Krizia and I met back in February 2016 when I was in the Philippines with my family for my cousin’s wedding. She accidentally sent me a friend request on Facebook which I accepted. She was beautiful and I wanted to know more about her and her daughter. After a day of chatting, I realised that we had a mutual friend nearby and arranged for us all to get sushi together. From the very moment we met we knew that we had a special connection and would have a future together. She even met my mom, brothers and some of my cousins that night! Afterwards we went to a ‘restobar’ to relax and chill. We really did fall in love that night and had a long-distance relationship for almost three years. I originally planned to propose in April 2017, but plans changed when Krizia’s daughter Sophia fell ill with Dengue and passed away at the end of 2016. I immediately flew to the Philippines. It was a very sad time for us, and I tried to keep Krizia’s spirits up as much as I could. I planned a simple proposal in a hotel that my cousin worked in just over a week later. We had a little surprise for her; a letter and the engagement ring. It was a very emotional moment.
We chose to marry in Tagaytay in the dry season – the temperature is cooler there than elsewhere in the country and the air is clean. We loved the idea of a garden wedding with a priceless view and through our own research, and on the recommendation of our wedding coordinator, we chose Clearwater House Tagaytay as our venue. It was perfect with its view of the Taal Volcano.
lisianthus, Ecuadorian rose, baby’s breath, hydrangeas and eucalyptus leaves. During the ceremony Krizia wore a simple princess ball gown which was her childhood dream. It was made from jusi fabric (a Filipino silk organza material) with bead detailing and 3D lace embroidery. She chose to wear a different style for the ceremony as she was torn between fulfilling her childhood dream and the less dramatic styles that suit her body best. The reception dress was a simple white high-necked soft charmeuse satin gown with lots of chiffon, lace and pearl beads. She could move freely and comfortably in it.
Food at the reception was plated and served for ‘VIPs’, while the other guests selected from a buffet. We had a wide range of foreign dishes that had all stood out during our food tasting. The options on offer included chicken pineapple salad, Vietnamese shrimp and pork balls, Chicken Galantina, baked cobbler with walnuts and mushroom and more. Our guests loved the pot roast beef with mushroom gravy which is similar to the famous Filipino dish Beef Caldereta. Dessert included pastries, fruit tartlets and panna cotta.
BRIDE’S GOWNS Joan Tayson. BRIDE’S SHOES G&G Shoes & Bags, Public Desire. HAIR AND MAKEUP Robin Medina from Styletech. RINGS Michael Hill, Hearts & Arrows Philippines. BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Joan Tayson. GROOM’S ATTIRE Man to Man Menswear, Florsheim Shoe Company. GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE Man to Man Menswear. VENUE Clear Water House, The Inn at Cliffhouse Tagaytay, Philippines. CELEBRANT Pastor Albert Anciano. WEDDING PLANNER Events By Rachelle. CATERING AND SIGNAGE Town’s Delight Events. FLORIST Flowers For Ever After By. Posh Event Stylist. CAKE The Unexpected Baker. MUSIC Infinite Soul Acoustic. HIRE Artuz 101 Professional Lights & Sound System, Don Robert’s Bridal Cars, Mixed Mobile Bar.