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A Filipino Wedding in Photos

A Filipino Wedding in Photos

If you’ve been reading Don’t Ever Look Back over the past couple of months, you’re probably aware that we attended a traditional Filipino wedding during our recent visit to South East Asia. On April 9, 2011, my parents renewed their vows at St. Francis Xavier Parish Church in Surigao del Norte in the Philippines.

Being able to attend a Filipino wedding was an unbelievable cultural experience for the two of us and it was a day that we’ll remember forever. Well, apart from perhaps the last hour of the reception which got a little hazy due to the freely flowing San Miguel that was heavily consumed by everyone – and let us tell you, those Filipinos sure know how to party!

Here are the photos from our day.

Before the Wedding

Family House in Surigao

Wedding Rings Bouquet and Bible

Makeup Amy getting her hair done

Mum before the wedding

Bridal Car In the Bridal Car

The Wedding

The Church

Beads Flowergirl

Amy the Bridesmaid Priests

Mum entering the church

Inside the Church Exchanging VowsCousins at the Wedding

The Happy Couple

Group Photo at the Wedding

The Reception

Entering the Gateway Hotel

Reception Venue - The Gateway Hotel The Wedding Cake

Bridal Waltz Wedding Speech

Amy catching the bouquet Just a little bit set-up by our family!

Kieron and Mum

Live Band Dancing Cousins

All that is left to do is party!

 

34 Comments

  1. Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:34 am | Permalink

    Aw :] beautiful photos… I love weddings! The decorations are great and the bride looks amazing!
    Seattle Dredge recently posted..10 Things NOT to do in Jasper- Alberta

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Seattle! Everyone in the bridal party (especially my mom) looked amazing!

  2. Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    It looks beautiful! Hope your mom and dad (and you guys) had a great night!
    Annie recently posted..Cliffs of Moher- Ireland

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Annie, it really was one of the best nights we’ve ever had! So much fun!

  3. Posted May 16, 2011 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    How beautiful! Everyone looks so happy and to be having a wonderful time. I’m sure it was really special for you to see your parents exchange their vows.
    Andrea recently posted..How to Attend a Black Tie Event While Backpacking

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      It was a pretty special experience and I know my parents were so proud that we could attend. We definitely made the right decision to delay our RTW to visit my grandmother and attend the wedding!

  4. Posted May 16, 2011 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing those amazing pictures and allowing us to be a part of such a joyous event! Everyone has such big smiles and it really looks like an awesome day!

    Not everybody gets to be there when their parents exchange their vows, so I’m sure you were thrilled at being able to attend!
    Stephanie recently posted..Staying Focused On The Goal

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Stephanie, we’re happy that we could share these photos with our readers! It really was an awesome day/night – the ceremony was touching, the reception was a blast and it was great seeing and partying with family that I rarely see. :)

  5. Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    What a great experience! I have a co-worker that is Filipino and he just spent 3 weeks in the Philippines! What a fun, cultural, and joyful experience!
    Jeremy Branham recently posted..Travel confessions

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      It was one hell of an experience, though the pressure is on us now to be the next ones to have a Filipino wedding of our own! Haha.

  6. Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Aww- your mom looks absolutely gorgeous! Looks like it was a beautiful and awesome party!

  7. Posted May 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I love the neckline on the bridesmaids dresses

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      It was very unique, that’s for sure! There’s a post coming about the dresses – stay tuned. :)

  8. Posted May 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful shots! What a great chance to be able to see your parents do this, they look so happy.

    Love the blue!
    megan recently posted..My room in Kathmandu

    • Posted May 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      My parents never had a real wedding when they first got married so this was a very special day for the two of them (and for us as well!).

      How good is the blue! Amy & I are going to another wedding this weekend and she’s bought a dress the exact same color!

  9. Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Great photos, besides the bride (of course) I really like the one of the flower girl and ring bearer, adorable!
    Laurel recently posted..Capture the Essence of a City in Germany- In One Photo

    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Oh they are very cute! We’ve got a video of the two of them dancing at the reception, will upload that to our Facebook page over the next few days!

  10. Posted May 17, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    What a very special event! It looks like everyone had a great time celebrating your parents.

    I enjoy ethnic weddings because they are usually very different than the traditional weddings in the US.

    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Definitely! Adding a foreign culture to any event makes it pretty special and this was no exception!

  11. Posted May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    OMG! I know those people! They are relatives on my mom’s side! Small world! Are we somehow related?!
    Cristine Tabing recently posted..Snapshot weekly- Mt Pinatubo crater lake

  12. Posted May 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Scratch that! We’re related. Your mom is my mom’s cousin!
    Cristine Tabing recently posted..Snapshot weekly- Mt Pinatubo crater lake

    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      I still can’t believe that we’re second cousins! What are the odds of that?!

  13. Posted May 18, 2011 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Looks like it was a really beautiful wedding, and that all of you had a lot of fun!
    Norbert recently posted..Guide to Copan Ruinas

  14. Posted May 18, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Those dresses are gorgeous – and your mom looks beautiful! What a fun-looking celebration. :)
    Christy recently posted..The Pros and Cons of Living in an RV

    • Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

      A post about the dresses is coming soon – they really were stunning!

  15. Posted May 18, 2011 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Great photos. I’d be interested to hear about the customs and traditions as well.
    The Travel Chica recently posted..Being a Nerd in Buenos Aires

  16. Posted May 19, 2011 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    I always love to see photographs from weddings in different countries and of different cultures. My first taste of travel to Europe was for a French wedding. All of the customs and traditions are so interesting. It looks like a beautiful wedding!
    Suzy recently posted..Suzy Stumbles Over Travel- Week of May 16- 2011

  17. Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Kieron your parents looked wonderfully happy to still be married – which is a very hard feat to accomplish these days. And Amy, you looked amazing in that beautiful dress. Thank you both for sharing such a personal event. I’ve been to many Filipino weddings in the US, but never in the Philippines. They are always fun and lively. But, for some reason, I don’t think its the same experience.
    Sherry recently posted..Cities that Will Give You a Food Lovers High

  18. Posted May 29, 2011 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Wow, amazing photos! Congratulations. :)

  19. Posted June 17, 2011 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    So sweet, very beautiful shots!
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  20. ken stan
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    I stayed in a Hotel that had a lot of Wedding Receptions nothing like a filipino wedding.Another strange thing I saw there was in Vigan at St Pauls 3 funerals and a wedding at the same time now that was something.

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