Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's our 7th year

Today we celebrated our 7th year anniversary as a married couple.

My husband woke me up with a kiss, giving me a rose. MC and IC marched in our bedroom with flowers, too; MC recited a short poem that she just made up right at that very moment :)

And then off for our big lunch date. The kids insisted on me putting on my wedding dress and MC even took time to find my wedding 'shoes'. I gave in. The dress fits me but my husband protested as he dont plan to look so 'fine'. So instead of my wedding dress, I asked the kids to chose another 'nice' dress; the girls wore they best dresses, too.

Where did we go? To the restaurant/hotel where we held our reception seven years ago. This has been a tradition that we would try to follow for as long as we can.

And what was that wedding dress?

Here is my story.

wedding gownI was already four months pregnant when I got married. We cannot marry so fast because of the billions of paperworks needed in Germany — I have collected two thick folders holding all the papers necessary to marry. And not to mention those documents translated from English into German.

For everything to move faster, I decided to fly back home to closely monitor the paper works and also because, I wanted to say goodbye to my family and friends in the Philippines and in Bangkok. I know getting married is a big step, and my choice husband would bring me too far away from all the people and places that used to mean home to me. I simply wanted to have the chance to walk one more time to my old world so that I could easily welcome the new one.

Plus, I have always wanted to get married in a nice Philippine-made wedding gown. I already know what I wanted, a babydoll dress, so short to be sexy but fit enough to complement my growing stomach. Actually, being pregnant made me feel so sexy that I am ready to experiment with my wedding dress. But I wanted it to be made of indigenouos ethnic materials such as pina or jusi.

PiƱa fabric is hand woven from pineapple leaves and has a natural ivory color (although it can be dyed). On the other hand, when banana fibers is mixed with silk, the fabric is called jusi.

And marrying in a far away foreign land made me want to show off what I am. I wanted to represent the Philippine woman. Especially since most of our guests, including my future husband, doesnt even know the Philippines!

It was luck that a very good friend, who also arrived from the US, got to meet with me to help me choose my wedding gown. Since he’s a great dresser, I trust his judgement. We met at Rustan’s Shangrila and went through their boutique and immediately found what I wanted in Filipinian section.

I got to try on two jusi dresses from Dita Sandico Ong, both baby doll dresses; it was a real fun and funny experience because my friend, who’s gay — acted like he’s my mom; complete with sentimental gestures, fake tears and loads of ooohs and aaahhhhs. He made all the sales ladies laugh as he insisted on wanting fit some Filipiniana gowns, too! Well, of course, he only tried on the wonderful shawls; he simply cant resist and he’s making me and the people around us laugh, so it’s a welcome side show. I really had fun and would not have shopping for my wedding dress any other way.

Although I know that the Dita Sandico Ong babydoll dress is the right one; we nevertheless searched Patis Tesoro’s boutique for any possible wedding gown ‘candidates’; they have some pretty terno’s but you see, I have already fallen in love with the first dress and there’s no more changing my mind.

my bridal gown

My wedding dress is then a sleeveless babydoll from Dita Sandico Ong made of jusi. It is fitted on the bust and accented by small fine translucent beads around the bust areas. It has a flowing skirt silhouette that introduces some welcome butterfly kisses to my bulging stomache. The shawl is also made of mixed ethic materials with fine beads, too.

I wore my dress with a light colored stockings and a light colored pair of shoes. I also asked my husband to buy a beige or light colored suit despite the fact that almost all formal wedding here has the groom in dark suits. Of course he fitted them, as I tried on my wedding dress. I guess I never really thought about that old superstition that if you tried on your wedding gown, it would not push through because from then on, the preparation went without a hitch.

And oh, we also asked the guest to come in light colored attires. I wanted the wedding to have happy colors and not the dull dark ones.

I was real proud of my wedding dress. I was real proud that I got to introduce my heritage by the simple act of choosing a Philippine-made wedding gown. That made me more a happy bride, feeling like my family’s there with me.

Next, am going to talk about my second wedding dress. Oh yeah, we did got married in Manila, too!

This was first posted here.


Vk-mahalkaayo said...

happy 7th wedding anniversary to you both.

more blessing to come and God bless.

ang ganda ng damit mo, and of course, ikaw din.
lalo kang maganda and sekse with 4th month pregnant.

kaya yon babae ang anak mo kasi maganda ka when you´re pregnant with MC.

again, happy anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tintin said...

Happy Anniversary! Your wedding dress story is so special. And it looks like a classic. Love it!

feng said...

Happy happy anniversary to you and Hubby. stay in love forever!

lovelyn said...

Belated Happy Reminiscing Raq. Years of happy counting for you and your husband!

Vlado&Toni said...

Happy Anniv! I love your dress and you are so lucky it still fits you,. you can even wear it to some nice formal events because it's so beautiful and also convertible to a formal wear. Which gives me an idea, next time I go home I should look for a filipiana dress.
Thanks for the tip :)

Anonymous said...

happy anniversary raq. i love how you started the day. sweet!
and i love your gown story. you looked so beautiful and elegant.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! I like your wavy hair. Lovely dress.

The paperwork kinda discourage people from getting married.

Anonymous said...

Awwww! Angganda! :D At last, nakita ko rin ang wedding pictures nyo!
Kung sa akin lang, 'alang kaso yung ikinasal ka nang preggy, kayo din naman eh. Medyo hawig mo nga si MC. :) (ayan, nanagalog na tuloy ako dito)

Happy 7th anniversary to both of you! :D :D

raqgold said...

vk - thanks, i really love my wedding gown as i look good even when am already preggy, hehe

tintin - that dress is really a classic, the kids wanted to wear it almost everyday, hahaha

toni - go and buy filipiniana dress, it wouldnt be a waste, promise. yun nga lang, dry clean sya :(

lady cess - thanks, it wasnt hard to find that dress if you know where to look, filipiniana section, hehe

tina - that paperwork? it would have been better to do everything in pinas!

HBH - hahaha, and you discovered this story. i am sure you would research for it :) you are that kind of guy!

Wenchie said...

Hi Raquel, belate Happy Anniversary. Wish you more years of bliss. Stay happy. Take care.