Overseas-based couple Ja and Leo made sure that their big day was everything they dreamed of, and they got what they wished for by being hands-on with the planning and by establishing good relationships with their suppliers. With these, their country vintage, travel-inspired affair turned out to be chic, warm, and charming.

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Love Story

Ja and Leo's paths crossed when they went to the same Med school, where they were seatmates. Leo instantly had his eyes on Ja, but Ja then was in a relationship. Despite that, Leo would still help her with their school projects, and would always be around for her. When Ja's relationship became shaky and eventually ended, Leo grabbed the chance to pursue Ja. "I eventually fell for him. We got together in September of that same year and never looked back. We enjoyed each other's company throughout [our] Med school years," Ja recalls.

Even if they had to live apart for two years because of Leo's residency training in the United States, their relationship remained strong. Thus, on eve of 2009, after five long years of being a couple, Leo popped the question to Ja. "I knew from that day on, we can handle any amount of trials that will come our way. As long as we keep our faith and put God at the center of our relationship, nothing can ever break us apart," shares Leo.

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Wedding Preparations

Ja and Leo's big day exuded a warm and cheery ambiance, as the wedding took on a chic theme that fused country, vintage, and travel-inspired details. With such details, their affair was dotted with eclectic and romantic accents that cast an irresistible charm. Ja and Leo's wedding was also filled with a slew of DIY details, which made their guests feel the love that was evident all throughout their celebration.

The couple shares that though they planned most of their wedding away from the Philippines, they still made sure that they had a say on every single detail of their event. "It's [your] wedding and [your] coordinator [is] there to help. Wedding concepts, ideas, motifs, and themes are really a bride's thing, but tasks [should still be delegated] to your groom to get him involved with the planning," the bride asserts. "It is [also] important to trust [your suppliers] because you hired them for a purpose. You will be working with most of your suppliers for the first time, and establishing a relationship with them is something you will have to work on," she adds.

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