Tuesday, 13 February 2018

A Big Story In My Hand

A few months ago, never have I thought that I will be in one of the stories I myself wrote.

Today,14th of February 2018, I am writing one of the most special blog, a first hand story from a girl who had just been engaged.  I am Joy Barcelona, soon to be Mrs. Fajardo! 

How does it feel? Oh well! Nerve wracking, mind blowing or even extreme bliss, weren't enough words to express how I felt that night.

Back Story 

According to him, while he was planning for the proposal there are 4 major things he needed to accomplish.

1) The Diamond Ring

Knowing that I have been in this line for quite sometime, he really felt the pressure of finding the right diamond ring. So without questions asked, he know his first and only choice, JannPaul! 

On my off day, he went and met my colleague Casey, and like any other client, he has gone through the one and a half hour diamond education session. He didn't actually expect it! I never mentioned to him how long we spend to really explain to our clients each diamond's facet.

He was in fact amazed- both at the diamonds' quality and level of service that was given to him.

It made me so proud to hear it coming from him! :) I know I am on the right team. Our star - quality products and exquisite customer service.

Here are the specifications of my ring. 

Diamond: Super Ideal Cut 0.31 G VS2
Setting: Split Shank band with side diamonds and Halo setting 
             * He even remember, that I say that this setting is gorgeous when I saw someone wearing it. 
               (Note to girls, they are really listening although it may appear as if they are not.)
Ring Size: 11 (51) 
             * Lucky him, my colleagues already know my ring size! 

2) The Surprise Vlog

He knows that I love vlogging, although I do not post most of them, I just want to keep a video record of events that I felt were good to reminisce in the future. Since, we do not have video records of our memories together, he decided to make a documentation where we tell the story of how we met. He planned to play it during the proposal day itself.

So, he asked one of his friends to message me and tell me that they need to interview few couples in a long-term relationship. They need to make some documentations of our journey for their final project in school. I really buy the story. I thought, Communication Arts students might have a project like that. 

3) The Venue

If I knew his plan before it happened, I would think he is out of his mind! (Sorry babe! 😄)

Why does it become a big deal when you can just get a cosy place, a popular one or maybe a nice restaurant? Only because he decided to do it in front of all the alumni of our Secondary school where we met. He will do it at the Grand Alumni Home Coming 2017! Mind you guys, it was a huge crowd, even my dad's and uncle's batchmates were there. Our school is one of the most popular in town.

But that craziness is what I love about him. You don't expect the normal! What's life without this crazy fella!

He will put a lot of thought in every little detail. All the minor points I thought were meaningless, to him, did actually have a purpose. He indeed want me to remember this proposal day as one of the most unforgettable events of my life. 

4) The Pamamanhikan 

It is the Filipino's own version of the Chinese wedding tea ceremony, but instead of doing it on the day of the wedding, we do it even before the wedding planning commenced. It is to formally ask for the girl's hand from her family.

It is normally held on a separate date, but fiance decided to take in all the stress and do it as another surprise on the same night. 

It is setting a very high benchmark! Everything was so perfect and stress free. It made me feel like I'm literally on a fairy tale as cheesy as it may sound. 

30th of December 2017

He doesn't even asked me to go to the event. He said it was up to me if I want to go or not, so how would I suspect he's up to something? I was too lazy to dress up nicely that night, so I just wore a simple blouse, shorts and a pair of sneakers.

I just had a little chitchat with some of my teachers and alumni I knew. My dad also introduced me again to his classmates, he always does even if they already knew me. I think it's a dad thing!

I had some dinner afterwards, and was ready to go home when suddenly the emcee called me, announcing that I won the raffle! Hey, I won the raffle just for attending, that is sooo awesome!

So I went off to claim the best price ever!

I am trying to think so hard to get the best word to use to describe it, but I can't.

As if I am loss for words.

To have seen him knelt down and ask me to be his wife...

A simple gesture that speaks a thousand promise, more than words could ever express.

All there is to say is thank you!

Thank you for being you, thank you for being mine!

Happy Valentine's Day! 

- Joy Barcelona