The wedding of Ramon and Christine was originally set to take place along the beautiful shores of Boracay. But, due to the imposed closing and rehabilitation of the island last year, the event was forced to be moved to Tagaytay. Just imagine having to move your whole wedding on such short notice! Numerous adjustments had to be made within a span of a month, but this hurdle didn’t stop Ramon and Christine from enjoying one of the best days of their lives. Find out how they managed to pull it off and get to know more about their story while you checkout the snaps of Love Train Studios.
Can you tell us about your love story?
“It was one summertime when my friends and I decided in a spur of the moment to have an all girls adventure in Baguio City. We planned to just relax, chill, and bond for two days with no guys allowed in the circle. This trip turned out to be a stroke of luck because it led to me meeting my future husband. We were in front of a coffee shop taking pictures when he approached us and volunteered to take our pictures. But he later on admitted that his intention was really to meet me. I told my friends to ignore him as he seemed arrogant. But he was so persistent that one of my friends finally talked to him. Then we started to lighten up with him when we realized that he was a gentleman after all.
We started talking and spent hours just chatting. I can’t recall exactly what we talked about but I was very impressed by the fact that he is a sports enthusiast despite his hectic schedule as a pilot.
I was also struck by his quick wit and fun loving persona. And he entertained everyone cheerfully. The thing is, while I thought he was handsome and charming and all, I didn’t think we had much of a future, probably because I thought of him as just one of those guys who only wants to have fun and is not looking for commitment. But he followed through and did the proper pursuing. Little did I know that typing my name into his smartphone four years ago would become his.”
What was your vision for your dream wedding?
“I’ve always dreamt of an intimate, relaxed, and tropical destination wedding in the Philippines, so I decided that Boracay would be our best option. I was imagining a wedding at the beach wearing the perfect dress and surrounded by all the people we care about most. Plus lots of good food, fun entertainment, and excellent decor to create an elegant but easy-going aesthetic. Then the Boracay closure happened.”
What was your first reaction after finding out about the temporary closing of Boracay?
“We were definitely shocked when the announcement of the Boracay closure came out a month before our wedding. You plan for this one big day for almost a year and things beyond your control muck it up. Everything was already set and our guests coming from different countries had already booked their hotel and bought their plane tickets.”
How many months of preparation time did you have left after the announcement was made?
“I really panicked as I only had a month to reorganize our entire wedding. Initially, I wanted to cancel the wedding and move it to another date as I really wanted to have my wedding in Boracay. But then I thought about our family and friends who already planned their holidays because of our wedding. The well-being of our guests was our top priority.”
What adjustments did you have to make aside from the venue change and how did you handle the pressure?
“I was emotionally affected of course but I took everything in stride and accepted the necessary adjustments. So I came up with a contingency plan and started making phone calls with the help of my wedding coordinator. I was very involved in the planning process as there wasn’t a moment to spare given the one month preparation. Thankfully, with God’s grace, everything fell into place and we were able to arrange and fix all the details right on schedule.”
What did you love most about your special day?
For me the best part of my wedding was seeing all our special guests in perfect attendance despite the change of venue on such short notice. Moving the event from Boracay to Tagaytay, sweltering in the church, laughing and crying tears of happiness during the speeches, moving on the dance floor–everything still came together so perfectly because of the love and support they willingly shared with us during our challenging moments. Despite all the obstacles that we had to go through, it still turned out to be the most beautiful and wonderful day of my life.