Citrine Drop Earrings, Citrine Ring | Leather Dress Watch: Corum | Diamond Bangles | Solid Gold Clutch: Maraolo | Olive Green Gown: Julianne Syjuco | Shoes: YSL
I never really liked attending weddings, for some odd reason. Call me a heathen but I don’t mean anything by it. Maybe it’s a force of habit I acquired as a child… I avoided weddings like a plague because I equated them to boring social functions that unnecessarily required my attendance in itchy layered organza or (God Forbid) lace. Also, there’s just something really awkward and mortifying witnessing couples kiss to the sound of clinking wine flutes–I seriously cannot help but look away and wince when this happens.
However, in the past two years or so, the number of weddings I was invited to increased by tenfolds. This is it, I think, I’m at a point in my life where my cousins and friends are getting hitched to their respective “Significant Others” and starting a life of “togetherness.” As much as I love them to bits, this is an incessant reminder of my “I’m old, throw me a pity party, I hate this quarter life crisis” shtick. We’re going through milestones like hotcakes and it’s giving me the jitters… and I’m not the one marching to the altar!
Histrionics aside, I’ve learned to enjoy weddings. It was a slow process but being romantically inclined (otherwise known as being “madly in love” with the right person) helped a lot. Also, I’m growing old and getting soft, when couples read out their vows, I honestly, for the life of me, cannot understand why I feel my eyes prickling. I’ll chalk it up to my over-acting hormones! But yes, it’s still very awkward to watch couples kiss on stage obscenely but I’ve learned to roll with the punches.
One day, I’m going to have to be the one on stage being humiliated into obscenely kissing my betrothed for an audience.
I just have to get used to the idea. I was never really the girly girl who planned my wedding at the tender age of three… at twenty-five, I haven’t even thought of the church I want to get married in! I mean, sure, I am promised for and the only thing I’ve ever really imagined is having a designer gown for the church wedding (a toss between Marchesa or Vera Wang) but all the intricate details like draperies and caterers and font type for the invites, I haven’t really thought of it until well… today.
What I do know is that I am going to get married someday… to the love of my life. Fortunately, this wonderful person is just right across me watching basketball TV while egging me to order fast food. I know for a fact that he and I will never agree to certain details on the wedding–he’ll be the Groomzilla, for sure, and he’ll be downright picky down to the food but I could care less. What matters to me is getting past the event itself and building a happy life with this wonderful man, who is a bit temperamental at times but gets me like no one else, and who loves me more than himself. I guess that’s the essence of marriage, isn’t it?
So my boyfriend and I attended our good friend, Kato Chua’s wedding last weekend at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel. It was one of the most beautiful Fall weddings I’ve witnessed. It was truly an honor to be part of it somehow. Of course, every single detail was ironed out to perfection, but what was inspiring was the blatant display and celebration of love between Kato (currently Honeymooning in Maldives) and her husband Tof.
Because I wanted to pay my respects to such a lovely couple (not in a morbid sense), I made an effort to really dress up. I had this beautiful architectural olive green organza masterpiece made by my best friend and Parson’s School of Design Alumna Julianne Syjuco. I’ve known Jules since we were both rocking Billabong skirts during college days and I’ve aways been privy of her fashion genius–with a jewelry designer for a mom and brother, it’s encoded in her genes! If there’s anyone who knows my aesthetic and fashion preferences like the back of her hand, it’s Jules.
If there’s anything I can commend Jules and I’ve told her this numerous times (because I’m a real friend and I don’t lie), it’s that she has fine and exquisite taste. It is physically impossible for Jules to create a gown that doesn’t look expensive–it’s just how she is and I think it’s a rare gift for a designer to have. I’ve had gowns designed by local designers and I can vouch for her and say that her pieces are at par with the ones you see on the runway. Plus, she’s very particular with the female physique–she can hide flaws and accentuate all your best features! I swear, her dress made me lose 5 lbs in an instant!
So if you have an upcoming formal event, I highly suggest you contact Jules and have a gown made. Right now, she has quite the growing portfolio but it wouldn’t hurt to add you to the roster, right? For inquiries contact Julianne Syjuco at 0917-916-7554.
Here are some more photos of the gown and the wedding: