ACTOR, athlete, brand strategist and good friend Paolo Paraiso tied the knot with the lovely Jessica Sto. Domingo recently and all their loved ones and dear friends were in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, to share the momentous occasion with the couple.
Paolo was wearing a barong suit created for him by designer Paulo Lazaro while Jessica, who is a property management specialist in the US, shared with us that she got her gown off the rack from a store in Los Angeles, California.
Despite the threat of Taal Volcano spewing sulfur dioxide and volanic smog two days before the big day and the forecast scattered showers that weekend, the special people of both the bride and the groom made sure that nothing could dampen the big celebration of this beautiful and well-loved couple.
The wedding took place at the quaint Saint Joseph Morello chapel in Laiya, a popular seaside destination which attracts both local and foreign tourists all year round. We were privileged to be part of the dozen pairs of godparents who gathered that special afternoon. Some of those who shared our ninong and ninang duties were club music godfather, iconic DJ and lounge lizard Manolet Dario, actor Richard Gutierrez, former Music Making Company vocalist Maria Carla Aurelio, Yolanda Zaragoza, art and music patron Irene Araneta, and Katinko’s John Thomas Yeung.
During the wedding, many were happily surprised to see the couple’s fun friends marching down the isle holding the rings, the coins, the Bible and the rosary instead of little boys. The Bible bearer was actor Geoff Eigenmann and the ring bearer was Jason Soong, who was later announced as the one who introduced Paolo and Jessica in 2018.
Paolo’s two teenage boys Tomas and Lucas were his best men, and his two beautiful sisters Dimples and Bubbles were assigned the cord and veil. Former actors-turned-politicians Bryan Revilla and Jeremy Marquez were also part of the entourage. Max Eigenmann, Joanne Castañeda and Phoemela Baranda were referred to as “groomsbabes.”
Perhaps, happiest that day were the parents of the couple: Ramon and Marian Paraiso and Jesus and Leni Sto. Domingo. “Paolo is the very first to get married among my children, and I’m so happy. The family welcomes Jessica with open arms. We adore her!” enthused the beautiful Mrs. Paraiso, who used to be a model during her younger years. This week, the couple will be celebrating Jessica’s birthday in Boracay, and we were told that the real honeymoon will be somewhere they have yet to decide. “It has to be a very special place, and it will definitely be a super fun honeymoon destination!” Paolo quipped.
We wish both Paolo and Jessica only the very best as they start their journey as husband and wife. Cheers!