Tere and JP make one unconventional couple, and their wedding showcased their personalities. Instead of limiting themselves to one traditional reception, the couple opted to have two: a formal sit-down celebration, and a cocktail party.
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Tere and JP met at the office back in 2009. Both lawyers, the two became good friends after working on a big case together. JP decided to take their friendship a step further by asking Tere for permission to court her. Tere was hesitant at first, but things eventually fell into place, and she and JP became a couple.
To win Tere's hand in marriage, JP proposed three times. The first proposal happened over post-dinner coffee at Dome. "We were joking about whom we wanted to get as godparents for our then-nonexistent wedding when he suddenly turned serious and asked me if I would marry him," Tere says.
JP then surprised Tere with a ring at the office. The two had put their plans on hold, but JP's second proposal brought them back on track.
JP did his third proposal at the Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Japan, as the couple celebrated Tere's birthday. "As we approached the apex, he got down on one knee and proposed again. I immediately said yes, and my overwhelmed heart laboring under acrophobia made me hug him tighter than ever before," shares Tere.
As Tere and JP prepared for their wedding, the couple realized they had lots of ideas that they wanted to pursue. And so instead of having just one reception, the couple decided to have two celebrations, which would allow them to entertain two different sets of guests.
The first reception was held at Manila Hotel's Champagne Room. Tere shares, "The theme for the wedding and the lunch reception was romantic Filipinana. We wanted soft, feminine and slightly floral [details]. Our cocktail party was the other side of the same coin. It was also intimate but it was more youthful, sleek and modern. We played with a lot of white, grey and crystals. The theme for the cocktail party was city chic and it was held at The Loft in Manansala against a beautiful Makati evening skyline."
Both receptions were very laid-back, as neither had a traditional program. Instead, the celebrations were made more special with performances from the groom, the bride's mom, and the guests.
While the bride admits that there were some minor hitches, she chose not to dwell on them. Tere says, "My bridesmaid's (Maggie Wilson) husband also gave sound words of advice. He told me to relax, have fun and not stress about details because people will be there to witness our marriage and to celebrate with us, not judge me on my wedding organization skills. I took that to heart and was able to have a really great time."