Married!


Hello WordPress Readers and Followers,

I know I’ve been on hiatus for almost 10 months again. Just wanted to update you if ever some of you were wondering…

After more than 5 years into a relationship with my girlfriend Leia, we finally tied the knot last December 03, 2016. It was a small intimate wedding with underΒ 30 guests including us and our wedding suppliers. For a Filipino wedding, that is close to sacrilege. Our planning actually started last summer. We also decided to get married not in our hometown but in a nearby city (Cagayan De Oro) instead.

What we had in mind was just an intimate but a really good looking wedding as much as possible with great food despite the limited budget. My wife Leia already had a detailed vision in her head how the wedding would look like. My wife is really creative and gifted in piecing together things, colours, flowers, decors, etc. She really has the eye for it despite her rather self depreciating assessment of her talents but when she presents her ideas, she is confidently ironclad.

Our first choice for venue was actually a beautiful small place with an amazing array of cakes that both looked amazing and tasted heaven. The place just happened to be too small for 20 people. Yes, 20 heads can fit but it feels to tight for freedom of movement.

Then a month or so later we heard there was a new place in the city and when we checked it out, we fell in love with the place. It was a small cafe and restaurant but that can comfortably accommodate 50 people. Aside from the aesthetically elegant interior with a hint of Parisian atmosphere, they also have great food and pastries!

Leia finally started rolling like a machine after we booked the venue. She was her own wedding planner, concept stylist and makeup artist. She even searched from the internet down to every nook and cranny.

The wedding preparation just like any other wedding preparation was riddled with stress which is normal. Yes, there were challenges and we even got scammed by a certain wedding stylist that was suppose to help execute my wife’s ideas but that is reserved for another blog post.

So to make this post as short as possible, despite the bumps and bruises we’ve finally got married last December 03, 2016. I guess we were the first couple at least here in Northern Mindanao (perhaps the whole Philippines?) to have a wedding in a cafe.

We were blessed to have amazing wedding suppliers especially our photographer Jasper Cuizon who single-handedly immortalized our simple intimate wedding.

Here’s a screencapture of our wedding that got featured in Bride & Breakfast (at least I got to upload only one image)….

Rustic Intimate Cafe Wedding - Philippines Wedding Blog

 

 

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Wish You Were Here – in Iligan City


My beautiful Leia's 27th BD last tues @ #wishyouwerehere #wshyouwrhr #wishyouwerehereiligan #iligancity #canon50mm #sunset #ayosaoiiligan

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#wishyouwerehereiligan #wshyouwrhr #tokina1116 #tokinaph #ayosaoiiligan

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#sunset #wshyouwrhr #wishyouwerehereiligan #iligancity #philippines #tokina1116 #tokinaph #tokina #ayosaoiiligan

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I love her!! #reiakhu #sunset #wishyouwerehereiligan #canon50mm #ayosaoiiligan

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RJP and Gina came to chill with us. #wishyouwerehereiligan #wshyouwrhr #lightbulbs #chill #tokina1116 #ayosaoiiligan

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Address: Circumferential Rd 3, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte
Hours:

Open today Β· 3PM–12AM
p.s. They have a new branch within the city at the former cinema theatre Plaza Cinema (just above FK Mart) –Β Address: Aguinaldo Ext, Iligan City
I will be posting Instagram photos on their city branch sometime.

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Simple Joys in CDO


#greenteagelato #gelato #simplejoyscdo #canon50mm #ayosaoicdo #5thyear

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#chocolateavocadocake #avocado #simplejoyscdo #canon50mm #ayosaoicdo #5thyear

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#ubefrappe #ube #simplejoyscdo #canon50mm #ayosaoicdo #5thyear

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#simplejoyscdo #tokina1116 #cropped #ayosaoicdo #5thyear

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#cupcakes #bunnies #couplebunnies #pastelcolors #simplejoyscdo #canon50mm #ayosaoicdo #5thyear

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My beautiful and lovely Pengpeng πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ’žπŸ’œπŸ’• #simplejoyscdo #cagayandeoro #canon #canon50mm #ayosaoicdo #5thyear

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#selfportrait #behindthelens #simplejoyscdo #canon50mm #ayosaoicdo #5thyear

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The Blood Moon


Looks more like orange to me. Taken on my 4 plus year old little handy Nikon S9100 digital camera with 18x zoom lens equivalent to 25-450mm in a 35mm format. The camera was mounted on a gorillapod.

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Luinab Trekking


Passing by power lines. #powerlines #trekking #earlybird #luinab #iligancity #mindanao #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #tokina #ayosaoiiligan

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Lost… Went the wrong way. #lost #trekking #luinab #iligancity #s9100_nikon #nikon #digicam #digicamyobz #ayosaoiiligan

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Mt. Agad-agad photobombing. #trekking #luinab #mtagadagad #iligancity #s9100_nikon #nikon #digicamyobz #ayosaoiiligan

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We encountered this. #trekking #protectearth #savetheplanet #savethetrees #luinab #iligancity #s9100_nikon #digicamyobz #instacollage

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Beautiful mountains. #trekking #luinab #iligancity #s9100_nikon #nikon #digicamyobz #ayosaoiiligan

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Heavenly. #mountains #trekking #luinab #iligancity #s9100_nikon #digicamyobz #zoom #ayosaoiiligan

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#explorer #trekking #luinab #iligancity #s9100_nikon #digicamyobz #ayosaoiiligan

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Almost there… #climb #trekking #luinab #iligancity #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #tokina #ayosaoiiligan

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Enjoying the view. #trekking #mountains #luinab #iligancity #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #tokina #ayosaoiiligan

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Glowing RJP.. #trekking #sun #mountains #shadow #luinab #iligancity #canon #canonph #tokina1116 #tokinaph #tokina #ayosaoiiligan

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Mt. Agad-agad at the distance. #mtagadagad #trekking #luinab #iligancity #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #tokina #ayosaoiiligan

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And the journey continues… #trekking #luinab #iligancity #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #ayosaoiiligan

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Break at Purok 6. #trek #waitingshed #luinab #canon60d #tokina1116 #ayosaoiiligan

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The #curve … #trek #descending #luinab #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #ayosaoiiligan

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Closer to the noise #trekking #nature #luinab #canon60d #tokina1116 #ayosaoiiligan

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Is that a spotted cow? #trek #civilization #spottedcow #luinab #canon60d #tokina1116 #summerheat #lensflare

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From the mountains to the gardens of Balay sa Hardin. #flowers #organicgarden #balaysahardin #trek #luinab #canon60d #tokina1116 #ayosaoiiligan

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The familiar #tree… #goinghome #luinab #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #ayosaoiiligan

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Ultrawinds Mountain Resort


Starship Enterprise is that you? #startrek #starshipenterprise #ultrawindsmountainresort #baungonbukidnon #mindanao #canon60d #tokina1116 #ayosaoiultrawinds

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🐧❀🐧 #love #penguinlove

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Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Gastronomia and Wines


The kitchen. #guiseppebohol #italianrestaurant #tawalapanglao #panglao #bohol #visitph #leiasfujifilm #fujifilmxa2 #fujinon1655mm #ayosaoipanglao

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Mango shake to cool the day. #guiseppebohol #mangoshake #tawalapanglao #bohol #canon60d #canon2470 #ayosaoipanglao

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Where you can buy the stuff they serve. #guiseppebohol #tawalapanglao #bohol #canon60d #tokina1116 #tokinaph #photoblog #ayosaoipanglao

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#guiseppebohol #tawalapanglao #bohol #italianrestaurant #canonph #tokina1116 #ayosaoipanglao

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Here’s from Leia’s blog:

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