My DIY Rustic Wedding


Yeah, I’m still alive. LOL I know, I know… it’s been a while. And I’m always saying this but I really do miss blogging and writing fiction. That said, I miss reading more. I miss looking at everyone’s photos, those gorgeous images taken from all over the world, taken by different people with different personalities and perspectives. I’ve never seen the northern lights. But I’ve seen it through your photos. Always through different lenses, always through different perspectives. And I will forever remain in awe at how beautiful that sight is when seen through your eyes, and his eyes, and her eyes… It just never looks the same way. Someday, I’ll get to see, no… experience… it for myself. But right now, thank you for letting me see what you see… For letting me in on the experience that is so uniquely yours. Thanks for sharing a little piece of yourself with me.


I never said this but your photos here at the weekly challenges have gotten me through some pretty tough times. Somehow, they’ve provided me with  sweet, sweet escape from the mundane. Your images to me are like multiple windows and doors to different worlds and dimensions that I can just peer into, step into, and get lost in. More than that, your photos have given me inspiration. They’ve made me more ambitious, more eager to see the world. Knowing you has pushed me to travel more, to see more of the world, to taste more of life. So for all that, I’m grateful. I”m glad we connected via WordPress, that we became friends through photos.

Now, I get to return the favor big time. As you may already know, I tied the knot a few months back. I promised some blog followers photos and photos you shall get. 🙂 Here are personal pieces that only I can share with you. As much as I value my privacy, I’d just like to share with you a little idea of what the most important day of my life was like.


The rustic theme is super trending so my fiance, now husband, and I really went for it. More importantly, we realized that it suited our personality as a couple. We wanted something simple but elegant, down to earth but generous… We toiled for months and months DIYing everything from the invitations to the souvenirs. Ariel designed the crates to be used as rustic decor and spray painted the wine bottles. I spent afternoons wrapping jute strings on more wine bottles and late nights sewing lace on burlap for our wedding invites. Together, we stamped wax seals on the envelopes. Together, we dressed up the little jars of homemade pineapple jam in burlap and jute. I plotted the seating arrangement like it was a battle plan. And I’ll never forget the sight of him steam ironing my dress the night before the wedding… Just remembering all that craziness paints a smile on my face. Neither of us have done anything like this before. It was his first time to make wooden pallets. It was my first time painting varnish on wood slices and wooden boxes. Our wedding organizer, who was fabulous btw, was really amazed at how much energy we put into the wedding planning. I can tell that he was super blown away by how OC I was about everything. LOL I gave the wedding suppliers printed handouts as thick as a baby thesis. hahaha I got backups of backups. I printed labels for everything


Our organizer always be like: “Where did you buy this?” and we be like: “Oh, we made it ourselves.” Okay, it’s probably not wise to be experimental on your wedding day. For us, there was always this option to hire a stylist and then there’s always the risk of suffering DIY disasters. I mean, you only get married (for the first time) once… Ideally. If you screw up that photo wall, it’s screwed. But that’s the whole point. We only get to do this once. We only get to enjoy this once. So we figured, hey, if we make mistakes, we’ll make them together. And then we’ll just laugh at them together. It was kind of the same with this decision that I made to rock a face veil. I had a traditional church wedding and everyone urged me to wear a long veil. They said it looks better in photos and that it’s more appropriate for a Cathedral wedding. I was like: Screw appropriate. I’ve always envisioned myself walking down the aisle with my face bare and me smiling at everyone.


In the end, the wedding was everything we wanted it to be and more… An intimate affair with us surrounded by our closest friends and family. It wasn’t perfect. It never is. But the feeling was.



It was my husband’s idea that we should have tokaji (tokay) Hungarian wine for our wedding toast. Coz champagne is overrated, he said (though the ladies and I drank champagne at the bridal suite while getting dolled up). I said yeah, brilliant idea. My fiance didn’t know this but fans of horror will recognize it as the wine that the Count Dracula served to his guest, Jonathan Harker. It’s delicious.

Planning the entire wedding may have been experimental for us but our love is something that has been tried and tested over the years.



K.Z. ❤





I’m getting married b*tches!

Yeah… I’m alive. Yay! I know I’ve been gone for a really long time and I hope you missed me as much as I’ve missed you. 🙂

I really miss blogging but there’s been a lot of stuff going on such as the wedding preps and family stuff. Right now, we’re at that stage where we’re exploring our liquor options.(so my fiance and I are almost always drunk) lol

Anyway, a typhoon hit us on Christmas day and for more than a couple of weeks, the electrical lines were down. It felt like I was living in a set of the Walking Dead. Loved the last episode, btw. Rick and Michonne totally killed it! (and by it I mean a shit-ton of walkers)

Speaking of… I took some photos with my phone during my “morning walk” just after the storm. I only took a few ‘coz it was essential that I preserve the battery. Living without electricity was horrible. (So thank you, Tesla. And f*ck you Tesla’s sponsors for cutting his research fund and not making electricity free for everyone.)

Before that, my grandma (who just turned 90, btw, yay!) had pneumonia and was confined to the ICU and then after that, she needed to undergo a couple of cardiac procedures as well. So yeah, that was a pretty emotional time for me. I hadn’t prayed for like a really long time and suddenly I found myself looking for rosary beads in boxes of old stuff. (I used to have so many of them. Nice people would give them to me as presents. And it’s just so weird that I couldn’t find at least one and so I had to buy a new one.) It’s crazy, the stuff we do for the people we love… She’s doing fine now, btw.

And oh, speaking of love, I’M REALLY GETTING MARRIED. We’re so doing it, against all odds. Okay, so, we’ve been living together for some time now so that’s not big news, really. Before that, we planned a romantic elopement but that didn’t happen. But now, it’s really, really happening and our family and friends are all gonna be there to celebrate our special day with us. That makes us sort of grateful that the whole elopement thing didn’t happen. Would’ve been so cool though. It was supposed to be in October. I was going to wear a black dress and a black veil and we were going to have an awesome gothic fondant cake with a Jack and Sally cake topper. Sigh. Now, of course, we can’t do that since we’re having a traditional church wedding and people are actually gonna be there. I’m pretty sure most would frown upon the idea of the bride wearing black. :p On the bright side, a traditional wedding would make my grandma really happy.

So yeah, there is a rainbow after the rain. And consequently, I think these photos also fit this week’s theme Against the Odds!

And while we’re still talking about love, I just want to wish you a belated Happy Valentines Day. I hope you had loads of fun. My fiancé and I just celebrated it at home with some champagne and potato chips (my favorite pairing) and some old Hollywood movies.


Yes, I’m using this image as an excuse to show off my gorgeous engagement ring from Helzberg Diamonds. I’m sooo happy that I got a Marquise. I’m in love with it!

Well, goodbye for now. I’ll be posting again real soon because February isn’t just love month… It’s also Women in Horror Month! So stay tuned!


K.Z. ❤