Thessa and Aweng made their wedding exude warmth with their theme Lovingly Crafted. The celebration featured a handful of details that the couple painstakingly made to personalize their big day.

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Love Story

Thessa and Aweng's friendship began through their exchanges in Friendster. They were able to chat comfortably through the social networking site, but conversing in person was another story. "We were classmates in college, [but] we hardly talked in person in those days," shares Thessa.

Time came, however, when Aweng mustered the courage to ask Thessa to meet him after class so they could head home together. The two got over an awkward start, and by the end of the day, they knew they enjoyed each other's company. Weeks later, Thessa and Aweng officially became a couple.

Later on, Thessa and her family had to migrate to Canada. Despite the distance, the couple's relationship stayed strong. Thessa would occasionally come home to the Philippines, and on one of her trips, Aweng prepared a special surprise."He slipped the ring on my finger while I was asleep. I woke up engaged on our 7th year anniversary, no question asked," Tessa recalls.

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Wedding Preparations

Thessa and Aweng chose the theme Lovingly Crafted for their wedding, as they wanted the affair to exude a relaxed vibe. The couple's palette--which featured marigold, gray, cream, and white--created a chic and cheery atmosphere.

True to their chosen theme, Thessa and Aweng filled their big day with details that they made. Shares Thessa, "We poured our hearts into making most of our wedding details handmade--from the invitations, paper goods, pillows, boutonnieres, bow ties, decoupage, wedding tree, buntings, and ribbon wall." The couple delegated different tasks among themselves and also did some of the projects together.

With Thessa and Aweng's efforts, their wedding turned out to be a beautiful affair. The bride imparts a tip to other couples who wish to do DIY projects. "Do it early and see how much time you have in your hands. It can be very tedious depending on what you want to do, so you have to be realistic as well. Encourage your soon-to-be hubby [to help out with] even just the little things, since doing it together is such a great bonding for couples throughout the wedding preparation," she says.

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