Edward and Karen: The Last Wedding at The Makati Shangri-La
By Joaquin Reloj
A Crazy Rich Asians-inspired intimate wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Makati Shangri-La on January 28, 2021. Engr. Edward Rupert Sajo and Dr. Karen Adapon, who specializes in anesthesia, celebrated their union despite all the challenges that the global pandemic has brought. The third time really is the charm since they struggled to reschedule three times before finally getting the chance to walk down the aisle.
The newlyweds started dating in high school and their relationship persisted for quite a long time. Somewhere down the line, they separated to carry out their own paths in life. It seems, however, that fate has a funny way of setting things in place. After several years of living their own lives, they eventually found their way back into each other’s loving arms. This time, they were in it for the long-haul.
Engr. Edward recounts their love story, “We were high school sweethearts. We were together for seven years as boyfriend-and-girlfriend and separated at the start of Karen’s Medicine Proper days. We moved on and had separate lives, but after 13 years of being separated, God found a way to get us back together again. It was fate and God's plan that had brought us back together.”
The couple originally planned to get married on April 18, 2020. Of course, this was during the height of the Covid-19 outbreak when lockdowns and social distancing measures were very strict. Everyone was blindsided and confused regarding all the safety guidelines that were being implemented at the time. They’ve really been through a lot during the entire duration of the pandemic.
“The original date of our wedding was supposed to be on April 18, 2020, but due to the pandemic and safety of everyone, we had no choice but to cancel it.” The couple recalled. “Our old plan was to invite 250 guests at the Rizal ballroom and eventually did not turn out the way we planned for it.”
They then decided to have the intimate wedding rescheduled to a later date. This time around, they were aiming for December 27, 2020. For the most part, everything was slowly but surely falling into place. In the face of the pandemic, it seemed that all their hard work would finally come to fruition. Unfortunately, there was one key factor they overlooked: their marriage license.
Below, Engr. Edward and Dr. Karen share the rest of their journey to their hosting their beautiful 80-pax wedding.
The Dream Team
Venue: Makati Shangri-La | Shangri-la event Coordinator: Ms. Anna Calderon | Wedding Gown: Cary Santiago | Bridal's entourage Gowns: Mel Orlina Couture | Groom's Tuxedo suit: Bergamo | Groom's entourage Suits: Onesimus | Hair & Make up of Bride & Entourage: Ms. Bambbi Fuentes | Photographer: Pat Dy | Videographer & Facebook Live Stream: Jason Magbanua | Prenup Videographer: Mark Multimedia | Prenup Locations: Kyoto, Japan & The Old Grove Farmstead | Prenup Hair&Make Up: Azil Ocampo | Ceremony Stylist and bridal bouquet: Teddy Manuel | Entourage corsage: Biboy Flowershop | Reception Stylist: Robert Blancaflor | Cake: Penk Ching | Cake Show: Cake Mapping Philippines | Emcee: Dr. Jerome Go | On the Day Wedding Coordinator: Ms Aissa Estacio-David & Team | Dance Choreographer: Mr. Edward A. Sera | Ceremony & Dinner Music: Manila PhilHarmonic Orchestra | Cocktails & After Dinner Music: Libante Strings | Photobooth: EasyPics Mirror Photobooth | Giveaways for guests: Liquor Cakes by Maricar | Souvenir for Principal Sponsors & Entourage: Notes & Notice Gift Shop | LED Aisle Flooring: Forscink Inc | Wedding ring band: Cartier | Engagement ring: JANNPAUL Singapore | Lights, Fogs & Sounds: In Sync Mobile | Bride's Hair accesories: Bride Sparkle