Chapter Twenty-Four: The Glass Garden

2 July 2008 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Adventures, Partners, Reception | 3 Comments
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The Glass Garden| 257 Evangelista St. corner Pasco Ave., Barangay Santolan, Pasig City| 646.5323| http://www.theglassgarden.com.ph

The first few weeks I started our wedding planning, I was looking for venues near our area.  I came across The Glass Garden and became fascinated by it, but never got around to visiting the actual location.  I had gone to their website, which wasn’t completely finished at the time, and the photos didn’t seem impressive.

During the wedding expo, I encountered The Glass Garden again, and learned that the owner was a former school mate of mine!  I didn’t even recognize her, because she looked so grown up.  But she recognized me right away, and chatted me up.  I became even more intrigued, because I knew that she has impeccable taste.

I was finally able to go to the place when Manila Catering extended an invitation for food-tasting mid-June.  I brought two of my friends from work and we had no trouble locating the place though we weren’t familiar with the area.

Much like another well-known venue, The Glass Garden is situated in an urban area in which one would never have guessed that such a beautiful place existed in its midst.  On the (slightly narrow) road to the venue, we passed by lines of tricycles, trucks, and what looked like abandoned warehouses.

 

But once the gates to the Glass Garden opened, it was like entering a different dimension.

It was clean – almost distinguished  – which I think is precisely what they were going for, being an English-inspired venue.

Parking was ample, with a designated lot for each “Garden.”  I believe there’s even additional parking in a basement.

There are two garden venues – Diamond and Emerald – which didn’t have much difference in terms of size and design.

 

The food-tasting was being held at the Diamond Garden.  Entering the glass doors, we were greeted by a beautiful zen-like paradise with soothing water cascading down a large stone wall.

A bridge connects the “lobbies” of Diamond and Emerald.

When we stepped inside the Diamond Garden, my first thought was “The initial pictures I saw in the website did not do the place justice.”

It was spacious and airy, with just enough greenery to lend the feel of nature, but urbanized enough so that it remains very comfortable. (No need to fear insect bites or creepy crawlies!)

The colors of the walls were subtle enough to maintain an atmosphere of elegance, and blended well with the trees, plants and flowers.

Most noticeable and notable is the great intelligence and intuitiveness put into the design, with the guests’ utmost comfort in mind.

Everywhere is handicap-friendly, with floors that had rubberized matting.  The stairs’ steps were just sufficiently spaced (Yes, that I even noticed), and no area was left un-maximized.  At the corner of the Garden is the Suite, where the couple or the guests could choose to rest.

While it is a gem on its own, it still allows for creativity.  In a wedding, for instance, the couple can opt for a dramatic entrance from the Bridal Suite to the entryway, or directly from the Bridal Suite, or directly from the entry way.

It is beautiful as it is, but may still be dressed up with swags or more flowers, depending on the couple’s taste. 

There are also so many ways in which the caterer can set up their wares, because of the ample space of the Garden. 

I don’t have pictures, but I just have to say that even the bathrooms are beautiful – possibly better than some hotels’.  Inside (in the Ladies’ room at least), there was a slightly smaller version of the zen-like garden with the water cascading down a large stone wall.

We were also able to explore other areas of the venue – even as far as the offices.  Everything adhered to the English Garden theme.

RAVE:  Beautiful.  Clean.  Serene.  Comfortable.  Easy to find.

RANT: Not exactly located in the likes of Forbes Park.  Nevertheless, the place behind the heavy gates should more than make up for that.

REVIEW: If we didn’t already have a reception venue, The Glass Garden would definitely be on our shortlist.

Chapter Sixteen: Love and Time

10 May 2008 at 6:53 am | Posted in Insights | Leave a comment
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Love inspires.

Love and Time

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.

When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,
“Richness, can you take me with you?”
Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. “Vanity, please help me!”
“I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, let me go with you.”
“Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!”

Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.

Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come, Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder,

Love asked Knowledge, another elder, “Who helped me?”
“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.
“Time?” asked Love. “But why did Time help me?”
Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”

Chapter Fifteen: Love and Marriage

10 May 2008 at 6:48 am | Posted in Insights | Leave a comment
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A wedding is merely one day in the lifetime of a marriage.  Be inspired not only by the wedding, but the marriage as well.

Love and Marriage according to Plato

One day, Plato asked his teacher,”What is love? How can I find it?”

The teacher answered, “There’s a large wheat field in front. Walk there

without turning back, and take just one leaf. If you can find one leaf

that you think is extraordinary, it means you have found love.”

So Plato walked .. and not long after that, he came back empty-handed.

The teacher asked him,”Why didn’t you bring any leaf?”

Plato said, “I can only bring just one leaf and when I walked, I couldn’t turn

back. Actually I found one extraordinary leaf, but I didn’t know whether

there would anymore extraordinary leaf in front, so I didn’t take that leaf.

When I walked further, I realized that the leaves I found are not as

extraordinary as the one I found previously. In the end, I didn’t take any leaf.”

Then the teacher told him, “That is love.”

 

Another day, Plato asked his teacher again, “What is marriage? How can I

find it?”

The teacher answered, “There is a forest in front. Please walk there and

don’t look back. You can only cut one tree, and cut the one that you

think is the highest, because that means you have found marriage.”

Plato walks there, and he came back not long after that bringing one

tree. The tree is not a very good tree and not a very tall one, either.

It’s just an ordinary tree.

The teacher asked him, “Why did you cut that kind of tree?”

Plato answered, “Because, according to my previous experience, after

walking through the field, I came back with nothing. So this time, when I

saw this tree, and I thought the tree is not so bad, so I decided to cut it

and bring it here. I don’t want to lose another chance to get it.”

And the teacher said, “Well then, that is marriage.”

 

Little notes

The more you look for love, you will find nothing. Love is in your heart,

when you can control your desire and your hope to find something better.

When you have endless hope and wish of love, you will only get emptiness

because you wont get anything, and time cannot be turned back. Accept love

for what it is.

Marriage is a continuation of love. It is a process of having chances, and

you choose the best option among all the alternatives. If you want to

have a perfect match and a perfect marriage, you will only waste your

time, because there is no perfect marriage.

There is no such thing as a perfect human relationship.

Have you ever wondered why the shape of a heart is not a full circle?

Because only GOD can fill in that space.

Chapter Fourteen: A Lull

9 May 2008 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Insights | Leave a comment
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However much I refused to believe it, my family (particularly my Mom) told me it would come eventually.  And it did.

Because we had already taken care of most of the major aspects for our nuptials, I am finally experiencing my first lull in wedding preparations.

My cousin told me that when she was planning her wedding, she had been fired up the first few months, stagnant the next, then excited again later, and so on.  It was a rollercoaster of moods, and my Mom said that I would experience the same thing.  I didn’t believe her during the first few months after our engagement, when I could barely contain my eagerness to finish all the wedding details.  But now, the initial excitement is beginning to fade, albeit slowly.

I still flip through pages of Wedding Essentials and Metro Weddings, but just absentmindedly and almost purely for bathroom reading. I dig up flyers from previously attended fairs and scan the WeddingsAtWork Primer and Directory, but only occasionally and randomly.  I discuss wedding details within our online community, but not even about our own.

For this blog, I realized that I was starting to draw a blank. So I’ve decided to dedicate the next few chapters to stories that would re-inspire myself about the wedding planning process.  And hopefully, others will become inspired as well.

Typically, to motivate herself about wedding preparations, it may seem that the most logical move for a bride would be to surround herself with images of breathtaking receptions, beautiful gowns, and lovely bouquets.

But I guess I’m not typical bride.  Instead, I decided to surround myself with breathtaking words, beautiful thoughts, and lovely insights about love.  The love that is being celebrated in a wedding is no ordinary love.  It is a love so strong, it must be shared to the world; a love so confident, it commits itself to eternity; a love so meaningful, it has God at its very core.  To realize that you have been blessed with such a love, well, nothing can be more inspiring than that.

Chapter Twelve: Runaway Other Half

4 May 2008 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Insights | 2 Comments
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For the past week, I’ve been coming across stories of soon-to-marry’s running away from their partners and fleeing before their wedding, many of which could leave a doubt or two about saying “I do”:

In an online community I joined for soon-to-be-weds, not one but TWO brides consecutively had their weddings called off by their not-so-better halves.  The first’s ex-fiance was bitten by the green-eyed monster and turned his back on her at her most trying time.  To plunge the knife even deeper into her already bleeding heart, he sent her his credit card bill – demanding her and her family to pay him for the stuff they had bought together.  The second’s ex-groom got frozen feet brought about by the hoots and jeers of his cold-hearted friends.  His icy toes cracked and left him with nothing to stand on – not for his love for a woman, and not for his dignity as a man with his own mind.

Late last night, the local Kapuso network aired the heart-breaking story of the infamous runaway groom from Cebu.  I had read about it months ago in the newspaper, which told of the groom about to say his vows when another woman appeared and shouted at the priest to stop the wedding.  He left the church with the other woman, leaving his bride at the altar and the guests in shock.

But according to the TV interview with the said groom, he had seen his bride-to-be with another man days before their wedding, and this was what made him decide not to push through with their wedding.  In a blog by a girl who claimed to be a friend of this infamous groom, the groom said that he and the other woman were really supposedly just friends.  It was only during the wedding day, when she had appeared at the church in tears and hysterics, did he realize that she had developed feelings for him so he went after her.

With all these tragic tales of men not manning up to the women they wooed and promised to commit to, it’s easy to be swayed into a moment of doubt and wonder if my own man won’t flee like a bee from his honey.  But this is hardly fair because even the fairer sex is not without its own dramatic deeds.

Three years ago, an American woman made like Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride, fleeing five days prior to her carefully-planned grand wedding with 600 guests.  She fabricated a tale of kidnapping and sexual assault, sparking a nationwide search and intensive media coverage.  This real-life runaway bride’s story ended with her ex-fiance cancelling the wedding completely and later marrying another woman in a quiet ceremony in his parents’ home.

Months ago, my fiance and I almost called it quits ourselves.  One fateful day, we had gotten into a minor disagreement about wedding details that escalated up to a point where our four years together seemed to have become inconsequential.   The fight lasted only two earth days, but it seemed like an eternity in hell to me.

I was a confused could-have-been runaway bridezilla.  But my fiance was a grounded man who was true to his word.  For him, the ring was not simply a bling-bling that crowned our four-year relationship.  It was a testament to his willingness and readiness to marry me.  It was his commitment to be with me for the rest of his life, through good and bad times, for better or for worse.  He trusted that my acceptance of the ring was my own promise to the same commitment of marriage.

His words moved me, and remained in my heart.  At that point, all my doubts ran away.  And I knew I would forever stay.  Til death do us part.


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