Happy Christmas, Cherries!

Merry & Bright

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Of course, I wouldn’t let this day pass without greeting each of you, my dear cherries, a Happy Christmas! Hope you spent the day with your loved ones, snuggling under the warm embrace of their company. The day has not ended yet, so enjoy the rest of it… and here’s me hoping that the days to come will be merry and bright like today. Happy Christmas, loves! Cheers! 🙂

xo,
Bev

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B & Francisco’s It’s Friday I’m In Love Wedding

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Today is special, really special. Exactly a year ago, in front of our family and friends, my husband Francis and I vowed to love each other forever. I can still vividly recall that day. It was a Friday – a glorious early Friday morning, to be exact. And we made all our guests take a leave from work (or school), wake up really early to attend our wedding. Oh, they must love us so!

I remember my bridal car carefully approaching the church and I saw each one of those familiar faces, all up and giddy on that early Friday morning. We must be so weirdly crazy to make them to do that, and I was just so happy that they came. It was an intimate affair, attended by only 75 guests, and coordinated by family and friends.

There were so many things I recall that day – too many precious snippets of memories – but if there’s one memory I would forever cherish, it is this: I started approaching the church doors, walked my way to the aisle, and for the first time, saw my groom. It is as if for one quick second, time froze. This is it, I thought, this is it. I’m marrying the love of my life. My best friend. My English Breakfast Tea latte co-drinker. My forever movie date. My lobster. My Puso.

It was our Day 1… and we have forever to go.

Happy 1st Anniversary, Francisco! ♥ ♥ ♥ See you later! ♥

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And because I’m uber happy today, I’m sharing with all of you our sweet, sweet memories from a year ago. 🙂 Cheers!

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Our wedding was vintage inspired – and what perfect way to uphold this than holding our ceremony in a 300-year old church and our reception right in the church courtyard. Don’t ask me what exactly our wedding theme was, I’m really quite unsure myself. Ha! 🙂 I just knew what elements I wanted to see, and that’s how we decorated the place. We used old family treasures (vintage vinyl record, old typewriter, old books from the family library, etc.) as decors in the reception.

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Our wedding was a true product of “labor of love” not just because of the DIYs (it took me 3 months – and a number of You Tube tutorials on wire looping – to finish our rosary wedding cord!), but also because the entire wedding preparation was a family group effort (we didn’t have a coordinator!). We decided we wanted to be 100% hands-on on the wedding. I would admit that it was really hard and oh-so-stressful (giving directions to the florist while getting dressed, picking up the favors a day before the wedding – we had potted herbs so had to make sure they were fresh from the supplier, staying up late at night to cut the wedding invites, etc.), but in the end, everything was worthwhile because we achieved what we wanted and how we wanted it, and everybody who helped with the wedding did what they did because they loved us. Yes, our wedding was intimate, it was simple beyond words, but it was also very heartfelt. And I think it’s all that matters. 🙂

It was a Friday. And we were (still is!) in love. Here’s the rest of our wedding! ♥

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Wait! There’s more! Don’t forget to watch our SDE by Jake Olaso!

The Photo Gallery:

The Dream Team:

Photography: Nez Cruz  | Videography: Jake Olaso Wedding Films | Ceremony Location: Santuario de San Pedro Bautista  | Reception Location: Brother Sun Sister Moon Garden (church courtyard) | Bridal Gown and Mother of the Bride Dress: Sheril Garcia-de Asis | Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever 21 , Petit Monde , Mags  | Groom’s Attire and Groomsmen’s Attire: M Barretto  | Bridal Shoes: Yosi Samra |  Reception & Event Design, Floral Design: Groom’s Brother + Rare Elements | Chair Rentals: Botafogo | Wedding Cord, Ceremony candles, Invitations: DIY | Bride’s Make-up & Hairstyling: Karen Jean Santos | Wedding Rings: Suarez Wedding Rings | Ceremony Music: Brother & Sister-in-law of the Groom + Friends | Wedding Favors: Potted Herbs by Edsa Garden House | Catering: 5LK Catering | Wedding Cake: Estrel’s Caramel Cakes

Of Dreams, Sparkles and Why I Started This Blog

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I have always been a late bloomer at everything. Well okay, just mostly. It was like being trapped into a different dimension when the rest of my co-age-brackets were doing what our-age-bracket should be doing. Take that instance when everybody else in high school were so into TV shows like F.R.I.E.N.D.S (this, I’ve watched when I was working already) and Dawson’s Creek, while I was still into those cartoons they show early morning. The time when I’ve read my first chick-lit novel in college when everybody else were busy deciding their future careers. And like this time when the rest of them were already settled in their chosen fields of expertise and here I am, pretty much undecided on what I really wanted to do — until I’ve crossed paths with my first love: Writing.

I remember when we were in high school and we were asked the classic Q, “What do you want to be 10 years from now?,” and everybody answered their “dream jobs” while I, being unsure if I am answering the question correctly, replied, “I want to write a book, and get it published.” Fast forward to 10+++ years from that moment, I could safely tell all of you that no, I haven’t written my own book. Well, to be positive about it, not yet. 🙂 But looking back, I thought, perhaps I wasn’t destined to write a book. Perhaps, I was destined to write something else. Like this, like today. I’m writing. To tell you quite frankly, deciding to put up this blog, to write on this blog, is one of the best decisions I’ve ever done. And if you’re going to ask me why, I will just leave you with this — because I abso-freaking-lutely love it.

glitter heartMy love for wedding-pretty and writing just fell together at the right place and at the right time. I’ve always wanted to put up a blog but didn’t know what to “blog about.” So after getting married, and having thousands of Pins on my Pinterest account, it occurred to me, why don’t I write about weddings? And I thought, Yah, why not?

Most wedding blogs have a certain “look” they want to be associated with. One blog would choose to be all chic, prim-pretty and would only feature weddings that look sophisticated, while the other would only feature alternative weddings. There are blogs that are dedicated to Bohemian inspired weddings, and there’s also one that features intimate weddings only. For someone recently engaged and doesn’t have a clue on what kind of wedding she likes, this kind of set-up in most wedding blogs may become confusing. Or may make you believe that there is a certain standard of “pretty”. I put up Cherryblossoms and Faeriewings mainly to bridge the “ethereal, chic, soft shades of pastels, pinks and lush flowers kind of wedding” and “the charming, whimsy, odd, the sometimes bizarre and oftentimes quirky kind of wedding” gap. I stand firm in my belief that beyond all those pretty little details, the extravagant wedding gowns, the who’s-who in your “dream team”, and all those other wedding deets you so painstakingly plan and attend to, each wedding is beautiful. The genuine love, and happiness of the couple and the guests are what ultimately makes a wedding memorable. That irregardless of how grand or humble your wedding budget is, yes my dear-bride-to-be, your wedding can be beautiful. And that is what I strive to capture here – a wide variety of wedding themes and inspirations to help you decide on what wedding you want to have.

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While I love what I do here, putting up and continuing this blog is no easy feat for me. I have a day job, so I usually do my blog posts ’til late nights. I’m going to admit that in my early months, I do stay up really late because I don’t want to miss a day without posting anything (especially when I’ve already planned for a month’s worth of blog posts). I have my own share of down times every now and then, when I think that nobody really reads what I put here. Sometimes, it even crosses my mind to just stop. But then, whenever I’m on the brink of quitting, someone, by acts of miracle or by chance, always randomly gets in touch with me and tells me that they love and enjoy what they’re seeing here. I always tell those readers that their sweet words of appreciation “really make my heart swell,” and yes, they really do. So, from the bottom of my wedding-pretty-lovin’ heart, thank you. Thank you for taking time reading and viewing my blog and thank you for always coming back. And most importantly, thank you for letting me share my passion with you.

Good night, cherries. ‘Til my next blog post. 🙂

photo sources: Gold glitter and tea cup, Sparkles and hearts, Charming pink roses