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Love In The Time Of COVID: Engagements And Weddings Now Made Intimate

Love In The Time Of COVID: Engagements And Weddings Now Made Intimate

Weddings | March 23, 2021
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These couples show how they celebrated their dream weddings and engagements in the new normal

Relationships are as vast and ever-changing, much like snowflakes on a snowy sky. And just as not all happily-ever-afters are made in the same way, every couple’s celebration of love is as different as it is beautiful, especially when manifested in engagements and weddings.

During the first months of the pandemic last year, everything was at a standstill—with travel plans and lavish parties being canceled for everyone’s safety. Sadly, that was the case for some weddings. Nevertheless, couples who were spurred on by the power of their love found a way. With the proper safety precautions in place and a smaller, more intimate crowd, these couples have celebrated their own dream weddings with family, close friends, and loved ones presenta smaller crowd, but with those who matter most.

We look at two celebrations of lovethe engagement of actor Tom Rodriguez and long-time girlfriend Carla Abellana, as well as the wedding of former model Vino Guingona with actress Empress Schuck—and the story of how it all began. Accompanied by photos that were taken by Niceprint Photography, the saying rings true:

Each photo paints a thousand words…of love, togetherness, and hope amid a pandemic.

The Promise of Forever: Tom and Carla

One beautiful Sunday in October 2020, actor Tom Rodriguez surprised his long-time girlfriend with the much-awaited question.

With the help of Carla’s family, Tom prepared the entire proposal in the house of Carla’s mom—under the guise of a family dinner. Together with A-list event stylist Gideon Hermosa, the family living room and dining room were decorated in a backdrop of elegant white flowers. It was a sight to behold.

And so, the events unfolded—with Tom and Carla entering the house and Carla’s family watching on through a Zoom livestream by Niceprint Live. With bated breaths, they excitedly waited for the perfect “moment” to happen. And once they both set foot in the living room, it was as though everything finally clicked in place. Carla was extremely surprised with the set-up, Tom said the four words she wanted to hear most, and like that, a beautiful moment was captured for forever.

She said yes!

The Show Must Go On: Vino and Empress

During their daughter Athalia’s birthday party last September of 2020, Vino Guingona proposed to Empress Schuck in the presence of her family. They were, according to Empress, a non-negotiable condition for when he would pop the question.

And on March 6, 2021, in a beautiful outdoor wedding, Vino and Empress sealed the deal.

Set in a classic all-white theme of twinkling lights and pale blooming flowers brought to life by Gideon Hermosa, the couple got married in Hill Creek Gardens, Tagaytay. Respectively decked out in a timeless ensemble, the couple radiated with happiness on their special day.

Vino stood out in a contemporary blue suit, while Empress donned a Swarovski-studded wedding dress by Aoui Regala. To complete the bride’s look, makeup artist Robbie Piñera and hairstylist Raymond Santiago did their magic: styling her hair in cascading curls, accompanied with light makeup to accentuate her features.

Despite the trying times, love continues to fill the air. Congratulations and best wishes to the happy couples!

Charisse is the woman behind NicePrint Photography. In the male-dominated world of photography and videography, she makes her mark as an empowered woman who does business always with a heart. True to her Assumption HS batch motto, making an impact and difference in her own sphere of influence, Charisse does just this with so much passion and love. Outside work, she is a mom of 3 beautiful kids and a loving wife to Jibby. During downtime, you’ll see her whipping up something special in her kitchen and hosting intimate parties for her family and friends. She loves traveling and spends most weekends bonding on the beach with family.
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