“I want to spend the rest of my life with this woman”
These were the words that were running through Benjie’s mind when he finally decided he is ready to pop the question. Criselda was taken by surprise when Benjie brought her to a place that had a special significance to them. It was one of the very first few places they went to for their dates which has now become the backdrop for their memorable Sofitel marriage proposal.
“I wasn’t expecting the proposal that night. I actually thought that he just forgot to buy me a Christmas present and decided to take me out to dinner instead.”
Benjie and Criselda were high school mates and college course mates but Criselda was one batch lower. They have worked together as part of an art committee during college but their friendship never grew from there. It was only when they got reintroduced to each other that they were able to reconnect, get to know each other and got closer. After a year, they officially became a couple.
They say that home isn’t a place but a person. Perhaps this idea can be extended to weddings too, wherein it’s not the wheres and whens but the whos that matter most. Mil and Pam’s intimate wedding is proof that a milestone is still a milestone—no matter how many people there are to witness it.
In Philippine culture, the word “family” conjures up images of relatives down to the fifth degree (or further). So wedding parties often range from big to grand to half the population of New Zealand. While we’re sure plenty of couples have wanted to have an intimate wedding, very few actually go that route.
Meet Mil and Pam, a couple who enjoys exploring the world together. They celebrated their fifth year of being together with a trip to Japan—and ended it with a proposal, a picture-perfect jump start to a new chapter in their lives.
But the couple wanted to walk the road less-traveled. That is, they wished to celebrate such a momentous event within a tight-knit circle. And when we say tight, we really mean it. Can you imagine inviting only TWENTY people to your wedding? That probably only covers your siblings and parents right? But Mil and Pam prove that intimate wedding and Filipino can exist in the same reality. Read on for the scoop on how they accomplished such a feat.
Organizing a wedding is a cinch compared to the many challenges facing just married couples. To help you get through that definitive first year of marriage, we’ve consulted Lissy Puno, a Singapore-based counselling psychologist who is also a marriage guru in her own right.
Most just married or soon-to-wed couples are level-headed enough to know that married life is nothing at all like Cloud Nine (operative word: most). But the reality is, you’re never truly prepared for that first fight, first scream fest, or first walk out. So while we might not be there to literally hold your hand through the difficult first year of marriage (we have our own lives you know), we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do as much as we can to help.
Just Married: When the Honeymoon Ends
Marriage is a walk in the park. That is if the park were the Grand Canyon, and you’re forced to carry a 60L backpack while walking barefoot through the whole thing. In short, it’s friggin’ hard!!! And the first year is the hardest. Fights can start even before the honeymoon ends—and over the smallest things too!
“We had our first fight over salted egg. My husband was used to it being sliced, but where I came from, we peeled ours.” – Babes
“I was leaving for a work trip. My wife had taken a dump but the flush wasn’t working. Because I was feeling so much pressure at work, I ended up shouting at her over it. There was a lot of crying. I ended up missing my flight and rebooking for the next day. We laugh so much about it whenever we remember that fight.” – AE
It’s 2018 and most people are ecstatic for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. But you know what excites us the most? It’s YOUR wedding! And the 32nd Before I Do Bridal Fair is just right at the corner to help you with your planning.
This intimate bridal fair event will happen on April 6 to 8, 2018 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall 3, made possible by the much-appreciated support of their partners: Sound Level Pro, WhenInManila.com, Jeffrey Namoc Events Styling, TagaytayLiving.com, WeddingsTagaytay.com, TheTopKnotters.com, Kasal.com, Business Mirror, Jenry Villamar – Photo + Video, Mitch Desunia Apparel, Imelda’s Jewelry, Dangwa Florist, SugarPetals Enterprise & Events Management, The Mango Farm, Makeup by Anne Magadia, Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall, MSD GodSpeed and Simply Beautiful Events.
Of the four seasons, Autumn could very well be the most romantic of all. For this we bring you this amorous fall-themed editorial exquisitely put together by Project JDG Photography and La Tercera.
From a choice of intimates and robes, to romantic suits & gowns and a beautiful set up that elegantly matches the season with local details & charm, this fall themed editorial exudes a balance of modesty and sensuality. It’s been said that the excitement in love lies in leaving a little bit of mystery in one way and at one point or another. It gives room for a constant unraveling of something new to look forward to.
We love how La Tercera described the emotion and sentiment they associate with this season as a perfect inspiration for this wedding editorial.
When you strip a relationship off of its high “kilig” moments, we can only hope there’s an honest love at the core to sustain it.
There’s a certain excitement when you start dating someone. It gives you a rush as you tread on the unknown in hopes of discovering a priceless treasure. But we think the true test of a relationship comes once your adrenaline levels return to normal. What’s left after the high “kilig” getting-to-know moments? We can only hope that you have what Chip and Angeli have: an honest love.
When Chip and Angeli went to the prom together, they felt absolutely no spark between them. It was just the usual affair wherein your friend/cousin/parent finds a date for you so you can pretend to star in your very own prom movie. (Regardless if it’s “Jawbreaker”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, or “Carrie”.)
Eight years later though, when the two were merely Facebook friends, Angeli posts a random thought on her timeline. We assume she might have been ranting, which would’ve been completely forgivable for someone in her last year of medical school. Whatever it was, Chip saw it and for some reason decided to check Angeli’s relationship status. Seeing that she was single, he dropped her a line.
Most of us believe in the adage, “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be”. So the hopeless romantic (who are you looking at?) can spend countless hours daydreaming about their soulmate. But how many have actually made the right prediction?
This is the strangely wonderful thing about life. No matter how much we try to plan our lives, we can only have so much control of the future. But the universe has its way of conspiring to take us where we’re meant to be–and with whom we’re meant to be.
Meet Marius and Leslie, whose story started in the confines of the workplace. Leslie probably never thought that the UI designer she was interviewing for the company she worked for would one day become her husband.
Miko and Lea have been together for a little over two years and now they are about to walk down the aisle. But before anything else, it’s good to have something to remember prior to this end goal. Prepping for the wedding can be stressful but that doesn’t mean that you can’t insert a lot of enjoyable moments like having a safari-themed prenup shoot with The Daydreamer Studios.
Having met through a dating app, Miko and Lea wasted no time to get acquainted with each other. And even in short span of time, they discovered how they complement each other.
“We wanted to have more photos of us. We didn’t have long years as boyfriend and girlfriend and so we want to have beautiful photos captured together.”
One of the sweetest romance we know nowadays can be heard from a line of a song : “Im lucky that I’m inlove with my bestfriend..” Jeric and Hannah found just that in their friendship turned to love.
“We had been friends for four years before we got together.. “
Some of the perks when love starts from friendship are being able to just be yourself and enjoy what you truly love doing. Fate let Jeric and Hannah find each other and be in each other’s company to do just that.
“We lived life just as it is — together. And we love it that way. We walked the city hand in hand and that was enough for us.”