Half the reason we returned to the Philippines earlier this year was for the wedding of my wife’s niece. It was interesting for me, as it was about 9 1/2 years since my own wedding in the same town. While my wedding was in front of the Judge, Ida’s was in a local church. Apart from family, a lot of the same neighbours present at my wedding were at this year’s big event.
The nervous wait for the bride’s arrival
Bridesmaids and maids of honour crowd the church doorway
The groom’s arrival…still no bride
Cousins, brother, uncle and mother of the bride…still no bride
The smiling bride with her proud mum and dad
And so begins the wedding ceremony to end all others…
…after the first 1 1/2 hours, my butt was feeling the pain. But while almost everyone else went walkabout, I kept a stiff upper lip and saw out the marathon.
The pageboy hands over the rings
The pageboys and fairies are getting restless
Some peculiar thing with a sheet and a rope takes place. Can’t be all bad, the vicar’s still watching
Bridesmaids’ turn to get itchy. Chatter breaking out in the crowd.
More rope, they’ll never get out of this one.
And all of a sudden, the vicar’s had enough and it’s time to kiss the bride.
A speech from one of the Lupon ‘old girls’
And if the congregation thought they were getting out of there, they’d forgotten about the photo ops
I’m fairly open-minded, but a vicar horsing around wearing a crown with the fiery horns of hell at the back of the wedding photo is going too far…
Eventually it all proves too much for the fairies
Looking for an escape
The guy on the right has had enough, time to go
Another Lupon Wedding
Judge Lopez presiding…having been awol for a week or so.
Like two naughty kids in front of the headmaster…
Short n sweet, and no tortured pageboys.
Signatures not in triplicate, but sextuplate
And you should see the impecable list of witnesses on the wedding certificate, they look like they were rounded up by Cecil B deMille: Two x Jesus; Aida; and to cap it all, Judah Ben-Hur! I defy anyone to beat that.
And a quick sprint out of the court to avoid the waiting paparrazi
You might also be interested in this blog about weddings in Ilocos, Luzon.