Beauty queen Laura Lehmann has married her longtime boyfriend, basketball player Von Pessumal.
In an Instagram post over the weekend, the Miss World Philippines 2017 titleholder revealed that she and Von "quietly" tied the knot in a civil ceremony earlier this year.
"Eloped. Quietly got married earlier this year. And now, I want to spend the rest of my life making you as happy as you make me," Laura wrote, as she gave a glimpse of their private wedding.
"I love you so much @von19," she added. "This was the best day of my life and I will elope with you any time, any place... even in a small room behind city hall. I’m so, so happy to be your wife."
Von, for his part, promised to love Laura "everyday and always" in his post announcing their marriage.
"Married my best friend. Some time ago, my now wife @iamlauralehmann and I quietly got married. We decided to keep it to ourselves for a while. The thing is, when you are with someone who shares the same Vision and Passion for success as yourself, matters such as Marriage simply become more of a legality than a drastic lifestyle change," he said.
"Having you in my life has been nothing short of perfection. It’s honestly like playing with a great point guard; if I do my job well I know my team will win. I will love you everyday and always," he added.
Following their announcement, beauty queens and sports personalities alike congratulated the couple, including MJ Lastimosa, Rachel Peters, Megan Young, Katarina Rodriguez, Ariella Arida, and Nicole Cordoves, as well as Mika Reyes, Rex Intal, Gabe Norwood, and Terrence Romeo.
It was in May last year when Laura, 26, and Von, 28, announced their engagement. They had been dating for five years at the time.
The couple first met when Von was still part of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, while Laura was serving as the university's courtside reporter during the Season 77 and 78 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.