ANNE & ER­wAN

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YES! (Philippines) - - In This Issue - TEXT BY GABBY REYES LIBARIOS PHO­TOS CULLED FROM VAR­I­OUS SO­CIAL ME­DIA AC­COUNTS

WED­DING DATE NO­VEM­BER 12, 2017 WED­DING VENUE THURLBY DO­MAIN AR­ROW­TOWN, NEW ZEALAND RE­CEP­TION VENUE COLONEL’S HOME­STEAD WAL­TER PEAK FARMS QUEEN­STOWN, NEW ZEALAND

Anne Cur­tis and Erwan Heussaff met in 2008. They be­came close in 2009. They went steady in 2010. And they got mar­ried in 2017. Is­abelle Daza, the star of the 2016 tele­drama Tu­big at Langis and one of Anne’s con­fi­dantes, was re­spon­si­ble for set­ting up Anne with Erwan back in 2008.

In the No­vem­ber 18, 2017, episode of It’s Show­time, the ABS- CBN va­ri­ety show where Anne is one of the hosts, Is­abelle said there were al­ready sparks the first time Anne and Erwan met: “I knew Anne and Erwan would match be­cause they bal­ance each other out. 2008 they met, and I think there was in­stant at­trac­tion. Pero nag­pa­pakipot silang dalawa.”

It was dur­ing a trip to Europe in May 2009 that the at­trac­tion be­tween Anne and Erwan be­came more ob­vi­ous and much clearer. At the time, Anne was va­ca­tion­ing with some of her clos­est friends—Is­abelle her­self and her nowhus­band Adrien Sem­blat, celebrity host Ray­mond Gutier­rez, model Bea So­ri­ano, and top fash­ion stylist Liz Uy.

In an In­sta­gram post in De­cem­ber 2016, Is­abelle re­called the early stages of Anne and Erwan’s re­la­tion­ship. She up­loaded an old photo of Anne and Erwan taken in May 2009 and cap­tioned it with this: “I knew you were meant to be when you BOTH tried to make each other jeal­ous by picking up a random stranger lol Barcelona May 2009. #proud­match­maker.”

In 2010, Anne let the pub­lic know she was dat­ing again. Be­fore meet­ing Erwan, she had been ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with guys from show­biz. After her re­la­tion­ship with those guys fiz­zled out, she promised to keep the af­fairs of her heart private and well within her cir­cle of friends.

In June 2010, Anne hap­pily told the Philip­pine En­ter­tain­ment Por­tal (PEP.ph), the on­line af­fil­i­ate of YES! Mag­a­zine, that Erwan had given her a piece of jew­elry as a gift for her Fe­bru­ary 17 birth­day. She didn’t, how­ever, spec­ify what type of jew­elry the gift was.

“Akin na lang ’yon, baka nakawin,” she said. “He’s a very sweet guy. Very thought­ful.”

A month later, dur­ing the press con­fer­ence for her movie In Your Eyes,

A week be­fore their New Zealand wed­ding, Anne and Erwan spent time in South Korea, where they saw the sights and vis­ited some of the shoot lo­ca­tions of Anne’s fa­vorite Kore­anov­e­las.

The cou­ple went to the Sin­chon Graf­fiti Tun­nel, the rail­way un­der­pass lead­ing to and from the Sin­chon Sta­tion. K-drama fans know that the Sin­chon Graf­fiti Tun­nel is one of the places fea­tured in the 2016-2017 hit Goblin, which is top­billed by Korean su­per­stars Gong Yoo and Kim Go-Eun.

In her No­vem­ber 4 In­sta­gram post, Anne of­fered a bit of funny ad­vice: “Tip for my lady fol­low­ers. When you find some­one who sup­ports the fan girl in you (yes to this level) - you’ve found your­self a keeper @erwan.”

Anne and Erwan also went to Nami Is­land, of­fi­cially named Nwamiseom, a half-moon­shaped is­land in Chun­cheon, the cap­i­tal city of Gang­won Prov­ince, South Korea. Nami Is­land was the shoot lo­ca­tion of the widely suc­cess­ful 2002 TV drama Gyeoul Yeonga, more pop­u­larly known in th­ese parts as Win­ter Sonata.

The most pop­u­lar spot on the is­land is the Me­tase­quoia Lane, a path­way lined with me­tase­quoia trees. The lane has be­come the global sym­bol of Nami Is­land. Anne came clean with the me­dia about the real score be­tween her and Erwan, who at the time the pub­lic only knew as the “half-Filipino, half-French guy that Anne was dat­ing.”

“Wala, hindi,” she said, mean­ing that there was still no of­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship be­tween her and Erwan. “Kasi, ka­pag Eu­ro­pean, walang ‘Si­nasagot na kita.’ Pero even­tu­ally, I guess it will be­come of­fi­cial. But as of now, we’re both tak­ing our time.”

Although she left it that, things be­came a lot clearer for the en­ter­tain­ment press when Anne and Erwan were spot­ted to­gether at the Bench Un­cut fash­ion show at the Araneta Coli­seum that evening.

As a friend who saw up close how the Anne-Erwan re­la­tion­ship had blos­somed, Is­abelle knows it was a re­la­tion­ship that was far from per­fect. In the same No­vem­ber 18 episode of It’s Show­time, Is­abelle said that the two man­aged to get past their prob­lems be­cause they made the ef­fort to set­tle their dif­fer­ences and make the re­la­tion­ship work.

“I think Anne and Erwan re­ally went through a rough patch,” Is­abelle added. “Pero those times were also needed be­cause their re­la­tion­ship was re­ally tested, and their love.”

In the years that fol­lowed, Anne and Erwan suc­ceeded in keep­ing their re­la­tion­ship private. She be­came busy with her show­biz ca­reer, while he kept his fo­cus on his restau­rant busi­nesses and his blog, “The Fat Kid In­side.”

Anne and Erwan kept things so low-key that the pub­lic got to see glimpses of their re­la­tion­ship only through the pho­tos and videos, mostly taken by the cou­ple’s close friends, that even­tu­ally found their way to the so­cial me­dia uni­verse.

The two trav­eled a lot to­gether, made mile­stones to­gether, and ex­pe­ri­enced new things to­gether. And ev­ery time breakup ru­mors would crop up, Anne and Erwan would come out stronger than they were be­fore.

In Oc­to­ber 2014, news that Erwan had popped the big ques­tion sent the In­ter­net abuzz. But it turned out that Bride and Break­fast, the web­site for wed­ding sup­pli­ers that had bro­ken the news through an In­sta­gram post, got it wrong. Bride and Break­fast im­me­di­ately took down the ques­tion­able In­sta­gram post and is­sued an apol­ogy to the cou­ple, say­ing that one of their in­terns mis­took a photo of Anne and Erwan shar­ing a cake as a form of en­gage­ment cel­e­bra­tion.

Things got stead­ier for Anne and Erwan in 2015.

When his la­dylove turned 30, Erwan kept his mes­sage for Anne sweet and sim­ple. But from the way he phrased his birth­day mes­sage, Erwan ob­vi­ously was al­ready hint­ing that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Anne.

“Happy birth­day to the most car­ing and hard­est work­ing wo­man I know. To­day you turned 30, a num­ber that freaks out most peo­ple, send­ing them into a frenzy of ‘What have I done with my life?’ In your case you’ve ac­com­plished so much al­ready. You’ve kept a strong head dur­ing tough times and have ar­rived more ful­filled than ever. I can’t wait to con­quer more coun­tries with you, eat our way through bizarre cities, wreck our­selves at work­outs, binge watch TV se­ries’ and bounce around like id­iots at dif­fer­ent con­certs. Re­mem­ber you’re just 18 with 12 years of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der your belt. Je t’aime.”

The last sen­tence of Erwan’s birth­day mes­sage is, of course, French for “I love you.”

That same year, Anne went to France with Erwan, to­gether with Erwan’s big sis­ter Solenn and Solenn’s then-boyfriend Nico Bolz­ico. Ac­cord­ing to a PEP.ph re­port (No­vem­ber 12, 2017), they went to see “Paris, Bre­tagne, Névez, Quiberon, and Provence.”

In 2016, the year after that trip to France, Anne saw her close friends get mar­ried to their boyfriends one by one. In April, Ge­orgina Wil­son ex­changed “I

do’s” with Arthur Bur­nand in Eng­land. In May, Solenn Heussaff be­came Mrs. Nico Bolz­ico in France. In Septem­ber, Is­abelle Daza mar­ried Adrien Sem­blat in Italy.

While the idea of get­ting mar­ried gave her the kilig feel, Anne Cur­tis made it clear that she was not go­ing to fol­low in the foot­steps of her friends. Ad­dress­ing her Twit­ter fol­low­ers who pep­pered her with ques­tions, she tweeted in May 2016: “not any­time soon. I just signed a 2 year con­tract haha.”

In July 2016, on their sixth an­niver­sary, Anne and Erwan trav­eled to Ja­pan to at­tend the 20th Fuji Rock Fes­ti­val. She im­mor­tal­ized her ex­pe­ri­ence with a photo on In­sta­gram and a heart­warm­ing mes­sage for her “Mon Amour,” her loved one: “couldn’t imag­ine a bet­ter way of spend­ing an­other year with you Mon amour... Al­beit late but it was def­i­nitely worth the wait. Here’s to all the mu­sic fes­ti­vals we will con­quer across the world to­gether. Just You & I. Awe­some at­mos­phere. Great mu­sic and con­ver­sa­tion. Per­fect date. Je t’aime Mon amour. @er­wan­heussaff.”

Fans were quick to point out that Anne’s mes­sage was prac­ti­cally an an­swer to Erwan’s In­sta­gram post in 2015. Both of their mes­sages, although a year apart, echoed the same mean­ing: that they were look­ing for­ward to spend­ing the com­ing years to­gether.

Is­abelle Daza re­vealed in the No­vem­ber 18 episode of It’s Show­time that she and her other mar­ried friends de­lib­er­ately pushed Erwan and Anne into ty­ing the knot: “All of us were get­ting mar­ried the year be­fore and we were pres­sur­ing Erwan. Anne wasn’t sure that she wanted to get mar­ried, pero when she saw that we were all so happy, she was like, ‘Sige na nga, I wanna join.’ That’s when she started pres­sur­ing him. You know, show­ing him which rings to choose.”

Even­tu­ally, Erwan knew what he needed to do.

“Pero Erwan de­cided for him­self, he’s been want­ing to,” Is­abelle said. “I ac­tu­ally helped picked the ring. Then he asked her pri­vately. Parang they went out of town, and then, there he went on his knees—two knees pa, not just one— and asked her, like, ‘Please marry me.’”

That pro­posal hap­pened in De­cem­ber 2016. Anne and Erwan had gone to the United States to par­tic­i­pate in the New York marathon. After suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the race, they made a side trip to Con­necti­cut, where Erwan took Anne to a se­cluded park and asked for her hand in mar­riage.

But in­stead of hav­ing friends and fam­i­lies wit­ness the ro­man­tic mile­stone, there were only two per­sons present at the mo­ment of the pro­posal—Erwan and Anne. That beau­ti­ful and breath­tak­ing mo­ment was cap­tured by @sweet.es­cape on video, which Erwan up­loaded on his blog on De­cem­ber 17, 2016.

In the video, Erwan can be heard telling Anne, “I’ve never been more sure of any­thing in my life,” be­fore pre­sent­ing her with a gor­geous di­a­mond ring.

The day after the video was posted (it even­tu­ally went vi­ral), Anne Cur­tis con­firmed the news on It’s Show­time. With tears of joy run­ning down her face, Anne said that her en­gage­ment came as a beau­ti­ful sur­prise.

“Para sa akin, what a beau­ti­ful way to end 2016, as in, it’s so so beau­ti­ful. And I have no one else to thank my Mon Amour, Erwan, I love you so much. And here’s to an amaz­ing 2017, of course, with you mad­lang peo­ple, my Show­time fam­ily, and my soon-to-be hus­band, Mr. Erwan Heussaff.”

Soon-to-be be­came ac­tu­al­ity on No­vem­ber 12, 2017.

Anne Cur­tis, 32, tied the knot with her long-time boyfriend Erwan Heussaff, 30, in New Zealand last No­vem­ber.Three events marked the en­tire cel­e­bra­tion: a pre-wed­ding pic­nic party on No­vem­ber 11 at the Trelawn Place Guest­house in Queen­stown; the wed­ding cer­e­mony it­self on No­vem­ber 12, at the Thurlby Do­main wed­ding venue in Ar­row­town; and a wed­ding re­cep­tion, also on No­vem­ber 12, at the Colonel’s Home­stead gar­dens at Wal­ter Peak Farms in Queen­stown.

Anne was pic­ture-per­fect in both of her dresses for this spe­cial oc­ca­sion: a Vera Wang for her pre-wed­ding pic­nic and a Monique Lhuil­lier for her wed­ding day.Erwan was dash­ing in his Suit It Up Manila en­sem­ble for the pre-wed­ding fes­tiv­i­ties and in his tai­lored gray suit by Mario, his fa­vorite tai­lor in Paris, for the big day.

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