Chynna Ortaleza and Kean originally planned for a destination wedding.
But they had to consider guests, especially the lolos and lolas, who might find that inconvenient. Hence, the couple decided to hold the ceremony in Quezon City.
According to the Kapuso actress, it was a mutual decision between her and Kean to keep their wedding intimate and simple, with only their families and closest friends in attendance.
“We decided to keep it small. Hindi naman kasi kami extravagant ni Kean. We want things to be practical and stress-free.
“Kung tutuusin nga, anti-wedding kami. Gusto namin na kaming dalawa lang with Stellar, our immediate families, and a priest to bless us,” she explained.
But the couple thought that it would be better to share the momentous occasion with people important to them.
Chynna added, “Parang ito ang pasasalamat namin sa kanila for supporting our union and for loving our daughter.
“We just want these people to be part of this important day in our life.
“Ang importante naman is that we all feel that moment, that we are surrounded by the people we love, at ramdan din nila yung blessing ng sacrament of matrimony sa amin ng mister ko.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) got to chat with Chynna last October 11, at Baang Coffee on Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City.
NOT YOUR USUAL WEDDING. The actress also revealed that there won’t be any proper program at their wedding reception.
The couple and their guests will proceed straight to the wedding banquet sans any frills.
“Yun ang ikinagugulat ng wedding planner namin,” Chynna narrated.
“Marami siyang pini-pitch sa amin na mga concepts, programs na uso ngayon sa mga wedding receptions.
“Pero sabi ko nga, hindi kami gano’n ni Kean. We want it simple, precise, at wala nang hassles pa.
“Kaya ito ang easiest wedding na ginawa ng wedding planner namin."
Nevertheless, the bride has been hands-on when it comes to the nitty-gritty of the wedding preparations, making sure that the occasion is as personal for her and Kean as possible.
“Kahit na small and simple lang itong wedding namin, I still want to be involved. Ayoko yung magugulat na lang ako.
“At least sa pagiging involved ko, nalalaman ko ang mga presyo ng ilang bagay-bagay. Kung may mapapalitan at makapili ng iba, maayos lahat,” Chynna said.
Staying true to their wedding celebration philosophy, the couple also decided to use the same wedding bands they gave each other at their civil wedding last December 2015.
“Actually, si Mommy ang nagsabi na huwag na kaming bumili pa ulit ng wedding rings.
“Kung ano raw yung unang nasuot na namin, yun na raw ang rings namin forever. Para hindi raw ma-break yung bond namin as husband and wife.
“Kaya pinalinis na lang namin yung mga rings para mukha siyang bago on our wedding day.
“Even ang wedding rings namin, simple lang. Para match sa simple wedding namin,” Chynna added with a smile.
GOING ON A “FAMILYMOON.” What about their honeymoon?
Chynna said it’s going to be a “familymoon,” since they plan to bring their daughter Stellar with them.
“Pareho kami ni Kean na kailangan ng short break after everything.
“Si Kean kasi, he’s busy shooting, like, three movies. 'Tapos may mga gigs pa ang band niyang Callalily.
“And he’s working on new songs din. Kaya pagod, hindi lang katawan niya pati utak niya.
“Ako naman, after Mulawin vs. Ravena, hindi ako nagkaroon ng rest. Nag-taping ako agad for Idol sa Kusina with Chef Boy Logro. Nagbakasyon kasi muna si Bettina Carlos, kaya I replaced her.
“'Tapos naging hands-on ako sa wedding namin, kaya no long rest talaga. Pinakapahinga namin is being with Stellar sa bahay. Kapag nakipaglaro na ang bagets sa amin, nawawala ang pagod namin.”
Do they have any plans of giving Stellar a baby brother or sister?
To this, Chynna echoed her husband’s reply: that they have no intentions yet of having another baby any time soon.
But she is not closing her doors. Right now, though, she and Kean are still enjoying their career and their unica hija.
“Noong nagbuntis naman ako kay Stellar, wala akong naging problema.
“I didn’t get sick, wala akong mga cravings or anything na magiging unpleasant ang pagbubuntis ko.
“'Tapos normal pa ang panganganak ko sa kanya.
“So kung gusto kong magkaroon ng baby ulit, I guess magiging okay pa rin ako.
“Pero for now, parang gusto namin ni Kean na si Stellar lang muna.
“We want to see her do more things, travel na kasama siya, and we want to build dreams for her,” Chynna explained.