Both Ge and I have laidback personalities, so we knew from the start that we want our wedding to reflect who we are in a casual yet classy way. Nothing too fancy, with the idea that everyone’s having a good time. We also want our guests to feel at ease and not worry about formal wear or high heels. I have a soft spot for outdoor weddings so we opted for a garden ceremony. There’s something about the fresh, warm air and natural surroundings that makes people feel more stress-free. Plus nature blends perfectly to any setup and makes a beautiful backdrop to the photos.
We wanted minimal decor to let the venue set the tone. The Mango Farm was such an amazing location that we only had to decorate a bit to enhance its already beautiful features.
It doesn’t usually rain in December but because of the climate changes, the weather in the Philippines is getting harder to predict than ever. It was raining so hard the day before our wedding. Our coordinator already sent me a message asking if I had plan B in case the rain doesn’t give in ‘til next morning. No, I don’t have any plan (i.e. renting a tent) and even if I did consider that, it was not part of our budget.
I settled in the best way I know how I can handle this. I can’t stop the rain but I know someone who can. I messaged my prayer warriors to pray with us and I woke up on our wedding day with a glimpse of soft sunlight from our hotel window.
I admit, Ge and I’s relationship was not that visible or shared to all of the guests present in our wedding. Not long before we officially dated, I moved to Singapore for work. He followed me a few months after. We did not have the chance to introduce each other to every important people in our lives. Some of my friends only met him that day. Most of his family only saw me that day.
As I walked down the aisle and set my eyes on them, our beloved wedding guests – old and new faces alike – I was overwhelmed with memories of how much these people have contributed to who we are today. They were a part of us.
And for that, they were already a piece of our story.
This day happened. I was my beloved’s and he was mine!
My favorite part of his vow:
I promise to respect you as a whole person with your own interests, desires and needs, and to realize that those are sometimes different, but no less important than my own. I will encourage you to achieve your goals, and that your dreams will also be my dreams. I promise to grow with you in mind and in spirit, and that next to God, you will be my priority in everything.
His favorite part of my vow:
Mahal, I promise…
To follow where you lead
To support you wherever God calls you to go
To put you next to God in my priorities
To respect and honour you in every way I know how
I promise… To be the person who helps you continue to fall madly in love with Jesus
And to always choose us even when life makes love look hard. Because in this daily choice, I understand a little more what Jesus Christ chose on that cross. He decides to stay with us every day … and nothing we can do can separate us from that kind of love.
The following day, it was raining again. :)
Thanks to my prayer warriors, God spared OUR day and made it as beautiful as it can be.
All praises to God for keeping His promises like He always does, and for giving us a love story that will last us a lifetime. More than our wedding day, that is what we will remember and treasure for the rest of our lives.