PEP YEARENDER: Celebrity weddings we loved in 2018

by FM Ganal
Dec 30, 2018
<p>Celebrity brides Iza Calzado, Kylie Padilla, and Coleen Garcia marry their respective partners Ben Wintle, Aljur Abrenica, and Billy Crawford this 2018.</p>
PHOTO/S: Pat Dy via @missizacalzado on Instagram (left), Proudrad Photography via @official_alab on Instagram

It has been another year of grand weddings, intimate nuptials, and heartfelt exchanges of vows.

Here are the celebrity weddings of 2018:

Seaside weddings

Maxene Magalona, the first celebrity bride of 2018, married musician Robby Mananquil at Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa on January 11.

The bride wore an elegant Vera Wang gown.

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She walked down the aisle to the song "Girl Be Mine" of her late father, rapper Francis Magalona.

READ: Maxene Magalona marries Robby Mananquil in Boracay

Four months later, the island played host to the wedding of Rachelle Ann Go and Martin Spies at Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa.

The Broadway breakout star and the American businessman made a run for it and got married on April 18, barely a week before Boracay temporarily closed down for clean-up operations.

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Rachelle Ann and Martin kept their wedding within their family and close circle of friends.

Even her sheer and lacey bridal dress was designed by her brother, Oz Go.

READ: THE WEDDING ALBUM: Rachelle Ann Go and Martin Spies

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The month of April had two more sunset weddings, both of which happened the same day, April 20.

The first wedding was the much-anticipated union of Coleen Garcia and Billy Crawford.

Coleen and Billy got married at the Costa del Sol Village in Balesin Island Club.

It was a star-studded affair with Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, and Sharon Cuneta among their wedding guests.

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READ: Coleen Garcia and Billy Crawford's star-studded wedding guest list

On the same day in Guam, Brandon Vera married his American girlfriend, Jessica Craven.

The mixed martial arts fighter and BuyBust star wore a Barong Tagalog, while his bride was in a design of Pinay designer Patricia Santos.

READ: MMA Fighter Brandon Vera marries American girlfriend Jessica Craven

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Later in the year, two wedding ceremonies were held in the idyllic resorts of Bali, Indonesia.

One of the brides was Martine Cajucom, cousin of IT girls Isabelle Daza and Georgina Wilson.

Martine exchanged vows with veejay Cliff Ho at the luxurious Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali.

READ: Martine Cajucom's Bali wedding is so picturesque!

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Martine and Cliff married on September 8.

The bride glowed in a Rosa Clara wedding dress.

Two months later, Christian Bautista and Kat Ramnani held their nuptial at the beautiful Luhur Chapel located in Uluwatu Temple Cliff, the most famous cliff in Bali.

READ: Christian Bautista and Kat Ramnani's church wedding up close

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Surrounded by close friends and family, Christian and Kat said their "I dos" on November 17.

The couple held their grand Manila wedding reception a few weeks after at The Manila Hotel on December 2.

READ: Christian Bautista, Kat Ramnani hold grand wedding reception at The Manila Hotel

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Before the year ended, showbiz fans celebrated the union of Iza Calzado and Ben Wintle.

The ceremonies were held at the beachfront of Club Paradise Club in Coron, Palawan.

Iza was a radiant bride in her long-sleeved lace Rajo Laurel wedding dress.

They were married on December 19.

READ: The Wedding Album: Iza Calzado & Ben Wintle

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Grand surprises

Back in July, Nadine Lustre planned her parents' renewal of vows for their 25th wedding anniversary.

The actress-performer put it all together in two weeks.

The wedding was held at Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City.

READ: Nadine Lustre gives parents sweetest gift on their wedding anniversary

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Then in October, Cheska Garcia surprised her husband Doug Kramer with a ceremony where vows are renewed to coincide with their 10th anniversary.

Her surprise upended Doug's secret plan for an anniversary celebration.

The couple renewed their vows at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bonifacio Global City.

READ: Cheska Garcia-Kramer surprises husband Doug Kramer with vow renewal on their 10th anniversary

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But the biggest wedding surprise of the year was the Kylie Padilla-Aljur Abrenica nuptial.

After their much-touted engagement, they hinted at getting married soon.

But they never gave away their wedding date, until the day it actually happened.

READ: The Wedding Album: Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica

Kylie, who wore a sheer-lace bridal gown by Mak Tumang, got the wedding she wanted.

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She walked down the aisle in a setting that recalled her love journey with Aljur.

Words from a Lang Leav poem were inscribed on the very ground she walked on.

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Low-key wedding affairs

Maxene and Robby's Boracay wedding was actually their second ceremony.

The couple received the sacrament of matrimony on January 8, at the Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish in Makati.

They got married in front of 33 guests comprised of their immediate families and their principal sponsors.

On May 28, Rich Asuncion and Benjamin Mundie married in an intimate civil wedding in Hong Kong.

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Their low-key ceremony only had a handful of guests.

READ: Rich Asuncion looks amazing in her PHP5,000 wedding dress

It was a quiet wedding for Nikki Valdez and Luis Garcia in Hong Kong as well.

They tied the knot on August 18.

Nikki's 10-year-old daughter Olive was part of her entourage.

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Olive is her daughter from a previous marriage.

READ: Nikki Valdez and Luis Garcia's romantic wedding ceremony in Hong Kong

On August 6 (Manila time), ABS-CBN International reporter Ginger Conejero tied the knot with her American beau Bruno Saab at the Most Holy Rosary Chapel in San Rafael, California, U.S.A.

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READ: Ginger Conejero gets married in California, U.S.A.

Crazy Rich Asians Fever

In the month of October, two Chinese weddings replicated the lavish wedding scene from the top-grossing Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asian.

On October 13, celebrity stylist Kimi Yap married her long-time boyfriend Jarvis Sy.

Kimi, along with sister Boop Yap, is the stylist of Kathryn Bernardo, Erich Gonzales, Julia Barretto, and Kris Aquino.

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Her wedding was held at Santuario de San José Parish in Mandaluyong City.

Here, event stylist Gideon Hermosa installed a luxe-gold mirror flooring and filled the venue with gypsophila.

For the couple's reception, Gideon transformed the Grand Ballroom of Manila Marriott Hotel into a grand hallway of roses, gladiolus, hydrangeas, orchids, and stock flowers,

READ: Celebrity stylist Kimi Yap's dreamy wedding

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The following day, October 14, another Chinese bride had her own Crazy Rich Asians-style wedding.

Miss Chinatown 2016 and recording artist Shirley Vy tied the knot with businessman Kevin Wong.

Apart from their whimsical wedding displays and grand wedding reception decor, the most talked-about highlight of the wedding was the performance of Boyce Avenue, a popular international cover band, for the guests' entertainment.

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The American acoustic band took a break from its U.S. tour just to perform at the wedding.

READ: This former Miss Chinatown weds in style of Crazy Rich Asians

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Love is lovelier the second time around

Some weddings reminded us that love did not need to be a one-time deal.

In the first half of the year, Atom Henares married fianceé Nathalie on February 2, at Antonio's in Tagaytay.

READ: Family moments captured at Atom Henares's wedding in Tagaytay

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On August 19, Jericho Aguas, former husband of the late Isabel Granada, married his partner, Jaycee Parker in a Christian wedding ceremony in San Fernando, Pampanga.

READ: THE WEDDING ALBUM: Jaycee Parker and Jericho Genaskey Aguas

On October 27, it was Archie Alemania and Gee Canlas's turn to wed.

The couple first became an item in 2011, broke up in 2013, and reconciled in 2017.

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Less than a year after, Archie and Ge got married in a Christian wedding ceremony at The Monochrome events place in Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna.

READ: WEDDING ALBUM: Archie Alemania and Gee Canlas

On December 17, while the rest of the country celebrated the victory of Catriona Gray in Miss Universe 2018, Lotlot de Leon celebrated her second chance at love.

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The seasoned actress married her Lebanese partner Fadi El Soury in a garden wedding held at El Jardin de Zaida in San Juan, Batangas.

Lotlot had her five children by Ramon Christopher Gutierrez—Janine, Jessica, Maxine, and Diego Gutierrez—among her witnesses.

READ: Snaps from Lotlot De Leon-Fadi El Soury wedding

After 36 years...

Joey de Leon and long-time partner Eileen Macapagal finally wed in civil ceremonies held in the Supreme Court.

The Eat Bulaga! host had Tito Sotto, Helen Gamboa, Vic Sotto, and Pauleen Luna as his main witnesses.

On March 19, Joey and Eileen officially became Mr. and Mrs. de Leon after 36 years of partnership.

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Reunions and get-togethers

Weddings are always a good reason for friends to reunite and get together.

Back in January 6, GMA news reporters took a break from their daily grind to celebrate the union of fellow newscaster Kara David and her now-husband, songwriter LM Cancio.

Among the news reporters present at the wedding were (L-R) Oscar Oida and MJ Marfori, Mariz Umali and Raffy Tima, Tina Panganiban-Perez, Aubrey Carampel-Aricheta, Sandra Aguinaldo, and Nelson Canlas.

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READ: Snaps from the wedding of Kara David and singer-songwriter LM Cancio

On May 6, OPM artists gathered to witness the wedding of former The Voice Philippines Season 2 contestant and Autotelic band member Kai Honasan and Chicosci bassist Eco del Rio at the bay side of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

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Among the OPM artists present were former Sugarfree vocalist Ebe Dancel, It's Showtime! host and Itchyworms member Jugs Juneta, Urbandub lead vocalist Gab Alipe, and Cheats band members—husband and wife Jim Bacarro and Saab Magalona.

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Then on October 22, StarStruck alumna Jade Lopez had a mini-reunion with her batchmates at her wedding with Rocky Siccion.

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Her season 1 batchmates Cristine Reyes, Nadine Samonte, and Yasmien Kurdi were present at the ceremony.

StarStruck season 3 graduate Stefi Prescot was in attendance as well.

Cristine is a close friend to Jade and Rocky.

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Honorable mention: Trending international celebrity weddings

A few international celebrity weddings caught our attention this year.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had the biggest wedding this year as the former American actress became a royal last May 19.

READ: PEP YEARENDER 2018: Most Talked-About Moments On Social Media

This Is Us star Mandy Moore made us fall in love with her pink wedding dress when she married Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith last November 18.

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READ: Mandy Moore wears the prettiest pink wedding dress

As for our last wedding surprise, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth confirmed speculations that they finally tied the knot on December 23.

READ: Miley Cyrus wears vintage-inspired Vivienne Westwood gown to her wedding with Liam Hemsworth

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<p>Celebrity brides Iza Calzado, Kylie Padilla, and Coleen Garcia marry their respective partners Ben Wintle, Aljur Abrenica, and Billy Crawford this 2018.</p>
PHOTO/S: Pat Dy via @missizacalzado on Instagram (left), Proudrad Photography via @official_alab on Instagram
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