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A Perfectly Laid-Back and Relaxed Wedding in Batangas

Thea, a fashion designer, and Andy, an investment banker, tied the knot in Nasugbu, Batangas.
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Thea Jacinto and Andy Ugarte talk about how they ended up tying the knot in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Tell us how you met.

We met when we were teenagers through mutual friends. We both happened to move to New York in the summer of 2010 and started dating a few years later. Growing up, we didn’t know each other well, but we became closer in New York and realized we were a good fit. After being away from Manila for so long, it was wonderful for both of us to end up with someone who shares the same hometown and values.


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Were you surprised when Andy proposed?

We had talked about it, but I didn’t quite know when or how it would happen. He came over and cooked for me, and I knew something was up because I was usually the one who cooked. We were scheduled to meet our best friends at Market Table in the West Village later that day, and when we got there, I realized Andy had planned a surprise party with my friends and family. The whole thing was thoughtful and perfect.


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Highlights of your wedding?

We wanted it to be as relaxed and laid-back as possible. It had always been Andy’s dream to get married in the Tali beach house he grew up in, and we had an incredible team who made it happen—including some of my closest titos and titas, Anton Barretto and Tina Bonoan, who worked on the setup. We were also the very first wedding to have Engkanto Brewery beer and we were thrilled. We thought we ordered way more than we needed, but we managed to wipe it out. It was the perfect summer beach drink. Bucky’s also served its spectacular soft serve at the end of the night. Alfie, our mini dachshund, was co-ring bearer with one of my childhood best friends, Marty Lopez. It was everything I could have wanted and more.


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Kitty Santiago Jacinto, Thea and Andy Ugarte, and Andy Jacinto


Honeymoon plans?

We did a mini honeymoon in Bali right after our wedding, but we look forward to doing a longer one in the next year. It’s good to space the fun out!


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What are you looking forward to in this next chapter in your lives?

We moved from New York to Hong Kong for Andy’s work just before getting married. It’s a huge change but we are so happy to be closer to home, and getting to know a new city has been an adventure every day.


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Clockwise from top left: Andy Ugarte, Jose Mari Ugarte, Nachi Ugarte, Batxi Ugarte, Mikel Ugarte, and Pach and Pia Garcia-Morera


Tin Reyes; Cristina Soriano


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Mon Lindo, Rajo Laurel, Malu Gamboa, Marisa Chan, and Anton Barretto


Marty Lopez


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Joy and Corey Schwartz; Anne Gauthier and Mickael Cardoso



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Jake Vadeboncouer and Stephanie Gamble; Ana Ugarte

This story was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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