A Three-Day Wedding Celebration on the Island of Balesin
More than a decade after they first met, Carmela Marie Tapia Cambaliza and Enzo Steven Montinola Virata tied the knot on Balesin Island.
You and Enzo have known each other for a while. Did sparks fly right away?
We met in 2001 when we were both Psychology freshmen at Ateneo, although we weren’t very close. We had a common best friend, Shirlyn (who became my maid of honor), whom we would hang out with together back then. After
When did you know that you wanted to marry him?
My first impression of him in college was that he was quiet and shy. When we started dating, my impression of him was the same, but my taste in men had changed. I got to know him better and found out that we shared the same values in life despite having few things in common. Around four months into the relationship, I sometimes had thoughts of him being “the one.” And one year later, we were married.
Did the proposal come as a shock?
While we were dating I made a conscious effort not to expect anything from him, so that included the future as well. I just enjoyed being with him and taking care of him. We didn’t talk about the future much so the proposal was very much a surprise.
How did he propose?
We were celebrating the eighth
Tell us about your wedding.
We chose to have it on Balesin because we both love the beach, and Enzo has fond memories of the island because he and his family would visit way before it was developed. While planning for a wedding is always nerve-wracking, ours had its own challenges since we didn’t hire a planner and did everything ourselves, with the help of our siblings. Our best friend advised us to see the wedding planning as our first project together. And we did.