Roan and Harold had started planning their wedding even before Harold slipped an engagement ring on Roan's finger. Their wedding took two years to plan, and their steadfast love, commitment, and excitement motivated them to make their wedding slowly but surely become a reality.

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Love Story

Roan and Harold met through a blind date set up by a friend. Roan, at first, was hesitant because she didn't believe in the concept of blind dates, but she agreed anyway since she wanted to expand her social network. Little did she know that she'd meet the love of her life on a seemingly silly blind date. "Cliché as it may sound, but we did meet at the right time. Harold was my first and last. Some people continue to search for their one great love while others never find love at all; I am blessed to have just had one shot at it. While there were no fireworks when we first met, the days after that became magical," Roan shares.

Like their interesting meeting, their engagement was also non-traditional. Unlike most couples who mark the engagement with a ring, Roan and Harold had started planning their wedding even before Harold presented a ring.

Even without an engagement ring, Roan already felt excited about the wedding. The couple formally announced their engagement during Harold's pamamanhikan, where Harold finally presented a ring. With that gesture, Roan realized that the ring is just a symbol. "What holds more water is your love for one another, and what is more important is the life that we will have after we are married," Roan explains.

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Wedding Preparations

Roan and Harold started working on their wedding even before they had a formal engagement, and they were hands-on with planning their big day.

Roan shares that she enjoyed every bit of it even if she had to juggle the preparations with work at that time. Being fond of arts and crafts, she did a lot of DIY projects, which included printing and tying together 60 missalettes, creating the venue maps, designing the goodie bags for the sponsors and entourage, and making the place cards and table numbers.

The couple also made their wedding unique by asking their guests to participate and perform during the reception. In return, Roan and Harold treated their guests to a special first dance, even if Harold was hesitant to do so at first. The couple danced to the tune of Dashboard Confessional's Stolen, which was performed by Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. The couple also delighted their guests with good food and a mobile bar with free-flowing drinks.

Being fully engaged with the preparations, Roan and Harold showed how love and unity were the key ingredients to a great wedding and a great marriage.

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