A breakfast wedding. That’s what my cousin and his bride wanted, and that was what they exactly had at Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay, Philippines – and a beautiful one, too.
Amza and Julia had only less than a year to plan. Luckily, Sonya’s Garden, which is a popular place, had an available spot in August 2014.
I’ve never been waken up that early for a wedding. That will be remembered in the family history – everybody was forced to wake up at dawn! 😉
The bridal couple and the entourage were already awake at around 4 am for styling and photo op. I felt deathly tired, but when I told my six-year old daughter to wake up and get ready for the wedding, she instantly rose.
That was one of the few instances that she woke up happily in the morning. She was so excited about the wedding. In fact, she could hardly sleep the night before. Every hour she asked, “Is it morning now?)
She was asked to be a flower girl, but she refused so many times. Julia insisted though – in a gentle way – hoping that Tuwa would walk down the aisle. But we said that if Tuwa refused, then we would walk with her, or some other member of the family. But on the day, we had no problem. She walked as though she were on a catwalk :-).
We stayed at nearby Hillcreek Gardens (check link about Hill Creek Gardens in Cavite), so we didn’t have to travel all the way from mom’s place in Makati to Tagaytay. But the other guests did. And they had to be at Sonya’s at 8 am, when the wedding ceremony would start. Speaking of early birds!
At dawn, the rain poured hard. But when the clock struck 6, the sun came out and stayed out the whole day. It was a beautiful blessed morning. If there was anything that poured, it was my cousin’s tears. He shed a lot of tears, feeling grateful for all the love from his bride and his mom. We were all touched.
The wedding had a choir and two violinists that provided live music. Beautiful number. My sister, who is not at all the emotional type like me, got goose bumps.
The photographer and/or film crew did a good job. Because right before goodbye time, they could already show the wedding video for the guests. And well-made also, like a long beautiful film trailer. I’ve never seen anything like it.
The brunch was splendid. My favorite was the tocino.
The souvenir is a flip book or flick book. Now this is interesting.
It’s a small book with a series of pictures of the guests themselves. And when the pages are turned rapidly, it looks like the people in the picture are moving.
Hubby and I simulated a fighting scene where we fought, hit each other and I strangled him in the end.
Now that’s something we never do in real life, only in flip book animation.