As I’ve mentioned before, I went to another part of the country to be present at one of my close friend’s wedding. We were former colleagues in the Bank’s shared service arm; and he’s a real trustworthy and nice person that’s why I put value in the friendship that I’ve made with him. And maybe it’s also because it’s rare for gay guys to find straight guy friends (those who really respect you and do not judge you for who or what you are).
I was tasked to ensure that the bride’s gown would be worn correctly; we arrived in Iloilo at around 11:30 pm. The hotel where we stayed at was a 30-45minute drive from the airport; we still had to check in and settle in the hotel room and do what we all gotta do before crashing into bed. I was with 3 former girl colleagues (including my ex-boss).
It was refreshing for me to be with them as I’ve changed roles and transferred to another location last 2012. Needless to say, we were all talking until 3am!
And my guy friend sent me a message if I can be in the bride’s hotel at 9am, to help the bride..
Given that I am an early riser (and I am rarely late to anything); I was already up at 7 and was already there at 8. Of course they weren’t ready yet, and believe it or not, I was only able to dress the bride at around 1pm? FYI- wedding is at 3pm. That’s how long the preparation was!!!
Here are the newlyweds.
I know I also promised a full photo of the bride’s wedding gown, so there.. Look how beautiful it is!
Again, it was made by Jazel Sy – one of the Philippines’ most sought after bridal gown designers.
Here are a few photos from the final fitting (the ones I cropped before):
And here are more photos from the wedding day itself:
Selfie with the couple and my ex teammates and their Korean visitors
Kisses when they got out of the church.
Here’s another selfie with the bride, the best man and the maid of honor; myself and Mimie (ex colleague)
with the couple – the last two were taken at the reception.
If you notice, I don’t really have photos of the places (church and reception); it was because I was almost always in a state of panic. Although I wasn’t part of the entourage, the couple asked me to assist them – especially the bride.
Also, in the reception, I was busy watching the entire program. The Korean visitor commented that it was the longest wedding he has ever attended.
If I’d do a quick recap, this might be how the couple’s day went by:
7am – 9am : breakfast, bath, freshening up etc
9am-1:30pm : makeup, hair, dress, photo shoots and quick lunch
1:30pm-3pm: travel to church and waiting time
3pm – 4:30 pm: wedding ceremony
4:30pm-6:30pm : more photo shoots + travel time to the reception
6:30pm-9:00pm : Wedding reception + Dinner
9:00pm onwards- Afterparty
👰🏼 imagine how tiring it was for the couple alone?!
But then. seeing the smiles in the couple’s faces -I’d say it was worth all the trouble! I didn’t mind traveling all the way from Manila to Iloilo just to be part of this great event for their lives.
Plus, they introduced me to the best man LOL.
We did a quick tour the following day ( today, actually); but I no longer have energy to write more today. I promise I would write about it soon!!!!! 😋
I’ll leave you with this video we took at the “afterparty”