Weddings That Inspire

Ara Mina and Dave Almarinez's Grand Baguio Wedding

5 Details We Spotted at the Wedding

Actress, singer, and host Ara Mina finally tied the knot with business man Dave Almarinez on June 30, 2021 at Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges. Here’s what we know so far about their wedding!

1. Short engagement

The couple was engaged earlier this year and right before we could officially say we’ve entered the second half of the year, Ara and Dave were wed! Short enagements are definitely the new norm together with intimate weddings. The feat, however, and based on the photos and videos we have seen so far, is the size of their intimate wedding. It was wonderful to see Ara and Dave be surrounded by their families and dearest friends on their big day, in person! To pull this off, make sure you work with an experienced wedding planner and coordinator. Ara and Dave have been working with COTEvents by Christine Ong Te, from the proposal, to their engagement shoot, and of course, to their big day.

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2. Family first

A quick view of Ara and Dave’s same day edit video by Nice Print Photography shows that the bride and groom, who are also mom and dad, made sure to put their families first. Ara’s daughter Mandy was dressed almost identical to her mom, both wearing ballgown skirts. The similarity in the details of their gowns by Leo Almodal were undeniable. Dave’s daughter Kristen on the other hand was dressed in the sage green for the entourage and the video shows how emotional she became during the bridal march and as Ara met her dad Dave at the altar. We love how this modern family is coming together beautifully!

3. Muted color palette

Stylist Gideon Hermosa used an all white color palette for both the ceremony and the reception, which made the bridal march appear like heavenly. It also looks as if the couple worked with the shades of nature, perhaps inspired by their location the city of Pines, where no bold colors popped out. The entourage were dressed in sage and all the blooms, event styling, and tablescapes were in the same color family. Just one look at their photos at the reception venue and one will see where the couple took inspiration from: royal balls! It was absolutely fitting for Ara and Dave’s look.

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4. Princess bride

The bride wore two gowns, the ceremony gown designed by Leo Almodal, who says in his Instagram post about the gown that it “is intricately handcrafted and fully crystallized to perfection; from the elaborate neckpiece, bodice, sleeves to the hem! Baroque Rocco inspired princess ball dress. Corseted and cinched to emphasize her tiny waistline of 23”! A true fairytale and a royal wedding indeed!” For the reception, Ara switched to a sleeker gown by Francis Libiran, who also created Dave’s reception and ceremony suits. Her reception look was a little more Hollywood glam, also just as fitting for the actress.

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5. Destination wedding

We predicted it in a previous story and Ara and Dave’s wedding looks like it’s a confirmation: destination weddings are now a realistic option once again for brides and grooms. We love that this choice is helping our economy as a local destination wedding is likely what couples will choose if they desire the mix of a getaway and having their loved ones present at the event. Remember that when you are preparing for a destination wedding, keep yourselves abreast with travel restrictions and both national and local government guidelines.

Which of these five details would you do at your wedding? Share this article now and inspire other couples!

The Dream Team:

Photography and videography: Nice Print Photography and Exige Weddings | Venue: Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges | Styling: Gideon Hermosa | Catering: Juan Carlo the Caterer | Planning and coordination: COTEvents by Christine Ong Te | Bridal gowns by Leo Almodal and Francis Libiran | Groom’s suits by Francis Libiran | Fashion styling by Cath Sobrevega | Makeup by Albert Kurniawan | Hairstyling by Buknoy Mateo | Grooming by Eduardo Barnillo of Team Albert Kurniawan

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