I always reminded myself what the day was about: getting married to the love of my life –Pres
Carmelo S. Guino-o and Precious Mae M. Tacolod met at work, selling condominiums as real estate brokers. Pres remembers how their relationship grew deeper as they both worked hard, trying to close deals, and passing licensure exams. “It really makes a difference if you undergo challenges together. These make your relationship stronger. In all of my adversities and down moments, Carlo stood by me. He did not leave me behind. He’s given me everything, including his own happiness. That’s why I held on to him and valued him even more,” Pres says.
Of course planning a wedding during a pandemic seems to be yet another challenge Carlo and Pres overcame as a team. The Guino-os planned for a church wedding with 300 guests and had already purchased the bridal gown and groom’s suit when they revisited their plans and shifted to a civil wedding with only 25 guests. They also had to rearrange their beachside prenup shoot from Siargao to Davao Oriental. Carlo and Pres were married on December 2, 2020 at the Benjarong Restaurant of Dusit Thani Davao.
Below, Pres talks about how their choice of a civil wedding was just as exciting and beautiful as the church wedding they were hoping to have.
How did you feel during your wedding?
Even if it was a civil wedding, I felt very excited and nervous because I really wanted to settle down with Carlo. I was very happy because it was an intimate gathering of my family and closest friends.
Are you still planning on another wedding?
Yes, when it’s already safe to conduct big weddings. I still wish to wear my wedding gown which I bought pre-pandemic days. If everything goes well, we plan to do it in Lubi Plantation Resort, Davao.
What are your tips for planning a pandemic wedding?
Planning a wedding is stressful, even more so during a pandemic. There’s going to be a lot of changes, stress, and disappointments. Everything is really uncertain.
However, just be reminded that there are really some things which we cannot control. We just have to place our efforts on the things that really matter and eventually let go of our frustrations. Use this time to grow closer to your spouse-to-be, through the big decisions you’ll both make. Never forget as well that you have your family and friends who will always support you in every step.
That being said, I always reminded myself what the day was about: getting married to the love of my life. The most important detail is the union between you and your partner. What we should prepare for most is our life as husband and wife.
Things may never go the way we planned it, but the best things in life happen unexpectedly.
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