P&B Prenuptial Photos

January 1, 2016, I said Yes!

One of the best days of my life. Woah. What’s next? The prenuptial photoshoot was a blessing to us. It’s free! Thank God for my cousin Christopher Grajo for his patience and talent. I am not really good at posing, you know? It’s not my thing. I wanted to be my thing but it doesn’t like me. I could really see my cousin during the photo shoot having a hard time for my smile and pose. HAHA! I am so sorry! But it was a great day.

Actually, this is just arte! It’s not really necessary to have this, you know. Practically, you just want to get married to your partner. That’s it! When you really look at how the world nowadays when it comes to events, it’s creative and elegant. But to be honest, I just want a simple one. I want to stay on that main reason why you’re getting married. But we are so blessed that I have a talented cousin who didn’t charge us anything. God bless him abundantly. Such a blessing!

1…2…3… Smile!

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Okay, not bad.

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Thank God that I didn’t need to smile there and pose. Just stand up and hold hands. The Ring has to be seen. HAHA

Okay. For a better view:

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Could you imagine how our neck is getting stiff and tired? 1…2…3 pose! click! one more, move a little, look up!  His eyes are beautiful. Really! mas mahaba ang pilikmata nya. 

 

Yeah, right. He’s tall and I am short. Perfect combination. LOL.

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Ayan na ‘te! Pose na!  He’s lovely, isn’t he?

What I love most when I get to hug him, I could hear his heartbeat.

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And he can freely kiss me on my forehead… gentleman!

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I know this is a photoshoot, scripted. But in real life, he is like that. I love it when he kisses me on my forehead. It made me feel secured and respected. I am.

Thank God for him.

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For the love of nature. Vitamin SEA. We were under the sun during the photoshoot. But it’s windy…always in Aruba. 🙂

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See that? Ano shampoo mo te? Rejoice ba yan? When hair covered my face, my dress filled with air. Dami ko din atang gas nyan’. Too windy. HAHA

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I can’t help but smile while looking at the pictures. I’m just happy being with him. He is a blessing to me.

 

He carries me when I feel like falling. He encourages me to stand up strong. And helps me to see how God looks at me and reassures me that I am loved.

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I know from the day we started dating, I have someone I can share my laughs and cries with. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord allowed two different people from different culture and race to meet and get to know each other and desire one thing? To LOVE GOD more than anyone else so we could love each other the right way. GOAL. Purpose.

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When you love someone you always want to see that person happy, right? We hope that we will stay like this forever. May forever! Maniwala tayo!

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When I think about the purpose why am I still here in Aruba, the ring will always remind me why. Him. It was the hardest decision ever to live your comfort zone to go to the unknown. When it was blurry, he showed me clearly. God sent him to me. There is a purpose I stayed.  The past years, I was wrestling with God, telling him “I want to go home” (Philippines). He never answered me, I thought. I was home all this time. With GOD always by my side and with him who God sent for me to feel secure. I am home.

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HOME. Where you feel safe. When you are yourself. BE silly. Freely! 🙂 Where LOVE is.

 You will feel weak sometimes but you will help each other to stand up again…

 

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Pata ang labanan ‘te! HAHA

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Gotcha! Am I heavy? :p

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REST is essential to everyone, to any relationship. To pause for a while and reflect how you guys doing. I remember one of our anniversary celebrations where we talked only about how grateful we were that the Lord answered our prayers. He prayed for someone like me and I prayed for someone like him. And how we met was truly God’s plan. In a relationship, we all argue and have misunderstandings but to pause for a while and look back on the day you first met and fell in love is also good to do. Talk about it as much as possible and be always amazed what LOVE can do. What GOD can do.

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And strike a pose. Selfie? Click. HEHE Back to the ball game. Life goes on. Love always.

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Are you still there? There’s more. HAHA

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At this point, we got tired already but had to laugh about it. You want a prenup photoshoot, huh? HEHE… Magdusa ka! LOL

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Okay. That’s it. The reason for this photoshoot… SAVE THE DATE! arte haha.

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The two unggoy(s) [monkeys] are getting married. When is the BIG DAY?

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“Are you ready?” I asked this question many times, I asked him too. When you say, YES, no turning back. Leaving the person behind in marriage isn’t an option at all. You will look at marriage as good thing, not a scary one. I’ve learned that. For me, who has a lot of fears, God reminds me of his Word.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

No fear. Just LOVE. God will teach us how to love the right way if we will keep our eyes fixed on HIM. And he never fails.

Hand in hand…with JESUS and with the one He sent.

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The princess found his prince. Finally!

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Are you ready?

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Yes! We’re ready…

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Woah! Finally, I finished this post. It took me a while, well years. HAHA I got engaged, January 1, 2016. We had this photoshoot for fun and for memories. This is kinda late, but yeah! I haven’t shared my photos on my social media (Facebook, IG). I mean I have but not all. Dito lang sa blog site ko shared, first. Thank you so much for your time.

God bless!

-Princess

Photographer:  Christopher Neil Grajo.

Thank you, boy! The best ka. Love yah. 🙂

Related Posts:

Forty-Seven Months

I want a Beach Wedding!

I said Yes!

NExt… The BIG DAY!!

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My very late 2017 Goals & Prayers Review.

“Better Late Than Never”

I am in the second month of 2018, but my thoughts are still from the last year. I am really grateful for the special events happened in my life. So here it goes. I don’t have fancy plans and goals last year but I love to look back and realized how God has been answering my prayers. On the other hand, those goals weren’t met will still be pursued for this year. Let us not stress ourselves on the things we didn’t accomplish.

  1. Driver’s License  – X

Man, it’s been two years since I am targeting this goal. My gracious Lord, have mercy on me! I supposed to have the test the August of 2017 but I had to go somewhere, out of the island and couldn’t make it. So I changed the date to this year, 2018.

     2. New Permit, my 6th.

I got it! Danki Dios! (Papiamento words mean “Thank God”). I wrote beside it ‘Thy will be done’. For someone like me who works in a foreign country, a legal paper is very important to stay on the island. I am blessed and favored by God that I never got denied, It’s such a blessing. I’ve seen Filipinos who struggle to get a permit to stay or to work here, they risked because they want to help their family. I am not against with such bravery to risk everything even they don’t have papers, they still work and be just alert if immigration officers are around, to run when they have to. To stay home for a while if they are in danger. I feel sad for them and happy at the same time. We all have a different perspective on life. I do respect that. If you are a foreigner, legal papers are important for you to stay. I am grateful, the Lord never let me missed one.

3. Read 12 books.

I wanted to finish one per month. Unfortunately, I only have read 6 books:

  • Have a New You by Friday
  • You can Begin Again – Joyce Meyer
  • So Close, I can Feel God’s Breath
  • Living Courageously – Joyce Meyer
  • Do It Afraid -Joyce Meyer

As you can see, I focused on motivational books this 2017. I really want to get up again so I chose to read inspirational and motivational books which I love most.

4. Blog MORE

Consistent. Oops. I skipped few months but I could say that I blog more this 2017 than 2016. It was my desire to have 15 more followers. I had 62 followers 2016 year end. The current followers I have are 80. Basically, 18 were added. Wow! Thank you guys and gals! Appreciate it. 🙂

5. Be Confident. Be Fearless.

I had a situation where I really had to be confident. I didn’t have a choice. Once in my life, I could say that I think about myself as Princess. And that is my name. It was my wedding day. There were things happened out of control but GOD taught me to stand up there walk down the aisle and think only about HIM being glorified in the event. God is good.

6. Job

Okay, this is a very sensitive topic for me. I found myself untouchable when this is to be talked about. I didn’t like the fact that I don’t have a stable job because of legal paper. But I am grateful that I could work part-time. I worked at Jewelry Store as Clerk from November 2016 – May 2017. I remember how happy I was working there but things changed later on. I left to visit my mom in the US for five months. I’m glad.

7. Be Beautiful on the inside.

What is being beautiful? I remember the year 2017 as one of the great years of my life. There were circumstances that I have to exercise forgiveness and love. When I asked God for this at the beginning of the year, I looked forward to good events, beautiful memories. Tell you what? The year became beautiful for me because of the painful events. I didn’t realize that until today.

Should I forgive? Should I get mad? I ended up forgiving. That is being beautiful for me. Guarding your heart against any anger and hatred is being beautiful.

8. More of God’s revelations.

WOW. I had plenty and they’re surprises I would never forget. God is a great God. He can make all things possible. He never fails to let me know I am loved and highly favored. In every event, God shows me that He is there working and planning things without me knowing until one day… SURPRISE! 🙂

God’s Surprise #1: Walt Disney World

God’s Surprise #2: Jollibee

God’s Surprise #3 Kari Jobe

God’s Surprise #4 Solar EclipseGod’s Surprise #5 North Carolina

God’s Surprise #5 North Carolina

Alam mo yung feeling na humingi ka lang ng konti pero grabe yung binigay nya? Sobra pa sa inaasahan mo. Sa pahinga at sa pagmamahal na pinakita nya sa akin sa taon 2017, wala akong ibang masabi kundi “Salamat po, Panginoon” 

9. Travel to Europe – X

It’s not bad to dream, right? It didn’t happen yet but I still believe I would see it, one day.

10. Visit Mommy in the US again.

My second time. God is so good. I had a wonderful five month with her and my little brother. I give God the glory.

11. Visit the Philippines. X

I was to write impossible things to see at the end of the year how possible it would be if we only believe. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to visit Philippines but hopefully 2018 is the year for me to see my family and friends there. It’s been 6 years…I miss them so much!

12. Ate Queen – to be Happy

She is my gorgeous older sister. I miss her so much. She lives in the Philippines. We still desire her to come back to Aruba but I prayed for God’s will in her life. I just want her to be happy. She didn’t come back but I am really happy for her. After seven years (if I am not mistaken) she finally opened her heart again to someone. She has a boyfriend now and their love story is amazing. My family is rejoicing with her. She needs someone there to keep her strong. She was separated from us. I and my brother are here in Aruba with my father. My other little brother and my Mom are in the US. Ate Queen is in the Philippines. I love my family no matter what.

13. Cover Songs

I covered some songs but not a lot. I still sing almost every day but privately mostly.

14. WEDDING

Tadaaah! I got married last December 2017 🙂 Finally. I and my husband (now) were in a relationship for four years and two months before the BIG DAY.

15. Unexpected Monster Blessing 2017

Last 2016, I looked forward to an ‘Unexpected blessing’ and turned out it was a Monster Blessing. Didn’t expect that my US Visa will be approved. I and some of the church members tried and we are all approved. Thank God. Amazing!

2017. I was challenged to write again and expect more from GOD. Expect the Unexpected. Besides from my Prayer and Goals for the year, I have a separate one for my Bucket List. Some of them were accomplished:

  • Disney World – I only wrote to hope one day to go to Disney. God gave me the best, It’s not Disney Land, it’s Disney World. I am forever grateful.
  • Kari Jobe Concert – To tell you honestly, she is one of my favorite worship leaders. I wanted to attend a Christian Concert of known artists. God just directed me to my favorite. I was in South Carolina that time when I saw her post about her “The Garden Tour” and when I asked mommy how far Aiken from her place. She said it’s nearby. I begged her to attend this concert. And we did.
  • Travel. I waited long for my papers to be processed here in Aruba. I can’t travel outside the island if my paper isn’t ready yet. As soon as I got it, my mom bought (unexpectedly) me a ticket to the US. Before going to South Carolina, I attended some conferences first in Georgia with church leaders. There, we also went to different places such as Stone Mountain, Baby Land / Cabbage Patch kids, Anna Ruby Falls. We also went to Alabama to worship with fellow believers there. It was an awesome experience!

16. Save More Money.

Well. you know? It’s really difficult to do this. HAHAHA.

17. Be Content. All the Time

I’ve learned to be thankful and content with whatever I have. And for that God pours more into my life. He is an amazing God and Father.

18. Be in A Magazine. X

HAHA. Dream dreams! It didn’t happen. Dream pa more.

19. Write a Story.

I always think about writing a story like the others, a novel. I am not there yet (hope, one day) But little did I know, I am truly writing one. MY STORY.

20. Compose New Songs X

I started writing songs five years ago. I stopped. And I literally forget about this. I should, huh?

‘Nah… there’s nothing to write about what happened last year.’ I was wrong. While typing this blog, I realized that there is plenty to be thankful for, prayers answered. Mostly, it’s only because of HIS GRACE why I received these things. To have a good check from what HE has done in your life is a blessing. You only not remember the painful events, but to really look at them, there is more good stuff than the ugly ones. So, for my hand who typed and my thoughts being poured out to this. I am proud. Wow. I said that “I am proud”… 

All this time I could only see the negative ones. But I am truly blessed, loved and highly favored. Thank you 2017! I am ready 2018..

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Thank you for reading!

-Princess