The Wedding Part 3

And so the supplier review continues.  While I’m pretty sure most of my readers come from North America, you might want to consider a Philippine wedding.  Seriously.  When you see the last part of this post, you’ll see just how much we spent and why you should consider the possibility of a destination wedding.

On-The-Day Coordinator:  MCC Events by Mayette Cinco
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰
I had a hard time finding a coordinator mainly because of the date we’ve chosen.  Mayette was recommended by my first two choices and with that, I’m pretty sure I made the right decision.  And I did.  I thought we were doing so well already, until Mayette pointed out the small details that aren’t really so small after all.

For example, she was the one who found my lights, sounds and DJ suppliers.  I thought what Blue Leaf had would be fine and an app on the iPad would be enough to surround our event with music.  Boy, was I wrong.  She really did set me on the right path.  I loved meeting her, and she wa super organized.  Unfortunately, the team she sent to our wedding was not.  It seemed like they didn’t listen to her turnover because I had to reorient them from top to bottom the moment they arrived.  Good thing they arrived early.

I actually didn’t notice that there were misses during the wedding.  I was just elated.  I was pampered and every time a tinge of worry comes across my face, Mayette’s team immediately puts me at ease.  But my family gave some unfavorable feedback — like texting during the event while the hosts are asking for assistance, or suddenly missing when the hosts have a question that they can’t ask me — so I had to take down a couple of hearts.  Mayette though was still absolute perfection.  She had two weddings on that day and she still managed to swing by and check on ours.  I am so grateful for her.  So make sure you book her right away so you get to have the A Team on your special day.

Bridal Hair and Makeup Artist:  Makeup Therapy by Cai Guiang
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰
I met Cai at a friend’s wedding in 2015 and I knew she’s the one.  Her hands are light as a feather, I swear I almost fell asleep on my chair.  It was just a relaxing experience.  I love that she knew right away what to do with my face.  Hahahaha.  My lack of eyebrows seem to be an inspiration to her.  Even Le Mari loved my makeup, to think that he hates makeup.  It was natural looking and it lasted all night.  Can you believe it?

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Top to bottom: Before the wedding in natural light, after the wedding in the chapel, during the reception

Entourage Hair and Makeup Artist:  PV Dela Cruz and Kristine Viudez
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️ / ❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰 / 💰💰
These two are a great tandem.  Most of my entourage and some of our guests came from overseas so they didn’t have time to make arrangements for their hair and makeup.  So we covered that for them and well, they did amazingly well.

I gravitate towards PV more because she helped me with a special project.  More on that later, and believe me, it is an amazing more on that later.  HAHAHAHA.

PV’s work:

Kristine’s Work:

Flowers:  The Flower Boutique by Menchie Lumbang
Rating: ❤️❤️
Cost:  💰
This one was such a steal because my cousin bridesmaid and I went to Dangwa for it.  It truly is the haven for the budget warrior.   While I loved the bouquet she gave me and the church decor (truly divine and exactly what I asked for), her team literally went to the venue, dropped everything and that’s it.  We were even missing the bridal car flowers.  I felt so sad, looking back, because we used my mother’s new car as our bridal car and it would have been a nice photo to have.  But because it wasn’t as decorated, there was no reason to take a photo of it, especially because it looked like any other car on the street hahahaha.  But don’t worry, the bridal bouquet was amazing.

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Bridal Gown:  Roxoanne Bagano Couture
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰
And with that, we have come to the best part ever:  MY DRESS.  Hahahaha.  I know I know that was narcissistic.  But really, I fell in love with this dress.  Roxy turned out to be a friend of a friend, and I swear, she got me.  She delivered the dress to our hotel on New Year’s Day.  My niece Max saw it before I did, and when I walked in the hotel, she was just screaming, TITA CARLA, WE HAVE A SURPRISE FOR YOU!  IT’S YOUR DREAM DRESS!  And it truly was.  Le Mari held back tears when he first saw me in it, and he couldn’t stop raving about it to this day.  Roxy was such a gem, I could not have asked for a better designer.

Roxoanne Bagano Couture

Men’s Barong Tagalog:  Josie’s Piña and Jusi
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰
This store came highly recommended by my cousin.  Their barong tagalog designs are a mix of traditional and modern.  Le Mari loved his barong and is actually one of the first things he asked for when we came to NJ.  Picture this, it’s the same classic designs from the malls but the quality and hand embroidery of Lumban.  It could have easily cost PHP 20,000, but Carlo the store owner gave it to us for even less than half the price.

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Wedding Rings:  Mayfair Jewelry, Binondo Manila
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰
Recommended by my college mentor, Ben Cu.  This is another steal.  They make quality jewelry for a fraction of the price.  The only thing I forgot to mention to them is to make sure that the gold is nickel free, because you might be allergic to it.  The engagement ring, Le Mari got from NJ.  We love our rings.

Another tip:  if you prefer the satin finish, might as well go for the brushed one so it doesn’t fade as fast.

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Invitation Suite:  Printsonalities
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰💰💰
Our invitations became a source of drama because our first supplier just flat out disappointed us.  I should have gone with my instinct and booked Printsonalities right off the bat because they were perfect.  Because of the previous supplier’s shortcomings, I had to cancel our contract with them, leaving us with just 40 days before our targeted date of distribution for the invites.  When it’s a destination wedding, you have to send out invites early.

I came to Printsonalities’ Makati office during lunch time, stressed and in a hurry.  My God, are they worth the buck or what.  First, they had me pick a design (if I hadn’t brought my own).  Then, color, which they assisted me with in terms of matching with our intended color scheme.  Then, paper and print quality.  I can definitely see our invites being framed for our future home.  The invites were laid out, proofed, printed, and readied for pick up in 30 days exactly.  FASCINATING.

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Wedding Cake and Cake-In-A-Jar Giveaways:  Box of Sweets by Punky Porca
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰
I love this girl.  Believe me.  I think she gave me a good price for our cake and giveaways because she knows just how much I love her.  I’ve seen this girl grow her enterprise from their kitchen to her own cafe.  From orders from friends to being featured in wedding blogs left and right.  Her talent will blow you over, and she is just the sweetest thing.  And her personality is in her end product every time, made with love, sweet, and just right, never overwhelming, and will always go with a good cup of coffee.

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Photobooth:  Flash With A Smile
Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Cost:  💰💰
I fell in love with them the moment they agreed to make me FROM SCRATCH my classic photobooth.  Seriously.  I love them to pieces.  I can’t even believe that they charged me for the basic package when essentially they’re making my entire booth for our wedding alone.  It was amazing.  The props were tasteful, the photos were crisp, and there were two copies of everything.  They turned over the prints and the soft copy of files on that same day.  They’re a well oiled machine!  Get them.  Truly.  GET THEM NOW.

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Almost done with the reviews!  Thank you for bearing with me.  These people really made our day special; they deserve some space in our world.

Stay tuned!

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REVIEW: The Taste of SALT, Makati

It has been a while since I last posted a review here, so yesterday, when my friend Emma had a craving for something savory, I immediately thought of SALT.  (Actually, she immediately thought of it, but we’re eating together, so it could have easily been me too.)

I’ve seen the rounds in the blogs for this little hole in the wall.  Located at the corner of Fermina and Enriquez, it wasn’t that hard to find.  From our office along Makati Avenue, we walked to the tricycle station by Polaris St. and simply said Fermina.  The sign is right there, it’s impossible to miss.

(For those who are driving, turn at the corner of Howzat Gym and Bar along Kalayaan Avenue.  The resto is on the third street to your left.)

This being a spontaneous run, please excuse the quality of photos.  Not only were we rushing to finish a sumptuous lunch and squeezing in 15 minutes of quiet time, I only had my phone with me.  All photos are watermarked (poorly, if I may add) in Fotor.

Simple exteriors and interiors, the place is quite inviting.  I had to confirm to a friend if they’re open for lunch, and the only thing he replied is the place is his go-to for “value for money” food.

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Forgot to take a photo of the exterior, but you get the gist.  That small pocket room at the side looks like it can be reserved for big groups.  But then, SALT looks like it was just put up at the back of a big house, so maybe you just come in early with a big group and occupy that space…??  I didn’t get to ask, I was starving.

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Emma is not used to my blogging persona so she felt compelled to take photos too.  Given the shakiness of my pictures, I desperately needed meat.

The T-Bone Steak (P190)

The T-Bone Steak (P190)

Naturally, I had the T-Bone Steak (P190).  I read somewhere that they can’t get the doneness of this steak right.  I asked for medium rare, being the proper carnivore that I am, but because the cut is not as thick, it was cooked closer to medium.

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Don’t get me wrong though.  The steak is ABSOLUTELY flavorful.  I really took my time eating it, I loved every bite.  They matched it with this barbecue sauce and a taste of potato salad.  It was so good.  Now I get what they say about value for money.

Beef Salpicao (P220)

Beef Salpicao (P220)

Emma had the Beef Salpicao (P220) and it looked like sex on a plate.  Hahaha.  Truly!  I immediately asked if they serve beer but unfortunately they don’t.  (So I sometimes drink for lunch, why judge?)

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How sexy is that oil touching the rice?  DROOL ALL OVER.  The beef was tender and well cooked, the garlic was tasteful but not overpowering.  All it really needed was beer really.

I read somewhere that the resto only uses Batangas beef, and I approve of that.  The first time I tasted that kind of meat was at a buffet.  Cheers for homegrown food!

Our meals were so savory, there was only one way to end it.

Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (P110)

Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (P110)

The Frozen Brazo de Mercedes (P110) can be shared by two.  It has the right amount of sweetness and the cold dessert makes for a perfect match for the hot lunch sun.  It also washes away the yummy oil taste from the meals.  It truly is the perfect ending.

All in all, it was a great experience for us both.  We walked out of SALT satisfied and satiated, and feeling the need to run 10km because we almost licked our plates clean.  Too bad though for the other table; their orders were not available in the kitchen.  But I have a feeling their best sellers are always in stock.

If you’re planning to drop by, here’s the menu of the place:

Menu

Drop a line if you’re dropping by soon!  It’s so close to my office, I just might join you.

 

SALT
5887 Fermina St. corner Enriquez St., Poblacion, Makati
Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 5:00 pm – 1:00 am, Sundays from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, and 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kulasas at Mogu

It’s been a while since I last saw these lovely ladies, so when Tina suggested we do something normal — have dinner, desserts and coffee — instead of the usual late night party, I immediately bit the bullet.

We were supposed to meet at 7 in Mogu, Serendra, but only three of us were on time.  As usual, with every addition is a slight move down from the dining table.  I have to admit it is one of our more prudent spending for a long time.  Hahaha.  It was a fun dinner, with Jackie’s hunger prompting her to binge and then go on a sugar rush, Vaughn’s barter day and lots lots more.  I wonder if that Laiya thing will push through.

Let’s do this dinner thing again girls! :)