MARK CERDEÑA & FRANCES JOANNE SALAS

The Black Wed­ding

Wedding Essentials - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­to­graphs HON­EY­COMB PHOTOCINEMA Words FRANCES JOANNE SALAS- CERDEÑA

Since col­lege, I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated with wed­dings. Not be­cause I wanted to get mar­ried that soon, but be­cause, for me, a wed­ding gives me that feel­ing of “kilig” and true hap­pi­ness. I even helped my fam­ily and friends plan their events. And af­ter all this time, I thought that I won’t get mar­ried at all. That’s why De­cem­ber 16, 2017 was not just the hap­pi­est day of our lives, but also God’s per­fect time to grant us this bless­ing af­ter 14 years of be­ing to­gether.

Mark and I wanted our wed­ding to be about love and fam­ily. We made sure that we in­vite as much guests close to our hearts to wit­ness this event. We have al­ways had this vi­sion about this wed­ding, that we want it to be classy but noth­ing too ex­trav­a­gant. That’s why af­ter Mark pro­posed, we im­me­di­ately vis­ited sev­eral bridal fairs and in­quired to all pos­si­ble sup­pli­ers that will match our ideas, style and bud­get. We also spent more than a year to fi­nal­ize ev­ery de­tail and fin­ish all DIY projects. Af­ter so many ideas, plans and re­vi­sions, we de­cided to have a black wed­ding.

Mark and I are both devo­tees of the Black Nazarene. We alw ays look for­ward for the 3pm mass of Rev. Fr. Hans Mag­du­ru­lang ev­ery Fri­day at the Quiapo Church. We love the way he pre­sides the mass es­pe­cially dur­ing the Homily. That’s why it was really a bless­ing that he agreed to sol­em­nize our wed­ding.

Our wed­ding mo­tif is black since it’s our fa­vorite color. I just added a few touches of pink to rep­re­sent my love for Hello Kitty. But what made this spe­cial is that we re­quested all guests (in­clud­ing kids) to wear all black and they all com­plied. We did not ask our guests to strictly wear gowns & suits since we didn’t want them to have a rea­son not to come. They can wear what­ever they want based on the at­tire guide we gave, as long as it is for­mal and black. That’s why when I en­tered the church, I was ex­tra happy see­ing all our guests in black. The theme is Clas­sic Mod­ern El­e­gance since we wanted ev­ery­thing to be sim­ple but sleek and so­phis­ti­cated. Also we opted to have all white decor for our re­cep­tion to com­ple­ment the at­tire of our guests.

I made sev­eral DIY items for our wed­ding like the ring, ar­rhae and rosary pil­lows, unity and of­fer­tory can­dles, cord, flower girl bas­kets, in­vi­ta­tion lay­out, wands for the church & grand en­trance, ban­ner held by the flower girls, missalettes, fans used dur­ing the cer­e­mony, es­cort and place cards, re­cep­tion guide cards, boxes used for the sou­venirs for the prin­ci­pal spon­sors, per­son­al­ized black tis­sue and per­son­al­ized cof­fee sleeves.

One of the high­lights dur­ing our wed­ding was our first dance. Mark and I just chore­ographed the dance to the tune of “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, with the help of some Youtube videos. It took us 3 prac­tices to master the steps on our own. It was a sur­prise for some since they did not know that Mark can dance. He even is a much bet­ter dancer than me.

For us, a cou­ple doesn’t need to be ex­tra col­or­ful and ex­trav­a­gant to de­pict hap­pi­ness and class. As long as there is fam­ily and love, all else will be col­or­ful in our own eyes.

“Mark and I wanted our wed­ding to be about love and fam­ily.”

Ho­tel Preps MAR­RIOTT HO­TEL MANILA Church SHRINE OF ST. THERESE OF THE CHILD JE­SUS Re­cep­tion Venue THE TENT AT ACA­CIA ES­TATES Co­or­di­na­tor KISS THE GIRL EVENTS Cater­ing & Styling QUEENS­LAND CATER­ING Makeup Artist FROILANERIK Wed­ding Gown & En­tourage Gowns KHAI VIL­LANUEVA Bride’s Ac­ces­sories JACATEL Groom’s Suit GALANG TAI­LOR­ING Photo/video HON­EY­COMB PHOTOCINEMA Ceil­ing Dé­cor JHET’S BAL­LOON ART BOU­QUET N DECORS Bou­quets GEMMA’S FLOWERSHOP Cake 57 SWEET TOOTH Lights and Sound WAVE SOUND PRO­DUC­TIONS & EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Band ROOTS NINE33 Bridal Car DON ROBERT’S Pho­to­booth THE LIGHT­HOUSE PROJECT

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