Family and friends very much looked forward to this Tantoco wedding. After all, Dina Arroyo and Paolo Tantoco, who were previously civilly married, were just waiting for the perfect date to say their “I do’s.” Well, the wait was all of 12 years, giving their 250 guests the perfect reason to celebrate.
On their big day, Dina took everyone’s breath away in a delicate and lacey Pronovias by Mi Sueno confection, while Paolo looked every bit the cool groom in Rajo Laurel. Following the joyous ceremony, which took place in the Montecito Chapel in Nuvali, was a splendid reception at the Santa Elena Golf Club Hacienda Room. The theme, which was “country formal,” brought into play wild flowers (the floral arrangements were by Lanai) and a lovely colour palette of nudes and greens as inspired by the outdoor feel, with splashes of accents in wine and burgundy.
One of the most memorable moments for the couple was when they were beautifully serenaded as they were kneeling at the altar by Dina’s sister, Alelu Arroyo, with “Alleluia.” Another favourite moment was doing the same-day-edit video, which had Paolo and her plus their entourage out on the field.
The evening never ran out of steam as John Lesaca took to the stage, as did Comedy Cartel with its hilarious skits, and then Strings by Barbie Pasamba. “We were even surprised by a dance performance by Donnie [Tantoco] and Katrina [Tantoco- Lobregat]!” says Paolo. When dancing was in the cards, DJs Scratchmark and Javi Vargas got on the decks and played till the last guest was standing.