january 25, 2009 in manila…
as of this post, this is really the happiest day of my life. i might be speaking too soon. who knows? life may surprise me again. anyhow, while i say that this is the most joyful i’ve ever felt, it seemed that the day passed by in a blur, with me floating on the ground, not really sure the events are really unfolding. everything was so surreal. after months and months of preparations, it seemed like the day was passing by like a bullet train. huh? where did all the hours go? was i stressing out just a few weeks ago? weren’t we just booking the church and venue? weren’t we scouting for the best suppliers around? (for the whole wedding preparations, here is the link to our wedding site)
as a brief background, A LOT has happened in the past year for me and michael. i thought i just stumbled from a bad relationship into something straight from a children’s fairy tale. in a span of one year, starting from dating in january to being engaged in april, telling our parents (which was really hard keeping in mind the “hindi ba masyadong mabilis questions”), to straightening our finances (we of course, didn’t have savings for the wedding, much less for a future, as we were a whirlwind romance kind of couple), to booking wedding suppliers (photographers, videographers, jewelers, designers, florists, musicians, caterers, coordinators, etc.) looking for the best dates, booking the San Agustin Church (no other church will do for me), to finding out i was pregnant sometime in october, and then having to fast forward everything else because of that. whew! it does makes one’s head reel with even just trying to sort which things to do first. but it has to be done. what bride wants to waddle down the aisle, instead of dreamily gliding along the flower-strewn walkway? pushing through with our original date of april 25 is totally unthinkable since i would be about 7 months preggy by then. so we tried to do the impossible. just moving the church date was so tricky because couples do line up just to get married at the famed san agustin. i still insisted on having it there, wanting to follow the footsteps of my mom and dad who said their I do’s some 30 years before. after so many calls so that both the church and the reception venue are available, God answered my prayers again! we got booked on the day we will be celebrating our first year anniversary as a couple. now, how we can we go wrong with that? though the slot was for 7 pm, (a tad too late for most of our oldie relatives), we snatched it up. after that, it was easy to haggle with other suppliers on moving the date. thank god everyone else was still available! it was never smooth sailing believe me. there were times that i wanted to tug at my hair, or my hubby’s, in frustration. as the date got nearer did the stress got worse. i have not even mentioned the documents that we had to process. in the end, we made it by just holding each other’s hands, and with a lot of help from our very supportive family and friends.
and so the day dawned bright and clear..
before we knew it, we were grinning from ear to ear as everyone was congratulating us and giving us their best wishes. i wish we could do it all over it again so that this time, i could savor every minute of that day. all i was aware of, is him standing, sitting by my side, armed with the knowledge that my future is him and the children we will bring up soon. what matters is not how perfect your wedding is (although many did compliment us on this :)), but being with the most perfect person God can give you, and starting your lives at the most perfect time.
*photos by Ariel Javelosa