on cake toppers and kokeshi dolls

Our wedding cake toppers weren’t really the type that could last a long-distance flight, much less last months after the wedding. Yet hubs was so patient in putting the pieces back together, thinking of a better glue that would last longer than the last one he used. And every time he fixes the cake dolls, something in my chest twitches, my eyes burn a bit, and I am reminded of the many reasons why I married this man.

Hence when I saw Jen’s post in w@w about her kokeshi dolls, I didn’t hesitate to contact Khristine, the kokeshi dolls designer, to have our personalized kokeshi dolls, as my anniversary gift to hubby. By personalized, we mean the dolls will be designed to look like us, wearing clothes that looked like the gown and barong we wore during the wedding.

Turned out it was a great decision. For at least two major reasons. One, I didn’t just get to know a great supplier, I also earned a new friend who’s so amazingly creative. Secondly, I made hubby emotional with the surprise I had for him; he was full of questions on how I made it possible, especially since his doll look a lot like him. Happy me.

Couldn’t count anymore the number of email exchanges Khristine and I had. Being an OC myself, I appreciated her being a stickler for detail as I sent her a number of pictures of me and atsushi and of what we wore during the wedding. Seeing her creations, you’ll understand why. Such detail! Ours were no less different.

Khristine is also one really thoughtful person. A colleague of mine has been very nice to carry the dolls from Manila to Japan. Khristine was so thoughtful in that she left my colleague a note of thanks for carrying the dolls and gave Kristine (my colleague) a cute pair of guy and girl earrings. πŸ™‚

Since the dolls are due to travel some long distance, Khristine promised she’ll pack the dolls in such a way that they’ll still be intact even after a long flight and that Kristine,my colleague, will not have difficulty in carrying the dolls. True to her promise, the dolls were well packed indeed.





The dolls’ bed. And yes, I also have my cute boy and girl earrings. πŸ™‚


The bride aka Marj.




The groom aka atsushi.


I giggle whenever I look at the doll. He looks so very atsushi!


Told Khristine as well about our passions – music and books. She then thoughtfully included it in her package for us. The guitar has real strings!



And the books has both front and back covers.



Khristine also added in the speaker hubs always carry with him whenever he travels.



Dolls are now happily tucked in one of the shelves in the dining room.


Khristine promised she’ll give us something extra special as well. And indeed she gave us something really special. Bookmarks. With our dolls in it. Mind you the photography was really good! We almost hesitated to use them lest we loose them. But then that would defeat the purpose of Khristine giving us the bookmark and so use them, we did.


Thank you SO MUCH Khristine! πŸ™‚ I think you’ll be hearing more from me. πŸ™‚

Do visit her site.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rez
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 22:38:39

    Cute!! πŸ™‚


  2. Micah
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 23:01:12

    grabe sis! I am soooo impressed. The dolls are very lovely and detailed. And the earrings and the bookmarks are such pleasant surprises for you I bet. Very nice customer service indeed. May I know how much did you pay for the dolls? I’m leaning on getting a pair for us too πŸ™‚


    • atsushiandmarjorie
      Oct 16, 2011 @ 23:12:32

      Exactly, impressive talaga Micah! πŸ™‚ grabe sa detail ano? thanks as well. And yes, the earrings and bookmarks are such pleasant surprises. I specially love the bookmarks talaga. Kakatuwa kasi talaga unexpected. And all of them are so pretty! From the packaging down to the tiniest detail. :). Dolls are at 3500 a pair. πŸ™‚


      • Micah
        Oct 17, 2011 @ 00:45:55

        Wow! Not bad for 3500 huh. I was actually expecting it to be more expensive pa. I forgot to mention that the package was also very pretty. Box pa lang winner na. Sige, I will inquire with Khristine. Thanks sis!


  3. Rez
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 01:22:09

    Lam mo Marj, parang gusto ko na rin magpagawa. mag-isip lang muna ako if naa ba mi nice photo na pwede gawing “model” for the dolls. hehehe…


  4. chona mae
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 07:17:18

    Ate Marj they’re so cute!! πŸ˜€ I so like the details of your hair with beads on it πŸ˜€


  5. Melanie Casabar
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 13:44:13

    Ate Marj, thank you for sharing… πŸ™‚ when sis Jen posted their pics of Kokeshi dolls, i was so amazed. Tapos you posted yours, grabe over happiness! Kamukhang kamukha nyo yung dolls.. hehehe.. πŸ™‚ I will also try to inquire with Kristine. Muah!


  6. lhen
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 19:51:24

    Hi sis,

    Ang ganda ng kokeshi dolls mo. Gusto ko din yan and surprise din for hubby para sa wedding namin. Thank you for sharing.


  7. leadeleon
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 20:35:38

    Nakakatuwa yung dolls! Super like! You should preserve it in a glass-enclosed case or something hehe! Heirloom pieces yan for sure!

    They’re really lovely, Marj =D Thanks so much for sharing =)


    • atsushiandmarjorie
      Oct 17, 2011 @ 20:57:01

      Thank you much leah! πŸ™‚ hehe yeah, enclosing it in a glass-case would be good since minsan lang ako maglinis. Kidding. πŸ˜€ but yeah, it has to be secured especially since marami sya trinkets kasama.


  8. leadeleon
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 21:32:03

    I love the Hello Kitty book, btw =D


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