NIKO NACINO & LEA MAE ROA

The Road to For­ever

Wedding Essentials - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­to­graphs THE DAYDREAMER STU­DIOS Words LEA MAE ROA-NACINO

“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.

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