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A Short And *Sweet* Timeline of LJ Reyes And Philip Evangelista's Relationship

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LJ Reyes and Philip Evangelista relationship timeline
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ICYMI, LJ Reyes just tied the knot with her non-showbiz partner, Philip Evangelista. The couple hard-launched their relationship via an engagement proposal(!) in May 2023, and since then the actress has been happily sharing each milestone leading up to their wedding on social media.

But how did their love story—at least in the public eye—begin?

Here's a timeline of LJ Reyes and Philip Evangelista's relationship:

1. The couple announced their engagement on May 30, 2023. 

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.' Jeremiah 29:11 NLT," the actress captioned their engagement photos.

LJ Reyes and Philip Evangelista are engaged
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2. In July 2023, LJ and Philip had their engagement shoot in the United States.

LJ has been based in New York since 2021 with her kids Aki and Summer, and celebrity makeup artist Mikka Marcaida shared behind the scenes footage from the couple's dreamy engagement shoot, which was held in Northport, a historic maritime village on the northern shore of Long Island.

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For the bride-to-be's engagement shoot glam, Mikka went for soft pinks—from the eye makeup, to the dewy flush and glossy pink-nude lips"LJ's skin is amazing so I [wanted] to highlight that. We went for a fresh glass skin look," she captioned her post on TikTok.

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3. LJ Reyes shared photos from their prenup photoshoot in August 2023.

On August 5, Saturday, Nice Print Photo shared several stunning snaps of LJ and Philip's prenup photoshoot"In God’s most perfect time," read the caption. "Counting the days 'til she becomes Mrs. Philip Evangelista."

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On August 6, LJ posted a video containing several snapshots from their prenup shoot. "To forever [red heart emoji]," she wrote.

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Nice Print released another IG carousel of photos on August 7. They captioned it: "The RIGHT person will always find you at the RIGHT time" - R.M. drake

4. LJ's friends threw her a bridal shower in August 2023.

On August 13, 2023, the actress shared IG Stories from friends who threw her a bridal shower"Celebrating this today," read her friend's caption, featuring LJ in a white dress, wearing a veil and a crown. LJ replied, "LOL. Never thought I will experience this in NYC! Thank you so much, girls!"

Friends throw a bridal shower for LJ Reyes in New York City
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In another IG Story, LJ posed with her friends, responding to one who wrote, "So happy to shower you with love and wishes with the girls. Love you, beb." LJ replied, "Thanks for all the love."

Friends throw a bridal shower for LJ Reyes in New York City
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Of course, no bridal shower is complete without a little bit of fun. LJ was captured laughing as she crossed a pedestrian crossing. Her friend's caption read, "A picture-perfect day for our picture-perfect bride." Meanwhile, the actress shared: "Nahiya me. Nagalit ata yung isang kotse." LOL!

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Friends throw a bridal shower for LJ Reyes in New York City
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LJ also uploaded a TikTok video to her Instagram on August 15. Dancing along to Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body," she wore a white loungewear robe, a tiara, a veil, and a sash that read "bride to be," while her friends wore matching hot pink robes and heart-shaped sunglasses.

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5. LJ and Philip released a pre-wedding video in August 2023.

Also shot by Nice Print Photo, the pre-wedding video titled "I got you." will surely make you cry. "It’s the simplest words to say I love you. The most casual words to say I’m here to stay," says the atress. "The most comforting words that I’ve ever heard, not because I needed saving, not because I needed an escape, but because a person chooses to stay every single day." Aww!

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6. Celebrity makeup artist Mikka Marcaida shared a 'first look' photo of LJ's bridal glam.

Makeup artist Mikka Marcaida and hairstylist Mark Baquiran-Esposito are the same duo behind LJ's stunning engagement shoot, prenup shoot, and pre-wedding video glam. For her big day, Mikka went for a very classic look and with feathered brows, a light pink flush on the cheeks, and glossy nude lips—similar to LJ's engagement shoot glam! To complement her chic strapless gown and keep her hair away from her face, Mark styled LJ's locks into a sleek low bun.

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LJ Reyes bridal wedding makeup look
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7. LJ Reyes and Philip Evangelista tied the knot in October 2023.

On Saturday, October 7, LJ was definitely a glowing bride, clad in a simple strapless white gown with her hair in a low bun, while Philip wore a crisp cream-colored suit. Nice Print Photo shared "the first official photos of Mr & Mrs Philip Evangelista" and geotagged the wedding location at Southport, New York.

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During the wedding reception, it looks like LJ let her hair down (literally!) to cut their wedding cake.

LJ Reyes and Philip Evangelista at their wedding reception
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Mark managed to snap a selfie with the new Mrs. Evangelista during the wedding reception, and LJ looks incredibly happy in the photo! Mark also revealed what the table settings looked like for the wedding guests—we're *obsessed* with the classic cream/nude color scheme.  

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LJ Reyes and her wedding hairstylist Mark Baquiran
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LJ Reyes and Philip Evangelista's  wedding reception table setting
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Best wishes to the newlyweds!

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