Nina and Francis had a fun and laid-back celebration, which they filled with a lot of DIY projects. Their outdoor affair featured lots of rustic details that channeled warmth.

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Love Story

Nina and Francis met through a Bible study group at Ateneo de Manila University. Francis had a girlfriend then, but the two became friends when they organized various activities for the church.

When they graduated, Francis became single again. "I was praying for celibacy and never expected what would happen next. Francis and I became closer, and we found ourselves praying if we should get into courtship. When God gave His go signal, I said yes to Francis in the midst of our friends in Punta Fuego," shares Nina.

After three years of being together, Francis decided to plan his proposal. The couple was supposed to go to Ilocos Norte, Nina's hometown, for a vacation, when Francis said that something came up with work. Nina narrates, "He made up that story to be able to go there before I did and prepare. He found a secluded beach house where he prepared merienda cena for two, made up of all my Ilocano favorites and champagne. My family brought me there in the guise of a luau. When I walked up the beach house, he came out of nowhere and led me to the beach, where he knelt down and proposed."

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Wedding Preparations

Nina and Francis wanted to celebrate their union with a simple and intimate wedding. They had their ceremony and reception at Alpadi Estate, an outdoor garden compound in Antipolo.

To make their affair even warmer, the couple crafted most of their wedding details. "We wanted a customized look for the wedding but didn't want to break the bank. We got burlap cloth from Divisoria, and made it into table runners, flower cones for the aisle, and a carpet. The tables were decorated with galvanized pails filled with white roses. Around it, we put the herb plants, which the guests could take home as souvenirs," says Nina.


Family and friends helped the couple pull off their celebration, and involving their loved ones was very important to Nina and Francis. "[The wedding gives you] a chance to honor and appreciate them for all the things they have done for you. Involve them but also explain to them well what you want and your vision. There may be disagreements, but all they want is to be able to support you and show their love to you. They are more than willing to help you no matter if it is manual labor or brainstorming for unique wedding ideas," the bride shares.

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