Friday, December 28, 2012

Wedding Pictures Part III

 Here I am again with the part three of my wedding pictures.  I promise this is the last batch.  Please bear with me as this post has tons of pictures. As I have said in my last post, I promised a cousin who was not able to attend the wedding that I would post a lot of pictures.

Here we are with my family.  The guy beside my sister is Manuel, her husband.  The one holding the violin is my son, Manuel whom I fondly call Toots or Tootsieroll, and the one with the glasses is my dad, Manuel.   Just in case you're wondering, NO, not all Filipino men are named Manuel. It just so happened that in my family, that name seems to be so popular.  Actually, my new nephew, the one inside my sister's womb when this pic was taken is also named Manuel.  His name is Manuel Emilio.

This is my extended family, minus a lot of those who live abroad.

This is Ruel's extended family.

Here are my super busy friends at the registration table.  Thank God for them, they truly saved the day for us, running around where I wanted them to go, doing the things I wanted them to do.

The set up of the presidential table

A bird's eyeview of the reception area.  This was taken before the program started.

165 guests confirmed their attendance.  Only 137 attended.
                               Before the program started, we spent a few minutes for our pictorial.

Our green cake with pink flowers.  The inside was chocolate.  Totally delicious!

Some of our desserts

still desserts

We also had fresh fruits.

Here's our entrance.  The fog machine was on, there was also a bubble machine. Too bad the bubbles can't be seen here. Our entrance music was Ever After from Enchanted.

Yes, we were really this happy!

I love this pic!

The release of the doves

my relatives

still my relatives....the woman in yellow is the only sister of my mom

with my mom, my dad, my aunt who is also one of the godmothers, a nephew  and Mr. Ultado, one of the godfathers

New faces: Ruel's uncle, and my grand uncle

with Ruel's brother, her sister and her sister's family

with my pretty sister and her husband

one of my favorite pics

The sun has set!  I'm still wearing a smile!  It was indeed a happy day.

Here we are, enjoying the song, Grow Old with You.  It was sung by my Brigadoon friends.

Time to slice the cake!

Here's Ruel proposing a toast to me. Sorry I forgot what was so funny.

me, proposing a toast to my husband

Here's Polly, a former student of mine  giving her message to us.  She said so many nice things about me and reminded Ruel, "Tito Ruel, you're very lucky to have Ms. Claire as your wife."

Time for me to say thank you to everyone. ...the minute I opened my mouth I started crying.  Funny thing was, my son was not listening and then he suddenly heard his name, and that being the only word he heard, he thought I was calling him so he came up to the front and that's why my face looks like that.  I didn't know whether to cry or laugh.

My thank you speech was quite long and I tried hard not to cry but I just couldn't stop the tears from flowing specially when I was saying thanks to my family.

 Finally, our first dance....we used So Close from Enchanted .

It was truly an amazing and happy day.   It was a day filled with laughter and tears of joy.  The morning was stressful because of the rain but it stopped right before the wedding and we enjoyed beautiful weather all throughout the reception.  

I thank God for giving me what I prayed for.  I prayed for beautiful weather and He gave it to me.  I actually wished for showers in the morning because there's a belief that if it rains on your wedding day, it means blessing.   I didn't pray for it because I was afraid it wouldn't stop.  Still, I wished there would be showers and God gave that to me even without me praying for it.

My sister said she couldn't come to the wedding because she was due any moment, but in the end, she still did.  

We also thought Ruel's brother wouldn't be able to make it but he did.  

Almost everyone who mattered was there.  Of course I understand those friends and relatives of mine who were a million miles away or those who were sick so they couldn't attend.  I know that they were thinking of me on that day.

It was indeed a happy time, and a blessed day.  

I'm now married for almost a month and my husband has turned out to be such a sweet and gentle husband.  

I feel so blessed.  


  1. OH WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful pictures Claire! So happy for you!!!!

    XOXO Shar

    1. Thanks Sar! Happy New Year!

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  2. Beautiful! You were a gorgeous bride! Your pictures are great! Love your colors!

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