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Special day ‘no matter what’


Filipino couple weds under volcanic cloud.

Social media image of people attending a wedding ceremony as Taal Volcano sends out a column of ash in the background in Alfonso, Cavite, Philippines

A couple getting married in the
Philippines over the weekend witnessed a surprise guest at their

In what has made for dramatic shots that have since gone
viral on social media, Chino and Kat Palomar exchanged vows in
Cavite province on Sunday under a gigantic cloud of smoke and
ash from Taal, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes.

“The mood was surprisingly calm despite the large billows of
smoke that were already prominently visible in the ceremony
area,” said Randolf Evan, the wedding photographer.

Evan related how the volcano began spewing smoke an hour or
two before the wedding started, and said ash began to fall on
the party toward the end of the ceremony.

More than 24,000 people have been forced to evacuate their
homes from the volcanic island on which Taal is located south of
central Manila, and in the area immediately around it – normally
a popular tourist spot.

Social media users responded with amazement to the shots of
the bride and groom and their party in a white canvas tent lit
with fairy lights under billowing clouds streaked by lightning.

“Kudos to the wedding planner,” read one jokey comment.
“This is going to be tough to top.”

Despite the alarming backdrop, Evan said the bridal couple
were little affected.

“They were actually relaxed and collected throughout the
whole wedding,” Evan said.

“We later found out their wedding was 8 years and 2 kids in
the making, so this day they planned for was going to be special
no matter what, with or without the Taal volcano’s
(Reporting by Yishu Ng; Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by
Gerry Doyle)