We are down to 2 digits and we finally got to book our emcee and florist. Myke and I met with them (along with our coordinator, Ricci) last Monday. Yes! *pump fist*
First off, we got Kim Tan as our emcee. We actually already had someone lined up but we had to change because we will be having some Chinese guests. So, Myke and I decided to get someone who will be able to speak in Chinese so as not to make them feel leftout.
Kim is really bubbly and during our initial meeting, she already had some great ideas for our reception. I also recognized her as the bride who was featured at Weddings at Work for having the fire truck as a bridal car (cool!). Kim got details of our wedding and we initially drafted our programme for the reception. It's also kinda relieving to be able to speak to someone in Chinese cos I sometimes talk in Tag-nese (Tagalong+Chinese) :P Anyway, we will be setting another meeting a few weeks before THE day to finalize everything :)
After Kim left, we talked to Tita Belle of Biboy's Flower Shop. I had spent the morning researching and reading about flowers since I have limited knowledge on these. I already had what flower I wanted on my bouquet but I had no idea what else to put there and what flowers would be used for the entourage. So I copied the pictures from the Net to my phone and showed it to her during the meeting.
It has taken me a while before I could urge myself to write about, I'd say, one of the heart-breaking moments in my life. Those of you who are close to me know about CJ, my dog. You'd know how much I love him and would often regale you with his cute antics that made him so dear to me and my family. But last June 3, CJ passed away and left us wondering if we should again invest so much love to one being that could ultimately hurt us more and leave us with an empty space in our hearts.
Charlie Jr or CJ is the son of our first dog, Charlie. He was born with a sister but it was dead when her mom gave birth to her. That's why CJ was so special with us, he was the only pup that survived. Even when he was little, CJ was really sweet and unlike his dad, he is not queasy whenever you want to hug him. He was a good dog, one that we could rely to guard our house. People are afraid to venture into our yard because of CJ (and his dad). One memorable trait of CJ was that he has a way of letting you know if he wants to go out, is hungry or thirsty. He would whine and bark to get your attention and when you ask if what he wanted to do (like, "CJ, do you want to go out?"), he'd respond by yelping and barking. It's as if he could understand what you were saying and he was somehow trying to answer back. He was very loyal to me and would always stick close to me whenever I am home. When there were times that I'm really down, I'd take him with me and we'd sit together in our front patio. CJ and I would just sit there on the steps - I'd be quietly thinking (sometimes crying) and he'd just be still, sitting close to me. Always ready to lend a hug. Like a friend who never needed to say anything but just lets you know, he's there. I remember telling him, "Wag mo ko iiwan ha." and he'd just look at me or would sometimes snort and go look around the yard. It was as if he was telling me that he couldn't promise that or maybe it was too much for me to ask...
A little over a hundred days and it's our big day. Myke and I have been very busy this past few weeks - we have had to finalize the venue for the engagement shoot, coordinate with Ricci regarding the emcee for the wedding reception, had our engagement shoot and sat down with our Hizon's planner for detailing and food tasting.
For the detailing with Hizon's, I was almost clueless so Apple's tips (based on her detailing experience) that she had posted at W @W was really helpful. I'd be posting here the details that you would have to decide on during detailing so other would-be brides wouldn't be so overwhelmed.
Our coordinator, Ricci had made the necessary arrangements with Drew (our planner) regarding the food tasting and detailing. I haven't met Drew before we had our detailing. We only corresponded thru texts and he is prompt in replying to my queries. Anyway, Drew was very helpful during our detailing last July 5. In the morning, he sent me a text that he had ask their chef to prepare their bestsellers so we could try them and see which dishes we want for our menu. Nice :)
We are done with our engagement session with Redsheep! :) It was a really fun experience despite that weeks before our scheduled shoot, a lot of things have happened: two weeks ago, our dog bit me on my leg. So my right leg was swollen to my ankles, apart from the nasty wound at the back on my right knee. Four days before the shoot, we had to let go of our indoor shoot venue due to some scheduling conflict. Day before the shoot, CJ (my dog) died.
So you see, I had the dilemma of whether to postpone the shoot or not. But I decided to hold out, my ankle is back to normal except for the ugly bruise and gash on my leg plus I thought that we might not have a better shot on having a sunny day for an outdoor shoot since it's already the rainy season. Despite the odds, Myke and I trusted God in making my leg better and that He'll bless us with clear skies for our e-session with Redsheep. And, He did :)