The first time Kim Jose crossed his path at university, Ian Suarez was focused on his ping-pong game. When Jose grabbed a paddle to pick up their mutual friend, Suarez died.
“I was a little annoyed,” he recalls. “I didn’t really know who she was, stepping up our game. She was too loud.” It would take the couple 12 years, both now 30, to say “I do,” although Suarez knew she Was going to marry her, before they started dating.
The students of the University of Toronto Scarborough befriended, and Suarez eventually asked Jose to watch the Pixar classic “Up”. with them. “I had no idea it was more than just a friendly hangout,” Jose says. “It was so innocent.”
Despite that initial flirtation, Jose, a brand and marketing manager, and Suarez, an advertising account manager, began dating formally. For Jose, it was important that his parents approved, so once Suarez asked him and his parents over for dinner, during a moment alone with them, he asked for their blessings. .
“We were both very nervous,” Jose recalls.
Suarez agrees: “It was almost like we were courting back-in-time.”
The family remained the driving force for the couple. When he traveled to the Philippines in November 2019 To meet Jose’s family, Suarez plans to propose to Jose at a waterfall. Loved as a child but had a spontaneous change of heart.
A reluctant karaoke singer, he surprised her during a joint birthday party with his mom by requesting Jose duet with her on Lionel Richie’s “Stuck on You.” “That’s the song I sing in the shower,” he says, “so I’m familiar with it and I knew I wouldn’t mince words.”
After singing the final notes, Suarez took out the engagement ring. “He was asking me to marry her in a very low voice,” Jose recalls. “I couldn’t understand what he was saying. He took out this ring and I thought he was proposing. I said yes, and then I slapped him in the face. I was just shocked, like, what are you doing? But it was so cute.”
When it came to planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to make it their first date, the July 24 anniversary. In 2021, it fell on a Saturday, making it the right choice.
When COVID-19 hit, he didn’t worry at first. After all, their wedding date was just over a year away. but as Drawn to a close, the outbreak of the epidemic continued.
The couple made several guest lists, ranging from best-positioned for 250-persons to 10-person groups of immediate family. Thankfully, restrictions in Ontario were lifted to allow indoor gatherings of 50 just a week before their date.
Eventually 46 guests RSVP’d for the Toronto wedding. Jose found her wedding dress at Toronto boutique Ferre Sposa and for the reception, a modern take on traditional Filipiniana dress by local designer Jillian Joy.
She originally thought of paying tribute to her late father by making a dress made of his clothes, only to be spoken to by her mother. Instead, she opted to wear her favorite dress shirt when she got ready.
Little did he know that Suarez had up his sleeve. On the wedding day, he gave her a tie for her bouquet, which had her father’s picture on it. “He wanted me to feel like my dad was there, walking down the aisle with me,” Jose says.
This was not the only surprise of the day. When Jose arrived at her hair appointment, she asked to gather her long locks into a ponytail. But while sitting in a chair and anxiously scrolling through Instagram, she spied a wavy bob with bangs.
“Next time I’m here, I want us to cut our hair with bangs so short,” she told stylist Diana Lee. “Well, why don’t we cut it today?” Lee replied.
As she walked down the aisle, Suarez couldn’t take her eyes off her bride – and her brand new bangs. “I was trying to find out if it was Kim!” He says.
Since his Catholic service did not allow custom vows, he stole a quiet moment at the brunch reception at Drake Commissary. “It was the first time during the day it was just Kim and me,” Suarez says. “I was in tears, but I got over it.”
“I wanted to look into Ian’s eyes and tell him how grateful I was that we were finally husband and wife,” Jose says. “It was the day so far, but also the last 12 years, and looking forward to seeing what we’re going to start building together.”
Jose, a self-described careerist, says she kept her sobriety (and saved her makeup) until the first dance in Coldplay’s “Yellow” sung by her sister and a family friend. “I was the most ant to marry this guy,” she says. “During that first dance, singing the words to my sister that we would always sing to each other, I couldn’t believe it finally happened.”
planner dream weaver events
venue St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church
reception area drake commissary
wedding dress Phere Sposa
welcome dress jillian joy hand crafted
hair and makeup Diana Lee
rings Erin Guild, Bobby’s Jeweler
flower northern blush flower
Cake by belle
photography Cassie Caitlin Photography