Weddings That Inspire

Chad and Kristelle - From Merienda to Marriage

Do not worry about the ‘moment’ being snatched away. It definitely won’t–Chad

by Joaquin Reloj

On October 1, 2020, Chadwick Jerald Tsai and Kristelle Erica Kua were finally able to seal the deal after almost eight months of pushing their ceremony back. The rustic-themed wedding ceremony and reception was intimate. Both oevents were held at the groom’s house, transformed by Teddy Manuel.

The couple first met each other back in high school but eventually lost communication as time passed. Chad decided to make a move on Valentine's 2018.

“Last February 14, 2018, I invited Kristelle for a merienda. From there we got to hang out more often and I started courting Kristelle. After one year and eight months, I proposed to her during our family trip to South Africa,” Chad says.


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The couple had originally planned to have their wedding ceremony in Boracay on March 17, 2020. They were also looking to hold their wedding reception in Manila, but they decided to cancel this event even before the lockdown was imposed. As the days moved closer to March 17, they were beginning to feel the pressure of whether to push through or move to a later date. This was the biggest challenge they had to face.

“Our families and friends would check on us from time to time since all the flights of our guests were on the weekend ECQ was going to start. But most of us were positive we could still go as a lockdown was impossible to comprehend that time.”

Ultimately, they decided to move the wedding to a later date to better prioritize the health and safety of all their guests

“We both did not have any expectations on the day, We still remember the night before, it was really raining hard. Kristelle jokingly said ‘Nako, baka hindi nanaman matuloy. Baka ma-Ondoy naman tayo.’ But everything went perfectly on the day. It was a very solemn and heartwarming ceremony with the people closest to us—our families,” Chad says.

“After experiencing an intimate wedding, we both can say that we wished we did it sooner! Do not worry about the ‘moment’ being snatched away. It definitely won’t, as your loved ones will be there for you in a lot of ways." The couple suggests a zoom after party with friends or like them, a zoom party during the wedding preps. "You’ll realize after that your life goes on, we do not need all the fancy celebration that we got used to for now, just the primary people in your life. The people whom you call family.”

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Styling: Teddy Manuel | Groom’s Suit and Bridal Gown: Boy Kastner Santos | Hair and makeup: Angelica Amante | Photographer: Nelwin Uy | Videographer: MJ Films | Catering: Classic Chef
 

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