As the Filipino saying goes, “Sa hinaba-haba ng prusisyon, sa simbahan din ang tuloy.”
After 12 years of dating, celebrity doctors Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho Jr. finally wed in a church ceremony at The American Church in Paris, France today, September 3 (Philippine time).
Their dreamy Paris wedding easily tops off this year's list of most grandiose celebrity weddings. Here are some of the sidelights and amazing details of their wedding reception held at the Palais Garnier:
A red carpet ushered in guests as they arrived at the venue of the wedding ceremony, which was closed to the public.
Meanwhile, the grand staircase in Palais Garnier was adorned with bouquets of white flowers and candles in metallic votives.
Opera singers greeted the couple's guests upon their arrival at the reception venue.
Hayden and Vicki shared a special moment on the grand staircase in their first dance here as husband and wife, with Vicki in a blue dress designed by Mark Bumgarner and Hayden in a black-and-white suit.
The romantic scene was reminiscent of Cinderella dancing with her prince charming!
Palais Garnier's Grand Foyer served as the couple's wedding reception venue.
The Grand Foyer, designed by Charles Garnier, boasts a shimmering gold background and a magnificent ceiling painted by French artist Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry.
According to Palais Garnier’s website, The Grand Foyer can host up to 700 people for gala dinners.
Robert Blancaflor was in charge of the venue setup for the wedding.
He worked with French florist Anne Vitchen on the floral arrangements.
Gold-painted chairs, classy dinnerware, and floral centerpieces made up the table setting at the reception.
In an Instagram post, Robert thanked the couple for trusting him with the venue decoration.
He wrote: "In our 20 Years in the business, we have done more than 10 Weddings outside the Philippines but the #aKHOandmyBELOved Wedding is by far the best of them all.
"It's in Paris, and the Venue #PalaisGarnier is one of the most exclusive in the World. Not only that you need an enormous amount of money to be "approved" but you also need to have a certain stature.
"Only a handful are given this opportunity. Thank You Dr Hayden Kho @dochayden and Dra Vicki Belo @victoria_belo for the trust.
"I am humbled. #RBGInternationalEvents #RBG20Years with #YaparazziEvents"
Vicki and Hayden took a moment to express their gratitude to their guests who made time to share this journey with them.
For the wedding reception's program proper, Vicki changed into another floor-length blush gown. Hayden himself changed his top from black to white.
The couple's Paris wedding came after Vicki and Hayden said their "I do’s" at a civil wedding ceremony in the Philippines last June 23, presided by Makati Mayor Abigail Binay.
GMA-7's primetime royalty couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes had a pleasant time at the reception while Baby Zia took a nap on mommy's lap.
GMA-7 actor Alden Richards was seated on Table #12 beside renowned Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, who designed Vicki's gorgeous bridal gown.
Kapuso actress Lovi Poe and her boyfriend Chris Johnson (not in photo) witnessed the wedding reception proceedings intently.
Cousins Isabelle Daza, Jessica Diaz Wilson, and Georgina Wilson shown here in matching white OOTDs.
The guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, which included this fancy appetizer: citrus fruits and lobster topped with edible flower petals.
The wedding reception program ended with a performance of "Pangako" by Regine Velasquez and husband Ogie Alcasid.
Vicki and Hayden then led their guests to the after-dinner party at an adjacent room with a train dance, much to everyone’s delight.
Richard Gomez, Lucy Torres-Gomez, and their daughter Juliana gamely joined the train dance headed to the after-dinner party.
Robert Blancaflor sourced European furniture with classic silhouettes for the couple's after-dinner party.
A live band played the couple's chosen music throughout the night.
Seen here are Vicki and Hayden clearly enjoying their second dance as husband and wife.