A few days after delighting us with her comeback in ASAP Natin ‘To last Sunday, October 4, to deliver an evoking performance of the classic OPM hit “Bato Sa Buhangin”, KZ Tandingan once again surprised us when she announced on her social media accounts on October 8 that she’d already tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend and fellow singer-songwriter TJ Monterde.
Along with a set of photos taken during their whimsical intimate garden wedding held at Lipa City, Batangas, the 28-year-old songstress posted a lengthy yet sentimental caption pertaining to their first day as official Mr. & Mrs. Monterde.
“God finally made our “Puhon’’ a reality. With only a handful of people and our families attending through zoom, we held our symbolic wedding under a 300 hundred-year-old Mango tree.
We didn’t think we could get married this year because our families are in Mindanao and couldn’t fly in. But our folks being the selfless, understanding, and amazing parents they are, encouraged us to get wed.
Bittersweet getting married without my parents walking me down the aisle, but I’m thankful that my other dad, @martinnievera, stepped in to give me away.
Thankful for friends who went out of their way to do multiple testings, isolation, and travel to be with us on our special day.
Thankful for all these hard-working people who made sure our intimate dream wedding went smooth and, most importantly, safe.”
Meanwhile, her husband TJ also took to his Facebook page to share to his throngs of followers the biggest milestone in their lives to date by sharing three photos taken from the event and wrote on the caption: “Today my best friend is gonna be my wife.”
But how did their lovestory begin? In their guesting in Magandang Buhay in 2017, the well-admired couple revealed that it was through KZ’s former fellow X-Factor Philippines hopeful Kedebon Colim and TJ’s record label mate veteran singer Martin Nievera that their path’s intertwined.
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They started out as barkadas and two years later, he finally confessed his feelings for her. The courtship took one year as KZ was still hesitant with how she felt towards him, thus she would always shove the topic everytime TJ would bring it up. But in those months, he had remained loyal to her and eventually received her sweet ‘yes’ by the time he asked during one of their trips with their friends in South Korea.
Being in a relationship for the first time, KZ admitted having difficulties in adjusting since she’d been used to being single and just having her family and friends around. On the other hand, TJ also had to confront issues alleging him of just using her girlfriend to quickly climb up to stardom. But they’re able to hurdle the challenges and problems hand-in-hand and became the couple we truly adore.
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After being in a relationship for four years, the couple got engaged on December 30, 2019 when both of them proposed to each other during TJ’s birthday celebration. They later on had their prenup shoot in Japan last February that had their followers assuming that they already got hitched.
Reminisce the wonderful and kilig journey of Mr. and Mrs. Monterde by going through their photos in this gallery.