From a heartfelt proposal to a picture-perfect prenuptial shoot and island getaway in sunny Palawan, Ara Mina and Usec. Dave Almarinez held their wedding in Baguio City.

The much-anticipated event has finally happened! On June 30, 2021, at 4 in the afternoon, amidst the cool breeze of Baguio City, actress Ara Mina tied the knot with her forever love—public servant Usec. Dave Almarinez. Held at the chapel of Alphaland mountain lodges, the picturesque ceremony was truly a sight to behold.

In this exclusive feature, we share highlights and key moments in this joyous occasion.

Wedding Highlights

When it was time for Ara to walk down the aisle in her Leo Almodal gown, she was like a princess—floating with low-lying fog smoke over the mirror aisle. She walked down while their theme song “How Long Will I Love You,” played beautifully in the background by Kadense Band. Everyone in the chapel was in tears. Their vows were so heartfelt, authentic, and beautiful. It was truly an unforgettable wedding ceremony.

Shortly after, the guests were ushered to the grandiose reception venue—a basketball court that was magnificently transformed by Gideon Hermosa into a garden-themed ballroom. Lights and sounds were provided by LST Mobile and staging were done by LX Events Pro. The couple made another grand entrance, this time wearing their Francis Libiran ensemble. 

The guests were treated to an exquisite 8-course plated dinner prepared by Juan Carlo Catering. Continuing on the festivities, they were serenaded by some of the best singers of the country: Jessa Zaragoza, Dingdong Avanzado, Jayda, Rada, and Martin Nievera. Soon, the couple themselves belted out a couple of songs for their guests as well.

How to Create Your Own Pandemic Wedding

Overall, I think people are curious how can one pull off a pandemic wedding like Ara and Dave. And my take on this is that it all starts with planning—great planning, in fact. The couple got a full coordination package from Christine Ong Te events, who helped them with all the wedding requirements.

Knowing the safety protocols and regulations during the wedding is just as important. This includes conducting antigen tests to the staff and guests and ensuring proper social distancing during the wedding ceremony and receptionIn Ara Mina and Dave’s wedding, they even gave personalized alcohol bottles from Knotville Favors andthe face shields from Signarama Philippines to guests.

Nothing was left to chance. The couple also limited their number of guests to the allowable number, based on regulations. To be able to pull off a wedding like this, they also got their most trusted suppliers for their dream wedding—not only for it to be perfect, but safe for everyone.

Congrats to the happy couple!


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