When news broke out that Maine and Alden were getting married, literally everybody had asked if it was real. Were they actually getting married? Regardless if it’s scripted or not, the AlDub Wedding Highlights (made by Jason Magbanua) prove one thing to be true: love is something we all aspire for. Victor Hugo said so himself: To love or have loved–that is enough.
So here are our favorite moments from the AlDub Wedding Highlights film.
We adore them, not just because of the kilig they bring to our bones, but more so because we believe they contain echoes of the real love that is present in the many weddings and marriages we raise toasts to.
AlDub Wedding Highlights: 5 Ways It’s More Real Than You Think
1. Take me to church!
No, Hozier did not provide the soundtrack. But we have to speak for the countless couples who still believe in the sacred institution that is marriage. Saying your vows in front of God and all the people you hold dear not only speaks volumes about your commitment to one another–it also opens your relationship up to welcome support from others. Trust us, you’re gonna need it! Marriage is no picnic!
“Itong natutunghayan natin ngayon ay isang magandang kwento ng pag-iibigan. Nagsimula sa tinginan, nagpa-‘kilig pa more’, nagintay… Hangga’t sa mauwi na ito sa dambana ng simbahan.”
“Sa splitscreen nagsimula ang lahat. Mula noon, hinintay ko ang araw na tayo ay magkikita at magkakakilala… May kaba, saya. Ang dami niyong pinagdaanan so talaga namang sulit na sulit. Super worth it…”
No, John Mayer isn’t on this video either. But what is very clear is the emphasis on love and relationships being a journey, not just of emotions but more importantly, of conscious decisions. Watching the Aldub Kalyeserye was a treat for so many because we saw how love, when nourished, can grow into something truly beautiful.
3. Wedding day jitters
They say that it’s usually the groom who has to deal with fears of commitment. It was no different for this dashing actor. But he offers perfect advice for dealing with these wedding day jitters: remember why you fell in love in the first place. Take the cue from Alden (and from other couples) and try to make the most out of your big day–because it won’t last forever!
“I’m nervous. You’ve been longing for something so good in your life… I will just savor the moment… I’m excited to see her. I’ve just recalled the first time we met, the journey, the past year…”
4. Love is not a myth.
We’ve been through so many heartbreaks and rejections, it’s sometimes difficult to believe that love still exists. But it does! We don’t know if Maine, who has publicly confessed her admiration for Alden, will end up with her dream man off-screen too, but the numerous couples we’ve featured on this site will surely testify to the fact that love is real! We also like to believe that there’s enough love for everyone. If it’s taking a while, remember: “Ma-traffic lang sa EDSA”.
“Mahal niya ko. ‘Yun lang naman eh. Dahil buong buhay ko, dinadasal ko lang lagi sa Diyos na sana makahanap ako ng isang taong makakasama ko pang-habang buhay at mamahalin ako nang totoo. At si alden ‘yun… Wala na talaga akong mahihiling pa. Salamat, Alden, dahil tinuruan mo akong magmahal nang wagas at walang takot. Salamat dahil pinaglaban mo ang pagmamahal natin.” (1:50)
5. It’s surrender
Hands-down, our favorite part in the video was at 3:28 when Alden lifted Maine’s veil and you could see tears welling in his eyes. Is he just a good actor, or is there more truth to this than we think? It’s driving us crazy! And then there was the kiss just a few seconds later. At 3:41, watch how Maine first clutches tightly at Alden, then slowly loosens her grip, as if in surrender. They say that loving someone means allowing them to hurt you–but also trusting that they will do everything so they won’t.
This is why–real or not–Maine and Alden’s love journey has been something that the entire nation went crazy for. We all want to believe in #TamangPanahon. We all want scientific evidence to the existence of #forever. But here’s what the AlDub Wedding Highlights gave us instead: a kick-ass dream wedding (Maine’s gown is from Rosa Clara and she was styled by Liz Uy!!!) and a chance to suspend what’s real–in favor of what could be.
Kudos to the network for blurring the lines between fact and fiction and keeping us guessing until the last minute. And thank heavens for Ai Ai de las Alas and her costume–or else we’d always regret that we let Alden become #TheOneThatGotAway. Ladies, you still have a chance!
How real was the Aldub romance and Wedding for you? Let us know in the comments section below!
Also, be sure to watch the full video of the AlDub Wedding Highlights. You can also check out Jason Magbanua’s other videos from the series.