Well, hello there, June! And hi there countless and gorgeous June brides and weddings!
I just want to quickly share the Behind-the-Scenes about my recent series, “My Bride Story”. (You may check the link of the stories below this blog). But first, my heart’s been really full from all the responses that I’ve been getting from people (friends, readers, and strangers alike), so a big THANK YOU to you guys (even to those who read the series “secretly”, lol. Thanks). It really means a lot to me. With this, I’ll be sharing some of those responses on this post, too.
Secondly, I want to keep you guys posted as I think this is a very important part of “My Bride Story”. After writing and sharing about the 3rd part of My Bride Story, I got the most SUR-PRI-SING RESPONSE of all. I got a response from…
*drum roll please…
“THE GUY”! Yes, you heard it right, I-GOT-A-RESPONSE-FROM-THE-GUY!
(I literally felt a strange heat crawled towards my face and head, and was filled with goosebumps when his name suddenly popped up on top of my messenger’s list. I was like, “Oh my Lord, he read the blog?!?”, “What in the world…”, “What is he going to say?”… Then the strange heat suddenly turned into a comforting warmth as I read through his message.)
I know that his response was something that I needed to share, so I asked for his permission and I’m glad how he graciously approved. (Thank you, Guy.)
Before we get to the responses and since it’s already “the wedding month”, I would like to share the behind-the-scenes from our bridal photo shoot at Kapwa Studio first, the event that lead me to share about “My Bride Story”. And if you’re one of those soon-to-be-brides who are still looking for a team who can help you become more radiant and beautiful on your special day, this video might just inspire you. 🙂
BEHIND THE BRIDAL SHOOT
“Tried reading your piece…na bitin…hehehe but you are off to a good start
hehehe…will get pop corn tomorrow”
“hu hu hu”
sniff sniff *sabay singhot*
“parang na -Nicholas Sparks ako nun ah ! hahahha but thank God for healing and closure and joy :-)”
“You know what uncle Timothy also said in the book di ba? don’t make decisions about love during highly emotional times 🙂 you did the right thing … parang nagka-closure din ako ah … kasi andami ko ding what ifs and maybes …. you’re right , we should be asking – ‘what now’ :-)”
“I read your story JM! It was a beautiful story about God’s plan in your life.”
“JM! Bitin na bitin na ko sa Bride Story mo! Thank you for sharing it to the whole world, the universe rather. Hehehe pang beauty queen peg mo! Keep on inspiring people.”
(Thank you guys! I really enjoyed reading your personal messages besides the comments that I read from this blog series.)
THE MAJOR “OH MY GOSH” RESPONSE FROM THE GUY…
Are you guys ready?
I’m not…haha… Kidding… here it is:
“_____ JM, wow, it’s been a long time since we last contacted each other. Your “Bride Story” came up on my feed so I decided to read it, which then led me to read the previous 2 posts concerning “The Guy”. It was an interesting and captivating read, one which, helped me better understand the tension and struggles that you went through during that time. I’m so glad and happy to hear about how God shaped and sharpened you. I appreciate your venerability and I can see that it has taken great courage to share with others your story. I commend you for your boldness and I hope that others can learn from your experience and be encouraged through their own hard times.
Love, is never easy and always requires sacrifice, which, you have modelled well, through our Lord’s strength and grace.
Hahahaha pressed enter early again…
I shall continue….
(This is FUNNY)
I am assuming that I was “The Guy” (If I wasn’t then this is a bit embarrassing on my part). I would like to say, thank you. Thank you for your kind and honouring words.
Thank you for seeing the diamonds in me and not the dirt.
Thank you for your care and compassion. Thank you for your words of blessing. I just wanted to take the time to encourage you and bless you in our Lord. Continue to diligently seek after Him, lavishly love Him, compassionately care for the things of Him.
I hope that you are well? I hope that your family is well?
I thank the Lord for His faithfulness in your life and the restoration that He has and is bringing upon you.
from the _____ family ( ____, ____ and myself)”
“Oh my! Hello there _____! “The guy” or “Guy” wasn’t actually you…
OKAY, so the rest of my response is no longer needed here. 🙂 But I hope that “My Bride Story” and the kind of unexpected response from The Guy will give you hope in whatever you’re going through. (I love how we can all honor each other amidst and despite of circumstances.)
Sometimes, the stories in our lives may not have the kind of ending that we expect nor desire but it’s always POSSIBLE for them to have a beautiful ending. And it will always depend on you and how you respond to it.
You have the power to pick “an ending” to your story. You may choose to learn to be stronger, to love deeper and to TRUST more than ever, or you may choose to live otherwise (I hope not).
With your present stories, may you see the ‘WHAT NOW’ today and God’s amazing grace and plan for your own “Bride Story” (no matter what its theme is about). Would love to hear about your own stories! 🙂
To follow this series, click the following links:
For your BRIDAL TEAM: KAPWA STUDIO
For your BRIDAL ROBES: NIYA GABRIELA