Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Wedding Planning Weekend


This weekend I learned that one of the little pleasures (amidst the multitude tasks) of planning a beach wedding is..."onsite planning"! Our motley crew of C, my mom, his mom, and I, journeyed to the "site" to check out venues, food taste, and meet with our coordinator.

When I chose to have a beach wedding my only reason really was because I love the beach (and so does C). I didn't consider that the dirty work of planning the blessed event could ever involve anything other than the usual suspects of watching your budget bleed at the seams, agonizing over the politics of a guest list, and chasing suppliers about town. Well, how wrong was I? It apparently also involves splashing around the water as you wait for your next meeting, working on your tan after you wash off your trial make-up, and eating fresh seafood as you discuss your plans with the coordinator...both of you barefoot in bikinis and sarongs, her confidence as she masterfully presents her slides to your future mother-in-law putting all your worries to rest. And winding down for happy hour with buy-one-take-one rum cokes while watching C play a pick up game of beach soccer.

Pictured above is the tasty clam (halaan) soup we had while meeting with our very able coordinator. We held the meeting in a cabaƱa/hut in our swimmies, her Powerbook protected by a towel. C & I had just come in from a dip in the pristine waters, and our moms had just come back from a jaunt to the market (oooh, bonding!) with a sack full of these big clams. They also bought ginger, spring onions, sili pangsigang (long green chilis), and tomatoes. We had the resort toss it all together for us and they made this delicious hits-the-spot soup.

Halaan soup has this wonderfully intense "from-the-sea" taste that I love. I don't have a recipe, but you can find one from Sassy at Pinoy Cook, just click here.

Ok, now back to real life and that bleeding budget...

16 comments:

sha said...

now am jealous...hubby and I met at the beach,, oh oh dont get funny ideas hehe it was a dive clean up.. we thought a beach wedding would be great. But due to unlimited time to plan and him constantly away.. we skipped that.
but maybe if we last long a bit ;-)
we will have an anni on the beach.

goodluck and have fun
the food sounds divine

stefoodie said...

oooh, ito pala ang nakakakilig eh! joey, kuwento pa ha! wedding on the beach sounds lovely, and SOOOO romantic....

mike mina said...

hehehe . . . this one sure beats my "repolyo" roses . . . now, that halaan looks great! been missing them na talaga . . .

dexiejane said...

that rum coke must have made a difference :).

your beach wedding is going to be wonderful.

angelika said...

Joey ! You enjoy life just as I do, with the only difference that we do not have beaches here and suffer from the cold ! Ok, I do not complain, but I am happy for you what life has in store for you ! When is the BIG day ? Never stop enjoying the magic moments, as you have written so heartfully in your last comment on theflyingapple, and how great that your moms both are with you and you seem to be a very happy family indeed, all best wishes and blessings, angelika

ChichaJo said...

Hi Sha! Hehe...C and I met in a bar, now you don't get any funny ideas! ;) I'm sure you will be able to plan a wonderful anniversary :)

Hi Stef! Medyo nga ;) Heehee, it is romantic...and fun, because most of the guest are less formal and more relaxed :)

Hi Mike! Hay...halaan is really so good no? Your "roses" were great!

Hi Dexie! Ya, blame it on the rum cokes...I just realized that that was probably what I was drinking when I met him also! Oh boy...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Angelika! I do believe we indeed have that in common :) You may not have a beach, but you do have a beautiful winter garden. The BIG day is next year, May 13...Thank you for your warm wishes! Here's to more magic moments! :)

celia kusinera said...

A beach wedding? That would be so wonderful, Joey. Wishing you all the best on your wedding day. :)

You should have a virtual wedding party or maybe a virtual hen night among food bloggers! Hehehe.

gonzo said...

you had me on the buy one take one rum cokes...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Celia! Thanks! :) Hehehe...great idea :) I'll definitely be posting something...even if it's just about my wedding lechon!

Hi Gonzo! Thanks for dropping in...I completely undertand ;) White House Resort Boracay: Buy one take one on all drinks for happy hour :)

ces said...

so when is this anyway? who knows i'll be in town to witness this oh-so-romantic wedding? will i get invites? haha..all the best for you joey!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Ces! It'll be next year in May...Thanks for your best wishes! :)

Paz said...

Having that tasty clam soup by the seaside sounds ideal.

Continuous luck with the plans. The end result will be great and worth everything you go through.

Best,
Paz

ChichaJo said...

Hi Paz! Yes, it went perfectly :) Thanks for your kind words of luck and encouragement! :)

Randi said...

We wanted to have our wedding at the beach too, but it was such a pain getting permits and such, that we just had it at the hall where we did the reception. I still long for a beach wedding( maybe if we renew our vows at our 10yr party)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Randi! A renewal of vows on the beach would be great! :) I'm not having the actual ceremony on the beach because of said permits, but there is a church on the island where we will hold the wedding...then party right after on the shore :)