NIKO NACINO & LEA MAE ROA
The Road to Forever
“And it hit me, today is my big day, and I told myself to let go!”
I never thought I could find love until I swiped right. Yes, we are one of the few successful tinder couples and I’m sure there a lot who can relate. During the relationship we had a lot of ups and downs, but that did not hinder Niko to ask my hand in marriage.
We started to prepare for our wedding in September 2016 and the wedding was set on January 20, 2018. A lot of our friends and family were hesitant about the long engagement, but Niko and I were not at all worried about it.
Good thing about long engagements, we also get to plan longer. We got to choose our suppliers and book them in advance. I took inspiration from several wedding blogs and idea sites (thanks to Pinterest). But one of my personal mistakes was to overbook things, like we had 3 photo shoots prior to the wedding. Our budget tripled since the last time I checked my list. Niko and his family were very kind and patient, and he supported this long-time dream of mine. In the end, everything was smooth with lots of time to spare.
Finally I’m getting married! This is the day that every woman dreams about. I’ve been casted in several roles during a wedding. I’ve been a bridesmaid, maid-of-honor, secondary sponsor, name it…now this is the moment to become the bride.
No matter how passionately detailed and prepared I was with everything, there were still minor issues. Some of the nitty-gritty stuff, I tend to overlook, so that gave me a bit of a stress. I have this tendency to micro-manage, I check everything, oh my, one of the secondary sponsor bouquet was missing – what do I do? And these even made me more stressed. And it hit me, today is my big day, and I told myself to let go!
For the theme, we went for rustic garden because we wanted a fresh and relaxed ambiance. The elements that we have incorporated were wood, pink flowers and lush greens to achieve our overall theme. We basically wanted a “homey” feel in our reception.
For us, our wedding was perfect and something that we will remember for the rest of our lives. For now, off to a new adventure I call…togetherness.
Ceremony Venue MARY THE QUEEN SAN JUAN Reception Venue SAMPAGUITA GARDENS Videographer PARADOX FILMS Bride’s Dress MAK TUMANGBride’s Shoes BADGLEY MISCHKA Groom Shoes GODFATHER Bridesmaid Dresses DRESSYOURBRIDESMAID NINO ANGELES COUTUREGroom’s Attire IAN MANILA Hairstylist - Groom THE SPOILED GROOM Hairstylist and Makeup Artist TONI AVILES Makeup Artist BRYLLEY’S MAGICDessert Buffet PERIWINKLE AND LACE Catering PASSION COOKS Stationery PAPELDELIGHTS Calligraphy LITTLE MS PRINTER Jewelry JACATEL Band KEYSTRINGS Ceremony Musicians KHEVIN ALMARIO Host JOEY COMANDAO Lights and Sounds LST MOBILEBridal Car APERFECTDAYWEDCAR LUXURY BRIDAL CARS MANILA Wedding Planner JOEY COMANDAORobes BRIDAL ESSENTIAL PH Wedding Rings DIAMOND WITH LOVE