The days that followed the Taal volcanic eruption were cast dimly in gray as ash rained down, blanketing roads and homes. But in the midst of this tragic situation, love remained resilient. Today, we are sharing inspiring stories about couples who managed to push through with their weddings despite how their events were affected by the calamity. These couples chose to celebrate love no matter what obstacles they had to face and we believe that this is worth celebrating especially this love month. Read about their experiences right here.
Miguel and Michelle postponed their wedding reception to a later date, but still pushed through with the ceremony on the original day they were to set to get married despite the eruption. “The most important thing for us was to get married, while also thinking about the safety of our loved ones,” says the bride, Michelle.
Since there wasn’t going to be a reception right after the ceremony, they prepared a bread and coffee spread outside the church for their guests to enjoy instead. But to their delight, Michelle and Miguel’s close friends made the effort to throw them a mini-reception party at a hotel room complete with cake, pizza, and dancing! Such a heart warming gesture!
See some of the the fun captured by Chapter One.
Taal volcano remained on Alert Level 4 as Christian and Joanne’s wedding was approaching. Their venue was partly covered in ash, and water supply had been cut-off. “Three days before our wedding we created a poll and sent it to our guests asking them if they are still willing to go if we will push through with the wedding. Surprisingly, almost all 100-plus guests said yes and that they were very willing to go,” says the bride, Joanne.
Christian and Joanne took the affirmation of their family and friends as God’s go signal and message to trust that their wedding will be a safe and happy event. “Our decision was driven by the love and bravery of our family and friends, and everyone’s faith in the Lord.”
Here’s a glimpse of how their special day came to be from Luminance Imaging Philippines
AJ and Monica were optimistic about moving forward with their wedding since it was an intimate event with only 70 guests. The night before their big day, however, they made the decision to let go of their dream garden venue and opted for an indoor area at the same location instead. “We were so hopeful that the place will be restored. But it didn’t happen. Thank goodness there was a covered place in the same venue that was offered to us at no additional charge,” Monica, the bride, explains.
Despite the sudden change of venue and plans, AJ and Monica were very grateful for their suppliers who were able to pull-off an incredible setup as well as their guests who made them feel loved on their special day.
CamZar Photography shows us some beautiful snaps from their wedding.
Sometimes plans don’t always work out the way you want them to, but that doesn’t mean giving up! With less than two weeks to rearrange their dream wedding, Rieger and Catherine took the challenge head-on. They quickly moved their Tagaytay wedding to Clark, Pampanga and luckily found a beautiful garden venue so they could still have the kind of reception they envisioned.
Catherine shares what she realized from this experience, “Everything happens for a reason. It may not seem like it at that time but it was probably for the best. Oh, and always have a plan B!”
Check out how they made their dream wedding a reality through these photos by Jaja Samaniego.