We first met Anton and Ana over Skype, as they were planning their Tagaytay wedding all the way from New York. I remember being smitten with Ana immediately, because really, that smile. I don’t even need to say more. Watching people and getting a feel for them and what makes them tick is second nature to me and Jeff now, but Anton was a little difficult to read. He was quiet the entire time, and cooking. I would later find out on the day of the wedding that he’s a chef. Lovely how they were able to build that into the wedding with some well thought out details.
I wasn’t able to meet them in person before the wedding, but I was very excited for it. Ana happens to be friends with two of our former brides (and as I would find out nearer the day, three!), and she sent us an email with their inspiration for the look and feel of their wedding, which was of all things, an apartment. That was a first. And as we went through the photos of the arts district loft, it felt cozy, comfortable, and organic. So much to look forward to! And it didn’t disappoint one bit.
The day was chill and laid-back. Ana was stunning, and a total trooper. It rained just before she walked down the aisle, but it didn’t matter. Everyone was in such high spirits and dancing. So much dancing. And at the end of the day, after the on-site photo slideshow was shown and the program ended, we said our goodbyes. To my surprise, Anton gave me a giant bear hug, told us he loved the photos and that if we ever find ourselves in New York, he was going to take care of us and feed us. Coming from a chef, I’d say that’s a very high honor. Haha. We drove back to Manila with huge smiles on our faces. Good vibes all around.
Anton and Ana, thank you for having us, and even more, your trust in our work. It means a lot. I’ve always believed that good things happen when they should, in their own time. I will always remember you both and how you ended up together when I think of that. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.
Bridal gown: Carolina Herrera | Preparations and reception venue: Angelfields, Tagaytay | Church: San Antonio de Padua | Entourage flowers and event styling: Zenas Pineda | Planner: Marge Montemayor | Hair and Makeup: Xeng Zulueta | Videographer: Threelogy | Catering: Cibo with Paella courtesy of Cyma | Entourage dresses: Charina Sarte | Lights and sounds: J.S. Mina | Band: True Faith | DJ: Miguel Santillan