#BecomingMrsWintle: See Exclusive Photos From Iza Calzado And Ben Wintle's Beach Wedding In Palawan
Today is the day Iza Calzado officially becomes Mrs. Ben Wintle!
Scroll down to see exclusive photos from this beautiful beach wedding.
The She Talks Asia co-founder and actress is now in luxurious destination Club Paradise, an ultra-exclusive tropical retreat nestled in the pristine shores of Coron, Palawan, and she's there for a lovely reason: her wedding!
The lucky man she'll be walking down the aisle to meet is none other than English businessman and Booky app creator Ben Wintle, who asked for her hand in marriage in October last year.
The couple is joined by friends and family in the private ceremony, where the intimate group began festivities last night with a welcome dinner.
Photos from the Teddy Manuel-designed venue show a Filipino fiesta-themed gathering with banderitas adding color to the al fresco dining area setup on the island's powdery white shore, a customized kawayan arc, banana leaf accents on tablescapes, as well as prominent orchid and rose blooms for an added organic, feminine touch.
Filipino fiesta themed welcome dinner to usher in the festivities for @benmwintle and @missizacalzado ‘s union. Colorful buntings, string lights and bright hued blooms matched with huge tropical leaves - all helped in creating a night set for merriment. #becomingmrswintle #teddymanuelexperience ?? @josephgatz Amazing team: @eventsbyamandatirol @clubparadisepalawan @patdy11 @bobnicolas @gideonhermosa @bespokemanila
Photos from Chookie Cruz
In keeping with their theme, the couple made their grand entrance as newlyweds-to-be in matching royal blue outfits: Ben kept things simple with a button down shirt with folded sleeves in the color, while Iza stunned in a solid color terno with butterfly sleeves and pleat and ruffle detailing, accessorizing the dress with statement seahorse earrings.
Guests at the by-invitation only party included Rajo Laurel (who created her wedding gown) and partner Nix Alañon; Vicki Belo, Hayden Kho, and their daughter Scarlet Snow; Karylle, Sunshine Dizon, and Diana Zubiri-Smith; Ogie Alcasid and daughter Leila; Jing Monis; Divine Lee-Go with husband Blake and son Baz; Cristalle Belo-Pitt and son Hunter; Charles Tiu; Robby Carmona; Tim Yap and husband Javi Martinez Pardo; Noel Ferrer; Mark Nicdao; Pam Quiñones, Kat Cruz-Villanueva; Quark Henares and fiancée Bianca Yuzon; and JM Rodriguez, all of whom were delighted by the couple's attempt at traditional Filipino dance tinikling, delicious catering, and heartwarming company.
The dinner concluded a long day for Iza and Ben who, under photograper Pat Dy's trained eye, posed for pre-wedding photos on the beach and most impressively, under water.
White was the color for the shoot, with Iza in a form-flattering suit and Ben in ivory trunks, that captured frame after frame of the couple.
Still on the matter of color schemes, Teddy Manuel shared a snapshot of Iza's entourage bouquets some hours before the ceremony, while Gideon Hermosa posted an image of the bride's featuring a touching detail: a locket containing photos of her parents.
The wedding invitation (or booklet, rather), which came with a funny message from the newlyweds in the making and had a list of complimentary activities their guests could enjoy, also matched the palette.
When it came to Iza's final bridal look, Rajo Laurel, who celebrated his 25th year in the industry this year, came up with a beautiful quarter-sleeved sheer, lace gown for her, while makeup artist Juan Sarte and hairstylist Celeste Tuviera added the finishing touches to the ensemble.
Though Iza looked the most radiant on this special day, definitely adding to her glow was her wedding's setup whose floral details were perfected by Gideon Hermosa. Rows of wooden benches were arranged on either side of an S-shaped aisle (as opposed to a straight one) to allow her to walk towards Ben whilst facing the sunset in a totally magical moment.
Come reception time, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wintle were greeted by their loved ones with sparklers on hand, as they danced their way to the heart of the venue to the tune of Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk." The venue dressed up with fairy lights was set up with long tables forming a square; the middle part anchored by chandeliers served as the dance floor. On one corner, their wedding cake, a three-layered naked cake with floral accents by Christian Mark Jacobs of Naked Patisserie, was an eye-catching element.
The highlights at the reception, hosted by Tim Yap and JM Rodriguez, included a song number by Karylle who sang "A Thousand Years;" a duet of "Finally Found Someone" by Karylle and Rajo Laurel; heartwarming and tear-jerking messages from Karylle, Diana Zubiri-Smith, and Sunshine Dizon (who presented Iza a diamond bracelet that belonged to her late mother); a performance of "Kailangan Kita" by Ogie Alcasid (who also sang at the ceremony); a speech from Ben's dad; and of course, the newylweds' thank-you speech.
To cap off the evening of festivities, there was a fireworks display while Katy Perry's "Fireworks" was playing. As the newlyweds looked at the fireworks lighting up the night sky, the smiles on their faces reflect the unparalleled happiness they feel about having found that perfect person to spend forever with.
Congrats and best wishes, Iza and Ben!
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Photos courtesy of Chookie Cruz and from @patdy11 @divineleego @officialtimyap @teddymanuel @gideonhermosa @candifier @nixalanon @victoria_belo @markednicdao