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Catherine Huang and David Endriga Say 'I Do' in a Music-Filled Wedding in the City

There was a flash mob involved.
IMAGE ALEX VAN HAGEN
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David Endriga and Catherine Tantoco Huang wed in a beautiful ceremony at Santuario de San Antonio in Makati on a Sunday in May, followed by a reception at the Shangri-La at the Fort.

The newly wed couple
Photo by ALEX VAN HAGEN.

David, an orthopedic surgeon, and Catherine, the manager of the local franchises of Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, first crossed paths at a New Year’s party over a decade ago, but it was only in 2016 that they began dating. “He is very patient and has a big heart,” Catherine says of her groom. David asked for her hand in marriage in a very intimate manner, over dinner one night.

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Both bride and groom hail from prominent families. He is the eldest child of former Cultural Center of the Philippines president Baltazar Endriga and wife Tessie, while she is the youngest child and only daughter of Commonwealth Foods president Anthony Huang and Rustan’s chairwoman and CEO Nedy Tantoco.

Catherine shares their journey to the altar.


PLANNING THE WEDDING


What was your vision for the wedding?

We just wanted something elegant we knew our families and guests would enjoy. We did away with some of the traditions done in most weddings nowadays—we did not host games or do the bouquet toss. Even our wedding invitation was kept very simple and classic, with no frills.

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I found a color scheme that combined blush pink, silver, gray, and accents of sage green. This served as a basis for the dresses of the entourage, our moms, and the female principal sponsors. We were lucky that the Shangri-La at the Fort ballroom had gray and silver elements so it did not clash with the color scheme at all. My mom worked with Rustan’s Flower Shop in choosing all the details for the reception—the tablecloths, charger plates, and the pink and white flowers.

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How did you decide on the location of your wedding?

We knew we wanted the wedding to be in Manila. After we decided on San Antonio for the church ceremony, we looked at hotel venues within the vicinity. Our realistic estimate of the number of guests helped us determine the size of the venue we needed and allowed us to narrow down our choices for the reception.

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The church ceremony at the Santuario de San Antonio in Makati
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David really likes music so it was an important part of the program. He took care of coordinating and planning with those who performed in both the church and the reception. We were also very fortunate that some of our guests offered to sing and perform on the wedding day. We had Renato Lucas play the cello in church, and at the reception we had Byeong-in Park, Rachel Gerodias, and Jaime Pineda sing a few songs for us. It was David's idea to have the flash mob done by Viva Voce, which was fun. And of course, the groom decided to sing too. A lot of the guests enjoyed the music as well.

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David performs during the reception.
Photo by ALEX VAN HAGEN.

Photo by ALEX VAN HAGEN.

Who made your gown?

When looking for a bridal gown, I was drawn to dresses made of fabrics with interesting textures and patterns like lace or silk damask. Jojie Lloren proposed a piña dress with lace accents and a callado skirt. I liked the texture of the piña, the pattern of the callado he chose, and also that the cut of the dress was flattering and easy to wear. The fit was also very good, which was important to me. 

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Catherine's gown was designed by Jojie Lloren.
Photo by ALEX VAN HAGEN.

 


THE WEDDING


Catherine says choosing to work with renowned wedding coordinator Rita Neri Event Planners was an easy decision to make, since the company planned her brother’s wedding and has worked with her mother, Nedy, on various bridal showers in the past. The invitations were designed by Write Impressions, while the family’s own Rustan’s Flower Shop took care of styling the venue and providing stunning floral arrangements for both church and reception. Photographer Caliber King, a recommended talent from David’s friend Pat Dy, managed to capture the special moments throughout the affair, and Threelogy documented the milestone via video. The bride’s makeup was done by Byron Velasquez, whom she met at a magazine photo shoot and whom she has trusted since then. This was complemented by an elegant hairstyle by Nancy Soriano.

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Details from the reception.
Photo by ALEX VAN HAGEN.

Given the groom’s affinity with the arts, musical performances were a large part of the wedding. David’s father, Baltazar, arranged for the Madrigals to sing at church, while David handpicked the band 3rd Avenue to play at the reception, after being wowed by one of their past performances. There was also a flash mob courtesy of Viva Voce, whose head, Camille Lopez Molina, is friends with both the bride and groom.

What were the most memorable moments at your wedding?

The most memorable moments were the ones when I would take the time to look around, particularly during my walk down the aisle and also during the reception. It was great to see our family and friends, and to realize they were all present because of their love and support for us. We also felt very happy all the details that we worked on before the wedding—the flowers, the décor, etc.—were well-executed and came out beautifully on the day itself.

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Do you have any advice for newly engaged couples planning a wedding?

Book the essentials right away—venues for the ceremony and reception, photographer, and videographer. Also, know who your key stakeholders are in the wedding planning and make sure to involve them or keep them informed every step of the way. It’s better to discuss and decide on important matters together rather than have both of you make a decision you will later have to change because your key stakeholders want a compromise.

What’s the best marriage advice you’ve received so far?

[That] it takes a lot of effort from both parties to make a marriage work, but at the same time, don’t forget to enjoy the ride.

Now that the wedding’s over, what do you look forward to in your marriage?

Growing as a couple and building our lives together.

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