Charms and Francis: Going the distance

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Rodriquez.

Work in Sun Life brought Oracle database developer Francis and business analyst Charms closer to each other. After two years of friendship, the two became sweethearts on September 17, 2007. And on Easter Sunday in 2010, over barbecue at the East Coast Park in Singapore where the computer experts work, Francis proposed marriage to Charms.

Being both the eldest in their families and wanting not to bother their parents, Charms and Francis planned and saved up for their wedding, but still their mothers wanted to make things easier for the couple, so that they helped coordinate with the wedding planner, the designer, the florist, the make-up artist and all the very important people who played significant roles in making the intimate Rodriguez-Co wedding a very memorable event for the Rodriguez and Co families and their close friends. As the wedding date, 15th of January 2011, came closer, they had to make more frequent trips to the Philippines. Before New Year’s, they had a brief vacation in Laoag, where they shot video footage in Ilocos’ most breathtaking spots, like Kapurpurawan, Cape Bojeador and Patapat Viaduct. It’s wonderful to know that Francis, who grew up in Parañaque, also loves Ilocos, Charms’ hometown.

I arrived at The Shrine of Jesus in Pasay just in time and not missing  the glowing bride and groom. The colors of the wedding were vibrant. Happy red was the dominant color, a great choice for the Chinoy wedding.

Tied for life.

Three generations.

Mr. and Mrs. Jose Co, doting parents of the bride.

The bride’s only sister, Sam, with Michael

The nonagenarian Co patriarch.

From the Losantas clan of Bicol.

The Co grandchildren.

Pinky Co with Mr. and Mrs. John Chua.

The Co ladies.

Flower girl Alex.

Ready to take the couple to the wedding reception at the Manila Peninsula in Makati.

Mayor and Mrs. Alfredo Valdez, Jr. of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte.

Boy and Pinky Co with good friends, Rudy and Susan Co (left) and Lawrence and Tita Ang.

Lovely  Zontians of Laoag, Dr. Estrella Que-Alcid, Mrs. Mary Ang, Mrs. Cristina Ang and Mrs. Lina Chua.

Also from Laoag, optometrists Junius and Elaine Reyes (center), Martine and Alex.

Gorgeous couple Philip and Duch Co. Philip is the bride’s only brother.

Brothers and partners…

Pinky with talented Batac designer Loejai Lopez, who did the sweet strapless bridal dress and all the beautiful dresses for the wedding attendants and the mothers of the bride and groom. Shoes were custom-made by Lila Almario, and make-up was done by Peddy Acebo.

China dolls.

The travel theme, checking-in with the  passport and ticket invitation.

Classic rose arrangement by florist Teddy Manuel.

The Rigodon Ballroom of the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Emcees and singers Shanda and Filbert

Very strawberries.

Two souls, one heart.

Charms and Francis also saved up for a honeymoon in Paris.

True love is worth waiting

Always the eldest daughter.

Photos by Blauearth  Copyright © Blauearth™ ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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