Weddings almost always make us cry. And the part which really makes us weep the most is the exchange of the bride and groom's wedding vows because it gives us an idea of what the couple has been through.
On March 6, 2021, Empress Schuck tied the knot with Vino Guingona in a beautiful garden wedding in Tagaytay. Based on the photos they've shared on IG, it seemed to be an intimate affair, attended only by their closest of family and friends. Their daughter Athalia looked so adorable in a miniature version of Empress' gown!
Recently, their official wedding photographer and videographer Nice Print Photo uploaded their 10-minute wedding film, and just hearing Empress and Vino's story will make you sob, like how they first "met" and how she became his source of strength when his father passed away.
Here are a few of the most heart-tugging lines from the video:
Vino: "11 years ago, I was a stranger who gatecrashed your 18th birthday. And I remember standing behind a huge crowd, staring at you while you were [entertaining] your guests. Your party was star-studded, filled with celebrities. As I looked at you, my world seemed to stop and I remember thinking how beautiful you are."
Empress: "Since Athalia came, I’ve been telling myself that you are God’s gift to me. I didn’t know what I wanted at that time and you just came. You rescued me from the pain of the past. Finally, I found my place, my contentment, my peace. Through you, God showed me that I can be taken care of, that I can be loved, I can be heard and understood for all the struggles and sacrifices I went through in life."
Vino: "Our love story did not begin perfectly and we faced a big responsibility early in our lives due to our own miscalculated actions. When I lost my father, you never left me and were there to comfort me."
Empress: "Ikaw pala. Ikaw pala yung finish line. Ikaw yung happy ending. Ikaw yung reward na simula noon, everything made sense. Of course, there were still hardships, but this time may kasama na ako."
Vino is actually the nephew of former senator Teofisto Guingona III and the grandson of former vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr. In a 2017 guesting on Magandang Buhay, Empress shared how her paternal side and Vino's family both hail from Zamboanga. The two would see each other during their parents' get-togethers, but would only be officially introduced to each other through Empress' kinakapatid, who happened to be Vino's best friend. The two initially kept their relationship a secret from their families for a year because Empress' parents were strict about her getting a boyfriend.
Empress and Vino were engaged in September 2020. Vino actually proposed during Athalia's fifth birthday party! Aww.
Congrats, Vino, and best wishes, Empress! Watch their full wedding film here: