Last week, I was invited to my good friend Mabel’s civil wedding at Antipolo. Now before you jump into any conclusions, they had a civil wedding for formality’s sake. Their actual wedding will be next month at Japan but their marriage there will be voided once they return to Manila thus the reason for the civil wedding.
Chris and Mabel have been an item for as long as I can remember. I remember during our SoFA days, I would see Mabel walking around with a bouquet of flowers or popping in and out of class because she had visa interviews to go to with Chris. They are definitely goals when it comes to travelling the world with your loved one. I’ve seen their photos in a number of countries in Asia which is why I wasn’t surprised when I found out that they were having a destination wedding.
I was really nervous that Ralf and I wouldn’t make it to the ceremony because traffic was hell along Ortigas Avenue Extension (surprise surprise) but luckily, we made it just in time. These are not all my photos from the event; just key details that I’d like to share with you all. 🙂
Upon entering the house, we were greeted by a small coffee set up which Ralf loved because of the doughnuts. From this point, I could already tell that Mabel took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest and decided to go for a DIY celebration.
Mabel, my beautiful friend turned Mrs. I still can’t believe that I have a close friend that got married! Is this the signal that I’m entering that stage in life that everyone is getting married? In this photo, she’s blowing kisses to her new nieces and nephews who were inside taking naps and watching tv.
The ceremony was outdoors on the Sunga’s patio. It was raining hard that day (with matching thunder cracks) but it quieted down by the time the Pastor started to speak.
These Red Velvet cupcakes were baked by Mabel’s grandmother. They actually had a whole section dedicated to just desserts! If I remember right, there were 4 types of cheesecakes, Strawberry shortcake, cookie shots, Mango float shots, and cake pops.
My favourite part of the evening was when they started the Open Mic and everyone asked Mabel to sing. Her song choice was “How Do I Live Without You” by Shania Twain and not being bias or anything but she sang it beautifully! I think what made it sweeter was that she was singing directly to Chris and when she got to the last chorus, she started to cry. Talk about real love right there.
Photo of SoFA people minus Iza. She was hired as a photographer for the event so she was the one who took this photo.
It was amazing to see how tight knit the Sungas are as a family and how they welcomed Mabel with open arms. I later learned that everything was planned under two weeks! But they pulled it off and finally tied the knot. Though they did not share their vows with us (they’re saving that and their kiss as man and wife for Japan), you could tell that they had this connection that only we mortals dream of discovering one day.
Congratulations again Mr. and Mrs. Sunga! ❤
Mabel’s outfit was designed by Bengt by the way. See more of his work here.