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In Photos: Ara Mina And Dave Almarinez's Beautiful, Fairy Tale-Like Baguio Wedding

Make way for the newlyweds!

Ara Mina and Dave Almarinez are married! Hello to the new Mr. and Mrs.



Ara Mina married her long-time boyfriend Dave Almarinez, Philippine International Trading Corporation undersecretary, on June 30. Though the church ceremony had a limited guest list with minimal media coverage, it was clearly packed with lots of heart and support for the couple.


Ara Mina married Dave Almarinez at Baguio's Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges. The pair tied the knot in the chapel that was done in a classic theme of white floral and foresty greens designed by celebrity favorite, florist and event stylist Gideon Hermosa.


Ara Mina's entrance was nothing short of wow-worthy. As she emerged from underneath a lush arc of flowers, fog machines signaled her arrival, then she walked down a wide, reflective aisle that lent the illusion of even more volume to an already scene-stealing dress. 


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Speaking of Ara Mina's wedding dress, she chose Leo Almodal, a designer famous for his bejewled pieces that appear to be taken straight out of fairy tales, to dress her on her big day.


He describes his creation for this bride as "intricately handcrafted and fully crystallized to perfection; from the elaborate neckpiece, bodice, sleeves to the hem! Baroque Rococo inspired princess ball dress. Corseted and cinched to emphasize her tiny waistline of 23"! A true fairy tale and a royal wedding indeed!" 


Ara Mina changed into a second outfit for the evening, this time, a long-sleeved Francis Libiran number in ivory featuring art deco-like detailing. 


To complete both her looks, she had Albert Kurniawan do her makeup and Buknoy Mateo do her hair. 



There to celebrate with Ara Mina and Dave Almarinez were the bride's sisters Cristine Reyes and Heidi Gatmaytan, plus the couple's showbiz friends Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado (and their daugter Jayda, too), Barbie Imperial, Diego Loyzaga, Martin Nievera, Melissa Ricks, Sunshine Cruz, and beauty queen Samantha Bernardo.


The couple's list of wedding sponsors was an impressive lineup of society's who's who and included a mix of entertainment and political personalities like Sharon Cuneta; Robina Gokongwei-Pe; Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto; Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez; Glicerio Santos Jr., ABS-CBN chief operating officer of broadcast Cory Vidanes; Vic del Rosario; Dondon Monteverde; San Pedro, Laguna Mayor Lourdes Cataquiz; Senate President Mannny Villar Jr. and wife Senator Cynthia Villar; as well as Senators Christopher Go, Richard Gordon, and Ralph Recto, to name a few. 


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Ara Mina and Dave Almarinez got engaged at the start of the year, then shot their prenup photos at Sunshine Ecotourism Island Resort in Palawan with NicePrint.



They're one of the first celebrity couples to get married during the pandemic this year and follow the trend of holding their ceremonies in beautiful out-of-town venues with a close group of guests. 


In January, we sat down with Ara Mina and Dave Almarinez to talk about their relationship that they managed to keep private since the very beginning. In the exclusive, they shared details about their love story that ultimately led to their "I dos."


Check out our "Metro in Love" special feature with them in the video below!


Lead photos from @niceprintphoto