The wedding bells have sounded as cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao and businessman Christopher Quimbo have finally taken their relationship to the altar and exchanged their "I do's" to one another.
The couple tied the knot and held their reception at the Grand Ballroom halls of Marriott Hotel in Pasay City on Feb. 14, just in time for the annual occasion that celebrates love and romance—Valentine's Day.
Here are the dreamy details of their big day:
Sharing what she would want her dream wedding to be like on PhilSTAR L!fe's September cover story, the Philippines' Cosplay Queen said that she envisions nuptials like something out of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books with a dash of the traditional wedding.
While the setting didn't have all the medieval elements that filled the pages of her favorite author's books, Alodia's wedding was still as magical as she dreamed it would be, made possible through the artistic mind of stylist Gideon Hermosa.
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As seen in pictures shared by one of her bridesmaids, Verniece Enciso, the venue was filled with white flowers, hanging floral installations, fairy lights, capped off by a spellbinding botanical backdrop, making for a setting that seemed to pop straight out of a fairytale book.
Real-life princess and her beautiful bridesmaids
Alodia also shared with PhilSTAR L!fe how she wanted her wedding gown to be regal and grand, something that would unquestionably make her the belle of the ball, and she certainly achieved just that.
The video game enthusiast looked like a real-life princess in her embellished bridal suite crafted by Mark Tumang, a renowened fashion designer who is the mind behind the Lava gown and Ibong Adarna gown worn by Catriona Gray for the Miss Universe pageant.
Coupled with the knee-high mesh boots designed by Doreen Odvina, there was no denying that all eyes were on Alodia.
But a bride is nothing without her bridesmaids to stick by her side and support her all the way through, and Alodia's loyal girls all wore pastel pink gowns that radiate beauty and grace.
'Final Fantasy' musical show
Alodia and Christopher, along with gamers and cosplayers at the event, got all excited when the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra played the Final Fantasy 7 battle theme: Those Who Fight by Nobuo Uematsu. The renowned all-Filipino orchestra reposted a video from one of the attendees. "Grabe, all the gamers and cosplayers are going wild. Free Final Fantasy musical show!" the original video's caption read.
Final Fantasy is a Japanese fantasy media franchise featuring a series of role-playing video games with different gameplays, settings, and stories per installment. It has landed on various platforms such as consoles, computers, mobile, among others, as well as movies, novels, and manga.
Alodia first announced her engagement to Christopher in July last year, just four months after they started dating. Despite the seemingly short time that they got to know each other, Christopher said that he just knew that Alodia was the woman he would want to kneel down for and put a ring on her finger.
"I just knew. They always say that, 'When you know, you know.' I actually experienced it for myself," he told Dra. Vicki Belo in a vlog. "Well, if I know, why waste my time?"
The two first sparked dating rumors when Alodia shared a photo of her making a heart sign with Christopher during a vacation in El Nido, Palawan in April. This came five months after she confirmed her breakup with fellow YouTuber Wil Dasovich, who she has been with for four years.