Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Fairy Tale Ending

Radiant with love, Thomas Kuhnke and bride Annie Carmona Kuhnke

Annie Carmona was a working student in Paris when she met Thomas Kuhnke, who was then Vice President for the Middle East of Credit Commercial de France in the early 80s. Annie was a student in Fashion Design in one of the exclusive Fashion Design Schools and working at Aux Iles Philippines in the evening.  The Gods had other plans for the lovers as for some reason, the relationship did not work out. They both moved on with their lives, Annie continued to stay in Paris and Thomas moved to JP Morgan, New York as Managing Director. 

In 2011, they found each other again and this time, like all fairy tale endings, decided to spend the rest of their lives with each other.  A brief romance that started in Paris ended happily in marriage in San Antonio Church, Forbes Park. Father Fernando Suarez officiated the Catholic rites with Father Gerard Deveza.  

The Symphony Orchestra of the University of Santo Tomas provided the wedding music to the enjoyment of the guests, many of whom are relatives and close friends of the couple who flew in from all parts of the globe to attend this special occasion.  The reception at the Manila Polo Club served a well planned menu, complete with foie gras and confit de canard flown in from Paris. Delicious bubbly and wines kept everyone in high spirits.  

The radiant couple opened the dance with a choreographed cha cha number that showed off the groom's dance skills a la Travolta. With the contagious music of the Arriba Band, dancers never left the floor. There was a brief break where song bird Stephanie Reese sang some solo numbers which she dedicated to the bride and groom and then two Duets with our nephew Stephan Carmona Chan

To Thomas and Annie, our warmest wishes for a long and happy union!

The happy couple pose with Inday Carmona, and Manolo Carmono. parents of the bride. 

Johannes Kuhnke flew in from Paris to be the best man of his father Thomas.

Mommy and Daddy Carmona pose with family friends Henry Zabarte (left) and Armand Santos (right). 

Millie Williams, a cousin, flew in from San Francisco, here poses with Mommy and Daddy Carmona. 

Youth invasion-Steffie Carmona Corcellut, Marco Carmona and Alexa Carmona Corcellut

My favorite dance partners--Sonny Tanchanco and John Gaddi

Natalie and Dr. Gerard Salama flew in from Paris for this special occasion. (left and 2nd to the left), close friends Menchu Katigbak and Lucelle Lopez, (extreme right) also flew in from Paris so as not to miss this joyful occasion.

Henry and lovely wife Jojo Zabarte with long time friend, Parisien Edward Garcia 

Jose Fabian Carmona with pretty teenage daughter Sophia Carmona

My ideal couple-Mary Ann Ansaldo Chan and husband, singing idol and composer Joe Mari Chan

Stephan Carmona Chan sang a duet with songbird Stephanie Reese.  Eduardo"Nene" Lacson, in a chic Dolce& Gabbana dinner jacket and one of the principal sponsors, flew in from Monte Carlo.

Bloominggirls Ning Ning Tordesillas, restaurateur Malou Gamboa, Bambina Jacinto and Kitty Jacinto

Len Fernandez and hubby, cosmetic surgeon extraordinaire, Dr. Nonie Fernandez 

Matron of honor Loudette Carmona Corcellut and favorite French brother Jean Pierre Corcellut

still newlyweds in my books, Charlie Carmona and Leana Farrales Carmona

Best Caterer in Iloilo (I may be biased) our aunt, Cossette Montelibano and her son, Robert

Our family's Amigos para siempre, happy couple Bert and Tina Limjuco 

Soloing it, Leo Alejandrino. Get well soon, Anna! 

The one and only Tessa Prieto Valdez, with Singaporean based investment banker, Alvin Oei 

Menchu Katigbak, Ambassador Lani Bernardo and Monique Villongco

A fashion show of French gowns- Joanna de los Reyes, Steffie Corcellut, Naisa Carmona. Alexa Corcellut and Cecile Carmona

Marisa C. Chan and sistah Lily Chan 

Reggie Torre and his wife, Dr. Marisa Torre, our family's holistic doctor. 

Events Designer Anton Barretto and restaurateur Malou Gamboa

Cynthia Morente and daughter Annette Cheng

Sonny Tanchanco, Lucelle Lopez, Coring Relova and John Gaddi

A fascinating fascinator on Louie Locsin's hair

Statuesque beauties Sen Sanchez and Loli Sy


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