Our story is no different from other modern-day couples planning a wedding during the pandemic. As an overseas bride, I always envisioned myself getting married in a charming, Catholic Church back home, enjoying delicious authentic Filipino food, while sharing good conversations with family and friends. This was my vision ever since my now husband, Nico, proposed to me in June 2019. However, because of the uncertainty of the world these days, all the planning and hype for our dream wedding in the Philippines would come to a halt every time a lockdown was declared. The difficulty of traveling back home hindered us from achieving our vision. Instead of getting all excited for our big day, we would get overwhelmed with fear and anxiety that it might get postponed yet again. And so it did, three times to be exact.
It was emotional torture for the two of us, individually and as a couple. We had arguments here and there until one day, we stopped planning cold turkey. We lost interest in making our big wedding happen and we agreed to carry on with the planning once the pandemic had finished—whenever that may be. However, days and weeks went by, and in that process, we realized what was truly essential—us. We had to drop our past ideas of a grand wedding, create new dreams and plans that were possible for the time being. We also learned to focus more on our why — to be together forever. Thus, an elopement was the perfect way to achieve that, and so we did it. Scroll down to see the photos of our wedding in Flinders, Victoria in Australia captured by Fabio Oliveira, and keep reading to find out how we put together the elopement of our dreams!
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