I can not say enough good things about this couple. It has really been such an honor to be able to work with this couple throughout the entirety of their wedding planning process. You may notice these beautiful faces from a previous engagement session; they wore purple and completely rocked the world with their beauty. Seriously. I use those photographs all of the time. The day had finally come for the two to say “I do” and with family from *literally* all across the nation flying and driving in for this big celebration. It was a blast and was amazing to be a part of such happiness. The venue, the food, and the music were all just that extra push of love to make this event extraordinary.
Some of these details include the veil and cord. It’s Filipino tradition when someone is to marry to do a set of customs to assure a prosperous marriage. After the candle ritual, a pair of secondary sponsors known as the Veil Sponsors will pin the veil on the couple. The veiling ritual signifies the clothing of the two individuals as one. After the veiling, the last pair of secondary sponsors will then drape the yugal over the shoulders of the couple. The cord is customarily shaped or looped to form an infinity sign; also symbolizing a long lasting fidelity. I love how Cat and Erwin’s wedding had these small but very delicate details for their wedding day. It is definitely something special to see.
Something else that is very special to see is the “money dance.” Yes. I said that right. Men and women line up in front of the bride and groom with money in hand. Money is pinned or taped onto the new married couple’s garments, representing the wish that good fortune is “rained” upon them, while also helping the couple financially as they begin their life together. I. love. this. tradition!
To get the party started at the reception, Frankie had all of the guests hold hands around the bride and groom and played “That’s amore!” by Dean Martin. Whenever the song said “amore” the guests were to run up to the bride and groom who were dancing in the middle. This was just precious! I have never seen this done before, and my, it was just sweet!
All of these things… they don’t even explain how beautiful this day was.
Congratulations Cat and Erwin! I am leaving a part of myself with you as I give you these photographs. I loved every second of this, and am so thankful that I could document this day for you!