Perfect 10 Weddings

Monday, February 14, 2011

Our First Couple

You could say Perfect 10 Weddings literally started with Maricel and Ilie.

To launch Perfect 10 Weddings, we had our first activity with couples -- an afternoon of coffee, pastries, and shared thoughts on weddings -- on the 7th of March 2010.  Aside from sharing lessons we learned based on experience, we also gave away a free wedding coordination package to one lucky couple. That's Maricel and Ilie.

We're glad God sent them our way. Theirs was a wedding that spelled L-O-V-E all throughout. Without that much LOVE, we don't think Maricel and Ilie could have delivered on all the DIYs they planned.

Couples can create layouts via photoshop and "what-have-you" programs, but I don't think everyone could hand sew fabric envelopes for invites the way Maricel did. Yes, Maricel and Ilie were not only hands on with the layout of the invite, they literally sewed the invite pages together and sewed each envelope (button and buttonhole included). This is definitely one invite that won't end up being forgotten. I bet the invite envelope has ended up in the bag of many a guest after the wedding. :)

To complete the shabby chic look, Dylan of Vatel Manila created a bouquet that gave the "fresh from the garden" impression Maricel wanted. (Fell in love with the lotus pods, too... :)

K by Cunanan also assisted Maricel and Ilie. Macy brought a board for the menu -- no printed menu... it's a shabby chic wedding, after all.

To say that I loved the centerpieces is an understatement. Of course, the guests enjoyed all the more when the coordinators distributed the little bags and twisty ties. That meant they were given free reign to take flowers home. :)

Godparents surely felt the shabby chic vibe with this three-piece gift from the couple. Yes, they thought of a creative gift for godparents, too. (It also meant an extra bag of choc nut for suppliers during preps... :)

For everyone else, Maricel and Ilie had handkerchiefs which Maricel and her sister personally ironed. I don't think any guest left without knowing the theme of their wedding. The escort cards were also handwritten. (Of course, it helped that Maricel had really nice penmanship.)

I think you'll agree with me that LOVE played a major role in this wedding. And I'm not just talking about the love the couple exuded for each other. I'm talking about how much love they had for their guests. The effort they exerted to personally do everything communicated that each one is important as the other -- that each one's presence contributed to making their day extra special. :) 

I miss my long phone conversations with Maricel -- we literally conversed about everything from the gown to the need for handcrafted street signs.

It was a breeze emceeing their special day. We just spent one whole afternoon talking about what was needed and voila... a programme plan was hatched. :) The execution was easy because the guests were cooperative when the coordinators gave instructions, Elmer was there to handle lights and sounds, the photo and video teams of Atty. Fortun and Daniel Lei were great, and the waiters of K by Cunanan were their usual attentive selves. :) 

From Maricel and Ilie

Blessings have poured in months before our wedding. One of them is P10W.
I was an active member then of W@W when I read about Darlene's invitation to "Passing on the Bouquet and Boutonnière”. I am not used to joining sharing sessions (mahiyain po ako sa totoong buhay) but for some reason, Darlene's post was so inviting. Parang may nagtutulak sa akin at nagsabi "sige na go!" so I registered and March __, 2010 turned out to be one of our luckiest days. We won P10W's Silver Package.(Yes! I thought malas kami ni Ilie sa raffles coz I could not remember we won in any). It was really a blessing! A God's gift.
Darlene and her team gave us an exceptionally good service. 
These are ten reasons why we love Darlene:
1) She is organized. Several templates were given to us which served as reference and guide during the planning stage.
2) She's always ready to listen to what we have to say. (Darlene, Ilie told me he called you up several times to make kwento about our personal arguments. Grabe pati yun! Thanks for listening. Nakakahiya tuloy)
3) A fast thinker. Always on top of everything and very efficient. She never fails to remind me abou deadlines.
4) She follows the time table. We started on time and finished on time.
5) I did not hear her speak ill of any other suppliers. She won't name names even when I was tempted to ask who it was. IT only proves that she has a good heart.
6) She made us a very nice Thank You AVP. Thanks for improving the grammar. hehehe.
7) She hosted our wedding with grace. It was very personalized. We couldn't think of any other person who could do the job well other than you.
8) She did not give me and llie any stress before and during the wedding. I was aware of the minor problems the day before the Big Day but she did not stress us at all.
9) She is very dedicated to her craft and went extra mile to assist us, our families and friends.
10) She replies to text messages and emails immediately.
Darlene, from the bottom of our hearts it is our wish to convey to you our deepest gratitude for all the help. We will never forget all the good things you did for us. Please extend our gratitude to the rest of P10W. You are indeed a blessing! We love you and miss you! Mwahh!

Maricel & Ilie
14 Oct 2010
Bamboo Organ/Amvel