Love Prevails Against the Odds: Couple Weds in the Shadow of an Erupting Volcano

Despite a major volcanic emergency in the Philippines, one couple refused to have their wedding day ruined. Chino Vaflor and Kat Bautista Palomar had their hearts set on marrying at a wedding venue near Taal, one of the country’s most active volcanoes.

                                                                              RANDOLF EVAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Taal erupted during the wedding festivities, spewing steam and ash several kilometers into the air. Randolf Evan, a wedding photographer, later revealed that they had “no prior notice at all” of the impending eruption. Nonetheless, the bride and groom, as well as all of their guests, remained calm and continued with the ceremony, which was held at a venue on higher ground and not directly in the vicinity of the volcano.


The wedding went off without a hitch, and the guests even got to enjoy an after-party with a buffet and a marquee draped in lights. Despite the growing cloud of steam in the background and ash falling on their clothes, the guests remained calm and relaxed, refusing to let the threat of an explosive eruption ruin their day.


This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Mr. Evan, an experienced wedding photographer. He described it as a “mixture of thrill and sheer amazement,” and expressed gratitude for having witnessed such an extraordinary event. While the nature of the eruption changed the next day, with lava fountains seen spewing from the volcano, everyone had already safely evacuated the area, and the couple’s wedding day remained an unforgettable testament to the power of love against all odds.


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