WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Filipino couple got married in the Philippines in a surreal scene featuring a spewing volcano and ash billowing during the ceremony.
- Chino and Kat Vaflor, who had no idea the volcano was going to erupt, tied the knot on Sunday at a venue about 10 miles from Taal Volcano, which was erupting as the couple said: “I do.”
- The dramatic images were captured by photographer Randolf Evan, CNN Philippines reported.
While thousands of Filipinos fled their homes on Sunday to escape the sudden eruption of a Philippine volcano, Chino and Kat Vaflor were saying, “I do.”
The couple tied the knot at a venue about 10 miles from the Taal Volcano, the country’s second most active volcano, wedding photographer Randolf Evan told ABC News.
Chino and Kat said they had no idea the volcano was going to erupt during their wedding. But no volcanic eruption would stop the ceremony. Evan was able to capture the dramatic backdrop to the wedding and shared the surreal photos on Facebook.
“We were actually nervous because while working we kept on checking social media for updates on the volcanic eruption. So we were actually aware of the warnings and escalating levels that was being announced real time,” Evan told CNN.
According to Evan, although the wedding took place close to the eruption, everyone in attendance felt “definitely safe as the venue was on higher ground and not directly around the volcano’s vicinity.”
So safe, in fact, that the wedding continued as planned. Guests even stayed for the party after the ceremony.
“Surprisingly everyone was calm and relaxed. It was an intimate wedding so guests were mostly the couple’s family and close friends, and thus nobody really left,” the photographer said.
The couple’s wedding photos are one-of-a-kind. Evan told the BBC he has been a wedding photographer for 8 years and said the experience was “a mixture of thrill and sheer amazement.”
“In the end, I’m just grateful to have experienced such a unique moment in my career,” he said.