Glydel is every inch the beaming bride in this photo taken in the corridor of the Mandarin Oriental Manila, where she and Tonton stayed to prepare for the wedding. The couple said their "I do's." on March 5, 2005, at the Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish, Forbes Park, Makati City. Photo: Bobot Meru

Although Glydel Mercado and Tonton Gutierrez first met in 1998 and got together after a two-month courtship, it took six years before they decided to tie the knot.


Not that Tonton didn't propose. He proposed often. But Glydel, whom Tonton calls by her real nickname Liza (which also happens to be the name of Tonton's mother, Liza Lorena), just didn't take him seriously.


Then, while promoting a movie on the TV talk show Startalk, Tonton announced a set wedding date. Only then did Glydel believe him, and plans for the wedding finally materialized.


On March 15, 2004, five days after her 30th birthday and five days before his 36th birthday, Antonio Gutierrez and Flordeliza Sanchez, both born under the sign of Pisces, said their "I do's."