Cara Eriguel, TV and events host, tied the knot with her beau Paolo Rabat in an intimate wedding on December 12, 2020 last year at the Bahia Resort in Mati, Davao Oriental. From her embroidered wedding dress to her beach set-up, here are some of the details we loved about her special day.
Her lovely wedding dress
Designed by Richie Ortega Torres who is known for her beautiful embroidery, Cara’s dreamy dress was made less than a month before her special day. In an exclusive interview with Preview, the events host said that she had already bought a simple white dress off the rack, but her mom, who wasn’t keen on the idea, surprised her with a gown designed especially for her. All the intricate details, from picking the lace and fabric, were coordinated through Viber with her designer. The group threw ideas about the design and fabric, making adjustments and notes about the gown. Cara shares “My mom was super hands on, by the way. It was so cute!”
“I just said I wanted a comfortable beachy dress. Light and pretty, sexy and classy. Yung maiiyak yung fiance ko pag nakita niya ako,”, Cara shared with a laugh.
She wanted her dress to be light specifically for three reasons: She was going to carry the dress to Davao with her, she wanted to feel cool as she was getting married on the beach, and she admittedly is not a fan of heavy dresses. Most of the details on her dress came about during her fittings, and there were a lot of last minute adjustments. For example, crossing the pearl-laden straps at the back was done to keep them from sliding off her shoulders, and the ribbon belt in a shade of old rose was added to make the dress look even more feminine.
“Fitting was also quite a challenge because of the restrictions due to the pandemic. I fit the gown twice in the library of Richie's condo!”, Cara mentions. One thing that she enjoyed most about her preparations was creating the dress with her mom. Despite a lot of her changes, the new Mrs. Rabat feels so lucky that both her mom and Richie listened to all her wishes.
A self-confessed "sneakers girl," Cara wore Converse Chuck Taylors with her dress."I knew I was gonna be doing a lot of walking, dancing, jumping. [Wearing] classic white Chucks was the way to go!"
Her intimate (and virtual) wedding
Ever since Cara thought about getting married, she had always dreamed of having a beach wedding because she really loves the calming waters, the breeze, and the perfect sunsets that come with it. Bahia Resort, her wedding location, is owned by her husband’s family in Mati, Davao and she feels so thankful. After the couple got engaged, the first thing Cara said was "I want to walk down that bridge, I don't care if I have to come out of the water!
On her Instagram, she said that her biggest worry on her wedding day was to include her parents, family and all her friends to let them feel like they were with the lovely couple that day. While some brides would already be getting ready three hours before their own weddings, Cara was doing technical rehearsals for Zoom as they had problems with internet connection. Though most of their guests and staff were unfamiliar with what a virtual wedding would be like, the couple was able to pull it off.
According to Cara, none of it would have been possible without her father. Doing everything remotely, he posted, edited all the videos, and managed the stream, all while walking Cara down the aisle over Facetime!
The couple also had a small wedding dinner in Manila with the rest of their friends and family just last week. Cara mentioned in her Instagram post that she had spilled red wine ten minutes before the event commenced. Her husband had told her that it was probably the best thing that happened, as she was so wound up trying to make everything happen as planned—from the food to the program to making sure safety precautions were met.
“But seriously, it was a dream come true,” Cara muses. “I am still overwhelmed with love and gratitude until today!”