Willie So and Albert Jerez Jr. exchange vow of love and togetherness on the steps of the grand staircase of Casa Real de Iloilo; the hor’s d’oeuvres flown in from the US and Europe; and the wedding cake with couples’ look-a-like dolls.
The next day’s affair was the exchange of vows of love and togetherness between fashion designer WILLIE SO and Philippine Airlines flight attendant ALBERT JEREZ Jr. at the historic Casa Real de Iloilo.
It kicked off with a cocktail party at the Gallery and gardens of the venue. Guests came in pastel-colored party outfits as specified in the invites. Fine wines and sparkling bubblies complemented the hors d’oeuvres especially flown in from the US and Europe.
The members of the entourage; yours truly with architect Dante Aguirre and fashion designer Bo Parcon; and Wilma Garcia, Kris Karen, Sal Garcia, Maribel Roxas, Jean Bravo, Pane Rosales, Nikko Cid and Mayong Garcia.
Much to the delight of everyone, the couple with the members of their entourage made a dramatic entrance for the “I do’s.” Moving around, yours truly saw everyone shedding tears of joy for the happy couple.
The ceremony was followed by a dinner reception at the Main Hall and adjacent function rooms of Casa Real de Iloilo. Chef MIGUEL CORDOVA laid out a sumptuous array of mouth-watering Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Albert Jerez Jr. and Willie So got a slice of the cake and ate it, too; Roger Besa and Bo Parcon with (seated) Ruby Ann Layson and Richie Garcia; and Willie So and Yoly Legaspi with friends.
Songstress EVA POON, who brought the house down with few songs and anecdotes about the couple and their friends, emceed an action-packed program that segued into all-night dancing to the music of hostshot DJ RYAN ESPINOSA.
When not dancing and hobnobbing, the guests engaged in “kodakan” for social media or hanging around at the bar where the drinks were in overflowing supply! What came next was another story to tell. Indeed, it was a night to celebrate love, happiness and togetherness. N’est çe pas? (Photos by Carlo Gabriel Evidente)
Willie So and Albert Jerez Jr.’s wellwishers from Cosmo-Manille