Million thanks to benz and john, the brains behind www.weddingsatwork.com (w @ w) and its egroups http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WeddingsAtWork/, for organizing the much-awaited Grand EB of the w @ wies last August 28 at The Oasis. Truly, it was fun and memorable as we got the chance to meet the faces behind those emails, who we've exchanged with wedding preps ideas, raves and rants. There were lots of activities prepared, free prenups shoots, games (physical and nerve-wracking ones), giving of the 2005 W @ W Peer Awards, we feasted on the sumptuous meals prepared by the sponsors and of course the non-stop chikahan!
The W @ W Family
Eventhough we arrived early at 2:55 pm, (the EB starts at 6 pm) BITIN pa rin!!!!! Hehehe, we bagged the "Earlybird Award" nga pala. Actually, we were there early to avail of the free Prenups Shoots sponsored by John Mateos Ong and Frank of Imagineer scheduled at 3 pm. As announced last Friday, the prenups would be on a first come first serve basis. Hala sige, excited kami kaya ayun..2:55 pa lang andun na kami. They were setting up the place pa lang and wala pa yung mga photographers. Take note..we arrived before John and Benz did! hahah! Partida natraffic pa kami sa gilmore hehehe! While waiting for the photographers and other w @ wies who'd also be availing of the prenups, we toured the venue muna. The Oasis is located along Aurora Blvd. It's kinda new pa lang siya and truly maganda ang place...nice landscaping, malinis, ample parking space.
3:15 pm..the second couple came. They were Tin and Archie. It was my first time to meet Tin pero narecognize ko na siya from afar...saw her pic kasi sa blog niya. Ngapala, runner-up sila sa Earlybird awards! Then a few minutes later came Charie and Wella. After a while, we were called na to start the prenups. Frank of Imagineer was the one assigned to us. He was warm and friendly naman. Paul and I were quite comfortable while he was taking picture of us. He instructed us what pose to make, where to sit and lie down (wahaha oo pinahiga ako sa damuhan), where to look at. He even shared to us how deep his passion is to photography. We learned na by profession, he's an architect pala and sabi niya wedding photography is more lucrative kahit na mahal ang mga gamit. Oh my gulay! yung mga cams pala nila 100K na yun, and depende pa sa mga lens na ginagamit nila. Nevertheless, the shoot was fun. Though medyo limited lang ang shots na ginawa samin ni Frank compared to John who was in charge naman kina Tin and Archie. Maybe Frank was anticipating of more w @ wies who'd be arriving soon. Since it was a Saturday, Paul has to leave soon since kelangan niyang magbantay sa computer business niya. Sayang lang kasi konti pa lang pala ang w @ wies na dumating para magpaprenups and the coordinator of Vision and Ideas was asking me kung gusto naman namin magpakuha kay John. Sayang nga lang and I told her na in as much as I want to eh Paul has already left. Ok na rin lang, at least meron pa rin naman kami. After all, we have our own prenups naman with our booked photographer, Kenneth Uy, some time this september or october.
Minutes and hours later.. and after a heavy downpour of rains, W @ wies started to arrived, some alone but most with their h2bs ( W @ w lingo for husband-to-be). I met Mhay ni Jerry , Karla ni Alex, Meng ni Keith, Mec and Jojo, Yna and Xean, Jacque and Simon, Maricel ni Arnold, Dionne and Joven, Con ni Nel, Aggie and Edil, Joy and John, Jeng and Jeff, Ivy and Gail, Cindy ni Mark, Inch and Bryan, Tina and Glenn, Chris and sobrang dami pa! Wella, Charie, Tin and I volunteered to man the registration. Sabi ba naman nina Wella para daw akong congressman..as I would know names nila considering first time ko silang mameet. Siyempre, yan ang nagagawa ng bloghopper hehe! I'd seen their pics on their blogs kaya I recognized them agad.
Charie, Me, Tin, Wella & Mec
Sarap ng food prepared by Josiah's. There were 3 caterers who sponsored the event pero I only got to taste Josiah's. Got full agad kaya di na ako nag buffet table hop pa. It was a blast talaga. We even won one of the group games..courtesy of Archie ni Tin hahaha! kaya may mga w @ w mugs and key chains kami. There were lots of games conducted..Bring Me Game, Donut Eating Contest, Longest Kissing Couple, "Scategories" etc. The said games also showcased the talents of my w @ wie sisters and their h2bs...there's the killer giling moves of jojo and mec, simon-jacque and yna-xean duets and the acapella of mhay ni jerry..grabe I was in awe to know na talentado pala mga ito! Galing-galing nila! There was also the W @ W Peer Awards (got nominated too for the EBest of them all..which kinda surprised me since twice pa lang naman me nakaattend ng mga EBs before)...The winners deserved the awards.. most of them got my votes hehe! Congrats Aggie, Mec, Jacque, Wella, Glo and Francis!
Tired as I was, I went home with lots of goodies in tow, with a smile on my face and siyempre baon ang super fun memories with my w @ w family that I'll truly cherish. Wedding preps would never be fun as it should be without w @ w...and with that I'm just so happy and blessed to belong in this group. At w @ w, empathy is an understatement, nobody out there understands the sentiments and moods of a bride and groom more than, we, w @ wies do. Kaya nga super blessing talaga samin sina mama benz and big dad john..our w @ w parents who started it all. Million thanks will not be enough to express our gratitude..siguro the best way we can pay them back is to help those new fellow w @ wies just like we were welcomed and helped before . Ah basta I'm truly proud being a W @ wie..
can't wait for the Xmas Party on November!!
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