The 11-11-11 Wedding

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

This famous line in Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s tandem movie- When Harry Met Sally has probably struck a lot of the movie viewers of all ages, hoping and wishing that someday they would be able to start “spending the rest of their life” with that somebody, but for Daryl and Brenda, the famous date 11.11.11 became their chosen moment.

Mr.&Mrs. Swanson

On a Friday afternoon, Daryl and Brenda walked down the aisle along with the entire entourage of family and friends in the boardwalk of Sabin Resort Hotel in Ormoc City. With the sun about to set in hues of red and orange and the rain clouds also wanted to have its share of the skies, the ceremony officiated by Rev. Gulliver A. Babor, was momentarily paused due to the rain showers, thus, the ceremony was finally continued at the Rose Ballroom of the resort-hotel. 

Ceremony Set-up

Nevertheless, this did not even mar the beauty and solemnity of the ceremony as the two exchanged vows before God and the 160 guests who came from different parts of the country – Cagayan de Oro, Palawan and Manila were just to name a few.

Daryl, in his dashing suit couldn’t contain his heart’s joy as tears streaked down his cheek as he said the words, “My dear mahal… I choose you to be my wife…you have filled my world with meaning…you are my heart and I cannot live without my heart… when God made you He was thinking of me.” And while gazing into each other’s eyes, Brenda, clad in a Ricci Lizaso creation, promised, “I will be there not only to help you, I will be your best friend and your steadfast lover. I will give you the highest respect and honor that you deserve.”  


After the ceremony, the couple and the guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and a wonderful reception program with friends and family members, rendering their well wishes, sang beautiful and memorable songs and everyone had enjoyed the Gimik Tap Dance where the majority was dragged in circles around the ballroom and brought to the dance floor while swaying to the tune of “Awitin Mo at Isasayaw Ko” led by the bride’s friends and the couple themselves.

20111111-_MG_6449 their first dance

Indeed it was a night of happiness and love exuding not only from the Daryl and Brenda but of the family and friends who celebrated with them on the night God has truly answered their prayers.

Date: November 11, 2011
Destination: Ormoc City, Leyte
Ceremony: Boardwalk Sabin Resort Hotel
Reception: Rose Ballroom Sabin Resort Hotel
Florist: Atit Cortes
Make-up Artist: Hairline Salon
Gowns: Ricci Lizaso
Photography: Ralph Matres
Videography: Eugene Florendo
Invitations: Rio Calle, printed at Paperworks
Guestbook: Rio Calle/ Honee Balingcasag
Cake: Tina Santiago                                                                                   
Musicians: Jimanuel Baloran/ Friends
Reception Host: Marie Montecillo
Wedding Favors: Bride
More pictures here
Video here