The grand weddings of Vicki Belo and Cristalle Henares: A comparison

Maita de Jesus, Metro Magazine

Posted at Oct 06 2017 06:00 PM

On September 15, 2016, Cristalle Belo Henares married Justin Pitt in Villa Erba in Como, Italy and it was every inch the fairy tale wedding that she wanted. 

Villa Erba was seen by the public as one of the locations used for the film "Ocean's Twelve." It was their chosen location for both the
nuptials and the reception.

A little less than a year later, mother Vicki Belo tied the knot with Hayden Kho in Paris, France. The wedding held last September was as grandiose as you would expect from the couple. Their ceremony was held in the American Church in Paris, while their reception took place in the 142-year old Palais Garnier, better known as the Paris Opera. 

Want to know how famous it is? It's considered a tourist attraction and an iconic landmark in Paris, and is known to be the setting for
the musical "The Phantom of the Opera."

1. WEDDING GOWN

Cristalle only wore one gown, a creation made by Israeli designer Inbal Dror, both for the wedding rites and a part of the reception. Her gown was part of Dror's Fall 2015 collection, and made of lace, ivory tulle, pearls, Swarovski and Chanel crystals, and was hand-embroidered. It is rumored to have cost almost half a million pesos.

Vicki, meanwhile, chose to go the dramatic route, wearing not just one, but four gowns by world-famous designer Michael Cinco. The gown she wore for the ceremony was a blush pink bridal gown, made of all French lace, and embroidered with Rose Opal Swarovski crystals, sequins, and pearls, and has a three-meter train. The estimated cost of the wedding gown alone? Perhaps around 3 million pesos.

2. NUMBER OF GUESTS

Cristalle and Justin only had 98 guests, all close friends and family, who attended the wedding.

 

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More than 200 guests are rumored to have attended Vicki and Hayden's nuptials, including numerous celebrities and personalities.

 

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3. WEDDING RITES

Cristalle and Justin got married in the hall inside the Villa Erba, with a quaint stage made and foldable chairs put in, and petals to mark the walk down the altar.

Vicki and Hayden’s nuptials, meanwhile, was held in the American Church in Paris. Even if mobile phones weren't allowed to be used inside the church, some guests managed to take a snap or two during wedding rites.

 

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4. RECEPTION

After the "I do's," Cristalle and Justin's guests were treated first to a sunset cruise around Lake Como, and were brought back to Villa Erba for dinner. The hall where the couple got married was transformed into the reception hall, with long tables filled with candles and flowers. 

After the first dance, Cristalle changed into a Monique Lhuillier off-the-rack floral creation. Entertainment was courtesy of Italian tenors.

Vicki and Hayden's reception, on the other hand, was kept a secret from the guests, and was revealed only until the day itself. A red carpet was rolled out for the guests at the Palais Garnier, and they enjoyed dinner inside the Grand Foyer, surrounded by gold, white floral centerpieces, and a ceiling painted by French artist Paul-Jacque-Aime Baudry. 

While opera singers greeted the guests, Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid sang during the dinner. One of the most unforgettable moments during the reception was the first dance of the newlyweds, done on the Grand Staircase of the Palais Garnier. 

Vicki wore a blush gown for the reception, and changed once again into a Mark Bumagarner creation for the first dance, while Hayden donned a white tuxedo suit. Taking it a step further, they danced to the song, "Take Me as I Am" from the musical "Jekyll and Hyde" which they also sang themselves.

An after-party was also held within the Palais Garnier.

 

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While Vicki and Hayden's nuptials was definitely larger than life compared to Cristalle and Justin's elegantly understated wedding, one trait runs through both weddings—they were celebrations of love at its finest and purest.