Sunday, July 31, 2011

A touch down wedding at the 49ers stadium

"A wedding at the 49ers stadium? How cool is that?!" - My reaction 
(talking to Myself), after seeing April's pictures in facebook. 

April was a schoolmate way way back in high school at St. Joseph School and a block mate (communications) at ADZU. 
I can't stop smiling while looking at their wedding pictures. It's just so COOL! Words can't explain my excitement for her, for them both. 

A little trivia guys: This is the first time in NFL history that a wedding at the Candlestick Park was held. According to April, "Well, technically there have been other corporate events/catered and wedding ceremony being held there but not once they’ve brought in catering for a grand wedding especially a ceremony like this." So still, How cool is that?! hahaha!

I didn't have a blog yet at that time but I remembered chatting with April about her uber COOL wedding. And after the birth of theroadtoidos, I knew it already, her 49ers wedding theme can't be missed here.

So what's up with the venue?

From Danny (the husband):
Growing up in the Bay Area, the San Francisco 49ers had been a big part of my life. My Dad would take me to games and we’d cheerfully enjoy being out there in the crowd. Ever since then I’ve always supported and watched the games, watching Joe Montana and many others to mention do touchdown after touchdown made me faithful to the team!

22 years later, I had this crazy idea on my head that I’d have my own wedding in the 49ers stadium, and when that day finally came and I had to decide on a venue. I asked April if it was “ok” to have our wedding there. Being with her for four fruitful years made her a huge fan too, surprisingly she said “I love that idea” and so we started planning around it.

There were are a lot of pros and cons to it but you know what, football is one of the things we love, perhaps this is only gonna happen once in our lifetime(I hope) and we wanted it to be one of the exhilarating experiences for us and for our family and friends who’s going to share that special occasion with us.

We truly hope you will enjoy and most especially have an extraordinary experience!

It took us 1 whole year to get the contract down from the 49ers management, luckily when the pre-season schedule came out last summer we were given the opportunity to pick the available date for our big day. Sounds easy but the whole process took forever to get done... - Danny & April

                                         The Date: August 28, 2010

                                                   I'm ready...

The Venue: Candlestick Park (49ers stadium), San Francisco, CA

 This is it...

We had the ceremony at the 50yr line of the stadium at 3pm. - Danny & April

then at 4pm started the cocktails at the end zone, followed by a sumptuous Japanese cuisine with the most amazing chefs. - Danny & April

 And the party continued...

There are a whole lot of history behind this stadium including winning several superbowls, and famous "the catch".

We feel so rewarded to be able to have had our special occasion here, this is an unforgettable experience in our lives we'll never forget. - Love, Danny & April

Thanks so much 'pril for sharing! I so love your wedding! Congratulations to you and Danny! wish you more happiness and lots and lots of LOVE!


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer + La Union = Love & Wedding

It was summer of 2008. Bri and I were on our way to the airport. I was about to go on a cruise. It was a company outing and yes we went aboard star cruises. First Stop was Hong Kong (shopping!), it was where we went aboard the actual ship, as many of you probably know. Then we went to China and Vietnam (more shopping!) then back to HK again (last minute shopping!). 

Ok enough this is not about me hahaha!

So after bringing me to the airport, Bri together with his friends Ge, Joliver, Leo and Nelson went for a road trip to La Union for an all boys summer getaway. 

and boy they had fun! 

When they got to La Union, the three of them--Bri, Leo and Nelson immediately went to their rooms to get some rest because of the early trip they went through, while Ge and Joliver still had the energy to go out, enjoy a round of drinks and enjoy the "view".

Yes, as gentlemen, we all know that the view they were pertaining to there were a group of ladies who were staying nearby, and coincidentally were also enjoying their own little all-girls getaway in La Union.

Without the two boys knowing it, the group of girls were already playing a game with them, it was a dare game. One of the girls, named Abby took the challenge, the  task was to get the cellphone numbers of the two boys. As unusual as it was, Jolivs--as his friends fondly call him, was "pakipot" at first. He was suplado and  refused to give his number since according to him he was an NPA or he had No Permanent Address because of his line of work. 

This part as told by Merl...
So Abby returned with a frown on her face and told us how “antipatiko” Jolivs was. After Abby’s dare, the guys left but a few minutes later Ge went back and did the same thing to us. Unfortunately, I told Ge that before he can actually get our numbers, Jolivs should get it personally from us (actually I was KINDA attracted to Jolivs already). And so the guys went back, then we started conversing already. But Jolivs never gave me his number, He asked for my email add and cellphone number instead :-)

Summer was over and months went by before the two of us re-connected through yahoo messenger, which is a few days before Jolivs left for work. In one of our many conversations, we talked about the movie Kung Fu Panda. And so I gave Jolivs the pet name “ Popo” (which is a longer version of Po). 

The day of Joliver’s flight (as he was a seafarer by profession), Jolivs asked Merl to join his family for lunch. Officially a certain electricity sends both people a message that it was really something special.

They dated and the rest became history. It was destiny. Another couple was getting hitched.

Merl and Joliv's friends were all surprised and very happy when they broke the news about their wedding. 

It was a beacon of inspiration for many of their friends to believe in fate, to believe that there is someone out there for us even if it meant driving with your friends all the way to a far away place, even if it meant taking that risk at the right time and the right place. 

Sharing with you some of their pre-nup and wedding pictures.



Wedding date: June 6, 2009. Church: San Sebastian Basilica. Reception: Illustrado Restaurant at Intramuros, Manila.

                                      Jolivs with the boys 

This is it...
Ok I'm sure all of us stopped breathing for a second here...



                                          and we're married!

                                        The Pretty Bride Merl

Yey! to Marriage


                                            Bri's Php 20 bill

                                     I guess he's hungry :)

                                 I think the lovely Bride too :)

                            The whole gang with the lovely couple!

Wedding Gown by: Jun Marcelino
Make-up by: Kuk's Reyes

                                            Us with the couple
Thanks to our favorite couple Merl & Jolivs! We Love you both! 

We wish you more love and happiness!

and congratulations to the little angel in your tummy Merl! 

Yey! to weddings and babies! hahaha :-)