MANILA— Kapuso stars Mark Herras, 34, and Nicole Donesa, 27 announced on social media that they have already tied the knot in a civil wedding ceremony.
The wedding was officiated by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at exactly 8 a.m., in Quezon City Hall.
The Kapuso couple shared on their Instagram some photos with their respective posts. Nicole wrote in her post, “We tied the knot [heart and infinity emoji] on Mama Mary’s birthday…”
For his part, Mark wrote, “Got married [red, yellow, and green heart emojis] Hi Mrs. Herras”They also vlogged about the intimate occasion on Mark’s YouTube channel where Nicole revealed: “We’re really happy with the simple celebration we did. Kaya kami nagpa-civil wedding na with Mayor Belmonte and our ninongs and ninangs is because we wanted to be legal na.”
“So legal na kaming mag-asawa talaga,” Mark added.
The wedding, according to the couple, was a last minute decision. They only had five guests, in which two pairs stood as witnesses/wedding godparents. They approached Mayor Joy to officiate it two days before the ceremony.
“Sobrang last minute yung pag-aayos ng lahat. Walang kahirap-hirap yung nangyari. Talagang gusto ni Mama Mary na ikasal tayo,” Nicole said.
Initially, they wanted bigger wedding with their closest friends and families in attendance.
“Dahil sa pandemic ngayon, hindi pa talaga kasi makapag-wedding na yung gusto namin, yung carefully planned out.
“Present yung mga kamag-anak and mga close friends,” Nicole explained.
“Dahil sa pandemic, hindi pa siya puwedeng ayusin. Kasi kung ipilit namin yung church wedding, marami rin di makakapunta,” added Mark.
The couple is saving the bigger celebration for a later date and they are hoping their loved-ones—most especially Nicole’s parents, who are currently based in the U.S.—will be able to witness it.
“Nasa States kasi silang lahat… We’re saving the big celebration for the church wedding. We just don’t know when pa yun,” said Nicole. But Mark said, “Hopefully soon, sana matapos na yung nangyayaring pandemic para maayos na natin.”
The couple’s celebrity friends sent their congratulatory messages, among them Kapuso stars Rocco Nacino, Rochelle Pangilinan, Chynna Ortaleza, Steven Silva, and Juancho Trivino, as well as Viva talent Andrew Muhlach, ALLMO$T rap artist Russell dela Fuente, and singer/TikTok content creator Zendee Rose Tenerefe.
Kapuso ladies Ashley Ortega, Chariz Solomon, and Sophie Albert dropped their comments on Nicole’s post.
Mark and Nicole got to know each other while working the Kapuso series Bihag, which aired from April to August 2019. Eventually, they officially became a couple also in 2019. They announced their engagement in June 2020.
In September 2020, Nicole revealed on her Instagram that she is expecting her baby with Mark. They welcomed their first child Mark Fernando Donesa Herras, nicknamed Bby Corky on January 31, 2021.