A couple getting married in the Philippines over the weekend witnessed a surprise guest at their wedding.
“The mood was surprisingly calm despite the large billows of smoke that were already prominently visible in the ceremony area,” said Randolf Evan, the wedding photographer.
Evan related how the volcano began erupting an hour or two before the wedding started, and said ash began to fall on the party toward the end of the ceremony.
More than 24,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes from the volcanic island on which Taal is located south of central Manila, and in the area immediately around it – normally a popular tourist spot.
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Despite the alarming backdrop, Evan said the bridal couple were little affected.
“They were actually relaxed and collected throughout the whole wedding,” Evan said.
“We later found out their wedding was 8 years and 2 kids in the making, so this day they planned for was going to be special no matter what, with or without the Taal volcano’s intervention!”