Look at that! Christmas time went by in the blink of an eye. It’s been years since we had our shoebox project through our wedding 2.0 in 2015.
In lieu of the usual congratulatory gift, we encouraged our guests to make a kid smile by bringing a decorated, unwrapped, regular-sized shoebox full of children items.
Much to our surprise, our humble request was met with an overwhelming response. Shoeboxes filled with numerous children’s items were pouring in during the wedding 2.0 event. Some people even gave cash which we used to purchase additional items like toys, school supplies, and personal hygiene products. Our guests were amazingly generous. Once again, our heartfelt gratitude to all of you!
The shoeboxes were intended for the kids in my Barangay (a.k.a. community) back home in the Philippines where we had enlisted my parents, siblings, nephews and sister-in-law to help coordinate and hand the gifts out. Logistics took longer than we estimated, and it became a Valentine’s gift instead of a Christmas gift. 😀
Since then, it has become an annual tradition for my husband and I to participate in the Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) shoebox project. We figured, instead of buying Christmas gifts for friends and extended families, we will focus on the Operation Christmas Child.
Ten (or more) countries are working together to give gifts to children in more than 100 countries… isn’t that amazing? The shoe box not only brings a smile to a kid’s face but also gives hope. Click this link for more details. (Disclaimer: This is a personal advocacy without profit involved.)
(Note: Wedding 2.0 happened in 2015. I’m just behind with my blogging. 😅)
A lot of weddings are pretty much out of control these days… starting the marriage in debt to throw a fancy event for the entire world to attend is not our cup of tea. Planning a big event is stressful enough without worrying how to pay for it.
Taking the non-traditional route was pretty much a given since Jellybean and I are somewhat unconventional, our wedding 1.0 proved that – intimate, low-key and laid back.
With our wedding 2.0 (a.k.a. wedding celebration) in mind, we stuck to our principles and aimed for a chillax, no fuss, and no frills event.
✔on point venue = boat + river cruise as a memento
✔ quaint = purple yam & young coconut cake + scroll + Mario & Peach cake topper
✔ no frills = cocoon flowers instead of fresh flowers + minimalist decoration
✔ no fuss = “shoebox” project in lieu of gifts + “bubble” entourage
✔ chillax = serene ambiance + chill guests
With our limited budget, it wasn’t possible to invite everyone. 😦 Our sincere apologies. ✌
To our family and friends who sacrificed their time and travelled far… as well as to those who lent their helping hands one way or the other, thank you so much! ❤
Way back in 2011, I ranted about being bugged to get married in one of my blog posts entitled, wedding. Little did I know that I would be meeting Jellybean, the one, and marrying him a few years later.
What’s with the wedding 1.0?
In Filipino culture, siblings are cautioned against marrying in the same year; this overlap of life events is called sukob and it is believed to bring bad luck. Getting engaged in 2014 and with Jellybean’s brother’s wedding planned for 2015, we were left with a difficult decision. Do we marry in 2016 or squeeze it in before the end of 2014? 2015 wasn’t an option.
With the concern that aging grandparents who are in their 90’s might be unable to attend a 2016 wedding, we chose 2014. Knowing it would be impossible to invite all of our family and dearest friends on such short notice, we limited the guest list to the elders and witnesses (Jellybean’s parents).
With eight people in total including the photographer and the marriage commissioner, wedding 1.0 was a perfectly intimate event!
Here are some of the never before seen photos:
Can you spot the difference below between the 2014 and the 2018 photos? Quite difficult to guess, right? 😉
Who would have thought that my visit to Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, three years ago, to unwind and meet up with friends would end up in gate-crashing a Punjabi wedding? Yes, out of the blue, I was invited by the invited by the invited.
Majestic Mom, my ever loving (with goddess like beauty) Royal Mom, conceptualized an improvised outfit for me because I find the required attire too complicated. Efxaristo Majestic Mom!
Below are the other “fantabulous” snapshots 😀 :
Take note, we managed to have a photo with the Bride and the Groom. 😀 So, am I a certified “wedding crasher” now?
I’ve been asked a gazillion times when will I get married and it’s like a broken record that kept playing in my head whenever I hear that question. Sometimes, I still get irritated no matter how hard I try to play it cool. :p
I’m in my early 30s, and so what? As they say, life begins at 40. Ha! At any rate, I’m also human and I long to get married someday. However, entering the married life for the sake of having a husband and kids doesn’t appeal to me.
I could have been married a couple of years ago but I opted not to. Although, I suffered a lot of turbulent events because of that, it’s been one of the wisest decision that I’ve ever made in my entire life. My life could have been hell or even worse. Whew!
I definitely want to get married someday (sooner rather than later) BUT with the guy whom I would love and look forward to see and be with, day in and day out, in sickness and in health, through good times and bad times, through hardship and prosperity… Awwwwww…. I’m getting cheesy. :p
I want to spend the rest of my life with someone whom I really really really want to be with. Adoption will be an option if I can’t have kids by then. Also, I can just travel the world, earn buttload of bucks and find myself a good home for the aged to take care of me when I get old if I don’t crosspath with my “guy”. 🙂
Anyway, below are some of the standard replies that I’ve formulated to the frequently asked question, “when are you getting married?”:
in God’s time
Reaction: they look at me in a very strange way then shut up.
tomorrow, venue: Jollibee (Filipino version of McDonalds), food: kiddie meal (toy included which served as a souveneir)
Reaction: They laugh and say that I’m funny. Some actually believes it though. whoa!
next year, it will be in Las Vegas
Reaction: “Oh! How can we attend, We don’t have a budget for the airfare”