Wedding of the Year 2015: Magandang Buhay, Christian and Vianncy!
Relatives and friends of Christian and Vianncy (nee Ramos) Unabia who knew the story that led to their wedding last 31 January 2015 couldn’t help but tear up when the groom’s mom started her talk during the reception which followed at the Xavier Sports and Country Club with the greeting, “Magandang Buhay!”
Avid fans of Kapamilya telenovelas know those words from the hit ABS-CBN Prime Time series “Dream Dad” by “Be Careful With My Heart” director Jeffrey Jeturian. The series focused on a young orphaned girl, portrayed by child actress Jana Agoncillo, who was searching for a loving family, and comes across Baste –a bachelor president of a company who is trying to move on from a heartbreak.
The parallels to the couple’s real life romance are astounding, to say the least, and Mrs. Erlinda (Gingging to friends) couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate blessing to bestow for the occasion.
Held at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in Xavier Estates, the afternoon wedding was immediately followed by cocktails and dinner at the adjacent Xavier Sports and Country Club ballroom dressed up to the nines in a Game of Chance Motif by Ojie Marquez.
The entourage was led by Flower Girls Drew Unabia, Pamela Rementizo, Lyselle Desquitado, Kathe Unabia followed by Coin Bearer Derby Unabia, Bible Bearer Glenn Mich Unabia and Ring Bearer Klein U. Magsalay.
Next came Bridesmaids Carmela Celyn Desquitado, Halseyle Lagbas, Grace Boniao, Gillian Michelle Nacasabog in fiery red gowns, with Groomsmen Herric Lobitse, Mark Atilano, Daryl Unabia, Geophry Ang as quintessential Men in Black, all by Benjie Manuel.
Then came the distinguished Secondary Sponsors with Dr. William and Mrs. Darlene Padilla (Candle); Gen. Lyndel and Mrs. Ma. Cecilia Desquitado (Veil) and Mr. Ryan and Anabelle Fabillan (Veil).
They were followed by Principal Sponsors Hon. Jerome and Mrs. Enrie Lagbas, Mr. Rene and Atty. Nelly Garcia, Dr. Julius and Mrs. Rachel Platon and Mr. Julito and Mrs. Eva Boncales.
Next came the groom’s parents Rep. Peter M. Unabia and Mrs. Erlinda S. Unabia and Mrs. Lilian Mejia.
Finally, the bride sashayed up the red carpet in a resplendent white fantasy by Boogie Musni Rivera on the arm of Dr. Hernando “Nandy” Mejia with Maid of Honor Ms. Mapple Mae Llamis attending to her mind boggling train.
The groom was already waiting at the altar in blazing white tuxedo with red trim also by Boogie Musni Rivera, waited on by Best Man and brother Joshue “Wowee” S. Unabia.
The wedding ceremony was presided by Fr. Roel Bontol assisted by Fr. Eleno Constantino Magtrayo. The traditional post-nup pictorial at the church followed thence the guests proceeded to the Xavier Sports and Country Club for the cocktails.
Following a breather, they next headed upstairs to the grand ballroom for the start of the reception with the entrance of the entourage headed by the Best Man, Groomsmen and Bridesmaids. This was followed by the grand entrance of the Parents of the Couple.
A Pre-Nup Video by MVP followed, preceding the grand entrance of he couple in a dance with Xtactic Dancers. This was followed by another AVP of Pre-Nup Pictures by Blues Marquez Photography.
Finally, the “real grand entrance” of the newly-wed couple and their first romantic dance followed, first with the parents of the groom, then the parents of the bride. Naturally, the traditional “gala-gala” followed with the sponsors and other well-wishers wishing the couple a good start in their married life with their gift offerings pinned to their garments.
Likewise, as tradition dictated, the couple’s first meal with the slicing of the cake and wine toasting followed.
Next, Mrs. Erlinda Unabia welcomed the guests to the reception, stressing how welcome Vianncy was to the family seeing how good she was for Christian. The sumptuous reception meal followed with the various tables drawing lots to see who got to get their pictures with the newly-weds taken first to qualify for the proceeding to the banquet table. Yaiks!
After most everyone had stuffed themselves silly with the savory wedding banquet, the Xtatic Dancers consisting mostly of the couple’s titos and titas rendered their “Mafia-style” dance number.
Best Man and groom’s brother Wowee (who is a really funny guy, he has a future career in comedy) and Vianncy’s Maid of Honor and BFF Mapple Mae Llamis rendered their toasts to the future of the couple.
After another AVP of onsite photos by Blues Marquez Photography, the father of the groom, Rep. Peter “Señor Pedro” Unabia and the mother of the bride Mrs. Lilia Mejia shared their “Nuggets of Wisdom” with their children.
Following another Onsite video by MVP Digital, newly minted groom Christian thanked everyone who had made their wedding a success, especially their respective families for seeing them through to their new life as a married couple.
In an online post prior to their departure for their honeymoon in Europe, the couple acknowledged those who made their wedding truly an affair to remember: HM Events with Ms. Hope D. Marquez as wedding organizer, with principal photography by hubby Blues and his Blues Marquez Photography team. Videography was rendered by Michael Alejandrino of MVP Digital Video and Reception photography by Rich Neri Concepcion and Raphy Arcaina while the reception music was spun by DJs were RB and Cocoy Banaag.
The beautiful set up and desserts were executed by Swirlz Desserts while Pour’n’Mix Mobile Bar set up and manned the mobile bar. The excellent Cold and Carving Stations were set up and manned by Eric Yap’s Sentro 1850.
The couple also extended their thanks and gratitude to the other following suppliers: Dancers: Xtatic and Hip101; Lights: Point Source Audio; Reception effects: Phoenix; Prenup Stylist/Model Manager: Zoe Botwin; Make-up Artist- Bride: Ronnie Lapuhapo; Make-up Artist for the Groom, Relatives and Entourage: Jan Gerigdig, Babes Salcedo, Rena Cubero, Dovince Gonzales, Chester Yacapin, Gigi Aiza, Arvin Bantaqui, Ralph Achas, Alex Genilsa, Weng Torres, Shelldon Frias, Cocoy Sabanal, Skiyah, Charmelle Rivera. Invitation: ISG Print Ideas; Choir: Music and friends, and Soloist: Ian Nuer.
– INDNJC –