#ReYEStoCortez: I Got Married!

by - Thursday, February 03, 2022

Hi! I will be sharing a bit of my personal life. My blog was hiatus for more than a year because... I got engaged last December 2020 and got married on December 2021 at Tagaytay City, Philippines. I am now a wife. ❤️❤️❤️

A year of preparation is no joke especially that we're still facing the global pandemic. It was a nerve-racking experience when the church (I'm a Catholic) announced that the capacity will be up to 15 pax only (a month before). Then, it was announced it will be up to 30 pax until it reached up to 100-150 pax just a few weeks before the wedding. Our guests were around 60 pax only, which were composed of immediate families, close friends and close co-workers. We had it livestream (for backup), led by The Day We Stream, just in case that the IATF will change and tightens it protocols.

On the good side, everything went smoothly during my wedding day. The weather was nice and we're all healthy and kicking. I would like to share our wedding preparation timeline soon on my blog. For now, I would like to share the glimpse of our pandemic wedding. 💕

My family stayed in Casita Carmel, the largest casita (4-bedroom) in Angelfields Nature Sanctuary. I woke up at around 1:30 am. Yes, that's too early! 😂 I received a text message from my HMUA team and they were on their way to my casita at that time. The ETA was 2:00 am so I took a shower and prepared. My talented wedding HMUA were Ms. Julie Profugo and Mr. Patrick John (hairstylist).

My OTD coordinator was Events Management Services by Anna Sotto (Team 1). They arrived at 3:00 am to assist me and my family.

Before 5:00 am, my photo & video team, Nice Print Photography and Exige Weddings, arrived on my casita. The team was composed of Mr. Arthur, Mr. Niño and etc. I had my bridal photoshoot from bridal robe to bridal gown from 4:59 am up to 8:12 am (based on my photos' timestamp). It was a nice and memorable lifetime experience.

The ceremony was 9:00 am but the target start of entourage walk was 8:45 am. We're on time. The entourage walk song was Canon in D and my bridal walk was Beautiful in White (instrumental version). The church choir was in-house and led by The One Dad Voice. The mass was preceded by Rev. Fr. Arnold Montealto, OFMCap.

We had our pictorial (after the ceremony) from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church up to Aqua en Vino - Angelfields Nature Sanctuary (reception). As I said, the weather was nice so our garden photoshoot in Holy Family Garden (Angelfields Nature Sanctuary) was smooth. While the guests were waiting, they were served with cocktails: mini margarita pizza, smoked salmon gravlax and tomato soup shooter w/ grilled cheese.

After the photoshoot at the garden, we had our couple retouch by my HMUA team and started the reception program at 12:30 pm. The reception program lasts for about 2 hours and led by Charm Ual of D Wedding Host. Artuz101 was our lights and sounds supplier. They played our favorite songs and blended well with our reception program.

I would like to mention also the macapuno tasting (Filipino wedding tradition), as suggested by my Kaka (grandmother), to add on our wedding program. It was followed by cake and wine toasting.

Oh, did I mention Ms Bhem Meijer of Il Fiore Flower Boutique? She and her team were our florists and event stylist from ceremony up to reception.

As much as I wanted to share what happened the whole day, it would take forever. Just kidding. Bottom line is our one-year wedding preparation was executed well. Our wedding was special to my heart and will be forever grateful to God for making the event happen. 💖


Below are list of our wedding suppliers:

Reception Venue and Catering: Aqua en Vino at Angelfields Nature Sanctuary
Florist and Event Stylist (Church and Reception): Il Fiore Flower Boutique c/o Miss Bhem Meijer
Church Choir: The One Dad Voice
Livestream: The Day We Stream

Wedding Website: DIY by Groom (lysseltonywedding.github.io)
E-Invite and Monogram: DIY by Bride (Canva)
Invitation: c/o my cousin

Wedding Favours: Marks and Spencer
Game Prizes: Cash

Engagement Ring: Pandora
Wedding Rings: J's Diamond
Wedding Cord and Nuptial Candles: Bee's Knees MNL

Bride 👰‍♀️
Preparation Venue: Angelfields Casita Carmel
Bridal Robe: The Entourage PH
Bridal Accessories: Jacatel
Bridal Mask: The MASQ Collection
Bridal Shoes: Steve Madden
Perfume: Versace Bright Crystal
Contact Lens: FreshLook ColorBlends Contact Lens from Ideal Vision Center
Bridal Car: c/o my cousins

Preparation Venue: Z Family Rest House Staycation Tagaytay (Airbnb)
Suit: Wharton
Shoes: Bristol Shoes
Perfume: Versace Eros Pour Homme
Groom’s Car: Honda City (personal)

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