Are you at a coffee shop? Take note of that stranger at the table next to you. He or she just might be the one you’re fated to be with for the rest of your life. It sounds like a romantic story plot, but for Ian & Rheena, that’s real life.
“We met at Starbucks in 2009. He was studying for an exam and I was doing some research and readings. By a stroke of luck, we found ourselves sitting near each other. By the end of 2009, we became a couple”.
As with many other relationships, theirs wasn’t all smooth & rosy. Their relationship faced its own challenges. But then, there’s a saying that means ‘the third time you try to do something. It will work”. For Ian & Rheena, it was indeed such a charm that they found their way back to each other, and for good!
“I had to go on a boat so we had to be apart and broke up. When I came back he courted me again and we became together. But since he went to get his masters in AIM, we barely had time to be together so we broke up again. It was in 2014 when he texted and asked if we can have coffee. We had to catch up. He was already finished with his masterals and I was busy with TV work. We became together for the third time in 2014.
After a year, he proposed in El Pinoy Resort Batangas in the middle of the ocean in a pontoon. It was such a romantic proposal. Our story was all in God’s perfect time. We met at the wrong time but we got back on Gods perfect time for the right reason”
Indeed, we could learn a thing or two from their story. It seems they knew what they wanted in life. They loved themselves first so that they can love each other wholly. Sometimes, breaking up is hard to do, but maybe it just needs to be done. In the meantime, just build yourselves up individually to be what you want and do what you’re meant to do. Things can only get better after that, whether you end up together or not. Fortunately for these two, it led them to walking down the aisle to say their ‘I do’s’.
From love at a coffee shop to a promise at the altar, a new beginning for Ian & Rheena starts with a lovely wedding. It was an emotional moment to see Rheena walking down the aisle like a vision in her gorgeous bejeweled gown by Adrian Sahagun, which she loved so much. The gold hues in the entourage gowns and other details gave their wedding a touch of elegance.
As with relationships, sometimes things won’t happen as planned or expected during a wedding. But couples are fortunate to have wedding suppliers who are able to support and help them when such things happen just to ensure the success of their big day. So, for Ian & Rheena these are what they have to say for their Top Knotter Moments:
On Cay Benitez/ Team Benitez – We were so entertained with them during our prenup. And during our wedding day, they did not only do their job well but even uplifted our spirits to compensate for the bungles of the coordinator. They even assisted us when the organizers were not present most of the time. They were excellent and went beyond our expectations.
On Christian Andaya Wedding Films – We had an amazing night because they pulled out a really nice video for us. Even though we were not allowed to say our vows in the church, we found a way to say a vow. To add, they were able to put it on the video, which made it so emotional for us.
For other, soon-to-weds, they shared tips on what it is that would help strengthen a couple’s relationship leading to their big day & beyond.
1) There’s no such thing as winning or losing an argument. As couples, you will fight, you will have arguments but you have to win together and lose together.
2) Make GOD the center of your relationship even if at times you want be the one in the center.
Isn’t it wonderful how far one could go and how much of a change one’s life could take even by just doing their own thing at a coffee shop?
Suppier Spotlight: Photography: Team Benitez Photography | Videography: Christian Andaya Films | Bridal Gown: Adrian Sahagun Bridal |Bridal Robe: La Tercera | Entourage Gowns: Thalia Javier | Hair & Makeup: Jahjah Cimafranca & Kimmy Villaflor | Flowers: Dangwa Florist | Emcees: Eugene Lee and Hazel Aguilon of RX 93.1 | Church – Shrine of Jesus | Reception Venue: Sofitel
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