Mara and Dave had an intimate wedding inspired by summer in the woods. The couple's hands-on approach to planning their big day allowed them to channel their personality through the details.

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Love Story

Mara and Dave grew up together in Bukidnon. They were neighbors who often saw each other during school breaks and special occasions, since their fathers are also friends. Mara and Dave's friendship eventually bloomed into romance, and they enjoyed 10 years of being a couple before Dave decided to pop the question.

Dave set the stage for his proposal by arguing with Mara the night before he planned to ask her to marry him. He didn't call or send any messages the following morning, but instead, he picked up Mara from work. Mara found this unusual, since her workplace was far from his. He had intended to bring Mara to Sacred Heart Chapel and propose to her there, but because there were ghost stories about the woods surrounding the chapel, the couple just decided to head home.


In the car, Dave had to think of Plan B. He pretended to wipe off dirt from Mara's cheek with tissue--and after a few attempts, he took out the ring from the piece of tissue, and finally proposed to Mara.

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Wedding Preparations

Mara and Dave's laidback wedding perfectly reflected their carefree personalities. The intimate affair in the woods mixed tradition with contemporary practices.

The couple wanted their wedding to be uniquely theirs, and so they personally attended to the tasks related to their wedding. The bride, a graphic designer, crafted the stationery for the big day. On the other hand, the groom took care of the event logistics. Mara says, "This is an opportunity to get to know more about your fiancé. You will be able to discover hidden talents, skills and ideas that both of you share. You will be able to bond more because both of you are working hard to make your wedding memorable. "


While Mara and Dave made their big day about them, they didn't forget to seek counsel from their loved ones. Shares the bride, "It is very important to consider and ask the opinions of parents during preparation since they are, most of the time, right."

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