REAL BRIDE, REAL BEAUTY
Gel leads a blessed life. As the general manager of Travelife magazine, she gets to travel a lot while managing the business side of the publication.
“I love to travel. At least once or twice a month, I go to different places—both local and international. At least twice a year, I have my ‘me time’ in traveling, like I go an exotic place alone and just explore and be immersed by the culture of a certain country,” shares Gel.
When she’s not globe-trotting, Gel likes to spend time with her family, go to the gym, and catch-up with friends and church family.
THE LOVE STORY
With Gel’s lifestyle of traveling and attending numerous events, she always gets to meet new people. However, when it comes to choosing her partner in life, Gel had some specific criteria.
“After quite some time, my prayers have become more specific. I was asking and praying for God to lead me to a man that follows his heart. I have my checklists and the non-negotiables list that I put in my diary. I prayed that God would grant me a man that would lead me closer to Him—who I can grow my faith with, hand in hand,” shares Gel.
Inspired by a friend who met her husband in a Christian dating site, Gel created an account in the same site and began chatting with new friends. However, among these Christian men, Nicolas stood out. He prayed for her every morning and every night. And even if there is an 8-hour difference in their time zones, Nicolas—who’s a chef based in United Kingdom—still made efforts of asking her how her day went.
Since Gel wanted to be sure if Nicolas is God’s best for her, she asked for very specific signs: that Nicolas would be able to take a leave from work to meet her in Turkey during her previously scheduled trip, and that he would give her a cross necklace when they meet.
And just like magic, Nicolas came to Turkey and during dinner, he gave Gel a cross necklace.
Their love story was indeed, written by God. It was a beautiful lifetime gift for two faithful individuals. They officially became a couple on November 2016. Nicolas came to the Philippines to meet Gel’s family and when Gel went to France to visit his family in March 2017, Nicolas asked her to marry him.
“What I love about him is that He makes me closer to God. He is a guy who I know I would be secured with and we would complement each other’s strength. He is kind and funny—he makes me laugh with his simple jokes. He is simple, humble, he loves God and is open to many changes. The list can go on and on,” says Gel.
For her wedding day, Gel wanted to look simple and natural, with her hair up. And to create this look for the shoot, Anthea Bueno used warmer tones to complement her skin tone.
“I usually like to put subtle definition key areas of my brides face to highlight her features while still maintaining a youthful and fresh look,” says Anthea.
She highlighted her eyes and lips, because these areas bring life to the whole face.
“It’s very nice, I liked it! It looks so natural,” shares Gel.