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67 W@Wies (Part 1) - W@W Chat (repost)
August 29th, 2014

FYI: W@W Chat is our wedding podcast. Its first airing was in July 2011; it went on until Episode 79 last October 2013. Yes, we just might bring it back, but for now, enjoy our past episodes. We are randomly posting past episodes weekly, so we asked listeners/ readers/ W@Wies/ Supplier Friends to pick their fave and write an intro. This one is by W@Wie Ren (W@W addict since March 2013. Then she shared her love and logic last June 12, 2014 when she said I do to her geek IT husband Carmelo.) Let us know which is your fave! ~W@W Team

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FAVE EPISODE – W@Wies

I was just a newbie in W@W when my husband and I discovered and listened to this Podcast. The invited guests here are what we called w@wies (couples from the Weddings at Work Community).
The W@Wies tackled their love story, how the Weddings at Work started, and how they prepared their actual wedding. As a newbie that time, I felt so giddy and ‘kilig’ hearing their story. It also made me an instant fan of their partnership; thus, I wanted to see and meet them in person.
I can say that listening to this chat as a newbie made me more addicted to W@W. There were points when I said, “ah ganun pala yun”! I also took note all of the pieces of advice they gave. Now that we are done with our wedding, I can definitely tell everyone that this podcast really helped us a lot in preparing for our wedding — on what to expect from the preparations to the actual event.

67 W@Wies (Part 1) - W@W Chat

posted April 17, 2013

You may listen to the episode by clicking (play) on the embedded audio player above. You may also right-click this link to save the MP3 and transfer it to your phone, ipod, tablet, and the like. If you’d like to download previous episodes of W@W Chat, please go to iTunes and look for W@W Chat or click on the links of previous episodes. :)


Dispensing hope, pursuing dreams: The MCC Way
August 25th, 2014

She’s the chief planner of MCC Events, yet in the hurried hustle and bustle of several wedding preparations happening within the same period of time, she finds moments to worship along with her husband, sons, family, and friends, to minister to those who come to her for advice, and to “mother” 97 Tawi kids along with her own two boys. Although we would like to call her a superwoman, she will most likely prefer to just be called Mayette.

Her advocacy to educate the less fortunate is truly admirable. Knowing that sometimes parents themselves oppose sending the kids to school, preferring instead for these kids to work, I asked her how she got the kids to go to school daily. Mayette said that she really talked to the parents to get their buy-in. She explained to them how these children will not be able to improve their lives if they won’t get educated, i.e. the continuing circle of poverty. Besides, the children can still work after school. Fortunately, the parents agreed with her; thus, they all have a long standing agreement — parents will do their best to provide for their children, but if they can’t make both ends meet, Ms. Mayette and her friends will step in. Daily, students hie off to her garage to get their “baon packs”. Why daily? So that Ms. Mayette and her husband can also talk to them and check on how they are doing. The students are also free to go to the converted garage to work on their projects, research, print, and the like. Ms. Mayette wants to make sure they don’t have any excuse to avoid going to school — they have baon so they won’t go hungry, and they have materials to comply with assignments and other school requirements. All they really need to do in return is to study hard. Grades are computed every grading period, and the top 10 get rewards for their hard work and diligence — anything from going to a special buffet to new clothes.

Although it seems like she is giving dole-outs at first glance, she is actually dispensing hope and inspiration. She wants the children to hope for a brighter future, but she doesn’t stop there. She feeds that hope by giving them extra tools and nudges to keep them focused on the goal to eventually rise out of the quagmire of poverty through education. She wants them to learn to fish but knows that as children, they can’t learn to fish if no one will support them in the pursuit of their dreams. Their parents can’t do it all for them; thus, she has become a surrogate parent to all 97 of them — along with all the people who silently support the advocacy with donations and prayers. Mind you, she only accepts donations from people she knows personally. Why? Because she does not want the children to capitalize on poverty and have a feeling of entitlement for dole-outs. The goal of the advocacy is not to make them dependent, rather to keep them in school so she gives just enough for them to get a good education — enough to eat so they won’t go hungry while trying to learn and enough to make their requirements so they can get good grades.

It was but fitting for T3 Enforced, a show of TV5, to feature her and salute her efforts to keep all these children in school. Watch the segment:

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/darlenetansalazar 

(W@Wie in 2009; married Emman and forayed into the world of weddings in 2010, and has since been blessed with two W@W Top 10 stints — first, as wedding planner in 2010 and second, as event host in 2013)


34 Blue Leaf - W@W Chat (repost)
August 22nd, 2014

FYI: W@W Chat is our wedding podcast. Its first airing was in July 2011; it went on until Episode 79 last October 2013. Yes, we just might bring it back, but for now, enjoy our past episodes. We are randomly posting past episodes weekly, so we asked listeners/ readers/ W@Wies/ Supplier Friends to pick their fave and write an intro. This one is by W@Wie She-Ann Brondo (The 2013 W@W “Kaibigan ng Bayan” awardee is a Singapore-based W@Wie on a long engagement with her Dubai-based fiance. She will walk down the aisle to marry John Neil on their 4th Anniversary in May 2015.). Let us know which is your fave! ~W@W Team

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FAVE EPISODE – Blue Leaf Events Pavillion

Back when we were starting to plan for our wedding, one of the few things we were sure of was that we didn’t want to have a reception at a hotel. We wanted instead a stand-alone events venue with a garden-feel for our reception.

The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion was one of the first event venues we had in mind, but John Neil and I dismissed the option given TBL is an upscale event venue. We booked another venue but just had to go back to The Blue Leaf for the obvious reasons: proximity to our church and overall value for money.

The Blue Leaf’s pavilions are surrounded by Asian-style gardens with refreshing water features. Simply the perfect choice for us! Standing on a secluded area at The Fort, The Blue Leaf is perfect to hold wedding parties. TBL provides guests with a serene and exclusive setting for intimate celebrations away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its versatile façade and minimalist elegance, too, gives event stylists more freedom to transform the place into a couple’s dream events venue.

Listen on as Eugene Sandejas, Managing Director; his wife, Michelle, Marketing Manager, and Eia Dy, Events Manager talk about the beginnings and more of this popular events venue.

34 Blue Leaf - W@W Chat

posted March 7, 2012

You may listen to the episode by clicking (play) on the embedded audio player above. You may also right-click this link to save the MP3 and transfer it to your phone, ipod, tablet, and the like. If you’d like to download previous episodes of W@W Chat, please go to iTunes and look for W@W Chat or click on the links of previous episodes. :)


Wedding Colors and Palettes: The How To’s
August 20th, 2014

Wedding Colors and Palettes: The How To’s:

Scene One: Spell pressure

Friend 1: Sis, ano motif mo?
Bride: Wala pa nga eh, nahihirapan kami pumili. Haayy..
Friend 2: Naku sis, ano ka ba, kelangan may motif ka na! Hindi ka makakapagsimula mag-prepare nyan pag wala ka pa motif!

Scene Two: Clueless

Friend 1: Girl, ano motif at theme mo?
Bride: Ha? Magkaiba ba yun?

Sounds familiar? Well, every future bride goes to the route of choosing the perfect colors for her big day. For some, the choice is easy. But for others, it requires brainstorming, sleepless nights, petty and major fights with the future husband and countless hours on Google.

Girls are known to be fickle-minded, thus, a simple task of choosing the wedding motif becomes an arduous process. Before, wedding colors were just considered accents or bright deviations from an otherwise all-white occasion. The times, however, have changed. Today, the colors create the vibe, the feel and the emotion of the wedding.

Here are a few how to’s in choosing the best wedding colors and palettes.

1. Be familiar with the color wheel.
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Photo Credit: www.co-bw.com/Images_GraphicDesign/colorwhe.gif

A color wheel is a visual representation of colors arranged according to their chromatic relationship. There are three (3) Primary Colors – red, blue and yellow. Secondary Colors – orange, green and violet, are formed by mixing the primary colors. Tertiary Colors, on the other hand, are formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That’s why the hue is a two word name, such as blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange.

Photo Credit: www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory

From the above charts, you can create a color harmony either by using the Analogous Colors, those three (3) colors which are side by side, such as yellow-green, yellow, and yellow-orange, or, by using the Complementary Colors or any two colors which are directly opposite each other, such as red and green and red-purple and yellow-green.

Photo Credit: www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory

You can never go wrong in choosing colors if you have the color wheel on hand. Say, take your favorite color, find those which are analogous or complements with it and, viola! You have your perfect wedding palette.

2. Match the color according to your personality.

Are you conservative or bold? Feminine or sporty? Traditional or loves variety? The color must be cohesive with your personality, otherwise, the wedding will feel awkward or inelegant. Remember, you cannot infuse details which are not “you.”

For those who are more on the traditional type, earthy tones or cool colors will suit you best. Try the shades of blue, green and violet. On the other hand, those who have vibrant personalities and love to experiment, warm and vivid hues are your allies. Think red, yellow or orange as your color palettes.

3. Consider the season

Are you getting married during the humid and hot days of summer? Or do you love the cool weather of December? True, we only have two (2) seasons here, being a tropical country that we are, but this does not mean that you will be constrained to these choices. You may want to recreate the feel of spring, autumn, winter, or the poignant bloom of cherry blossoms.

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Know that during the month of December, red, green and gold are the dominant shades; hence, you may want to work along this colors. While these hues may complement the holiday season, these would be unsuitable if used during summer. Pastels and light colors would be the best choices.

4. Where will you held your ceremony or reception.

Will it be a destination wedding? Or you’ll have your ceremony at the Cathedral with ornate wood carvings or steel frames? Does the church and reception venues have airy feel with natural light coming through the windows or they are bit dark and shady?

Different shades of blue, green, peach, yellow and light colors work best for beach and destination weddings as they exudes the air of romance and intimacy. Same goes when the church and reception venues have natural lighting and airy.

However, if both the church and reception venue are on the dim side and has lots of shadows, steer clear of grays and dark colors as they will only drown and won’t give a pop of color.

5. Unless your motif is rainbow or a hodge-podge of colors, limit your palettes to three.

When deciding on your color palette, limit your choices to three (3). One (1) to dominate, the other to support and the last color to accent only. Be very careful with this as the colors tend to overwhelm each other if not properly paired. You’d end up with incoherent theme, so to speak.

Use the dominant color on the bridesmaids’ dresses or on the flowers. For the other miniature details, vary the colors from the dominant one or the supporting hue. Accent colors should be for accent only, period.

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Having said all that, choosing the wedding colors is really based on your personal preference. You can go rebellious and create a huge impact by choosing bold colors like black, vibrant red and fiery orange. That’s okay. Don’t forget though that tradition and culture plays a huge part in wedding colors. While the colors you have chosen may mean nothing to you, make sure they won’t have objectionable meaning to your family and those who will play a huge part in your wedding.

At present, black weddings are acceptable and are considered elegant. Same goes with guests wearing white. Indeed, the wedding scene is evolving and it is but fitting to adapt to the change without sacrificing the sacredness of the occasion itself. Bottomline, whatever the choices may be, it all boils down to one thing – “It’s you wedding, it’s your day, it’s your choice.”

Happy color hunting! :)


/olinetordecilla 

(This lawyer for the poor is a proud mom and supportive wife. She’s addicted to perfume and coffee; adores music but is tone deaf, and unlike her idol, Manny Paquiao, she’s forever on a roller-coaster diet. Oline is a certified W@Wie excited to marry again in December 2014.)


08 Oly Ruiz - W@W Chat (repost)
August 15th, 2014

FYI: W@W Chat is our wedding podcast. Its first airing was in July 2011; it went on until Episode 79 last October 2013. Yes, we just might bring it back, but for now, enjoy our past episodes. We are randomly posting past episodes weekly, so we asked listeners/ readers/ W@Wies/ Supplier Friends to pick their fave and write an intro. This one is by Photographer Ian Santillan. Let us know which is your fave! ~W@W Team

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FAVE EPISODE – Metrophoto Oly Ruiz

If there’s one thing that separates a photographer from being simply “good” as opposed to being “great”, it’s the drive to be the best. In this day and age, there’s just a handful of photographers who possess this innate desire, and I think, Oly is one of them.
This particular podcast episode gives us a deeper insight on why Metrophoto is considered as one of the top photographers in the wedding industry. Listen, learn, and be inspired.
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8 Oly Ruiz - W@W Chat
posted September 7, 2011

You may listen to the episode by clicking (play) on the embedded audio player above. You may also right-click this link to save the MP3 and transfer it to your phone, ipod, tablet, and the like. If you’d like to download previous episodes of W@W Chat, please go to iTunes and look for W@W Chat or click on the links of previous episodes. :)


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