She has had several wedding engagements, and even weddings, in movies and TV series, but actress Iza Calzado is more thrilled to have experienced it in real life.
“It feels like honeymoon stage again!” the actress related, as per a story shared by PEP.
At the opening of Solenn Heussaff’s second solo art exhibit in Shangri-La at the Fort, last October 19, the actress gleefully recalled the experience when fiancé and British entrepreneur Ben Wintle got down on one knee and popped the question to Iza on October 8.
Congratulations to the beautiful, brilliant, kind and uber talented @solenn for another amazing show called #Kalsada ?? This was my favorite one in the collection. It's entitled "BAYANIHAN" because of the folk dance group that Solenn's mom and my dad were both part of. This is Solenn's mom, Tita Cynthia, as a Singkil Princess. Singkil is my dream dance and seeing this piece made me miss my dad! Amazing how art can touch your soul! ??
The proposal took place at Sonya’s Garden in Tagaytay City, after he had gathered their loved ones together to make it happen.
When asked what’s on her mind at the time Ben got down on one knee, the 35-year-old actress said: “I was going ‘Oh, my God, ito na yun? Ito na yun?’ [Is this it? Is this it?] “Bakit ito? Dito? Ito na ba talaga yun?’ [Why this? Here? Is this really it?] “And then, suddenly, I was thinking, ‘Bakit hindi ako umiiyak?’ [Why am I not crying?]
“Because I thought… I’ve done a lot of scenes where I’ve got engaged. “Parang, normally, iiyak ka agad. [It’s like, normally, you will cry right away.] “Ito, hindi, parang out-of-body experience siya. [This one, no, it’s like an out-of-body experience.] “Hindi ko nalaman talaga until I experienced it.” [I didn’t know it until I experienced it.]
It all made sense to her when she realized how significant the place was to her and her family. She related, “As I kind of took a moment, stepped back, then it hit me. Sonya’s is special for us… that was the last place my family and I had a complete family photo.”
The place was so special to them as it was where they really had a nice time as a family, in 2009 when her dad was still alive.
Iza revealed they are taking it slowly, and the wedding date is still yet to be talked about. “Apparently in the Philippines, you need a minimum of one year. So, matagal pa”,[So, it’s gonna take long.]
It's been a week since we got engaged! ? I still can't get over all the effort that my fiancé (naaaks!!!) put in just to make that day memorable for me and pull off that surprise. I am so lucky and grateful to have found a man who only wants the best for me. Looking forward to a bright and wonderful future ahead of us! ?? Just want to say thank you to our family and friends who shared that special moment with us. I haven't opened Facebook or twitter since that day because everything was a bit overwhelming for me so to those who sent their well wishes through these platforms, massive THANK YOU!!! ??