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I decided to go look at my drafts and found a million backlogs and this one was all the way from summer of 2016 (just kidding, that's an exaggeration).  It's mainly because, at some point, I felt like I wanted to blog about a certain trip or experience but never had the time to do it (yeah, that's my excuse).

Last summer, I went to Hawaii with my boyfriend (now, husband) to visit my sister who moved to Oahu with her husband and baby which at that point, I had never met. I saw it as a great travel opportunity and Logan was adventurous enough to go with me on that trip.








Almost everyone that I know who's been to Hawaii just absolutely loves it. As for me? Not really. It was fun and there was lots to do but there's really nothing special about it except for the spam musubi and those delicious poke. I've lived in a city in an island so it resembles home in a lot of ways. Hawaii is just an alright destination for me but that's just one person's opinion, it's still worth a visit if you like the tropical life.

Hawaii Travel Diary

Nov 4, 2017




I decided to go look at my drafts and found a million backlogs and this one was all the way from summer of 2016 (just kidding, that's an exaggeration).  It's mainly because, at some point, I felt like I wanted to blog about a certain trip or experience but never had the time to do it (yeah, that's my excuse).

Last summer, I went to Hawaii with my boyfriend (now, husband) to visit my sister who moved to Oahu with her husband and baby which at that point, I had never met. I saw it as a great travel opportunity and Logan was adventurous enough to go with me on that trip.








Almost everyone that I know who's been to Hawaii just absolutely loves it. As for me? Not really. It was fun and there was lots to do but there's really nothing special about it except for the spam musubi and those delicious poke. I've lived in a city in an island so it resembles home in a lot of ways. Hawaii is just an alright destination for me but that's just one person's opinion, it's still worth a visit if you like the tropical life.

I could hardly remember when was the last time I had a fashion post and this is not only a surprise to you but to myself as well. I didn't plan to blog this but I don't know what made me do it. 




Top - Target | Pants - Brandy Melville | Shoes - Topshop

I honestly have no clue what to even write in a fashion post because I haven't done it in a while. Logan took these photos in the very top floor of a parking building overlooking Salt Lake City and featuring the Walker Center Tower which I just found out recently is a weather tower. It lights up eveyday with either blue or red and wether if it's flashing or steady. It has corresponding meanings to it, look it up on Wikipedia. I actually notice the color change more now that I know about this. Fun fact of the day. And I guess this is where I leave you. 

XX,
Monica

IN THE CITY


I could hardly remember when was the last time I had a fashion post and this is not only a surprise to you but to myself as well. I didn't plan to blog this but I don't know what made me do it. 




Top - Target | Pants - Brandy Melville | Shoes - Topshop

I honestly have no clue what to even write in a fashion post because I haven't done it in a while. Logan took these photos in the very top floor of a parking building overlooking Salt Lake City and featuring the Walker Center Tower which I just found out recently is a weather tower. It lights up eveyday with either blue or red and wether if it's flashing or steady. It has corresponding meanings to it, look it up on Wikipedia. I actually notice the color change more now that I know about this. Fun fact of the day. And I guess this is where I leave you. 

XX,
Monica


Can you believe I'm married? How crazy is that? It's been 6 months now since I got married and I know this post is way overdue but who cares, I came through. 

 I never thought that moving here to go to school would have changed my life in ways I couldn't imagine such as getting married. Probably the biggest decision I can ever make in my existence. I honestly did not have this in mind when I first moved here, I have always thought of going back home and not be married for the next ten years or so, I was that type of gal. I'm just as surprised as any of the people who knew me well. 

Anyway, back to what this post is really about. Our wedding day was so perfect and would not have it any other way (except maybe would have had it in the Philippines if it weren't for all the visa crap I have to go through). And I did forget about the groomsmen's ties until the day of the wedding, but thanks to Logan's brother and wife who saved it all. Regardless, it was a wonderful day filled with smiles and tears. We got married in the LDS Salt Lake temple and are sealed for time and all eternity.



I've pretty much given all the details in my blog post on where most of the details from my wedding came from. I really just wanted to share more photos with you guys because Instagram and Twitter can be very limiting! Not to mention, people will probably be so annoyed with me if I posted a bunch of them on Ig or Twitter.



My bouquet had succulents in them. I've made that a point ever since I started Bloom (my plant business) with my brothers that I will have succulents on my wedding bouquet and my florist knew exactly what I wanted. I'm glad they turned out that way.

My dress was made by Eva Aguspina, I knew her from High School and we went to Fashion school too so I trusted her skills a lot to ask her to make the most important dress I will ever wear in my life. It was pretty stressful because of the distance, I only had one fitting when I went back home but I'm glad it fit me pretty well when I got it. Hair and makeup was done Simply Mindy and she is awesome!



Logan's suit was from Taylor Cooperative and it looks freaking good.We had a very pleasant experience with them, their service is phenomenal. I went with him to all of his fittings and their store has a great ambiance. He was able to pick out all of the details for his suit such as color, fabric, buttons and everything else down to the smallest details. He even has our initials in the inside pocket with our wedding date. Hair obviously styled by him haha. His boutonniere also has a succulent.


There were two parts for our reception, a dinner with close friends and family and then an "open house" where we invited lots of people, it's kind of like the Utah wedding culture here that they have that type of reception. 

I also served Filipino food and had lechon as well. Some people were probably shocked why there's a full-sized suckling pig.


Our siblings also gave heartfelt speeches.




Of course, we ended the night with sparklers! And we're off to our Honeymoon.

THE WEDDING DAY

Oct 2, 2017



Can you believe I'm married? How crazy is that? It's been 6 months now since I got married and I know this post is way overdue but who cares, I came through. 

 I never thought that moving here to go to school would have changed my life in ways I couldn't imagine such as getting married. Probably the biggest decision I can ever make in my existence. I honestly did not have this in mind when I first moved here, I have always thought of going back home and not be married for the next ten years or so, I was that type of gal. I'm just as surprised as any of the people who knew me well. 

Anyway, back to what this post is really about. Our wedding day was so perfect and would not have it any other way (except maybe would have had it in the Philippines if it weren't for all the visa crap I have to go through). And I did forget about the groomsmen's ties until the day of the wedding, but thanks to Logan's brother and wife who saved it all. Regardless, it was a wonderful day filled with smiles and tears. We got married in the LDS Salt Lake temple and are sealed for time and all eternity.



I've pretty much given all the details in my blog post on where most of the details from my wedding came from. I really just wanted to share more photos with you guys because Instagram and Twitter can be very limiting! Not to mention, people will probably be so annoyed with me if I posted a bunch of them on Ig or Twitter.



My bouquet had succulents in them. I've made that a point ever since I started Bloom (my plant business) with my brothers that I will have succulents on my wedding bouquet and my florist knew exactly what I wanted. I'm glad they turned out that way.

My dress was made by Eva Aguspina, I knew her from High School and we went to Fashion school too so I trusted her skills a lot to ask her to make the most important dress I will ever wear in my life. It was pretty stressful because of the distance, I only had one fitting when I went back home but I'm glad it fit me pretty well when I got it. Hair and makeup was done Simply Mindy and she is awesome!



Logan's suit was from Taylor Cooperative and it looks freaking good.We had a very pleasant experience with them, their service is phenomenal. I went with him to all of his fittings and their store has a great ambiance. He was able to pick out all of the details for his suit such as color, fabric, buttons and everything else down to the smallest details. He even has our initials in the inside pocket with our wedding date. Hair obviously styled by him haha. His boutonniere also has a succulent.


There were two parts for our reception, a dinner with close friends and family and then an "open house" where we invited lots of people, it's kind of like the Utah wedding culture here that they have that type of reception. 

I also served Filipino food and had lechon as well. Some people were probably shocked why there's a full-sized suckling pig.


Our siblings also gave heartfelt speeches.




Of course, we ended the night with sparklers! And we're off to our Honeymoon.














I am so excited to finally get my wedding photos, Olivia definitely did such a wonderful job capturing the moments and all the details! I have been looking forward to share my day with all of you. So let's begin.

I will most likely create another post dedicated to our wedding photos but in this post, I just want to talk about what my sources are for everything and what I DIYed.

DIYS:

1. Wooden Signs

So as you can see, there are a couple of wooden signs and I mentioned that awhile back in one of my instagram posts but as usual, failed to create a whole blog post about it. I had a main sign right in front but I don't have a photo of it unfortunately. Because I think we didn't have it out yet when my photographer got to the venue. I also have a few others that aren't included here. The plywood were all bought at Home Depot and they were cut by Logan. We started off with our first sign by painting it but then eventually realized, it will take us forever to print>trace>paint so he mentioned about vinyl signs that I had no idea about. His sister had a Cricut machine and it works wonders! Someone donate one to me, thanks. That definitely saved us so much time.

2. Marble Place Cards

I bought the marble tiles at Lowes and bought gold markers from Hobby Lobby. And if you want to recreate this, make sure to get the extra fine tip Sharpie gold marker.

3. Menus

I designed those and just printed it out on card stock then asked my siblings to cut it.

4. Invitation/Announcements

I designed my own invitations, refer to this photo. And did the (calligraphy) addressing as well. All 150 of them. Yup. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM.

5. Seating Arrangement

That was a no-brainer, just print out all the names and I use glue dots to stick them onto the wooden sign. Easy-peasy.


SOURCES

Venue - Ember SLC
Tables and Chairs - Utah Chair Rental
Cake (geometric marble cake) - Granite Bakery
Florist - CC & Bout ( Angie is the best! Highly recommend her)
Table Number - Michaels
Lanterns - From the Philippines but you can get those anywhere like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Candles - Amazon
Wedding Guestbook - Artifact Uprising
Frames - Hobby Lobby (printed the photos at Walmart)
L&M letters - Hobby Lobby
Geometric Glass Card Hodler - Target

I'm pretty sure that is all of it. If you do have any other questions, please let me know. I'd be happy to answer all of your wedding related questions or even non-wedding related.

Follow this wedding series by clicking on this link.

X,
Monica



ALL THE WEDDING DETAILS

May 15, 2017















I am so excited to finally get my wedding photos, Olivia definitely did such a wonderful job capturing the moments and all the details! I have been looking forward to share my day with all of you. So let's begin.

I will most likely create another post dedicated to our wedding photos but in this post, I just want to talk about what my sources are for everything and what I DIYed.

DIYS:

1. Wooden Signs

So as you can see, there are a couple of wooden signs and I mentioned that awhile back in one of my instagram posts but as usual, failed to create a whole blog post about it. I had a main sign right in front but I don't have a photo of it unfortunately. Because I think we didn't have it out yet when my photographer got to the venue. I also have a few others that aren't included here. The plywood were all bought at Home Depot and they were cut by Logan. We started off with our first sign by painting it but then eventually realized, it will take us forever to print>trace>paint so he mentioned about vinyl signs that I had no idea about. His sister had a Cricut machine and it works wonders! Someone donate one to me, thanks. That definitely saved us so much time.

2. Marble Place Cards

I bought the marble tiles at Lowes and bought gold markers from Hobby Lobby. And if you want to recreate this, make sure to get the extra fine tip Sharpie gold marker.

3. Menus

I designed those and just printed it out on card stock then asked my siblings to cut it.

4. Invitation/Announcements

I designed my own invitations, refer to this photo. And did the (calligraphy) addressing as well. All 150 of them. Yup. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THEM.

5. Seating Arrangement

That was a no-brainer, just print out all the names and I use glue dots to stick them onto the wooden sign. Easy-peasy.


SOURCES

Venue - Ember SLC
Tables and Chairs - Utah Chair Rental
Cake (geometric marble cake) - Granite Bakery
Florist - CC & Bout ( Angie is the best! Highly recommend her)
Table Number - Michaels
Lanterns - From the Philippines but you can get those anywhere like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Candles - Amazon
Wedding Guestbook - Artifact Uprising
Frames - Hobby Lobby (printed the photos at Walmart)
L&M letters - Hobby Lobby
Geometric Glass Card Hodler - Target

I'm pretty sure that is all of it. If you do have any other questions, please let me know. I'd be happy to answer all of your wedding related questions or even non-wedding related.

Follow this wedding series by clicking on this link.

X,
Monica



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