Maid of Honor’s Speech #CoreeNellWedding

What the Maid of Honor said to her little sister’s on her wedding day. Read on!

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majNcoreeneGood Evening! For those of you who don’t know me, I am Maj also known as Majelle, a very proud sister of this stunning bride and one of Nell’s colleagues in GEMBSO. If there’s one person who knows almost every detail about their wedding and what the preps were all about aside from them I am happy to say, that is me 🙂 Tonight, I could really say it’s my little sister’s wedding 🙂 literally it is. I want to start this by congratulating the newlyweds, and thanking all of you for coming here to share this very special day with our families.

Looking at the two of you now, I am really having whirlwind of emotions? I know that COREENE has found her perfect match; the one she truly deserves that God has made for her, and that is something I should be thankful for; but at the same time I feel sad, because starting tonight you will no longer live with us.

My heart is bursting with so much love and happiness for the two of you most especially today. Because you made it, you’re able to pull it off and your life together as a couple has been blessed to have a great and brand new start. I know that yours will be a marriage of long standing. I know you’ll have a wonderful adventure ahead of you, and with God’s blessings, your marriage will last for decades to come with little Nells and Coreenes too.

I never knew Nell until Coreene introduced him to me, several years back when he decided to join us in GEMBSO. So I can’t tell you much horrible stories about him, but I can say that I think he is great, he is kind, he is thoughtful and he is just the right man for my sister (Someone who can handle my sister’s mood swings). He’s easy going, interesting, easy to talk to, and he has a great sense of humor! (Based on Coreene’s laglagan stories about Nell). I’m not in the position to squeal though. Nell, we are very happy and honored to welcome you into our family. We know you are made to fit our “tiny happy clan” and we hope we’re made for you too. Kidding aside, Nell, you are one of us now and we love that cool idea to have you around. The Magpantays and The De Jesus’ gladly accept you with open arms and immense happiness.

Coreene, I want to give emphasis on how beautiful you look today; your glow radiates and so is the love and happiness that you feel. This has truly been a special day for me and for all of us here. Thank you for giving a totally different meaning to the words sisterhood that transcends through almost thirty amazing years of wonderful life you shared with me and I know for sure that more years will come our way.  I know most of you would agree with me that Coreene has brought so much joy into our lives, through her antics and own simple charming ways. She is a great friend with a different kind of sense of humor. “Cariñong brutal” but that is just her way to express her love for us. I know that she’ll bring that same joy into Nell’s life and family as well.

I would always remember the times that the three of us spent together; watching movies and travelling to other places to enjoy food. Those were really precious ones. Hoping that we can still continue to do it together and praying that I’ll have my own partner soon (fingers crossed) so that I won’t be the third wheel.

Coreene, Kapatid ko, This is it! The long wait and the searching is now finally over!  You are so blessed to have found the missing piece that belongs to your heart. Not everyone finds a match and you are so lucky because you have yours. Thanks for the extraordinary friendship that we shared and for the trust that both of you have given me. It is an honor to be your wedding planner and host and at the same time for the opportunity to be your Maid of Honor. I really appreciate the tiny gestures that show your concern for me and the importance you’ve been giving me all these years.

I’d like to give you a gift, to remind you of how much I love you. It’s a necklace with two inter-locking hearts. One belongs to you and the other is mine. We may no longer be living under one roof but I assure you that you’ll always be in my prayers. We may not hang out together often but remember you always have me isang message lang si Ate Maj, FB, Twitter, IG, Viber, BBM, Whatsapp at text.

Nell and Coreene, My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years, your love for each other will deepen and grow. Years from now, may you look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least. I wish you the very best. My love goes to the both of you.

Take each day and cherish your time together. Love one another and stand together. Put your love and your family first; your job and your hobbies second. Never forget to keep at least one good memory of each other everyday.

May your love be like the wind, strong enough to move the clouds, soft enough to never hurt, but always never ending? So here’s to love, laughter, and happily ever after. Cheers!

Team CoreeNell #PaandarWedding

One Amazing Team! If you do it with Love nothing will go wrong. Just give your full trust to your chosen suppliers and they will not fail you!

I was so excited when I found out that my sister, Coreene and Nell, now my brother-in-law have already decided to get married, it was December of 2014. Since I pretty much know them, I already have envisioned how it would be like on their wedding day. As the Wedding Planner, I exactly knew who the right people to call and trust. I knew who would be the perfect partners for their special day. And I was right! We actually made the right choices. We got the best team suitable to us. The team who can carefully take care of the couples’  needs, likes and wants. The team that is dependable, reliable, admirable, passionate, dedicated, and committed. A team of experienced wedding suppliers that has a reputable name; synonymous to the kind of product and services that they have been providing through the years.

This team made sure that every little detail,the nitty-gritty ones will be taken into consideration; that everything will be handled accordingly based on how we planned it. Though this couple is one of the most unique ones and easy to work with, they surely have some expectations in their minds that we all gladly exceeded.

If you are going to ask Coreene what she wants, she would just say “Simple lang, basta may Pink, Ok na ako dun!, Kung ano sa tingin n’yo ang maganda, masaya na ako dun! Madali naman ako kausap, basta may pink at may hearts!” She just wants to have simple, memorable and happy wedding and have it witnessed and celebrated by people who matters to both of them and their families.

For us wedding supplier one of the hardest word to define is the word ‘simple’. Everyone has a different point of view or perception of the word. I know most suppliers would agree with me. Simple could mean a lot, it depends on how you describe it.

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Coreene and Nell’s wedding had been a mind-boggling and nerve-wracking challenge to most of their wedding partners especially to their florist/event stylist – Willy Tongco of Fioridella and their Couturier – Adam Balasa of Adam Balasa Couture. When they asked Coreene and Nell about what they wanted the answer was

“IKAW NA BAHALA!, Ikaw ang mas nakakaalam ng maganda! Ikaw ang magaling dyan, Kaya mo na yan!” WE TRUST YOU! Wala akong pegs basta may pink masaya na ako dun. “

Willy Tongco, my friend, thank you for being so kind and for accommodating our requests. You did not just wow everyone with your set up and paandar, you have exceeded our expectations. Ikaw na talaga Willy, kaya naman sabi nga ni Coreene, matagal ka na n’ya gustong isako kasi wala kang ginagawang hindi maganda. You are very creative, iba ka talaga! Salamat at #NaWillyTongco kami. You are truly #BatangasFinestFlorist Thanks to your team, Ate Jhec, Cesar, Jorge, Nonoy and Dennis of Fioridella flower shop.

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Adam, kapatid, maraming salamat sa mga ganap mo. First time na nangyari na ang bride at buong entourage ay walang kaalam-alam sa mga design, sa magiging itsura ng mga gowns na gagawin mo at hindi man lang kami nangamba. Hinayaan ka namin gawin ang sa tingin mong maganda, babagay sa bawat isa sa amin at hindi kami nagkamali. We put our full trust in you and you delivered, you never fail to amaze us. You made us all look great on our gowns the mothers and the rest of the entourage. You have made Coreene the prettiest on her wedding day. You have enhanced what she already has and showcased her assets and hid her flaws. Amazing ka! Good thing she was able to give justice to the very elegant and timeless gown you have made for her. She was in love with her wedding gown and everyone was asking who was she wearing. She is so happy and proud to say, we are all wearing Adam Balasa! #BatangasFinestCouturier Thanks to Jinn Ross and Myri for the assistance too!

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Georgia, thank you for making my sister the most beautiful bride on her wedding day iba talaga pag #Georgiafied lakas maka-feeling celebrity. Special thanks to JR Medrano, Pauline Prieto and Rubi Sarmiento for taking care of the girls’ hair and make up. Ang saya lang pag kayo ang kasama. Chillax lang. We love it!

For their cake, Myra & Lea of Nanay Aveling’s asked them the same question and they just said we just want it to be simple with hearts design in shades of white and pink. They just made a very beautiful cake perfect for the couple; and to our surprise when they sliced it the color of the cake was pink too. So sweet and so cute! I know nahirapan din kayo sa challenge ni Coreene. Thank you talaga!

 

For their invitations, they just wanted it simple and classy with touches of white and pink.  Anna and Nikki, eagerly assisted us in choosing the perfect invitation and they made it just the way the couple wanted it.  While Dennise and Josie of Design Plus assisted us with other printed stuff and Rizah of Paper Creations took care of the Misalettes. I can really depend on all of you basta usapang papel, prints, invites, envelops atbp. Kayo number 1 sa akin!

The Souvenirs for the guests were given by the MK Family (Kuya AJ, Ate Maricel & Baby MK) while the souvenirs for the principal sponsors were made with love by Coreene with  the help of Tito Jed and Jovel.

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With regard to lights and sounds, we can never go wrong with RM Lights and Sounds.  Tito Ray Mayo, Jobert, Alvin and Jeff of Team RM made sure that the mood lighting, special effects, musical scoring and audio will be just right for the program. Again kayo pa rin ang favourite lights and sounds supplier ko. You are indeed one of the best and may malasakit sa program at sa katrabaho. Mabuhay kayo!

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When it comes to music Totally Mesmerized is our most trusted partner in providing awesome and pleasing entertainment to our guests. Sa galing nila parang CD ang pinapakinggan mo, siguradong mapapakanta at mapapaindak ang mga bisita walang halong bola. 

Sabi nga ni Coreene, kahit di ko pa alam noon kung kelan ako ikakasal eh alam ko na kakanta sila sa kasal ko. This team will always be family to us and to GEMBSO. Shout out to Tiffany, Diane, Jun, Billy, Richard and Tito Joel for serenading our guests. We all enjoyed listening to you. You totally mesmerized everyone. Thanks to Sheila, Joseph and Vier too we miss you guys.

Special shoutout to LA Mago our Banquet head, Ronald Perez, Jay Ilagan, JM Arandia, Cathy Albañez, Maricel Perez, and Aldwin Aguda together with  the other friendly staff and crew of Pontefino Hotel for giving us superb service and warm assistance. I am honored to have been working with all of you. You are truly an asset to your company. I am still looking forward to have more GEMBSO events with you on board.

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There is no doubt that everyone enjoyed the service and the printed pics from Photoman and the cocktails and drinks served by Shakers Big Punch 808 mobile bar. Thanks Ryan and to your boys! Unlimited! Todo-todo hanggang magsawa kaya lahat happy.

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The couple chose Nice Print to tell the story of their wedding day. They were the ones to whom Coreene and Nell have entrusted the most significant milestone in their lives as one. We handpicked the members of the team to cover; it was led by Hazel Santillan Naval, Jeff and Emerson together with nine others. The onsite photo was awesome and the shots were beautiful the onsite video was great and heartfelt! Thank you Bien, Flor and Rhecy for the assistance and correspondence too.

Thanks to Tito Emie Rojas, from GEMBSO who drove the bridal car, to Ate Mathy for making sure that no one will be hungry. Thanks for the lunch you have prepared for the entire Team CoreeNell.

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Thanks to all the office staff and boys of Most Holy Trinity Parish. Special thanks to Rev. Fr. Daks for officiating the ceremony.

Shout out to Angel G. Magtibay of Pontefino our Account Executive and to Ate Meann Remo for the full support and assistance we warmly appreciate your presence and help! Maraming Salamat.

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To my ever-reliable, loyal, hardworking and dedicated GEMBSO Angels Ate Rose, Ate Bure, Maya, Sahlie, Janeth, Ian and Sherwin you all did an excellent job. Ang gagaling n’yo daw I am so proud of you. To my past Gembso Angel JC thank you for being an extra photographer that day. To all my other GEMBSO Angels Mommy T, Tito Jed, Tio Lebs, Ate Jeng and Joanna thanks for coming! We are very happy we had our mini reunion.

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To Deo, Jelai and Jovel who flew all the way from Dubai and Qatar just to be with them on their wedding day thanks for the “wagas” na effort.

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Pati na rin si #TeamPanis na special surprise for Coreene! You already! Hahaha! You have made Coreene and Nell’s wedding even more special. Thanks for the effort!

Lastly, I would like to express my warmest appreciation to all of you wonderful and amazing people who have been an integral part of the success of this event. You are all exceptional. You have made simple and ordinary things more meaningful because you have always been giving nothing but your best. You’ve been doing it extraordinarily with LOVE and COMPASSION.

To Coreene and Nell, Ate Maj and Deo are so happy for the two of you.  Thank you for giving me and the whole team your full trust. We are honoured to be your wedding partners. We love you and you will always be my favourite GEMBSO Couple.

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The Big Sister On Being Emotional

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One week to go. Time flies so fast, I mean really fast! Wedding preps done! Just have to do the printing of docs. I am having whirlwind of emotions and I can’t even start writing my speech. Though speaking in front of many people is something that I have been doing for so many years as a host. I still can’t get enough of the tension that I am having right now. Why is it so hard to write something for someone really special to you? I can’t organize my thoughts, I just have to do it short but heartfelt. How can I sum up almost 30 years in just 1 or 2 paragraphs or a max of 3? What is dragging me, is the thought of me delivering my speech without even crying. Being “mababaw ang luha, baka di lang hanky ang kailangan ko.” I would probably need a glass of water and a box of Kleenex. I have to put that on my note to self! I have to brace my self that I can do it with grace without my make up being ruined.

Oh Majella, OO, ikaw nga! Umayos ka! Kaya mo yan!

Having just a glimpse of their big day essentials made me teary-eyed; can you imagine how it would be like on the actual day itself?

From the very start I know everything would turn out to be great. Every detail is exceptionally taken care of by some of the best partners I know. Having special people around you would make every single moment memorable. All the brilliant ideas that we were able pull and give life; the superb dedication and commitment that we put in this wedding and the outstanding performances that everyone will do are just few reasons for me to say that it is going to be awesome!

I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. But above all feelings that I have, I am happy and I am honored. This wedding is my baby and the couple who will be tying the knot will definitely be my favourite! Just as they claimed it.

To my other Gembso Couples don’t be jealous. They are just too special to me, we are a family.

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