WEDDING ALBUM: Hidilyn Diaz-Julius Naranjo team takes home another gold

by Frances Karmel S. Bravo
Jul 27, 2022
Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo tie the knot on July 26, 2022
Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo tie the knot on July 26, 2022, at the St. Ignatius Chapel inside the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio.
PHOTO/S: Niceprint Photography

#TheWeightIsOver for Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Irvin Naranjo!

On Tuesday, July 26, 2022, the first Filipino Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz wed Julius Naranjo in an intimate ceremony at the St. Ignatius Chapel inside the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio.

Here are the highlights of the Hidilyn Diaz-Julius Naranjo wedding.

THE WEDDING DATE

Hidilyn Diaz-Julius Naranjo wedding invitation

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Engaged in October 2021, the 31-year-old weightlifter and her coach tied the knot exactly a year after Hidilyn bagged the country’s first-ever Olympic gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Julius revealed in an interview with Manila Bulletin it was him who called the date to add more meaning to their wedding.

He said, "I told Hidi that we should make the anniversary of winning the first gold medal our wedding date.

"That was the time when she won, that was the time when she got the spotlight.

"Now that it's a year later, it's a way for us to celebrate.

"That's what the wedding is all about, right? Celebrating us. It's also a date we will remember forever."

Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo get hitched exactly a year after the 31-year-old pro weightlifter took home the first-ever Olympic gold medal.

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Hidilyn said, blushing, in the same interview, "That day, he told me God is the center of our relationship. Iyan sinabi niya bago ako nagbuhat sa Olympics.

"So kinilig ako, umiyak ako bago ako naglaro. Then I surrendered to God at nanalo ako ng gold medal para sa Pilipinas.

"Memorable yun. Hindi ko makakalimutan yun. Maganda isabay sya sa wedding namin kasi memorable rin ito.

"Forever ko makakasama siya. Siyang napili ko habang buhay. Gaya ng Olympics, naging part siya ng buhay ko.

"Hindi ko makakalimutan ang July 26."

THE SETTING

Floral-themed wedding c/o House of Hermosa PH

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Hidilyn had a wedding befitting a sports heroine who brought an overwhelming sense of pride and joy to the country a year ago.

Her breathtaking floral-themed wedding surrounded by the picturesque view of Baguio was filled with garlands of blue and cream orchids designed by Gideon Hermosa of the House of Hermosa PH .

Hidilyn Diaz wedding bouquet by Gideon Hermosa

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THE BRIDAL GOWN

Hidilyn Diaz's bridal gown by Francis Libiran

Francis Libiran was Hidilyn's personal choice for her wedding gown.

The renowned Filipino architect and fashion designer detailed his creation on Instagram on the same day of his famous client's wedding.

Francis wrote, "Inspired by her beauty and kind heart, the wedding gown of the Philippines' first Olympic gold medalist, Ms. Hidilyn Diaz, is a winning piece.

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"Intricately designed with tantalizing crystals glistening from the bodice, down to the skirt and extending to the enormous rose-shaped train. A gown fit for a real winner!"

Hidilyn Diaz, Julius Naranjo, bridal gown

Hidilyn Diaz wedding gown sketch

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In a previous interview, Francis revealed he first pitched to Hidilyn a gold or champagne-colored gown to match her Olympic medal.

THE WEDDING SUIT

Julius Naranjo's Wedding Suit by Francis Libiran

Julius, a Guam native with Filipino-American-Japanese roots, also has Francis Libiran to thank for his exquisitely designed Barong Tagalog embroidered in unique patterns.

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The designer explained: "Because he's from Guam, and he wanted to put elements of Guam in his barong, I put in some tribal embroidery, did some research, and came up with this pattern. So I combined art deco with patterns from Guam."

Julius Naranjo wedding suit

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THE ENTOURAGE

Hidilyn Diaz wedding entourage

The list of principal sponsors for the wedding was studded with notable names, all signatories to the couple's marriage certificate and, therefore, their "godparents."

They are: former Vice President Atty. Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo; Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao; First Pacific CEO Mr. Manuel Pangilinan; San Miguel President Ramon Ang; SM Investments Corporation Vice Chair Teresita Tan Sy-Coson, and Dra. Maria Victoria "Vicki" Gonzalez Belo-Kho.

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Each received a dazzling set of custom Bordeaux sparkles with a bottle of Bottega Gold Prosecco and gold champagne flutes from the all-season gift shop, Grae Manila.

Gold gifts for the principal sponsors care of Grae Manila

THE RECEPTION

Held at the Baguio Country Club, the wedding reception greeted the guests with glowing light and shimmers of sunshine in the gold-themed post-wedding event.

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Gold-themed wedding reception

Adorned to the brim with all things gold, the venue boasted of grand and elaborate elements fit for champions.

Olympic Gold Rings-inspired chandeliers

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Cascading down from the ceiling were ginormous golden rings resembling the Olympic hoops.

#TheWeightIsOver Wedding Reception Cake

Topping off the whole aureate landscape of the reception hall was the glamorous five-tier wedding cake with gold frosting, rounded off with edible golden barbels.

Hidilyn and Julius' wedding was organized by Events by Miss P.

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Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo tie the knot on July 26, 2022, at the St. Ignatius Chapel inside the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio.
PHOTO/S: Niceprint Photography
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