Joanna and Lerwin finally closed the distance in their long-distance relationship by having a festive destination wedding. The couple's celebration was laced with travel-inspired details that reflected their personalities.
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Joanna and Lerwin were introduced to each other by Joanna's classmate back when they were still in high school. The two became really good friends.
When Joanna and Lerwin were in college, Joanna had to make a music video for her class. Her group needed extras, and so she contacted Lerwin, who lived near the shoot location. The two grew closer from then on, and romance eventually blossomed.
Joanna had to move to the States, but she and Lerwin constantly communicated to keep their relationship going. On one of Joanna's visits to the Philippines, Lerwyn arranged for a Christmas get-together with his and Joanna's friends and families. There, he surprised Joanna with a special gift: a proposal and an engagement ring.
Joanna and Lerwin's relationship involved traveling to see each other, and so they chose travel as the theme for their big day. They picked a classic palette of red and gray to go with their theme. Their celebration was laced with travel-inspired details like luggage décor and passport invitations.
The couple was hands-on with their wedding preparations. The bride shares that while she and the groom sometimes had trouble articulating what they wanted, they informed suppliers of the things they wanted to do without. Moreover, the couple chose suppliers whom they were comfortable with to help them pull off their dream wedding.
While Joanna and Lerwin were on top of things as they prepared for their wedding, Joanna admits that they knew there were some elements that were beyond their control. She says, "You can only do and control so much. It is stressful to plan for a wedding because of the pressure and all the little details that come with it, but at the end of the day, make the day about the two of you. It should be something that you will enjoy planning for, experience, and look back on."