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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dychiao-Abu Pre-nup Pictures

Not many of you know the reason why Dear Hubby and I are currently back in Manila. So in the spirit of our cyber friendship (heehee), I'll let you in on why....

We went back home for our church wedding!!! Woohoo!!! So indulge me and Dear Hubby as we share photos of us, and us alone! Let's start with our pre-nup pictures!

Rather than having our photographer meet us in New York (too expensive with us shouldering all the costs hehehe), and instead of going to some beach or mountain resort that doesn't really hold any meaning for us except for the views, I volunteered my mom's hometown of Pila, Laguna. It's a relatively short ride away from the city, and it is a very charming town that many people should visit one day, if only to see a Spanish pueblo setting in modern times!

Growing up, I dreaded trips to Pila. It meant fidgeting in the car for a whole 2 hours and listening to my siblings' casette tape of nursery songs, which eventually graduated to cds of West End soundtracks - think Oliver and The Lion King...(I can still hear Dianne, Andrew and Nicole's voices creating a medley as "awimbuwe" sauntered out of the speakers), tortuous to my teenage ears! As we stepped out of our station wagon, I pretty much expected an afternoon filled with relatives dropping by unannounced, the town's kesong puti vendor passing by to sell her cheese, and my lola's maids constantly sweeping our front and back yards because the santol and manggo trees constantly shedded leaves. Boring stuff. So Trina (who is closest to my age) and I would bring a bagload of Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, Archie Comics, Babysitters Club, Sweet Dreams and Beverly Cleary books to make sure we were armed to pass time. The only thing I looked forward to when coming home to Pila, as early as then, was not the espasol, the suman, or my lola's cooking. It was our trip to the palengke (the town market) to buy rubber slippers or whatever trinkets that caught my eye. Yeah, shopping was and has always been the highlight of my existence, hehehe.

But as I grew older and learned to appreciate my family and our history, I realized that we were fortunate to have a province to come home to! Not everyone has pretty ancestral homes, and a national heritage site for a hometown! So now I present to you, Tin & Harvs with our town of Pila as our backdrop!

Sitting on the right wing of the front steps of our ancestral home::

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg, Enamel bangles: Old Navy, Gladiator sandals: Nine West

Check out my lolo's shoes behind mine...Funny that those white and two-tone oxfords are currently being sold at ac +632 in Greenbelt 5! My lolo really was one stylish guy!


Now these were taken at my Tita Cora's rest house in Pila called Kampo. First off, outside her patio...

Gingham shirt: Hubby's shirt, Pants: H&M

By the tennis court...

Shirt: Old Navy, Pants: H&M, Sandals: Sigerson Morrison

Sitting on her table by the window overlooking the rice fields...


This was taken by the pond. Babo, the black lab, curiously sauntered towards us as Nelwin Uy, our super artistic photographer was preparing to take our photo. We couldn't get him to leave us, despite the pleadings of the caretaker. So Nelwin said we could use him as a prop. The boxer, seeing the action, quickly joined in, and began licking our faces! The dogs enjoyed the photo shoot as much as we did, when it was time for our next shot, they wouldn't leave! So funny!



Inside the rest house...


Now jumping high, again beside the pond! I didn't know Dear Hubby could jump like Rudolf Nureyev!


Now the romantic shots...

Beside the rice fields...


And yes, in the rice fields!!! Dear Hubby, the city boy, almost slipped into the rice paddies! But he was so game and didn't mind even if his feet were caked in mud! So sweet!


Next up! Wedding day photos!!! =)

25 comments:

Nikki said...

what beautiful pictures! congrats (again? haha) and more fab celebrations to come :)

rz said...

these are so fantastic!! thank you for sharing :D

Ruby Gan said...

beautiful! the boys and I also loved the video during the wedding, most especially the "unreleased" video footage of the backstreet boys!

nicole abu said...

hahaha! man youre old. casette tapes pa!!! dont forget our favorite football anthems, and our queen songs. hahaha

The Knittymommy said...

I love it! Congratulations and best wishes. I am sure your church wedding was fabulous! Can't wait to see the wedding photos!

LegallyChef said...

hi ruby, their "official name" is Ba-hack street boyz. hehe

- lorr (the SIL)

wanderlusting muse said...

hai! cute photos! congratulations :)

are those heech wedges you're wearing in the first few photos? :)

Debbie said...

so cute...congratulations!!!

cd said...

Thanks nikki! Again! Hehehe!

You're welcome rz! Btw, I replied to your query! Check out post above! =)

Hehehe! Yeah, that was so funny nga! I didn't expect DH's surprise at all!

Yeah, yeah, rub it in Nic!

Thanks Mieke! I will post it soon! Hehe!

Lorr, baka nga dapat Baha-street boys! Hahaha!

Thanks wanderlusting muse! Yup! You've got a sharp eye! =) Those are Heech wedges exactly! Heehee!

Anonymous said...

congratulations, mfo! :)

ivy

Anonymous said...

one stylish pre-nup! love it!

please share what you were wearing :)

-mfo fan

raissa said...

Congratulations!!!

KayAnne said...

Hi ate TinTIn (yiiiii. heehee.), you had such a beautiful, simple yet elegant wedding that up to now i'm still hung over. And also, i laughed my heart out on the ba-hack-street boys video! Congratulations again! And by the way, i'm now a fan of your blog! :)

Toni said...

Congratulations, Tin! I love your pre-nup pictures ... can't wait to see your wedding pics too! :)

yam said...

congratulations! Your pre-nup photos are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

i love your grey pants! Great with sandals/sneakers! would you know where in Manila I could get a similar pair? =)

jillsabs said...

beautiful pix!

congrats tin and kuya harvey!! (gaya-gaya kay lorr:p)

Anonymous said...

the last one is cute. fabulous!

-martin

Anonymous said...

Hi tin! I love the photos. I am an avid reader of your blog. BTW, are your sandals from nine west or balenciaga? and where did you get your white top and cuffed pants? I'm loving all your outfits in the pre-nup pictures!

-angel

PP said...

hi mfo!

your prenup pics are very stylish and elegant!
wishing you all the best!

cd said...

Thanks so much ivy, raissa, toni, yam, jill, martin and pp!

Anon and angel! I will post where I got my stuff soon! =) To the other anon, I would think Mango, Zara and Topshop would have similar pants?

Thanks for going to the wedding kayanne! Hope you continue to read this blog! =)

Jehan Farah said...

great pics tin! congrats to you and harvey. choosing pila, laguna was a really wonderful idea!

Vanessa said...

Lovely, lovely photos! Congratulations to both of you! :-)

canDIshhh said...

Nice pics? Who was your photographer? :)

cd said...

Thanks Jehan and Vanessa! =)

Hi Candishhh! Nelwin Uy took our photos! He has a site, www.nelwinuy.com =)

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