This couple made sure that their shared love for caffeine reflected in their wedding plans!
David Rowe Llamas and Dianne May Fernandez met and got engaged on the same year, back in 2019. “Yes, it all happened in a grace-filled year!” Dianne recalls. Of course little did they know that a few months later, the world would suddenly turn upside down and this affected the couple’s wedding plans. “Our wedding was postponed so many times due to the pandemic,” Dianne says. “We had to re-align our plans with the quarantine classifications and made sure that it will be a safe place for our guests and suppliers.”
Despite these challenges and the rollercoaster of emotions, David and Dianne managed to pull of a wedding with their loved ones present—and a bonus of a coffee cart which reflects their shared love for coffee. “Since we both love making and drinking coffee, we also made sure that we will have a coffee booth at our wedding paired with our favorite pastries.”
Dianne knows what it is like to have to keep changing and adjust plans due to the situation, and she shares these words to couples who are wedding planning just like they once were: “Whether you’re planning or rescheduling a wedding or dealing with a cancelled wedding and there is a looming cloud of fear and uncertainty because we have no idea what will happen next, please remember that God sees you.”
Below, Dianne shares in her own words how they got through the challenge of planning their wedding and how the couple kept the faith.
What was your vision for your wedding?
We both wanted a classic rustic wedding style. We made sure it will be in a garden, with a touch of minimalist design. Since we both love making and drinking coffee, we also made sure that we will have a coffee booth at our wedding paired with our favorite pastries.
Did you have to make any adjustments because of the pandemic?
Our wedding was postponed so many times due to the pandemic. We had to re-align our plans with the quarantine classifications and made sure that it will be a safe place for our guests and suppliers. With that, we even had to cut our guest list down to 30 just two weeks before the wedding. We also had to consider that people might not feel comfortable traveling or going to a big event at that time.
What were the challenges that you encountered during the wedding preparation?
Rescheduling and uncertainties on quarantine qualifications made our wedding preparation very challenging. Having no idea what the world is going to look like by then, I remember feeling guilty for crying over canceled plans knowing there are so many other things going on.
How did you handle these challenges?
We really had nothing left but to trust God that He will make our wedding happen in His perfect time. That's the hope that we have as a couple and it helped us handle these challenges with grace. It wasn't easy, but we're grateful to have supportive family and friends, as well as very understanding guests and suppliers. Everyone was surprisingly flexible to all the changes!
How did you feel during the wedding?
We're both extremely happy during the wedding. Not just because it finally happened and it exceeded our expectations, but because we know that God was there all along.
Please share your advice for couples planning their wedding.
Whether you’re planning or rescheduling a wedding or dealing with a cancelled wedding and there is a looming cloud of fear and uncertainty because we have no idea what will happen next, please remember that God sees you. He also sees the larger picture, so despite the changes and delays, you can trust God that He will make your wedding day the happiest, most magical time of your lives.
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The Dream Team:
Venue: Emerald Courtyard | Photographs by Project Rowe Photography | Coffee booth: Arcana Coffee PH | Pastries: The Oven Project | Cake: From Cathy’s Kitchen | Catering and Styling: Splendida Catering