Francis and Christian’s love story began in a café at the City Of Lights. “We met in Paris. Christian missed his flight,“ explains Francis in an interview with ABS-CBN Lifestyle.
Christian, who used to live in Singapore and was on vacation with his mom, says the reason he missed the flight was because he went to the wrong airport.
While at the café, the I Can Read business developer was studying a map of Paris and reading a book at the same time. Francis, who was also exploring French capital, just happened to be seated at the table next to his. Despite the stress that comes with missing your plane, the two struck conversation, which made the evening wonderful for them both.
This love at first sight meeting eventually turned into a year of blissful dating.
Just what exactly is their secret (LDRs are no joke, after all!)? “Christian complements me in many aspects. For instance, we're both goal-oriented,” the fashion designer remarks. And the time that they spend together, whether it's work-related or not, is time they make the most of.
"We love to travel," quips Francis. Besides France, they've visited many other countries like Greece, India, Singapore, Italy, The Netherlands, and the U.S. They also enjoy exploring the Philippines.
"We're very hands-on with our business, Francis Libiran Bridal."
"We also love to wine and dine out together."
"And we always enjoy working out, dancing, and doing outdoor activities.”
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The two eventually went back to Paris, together this time, where Christian had secretly planned to use the city as a backdrop to pop the question. “We were at a park, across the place where we first met. He showed me a book containing illustrations of all moments we shared together," recalls Francis. What followed afterwards was the American "kneeling down with a red box containing a beautiful ring."
There is no doubt in Francis' mind that Christian is The One for him. “He's everything that I prayed for and I couldn't ask for more. He’s sweet, loving, and always caring. From the first time we had that intimate conversation [in Paris] we realized that our hopes and dreams aligned and that we wanted the same things in life,” Francis gushes.
Wedding bells will soon be ringing for the engaged couple, as they plan to tie the knot this Friday, March 17. According to Francis, “Our wedding will be held in Boracay, another special place for us.” And it won’t be anything too grand. “We want to make sure that our wedding will remain intimate with the company of our closest friends and family,” says Francis.
Last month, pre-wedding photos surfaced online. They turned to Nice Print Photography to capture their love in Vietnam, a country that represents their shared passion for travel and a reminder of the place where they first fell for each other.
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On the day of the wedding, guests’ eyes can expect an array of masculine colors that represent the wedding’s theme. “Masculine dusty blue and shades of grey. Our theme will revolve around these colors. For our flowers, we chose white and green.”
Naturally, Francis and Christian will be saying ‘I do’ in style. “We’ll wear navy blue smart classic fit suits,” explains Francis. “I designed over 50 Francis Libiran couture pieces for sponsors, entourage, and immediate family.”
Congratulations to the happy couple! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos!
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Photographs from Instagram.com/christianmark, Instagramcom/francislibiran8, Instagram.com/jsdiamondjewellery, and merrytomarry.ph