When Fatima Melody C. de Castro, then 28, and David Ian Greenway, then 31, had a church wedding in her hometown, Tiaong, Quezon, it was their second time to exchange "I do's."
The first time was in a civil ceremony in Southampton, England, four months earlier.
The two theater actors—who go by the stage names Ima Castro and David Shannon—first met in April 2002 in Manchester, England. The Filipina and the Irishman were the lead stars in the long-running musical Miss Saigon, which was then on tour.
It took a while for Ima to agree to go out on a date with David, but when she finally did, it didn't take long for David to realize that he wanted Ima "to be the mother of my children."
On his 30th birthday, David proposed to Ima, and she gave him his best birthday gift ever by saying yes.