RAFAEL RAY­MUNDO & MELISSA ATADERO

Forever­more

Wedding Essentials - - REAL WEDDINGS - 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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