The wedding pictures are always going to be a highlight of the ceremony and they are something we save for many years to come. Sometimes we may add an element that makes the pictures even better and that is what happened with this young couple and their wedding in the Philippines.
They had planned their wedding for quite some time but the nearby Taal volcano decided not to wait until after the nuptials. Although the volcano was spewing ash into the air only 12 miles away, they decided to stick with the wedding plans.
The wedding photographer, Randolph Evan said that they tried to keep prepared for anything as the ceremony was approaching. On Sunday, January 12, Taal erupted in the afternoon.
“We were actually nervous because while working we kept on checking social media for updates on the volcanic eruption,” Evan told CNN. “We also discreetly discussed among ourselves what we should do when worst comes to worst.”
The daring couple that tied the knot as the volcano was erupting in the background are Kat and Chino Vaflor. The ash that the volcano was throwing into the air did not all stay airborne. Thousands of people had to be evacuated as the ash settled. The wedding guests did their best to remain calm, even though there was so much destruction going on in the background.
Anything can happen on the wedding day, from bad weather to an unexpected guffaw. Deciding to go forward with a wedding despite a volcanic eruption is truly taking things to the next level.
The venue for the wedding was Savanna Farm Tagaytay by Solange and they posted a picture, credited to Warren S. Garcia. The caption reads “Tuloy ang kasal!” Which means when translated, ‘The marriage continues’!
Some 500,000 people had to evacuate a 8.6 mile radius around the volcano, which is 60 miles from Manila.
NPR reported that the volcano did quiet down but officials still kept the alert level just below the highest of 5. Tremors continued to take place after Sunday’s eruption, which may indicate a larger eruption is in the works.
“The speed of escalation of Taal’s volcanic activity caught us by surprise,” Maria Antonia Bornas, chief science research specialist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, told Reuters. “We have detected magma … We still can expect a hazardous eruption any time.”
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