TWO hearts were joined as one before a church matrimony between newlywed couple Rafael Jan Montecino and Alyssa Louise Erika Jimenea in rites held at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish and Shrine in Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City on May 4.
Their love story began and developed through a time that led them to commit to each other before God and men.
"We met before the Sinulog festival in Kabankalan City. It was my best friend Jana who introduced us. I did not mind at first. But Rafael was very consistent in his desire to seek and love me. We have developed a long-distance love affair as I once worked as a flight attendant of Qatar Airways for four years while Rafael worked as chef in a five-star airways. But love has led us to marriage and we continuously sought the blessings and guidance of God and our family to help us wrap this union with an everlasting love," Alyssa shared.
Rafael proposed to her on February 14, 2021, Valentine's Day, at Bai Hotel in Cebu. He invited her to have Valentine's dinner with a surprise of a marriage proposal.
"As we already developed our relationship, so I said Yes to him at that moment," she said, adding that, "Due to the pandemic, there were challenges along the way. But we made it. There were times that we reset the wedding but finally, it happened on May 4, 2021."
Their nuptials have showcased the classic romance wedding that highlighted the celebration of love and marriage.
Rafael and Alyssa vowed to love each other forever and will seek God to be the center of their union.
Rafael also vowed to be a good husband to Alyssa and a good father to their children in the future. "I will be a responsible husband to Alyssa and father to our children."
* Tin Tin Panes of Simply Special Weddings and Events performed the full coordination of the wedding; Images by Hayag; Film by Accent Cagayan; Tech: Magic Audio System; Cake by RJ Gonzales; Catering by Chef Nico De Asis Millanes of Terasse Bistro, the District Northpoint; Band: Mojo Nova; Choir: Prelude Entrtnmnt; Stylist: Emgee Po of Styledbyemgee; HMUA: Jan Nicole Uy of The Indigo Strokes; Grooming: The Spoiled Groom; Photo man: Metro Click Photobooth; Invitations: The Papeterie Meraki; Suit by Francis Librian; Wedding Gown by Francis Librian Bridal; Reception Gown by Kat Padilla; Hosted by Cyrus Alcala, III; Prep Venue: Stonehill Suites; Reception: Manggapuri Villas.