Jeff and Ria

You know how I love weddings. So when I saw this video of my elementary classmate’s wedding on facebook, I couldn’t help watching it again and again. And watching it was not enough, I just had to share it here in my blog. The couple looks really great together and it was such a lovely wedding. Congratulations and best wishes to Ria and Jeff! Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Weddings in June

June is a famous month for weddings. I wondered why getting married in June is considered good luck so I googled and found some explanations. Some relates it to Juno, the goddess of marriage, from which the month was named after. Back in the middle ages, June was also traditionally considered as the marriage month because people were clean from their annual May baths. There could be more explanations to this but it’s not really that much of a big deal for me. Choosing the wedding date is all up to the couple.

So, this month I attended two weddings. I love attending weddings. I love seeing the bride in her gorgeous wedding dress, and my favorite part is when she walks down the aisle towards the altar where the groom awaits. I also love seeing people all dressed-up for the occasion. One thing though, in all three weddings that I’ve been to, all of them have the motif of blue. So another question would be, why the color blue? ๐Ÿ™‚

Alvin & JLย 

June 2, 2012
St. Joseph Cathedral, Tagbilaran City
Reception at Bohol Tropics Resort

The newly weds with some Bohol tour guides

I met Alvin in our tour guiding seminar a couple of years ago. As aspiring tour guides, our group easily got along with each other and became friends. When Alvin’s wife, JL, delivered their first baby, I was one of the first people who visited them in the hospital. Then they chose me to be one of Chelsea’s (their daughter’s) godmothers. Chelsea is my first god-daughter! It was such a delight to be given a special part in her life. After a year Alvin and JL’s second child, a cute baby boy named Basti, was born. What a lovely family! Once again this year I was given the chance to be a part of another special occasion, their wedding. I couldn’t be more grateful. I wish them all the best in life! ๐Ÿ™‚

Milbert & Analyn

June 14, 2012
San Antonio De Padua Chapel

Milbert and Analyn are two of my good childhood friends. Our friendship started when we became Altar Servers several years ago. We haven’t been in touch with each other in a long time. I was surprised one day when Manoy sent me a chat msg inviting me to their wedding. I was surprised! I had known that they’ve been a couple for a while now but it’s different when they take it to the next level, the M life. I am utterly happy for them! One more thing, they’re expecting their first baby in September. I am so excited! Cheers to the lovely couple! ๐Ÿ™‚

I and the happy couple ๐Ÿ™‚

with Almira

my childhood buddies

Attending their wedding also means seeing my other childhood friends. It’s been a really really loooonng time since I last saw them so it was so great to be with them even just for a few hours. We didn’t have much time to catch up with each others lives but really, just being with them was more than enough for me. It was the icing on the cake. I look forward to spending more time with them soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

Photos by roxipie

Jinibebe

Okay, so after posting the pictures from the wedding, I just couldn’t go on without saying anything about the bride, who is a very dear friend to me. Jenevieve or Jen as we all usually call her (and sometimes Jinibebe for me), is one of my group mates in my major subjects in college. She is such a sweet sweet girl with that distinct childlike way of talking. That was actually what I first noticed in her. Bakit ang bagal niya magsalita?,ย I used to wonder. It might bother you a little at first but you’ll get the hang of it after a while. Eventually you’ll realize that it’s one of the things you’ll like about her. She’s smart,ย diligent, responsible and not to mention, OC- in a very good way. Believe me, you could definitely use someone like her in your group. But I should also tell you that she’s a perfectionist. She’s very committed and determined to do the best in every work and she radiates this to everyone in the group. Jen is also malambing and super makulit!! Better watch when her kulitness strikes!
Among my group mates, Jen was the last person I could imagine to marry. Not only was she the youngest among us, but she also hadn’t been in a relationship for quite a while. Plus, she wasn’t the type of girl who would go through marriage sooner. I witnessed how attached she is to her ย family and I thought it would be difficult for her to let them go. She was their baby girl. So when I found out about her engagement, I was like– Jen’s getting married!!!? I was surprised and excited at the same time!
Not long ago, our other batch mate also got married with someone she met during her internship in the US. So when Jen also met someone (also during her internship in the US), I would tease her and say that she’ll be getting married next. And true enough, nag-dilang anghel ako!!! Jen did get married next!
Despite the fact that I was miles away from Manila, I wouldn’t dare miss a dear friend’s wedding. To be honest, I was also very curious about her fiance and was concerned if he was really the one for her. It hasn’t been long since she met the guy so I thought Jen must have fallen hard for him.The last thing I wanted was for her to get hurt. Given the cultural difference and the length of their relationship, I couldn’t be too sure until I meet him personally.
And so came the big day. It was nice to be with friends whom I haven’t seen in a long time. We were so thrilled to see the wedding. We didn’t get a chance to talk/chika-chika with the bride but it was clear to us that she was very happy. Jen looked really lovely in her wedding dress. Seeing her walk down the aisle with her parents was very touching that I almost cried. Mike himself was an equally handsome groom. He was obviously in love with Jen. It was all over his face as he watched the bride walk to him. I couldn’t be happier for the both of them. The garden wedding did not push through due to the rain but it didn’t stop the sheer joy and love reflected in everybody’s faces on that special day.

Mike and Jen

Let the pictures say it all! This is the first friend’s-wedding I’ve attended. I’m so glad to be a part of their special day. Best wishes to the lovely couple! ๐Ÿ™‚