#ulog no. 4: A Memorable Groomsman Experience
(This blog aims to sequence events and highlight some marriage traditions.)
I wanna share my experience as a groomsman in the wedding of my friend that was once my neighbor. She was a girl who went to Japan years back when she was only sixteen after she graduated high school here in the Philippines. It was at the year of 2009 to 2010 when I last saw Charmaine Suyama and I didn't even pay attention that much before I realized I was less mature when I was 10 to 11 years old. Some time in my life I have heard of her working at Japan instead of going to college, for working gave her more opportunities than college. Still, I haven't payed much attention not until on April 2018 when I was invited not only to be an attendee but to be one of the groomsmen of her wedding on June 4, 2018. I was really shocked to hear a friend that time wanted me to meet again but only to see her wed. It made me realized that time passes so fast until your eyes begin to see what's really important. I'm so happy that she didn't forget me and decided to have me in one of her best days in life. Charmaine and Yuta were already married in Japan but Charmaine insisted to redo the marriage here in the Philippines because it's more joyful here.
I didn't know much about their love story but watching both of them together with their families even though the groom's side had a hard time communicating with Charmaine's relatives for they weren't fluent in English, I can see the happiness and acceptance in them. It was unlikely to have a Filipina love a Japanese but it was a match made in heaven.
Of course, as what this post is titled for, I wanna share my experiences on that beautiful day.
The photoshoot ended at 12 N.N. We then ate our ready-packed lunch and we watched the T.V. because that time was so boring. On 3:45 P.M., we were called to assemble in the beach for the Beach Wedding will begin at 4.
After the mass was the picture-taking of the couple together with the people present.
During the sunset photoshoot, I was able to capture these images.
When we got into the reception, the Couple and the Entourage, the groomsmen and bridesmaids, were formally introduced. It was in Solea's Event Hall
After the dance, we had dinner. I have not taken pictures during this time because my phone went off.
Next, was the dancing game. I was not able to take pictures because I was one of the players. The boys got girl partners to dance every music genre. After every song, the couple will choose the best dancing partner to be out of the game. I was glad we weren't the last pair left because the last pair will be having a consequence.
The next tradition was the garter removal. The groom removes the hidden garter in the bride's thigh. The consequence of the last pair of players was to have the boy reattach the garter to the girl's legs as high as she allows. Lol.
The bride's dance with the 3 important men in her life and the groom's dance with the 3 important women in his life are also traditions of marriage not only here in the Philippines.
The last part was the short film and photo presentations that were made in just less than 24 hours from the photoshoots!
After that, we went home. I realized that life events such as the Wedding Day are very much important and that we all need to make such days memorable. Marriage is not the happy ending of a love story but is a mere event of combining two loving hearts as one. It is the beginning of another step in life where lovers begin to face new problems and new celebrations in life. Of course, problems always have solutions and it is an everyday challenge to continue with your journey in amidst of these difficulties and happiness.
If you want to have a wonderful presentation of your wedding here in the Philippines, please remember to contact for Paopao Sanchez Photography and Team Panda Films. I was really amazed with the final presentation. About the awesome attire, it's from Kolosas Boutique here in Cebu. And also the venue, in Solea Mactan Cebu Resort, not only the place is beautiful but it is also occupied with Asian foreigners mostly Koreans and Japanese.
The marriage traditions have their meanings and you could search how important they represent. Sometimes they can be so fun.
I hope you guys enjoyed my #ulog post as much as I do. Thank you for reading.