Quirky couple Josephine and Brian's church wedding proved to be quite challenging to plan from abroad. But as Josephine and Brian are both very creative, they were able to pull off a wonderful DIY-filled wedding that showed their personalities and celebrated their new beginning.

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Love Story

Josephine and Brian first met in college. One time, Brian challenged Josephine to solve a puzzle, which she did (and had kept to this day). Not long after, Brian sent Josephine an e-mail greeting card, which marked the beginning of their courtship. A few months after Josephine received the e-mail, they became a couple.

On their seventh anniversary, Brian took Josephine to their favorite Japanese restaurant. Josephine hadn't expected anything but to have a nice dinner, but then Brian pulled out a ring and proposed. Crying happily, she said yes.


Over a year later, Josephine had to move to Singapore for work. Being apart was a challenge for her and Brian, but they pulled through and had a civil wedding in July 2009. Exactly a year later, Josephine and Brian had their church wedding in Cebu.

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Wedding Preparations

Josephine and Brian were in Singapore for most of the time they were planning their church wedding in Cebu. Luckily, many of Josephine's friends were there to help her prepare for the eclectic vintage wedding. The couple's friends helped was through the DIY projects.

Eclectic vintage details weren't easy to come by, so some of the décor at the reception were vintage pieces borrowed from Josephine and Brian's friend who collects vintage items. The bride's best friend also designed the couple's postcard invitations. While all the DIY projects took a lot of work, it made Josephine and Brian's wedding even more special.


Aside from undertaking DIY projects, the couple's friends also helped them cut costs through other ways. The bridesmaids wore their own dresses--the move turned out to be more practical since the dresses could be worn again.

Josephine shares that she had moments of panic during the planning stages, but she learned many things from the experience. "Make sure you enjoy every moment," she shares. "Believe there's nothing impossible when you set your heart on something, [because] when things don't work out as planned, there's always a better way around."

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