Coleen is a happy bride-to-be

YES! (Philippines) - - Stargazing -

Since Coleen Gar­cia got en­gaged to her boyfriend Billy Craw­ford on De­cem­ber 20, 2016, the movie and TV ac­tress has started plan­ning for their beach wed­ding that will take place in the sum­mer of 2018.

“I don’t re­gret plan­ning the wed­ding this early be­cause at least ang dami kong na­ga­gawa in be­tween,” she told YES! at the photo shoot for her lat­est en­dorse­ment, the Filipino cos­met­ics brand Happy Skin. The en­dorse­ment shoot, meant specif­i­cally for Happy Skin’s bridal col­lec­tion, was held last July 20 at the Pat Dy Pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio in San Juan City, Metro Manila.

“I get to en­joy be­ing Billy’s fi­ancée be­fore we get to take the big step, and, you know, it’s a process, and I’m en­joy­ing ev­ery step,” she added, smil­ing.

So far, Coleen said, they’ve set the wed­ding date and venue, but they’re still de­cid­ing on the lists of the en­tourage, the guests, and the sup­pli­ers. She’s quite cer­tain, though, that her cousin and fel­low ac­tress Ria Atayde will be her maid of honor.

“Mata­gal na ta­laga kam­ing close,” she said of Ria. “Siya ta­laga ’yong pinaka-con­fi­dant ko, and ev­ery time na nagkakaprob­lema ako, siya ta­laga ’yong tinatak­buhan ko.”

The beau­ti­ful bride-to-be has cho­sen the fash­ion de­signer who will make her gown, and she’ll meet up with that de­signer in Oc­to­ber. “For my wed­ding gown, I want to keep it sim­ple but de­tailed. Gusto ko kasi ’yong tipong hindi so­brang bongga pero walang ibang makak­a­gaya.”

She has also de­sign ideas for her brides­maids, such as “hindi masyadong for­mal,” re­fer­ring to the gowns, and “ma­nipis lang,” re­fer­ring to the fab­ric. “Pero for now,” she pointed out, “I think I want to de­cide on what’s best for my girls, kasi sila na­man ’yong mag­susuot, e. So iisipin ko muna kung ano’ng baba­gay sa kanila.”

The ABS-CBN con­tract star, who plays a ma­jor role in the tele­serye Ikaw Lang ang Iibi­gin, makes it clear that she’s not a bridezilla, de­fined by Merriam-Web­ster as “a bride or bride-to-be who is ex­tremely de­mand­ing and dif­fi­cult to deal with.”

“I’m a bridechilla,” Coleen de­clared good­na­turedly, by which she means that she’s an easy­go­ing per­son. “So­brang re­laxed lang ako through­out the en­tire process. I thought I’m gonna be more metic­u­lous, but I’m ac­tu­ally more trust­ing. Kasi I hired a very great team, and buong-buo ang ti­wala ko sa kanila.”

Coleen Gar­cia, who turns 25 on Septem­ber 24, is en­gaged to be mar­ried to 35-year-old singer­ac­tor-TV host Billy Craw­ford, her boyfriend since 2014. She sees no prob­lem with set­tling down at an age that’s con­sid­ered these days as still young, and with a guy who’s a decade older than she is.

“Kasi I never re­ally grew up with ano, ’yong buong fam­ily,” she ex­plained to YES! “My par­ents sep­a­rated when I was nine years old, so there’s al­ways been that lit­tle hole in my heart that needed to be filled. You know, I’ve al­ways wanted to have a happy fam­ily, and I’ve found that in Billy.

“My fam­ily and I are close, and Billy has brought us all even closer. So, it’s been a happy point in my life. And sa tin­gin ko kasi, wala rin ’yan sa edad, e. I mean, it’s just a mat­ter of be­ing ready.”

Coleen and Sum­mer, her year-old chi­huahua, are in­sep­a­ra­ble. “Pati sa tap­ings, sa movie shoot, palagi ko siyang dala,” she said, adding that her ca­nine com­pan­ion keeps her awake dur­ing long tap­ing hours. “May eye bags na nga, e! Ha­haha!”

The al­tar-bound celebrity added that Sum­mer will be at her wed­ding, too. On the other hand, her older chi­huahua, the 16-year-old Bambi (not in pho­tos), will play a spe­cial par­tic­i­pa­tion role: to give her away to her groom.

Af­ter shoot­ing for the pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als, Coleen—car­ry­ing her pet dog Sum­mer—had a snap with pho­tog­ra­pher Pat Dy and Happy Skin co-founder Rissa Manan­quil-Trillo (above photo).

Coleen is an avowed fan of the Pi­noy-made cos­met­ics, and she’s thrilled to be tapped to en­dorse Happy Skin’s bridal col­lec­tion, which is es­sen­tially a re­touch kit made up of two liq­uid lip­sticks, a blush with a com­pact and a brush, and a high­light­ing pen. Also in­cluded in the col­lec­tion are two shades of nail pol­ishes.

“I re­ally be­lieve in their prod­ucts,” Coleen said. “Kahit hindi ko gagawin ’tong shoot, gagamitin ko pa rin ta­laga ’yong prod­uct nila. I use their prod­ucts for both tap­ings sa tele­serye and sa movie, ’tsaka ’yong pang‑every­day‑use ko.”

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