Wedding Essentials

RAFAEL RAYMUNDO & MELISSA ATADERO

Forevermor­e

- Photograph­s BENJIE TIONGCO Words RAFAEL RAYMUNDO

After the overwhelmi­ng reception and support we got from our engagement, the next thing Miles and I had to plan for was the kind of wedding we wanted to have. Our main goal was to make sure that everything was personal and intimate. We thought that it would greatly reflect our personalit­ies if we went for the elegant and classic theme. We really wanted to focus on what the day truly symbolized and not on what would impress our families and guests. Simplicity became the rule in the overall planning.

April 6, 2018, was the day we set for the wedding. The night before, I had enough sleep that I felt more prepared than ever to face the much awaited day. But what I was not prepared for was the emotion build-up as the moment came closer to the real thing. I could not stop the stream of tears that flowed from my eyes even before the ceremony.

Five years back, I have envisioned Miles walking down the aisle in a simple lacy gown that complement­ed her fair and lovely look. My vision pales compared to how Miles looked on our special day; my bride was truly at her loveliest.

Keeping up with our simple theme, our reception was also spent without much of the theatrics or big drama usually associated with reception programs. Truth be told, I was dreading our first dance since I am not one who is used to performing before an audience. However that first dance became a way for me to muster enough courage to even do another number. Surprise, surprise! My wife called me to sing a duet with no less than Joey Generoso, former lead singer of Side A band. I forgot all inhibition­s and gave a soulful rendition of our favorite song “Forevermor­e.”

In all of its simplicity, we were living the wedding of our dreams. A great start for all our possibilit­ies. Four months to our marriage now, I am singing the same song to my Miles and will keep on singing… forevermor­e.

“Our main goal was to make sure that everything was personal and intimate. We thought that it would greatly reflect our personalit­ies if we went for the elegant and classic theme.”

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