Nice Print Photography released on Saturday, July 3, the official wedding video of actress Ara Mina and her husband, businessman Dave Almarinez.
The couple tied the knot in a star-studded ceremony held at the Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges in Baguio last June 30, after dating for three years.
In the video released by Nice Print, Ara and Dave could not help but become emotional as they exchanged wedding vows before their family and close friends.
"Dave, when I met you three years ago, I wasn't really looking for love. Kasi naka-focus ako sa work and kay Mandy. Totoo pala 'yung kasabihan na ang love daw, hindi hinahanap, kusang dumadating," Ara began.
Before marrying Dave, Ara was a single mother to Mandy or Amanda, her daughter with Bulakan, Bulacan Vice Mayor Patrick Meneses, who was also present during the wedding.
"Kahit madami akong pinagdaanan sa buhay ko, hindi naging hadlang sa akin na mangarap na magkaroon ng sariling pamilya," the actress continued. "Hindi ko akalain na ikaw pala na hindi ko naman crush—at sabi mo nga, hindi mo rin ako crush—ang bubuo sa mga pangarap ko. Pinakita mo sa 'kin kung gaano mo ako kamahal, kahit alam mong hindi ko priority ang magkaroon ng relasyon. You never gave up. Hindi mo sinuko 'yung pagmamahal mo sa akin. At doon ko na-realize na ikaw pala 'yung answered prayer ko na matagal ko nang hinihintay.
"These past years, even until now, some people have tried to break us apart or harm us. 'Di madali ang manahimik, lalo na nakikita mong nasasaktan ang mahal mo. Kahit gusto mong ipagsigawan sa buong mundo kung ano ang totoo. I choose the higher but more difficult road and chose to be silent to save our relationship because it's worth fighting for. At the end of the day, only God knows everything we went through, and He knows our hearts. Wala akong hiniling sa Diyos na hindi Niya binigay. Kailangan mo lang minsan maghintay, and it was worth the wait," she added.
Ara went on to promise Dave that she will love him until they're old and gray.
"Pangako ko sa 'yo ano man ang mangyari, ano man ang bagyong dumating, mamahalin kita hanggang sa pagtanda natin. Hayaan mong ako naman ang tumupad sa mga pangarap mo. I will make you the happiest husband. Mahal na mahal kita, Dave," she said.
For his part, Dave said he feels blessed that he was chosen by Ara to be her husband.
"Ano bang nagawa ko? Sobrang pinagpala ako ni tadhana na pinili mo ako. Isa lang naman akong simpleng tao para sa isang sikat na si Ara Mina. College pa lang ako, kilalang kilala ka na. Pero sa totoong buhay, kung saan walang ibang titulo kundi ikaw at ako, si Dave at Ara, alam ng puso natin kung ano ang mahalaga. Sa araw na ito, katapusan ng buwan, pero ngayon ang umpisa ng ating now and ng always at ng forever," he said.
"46 years ang lumipas bago kita nahanap, at ilang taon nabuo ang tiwala at pagmamahalang nagdala sa atin dito ngayon. Sa araw na ito, tititig na lang tayo sa isang kalendaryo o iisang kalendaryo na habang buhay bilang mag-asawa at higit pa, bilang Dave at Hazel, Hazel at Dave. My bebe, aking mahal, at ngayon, ang aking forever, mahal kita," he added.
For their wedding, Ara was a stunning bride in a queen-inspired gown by designer Leo Almodal. Meanwhile, Dave looked dapper in a blue suit by Francis Libiran.
Aside from Patrick, other notable guests at the wedding were Ara's sister Cristine Reyes, Sunshine Cruz, Jenny Miller, Barbie Imperial, Diego Loyzaga, Melissa Ricks, Samantha Bernardo, Jaycee Parker, Jessa Zaragoza, Dingdong Avanzado, and Jayda Avanzado.
It was back in January when Ara confirmed her engagement to Dave, who is the president and CEO of Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC).
Ara, 42, is currently seen in the ABS-CBN action-drama FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.