manila: my friend’s wedding

nearly eight years ago, many memories were being made at the university nate and i attended. within our tight knit circle, was a mutual friend who eventually ended up being a groomsman in our wedding! shortly after our wedding, he returned to his home country in the philippines. we’ve kept in touch over the years and missed him very much! we’d even heard about ‘the girl’ during our university days and i’d always wanted to meet this special woman.

whether or not you believe in the idea of a soul mate or cosmic forces beyond our control, “C” was a witness to the early days of nate and i’s relationship. perhaps we are all lost romantics— but in some ways, it’s what makes this life so magical. when word came to us that he was engaged to “B,” we were ecstatic! it’s not often that you hear about a love story like theirs, one full of risks, time and fate. you are either all in, or you aren’t.

shortly following the announcement, “C” messaged about the long shot possibility of coming to manila for the wedding in 2014. full disclosure: my heart leapt! we have missed him so much! the thought of being able to reciprocate and share in his wedding was in my mind, a no brainer! my more rational/logistic side aka nate sat me down to discuss the important details. we didn’t take vacation in 2013 because we were busy fixing up our old home. this did help us save a significant portion of funds and i am usually quite thrifty anyway. i’m a dreamer who loves to save for just this kind of occasion! you guys know travel is my #1 priority and i’ll live modestly all year long just to be able to experience these ‘life changing/meaningful moments!’

once we decided we were all-in for this epic journey, nate accepted the invite to being a groomsman. the six months or so that passed between the initial decision and actually executing the trip flew by so quickly! having the holidays thrown in during that time definitely helped move things along at light speed.

i’ll spare you all the nitty, gritty travel details but basically, it only took 5 hours to get to manila from tokyo and the scene in manila was much different than tokyo! TRAFFIC! omg. i’ll never complain about my commute again! there was quite a bit of pollution, the air was about 80F and it was very humid! it felt very tropical and mosquitos loved to bite my legs haha.

“C” picked us up from the airport with his brother (who is hilarious btw) and we got settled and headed out for dinner to try some filipino foods and meet “B” after all these years! so filipino food is DELICIOUS! try sinigang, sisig or beef tapa to start. so many flavors and savory textures! we had halo-halo for dessert which is unlike anything i’ve ever tasted in the states. it’s quite a cluster of stuff, read the wiki i linked!

anyhow i could go on about this trip for ages and i’ve already subjected you to a wall of text so on to a condensed version of the wedding! they had a gorgeous day of mostly sunshine and about 80F with a light breeze! the venue was at the mango farm and it was breathtaking!! go visit the site for far better pictures than i can give you from my iPhone!

the wedding was game of thrones themed but only subtle touches as it was a traditional ceremony. nate was a literal giant so he wasn’t hard to pick out in the crowd. even i was ‘tall’ at 5’4.5 compared to most of the women at the wedding!


the string quartet were wonderfully talented and played the GoT theme song as the stunning “B” made her way down the aisle. random tangent: she is the CUTEST and perfect counterpart for “C!” i am so happy they got married because it was so easy to tell after only meeting her the day before and spending a little time that they are made for each other :) her dress as was his tux were custom made…is it not breathtaking?!


the reception was insanely fun! i mean…the FOOOOOOOOD. holy crap. this is by far the nicest wedding i will ever attend in my lifetime! sushi bar? entire roasted calf? lamb chops? WHHHHHHHAT?!


the cake alone was quite a spectacle—look at the size?! (TWSS)

this was the beginning of a very long day (we ended up being awake for 40hrs) because…these friends know how to celebrate! more on that later! however, we knew that this was in our future to relax so we pushed through ;)


to be continued. . .

6 Responses to manila: my friend’s wedding

  • Purelytwins says:
    March 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    wow!! beautiful cake and wedding! and wish all weddings had food like that haha

    • Melissa says:
      March 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      yeah i was in heaven!!

  • Mego says:
    March 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Your dress is so pretty!

    • Melissa says:
      March 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      thank you! it was a nordstrom sale rack item & nate actually picked it out! the man has an eye for fashion apparently :)

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