Lovely Abella and fellow actor Benj Manalo, who started dating in 2015, tied the knot on January 23! According to their wedding organizer Maxine Covar Events, they prepared the intimate garden-themed wedding in only ten days. Celeb couple Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla were reportedly among the guests, too.
Lovely revealed that her wedding gown by Steph Tan Couture was a gift from Kathryn, writing on Instagram that even though she didn't want to accept the gift, Kathryn absolutely insisted: "Sabi ko My Ga 'wag na ako na, pero sabi niya regalo daw niya, 'wag tayong tumatanggi sa blessings, yan ang natutunan ko kasi yan ang way nila to share their blessings at para lalo sila ma-bless kaya sabi ko buti naihabol kasi two days na lang kasal ko na." If this friendship doesn't make your heart melt, then I don't know what to tell you because this is just too adorable!
"Saksi ang aking mga kaibigan kung gaano ako inalagaan ni Kath para gumanda ako sa mismong kasal ko, siya ang nag-detalye ng gown ko at talagang sinama [niya] si Jan Aranilla para i-check lahat kung okay sa akin," Lovely added. "Salamat sa time and effort Ga, humabol pa yan para lang makita niya kung fit sa akin at maganda sa akin kaya My Ga @bernardokath thank you for everything, salamat sa mabuti mong puso, 'di ko makakalimutan ang regalo mo at kung 'di dahil sayo, baka wala akong maisuot. Mahal kita kayo ni Bal."
Kathryn and Lovely worked together on the 2019 blockbuster film Hello, Love, Goodbye, which was shot in Hong Kong. In the movie, Kathryn portrayed Joy, a hardworking domestic helper, and Lovely played Joy's friend Gina, who was also working as an OFW. Kakay Bautista and Maymay Entrata's roles were part of their "barkada."
It seems like they got really close during filming because, in December 2019, the cast and crew of HLG even had a reunion dinner!