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Honeymoon Honception!

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* A memorable honeymoon, as with a happy marriage, succeeds with a good mixture of compromise and win-win situations. For the writer, this amounts to going to places rich in history and culture (food, music and landmarks) where his inner historian/adventurer can be satisfied; and for his wife, this amounts to loads of shopping and picture-worthy sites. This was our first challenge as newlyweds, and we both jumped at the chance to tackle it head-on.

* Grabbing one of my favorite books from the home library, we decided to work on a big chunk of our bucket list by crossing out Central and Eastern Europe, site of some of history's most important moments and wars, as well as the home of Europe's ancient Kingdoms (Polish, Magyar, Austro-Hungarian, Bavarian, Bohemian and Venetian)

* Our honeymoon travels would take us from the World War II battleground of Warsaw, to the home of Polish Kings, Krakow, from fairy-tale Budapest to the majesty of Imperial Vienna, past the beer halls of M…

The Wedding - Part 6 (Photobooth)

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It's no secret that our favorite place in the world is the mystical island of Santorini in Greece. That is the reason why everything in our wedding was Greek-themed; from the colors, to the floral arrangement, the styling and the invitations. 
Fortunately we met Jiggie and the guys from Team OSS, who were able to take it a step further and actually teleport our guests to the island, if but for a moment! These are the photographs that captured the experience.

* The photo that started it all. (Santorini, 2013)

The Wedding - Part 5 (Reception)

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Last July 5, 2014, I married the love of my life.  These are the written chronicles of that beautiful day.
After the beautiful church ceremony and the channeling of our inner models with the pictorial at Raffles Hotel, came my most awaited part, the reception. I was excited because I personally had a hand in organizing much of the food, entertainment and libations for the evening. 
Hey man, if we're gonna throw a party like this once in our life, it might as well be the best party it can be!

* Our reception was held at the Blue Leaf Pavilion in McKinley Hill, Taguig. Not only was the venue perfect with its proximity to the Church and hotel, wide open space and high ceiling, Blue Leaf also had ample parking slots, a nice garden area outside and extremely well-kept restrooms.


The Wedding - Part 4 (Portrait)

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Last July 5, 2014, I married the love of my life.  These are the written chronicles of that beautiful day.
Being an only child, I find that trust is a very important word, seldom given and hardly earned.
Indeed, I am a believer of the age old adage, "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." and can only truly count in one hand, the people that I have full faith in.
But with a master of his craft, like our photographer Oly Ruiz, at the helm, there was immediate and total confidence, assurance, and certainty, and it was our great pleasure to watch this genius work his magic.
These are the official portraits of that important day, courtesty of Mr. Metrophoto.

The Wedding - Part 3 (Ceremony)

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Last July 5, 2014, I married the love of my life.  These are the written chronicles of that beautiful day.

* For our wedding ceremony, we specifically chose the Magallanes Church in Makati due to its impressive architecture, steady vibe and proximity to the reception venue.

The Wedding - Part 2 (Bride Preps)

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Last July 5, 2014, I married the love of my life.  These are the written chronicles of that beautiful day.
* Down the hallway, in a much larger suite, my bride-to-be was getting ready for her big day.

The Wedding - Part 1 (Groom Preps)

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Last July 5, 2014, I married the love of my life.  These are the written chronicles of that beautiful day.

* On July 4, 2014, I checked in to my suite at the Raffles Hotel in Makati. After dinner with my parents and a late night visit from my cousins, I proceeded to write my vows on the huge desk in my room. At first I couldn't get my mind to settle down, so I went down to the Raffles Long Bar to get a drink (or three) and watch the World Cup match. The ideas flowed freely after. 

A Wedding in Greece

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A week after the start of our Greek escapade, from bustling and busy Athens to calm and reflective Northern Greece, to exciting and wonderful Santorini and Mykonos, we finally got around to our whole reason for coming: the wedding of Monicca’s good childhood-friend, Bryn Martinez to Greek-American, John Zavras.

When I saw these two back in Manila a year ago, I knew that they would make an excellent match. I can go on about complementary personalities or shared life goals or similar family backgrounds especially in terms of the concept of family, but the fact is, he’s Greek! You can’t go wrong with the lineage of Leonidas and Hercules, people!



* My stunning fiancee posing with the whole of Ornos beach as a backdrop. The wedding was on a hilltop overlooking this fantastic view.