MANILA – Host Tim Yap and events director Javi Martinez surprised their social media followers early this week as they announced that they got married in New York.
The couple’s wedding ceremony last Christmas Day was so simple and intimate that it only involved four other people – the officiant, the events manager of Peninsula New York, and two witnesses.
They chose their friend Marcel Crespo and Broadway star Lea Salonga to witness their union at the hotel rooftop.
“We have this shared love for Lea, and she and Tim have been friends for a long time,” Martinez said in an interview with Preview.ph published Tuesday.
“When I found out that we needed a witness for our ceremony, the first name that came to mind was [hers]. We knew she was going to be in New York [at the time] to perform for ‘Once on this Island’ as Ezrulie the Goddess of Love. And true enough, we were blessed by her love.”
When asked why they opted for a low-key wedding in New York, a far cry from the extravagant events they organize in Manila, Martinez replied: “It was actually Tim’s idea to keep it simple. We are used to creating huge and extravagant productions for our clients. I’m [usually] busy taking care of every single detail, but this time I wanted to enjoy with Tim and just focus on ourselves, without having to face an audience. This time, we wanted to focus on our message for each other.”
Martinez went on to share that “everything fell into place in just one day.”
“On the day [itself] in the morning, we met with our friends from The Peninsula New York, found an officiant, and scouted for a venue within the hotel. After lunch, we went to the City Clerks Office to file our marriage license. And while walking back to the hotel, we bought our outfits along 5th Avenue,” he recalled.
To same-sex couples who are considering getting married, Martinez gave this advice: “When you believe you make each other better individuals and bring out the best in each other, I think it is but right to take it to the next level. Don’t be afraid of it. It’s something to look forward to and embrace.”