Isabel Palabyab, a doctor, and Chris Imperial, a businessman working in the trading and distribution industry, exchanged binding marital vows before an altar of a Spanish chapel in September. This was the culmination of a three-day celebration in Malaga, Spain, where family and close friends were witnesses to a breathtaking ceremony at the Castillo de Santa Catalina, a historic-style accommodation.
THE LOVE STORY
When they wed, 11 years had passed since Chris and Isa had first laid eyes on each other at a debutante ball in 2008. It wasn’t until last year, during Isa’s birthday trip to California, that Chris had decided to ask her for her hand in marriage. After lunch with both their families, the couple ventured into the countless vineyards of Napa Valley on their own, and Chris dropped down on one knee and proposed.
“I love how Chris has always been so driven and compassionate,” Isa says of her groom. And in turn, Chris says of the newly minted Mrs. Imperial: “I love how Isa is so responsible and caring. This really shows through how she takes care of her mom or even my siblings.” Family has always been a priority for the two, as both are very close to their respective families, and because of that, they are rarely alone. “But during those times we are [alone], we are always just joking around and eating,” shares Isa, “We prefer to stay home and order pizza most nights.”
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THE PLANNING & DETAILS
What was your vision for the wedding? Please tell us about the theme and your favorite ideas.
Isa: We wanted something very small and intimate. Something that you would feel honored to be invited to. We didn’t have a specific look we were going for. We wanted our guests to see the beauty of Malaga, so per night, we tried to do something different. The first night was in a very traditional tapas bar where we had a flamenco dancer perform. For the second night, we asked everyone to come to a yacht club with the view of the beach in all-white. Chris’ whole family—all 50 of them—also surprised us with a dance number!
On the wedding day itself, the venue didn’t need much decorating as this would only take away from the Castillo’s beauty so we went with simple, yet elegant.
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We also got our family involved. Our little nephews were junior groomsmen and readers. My uncle and Chris’ sister also sang during the wedding.