IT WAS an early afternoon wedding for lady lawyer Meriel Lee, daughter of Patrick and Amy Lee of Los Angeles, California, and Dallas dentist Jubert Aranas (son of true-blue Cebuanos-turned Las Vegas-residents Joselito and Dr. Dadie Aranas) at the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel at the Archbishop's Palace compound. They said their vows before Msgr. Achilles Dakay in the presence of family and friends who came all the way from the USA, and the groom's Cebu-based relatives.

The assemblage then proceeded to the Ocean Terrace of Shangri-La's Mactan Island Resort & Spa for the wedding reception. But first there was another ceremony set at a little mound overlooking the beach. Underneath a flower-bedecked trellis, the young couple recited their personal vows - passionate, affectionate and intimate. The scene was straight out of a romantic movie.

The sumptuous dinner was served inside the gleaming-white chandeliered tent nearby.

The entire event was expertly coordinated by Bliss Unlimited.