A wedding is a ceremony that celebrates the beginning of a marriage or civil union. The actual act of marriage begins during the wedding ceremony. In others, the legal act of marriage occurs at the time of signing a marriage license or other legal document, and the wedding is then an opportunity to perform a traditional ceremony and celebrate with friends and family. A woman being married is called a bride, a man called a groom, and after the ceremony they become a wife or a husband, respectively.
This solemn exchange of vows had occured in London for the doting and loving couple, GRACE and IAN. The preparation was solely prepared by her(Grace) immediate relatives like her brother, Omar and family and Arlene and family.
That was the 27th of September. I was fetched at about 830am by Omar together with his wife, Nadie and children, riding their car. We arrived in London at about 1020am. Our journey was hurdled by a very thick fog in the West Midlands but diminishing in London.
As we arrived in their residence in Greenford, outskirts of London, Arleen, Wilson and family were already there since last night. They were still busy doing the cooking, making the corsages and flowers, installing the cake and the bridal car. There was a marquee (larger than a tent and bigger than a gazeebo) which was being erected in their huge garden. They just rented it for the price of £350.
Inside the marquee was the reception with tables and chairs that can accomodate 10 round tables for 8 persons. Their was a buffet table with chafing dishes. The caterer? They just cooked it by themselves headed by the chef Arleen with the help of Roselle, Nedie and her helpers. This is a Fillipino style. British people only like finger foods but not the Filipinos.
On a special occasion like this, array of foods will flow the serving table. This is also our way of showing to our guests that we are very hospitable and we want a very memorable time.
I helped in making the corsages and preparing the bridal car. But my real duty and my purpose why I was there was to take the video for the whole affair. I just learned from Arleen that videotaking in the church itself is prohibited due to copyrights and heritage preservation because the church is grade 2 listed. I was really shocked upon knowing it. Imagine your wedding without a video inside the church.
So, my plan is just to take the video in their house, in the hotel where Grace was staying since last night and in the reception in their back garden.
By 3pm, I went to Hotel 55 in Ealing with Arleen and I took the video for Grace which at that time was having a photoshoot in the garden and hotel lobby. That was my first time to cover a special occasion like wedding. I only took video shots on my tour, birthdays and other occasions but not like this as they all relied on me. Anyway, I did my best to make it presentable.
By 415pm, we headed to the church in Greenford and I was riding the car of the photographer called Mannix Villafania. He's a professional freelance photographer. And he is also a nurse from Kidderminster but photography is his sideline job. You can contact him if you need his service. For sure, you will not regret it as you like it to the max.
Yes, the Holy Cross Church is so old, about 300 years old. Infront of the church is the old cemetery dated back 100-300 years ago. It's not a catholic church but Church of England. I went inside the church and I met the vicar. I asked permission if it is possible to take a video and to my delight, he said, it's alright and do what I want. I was really happy upon knowing it.
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There were 4 wedding ceremonies on that day. The weather was lovely, very sunny and a good ambience. The bride came late as predicted. It should be 430pm but the vicar was really good and accomodating. The wedding march had started and little angels serving as the flower girls walked down the aisle. The children who participated were Dave, Katherine and Kirsten Huelgas, Astley, Aldrich and Aizell Cervania and a boy and a girl of which I didn't know their names.
Grace was escorted in walking the aisle with her sister, Arlene and brother, Omar. There were only few people in the church and few Filipinos who attended the ceremony. I think I was the only outsider there.
I started taking the video in the church. It was not easy for me to do the job as I always ran out of battery. Good that I brought my charger. I ran here and there trying to catch the memorable glimpse. The ceremony took so briefly by exhanging I do's and signing the marriage certificate. It only lasted for 30 minutes to be exact.
The wedding vow was said by them as:
"I, (Ian/Grace), take you, (Ian/Grace), to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife), my constant friend, my faithful partner and my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in your goals, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live."
After the ceremony, the couple walked outside the church and rose petals were showered to them. I was trying to avoid not to take videos in the cemetery but I could not avoid it. There was a phototaking outside the church by all of us. First, by the couple, then, family members, then, friends.
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left to right: Omar Huelgas (groomsman), Mark Kavanagh (Best Man), Ian (groom), Grace Cervania (bride), Aileen (Maid of Honor), Arlene Cervania-Huelgas (bridesmaid)
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