Nikki Valdez married Luis Garcia in Hong Kong last Friday, August 18.
While the couple really intended to have an intimate wedding, an unforeseen incident further trimmed down their guests list.
A day before their nuptials, a Xiamen Air Boey 737-800 passenger aircraft skidded off the Ninoy Aquino International Aiport main runway, causing a ton of delayed flights, including those of celebrities invited to Nikki and Luis's wedding.
Most of them tried their best to rebook their flights and make it, but the aircraft wasn't removed from the runway until Saturday morning.
Despite the mishap, Nikki and Luis said their "I do's," and the stranded guests did not fail to send their love and be with the couple in spirit.
Nikki shared some of these behind-the-scene happenings on her Instagram account yesterday, August 22.
Nikki's best friend Kaye Abad was among those that couldn't make it after being stranded at the airport with her husband Paul Jake.
But thanks to technology, Kaye was able to talk to the blushing bride before Nikki left the hotel.
Nikki wrote, "One of my most treasured moments before leaving for our wedding ceremony was a video call from my hani @kaye_abad [heart eyes emoji] We laughed and cried together virtually. [loudly crying and grinning with sweat emojis]
"A lot of you have been asking if she was invited to our wedding and the answer is of course she couldn’t miss it for the world BUT there were unforeseen events over the weekend that we could not control.
"I love you so much hani ko!!!! She was at the airport with Paul Jake for 10hrs or more trying to make it to their flight but to no avail.
"I want you both to know that Luis and I appreciate all the effort. [heart emoji]"
Nice Print Photo was able to capture the touching moment between Nikki and her daughter Olivia, and Kaye and her son Joaquin.
Ai-Ai delas Alas played Nikki's mom in the Ang Tanging Ina franchise, and she was supposed to be one of Nikki and Luis's ninangs.
Unfortunately, she couldn't get a flight out of Manila. She posted a message for the bride and groom on her own Instagram account.
Ai-Ai wrote, "Congratulations and best wishes sa anak kong si tudis ( NIKKI VALDEZ and sa kanyang husband na si LUIS garcia.. dapat ninang ako d ako nakarating kasi wala ng flight .. anyways GOD BLESS YOU BOTH .. and stay happy together forever .. @nikkivaldez_ @hoyluisito"
Marvin Agustin, who played Nikki's older brother in Ang Tanging Ina, was able to attend their special day, and stood as representative for the whole Montecillo family.
Nikki wrote on her Instagram caption, "To the only representative of our Tanging Pamilya who made it—thank you kuya Juan @marvinagustin !!!!! Pansin mo ba ngiti ko? Ang saya ko di ba kuya? [hugging emoji]"
Nikki also explained the absence of Ai-Ai and Shaina Magdayao, who played one of Nikki's younger siblings in Ang Tanging Ina.
She said, "Mama Ai @msaiaidelasalas couldn’t get a flight anymore same as Shaina @shaina_magdayao who waited for forever to get confirmation when to fly. I love you all!!!! [two hearts emojis] #TheGarciasYouMeInfinity"
Nikki's friend and Sana Dalawa Ang Puso co-star Jodi Sta. Maria also failed to get to Hong Kong in time for the wedding.
Together with Patricia Coronado, who styles both her and Nikki, Jodi waited for hours to be able to get on a plane to Hong Kong.
Nikki shared the video of Patricia and Jodi sending their well wishes.
Nikki wrote in the caption, "To @jodistamaria and @patriciacoronado who both exhausted all means to be able to make it to our wedding—thank you!!! [blowing kiss emoji]
"I truly have the sweetest people in my life. They were together ready to leave in the morning but flight got cancelled so they waited for hours but to no avail as well.
"Good thing our director friend @maecruzalviar was already in Hong Kong days before. So may representative pa rin ang Sana Dalawa Ang Puso family!!! Two hearts emojis] I love you all! [sparkling heart emoji] #TheGarciasYouMeInfinity"