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Love Story

Iva and Melvin were both members of the prayer group, Bukas Loob sa Diyos, and were working for the same employer. It was Melvin who noticed Iva first, and he mustered up the courage to approach her. According to her, Melvin started making short conversations with her in their office pantry, and that's what made her warm up to him. Romance eventually blossomed between the two.

While on vacation in Bohol in 2011, Melvin proposed. Iva narrates, "He surprised me during our dinner at Bluewater Resort. He asked a caddy to fetch me from our hotel room, and inform me that he'll be running late for he'll be arranging our itinerary for the following day. As we approached a bridge on the way to the venue, I saw Melvin standing at the other end, holding a banner with the words, 'Will you marry me?' He was accompanied by a man whom he hired to sing Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin in a capella, as he went down on one knee to propose."

Wedding Preparations

Iva and Melvin's wedding, in Iva's own words, "couldn't be more perfect." The overwhelming presence of their friends and relatives enveloped the venue with a loving air, and the two were both moved to tears in gratitude.

According to the bride, they've been preparing for their big day since the proposal in 2011, and they wanted it go smoothly and beautifully. They wished that it would turn out better than what they have imagined. Iva relays, "One thing I wish I knew when planning for a wedding is to enjoy the preparation stage, rather than be stressed out by it. I learned that everything eventually falls into place in time." She tells other brides, "Just relax and focus your energy on bigger tasks that require your immediate attention. You just have to see the good in every situation--especially in the worst circumstances. Let go and enjoy every moment while you still can, because you'll definitely miss it when it's all over."

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