Thursday, August 23, 2012

Gown Inspiration and Ideas

I've been a fan of off shoulder, empire cut and silhouette designs. It is very flattering on the figure and makes one look sexy.

Sharing my wedding gown inspiration..

This is one of my favorites! I love it's simplicity and elegance.

chiffon in layers.

the brooch adds drama. I love it!
This bolero is a great cover up idea for churches that don't allow too much skin exposure. I fell in love with Rica Peralejo's spider cobweb overlay and that's when I started looking for ideas online.

following strict church dress code while still looking chic!
The simplicity of this number is what draw me to it. It exudes a very relaxed vibe which is great for beach or outdoor weddings.

a flat tummy is needed for this number. =D

love the glittery accents and the V cut back design.
What I loved about this dress is it's sweetheart neckline and it's delicate train, not to mention it's low-cut back design.

simplicity at it's finest.

The single strap draped delicately on one shoulder adds a feminine touch to an already lovely gown.

such a figure-hugger

This number is great for those who wants to hide their love handles. The ruching on the waistline helps with that and the spaghetti straps gives it a dainty look.

so what if I have bulges?

With its princess-cut design and embellishments, one can't help feel like royalty on her big day.

waiting for prince charming..

The corset type bodice is great for medieval themed weddings. The intricate beadwork wraps it all up nicely.

classic vintage

What I've come to realize is that it's not really necessary to splurge on designer-made gowns with sky-rocket prices. As long as it looks good on the wearer and it compliments the figure nicely, even an off-the-rack can pass off as a very expensive thing. All it takes is good sense and a great amount of patience to try on gown after gown after gown.

Happy hunting!

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Cross

For couples who want to give their wedding ceremony a twist in a very religious-kind-of way, you may find this idea interesting.

I stumbled upon this while reading the blog of one of my favorite author, Bo Sanchez. Read on..

the cross signifies sacrifice

The Cross
I read a beautiful article by Jenn Giroux.  She said that in the small town of Siroki-Brijeg in Croatia (Population: 13,000 people), not one single divorce has been recorded. 
Why?  Personally, I believe it’s because the “old fashioned” values are still part of their life and culture.  And a powerful expression of these old fashioned values is a beautiful twist in their wedding ritual.  (If you’re wedding is near, read carefully.  You may want to include this for your wedding rites.)
In our present wedding ceremony, the priest says at the end of the rites, “You may kiss the bride.”  But in the town of Siroki-Brijeg, the priest says, “You may kiss the cross.”  And both of them kiss Jesus in a crucifix.
Let me backtrack a bit to the start of the ceremony.
When the bride and groom enter the church, they already carry a crucifix.  The first thing the priest does is to bless it.  And as the man and the woman say their vows, they are holding on the cross—with the priest’s stole draped on top of their hands (Note: the stole is the long piece of cloth around the priest’s neck)
After the vows are said, they won’t kiss each other.  They will kiss the cross.
The newly wed couple will then bring home the crucifix and set it on the family altar.  Around it, they will establish daily family prayer.  That daily family prayer says that Jesus is the center of their family life.  When they are blessed, they sing their gratitude around Jesus.  When they are in trouble, they kneel at the foot of the cross. When they are fighting, they look at His kindness, His forgiveness, and His selflessness as an example of what they should do.
When you marry someone, you’re not looking for an ideal partner.  You’re looking for a cross.
Yes, my wife is my cross.  Because loving her isn’t convenient.  If I wanted to remain comfortable, I should have remained single.  But I don’t want to remain comfortable.  I want to remain committed. 
Yes, my wife is my cross.  My beautiful, lovely, glorious cross.  Because she has brought me closer to God and enlarged my capacity to love.

Isn't that just lovely?

Funny how we Filipinos refer to getting married as "lumagay sa tahimik" which is literally translated as "to place oneself in peace" when we know full well that it's not a life of peace that we're getting ourselves into.

If only we remember the true fact about marriage, and prepare ourselves for it, then there would be less disappointments and maybe much less broken or failed relationships.

Read the rest of the article here.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lessons from Habagat

We were informed that something to the effect of typhoon "Ondoy" is unlikely to happen again for a very long time. Yet, here we are, just barely 3years after, being hammered again by nature's wake up call.

I know that many of us are in the middle of our wedding preps. Some would even have their weddings celebrated today. It may look like a very unfortunate event but in the midst of the devastation of the "Habagat"  (Southwest Monsoon) we are taught some very valuable lessons that we tend to forget during the hustle of wedding planning.

The things we fuzz about are actually just trivial - Soon-to-be-wed couples fall into the trap of getting to hyped-up about trivial things thinking that it's of utmost importance. The perfect program, the perfect dress, the perfect flowers. But perfection, is something that is impossible and we put ourselves into the precarious edge of disappointment if things don't pan out the way we wanted it to.

Storms too shall pass -  No matter how tough planning becomes, no matter how impossible the odds may seem, there's always a silver lining among the clouds. Problems can always be sorted out and options always present itself.

At the end of the day, what matters is that we're with our loved ones - times like this makes us realize that it doesn't matter if the linens don't match, the quartet too expensive, the food too typical and the budget too low. There's just so many things that still need to be done but stripped of all these and what's left is just our desire to pledge our commitment to each other. At the end of the day, we're just happy and content that we are with the one we love.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Japan Film Fest

If you and/or your partner is a movie buff, take part in this year's Ega Sai (Japanese Film Festival.) Splurge on your munchies since this is totally for free. 

It would be screened in 4 different locations namely:

Shangri-La Plaza Mall - July 6 to 15
Gaisano South Citimall, Davao City - July 20 to 22
Ayala Center, Cebu City - August 7 - 12 and
U.P. Film Institute, UP Diliman - August 15 - 21 

Eric is more the movie addict and not me. However, I decided to give this a go to have a taste of something different. Anyway, I've always wanted to watch the French Film Festival in Robinson's Galleria so this is a great way to get immersed. 

Me and my girlfriends were able to catch the "Peak - The Rescuers." 

It was about the the rescuers of the snow-covered Northern Alps. Given the simplicity of the plot, it was a very amazing movie which has a very inspiring story to tell. It was light, bittersweet and triumphant all at the same time.  True enough, the crowd gave a loud appreciative applause afterwards.

Having watched this film made me realize how far back our own movies are which is kind of sad.


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