Art & Aggie

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Venue-hunting day


With much thanks to our gorgeous bridal make-up artist and bridesmaid Raissa, we were able to visit some three venues today in Las Pinas. All I can say it, the air seems to be fresher there. Maybe there is something to the City’s claim that Sitti likes to boast about… it’s the cleanest city in Metro Manila.

The first venue we visited was Bali Garden. It was, hands down, the most beautiful venue we have ever visited… EVER!

Let me just say that it took all of my energy not to start gushing like a glassy-eyed school girl at the intricate wood carvings, and the lovely balinese decor. There was a cool breeze sweeping through the entire venue. The aura seemed very much like a serene Balinese resort.

We also had a chance to view Ysabel’s Garden, which was a very compact and lovely garden venue. They were setting up for a wedding, allowing us to fully appreciate the impressive effect of white drapes and silver beads hanging from a high, softly sloping ceiling with translucent roof panels. Classy and wow-inducing in its own right.

Unfortunately for us, though, both venues insisted that all their events contract their in-house caterers, so it was either sign them up, or go without our precious Hizon’s booking. And since we love our account executive Lari so much, Art and I were really in a quandary.

After setting out on our own back to Makati, we decided to pay a visit to this one venue which we had long been hearing about, but never got around to visit. Little did we know that we were about to step into… THE ONE. The venue of venues.

I am loath to post pictures here of THE ONE since in our sheer delight, we actually forgot to snap some shots. The few shots we have of the party venue itself did not do much justice to it either.

Instantly, upon entering the grounds, Art and I began to feel things slowly click into place. The air was crisp and cool, the greenery was lush, and the simple pathways meandered this way and that… there were many of them and the choices just added to the allure of the place. It was huge, and there was so much to explore. At each turn was a cozy perch where friends could share long intimate chats and lovers could whisper sweet nothings undisturbed. All framed in the soft hue of reasonably-distanced lampstands and warmly glowing Christmas lights hanging all around. Yes, yes, this venue makes me wax poetic! This is the way it made me feel. I thought, not without a little flush, “I could get married here!”

I suppose the real reason why this appealed so much to us was because of the way Art and I envisioned our wedding. More on that in another post, but in this venue’s simple charms and practical functionality serves us so well. And the price, now that’s the best part. But reserving it–hurdling the process–is another story.

So friends, if you’re reading this, please pray with us that this venue–THE ONE–remains open on our chosen wedding date, and that all goes well with the reservation. If God wills that we seal our vows in this lovely place, I would definitely jump around in happiness. :) Thank you, and God bless you all!

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6 Comments to

“Venue-hunting day”

  1. On January 10th, 2010 at 11:36 AM Arvin a.k.a (Jake cuenca)hek hek Says:

    I love your site!!! yeeehh… Ayun dahil nabasa ko naman sympre ill pray sa venue and everything na need nyo pa po. God bless and Best wishes!!! hehehe… May God Bless you more. thanks for being good testimony sa aming mga youth. nako pipigilan ko na mag type baka humaba pa…. hehehe ayon lang God Bless…

  2. On January 10th, 2010 at 9:46 PM aggie Says:

    Thank you, Arvin! Salamat sa prayers mo… that will be a big help. may this wedding glorify God! Salamat din sa willingness tumulong, bro… Alam mo bang special mention ka sa wedding checklist? Hehehe. May you continue to grow in Christ… mwah!

  3. On February 3rd, 2010 at 8:25 AM Bea Says:

    It’s a good thing you didn’t let go of Hizon’s. I love their food! Remember Mia’s wedding when people in some chosen tables didn’t have to stand up go to the buffet? I like having that option. Hahahaha! Pero ok din naman tumayo at bumalik balik. And with Hizon’s food, babalik balik ka talaga.

  4. On February 7th, 2010 at 8:03 PM aggie Says:

    I know! I had such good memories from the food at Ate Mia’s wedding. Ang sarap talaga. I’m glad we have peace of mind over the food, that it’s tasty and marami din siya. Now we can focus on other details.

  5. On August 11th, 2010 at 11:56 AM YNA Says:


  6. On September 3rd, 2010 at 11:00 PM aggie Says:

    Hi, Yna! Sorry for the late reply. The One is located in Makati Park and Garden, along JP Rizal St. in front of University of Makati. The venue is very inexpensive (6-8K for half day, depending on whether you live in Makati or not). You can reserve this at the Makati City Hall, but slots go fast so you have to be early.

    God bless your wedding plans!

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