Sunday, March 29, 2009


Here's something that was forwarded to me by The Mango Farmer. It's been going around in emails and stuff, so I decided to post it here. Will post the photo credits as soon as I find out who the photographer is. :-)

Katie Kirkpatrick, 21, held off cancer to celebrate the happiest day of her life. Katie had chased cancer only to have it return to clog her lungs and grab hold of her heart. Breathing was difficult now, she had to use oxygen. The pain in her back was so intense it broke through the morphine that was supposed to act as a shield. Her organs were shutting down but it would not stop her from marrying Nick Godwin, 23, who was in love with Katie since 11th grade.

In this photo, Katie Kirkpatrick, left, and Nick Godwin, wait for the nurse to come and start Katie's treatment at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint on the morning of January 12, 2005. Nick Godwin works night shift as a Lapeer County Sheriff's deputy and took Katie to the medical center right after a night's work, three days before their wedding. Katie is tired from not being able to sleep at night because of her pain and Nick had worked a night shift.

Katie holds some of her daily medication for several minutes before taking them as she waves in and out of sleep because of the morphine she takes while sitting in the livingroom of the familly home in Metamora ( January 11, 2005).

Katie is in a lot of pain in the days leading to her wedding taking morphine and numerous medications to help her. Niki Kirkpatrick,right, took a leave of abscence from work so she can take care of her daugther Katie who now needs constant assistance.

Nick, left, takes a moment of rest while his bride, Katie, gets an intravenous procedure to reduce the amount of fluids her body is retaining at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint (January 12, 2005). Nick, who works night shift as a Lapeer County Sheriff's deputy, took Katie to the medical center after a night's work, three days before their wedding.

Katie walks past a photograph of herself when she was homecoming queen at Lapeer East High School where she also was a co-valedictorian. The photograph sits on a table in her familly's home livingroom in Metamora.

Katie puts on some hearings a few minutes before walking down the aisle to marry Nick who she had known since 11th grade, at Church of Christ in Hazel Park on January 15, 2005.

Katie and Nick cuddle up for a moment while waiting for the wedding photographer to get ready after getting married.

The wedding.

Dave Kirkpatrick gives the thumbs up to his new son in law while admiring the couple with his wife Niki Kirkpatrick, right, after Nick and Katie got married.

Katie gets serenaded by her new husband Nick and his best men during the wedding party on the dance floor at Boulder Point Golf Club and Banquet Center in Oxford, MI.

Katie Kirkpatrick Godwin, center, rests for a few moments during her wedding party. Katie was exhausted.

Five days later, Katie died. She did not let sickness stop her from living, take away the hope or faith that made her believe she had a future. She had a lovely wedding and she had love and she gave love and love doesn' t die. And that is how Katie beat cancer.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Came across
this wonderful video by Phoeben Teocson of Gilbert & Sharon. I remember it as a tearjerker from start to finish. Really lovely day! :-)

For their pre-nups,
here are the photos from Redefine Weddings. Photographer Paul Vincent covered their wedding.

#9 Manga Road, Brgy. Mariana, New Manila Q.C. (By Appointment Only)
Tel. Nos. 7251013, +639276536187, +639228339942, +63922-TEOCSON (+639228362766)

REDEFINE WEDDINGS Jayson Arquiza Photography
Unit 4I, Dansalan Gardens,
M. Vicente St., Brgy. Malamig,
Mandaluyong City, Philippines (By Appointment Only)
Tel. Nos. 531-1837 (Home/Office), 0917-8156111

Monday, March 23, 2009


Not many small churches have an impressive facade as the one in Kalumpang, Marikina City. Sitting on a hill and overlooking the clean Marikina River, the quasi-parish of San Antonio de Padua is a cream brick, glass and concrete structure that is modern and cozy - perfect for weddings that have a guest count of 200 or less.

The altar is clean & straightforward. There is no attempt to impose grandiose ideas on the parishoners.

There are many surprises in this small church - a second floor, parts of which has a continuous glass ceiling, and a secure basement parking. Yes, you read that right! A basement parking with gates to boot!

The statue of the venerable St. Anthony of Padua can be seen on the right side. What is missing in this depiction of him are the bible (he is a Doctor of the Church) and the Lily of the Annunciation. You may wonder why, but St. Anthony is known in Brazil and Portugal as a marriage saint because legend has him as one who conciliated couples. His feast day, June 13, is Lisbon's municipal holiday, celebrated with parades and marriages of humble couples, and he is one of the saints celebrated in the Brazilian Festa Junina (along with John the Baptist and Saint Peter). The previous day, June 12, is the Brazilian Valentine's Day. And since we share a common culture with Latin America, the practise is carried over here in the Philippines.

The side of the church facing the river. From this area, one can appreciate the surroundings from the wide verandah with the gentle breeze blowing in your hair and sound of rustling leaves from nearby trees completely enthrall.

To the left, buildings and a road that leads to SM Marikina. Below, scenes of houses to the left of the church.

Must you wed here? YES! It's not too big, the requirements aren't too impossible to comply with, there are no weird impositions like in other churches in Marikina (more on this later), and the church is really nice and clean. And since it is secluded, one doesn't expect too many walk-ins. One thing: you need to be in a convoy when going out of this area as the streets are small and go one way only.

Quasi-Parish of San Antonio de Padua
76 J. P. Rizal St., Kalumpang
Marikina City
Tel. Nos. 682.1816

P6,700 (Mass, carpet, flowers, choir)
P3,700 (Ordinary; Mass Only?)

Time Slots:
Tuesday to Saturday
10AM and 3PM

Sunday, March 22, 2009

RAMOS - BUNAG (March 22, 2009)

Starting today, every entry in this blog will have a cover photo collage like this one, each picture a representation of the important elements in every wedding. No more long and winding coverages. :-p

In this collage, from L to R.
Top row: the wedding ceremony setup, the rings pillow, yellow fans for each guest, and mango-based desserts. Second row: Orange, yellow and pink roses in the bouquets, silver pearls detail of the overhead fabric swags, white chocolate fountain, yellow button mums centerpieces against Vatel Manila's matte gold damask tablecloth. Lowermost row: Striped matte gold fabric for the buffet tables courtesy of yours truly, a closer look at the ceremonial candles, rose and yellow button mums centerpiece by Hizon's, and the unity candle against our gold frame and yellow striped fabric background.
The ceremony area as seen from the Glass Pavilion balcony. We are blessed with a wonderful weather today, but the heat from 11AM to 3PM dealt a most terrible blow to the aisle flowers which we revived by constantly spraying them with water. Summer is really here!
For the floral balls, we used canary yellow Gerberas, green button mums, white roses and as accents, moluccella laevis (common name: Bells of Ireland).

For this setup, we have retired our trademark capiz curtains for this fabric backdrop which reflects the couple's primary color motif. We weren't able to get yellow damask and went for striped brocade instead. As accent, we made use of this gold mirror frame (we took out the mirror so it won't reflect the camera flashes). The mirror has been with me for 5 years and purchased it when I was still living in Las Piñas.

We are happy that this event has come to pass. There's been a long but un-stressful planning for this event (I think; if it were, we never felt it), and the couple has been one of the easiest to work with. We wish them all the best in their married life! :-p
I love this shot. Hizon's Catering loves this long-aisle setup and now I understand why: the picturesque backdrop of greens is just breathtaking! The picture windows really do serve their function. Also, for future Hizon's clients, please choose this backdrop instead of the wrought-iron gazebo they usually adorn with tivoli lights. This one's more classy, this being a remnant of the series of things designed for Hizon's by THE events stylist Henry Pascual.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
(1 Corinthians 13: 1-8)


Ceremony Styling//

Dylan Gozum for Vatel Manila


Hizon's Catering


Visions & Ideas
Tel. Nos. 940.4076 & 942.0859
Look for Ms. Ralyn Pigar

Redefine Weddings Jayson Arquiza Photography
Unit 4I, Dansalan Gardens,
M. Vicente St., Brgy. Malamig,
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
(By Appointment Only)
Tel. Nos. 531-1837 (Home/Office), 0917-8156111

Thursday, March 12, 2009


1 Bridal Gown (slim silhouettes such as shift, a-line, princess cut, and fishtail; court train)
2 Mothers
1 Maid of Honor
3 Secondary Sponsors
1 Flower Girl

Pouch bags for all entourage members and a customized clutch for the bride
Pillows for rings and arrhae
Customized Cord
Secondary Veil

Friday, March 06, 2009


Scheme 1: Plum

Plum is not a particularly popular color in the Philippines. Brides always fall for the easy combinations - white, beige, ecru, yellow, pink, red, green and brown. But why not give Plum a second look? It is a rich color and with the appropriate blings will lend itself to sparkle and transform into glamour.

Scheme 2: Burgundy or Purple

After Plum, Burgundy has got to be one of the richest colors around. It's got 'luxurious' written all over it. Whether in daylight or during nightime, burgundy will surely get everyone's attention.

Scheme 3: Canary Yellow or Beige

Canary Yellow has got to be one of the most exciting colors ever used in weddings. Paired with black, it gives a very strong statement about your style - lush & plush.

Scheme 4: Pink (all shades)

There's nothing like a combination of two opposite colors - strong and soft, blush and rush, pink and black. A very daring combination for the experimental couple. This combination is guaranteed to register well on photographs.

Scheme 5: Avodao Green or Bright Green or Pistachio Green

Avocado Green is very soft, cool, and inviting while the black & white damask lends an air of elegance and laid-back sophistication. For table settings, the Avocado Green will be the main table cloth while the damask runner will break this monotony.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


The moment one sees the facade of the Immaculate Conception Parish, one already senses something odd about it. There's lots of piedra china on the facade and the small tower besides it which pretty much says that the original church was actually old, probably Spanish-era (the Jesuits held the first mass in Jesus de la Peña, Marikina in 1630), but the rest of the structure isn't. I don't know if a fire or an earthquake made the renovation necessary, but it didn't give the church the grand facade it deserves.

A new stained-glass rose window featuring Our Lady.

The altar used to be decorated with a plain crucifix and after a while became like
this. Now, probably with a parish priest hung up on his last visit to Rome, the altar is now a matte-gold affair with a ceiling painted with a blue sky and clouds which runs the entire course of the nave - the height of kitsch, if you ask me.

I also noticed that the ceiling is too low, but what the structure lacks in this it makes up with a wide floor area - a three-aisle arrangement, in fact. This parish after all is the second most populated in this city after that of the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish in Barangay San Roque.

Must you wed here? I don't see why not. The rates are really low for such a big church and it's just a mere 15-minute drive to The Mango Farm. The church is right besides a busy street so expect moderate traffic by 5PM and probably lots of walk-in parishioners.

Immaculate Conception Parish
Concepcion Uno, Marikina City
Tel. Nos. 941.4870

P5,500 (Mass, solo singer, red carpet, flowers)
P2,200 (Mass; no decor)
P1,000 (Mass only)

Time Slots:
Monday to Saturday
8AM, 0.30AM, 11AM, and 4PM


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