Sunday, October 11, 2009

Come Hell or High Water

I got a tex last Oct 1 that says, super typhoon signal number 4 to hit Metro Manila on Oct 3, sat. Panic got into me since we have an event that day all the way in Balayan, Batangas! Good thing we had ever reliable suppliers who were all there a day before as planned. Rachy Cuna for event usual, his styling was very creative, Beatbox for the tent, Rene Gabriel for sound and lights and La Tasca for catering. Thanks to Patrick Uy who decided to come in a day before to make sure he's there on the day of the event.

Spirits were high in hoping that the storm will not hit us on the day. Plan B was in effect, guests to be dropped off exactly at the venue entrance ( no need for golf carts), registration, cocktails, strings and band moved inside the tent. Trina, our bride made sure she placed a glass of water under the table (her version of the rain dance) and prayed over it. It worked!

The sky was gloomy, dark clouds were upon us but not a single drop of rain. To top it off, the church was well attended, the reception area was packed with people who matter the most to our couple.

Congratulations, Paolo and Trina!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Stormy Wedding- Sept 26

We had a wedding last Sept 26, right smack during the fury of typhoon Ondoy. Relatives and friends were either stuck in traffic or their houses due to heavy floods. To top it off, our priest backed out since he is coming from Ateneo and our mass is in Shrine of Jesus, all the way in Pasay....what a nightmare for the couple and their family!

What do we do in a situation like this? One, have the priest picked up. Two, look for a judge or a mayor who can just do a civil ceremony and three, ask a priest to officiate the blessing of the couple in the same venue as the reception and just get married later on in church.

Luckily, Fr. Larry Tan was just in Allied Bank bldg. along Ayala conducting a seminar. We were able to pull him out of his seminar just to officiate the blessing of the couple. Thank God!

We pushed thru with the mass and the reception. Bride and groom were so "cool" about the whole situation. The stress they felt in deciding whether to push through or not with the wedding never showed in the pictures. Just a happy bride and groom.

It may be a stormy wedding but as Fr. Larry puts it....due to this experience, both of you can now weather any storm that will come your way.