a real fairy tale. ♥
this story is for everyone who believes in love. this is the ultimate story of the saying 'if its meant to be, it will be.'
meet pepel and pat, ten years ago..
this picture was taken 2001. that was also around the time i met pepel. we were both freshmen in college and pretty much had the same breaks so we really hung out a lot. months passed and we really clicked and got along, til we realized, hey! i found a best friend in you! way back then, pepel and pat's love story was already a big deal. she was from assumption, he was from ateneo, they met in grade school and their love stood strong til college. for our age then, having a relationship that long was a major feat!
til we came to our junior year in college. pepel was given the great opportunity to transfer to fordham in new york to study. it was such great and sad news at the same time for me, the best friend, but i could just imagine how hard it was for pat to handle that. our whole barkada was lucky that the first year or two, pel still got to go home and visit us and we'd go out. pepel and i kept the friendship. and all along i was just so inspired at how he and pat were holding on, despite the different troubles that came their way.
fast forward to 2010. pepel and pat are happily living in california, legally married last year, and today, june 6, getting married in church. it breaks my heart that i can't be there with them for this most special occasion, but undoubtedly today, my heart is in san francisco.
allow me to share a beautiful, beautiful excerpt of what pepel wrote as "their story". (girls, you may want to have tissue beside you. i cried buckets when i read this.)
"At the end of the day I finally was able to talk to cute girl, found out her name was Pat and invited her to a party (which she eventually didn’t attend). As cheesy as it sounds, I thought to myself She is going to be my girlfriend. The morning after, I asked my cousin SanSan for Pat’s number, and told her not to tell anyone I had a humongous crush on Pat… which she totally told Pat the very next day.
She became my girlfriend on April 23, 1999, my wife on November 17, 2008 and I love her so much I’m marrying her again on June 6, 2010.
The next 11 years after the soiree were to be filled with much happiness and growing up. Our 5 year long distance relationship started out as a strain, but in hindsight, it was probably what made our relationship a lot stronger. It allowed us to grow individually into our own persons, mature as adults, live separately from one another and then eventually intersect on that exact moment when we were both ready to spend forever with each other.
I’m extremely proud to say that several people have told Pat and I that our relationship is such an inspiration to them. We will always go down in the history books as living proof that: 1. You can meet the love of your life in a Soiree, 2. Long distance relationships DO work, and 3. With enough perseverance and determination, the nerd could end up with the hot cheerleader and live happily ever after…"
photo credits: kat and lovine!
i love you pel and pat!!!!!!!!!! all the love and happiness in the world for both of you!!!!!!!!! ♥