KZ Tandingan and TJ Monterde’s Intimate Wedding Featured Barongs Embroidered with Poetic Lyrics

When artists TJ and KZ first said their vows three years ago, they had to deal with limitations set by the pandemic. Travel restrictions meant their closest family couldn’t attend, but the couple still managed to make the event significant. Now, they’ve come full circle by hosting a simple second ceremony, finally able to include their parents, siblings, and closest friends.

Perhaps the most striking feature of their intimate wedding was the choice of attire. “Pag-Ibig ating punla,” reads the embroidery on their barongs, a line from their song “Simula.” In a ceremony stripped of excess, the intricate detail did more than just adorn; it told a story—a poetic expression woven into the fabric of their lives and their union.

By opting for a modest and intimate ceremony, the couple underscored the beauty of minimalist events. Absent were lavish decorations and flashy elements. The focus, instead, was squarely on the genuine love between them and the happiness of finally celebrating this important life event with their nearest and dearest. Get inspired by their love story through these photos captured by Mico Gonzales.

TJ and KZ

Photography: Mico Gonzales / Videography: Notion in Motion / Officiating Pastor: Nolan Galido / Embroidered Barong and Outerwear: Kelvin Morales / Innerwear: LSW / Stylist: Myrrh Lao To, Assisted by Joshua Galang / Makeup for TJ and KZ: Anthea Bueno / Makeup for Family: Janica Cleto / Hairstylist: Jaymar Garcia Lahaylahay, Assisted by Jhane Casimina LahayLahay / Reception Venue and Caterer: Pio’s Kitchen / Cake: Cakes by James Uy / Event Stylist: Charrize Angelique Gaddi / Printables: Papillon by La Belle Fête / Musician: Manila String Machine / Genset: JS Mina / Wedding Papers Assistant: We Got This / Reels and Content Creator: On The Day Storytellers / Concept, Planning, and Coordination: La Belle Fête / After-party Coordination: Jessa Azurin

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