Andrea and Winward made the first day of 2011 even more festive by having an elegant cherry blossom-themed wedding. The couple made their first day as husband and wife memorable with warm and unique details.

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Love Story

Andrea and Winward's first meeting was a surprise dinner date set up by their common friend and Winward's younger brother. They were in Vancouver--Andrea has just flown in from Taiwan, while Winward was nearing the end of his vacation. The two clicked right away, and Winward decided to extend his stay in Canada. From there, the two became more than just mere blind date victims. "It was difficult at the beginning since she lived and worked in Taiwan at the time, and I was in Manila. But we both believed in fate and that if we were meant to be together, nothing will ever stop us from being with one another--[not even] distance," says Winward.

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When Andrea came to the Philippines to visit Winward, he wanted to make her trip extra special. "Since it was her second time to visit Manila, I wanted [to] make certain it topped her first trip," Winward shares. So he brought her to an amazing trip to Bohol, and introduced her to his family when they came back to Manila. Seeing that Andrea perfectly complemented his life, Winward felt that it was the right time to propose to her. So in their hotel room, Winward popped the question to Andrea, to which she gladly said yes.

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Wedding Preparations

While most weddings are planned by brides, Andrea was lucky enough to have a groom who took the reins. "I am truly blessed with a loving husband who has great taste and class. Winward single-handedly planned everything for our wedding, and all I can say is that I have the best [groom] in the world!" Andrea gushes. The couple exchanged I do's with a dreamy cherry blossoms-themed wedding that exhibited romance and whimsy. Soft touches of pink and elegant shades of gold and brown became the perfect palette for their dreamy affair.

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The couple's 200-guest celebration was also marked with personal and heartwarming details. One of the notable details was the bread shaped like bunnies, which BreadTalk's master chef prepared. The shape was inspired by a bunny stuffed toy that Andrea had once sewn and given to Winward. The bread even came in custom-made boxes, and were given away to the couple's guests as souvenirs.

Andrea and Winward also included in the program other references to their love story. For their entrance and first dance, Winward's sister sang an acoustic version of Fly Me to the Moon, which was the first song that the two shared with one another as a couple.

Having pulled off an elegant and intimate affair, Andrea and Winward have this valuable piece of advice for couples who wish to achieve something similar: "We believe that taking your time to select the best supplier is the key.  They can do a great portion of the things you need to do for the wedding, and save you a lot of time and worry."

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