I have to admit, after Brian and i had settled with Fernwood as our venue, i started to become clueless and felt so helpless as to what to do next. The decision to choose the venue came long before the wedding plans even officially started. I'd say, must be way back since year 2001 when i saw it in tfc, shown in one of the dramas i used to watch back then. We both surfed and searched online, browsed through it, and fell in love instantly with the place. It was that simple and easy.
Now on what to wear, it wasn't the same case. It took me a good amount of time searching online and a couple of store visits to David's bridal and Demetrio's just to try on what style fits my body type best. There were so many to choose from! I got easily overwhelmed since i was doing this on my own. I thought, had i wanted to finish this wedding dress ordeal, i could've just grabbed a dress from the store and viola! Done! But no. Not in a once in a lifetime ocassion like my wedding. I've decided i wanted something custom made for me. No no to an american size, ready-to-wear wedding gown that would require tremendous amount of alterations and cash just to make it fit me. And so the search continued. This time for a designer.
To suit our budget, i've drawn out criterias in searching for a good designer: 1) young flipino designer with beautiful and fresh creations/ideas to give me 2) would make both ends meet to achieve our desired budget 3) can do the job even if i'm from here in san diego 4) has to be kind and approachable and most importantly, 5) has an imaginative and an open mind to absorb MY OWN ideas and plans.
And i found
him them. Yes, them! As in, i have two fabulous designers. They are Miguel and Francis of Njork by MiguelFrancisco. I have only met one of the tandem though, Miguel, whom by some good fate, now resides in San Francisco. Is that luck or what! After a couple or so of exchanging emails and phonecalls, Migs flew in and finally met me. I felt a bit anxious meeting him in person because i'm afraid that he maybe a bit eccentric and a snotty designer. To my amazement, the guy isn't any of what i was presumming he might be. He's totally nice and sooo fun to be with! He instantly made it to my gay guy friends list. He showed me the sketches (which deserves a separate blog entry), took my measurement and my parents' as well. What made me love Migs even more was his genuine kindness in accommodating dad's needs. Knowing my dad's medical condition, wheelchair bound and limited in mobility, Mig's suggested a special barong and pants for him. Thinking about my dad's comfort, he instantly thought of making him clothes that would have snaps on both sides for easy dressing/undressing. I called his ideas to be my dad's "bionic" outfit, hehehe. My parents were both happy with Migs and his brilliant ideas.
happy loved ones = happy anna. I can't ask for more.