Mona and Ian, who are both based in England, tied the knot with an English-inspired wedding in Tagaytay. Silver, white, and black accents reminiscent of winter made their affair a whimsical one.

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Love Story

Mona and Ian had attended the same college. "It was a small college, but strangely, we never met," shares Mona. The two's paths crossed only when they started working as staff nurses at the same hospital. Sharing the same faith, Mona and Ian's friendship took off as they also attended the same church.

Mona and Ian's friendship blossomed into romance when they chanced upon an advertisement for staff nurses in a hospital in England. They completed the requirements simultaneously, and agreed that one wouldn't go without the other. Fortunately, they both were able to pass all the tests to work abroad.

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When they became a couple, Ian would constantly announce his intention to marry Mona someday--and so the couple thought that a formal proposal was unnecessary. Ian had wanted to get Mona an engagement ring, but Mona opted for a trash-the-dress shoot instead.

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Wedding Preparations

Mona and Ian had a whimsical celebration that featured an English winter theme. An elegant palette featuring silver, white, and black complemented their winter-inspired affair.

The couple busied themselves with do-it-yourself projects to add a personal touch to their wedding. Among the crafts they did were the menu cards, the wishing tree, and the place cards. Mona and Ian's chosen English winter theme was also incorporated into various details, like the décor, the favors, and even the bride's gown.

Mona and Ian planned their wedding from abroad, and their priority was booking their dream venue. After securing that, the couple decided to get a reliable wedding coordinator, who assisted them with their various wedding requirements. The bride shares that they learned several things as they planned their wedding. "I think the first thing to do is to know what you want. Set a budget, and then establish your priorities--the non-negotiables and the negotiables. This is what we did together with our wedding coordinator. It is not practical to spend so much on the wedding day, when you have a whole future ahead to plan for. Decide on how much you're willing to spend within reason," says the bride.

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