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#RealWeddings: This Couple Moved Their Wedding From Tagaytay To Clark Two Weeks Before Their Big Day

"Two weeks before our wedding, Taal Volcano erupted. Despite the unexpected change in venue, we were determined to have the wedding as planned."

Rieger and I met in an unlikely place, at unlikely time to find love: Boracay, Summer 2013. He was based in Singapore, and I was starting a business in Manila. We kept in touch, we’d see each other whenever he came home to the Philippines, but we never solidified what we were. We'd even see each other, coincidentally, when we ended up in the same countries on family holidays. I think fate enjoyed playing Cupid.

When Rieger returned to the Philippines permanently, we made things official. Fast forward four years later, basking in the sunset over Santorini, I found myself nodding yes, speechless, to my future husband on bended knee.

Planning our nuptials, we easily agreed on many things: a garden wedding somewhere with a cooler temperature; decor in green and white; modern elegance and timeless romanticism. We wanted a venue easily accessible to our families, somewhere they could also enjoy a getaway. That’s when we decided on Tagaytay. It was perfect for the garden reception we envisioned.

But fate, ever mischievous, had other plans for us. Two weeks before our wedding, Taal Volcano erupted. With no time to spare, we moved our wedding to Clark, Pampanga, closer to my hometown. Despite the unexpected change in venue, we were determined to have the wedding as planned.

We transformed a chapel into an indoor garden, with trees from the entrance to the altar. From one oasis to another, our garden reception was complemented by a custom menu of delicious food and bottomless drinks. Where the chapel had a harmonious choir, the reception featured an acoustic singer who serenaded guests over dinner. After speeches and toasts, a DJ kicked off the after-party.

Our wedding didn't go as planned, but it turned out even better! The “little hiccup” actually made our wedding more memorable.—Cathy David-Cruz


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Wedding Suppliers:
o Church / Ceremony Venue – St. Joseph The Worker Chapel, Clark Pampanga
o Reception Venue – Hilltop Mimosa, Mimosa Clark 
o Date of Wedding – January 24, 2020
o Wedding Coordinator – Ernest Pascual of Bespoke Manila 
o Photoghapher – Jaja Samaniego
o Videographer – Jason Magbanua
o Invitations / Printers – Amis Print
o Designer Bridal Gown – Pronovias 
o Designer Entourage – Maureen Disini
o Designer Groom – Ermenegildo Zegna
o Bridal Robe – La Tercera
o Bridal Shoe Designer – Jimmy Choo
o Florist and Set Designer – Il Fiore Flower Boutique 
o Jewelry Designer – Radiant Lux
o Music - Church Choir: Animo Choir and Strings 
o Music – Reception: Anne Clerigo 
o DJ - Marc Naval
o Priest – Fr. Deo Galang
o Catering and Cake Maker – Bizu Catering Studio
o Make up artist and Hair – Madge Lejano 
o Hosts - Bianca Valerio and Rico Robles
o Wedding hashtag - #CruzinWithCath