If anything remotely positive has come out from the current global pandemic, it’s that humanity has continuously proven that love, no matter the obstacle, will always find a way to overcome. From groups fostering the spirit of bayanihan in order to lend a helping hand throughout these trying times, to more personal demonstrations of love like weddings, we’ve all seen our fair share of much needed inspiring stories.
Newlyweds Luigi Rubiano and Vanessa Janine Bactad pose as yet another example. It was "like" at first sight for the pair, and surely no debilitating crisis could impede a seven year partnership so certain of what they have. “We couldn’t wait any longer! We wouldn’t let the virus stop us from pushing through,” Vanessa tells Preview.
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Luigi popped the question early this year, and like most engaged couples, their wedding plans had already been set when the lockdown came along. Forced to rework their plans to something that would safely fit the current situation, Vanessa and Luigi opted for an intimate garden civil wedding instead. Though the extension of the lockdown posed as yet another hindrance to their planned small outdoor affair, the couple were lucky enough to have a team that would bring their envisioned sprawling greenery indoors instead, for their civil ceremony.
“We called up our organizer Ms. Kutchie [Zaldarriaga] to help us with everything. The ceremony was officiated in the living room with a beautiful background setup by Teddy Manuel, that made the house look as if we were in a garden,” reveals Vanessa. “We also had our dining table decorated with a floral centerpiece that made our dinner more special."
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Instead of a long aisle, Vanessa marched down a winding staircase and said “I Do” to Luigi in the middle of their living room, while their friends and family witnessed their special day via Zoom. As Vanessa puts it perfectly "Getting married is not just about planning what to wear, where to get married, where to eat, who to invite. Marriage is something sacred that the couple decides on or commits to… The most important thing is that the both of you will love and respect each other for the rest of your lives.”