My Whimsical Travel Themed Garden Wedding

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Tententenen! Well, this is the MAIN reason why I haven't updated my blog for the longest time. Yeah. yeah. I know this is a travel blog so I am assuming a lot of you will ask why I am posting Mike and I's wedding. For the simple reason that I want to share with all my dear readers (if you are still there. hehe) the happiest day of my life. After all, this is sort of a 'traveling' for me, well in a metaphoric way - I traveled from MISS to MRS. Right? :) So yes, I am more than proud to say that I am now Mrs Magsaysay <insert kilig reaction here>

It all started with Mike's proposal a year ago (Read: The Leap Year Proposal: 4 Years to 4 - Ever) even if we had a year to prepare, I tell you it wasn't enough! Due to two factors -1. my work and 2. my ka-OC-han. Like any bride, I wanted our wedding to be perfect, more so that I am a TV Producer, hence, I wanted to treat it like a grand show. Like all the finales I produce, I wanted it to be heartwarming, memorable and impeccable. So many sleepless nights, nagging, crying, cramming at lahat na ng kabaliwan na experience ko. But yes, I survived! And the result was beyond what I expected.

Since Mike and I love to travel, a travel themed wedding was the first thing that came out of our minds. But I don't want the vintage type, it's too masculine for my taste so after much Pinterest-ing, I made up my mind to combine watercolor, pastel, dreamy, semi-rustic and dainty making it a whimsical travel themed wedding. Also, since I am a Christian and it's my long time dream to have a garden wedding, we opted for a garden ceremony set-up. 

ChaMike Wedding Monogram made by Lai

These dainty passport inspired invites Made by Lai <3

At the back of the invites there is a stamp map where guest should complete for them to have a travel kit
Every wedding has a budget and ours was limited. It's relatively lower from the over-all theme and headcount so to lessen the cost I didn't hire any stylist, I was the one who decided on the entire look of our wedding. Good thing I have a trusty art director to make that vision into reality. I also had a number of friendly contacts who offered discounts and even freebies. Yay! So luckily we stayed within budget. Phew.

Engagement Shoot
We originally planned of having the e-session abroad, like Hong Kong or Japan but because of our budget and tight schedule (I was doing PBB that time), we couldn't afford to leave the country so we did it in Narra Hill since shooting our e-session was part of the package. 

Here are some of my favorite shots by Airballoon Project

I look so pretty here. Thanks Jzajza for my hair and make-up <3
Tandem bike borrowed from my Papa
with our wedding hashtag 
Bet you didn't notice it was raining this time
Bridal Showers
Usually a bride-to-be has only one shower, but in my case it was different. I had four! Because I have 4 circle of friends and fixing all their schedules to fit in one day was IMPOSSIBLE, they decided to do it per batch. 

Relatives in Bataan | the wholesome edition

Pretty set-up by cousin, Maricor
The whole clan came to celebrate with me at the Crowne Hotel <3
My cousins with Lola dear, personalized shirts from @georginasasha
ABS-CBN Friends | the wild edition
A wild night at Linden Suites
Complete with costume
This cake!
With my bunnies! <3

Highschool Friends | the sparty edition
Dainty setup by Zyra of the @styleteamofficial <3
Love all the details
Watercolor cake from @heavenlybitesbylouise. It was so lovely <3
These cupcakes are not just pretty they're really yummy! @heavenlybitesbylouise
Titas of Alabang came to the Nail Spa Makati to celebrate with me
Sparty with fun games!!!
College Friends | the intimate edition
Never expected this last shower. Bride shirt from @georginasasha
with College Friendships
Sequoia Hotel
Wedding Day
I was a Bridezilla for months! Mike was the sole witness of my kalokahan and I really commend him for being sooo patient with me. But I told myself that on the day of the wedding I will not overthink but just release all my worries to God and trust all my suppliers to do their job. And the result? It was PERFECT! Hands down to everyone who helped in making this day magical.

ChaMike Wedding Suppliers
Venue: Narra Hill
Bride's Preparation Venue: Narra Hill
Groom's Preparation Venue: ESCALA TAGAYTAY
Bride's Hair & Makeup: Jackie Rivera
Groom's grooming: Jzaenna Pantonial
Coordination: Day One Project
SDE and Videographer: Chug Cadiogan Cinema
Photographer: Air Balloon Project
ChaMike lovestory AVP: Adz Abarquez
ChaMike growing up AVP: Tom Estrera III
Quartet: String Colours
Bridal Gown: Vera Wang
Groom Suit: JE&Co.
Entourage Gowns: Mara Dizon
Wooden Chairs: Jewelle's  
Photobooth: EDGE Media Photobooth
Officiating Pastor: Pastor Erwin Balanay of Victory Katipunan
Invitation: Lai Reyes-Geluz
Bridal Car: Don Robert
DJ: DertyMyks
Wedding Ceremony Singer: Lian Kyla Dyogi

Special shoutout to the Day One Project Team for the job well done! I was completely stress-free on actual day. Thank you!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my sister, Georgina for being the best Matron of Honor! Even if weddings weren't entirely her thing, she was very hands on and tried her best. She helped me calmed down, coordinated with my entourage and became my weeklong alalay.

Narra Hill <3

Here are some of the official Photos from Air Balloon Project

Wedding Bands
Passport inspired invitation with some of the travel kit giveaways
My non-conventional floral bridal robe by Mother Bing Cristobal
Personalized hanger from @calligraffi
Ring and Coin box from @knotvillefavors
Beautiful pastel flowers from Il Fiore

Make-up and Mermaid curls extension by Mama Jackie Rivera

My Bride Squad: (l-r) Dee, Ren, Joycen, Jov, Hancel, April and my sister Georgina (not in photo: Maricor, Joanna and Ate Billet)

My lovely gown is from Vera Wang which I purchased online at David's Bridal.
My sister was gracious enough to send it to me in Manila for FREE!
Sparkling shoes from Betsey Johnson, my something blue (it has a blue sole)
My parents

Siblings <3

I really wanted a floral printed entourage gowns so Mike and I went to A LOT of fabric shops, as in all! Luckily we found it in Divisoria! It was pretty! 

Ms Mara Dizon was the one who made the entourage dresses
Groom's flatlay
Dapper Groom in Je & Co suit and @GeorginaSasha sunnies
Groomsmen: (l-r) Melchor, Alex, Ged, Christian, Migs, Kevin, Marvin, Thirdy and Jauro

Mike's lovely family
The dashing lads wore #GSunnies from @georginasasha

Pastel neckties were purchased online in the US
Hanging bottles at the VIP table
The walk

I wanted my Lola and Mike's Grampa to walk as part of the entourage. I made them carry signs <3 they're too cute, right?

Jittering but excited! Btw the earrings were my 'something borrowed' from my Lola
Few more seconds. Waaaaah!

This is it!
When everyone was looking at you
Walk with Cham down the aisle


Here comes the bride
Listening intently to Pastor Erwin
Got kilig on Mike's vows: You saved me
Mike sure knows how to make a swoon-wothry vow
You may kiss the bride

Post nup <3
#ChaMikiss as husband and wife
Let love sparkle
I am still waiting for some more photos from Air Balloon that I personally didn't get to see during the wedding like the aisle setup, the cocktail area and the reception table setup. Will update more photos soon.

In the meantime these are photos from my guests. Thanks Kris & Marianne for taking these snapshots.

The venue is quite steep so upon going to the venue guests can see these signs (pic by @hellokris) 
Aisle setup, our love journey calligraphed by @thewordaffair (pic by @hellokris)

Welcome signage with refreshments, program fans, umbrellas, shawl, confetti cones and stamp station
Postcard guestbook. Guests pick a postcard, write their well wishes then drop it inside our mailbox

Our ChaMike mailbox <3

These pretty VIP set up by Juan Carlo

Same Day Edit of Chug Cadiogan
I've watched it countless times. Hope you like it as much as we do. Thanks Sir Chug for this <3.

ChaMike Lovestory
I've always believed that Mike and I had a unique and cute love story so making this AVP was a must in our reception program. Big thanks to our good friend and master editor, Adz Abarquez for creating a masterpiece.

Reminiscing all these good memories makes me so kilig. To all single ladies, I h
ope you'll be inspired to find your soulmate and believe in true love. To all future brides, I hope you got some ideas for your own wedding. If you have questions, just comment below. I'll try to answer all your queries. Also there are two tips that I can give you - 1) follow the desires of your heart so you have no regrets whatsoever, after all this is YOUR wedding and 2) relax on the actual day! You don't want to look haggard and stressed right? and to my dear husband, I've said this in my vow and I will say it again here: Always remember that even if travel to the farthest and most wonderful destinations here beside you is my favorite place to be. You are my greatest adventure, Mike. 

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  1. Cham, you had such a beautiful wedding!!! ❤️ I felt more inspired to plan my own wedding after I've seen yours on Facebook. I can't wait to read your honeymoon blog - if budget permits, I may just follow your footsteps! �� Have fun on your new journey with Mike as husband and wife. Cheers! -Juds

    1. Juds! Thank you and welcome :) Hoping you'll have stress-free wedding planning (which I doubt) but enjoy it nonetheless! Hopefully I can blog about our honeymoon before your actual trip so you can read it ahead :) hehehe

  2. Beautiful post Ate! Erich said your wedding looks so prefect! We enjoyed watching your video! And you are welcome! Love you always Ate!

    1. Aaaaaw!!! Thanks Gin! Love you sooo much!


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