I know I have not yet posted anything that happened during our d-day. It's been a while and things got me too pre-occupied to find the time to tell stories of what has transpired during that day. I am not going to bore you though as what I am going to tell are just the high high lights of our wedding day.
When we chose Dec. 22 as our wedding day, we did not anticipate the traffic condition that the long week-end might cause. Russell fetched me to the hotel around 1pm where I also met my two buddies and former QASs, Iris and Marcus. I was really touched with these two guys as they even filed their vacation leave just to help me out during my wedding. Anyway, my elder sister and my mom was supposed to join me as well in the room but thanks to Japan embassy. They are schedule to fly to Tokyo December 27. My sister had to rush there because something went wrong with my niece's dual citizenship. Ate learned the news that she has to come to the embassy before its closing time during the time that mom was not in house. She's doing shopping. Ate just had to call her and mom understood naman. It was a total bummer for me since aside from the fact that traffic during that time was really terrible, I got no car to use since sister and brother are using their respective cars. Di ako makapang hiram. Cab drivers refused to take us. Buti na lang may isang driver na tumanggap sa amin para i-meet ko si mama. Since it's Christmas, i doubled what I was supposed to pay him. We met mom at Megamall around 6pm na. Marcus was left in the hotel coz he had to pick up the mannequin stand that we are going to use.
Sa sobrang laki ng problema na binigay ng gown maker ko (gawa lang kasi sa Divisoria..sa supplier ratings na lang) I totally forgot about getting pedicure and manicure done. Naalala ko lang nung nasa mega kami. Halos wala ng tumanggap na salon sa akin kasi queueing talaga. Mabuti na lang ung taga Freshaire, nung nalaman na ikakasal ako kinabukasan eh naawa sa akin. Hayun, talagang inuna nila ako miski madami pang naka line up. Mom, Iris and I finally finally arrived at the hotel mga 9pm na.
Sa sobrang pagod, ang bilis ko nakatulog. 11pm pa lang tulog na ko. I woke up around 7am though what I have planned is to wake up at 9. Siguro, I was meant to wake uo early na rin kasi wala pa pala akong dress for the wedding preps! Damn. nakalimutan ko dalhin ung dress. Eh mga 1pm pa makakarating sina Russell. So again, Iris accompanied me to Robinson's Manila to buy one. But before that, my make up artist, Val Villarin was already there together with his crew. Super aga. Call time nya is at 10 pa pero 9am pa lang andun na. I got my dress around 10:30 na. When we got to the hotel at around 11, parating pa lang ang in-efficient kong coordinator (more details on my supplier ratings). After a few minutes, dumating na rin ang uber love kong photographer/videographer. It's only around 11:30 am that we finally able to set up our things as we settle on the ambassador suite of the Manila Pavillion Hotel.
Mama Val was really quick doing his job. He started with my Mom and then Iris. Russell's folks were already in the hotel at around 12 pm. Nagulantang ako sa dami nila. I didn't expect na halos 2 van ng tao ang dadalhin nila sa hotel. Ung ibang kamag anak kasi nila eh wala namang sasakyan kaya nakisabay na lang kasi mahihirapan daw kung 2 balik ng sundo at hatid ang gagawin. Mejo nainis ako nun kasi ang laki ng suite ko at may room pa si Russell pero sa dami nila, hindi na kami magkasya. Grrr...hindi ko naman maitaboy so deadma na lang. After all, mababait naman sila sa akin from the start. Natuwa na rin ako kasi talagang they took the time to come on our wedding day.
Sa dami ng tao sa room, pati ako natataranta na. Russell forgot to bring my perfume. Buti na lang, may baby cologne ako. My Daddy Ramir cooked menudo for lunch. Lugi kasi kami kung 50 people (kasama suppliers) ang pakakainin namin ng fast food. Sulit na sulit ung at madami pang natirang food sa niluto. Ang aga lang ng call time ng coordinator sa church. Mass is at 4pm. 3pm pa lang pinaalis na kami ng hotel eh ang lapit-lapit lang ng Manila Pavilion sa Malate. Grrrr!!!CHURCH
For some reason, nawala ung neck tie ng bro ko. Sayang. Sya lang ung walang neck tie sa buong entourage. Two of our male principal sponsors were late. One of my male seconday sponsor was also late din. Buti na lang may extra suit kaming dala so my Russell's brother in law was able to fill the absence. When I heard Velvet Mood played Canon in D, I knew that the entourage is starting its march na. Kakabog-kabog ang dibdib ko. Halos mabingi ako sa lakas ng ingay ng dibdid ko. When one of my coordinators told me na it's my turn na, di ko alam kung matatae
ba ko sa kaba or kakaripas ako ng takbo mala Run Away Brid
e. LOL When I heard Mark's (my QAS) voice singing Ikaw (Spanish Version), biglang nag blur lahat ng tao sa paligid ko. All I saw was my father's face. I know it's weird. It should be Russell's pero at that time, mukha lang ni Papa ang nakita ko. Siguro kasi, daddy's girl ako in its real essence. And it's time for me to say "Good Bye as Ms. Uy". I walked real slow. I remember what was told to us during our pre-cana interview. "Mahaba ang aisle. Bagalan lang ang lakad. mag bilang ng 1-5. Pag narealize mong ayaw mo pa palang magpatali, may secret passage sa likod ng church. Pwede ka pang pumara ng jeep o taxi."
When I finally reached the altar, I took off my veil and hugged my mom so tightly. I CRIED. I didn't know that most of the people who were there also cried. I only knew it after seeing a few videos captured by friends and families.
As we say our vows, we faced our dear families and friends. I saw some of them smiling and some of them crying. Kakakaiba talaga si Father Martin. The best sa lahat ng pari na nakilala ko. He was the one who conducted our canonical interview kaya sobrang personalized ng sermon. Akala nga ng ibang tao eh kakilala daw namin ung pari. When the mass ended, what we heard was "I now present you Mr and Mrs. Hernandez" walang "You may now kiss the bride" kaya kala namin di pa kissing time. LOL there was moment of silence. Until Father Martin said, "Sige na, magtukaan na kayo". Then all people laughed. Hehehehe. Shonga-shonga kami. Anyway, the ceremony went smooth. Walang naging problema.RECEPTION
For our grand entrance, we shone away from using the usual entrance song like "I love u more today than yesterday." What we had instead was "Doobidoo" by Kamikazee. At ganun talaga ang music habang naka-formal attire ang guests as in super haller!!! At first we thought that it's gonna off, but we had a different reaction from our guests instead. Uber sa tawanan talaga. Imagine naman kasi, dapat romantic (kaya nga may string quintet eh) pero may background music na "Heto na....heto na....heto na...wahhhhhhh!!!"
Tamang adik lang noh! LOL
I was really mesmerized with how Clamshell looked like during our weddding day. When you visit it kasi during day time, gusgusin talaga sya tignan compared to Le Pavilion or NBC Tent. Ang ganda ng full drapes and ng lightings na ginawa ng Sensitivity. Ang laki ng difference na nagawa ng mood lightings and city lights. Para lang may production number sa A.S.A.P. hehehehe! Nakakainis lang, naiwan ni Russell ung cord ng gitara ko. It was supposed to be a surprise for him since he hasn't seen me played "live". In addition, I also told him to bring at least 7 cases of beer but what was brought was 28 bottles of red wine. HayyYyY!!!! But all in all, our guests loved the food especially the dessert bar.
They took lost of pictures on our photo nook (na parang Shang Ri-la Rustans set up dw. LOL). My sister's in law's good friend, Jaimee was supposed to sing "Sing me a song again daddy" but she was not given the proper queue by my coordinator. What happened instead is that I sang the song. Though I knew the lyrics of the songs, for some reason I was mental blocked on some lines. I finally broke down into tears when I sang these lyrics (with very garalgal/utal-utal voice): I am standing at the thresholdOf a chapter in my lifeI am asking for your blessingAs I'm about to be the wifeOf a man I know who loves meAnd I'm proud to be his bride. Daddy the time has come for me to leave your side.So, sing me a song again, Daddy.Sing me a lullaby.Wrap me inside your arms, Daddy,'Though this is not goodbye. Your songs will live forever In my heart. When times get roughThe ones I'll most rememberAre your songs of love.
Ayan, naiiyak na naman tuloy ako. When I get to the office after a month long vacation, all of my friends told me that the most touching part of my wedding was not the exchanging of vows, not my bridal march but when I sang that song for my Papa. Joel, my emcee, said that the guests were really touched of that number. He and my other emcee, MJ were about to cry na rin kung di nga lang daw sila emcee. Si Marianne nagaulat na lang daw kasi si Lyza, ayaw paawat sa pag iyak. Ay ano na...kasal ito hindi lamay. LOL Joel further said that, me singing a song for my father was his first time to witness a "really touching father-daughter dance."
We did not have any couple's dance because we did not have the time to practice so we just decided to sing a song. Our master plan was to play a video-ala karaoke so that guests can sing along with us. But for some reason, ayaw mag play ng video. Buti na lang may copy lang ng audio ng Way Back Into Love. I am not really a singer though I can carry a tune (more of a guitarist) but Russell was really off the tune kaya nakakahawa LOL. James, my dearly loved QAA captured a video and when I showed it to Bebeh
, nahiya si tukmol. Para daw syang patay. LOL
Singing Way Back into Love
We called it a night at around 10:30 na. Mas maaga from what have expected. But I understand it though since long week end nga and most of them are from the Cavite/Pampanga/Novaliches kasi. Ang lalayo!
Sorry naman. I know I said, short lang pero napahaba. At the end of the day, na-realize ko lang na no amount of gliches should ruin the most important event of one's life. Couples should just have to let it go. After all, a wedding day is just one day. A marriage is a lifetime event to cherish.