By Rosemarie Reyes – SouthTrip Editor-in-Chief
The beginning of 2020 marked the start of a new decade, an auspicious event that many wanted to capture. Soon after the new year was ushered in, many couples have decided to begin their lives together with nuptials and receptions in the country’s top wedding destination: Tagaytay and adjacent areas like Silang, Cavite.
When Taal erupted, Alta Veranda de Tibig was happily and efficiently hosting a wedding reception for hundreds of guests. It was only the second weekend of the new year and everybody was on a post-holiday high and feeling the love for the newly wedded couple. On that day, Alta Veranda de Tibig was also in the perfect spot to accommodate a frantic request to make the beautiful wedding of another couple happen. Apparently, their original garden wedding reception in a nearby events venue is not going to handle the increasing volume of ashes spewed by Taal Volcano.
In true Alta Veranda fashion, they transformed their other covered venue in record time to a lovely reception area. Owner Noe Guevarra said that it took them a single hour (they were pressed for time as the couple and their guests had to transfer immediately) to bring together everything needed to make it happen. “Sa isang oras po, sa tulong ng aming mga staff, subok na accredited caterer at iba pang supplier, nabigyan namin ng isang magandang reception ang kinasal at ang mga guests nila. Tuwang tuwa po sila, kami rin,” he smiled while telling the story.
They pulled it off, obviously. Magnificently. When nature struck and the unexpected happened, what could have ruined a milestone celebration for the newlyweds, their families and guests, turned out to be even more memorable.
Yes, Taal definitely had a hand in making that wedding something that will be remembered long after the day. Alta Veranda de Tibig just made it unforgettably beautiful.
“Nakakatuwang isipin na sa kabila ng mga pangyayari, naging blessing pa ang Alta Veranda sa iba,” Sr Noe said in a low tone, humbled by the circumstances that led to making January 12 (and the days that followed) unforgettable for him and more people.
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