When The Wedding Dust Settles

What happens when all your preparations for the big day and the big day itself are finally over? Marriage is more than just your wedding day. What comes next is the rest of your life, no longer as a single woman, but as a wife. I’m sharing with you the challenges I encountered as a new wife, to help you make sense of things when the wedding dust settles.

George Padua

The Dream

Every girl dreams of having her own happily ever after.

So you meet your own modern-day version of Prince Charming. He sweeps you off your feet, rescues you, and then asks for your hand in marriage.

I met my Prince Charming at a time in my life when I needed rescuing. Gino was smart and handsome–typical traits a girl would look for. He made me laugh effortlessly. But what blew me away was his character–he was kind, loving, and true. But most importantly, he accepted me for who I was–imperfections and all. In time, I began to wonder whether he was the man I was destined to spend my life with. So, when Gino proposed, it was like a dream come true.

And then we got married, rode off into the sunset, and lived happily ever after. Just like in the fairy tales, right?

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A Sweet Garden Wedding in Tagaytay

Here’s a great pick-me-up to start off the week: Randy and Sheryl’s Tagaytay wedding! Imagine saying your vows in a private little paradise, like this lush green garden overlooking the Taal volcano. The blush dresses of the ladies in the entourage, complemented by the gray tuxedos of the gentlemen, added to the soft and romantic tone set by the cloudy weather amidst the picture-perfect garden of Balai Taal. Dreamy, isn’t it? Don’t believe me yet? Scroll down, enjoy, and let Bryan Venancio Photography take you back to Randy and Sheryl’s special day!

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Photographer: Bryan Venancio Photography / Ceremony Venue: Balai Taal, Tagaytay / Reception Venue: Balai Taal, Tagaytay / Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Renan Bautista / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: SMA Weddings and Beyond

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A Casual, D.I.Y. Black and White Engagement Shoot

When you hear “engagement shoots,” you often think of some exotic location and fancy outfits. While we’ve had our fair share of those pretty sets, we also can’t help but appreciate the simple, laid-back prenups. For today’s feature, we have Mark and Rina who D.I.Y.-ed their shoot. Everything looked artsy, romantic, and modern all at once, and they stuck to a monochromatic theme which gave it a unique feel. The best part? We’re sure they had so much fun doing this together! We admire that they they turned their engagement shoot to something more intimate. Definitely something to take inspiration from!

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How to Set Up a Wedding Budget

Budgeting is really crucial when you’re planning your wedding, especially if you want to achieve a certain look. Whether you’re going for an intimate or grand celebration, there’s no doubt that you still have to save up and determine which aspects of your wedding you want to splurge or save on. While there’s no hard and fast rule regarding the breakdown of your finances, we do have some tips to help you decide on it!

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A Purple-Toned Classic Romantic Wedding in Cavite

Let’s kick off your weekend with something light, pretty, and sparkly, courtesy of Randolf Evan Photography. Browsing through these simple and classy snaps is a surefire way to make you smile this Saturday morning. With the beautiful art deco style in The Hills combined with Love in Blooms‘ gorgeous floras, we just gotta give this wedding a big thumbs up! And if you’re into sparkly and shiny details, we can assure you that this classic romantic wedding will charm your heart. Have a great weekend, folks!

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Photographer: Randolf Evan Photography / Videographer: Ghe Consolacion Event Film Maker / Ceremony Venue: San Antonio de Padua / Reception Venue: The Hills at Silang / Bride’s Dress: Rosa Clara / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Paolo Blanco / Mother of the Bride's Dress: Ramon Favila Designs / Mother of the Groom's Dress: Percy Barillo / Groom’s Attire: Bergamo / Bride's Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Ish Sison Makeup Artistry / Entourage Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Glow by Gerly / Bouquets and Floral Decor: Love in Blooms Floral Designs & Events Styling / Cake Baker, Catering and Reception Styline: K by Cunanan / Invitations & Stationery: Ever Engraving / Ceremony Musicians: Totally Mesmerized / Wedding Host: Lia Guerrero / Lights and Sound System: Sensitivity Lights & Sounds / Wedding Favors: Greens and Blossoms / Bridal Car: JCA Bridal Cars / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Canaan Celebrations by Jets and Rhona / Groom's Gift: Image 3D / Wedding Rings: Diamond with Love / Fireworks: Dragon Fireworks / Wedding Website and App: Appy Couple