Sunday, August 9, 2009

Wedding of the year

I intentionally didn't do any studying this weekend to attend the much-awaited wedding of two of my good friends from church, Kuya Moncie Casas and Ate Rae Rivera.

They're the first couple in my close circle of friends in Higher Rock to marry, so imagine our excitement from the moment we learned they were a couple up to the time they announced their marriage date. My radar for romantic love is as slow as my internet connection during typhoons, so when I heard about the engagement, it fell right smack into my face—they're so right for each other!

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I arrived just about on time in Higher Rock in Timog Avenue, Quezon City, and when the elevator doors were opened, I saw Kuya Moncie, dressed in a smart brown suit. He was smiling, looking terribly tense, with beads of sweat on his face. Only two of us were there, and so I asked if I could take his picture to commemorate the happy end of his single blessedness.

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Everyone was busy in the registration, taking guests to the correct tables. The great thing about this wedding is that it was largely a team effort: people in church helped out gladly. These pretty smiling faces are my ates in church, and during the reception, they would sing a Broadway version of Mama Mia for the newly weds.

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I haven't been to a lot of weddings, but here, I heard the most memorable wedding vows. Kuya Moncie said his in a most creative manner, and Ate Rae in the same way. I was blessed with their understanding of the centrality of Christ in the marriage, and the value of following after His pattern of loving each other as He loved the Church.

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Pastor Bob Amigo's message was evangelistic, centering on the fact that marriage is a union of two sinners. He zeroed in on sin and the grace shown by Christ when He died on the cross.

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Here's our dear Kuya Lito Sto. Domingo, our youth pastor, who was among the principal sponsors.

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I'm not officially part of the wedding team, but I had the joy of helping out in the layout and printing of the wedding programme. Ate Krystal Mercado is the odd (wo)man out, having changed into more casual clothes after the ceremonies.

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My brother was in a black suit, while I wore my barong. Filipino-American Friendship Day ba ito?

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So that ends the wedding. They're officially Mr and Mrs Jose Ramon Casas. Let's pray for them as they begin their marriage.

And, if ever they read this, I'd like to offer two name suggestions for their first two children, Lord-willing: Do-rae-mon and Mon-te-rae. How cool, right?

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