Mark Darrell Rey and Maria Fatima Zamora
by Mark Darrell Rey and Maria Fatima Zamora-Rey | October 2011

Our Love Story
We are schoolmates back in college at the Lyceum of the Philippines University under the College of Business Administration. In year 2004, we became classmates in one our subjects, particularly Taxation 1. One day, our professor was late in class which seldom happens. We actually don’t know if she will be attending the class or not.

Darrell and Timmy

DARRELL: I want to go to a computer shop that time, so I gave her my number and asked if she can text me if our professor came to class after I left.

TIMMY: So I texted her him after school. I told him that our professor did not come to our class that day.

From then on, we became textmates. We are both enjoying the company of each other but…

DARRELL: I’m not yet attracted to her at first.

TIMMY: I’m with somebody else.

Realizing it’s not yet time for us, we stayed friends. Then one day,

TIMMY: I lost my phone. So we lost our communication from there as well.

DARREL: although we usually see each other in school, I’m too shy to approach her to ask for her number again.

Darrell and Timmy during their pre-nup
photo shoot

In year 2006, we found each other through Friendster and communication was renewed. This time, we texted more often and…

DARRELL: I realized I’m interested to get to know her more and be with her more often.

TIMMY: I realized I like him, but again, I’m still with somebody else.

After many months of texting, we lost our communication again. Thinking that we may not be meant for each other,

DARRELL: I committed myself to another girl.

In year 2007,

TIMMY: I finished college and worked as an accounting assistant at the SM Head Office under Casamia Furniture Center, Inc.

The following year,

DARRELL: I also graduated from college and also worked at the SM Head Office under Marketing Convergence, Inc.

Darrell and Timmy
wedding photo

Sometime in June 2008, our paths crossed again. During a lunch break at work, we bumped into each other at the canteen. From then on, we started texting each other again and would sometimes go out together.

Afraid of losing each other for the third time, we took the risk of showing and expressing what we feel despite the fact that we might hurt other people. We didn’t know what our action will bring but we strongly fought for it. Yes, it’s difficult, but it’s all worth it.

As the saying goes: “If it’s meant to be, it will definitely be.”

Our Wedding Story
There is actually no marriage proposal that happened. One day, while we were strolling at the mall, we found each other talking about our dream wedding. From there, we started planning our own wedding day.

Wedding planning is not as simple as we initially thought. At first, we planned the big day to be on June 18, 2010 but decided to postpone it, in consideration of our budget and our parents’ advice. Finally, with the blessing of our parents, we set our wedding date to June 25, 2011.

Our Wedding Day
Everything was set. Even the smallest wedding detail was noted, …then we woke up on our wedding day with Typhoon Falcon threatening to ruin our special day.

At 8:00 am, the phone rang. It’s the supplier of our bridal car: “Ma’am/Sir, we’re sorry to say but we cannot make it. All the roads going to your hotel are impassable because of flood.”

At 10:00am, the wedding venue supplier called: “Ma’am/Sir, i’m sorry to say that we cannot use the pavilion (garden area) because it’s covered with mud. Instead, we will use the verdara (smaller gazebo) for your wedding tonight and we will try our best to accommodate your 350 guests.”

Darrell and Timmy
wedding photo

At 11:00am, the phone rang again. It’s our bridesmaid: “Timmy, our place is still flooded. I cannot leave the house. But I’m still trying. I’ll call you again later.”

To say we’re disappointed is an understatement, we planned this day for about a year and Typhoon Falcon is about to ruin it. Due to the very bad weather, we’re not even expecting anymore that our 350 confirmed guests will be able to witness our big day.

But at around 1:00pm, good news started to pour. The sky started to clear, it’s like telling us that everything will be ok.

One of our principal sponsors brought a white Nissan car which we can use as our bridal car. Then the supplier of the supposed bridal car arrived through a pick-up truck to bring the flowers for the car and return our downpayment.

And the most important of them all, when we arrived at the church, it was filled with hundreds of our dear friends and relatives, including our bridesmaid who bravely crossed the flood just to be with us on our wedding day.

Our big day turned out to be not just big but also long for us. There’s no perfect wedding after all. And it also made us realized that everything is not about what we planned but what God wants and plans for us. In the end, what really matters is that we ended up together, and not even a typhoon can stop our union.

If it’s meant to be, it will definitely be.

Wedding Suppliers

Bridal Car, Transport
Zandel’s Mini Cooper Car Rental
Bridal Hair & Make-up Artist
Rubia Salon (Family Friend)
Wedding Attire: Bridal Gowns
L.A.A. Bridal Boutique
Wedding Attire: Groom’s Attire
I.L. Santos 
Wedding Ceremony Venue
Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish
Wedding Favors, Souvenirs
Excel Frames & Decors
Wedding Florists & Stylists
Rubia Salon (Family Friend)
Wedding Invitations
Rhea’s Printing Services
Wedding Planner
Unleashed Training and Event Management
Wedding Preparation Venue
Parque Espana
Wedding Photo & Video
Studio1 Photography
Wedding Reception Venue
Bali Garden

Visit Supplier Directory for the contact details of these wedding suppliers.