A Family Affair: The Wedding of Angelo Morado and Marianna Vargas

  • December 4, 2018

Angelo Morado and Marianna Vargas met during their sophomore year in high school and were introduced by Marianna’s cousin Rocco. “However, we only started dating during our freshman year of college. Then, we were together for nine years before making it to the altar,” says Marianna.

Angelo proposed in South Korea, on a trip they took with some of their closest friends. “He proposed by the riverbank of Nami Island,” recalls Marianna. Nami Island is famous for both its lush, natural beauty and because scenes from the 2003 Korean drama “Winter Sonata” were shot there. It was only fitting that this romantic location was where Angelo proposed.

The ceremony could have taken place in a number of places, but it was important for the couple that both sets of grandparents be present, so they decided to hold the wedding in Manila. “Our ceremony was in Santuario de San Antonio and our reception was in Marquis Events Place in BGC,” says Marianna.

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Mother of the bride Cedie Vargas helps Marianna Vargas get ready
Mother of the bride Cedie Vargas helps Marianna Vargas get ready
Newlyweds Marianna Vargas and Angelo Morada walking out of San Antonio Church
Newlyweds Marianna Vargas and Angelo Morada walking out of San Antonio Church


Marianna wore a Rajo Laurel gown, which included elements from her own mother’s wedding gown. “Rajo skillfully lifted all the lace from my mom’s gown to create my wedding gown and used whatever leftover fabric for my despdedida de Soltera dress,” she shares.

More family elements were present in the wedding, from the rings given by Angelo’s mom, to the giveaways from Angelo’s brother Mikee, and the cake made by both Miguel Vargas of Bucky’s fame and Marianna’s brother, and Ginny Vargas, Marianna’s godmother. It was truly a family affair.

One of the things the couple wanted was to keep the waste from the wedding at a minimum. They included specific elements in the wedding with this idea in mind, from decorations that could be easily reused or replanted, paper waste that could be sent to a proper recycler, to limiting the use of plastic throughout the entire planning and on the day itself. To that end, the wedding succeeded. Scroll down to see more photographs from Angelo Morado and Marianna Vargas’ wedding…

Mikee Morada, Cristina Morada, the groom, Vio and Bernice Morada
Mikee Morada, Cristina Morada, the groom, Vio and Bernice Morada
Marianna Vargas with her parents Vincent and Cedie Vargas
Marianna Vargas with her parents Vincent and Cedie Vargas
The happy couple, Marianna Vargas and Angelo Morada
The happy couple, Marianna Vargas and Angelo Morada
Daniela Gamboa, Bada La O', Erica Abello, Natasha Abela, the bride, Tisha Aganon, Bernice Morada, Erica Manosa, Ria Atayde
Daniela Gamboa, Bada La O’, Erica Abello, Natasha Abela, the bride, Tisha Aganon, Bernice Morada, Erica Manosa, Ria Atayde
Rocio, Rocco, Bea, Isabel and Eric Puno, Angela Lopez
Rocio, Rocco, Bea, Isabel and Eric Puno, Angela Lopez
A tropical wonderland at Marquis Events Place
A tropical wonderland at Marquis Events Place
Mikkel Puyat and Alex Eduque with the newlyweds
Mikkel Puyat and Alex Eduque with the newlyweds
The bride's high school friends
The bride’s high school friends
Vio Morada
Vio Morada
Cutting the first slice of cake
Cutting the first slice of cake
Anton Alfonso, Anna Chua, Kristy Onglatco, Frank Chua, Brandon Liu, Kenna Vasquez, Pati Ocampo, Gisela Velasco, Hannah Cho, Jennifer Lee, Steph Tang, Javier Daez
Anton Alfonso, Anna Chua, Kristy Onglatco, Frank Chua, Brandon Liu, Kenna Vasquez, Pati Ocampo, Gisela Velasco, Hannah Cho, Jennifer Lee, Steph Tang, Javier Daez
Gabriella Abello, Carlo Banzon, Maiki Banzon, Rocco Puno, Isabel Puno, Carlos Lopez, Sam Abello, Rocio Puno, Javier Puno, Catherine Concepcion
Gabriella Abello, Carlo Banzon, Maiki Banzon, Rocco Puno, Isabel Puno, Carlos Lopez, Sam Abello, Rocio Puno, Javier Puno, Catherine Concepcion

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Photography Mango Red & Anne Naig
Bridal Gown Rajo Laurel
Bridal Shoes Jimmy Choo
Makeup Mikka Marcaida
Hair Antonio Papa
Groom’s Suit Felipe & Sons
Bridesmaid’s Gowns Gabbie Sarrenas
Wedding Coordinator Kimberly Mohani
Wedding Stylist Ginny Vargas of Fleur Art
Hosts Joey Vargas and Ria Atayde
Catering Marquis
Cake Miguel Vargas of Bucky’s
Videographer Ian Celis and Anne Naig
Invitations Alex Eduque and Printsonalities
Afterparty food Potato Corner and Turks
Giveaways Essential oils from Mikee Morada

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