Last week, when actress Toni Gonzaga married film and TV commercial director Paul Soriano, I couldn’t help but notice that although they are a conventionally attractive couple, they kept the emphasis on their nuptials about their union—not on any of the surrounding details. Not much was revealed about the designers Toni was wearing (a Vera Wang gown, paired with Louboutins), who was in attendance (Kris Aquino, Manny Pacquiao, Charo Santos), and where the reception was located (Rockwell Tent).
Toni’s makeup artist Krist Bansuelo confirms as much, relating her experience at the Vera Wang boutique in Hong Kong. As he tells it, Toni was looking through the gowns on display when the snooty staff snubbed the unassuming celebrity. “They were like, ‘Hey, don’t touch the gown!’ [Then] she said, ‘Oh, I’m going to get this,’ and that’s only when they paid attention [to her],” he says. “She flew to Hong Kong twice to get it done because she’s so small; she can’t fit into something off-the-rack.” (Like fellow celebrities Bianca Gonzalez and Kitchie Nadal, Toni opted to skip the fuss and stress over having a bridal gown made, and opted for RTW.)