They went from a grand wedding to a relaxed wedding at home
Highschool sweethearts BJ Kua and Jeri Lim were set to get married in May 30 but were not able to due to the enhanced community quarantine. With just a day and a half to prepare, the couple finally tied the knot a week later at the bride's home and with the most important loved ones present. Jeri Lim-Kua shares a bit more about going from the full grand wedding to a lowkey and simple wedding at home.
Tell us your love story.
We have known each other for more than 18 years, and we were each others' first love. We were together for almost 2 years before we decided to call it quits. Despite going our separate ways, we would still see each other often since we share the same high school barkada. This was also the reason we found it easier to get back to dating 10 years later, as grown ups. We dated for six years before finally deciding to get married.
What was your wedding plan?
Our original wedding was set on May 30, which was also my grandmother's birthday. The plan was to have our Church wedding at Christ the King Parish, followed by a reception in East Ocean Palace. All throughout ECQ, we were trying to find ways to still push thru with our May 30 wedding date, since it means a lot to us having been very close to my grandma. But of course it was quite difficult given the pandemic. Thankfully, BJ was able to find someone who was able to officiate our wedding and was willing to do it at home, as everyone's health is still our priority.
Although a church wedding was ideal, we settled for a civil wedding since my grandmother's health was deteriorating. We wanted to share with her the joy of the celebration before she went up to Heaven. She passed away three days after our wedding.
How did you plan for your intimate wedding?
We only had one and half days to prepare for everything! It was really intimate, we had a lot of laughs and happy tears. We didn't have a program planned, we didn't even know how the wedding ceremony itself would go! It was quite easy and felt that everything just fell into place. After the ceremony, we had our impromptu cake cutting and champagne toast. We then had our first dance to "I Do" by 98 Degrees, our "theme song" back in highschool.
During dinner, BJ surprised me with a video of his cousins' beautiful rendition of "Til They Take My Heart Away" by Claire Marlo and "I Do", to which he started crying! I was a bit teary eyed but then started laughing because I didn't expect him to cry to hagulgol levels.
What’s your advice for couples planning a wedding at this time?
Before the pandemic, we were so caught up in planning every detail and aspect of the wedding. This reminded us that at the end of the day, what's important is that we are together and that everybody is healthy. We let the little things go, and just enjoyed every moment of that day.
The Dream Team
Photographer and videographer: Nice Print Photography | Flowers: Nikki Chatto | Makeup: Nikki Duque | Cake: Wildflour Cafe + Bakery | Assorted dimsum takeout: Choi Garden | Truffle lechon: Pepita’s Kitchen
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Photos courtesy of Nice Print Photography