After being engaged for more than a year, Fran and Paul tied the knot. The couple had a classic Filipino-Chinese wedding, which featured a theme that showcased their shared love for food.
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In May 2003, Fran met up with some friends for dinner. Paul had just tagged along with his best friend from high school, who happened to be Fran's friend, too. Paul was shy, so he and Fran didn't get to talk much that night. What Fran didn't know was that she had made an impression on Paul.
The two lost touch for a few months, until Fran was invited to Paul's birthday party. They stayed in touch this time, and in about a month, they became a couple. Food was one of the things they both enjoyed, and it was one of the things that brought them closer to each other as time went on.
Seven years later, Fran and Paul were at Fran's house having dinner with her parents. Paul wanted to go out and get coffee after the meal, but Fran had something to attend to. After a while, Paul asked her to accompany him to move his car to a parking spot in front of her house. She knew it wouldn't take too long, so she agreed. Fran knew he was up to something, and she thought that he was going to give her flowers for Valentine's Day, which had been a couple of weeks before. But when they got outside the gate, Paul pulled out a small red box with a diamond ring inside, which was a family heirloom. Right then and there, he asked Fran to marry him. She said yes.
Fran and Paul's love for food was reflected in their strawberries and chocolate wedding motif. Their classic wedding featured dreamy details that reinforced their chosen theme.
Though Fran and Paul had been engaged for more than a year before they got married, planning their wedding was challening for them, as they both work full-time. They booked their ceremony and reception venues a year ahead, and they even consulted a Feng Shui expert to determine an auspicious date. In between attending to their wedding details on weekends and after work, Fran and Paul also had to organize the other ceremonies expected of Filipino-Chinese couples.
Fran was very grateful that Paul was very hands-on with their wedding preparations. Because they had a wedding coordinator who was also familiar with Chinese celebrations, Fran didn't stress so much on their special day. "Everything went by so fast on my wedding day," Fran recalls.
"Focus on your priorities. Be organized, and do not panic," Fran tells other couples. By doing just that, the couple succeeded in pulling off a wedding that reflected their personalities.