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Assunta de Rossi was in a Vera Wang gown that the couple flew to New York for. Her veil was by Rhett Eala. The bright blossoms of her bridal bouquet, which was created by Robert Blancaflor of 1816, matched her color palette. Patrice Ramos-Diaz created the autumn-hued gowns of the entourage. Photo: Emerson Sy

The whole nation knew that the relationship of actress Assunta de Rossi, a.k.a. Ma. Assunta "Sam" Schiavone, and Negros Occidental Congressman Julio "Jules" Ledesma was a whirlwind romance. What many didn't know was that this was Jules's second chance at happily-ever-after, since his first wife, Marivi Pe, had tragically died of cancer a few years earlier.

The Assunta-Jules romance became a hot topic because of the rifts between Jules and his future mother-in-law, Nenita Schiavone—not to mention his future sister-in-law, the outspoken Alessandra "Alex" de Rossi.

But as the wedding day drew near, all misunderstandings got cleared up, and the former adversaries welcomed each other with open arms. Thrilled that love had conquered all, the couple made certain that their wedding would be a night no one would ever forget. The couple tied the knot at the Sanctuario de San Antonio in Makati, last March 14, 2004.