Mc and Gen, sail away! ♥

Weddings are one of my favorite events, glad that Gen invited me to witness them exchange their vows before the Lord. The celebration took place at old San Agustin Church inside Intramuros. The Church was stunning in all aspects, I kept looking at the ceiling most of the time 🙂 . Glad they were able to preserve such a historic and sacred place.

The reception was cozy and romantic at the same time. The sailor theme was very lovely to look at and food tasted great. Just by looking at the faces of the guests and my friends, I am very sure they enjoyed watching the newly weds doing all the sweet stuff together. They look so in love together and yes I did wonder… when will I have the chance to walk down the aisle? Haha! Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos below.

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Marry me Leyte!

Day 1Left Manila after work, tiring but Dredd and I were too excited to care 🙂 We traveled from 12 noon to 7 pm. When we reached Libagon Leyte, I thought all my energy drained out, guess I was wrong. We loved our room so much (capiz capiz capiz inspired) and we swapped some stories before heading in to dreamland.

Day 2 (1)First morning, oh I can’t forget the feeling! We were up early and since I crave coffees a lot, Dredd and I decided to take a walk outside. We ended up buying ‘pandesal’ and a cup of coffee at a nearby store. Then after a few minutes, we came up to this beautiful scenery! Clear waters, it’s okay if the sand is not white, just as long as the water is clean and clear, that’s fine with us. So as you can see, no questions asked, we donned our bikinis and hit it big time!

Day 2 (2)After our first early cold swim, it’s time to prepare for the wedding. We went to Rozzel’s house and had our make-up time there. I decided to go with a bun and Dredd wanted some curls.

hair bun

Millions thanks for my hair bun Dredd, you are the best!

Day 2 (3)Wedding time! Dredd participated by reading the second reading and I placed the veil on Rozzel’s head 🙂 She’s the prettiest bride I have seen!

Day 2 (4)Reception area, too bad it rained and the chairs were all wet but everyone managed and we still got the chance to eat. Loved the food and and the speeches that were given by a few guests.

Day 3 (1)Third day, we swam again, strolled around the ‘spring’ :

Day 3 (2) Day 3 (3)It would be a big loss if we won’t be able to pay a visit to the famous “Hindag-an Falls”. I tell you, this is a must-see if you have plans of going to Leyte. Cold, refreshing water and jumping from one point to another was awesome!

Day 3 (4)Borrowed their wedding rings and of course, flowers on my hair again ♥

Day 3 (5) Few moments before the sun sets.

Day 3 (6)Picturesque

Day 4 (2) “Facundo, I want this room, pakiuwi ng Manila” 🙂

Day 4 (3) Mara Clara at Ang Babae sa Bintana

Day 4 (1)Last day 😦 had coffee for the nth time. After a few minutes, we packed our things since we don’t want to rush. While waiting for Rozzel and Dennis to pick us up, Dredd met a man who also lived in the same area (Jaro, Leyte) as her. He was so kind and even offered us coconut… so what did I say?

Day 4 (4)

“Buko? Bring it on!” So I finished three, haha!

Entwined hallucinations and a wedding vow

Rings

God answers our prayers in time. He is never early nor late, to be specific, He answered mine when you first stepped into my life. All the ‘firsts’ are countless, first sight, first touch, first kiss, first talks and so on. Yes we had all those, but we must commit to make all things last, especially our undying love for each other.

At this moment, I promise before God and our loved ones that I will treasure and respect you each waking moment and kiss you good night as the stars appear one by one. There will be no more you and I, it will be us. Challenges may appear from the horizon and we will conquer them with all our might. For our love is stronger than gravity and I will make sure our hearts will forever beat as one. May we continue to grow and become better version of ourselves who walks hand in hand with joy in our hearts.

To my Universe, last love and unknown husband, I am your faithful wife, Joycelyn ♥

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

They loved me, I loved them back. 2012, You have been great and I won’t ever forget you, I know 2013 will be happier and more inspiring than ever.

At exactly 10 hours from now, 2012 will officially close. I just want to thank God for the blessings. Countless, countless, countless… from family, friends, relatives, love lost, love found and all in between. My heart is full of joy as I leave all my worries behind. I have gained enough wisdom to move on and enjoy my 28th year here on earth. Again to all the people around me who said I am inspiring as ever, I am delighted! Really, I feel like I am a star now. Do not worry, will make sure to inspire people and help in every possible way I can. The adrenaline rush of joy will stay with me each day. Life has never been this great and I have never been more positive. To all those who were there for me during my ‘downward emotional’ state, I appreciate it. Now, I am so much better. Self forgiven and self driven.

I ♥ you all. I mean it!

When they said “I DO”

One of my friends sent me a long message over Facebook and it’s worth reading for all the single and married ones out there. I was busy tossing and turning and after reading this one, I was up on my feet. I wanted to share this to all immediately…

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A wonderful message for all those already married and wants to get married.

DID I MARRY THE RIGHT PERSON?
(It’s a long reading but worth your time, , ,)

Those who are still single may learn something from here.
Those who are already married may take it as a guideline to improve your marriage…

During one of our seminars, a woman asked a common question.
She said, “How do I know if I married the right person?”
I noticed that there was a large man sitting next to her so I said, “It depends. Is that your husband?”
In all seriousness, she answered “How do you know?”

Here’s the answer.

EVERY relationship has a cycle.
In the beginning, you fell in love with your spouse. You anticipated their call, wanted their touch, and liked their idiosyncrasies. Falling in love with your spouse wasn’t hard. In fact, it was a completely natural and spontaneous experience. You didn’t have to DO anything. That’s why it’s called “falling” in love… Because it’s happening TO YOU.

People in love sometimes say, “I was swept off my feet.”
Think about the imagery of that expression. It implies that you were just standing there; doing nothing, and then something came along and happened TO YOU.

Falling in love is easy.
It’s a passive and spontaneous experience.

But after a few years of marriage, the euphoria of love fades.
It’s the natural cycle of EVERY relationship.
Slowly but surely, phone calls become a bother (if they come at all), touch is not always welcome (when it happens), and your spouse’s idiosyncrasies, instead of being cute, could drive you nuts.

The symptoms of this stage vary with every relationship, but if you think about your marriage, you will notice a dramatic difference between the initial stage when you were in love and a much duller or even angry subsequent stage.

At this point, you and/or your spouse might start asking, “Did I marry the right person?”
And as you and your spouse reflect on the euphoria of the love you once had, you may begin to desire that experience with someone else. This is when marriages breakdown.
People blame their spouse for their unhappiness and look outside their marriage for fulfillment.

Extramarital fulfillment comes in all shapes and sizes. Infidelity is the most obvious.
But sometimes people turn to work, a hobby, a friendship, excessive TV, or abusive substances.

But the answer to this dilemma does NOT lie outside your marriage. It lies within it. 
I’m not saying that you couldn’t fall in love with someone else. You could.

And TEMPORARILY you’d feel better. But you’d be in the same situation a few years later.
Because (listen carefully to this):

THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN MARRIAGE IS NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON;
IT’S LEARNING TO LOVE THE PERSON YOU FOUND.

SUSTAINING love is not a passive or spontaneous experience. It’ll NEVER just happen to you.
You cannot “find” LASTING love. You have to “make” it day in and day out.
That’s why we have the expression “the labor of love.”

Because it takes time, effort, and energy. And most importantly, it takes WISDOM.
You have to know WHAT TO DO to make your marriage work.
Make no mistake about it. Love is NOT a mystery.
There are specific things you can do (with or without your spouse) to succeed with your marriage.

Just as there are physical laws of the universe (such as gravity), there are also laws for relationships.
Just as the right diet and exercise program makes you physically stronger, certain habits in your relationship WILL make your marriage stronger. It’s a direct cause and effect. If you know and apply the laws, the results are predictable. .. you can “make” love.
Love in marriage is indeed a “decision”.. . Not just a feeling.

Remember this always:

“God determines who walks into your life. It is up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.”

So, spent your lifetime finding out the loveable things about your spouse so that you could LOVE your spouse everyday in every way in an EVERLASTING marriage. That is why grandpa’s love to your grandma seems so PURE.

Remember, you are with the “RIGHT” person.
If not, you wouldn’t have wanted to marry your spouse in the first place.

No more questions!!!

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Feeling a bit romantic so I would like to share my favorite wedding videos of all time.

1.) Tuesday Vargas and Coy Placido. Their wedding vows just make me cry and what more can you ask for a beach wedding in Boracay? 

2.) Priscilla Meirelles and John Estrada. The most extravagant wedding I have ever seen and the prettiest bride. 

3.) Jolina Magdangal and Marc Escueta. The bride with the wings and nearest to a fairytale. 

4.) Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Sotto. Coolest couple ever! 

SPECIAL: Mutya Ner and Jovert Aralar. And why would I forget my brother? One of the greatest family event we had!