Inside the Wedding and the Mini Honeymoon of Nicole Tantoco and Miko de los Reyes
Miko de los Reyes married Nicole Tantoco in Nuvali, Laguna.
The charming ceremony and the reception were full of details customized by the bride and groom themselves, from the hand-painted invitations to the flowers and several decorative elements. To the couple, planning the wedding was an exercise in how they would go through their marriage: in their own way.
For the Filipiniana-themed wedding, Nicole trusted Jojie Lloren to bring her gown to life. While her bridesmaids were dressed by Rosanna Ocampo with Camille, the bride's twin sister, as the maid of honor. The bride walked down the aisle to Miko's grandmother's favorite song “Moon River,” adding romance to the already romantic
The couple exchanged vows and rings, and soon after, sealed their marriage with a kiss. Guests then headed to Antonio's Tagaytay for the reception, with chef Tony Boy Escalante preparing a sumptuous feast starting with raclette paired with cocktails, and for the main feast: tuna tiradito, mushroom cappuccino, guava sorbet, and rib-eye steak as the main.
One of the highlights of the night, however, was Donnie's speech to the newlyweds. In it, he recalled the funniest moments from a recent trip to London with Nicole, but not forgetting to mention how complex, special, and unique his daughter is. “When I am with Nicole, I give up my concept of time and I adapt completely to hers. And when I do, I feel so joyful, and my conversations with Nicole become so enriching, so light yet so deep, so enlightening. Nicole is at her best and her most remarkable when you adjust to her frequency,” Donnie said.
A few days after their wedding, the couple jetted off to Siargao on an invite from Miko’s uncle and aunt. They couldn't resist going on a mini honeymoon slash vacation after months of wedding preparations, and Siargao was a place they had always wanted to visit.
“We feel a lot closer than ever before,” the bride says, sharing that married life has been completely amazing for her. “It feels so surreal enjoying one another and basking in each other’s company and at the end of the day, realizing there is still even more time to enjoy, more time to spend, and more moments to share. There is joy in small things like organizing our respective his-and-hers corners in the bathroom, or choosing wedding photos to put in picture frames, or doing the groceries together. Everything just feels so romantic and warm... I hope the honeymoon stage never ends!”
“It was such a laid-back experience, with the island's sense of community and the feeling of everyone knowing each other. It is so beautiful there, and it is so relaxing to just absorb the sights of daily life while riding the tricycle around or hanging out and watching the professionals at Cloud 9. It was a nice escape from the busier and more frenetic pace of Manila,” Nicole says.
Miko and Nicole decided to take in as much of the island’s culture as they could. The first day they made sure to go out and surf. “That feeling of catching a wave is just exhilarating! No wonder so many people get hooked on surfing and end up moving to the island,” she says. They also island hopped to nearby islands: Naked Island and Dako Island, enjoying the pristine water, collecting skeletons of sea urchins and, of course, enjoying local cuisine.
She adds, “We were starving and the boodle for lunch was just perfect! We feasted on fresh seafood and
Sugba Lagoon, one of the most popular spots, was “like a dream” as Nicole describes. “We all took turns egging one another to jump from the diving board. I didn't jump in though because I'm afraid of heights, but memories of kayaking in the oasis surrounded by greenery on all sides still
What made their trip even better were the many photos they had taken by photography service SweetEscape. “We really enjoyed looking back at our wedding through the photos that our photo and video team took, and we realized it really makes a difference when you have a professional to capture these moments,” Nicole says. She says Janos, their photographer, showed them the best places to shoot in what turned out to be a tour combined with a photoshoot.
“It was very relaxing and casual, and Janos directed us where to stand or sit, and we felt like we were just talking and hanging out as he snapped away. When we saw the photos we were surprised because we didn't even know he had been shooting already! The whole thing was so fast and seamless and the photos were beautiful!”
Nicole says Miko and her are in the process of building their lives together, and though daunting for many, this has been her favorite part so far. “We've been talking about saving up to build our future home and visiting our empty lot just to visualize. I love this feeling of waking up every day to an exciting, common dream,” she says.