Utzurrum: Tiffany blue for Tata and Niño-A A +A
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
COLEEN GRACE, charming and accomplished daughter of Susan and Paul Calero, and Niño Antonio, son of Antonio and Emma Suñaz, are medical practitioners in the Land of Uncle Sam. Both nurses, Coleen (Tata for short), is a nurse in New Jersey, while Niño is Canada-based. They met, quite interestingly, through the Internet.
SPONSORS. The newlyweds with their padrinos and madrinas (front row from left) Wayne Tablante, Arlene Almazan, Thelma Aznar, Terry Baño, Rene Baño, Atty. Ramon Ceniza, Solito Galindo and Engr. Ricky Tablante.
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From casual conversations, the constant communication blossomed into a living relationship, which ultimately led to a lifelong commitment—marriage! The wedding had to be in Cebu, where Tata’s doting mom, Susan, designed and executed the gowns of the entire wedding entourage, in blissful, cool Tiffany blue, a hue made in heaven.
The early afternoon rites were held at the Sacred Heart Church with Fr. Ernesto Javier officiating. The ethereal voices of an excellent choir gave solemnity to the occasion.
The members of the wedding party included guests from out of the country, as Tata’s and Niño’s buddies jetted here.
Best men were Romouel Jude Beltran and Dino Espiritu. Matrons of honor were Irma Julie Bernardo and Fatma Soliman; and maid of honor, Pamela Villaflor. Groomsmen were Maj. Winfred Caoile II, Pio Andre Almazan, John Lexter Esplanada and Kyle Grooms.
Bridesmaids were Marcia Almazan, Melissa Arlene Escario, Clarissa Espiritu and Melissa Rivera. Secondary sponsors were: Candle, Rufino Luis Pabico and Stella Maries Pabico; veil, Franco Fernando and Jennifer Fernando; cord, Larry Tugahan and Venjie Tugahan; ring, coin and bible bearers were Sean Pabico, Nian Brandon Sunaz and Michelle Busigo, respectively. Flower girls were cute as they come: Bea Bearnice Jaye T. Bernardo and Julienne Marga T. Bernardo.
The Marco Polo Plaza Cebu Hotel ballroom was transformed by prominent florist Pinky Chang into a misty, wintry scene from Japan’s cherry blossom season. Bathed in snow-white drapes, the hall was also accented with pale lavender mood lights—so romantic!
With the On The Cover Band of Junie Tampus rendering love songs, the evening was indeed magical.
The starry-eyed bride was resplendent in a lace and bead-encrusted gown, actually a labor of love by a favorite Dubai-based couturier, J. R. Osio.
The bride flitted from table to table, greeting and thanking all who graced her double celebration. Yes, it was also her birthday!
After the traditional cutting of the wedding cake by pastry queen Marissa Unchuan, the bride proceeded to blow her own birthday cake, another masterpiece by Caro & Marie, bakers extraordinaire. Then the toasting by the padrinos, and tingling of champagne glasses (you know what that means), followed.
Now it was time for Coleen to change into dancing clothes, and swing and sway the night away, with her super attentive groom of course! Happy Valentine's Day, lovebirds, wherever you will build your nest!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 14, 2013.