Malizza and PJ tied the knot with a classic affair. Shades of navy blue and pink marked the event that was filled with warm details and unforgettable surprises.

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Love Story

Malizza and PJ first met in 2001. Both were taking Medicine, and Malizza was also friends with the then-girlfriend (now wife) of PJ's brother. Malizza and PJ would often bump into each other, but would only exchange casual greetings as they were both in different relationships then.

It was only in 2005, after their respective internships, that PJ asked Malizza out. "The chemistry was obviously there, but the time wasn't right. My ex-boyfriend was still hanging around, and we had major career decisions to make. I decided to take my residency in Pediatrics in University of Santo Tomas, and PJ eventually decided to leave for the US for his residency in Internal Medicine," shares Malizza.

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The two still kept in touch, and would see each other whenever PJ visited the Philippines for a quick break. "It took PJ a long time before he finally told me his feelings. We officially became a couple in August 2009 during his vacation leave. We both knew early on that we wanted to be with each other for the rest of our lives," Malizza reveals. With this, PJ proposed to Malizza on her birthday month, January, of the following year to give Malizza another reason to be celebrate.

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Wedding Preparations

Malizza and PJ celebrated their big day with a classic affair that was marked with a navy blue and pink color motif. Joined by 440 guests, the couple felt an overwhelming amount of love and support from their family and friends. Even with a large number of guests, the couple's wedding still felt warm and intimate as it was peppered with DIY and personalized details.

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Heartwarming performances by Bernie Pasamba, UP Singing Ambassadors, and other bands also made Malizza and PJ's affair remarkable. The true highlight of the night, however, was the couple's first dance, since it was the first time for everyone to witness PJ dance. "We initially danced a traditional waltz to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, then surprised the audience with an upbeat modern dance to The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson," shares Malizza.

The bride tells other couples planning their own wedding to "take it easy and enjoy the planning. Respect each other's ideas and try not to sweat on the small stuff. It's good to be keen on all the details, but keep in mind that it's impossible to make all the small details perfect." She adds, "Be thankful and don't forget the fact that you found each other--marrying the person you want to spend your life with is perfection in itself."

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