It’s been a while since I’ve published – it’s been one crazy year (in the best way possible).
For starters, Mark and I are married. Not once, but twice.
Because of the pandemic, we had to push our original wedding date of April 2020 to September 2020. We thought by then, everything would be back to normal.
Ha. Jokes on us.
Rather than postponing again, we decided to get married by the church in a small, intimate ceremony on September 19, 2020 and hold back the big celebration we had planned for until further notice.
Further notice ended up being June 19, 2021 and it was 1000000000% worth the wait (will get into details in a separate post).
Everything we did for our “minimony” we planned 3 weeks before.
Thanks to the help of my AMAZING wedding planner Marylen Exposito, we were able to find an outdoor venue, Villa Woodbine, that was able to host our “intimate” ceremony (Emphasis on intimate because our version of it is 62 people – ONLY immediate family) while being COVID friendly. Talk about stressful.
Our photographer Masson Liang and videographers from Colors of Grace were available and they captured the day so beautifully.
Our bouquets, boutiuneers, aisle arrangements and dinner centerpieces were designed and arranged by my sisters and my uncle. It made the day EXTRA special.
Now, for the most stressful part of all – the dress. I had bought my original dress from Pronovias back in August of 2019 but wanted to save it for the big party. I wanted to wear it the longest and have more people see it (I know I am ridiculous but I’m glad I did). Because of the back and forth of “will I get married?” “will I not be able to?” I basically pushed back any thoughts on the wedding. A month before, I started searching online for white gowns. I didn’t want to spend too much money since we already had a blowout wedding fully paid for. I found a dress on ASOS Bridal and decided it was good enough.
That was a week until the wedding.
My sister came with me to the seamstress to tailor the dress. When I saw myself in the mirror, I HATED it. So much so, that I physically could not show any emotion – not even cry.
That night, my mom, sisters and I overnighted dresses from all realms of the internet with the final dress being from our trusty and true friend Amazon.
Yes, you read that right.
My beautiful Tadashi Shoji gown from Amazon arrived to the house the Wednesday before our Saturday wedding and it was PERFECT. Didn’t have to tailor or fix a single thing.
It was meant to be.
All in all, it was easily the happiest day of my life. This whole process of postponing, planning and re-planning is something I NEVER want to relive again (lol) but marrying Mark I would do 100 times over.
Like my dad kept saying, “it’s not about the frilly stuff, it’s about marrying the person you love.”
And that’s exactly what we did.
Here’s a glimpse of our best. day. ever.
Photo: Masson Liang
Video: Colors of Grace
Planner: Marylen Exposito
Venue: Villa Woodbine
Violinist: Music with Ruth by Ruth Jauregui
Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery
Flowers: Christy Rodriguez, Gaby Rodriguez & Jorge Salgado
Dress: Tadashi Shoji
Shoes: Alexandre Birman (similar here)
Mark’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse
Cake Topper: MRKustoms