S: Our Wedding, June 15, 2012
BC: The End | Created by: Febi Aquino-Herrera The Wedding Planner
FC: Today I will marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with. Love | June 15, 2012
1: The Proposal: Nov 12, 2011 @ The Placheta’s residence
2: Our Love Story Our story together is a journey just like other relationship with ups and down. It has been 17 years of living together. We have survived of two seven-itch years and we thank god we became stronger in keeping this relationship tight for our two beautiful sons, Fabian III and Dylan. The real proposal with the real and bigger rocks has finally happened--- very exciting moment!!! The real journey started when preparing for our wedding. Dennis sister Febi called me one morning and asked “when is the big day”. My response was, "Ahh! better yet I'll wear sweat on my wedding day". So Febi was surprised and told me “NO0000”. Febi put a "DIY" wedding budget together and sent it to Dennis and explained, "Every woman's dream is a white wedding". Dennis sent me a text after an hour and he told me: "gather all docs you needed to work with Febi in putting "your dream wedding" together. Febi started calling around for quotes and making appointments. We received several quotes and made appointments to meet with event coordinators on that weekend. We thought the planning has ended when we found the place,unfortunately, it was the beginning of our stressful journey. It was very stressful but fun journey. We have often argued on little things. People have critics our invitations. Scheduling with the bridal parties was very challenging.
3: We received so many ideas and had difficult time to decide on many things. Finding the right dress has made me cry. And we even received discouragement from other family members. The most unforgettable day was Jan 27: I canceled the wedding and everybody had panic. Some people do not understand the stress in putting "A Wedding on Budget" together. Putting a Wedding on Budget together is very tough and now we understand why it will normally takes a year of planning unless you have cash to spend. Just like other brides; I would like every detail, word, seconds to be "PERFECT" on our big day. Here was the funny part; Dennis has requested a short pants tuxedo. Unfortunately, he received a big smile from the rep and told him "That would be possible but not from our store..SORRY!" Despite of all negative comments and thoughts, we received positive assistance from other family members and friends who helped us financially by sponsoring our photographer, videographer, the save the date photos, cake, DJ, favors, engagement photos, and even my wedding gown and hair and make-up. BIG THANK YOU TO ALL .....
4: Then and Now
6: Our First Date | It was Friday, January 20 1995. Fabian picked me up from Rancho Middle School in Milpitas CA. We took the city bus. It seems like it was just yesterday, he took me to Mcdonald' fast food restaurant located in Milpitas Blvd. The way I could remember was; he ordered a big mac meal and I had the two cheeseburger meal. After our meal we walked down to Milpitas library. And our very special "First Kiss" happened at the library. Now it is no longer the library.
8: The Wedding Preparation Wedding Date: June 15, 2012 The date was originally in 2013, however Dennis wanted the wedding to happen in June of this year
9: Wedding venue hunt: Nov 20, 2011 @ 10:30 in the morning. We met Dennis sister Febi at our home in Fremont, and drove to our first stop at Lafayette CA, Wildwood Acres Resort with Fabian III and Dylan. This became our last stop because the moment I saw the place; it reminded me of the movie Twilight. And it happened to be my dream wedding. The decision was finalized that day to hold the wedding date in "June".
10: The Venue
12: Our beautiful Tiffany Panem-Aquino The Singer | A Moment Like this by: Kelly Clarkson | This is my dream to have Tiffany sing this song at my wedding day. Every step is counted while Tiffany is singing. When I reached the top, chorus will be sang. The chorus will be repeated when minister announcing "Husband and Wife"
13: Our Wedding Planner Febi Aquino-Herrera | Febi has explained to us the process of planning a wedding on budget. It was very scary when we first heard of the total budget, however family has offered to sponsors the other important part and we are very thankful in helping us making this happen. We have learned to negotiate on packages and prices and learned to compromise and making mutual decisions.
14: The Save the Date | Photo shoot by: Aris Aquino Groom's brother
15: The wedding Program
16: : Sponsored by: Angelita Aquino Groom's Mom | Wilcox Photography has the most affordable and flexible packages available! The most popular package is on sale at that time for just $500!! This package includes: Eight hours of coverage, unlimited picture count on a photo CD and FULL copyright privileges!!! We gave her a call to set up a consultation! It's just $100 down to book the date!! Check out her other packages and gallery at www.Wilcoxphotography.org or give her a call at (209) 271-0946 We are very excited working with her! | The Photographer
17: Finding the photographer: Dec 3, 2011, Modesto California Dennis found the photographer on craiglist. We decided to meet with her with the wedding planner/Dennis sister Febi to look at her portfolio and we decided to hire her to shoot our wedding.
18: The Videographer | 01/25/12- reserved the date: Deposit of $100 is paid via PayPal Message from Stuard Hopp "You can meet with Brandon but call him at below number to set up appt. to go over any last details. You are now on our calendar for your videography" Brandon at (510) 912-8446 www.hoppproductions.com firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 02/12/12 - received a call from Brandon that Stuart has passed away. Brandon just informed us to work directly with him. 4/7/12 @ 1:30pm to go over last details. --
19: Sponsored by: Fabian S. Aquino Groom's Father & The Herreras Groom's sister and her family
21: The Disk Jockey | Dennis found the DJ at craiglist.org. We researched his profile, then contacted DJ Rob via email and decided to hire him. | Sponsored by: Edwin Pernia Bride's Brother
22: The Flowers Sponsored by: Sharon Estores | The Flowers | Wedding and Dreams Fremont CA
23: Flowers | My bestfriend, Sharon was very proactive in helping me in putting my dream wedding on budget. Sharon has purchased white flowers and started practicing my bouquet and it turned out very pretty and elegant. It is decided to have the bridesmaids putting their flowers together on their own with Sharon's instructions to lessen the my to do list. The decision was not yet final until my fiancee and I found the florist “Wedding and Dream” located in Fremont. We decided to hire the place to put all the flowers needed on our wedding at the very reasonable price.
24: The Invitation
25: We started printing and putting the invitations together from 10 o' clock in the morning through 10 o' clock in the evening at the Herreras residence in Tracy CA (w/Ryan Sr assistance). The goal is to send invitations by end of February.
26: The Table Centerpiece | We were very stressed out finding the perfect table center pieces that will give lights on the table and still fit the outdoor celebration. The goal is to find the right one by the end of January.
27: Sponsored by: Charice Almario | The Favors
28: The Cake Sponsored by:Ursula Davila Groom's Aunt
30: Finding the perfect flower girls and bridesmaids' dresses | Finally decided... "this is the one"
31: Fitting day
32: It was January 21 when I purchased my dress (w/Sharon). I had a bad dream about the dress we purchased so I was crying the following day and I told Febi "I wasn't happy about my dress". I took my Mom and Charisse with me that night to show them the dress I purchased, however my Mom picked out another dress. Mom knows the best, so I exchanged the dress and said ...... | David Bridal, Milpitas CA
33: Sponsored by: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Finney Brides's cousin | The Gown | " Yes to the dress"
34: The Bride's Accessories
35: I was very happy finding this shoe at a reasonable price. Really...every penny we saved on every single item for our wedding, it makes us very proud. | The Shoes
36: Bride’s Hair and Make-up: Sponsored by:Moung Saechao
37: After all the preparation.... Party time!!!! My Bachelorette Party
38: May 12, 2012 @ Sharon's place
42: May 19, 2012
44: May 19, 2012