John and Rheena: Lord of the Rings

I was holding on to this wedding for a later post, but I’m suffering from a hangover of the LOTR 2: The Two Towers extended version, which I watched last night, so I’m releasing it ahead of schedule. And well, because I just know you’ll fall in love with this wedding and the Arwen-bride.

This is actually the January 2005 wedding of my high school friend Rheena from Stella Maris College and hands-down one of my favorite, favorite affairs ever. Besides the well-thought out gorgeousness of it, my fiance and I are both BIGย  fans of the LOTR trilogy. So imagine my utter delight when I got this Middle Earth map/invitation (left) for Rheena and John’s wedding:

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A closer look at their pop-up invite plus the souvenirs. Care to guess what? LOL. Yes, rings.

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The wedding was at the Fernwood Gardens in Quezon City, which was transformed into a medieval style setting.

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Even the waiters who escorted the couple to the reception were in full LOTR gear.

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Meet the bride, Rheena (Guzman, now Evangelista). She wore the Japanese robe as a concession to her beloved grandmother who requested that she wear it (however, off-theme) because all the women in their family who got married wore it for preps.

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Now meet “Arwen”

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At the Shangrila lobby…

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And this is Aragorn, er John, wearing Arwen’s necklace. Rheena had that Arwen necklace even before the wedding (and I have Galadriel’s Ring of Nenya! But that’s so irrelevant here; just proud is all. Teehee!)

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A “first look” shoot. Damn beautiful couple!

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And this is the part I remember most vividly from their wedding. After almost five years, I can still picture in my head how dramatic the bridal march was. Rheena was first cloaked…

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And then…

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They had movie posters plastered all over Fernwoods. Did I mention it was a seriously LOTR-themed wedding? 8 )

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The hobbitses!

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I don’t remember exactly what I wrote on their signature frame, or if I even wrote there, but if I didn’t let me just say again to Rheena and John (who are now based in Chicago): Attending your wedding was like watching the movie — it leaves you in a trance. Massive production, great, real love story.

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