Hi! We’re the new Inspired Bride Team, Tammy and Charity Nopuente. We’re not sisters, but our husbands are brothers, which makes us in-laws. Our recent trip to Hong Kong and The Philippines convinced us that we have many more things in common than just being related. We have an adventurous spirit (zip-lining over seven waterfalls), enjoy trying new cultural foods (durian fruit and balot – Filipino delicacies), are imaginative (we created video clips depicting our culture shock), and enjoy haggling (bargaining is the way to get the best deals).
I was born in the Philippines and my family moved to Dubai for 2 years when I was 9 years old until finally settling in Toronto when I was 11. I studied tourism and enjoyed the perks that came with working in the travel industry for a year before switching to a totally different career in IT. During my years in college, my passion for planning and executing events were realized through the needs of our church for an event coordinator. I was put in charge to plan fundraising events, youth concerts and galas. While I enjoyed planning these events, nothing was more fulfilling for me than planning my own wedding in June 2011. My hope to turn our wedding to something more unique made me more creative and relied heavily on do-it-yourself projects. I am currently enrolling myself to an Event Management – Event and Exhibit Design program where I am hoping to gain more knowledge about the event industry and at the same time, be exposed to the creative side of the industry. The idea of blogging about weddings is truly an exciting new venture for me where I hope to showcase some of the ideas I’m working on. I am married to the guy I had a crush on 10 years ago and dated for 9 years and just recently found out that we’ll be a family in seven months time.
I was born and raised in Toronto, which makes me a true Canadian eh? I studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo and currently work at a college coordinating athletic events. I have two passions in life; sports and crafts. Volleyball, squash, mountain biking and snowboarding are my favorite sports, but I have picked up soccer recently and am loving it! When my finances were limited during my years at university, I began creating personalized gifts, which blossomed my creativity. My focus is doing it yourself without sacrificing quality and my greatest project was my wedding in May 2008. I am overly organized and have an obsession with finding the best deal for every purchase (to be honest, I think I have OCD in this area). Extreme Couponing and Storage Wars are always on my television set (see what I mean). I married my best friend and we live in a suburban home with our son.
The Inspired Bride™ was born on New Year’s Day in 2009 when Maddy Hague was in the middle of her wedding planning. She found a lot of web sites and blogs that had a strong “Real Weddings” focus but they didn’t fit her way of thinking. Although they were beautiful to look at, she didn’t like having the finished product handed to her and felt like looking at what other people had done for too long would prevent her from injecting her own creativity and personality into her wedding. Call her picky, but she was also looking for something that fit her taste and was also thinking about the big picture. She wanted more of an emphasis on the “how to” – how to pull it together, how to make the favors, how to choose between this and that. She had always been into entertaining and party planning, and she was really enjoying how her own wedding was coming together, so she figured if it didn’t exist, she should just make it!
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The Inspired Bride™ and its logo was designed by Maddy Hague. The gorgeous floral motif at the top was designed by her incredibly talented father-in-law, illustrator Michael Hague.
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