GAS­TON PEREZ DE TAGLE & CLAU­DIA SQUILLANTINI

The Law of Love

Wedding Essentials - - REAL WEDDINGS - Pho­to­graphs CAL­IBER KING Words by GAS­TON PEREZ DE TAGLE and CLAU­DIA SQUILLANTINI

In 2002, two teenagers met at a restau­rant in Fort Boni­fa­cio. Clau­dia Squillantini spent most of her at­ten­tion on her Nokia 3310, much to the dis­may of her seat­mate, Gas­ton Perez de Tagle. And yet, four­teen years later, they were mar­ried.

The two were a fa­mous cou­ple among their rel­a­tives and friends, their nat­u­ral in­tel­li­gence and high spir­its spark­ing both lively dis­agree­ments and rol­lick­ing dis­cus­sions. Their re­la­tion­ship saw them both through high school, through univer­sity in two dif­fer­ent coun­tries, and fi­nally through law school to­gether at Ate­neo Law School.

Gas­ton planned to pro­pose af­ter both he and Clau­dia passed their bar ex­am­i­na­tions, launched into their ca­reers as am­bi­tious at­tor­neys-at-law. Mind­ful of the im­por­tance Clau­dia placed on fam­ily, and want­ing to be re­spect­ful, Gas­ton made sure to seek out his in­tended fi­ancée’s par­ents, Enzo and Alessan­dra Squillantini, and ask for their bless­ing. They were happy to give it to him (es­pe­cially af­ter four­teen years of know­ing him).

The wed­ding it­self took place in his­toric and newly ren­o­vated Manila Cathe­dral on the 12th of Jan­uary 2018. The 12th dawned bright and clear. The bride en­tered to a per­fectly timed flour­ish of mu­sic through gauzy white cur­tains set up near the cathe­dral’s main en­trance. Ari­anne Abela, who flew in from San Fran­cisco for the oc­ca­sion, sang the “Ave Maria” while her hus­band, Noah Horn, played the or­gan. The bride, ad­her­ing to the old wed­ding tra­di­tion, made sure her wed­ding out­fit con­sisted of some­thing old (an heir­loom veil worn by her grand­mother and mother at their wed­dings), some­thing new (her dress, by La-based Filip­ina de­signer Monique Lhuil­lier), some­thing bor­rowed (a tra­di­tional payneta from Chloe Ro­mulo Peri­quet) and some­thing blue (her jew­elry).

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the party headed to Blue Leaf Filipinas, lo­cated near Manila Bay. As a spec­tac­u­lar Manila sun­set painted the sky red, the re­cep­tion swung into life. Guests first min­gled in the grassy out­door court­yard, snack­ing on small, ex­quis­ite hors d’oeu­vres and sip­ping cock­tails. The room was filled with green­ery, with gi­ant tree-sprigs mounted in glass. More sprigs were en­twined with the crys­tal chan­de­liers, while gauzy white drapes hung from the ceil­ing, soft­en­ing the look of the en­tire room. Mel Vil­lena’s 18-piece AMP big band ensem­ble filled the air with jazzy tunes to com­plete the am­biance, in­clud­ing peren­nial fa­vorites like “Sing Sing Sing” and “Sway”.

The event was catered by chef Billy King, of Le Souf­fle and Truf­fles fame, head chef at the Camp John Hay Manor. A four-cor­ner buf­fet was set up to sat­isfy guests’ ap­petites, with mul­ti­ple sta­tions scat­tered through­out the venue for guests’ easy ac­cess. A salad bar with crisp Baguio greens and an oys­ter bar full of fresh Palawan shell­fish pro­vided the starters. Then, their ap­petites whet­ted, guests moved onto a wide va­ri­ety of main dishes, rang­ing from salmon to chicken to roast beef, with trays full of but­tered veg­eta­bles and pasta sta­tions for freshly-made plates. The dessert sta­tions boasted foun­tains with cas­cade of lus­cious milk choco­late, and crys­talline cro­queen-bouche tow­ers cen­ter­ing a full dis­play of tra­di­tional French desserts, to fin­ish the guests off with sweet­ness.

Af­ter mov­ing speeches from the fa­thers of the bride and groom, the best man, and the maid of honor, it was time for ev­ery­one to hit the dance floor. And so, the happy cou­ple launched into their new lives to­gether with the best pos­si­ble start, filled with the well wishes and good in­ten­tions of their fam­ily and friends.

Church MANILA CATHERDRAL Re­cep­tion BLUE LEAF FILIPINAS Wed­ding co­or­di­na­tor JP MONTILLA Videog­ra­pher FOR YOU ARE MINE In­vi­ta­tions WRITE IM­PRES­SIONS Re­cep­tion Out­fit MARK BUMGARNER De­signer groom HAMP­SHIRE Set de­signer JO CLAR­AVALL Jew­elry de­signer BI­JOUX BY LORI HER­MOSO En­ter­tain­ment MEL VIL­LENA & AMP BIG BAND; 8 TRACK; DJ JAVI &DJ TOBY PANLILIO Give­aways FLIPBOOK Cake maker DE­LIGHT­FUL MISS JOYCE Hair JEN & KEN OF EL­E­VA­TION SA­LON Makeup artist LEO POSADAS Bridal shoe de­signer GUISEPPE ZAN­OTTI Hosts KRIS­TINE PASIA & RICKY MIRANI

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