Czarhia and Joe 8-8-08; The Castle Green

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(All of Czarhia and Joe’s Photos courtesy of Forever True Photography)

It all started with an inquiry from my wedding coordinator friend Maita Henson Miyake of Simply Marvelous Weddings asking if I was open for the “lucky” 2008 date.

Normally it would be great to meet face to face, but since Joe and Czarhia live up north and have hectic work schedules, we traded a few emails and agreed to begin with a conference call.  We hit it off, and had fun discussing how they met (childhood friends!), their wedding plans, and some of Joe’s music requests.

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I also learned that they wanted a fun, upbeat, yet relaxed summer wedding that wasn’t boring, and to make sure their parents could relax and enjoy things, too.  No problem!

We kept in touch and our schedules finally matched for a meeting over Memorial Day weekend at Lucille’s BBQ in the Long Beach Town Center.  If you’ve never been to Lucille’s (one of Rhia and Joe’s favorite places, and I believe it was where they went for their first date) you need to go!

Czarhia’s mom joined us, and promptly stated that she used to be a DJ, so hey, no pressure!  It was tough, but since I’m an organizer, and they were organized (thanks, guys!), we actually got a lot of planning done when we weren’t eating…

8-8-08. How can you not love that date?

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All of their guests arrived in a festive mood for the reception celebration, and I could tell right away that it was going to be a party!

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If you’ve never been to a Filipino wedding, the grand entrance is REALLY GRAND!  We recognized their cord sponsors, veil sponsors, and principal sponsors, parents, bible bearer, coin bearer, ring bearer, flower girls, ushers, their wedding party (they had some great dance moves!), and finally, Mr. And Mrs. Czarhia and Joseph Angeles!

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It was all worth it, because the songs they chose helped to create an energy in the room that was just amazing!

Their special introduction before their first dance was entertaining and touching, and then Joe escorted Rhia out to the center of the dance floor where they showed off their choreographed moves to “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat.  Very classy, and all of their guests voiced their approval with cheers and applause!

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During dinner, we included some of their music selections that they had played at their engagement party, and rat pack classics (but NO Kenny G., LOL!).

After dinner, their friends Joyce and Brian sang “Bless This Broken Road,” and then party time really began as we got right into some their Top 40 and R&B requests.  They were also expert dancers to “Todo Todo Todo,” and they rocked the house to the “Cha Cha Slide.”

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An hour and a half passed, and all of a sudden it was 11PM!
Michael Buble’s “Save The Last Dance For Me” ended the evening on a high note, as Czarhia and Joe continued their “Farewells” and “Thank you’s” before heading off on a road trip to San Diego, Disneyland, Las Vegas, and Monterey.

As I watched them, I thought, “What a cool group of friends, and what a great family.”

If you haven’t guessed by now, “8” is Rhia and Joe’s lucky number, and you take good luck when it comes your way.

But I’m pretty sure that Mr. And Mrs. Czarhia and Joe Angeles already knew that they were blessed.

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