day gets tiring!

Anyways, I’ll link to this post in my subsequent posting about our wedding album.  Jay and I were saying that our wedding album is the best one that we’ve seen floating around so that’s pretty high praise for Terry – cos we’ve seen a lot of albums.

On other fronts… it feels really good to be back.  And by ‘back’ I mean back to life, back to reality (to all you Mary J. fans, you know what I mean!).  When you are preparing for a wedding of enormous (I exagg… it was big but not like 1000 guests big) proportion and scale (emotional, financial, spiritual), it affects every part of your life.  At work, I was feeling torn because there was always a detail, an e-mail query, a call from my panicked mom, to field, so I was kind of distracted.  Now, I can be more present when I’m with my friends, family and at work… it’s fantastic!  I wouldn’t give up any of the lessons learned in the preparations, but we (I think I can speak for Jay) are so happy to finally start our lives together, with our proper jobs, our friends and family behind us, and a new place of our own in which to make memories… and when the time is right, start a family.

We’ll be back, but for now we leave you with the photo that made it into Terry’s site:

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Expect us to do the following this year:

1) answer your e-mails more promptly

2) post more substantial stuff, with lots of pictures

3) and to be more discerning in giving out our opinions when it comes to things wedding and post-wedding related

Thanks for all of your support and lots of love and light to all of you this 2008!

(And yes, you can also look forward to our thorough suppliers rating!)

 

 

 

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Moving

We’re moving to a new home! On the internets that is. Our new blog will be located at jayandcathy.nodblog.com. Please update your bookmarks. Thanks for reading!

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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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