Naging madamdamin ang mga tagpo sa kasal nina Toni Gonzaga at Paul Soriano sa Taytay New Methodist Church, noong June 12.
Pagkakita pa lang ni Paul kay Toni habang naglalakad papasok ng simbahan ay naging emosyunal na ang 33-year-old director/producer.
PAUL'S WEDDING VOW. Maging nang bigkasin niya ang kanyang wedding vows ay makikitang nag-uumapaw ang kasiyahang nararamdaman ng groom.
"When I saw you come down that aisle, I saw everything—my future, the beautiful mother of my children in the future.
“That was the rest of my life right there, my partner for life, my miracle.
“You are my number one priority right now after God.
“Just like the movies, my happily ever after is right in front of me right now.
"And it feels great because sometimes you just watch that on television or on cinema, but to have that in real life, is overwhelming.
“It’s only something God can direct, and I would never stop thanking him for blessing me with not just physically beautiful, but inside, so generous, so giving.
“You love so many people, and to feel that also is just, it’s overwhelming,” maluha-luhang pahayag ni Paul.
Sa kanyang wedding vow, nagbalik-tanaw si Paul sa mga pagsubok na pinagdaanan nila ni Toni sa loob ng walong taon nilang relasyon.
Hindi man nagdetalye si Paul, aminado siyang hindi madali para sa kanila ang madawit sa iba’t ibang kontrobersiya, dala na rin ng trabaho ni Toni sa showbiz.
“Eight years was super challenging.
“Stepping into your business was something very new to me, even though my grandfather and my dad were in it.
“But to be now in the spotlight was tough, and there were always those people that wanted to harm us.
“But Jeremiah 29:11 says that no one will harm us. And that’s what he did.
“It’s not about material things, it’s not about what you have, what you got, it’s the love that I feel.
"It makes me so rich. It makes me so alive. Thank you for giving that to me.
“God has really blessed me with you. I know and see and feel and hope that the future’s gonna be great.
“I’m gonna be holding your hand now as we start the next eight years forever.”
Sa pagpapatuloy ng wedding vow ni Paul, inihayag niyang wala siyang maipapangako kay Toni kundi ang kanyang pananalig sa Diyos na palaging gabayan ang kanilang pagsasama bilang mag-asawa.
“You know my love for film.
"As we speak, I’m actually producing and directing right now. I got my Super 8, guys.
“The reason why I chose to shoot you on ‘Super 8’ today is because we’re technically celebrating ‘Super 8’ years of love.
“So, you’re my Super 8.
“I really don’t want to stand here and promise you anything, as we’re always the type of couple that showed it rather than said it.
“I don’t wanna say things now and you’re gonna show me the video down the line and use it as a defense.
“So, instead of promising you and saying all these things, I always know that God’s word is alive and that’s what I’m gonna say to you today.
“God will never leave us, He will never forsake us, that there will never be a weapon formed against us that shall ever prosper.”
Dugtong pa ni Paul, na bagamat may hawak na papel ay makikitang halos hindi nito ito binabasa at diretso lang sa paghahayag ng kanyang saloobin kay Toni: “Everyone in the last eight years that we’ve been together have always said that we’ve been perfect together.
“The only reason we are perfect together is that we have a perfect God in the center of this.
"And let's make sure we keep that perfect God in the center of all this at all times."
Pagkatapos ay bumuwelo pa nang kaunti si Paul bago sumigaw ng “I love you, Toni!” na katulad ng pagsigaw ng TV host/actress/singer sa isang soda commercial na naging big break nito sa showbiz.
Sa sobrang tindi ng emosyon ay aaktong hahalikan pa sana ni Paul si Toni, ngunit natatawang pinigilan ng wedding ceremony officiating pastor na si Paul Chase ang director/producer.
Sabi ni Direk Paul, “I don't say this in public, we only do this in private, but… I love you, Celestine!
“The best has just begun.
“And just like the first time I met you, and you said to me, God bless you, and I’m here to say now, thank you God for blessing me with her. I love you so much.
“I’m gonna protect you and I’m gonna do my best to give you that love that your parents gave you.
"Let’s do this! I love you!"
TONI'S WEDDING VOW. Maging si Toni ay naging emosyunal nang ihayag niya ang kanyang wedding vows.
Lalo pa’t aminado ang TV host/singer/actress na mas madaming sakripisyong ginawa si Paul sa tinagal ng kanilang relasyon.
Ito ay sa kadahilanang umpisa pa lang ay nilinaw na ni Toni kay Paul na prayoridad niya ang kanyang pamilya at showbiz career.
Bungad na pahayag ni Toni, “Paul, as I look back, I couldn’t help but wonder why you never left.
“Our relationship was never easy.
“And every time I would ask you, 'Why are you choosing to stay with me?'
“You would simply answer, ‘Because I love you.’
“For eight years, you have fought for your position in my life.
“And there are times when I would see you get tired.
“But there was never a time you gave up.
“I know I’ve not been the best girlfriend for you, but from this day forward, I promise to become the best wife you will ever need."
Sa TV special ng kanilang wedding na ipinalabas sa ABS-CBN noong June 13, nabanggit ni Toni na nakipaghiwalay siya kay Paul noong mga unang linggo ng kanilang relasyon noong June 2007.
Ito ay sa kadahilanang first boyfriend ni Toni sa Paul, at nahirapan umano ang TV host/singer/actress sa adjustment nang maging sila.
Naisip pa noon ni Toni na i-deny sa publiko ang kanilang relasyon dahil alam niyang posibleng makaapekto sa kanyang showbiz career ang pagkakaroon ng boyfriend.
Ngunit dahil na rin sa matibay na pananampalataya niya sa Diyos, agad na naisip ni Toni na hindi naaayon sa kanyang prinsipyo ang magsinungaling tungkol sa kanyang relationship status.
Matatandaang July 17, 2007 nang isapubliko nina Toni at Paul ang tungkol sa kanilang relasyon nang mag-guest sila sa Kapamilya morning talk show na Boy and Kris.
Bukod dito, naging bukas si Toni tungkol sa pagiging mahigpit na “house rules” ng kanyang mga magulang.
Isa na rito ang pagkakaroon niya ng 12-midnight curfew at pati na rin ang “no boys allowed on the second floor” sa bahay ng mga Gonzaga.
At dahil manager ni Toni ang kanyang ina na si Pinty Gonzaga, prayoridad ng TV host/actress/singer ang trabaho kaysa anumang personal na lakad.
Sa pagpapatuloy ng wedding vows ni Toni, siniguro niya na ang kanyang mister na si Paul ang prayoridad niya ngayon sa buhay.
Pangako ni Toni kay Paul, “From now on, apart from God, you are my number one priority.
“From now on, your happiness is my happiness, what makes you sad will make me more sad, and what hurts you will hurt me the most.
“It has been a long journey my love, and now, we are finally getting married.
“And it is a great love story because God wrote ours.”
Sa puntong ito ay pareho nang napaluha sina Toni at Paul.
Dugtong pa ni Toni, “It was exactly eight years ago today when I said to become your girlfriend.
“And even then, I knew in my heart that you’ll be the same man I would say yes to become my husband.
“Happy anniversary my love, and I am so excited to finally experience my life with you.
“We can now do whatever we want and there's no need to drop me home because now, you are my home.
“For the first time, we don’t have to text each other ‘See you later, good night.’
“We can finally say it face-to-face right next to each other.
"I love you, Paul, and thank you for giving me your last name.
“I will love you forever with all my heart.”