“I chose the right partner in life… The one who will be by your side through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. Just to realize that this person will choose to be by your side forever is in itself a gift.”—Iza Calzado-Wintle
It was back in October 2011 that Ben Wintle saw Iza Calzado from across a room when their paths crossed for the very first time. For the 39-year-old CEO and founder of Booky, it was love at first sight (and we are not surprised).
Fast forward to (December 2018), they exchanged the same vows amidst crystalline blue waters, gorgeous white sand, gently swaying palm trees in the soft breeze, jaw-dropping sunsets, fruit bats, and Komodo dragons, at Club Paradise in Coron, Palawan.
“We are unbreakable,”were thethree words that were their declaration of love to each other, that would bind them together forever.
Earlier this year, Iza was among the first wave of COVID-19 cases in the country. Together, they battled through the mysterious and fatal disease, and the uncertainty of their future that now hung in the balance and was in the hands of fate. Ben was right beside Iza the whole time that she was in the hospital and throughout her recovery.
As they celebrate their second wedding anniversary, Ben and Iza look back at the vows, and how battling through and surviving Covid-19 together as husband and wife had made their already strong relationship even more shatterproof.
Iza tells us, “I know that we will be going through challenges still as the years go by. It is something that just comes with life.To just have that test come to us at such an early stage of our marriage just makes you more solid and makes you appreciate your partner even more. I know not everyone would do what Ben did for me. That makes me appreciate and treasure him more.”
And so, we take you back to that fateful day of their beautiful and eventful two-day celebration of love, family, and friendship.
Both lovers of nature and the beach, their hearts were set on having a destination wedding the moment they got engaged. After exploring a handful of their favorite beaches—from Phuket, Thailand to Boracay Island, the couple chose the little gem of an island of Coron, at Club Paradise which turned out to be the perfect setting for their dream beach destination wedding.
Most memorable, according to Iza was “Just remembering having all those people together in one place which is so hard to do now makes me want to get married all over again.
“Also just having everybody there, everyone that we loved. There were 70 people more that I wished were there but just could not accommodate at the time because there were not enough rooms! Haha! But it is what it is. Just having all that love, I think that feeling is something that no one can ever take away from us.”
When asked which part of the wedding was their favorite, the couple agreed that everything was special and every detail blew them away. Was there anything they could have done differently? Iza admits that they would have loved to have more videos of the after-party that she described as “FUN, A LOT OF FUN! Both parties (pre-wedding and wedding day itself) were super fun. Pat Dy and Bob Nicolas did such an excellent job at capturing everything. I kind of wished there were more videos of the after-party but maybe it is best to not have that on video!”
Your wedding is something that you can keep on reminiscing and reliving as you go on with life.
When the wedding is over though, you will want to preserve that “post-wedding high” for as long as you can. In fact, Iza shared how much Ben loves watching their wedding video. She described how Ben would say: “I need to watch a few minutes of it.” at night and how he can watch it over and over again.
The Wintles also love how secure they are with each other, and how deeply they understand each other, and knowing how to make each other feel loved and satisfied in the relationship.
It is indeed a wonderful feeling when you have already understood the dynamics of your relationship, but then, we all know that when difficulties come our way, the wedding bliss takes a backseat.
My humble advice (and Iza is with me on this 100%), when tough times come, ask yourselves, “How far will you go for the one you love?” And the answer is, “Whatever comes, count me in!”
They are certain that they will always remember the greatest test of their lives this year, every time a hardship would come their way. Knowing they could have lost each other helped them grasp even more how much they really value their “unbreakable” bond.
I leave you with these inspiring words from one hell of a strong and incredible woman:
“I chose the right partner in life. Again, there is no perfect relationship. There never will be one but you just have to know that the one that is by your side should be the one bringing out the best in you and vice versa and that this person will be the one who will be by your side through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. Just to realize that this person will choose to be by your side forever is in itself a gift.” – Iza Calzado-Wintle
Venue: Club Paradise Palawan
Wedding Planner: Events By Amanda Tirol
Invitations: The Write Impressions
Wedding Pamphlet: Print Divas
Photographer: Pat Dy
Videographer: Bob Nicolas
Ceremony Stylist: Gideon Hermosa
Reception Stylist: Teddy Manuel
Cake: Naked Patisserie
Wedding Gown: Rajo Laurel
Entourage Dress: Martin Bautista
Flower Girls Dresses: Jo San Antonio
After Party Dress: Boom Sason
Groom’s Outfit: Suit It Up Manila
Wedding Rings: Jul B Dizon
Robe: La Tercera
Make Up Artists: Juan Sarte | Celeste Tuviera | Jing Monis | Lala Flores | Dino Lazaro
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