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MECQ Bride Says: We Never Felt It Was a Downgrade

From a garden wedding to a party of five, Louise Velasco and husband Timothy recall their simple quarantine wedding at home fondly

Photography by Silvermoon Studios | Gown by Susie Bonaobra  | Makeup by Gem Uy | Flowers by The Arleen Blossom Flowers & Balloons | Jewelry by J’s Diamond

Timothy and Louise Velasco's Tagaytay garden wedding in April was put on hold but after a month, the couple tied the knot at a simple wedding at home during MECQ (Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine) with only five present at the ceremony. Louise jokes that even if it was plan D, it was still the wedding of her dreams because marrying her now husband Tim, was what mattered most.

Now three months into married life, Louise looks back at their wedding fondly. "We never felt that it was a downgrade, rather it was God’s overflowing grace and love for us!"  

What made you decide to proceed with your wedding with just the basics?

What made us proceed with just the basics is first, we’re so certain that we want to get married and be together. But of course, the decision was not easy. It took much prayers and crying out to the Lord because we really wanted to have our wedding the way we planned it to be—in a garden with all the people close to our hearts. Second, when we consulted our officiating pastor, he supported the idea of having an intimate wedding. 

During that time, intimate means only a maximum of five individuals were allowed to gather—the couple, the officiant, and two witnesses. Third, we learned to surrender our plans with all our hearts to the Lord in the process. As a result, there was so much joy and peace pushing through plan D. We never felt that it was a downgrade, rather it was God’s overflowing grace and love for us! 

What have you learned through the process?

I learned to really put my trust in the Lord. I can only plan but God decides. I also learned to look beyond the visible. Garden wedding, fancy clothes, and professional photographs are nice, but the Lord is my ultimate joy. 

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What's it like being newly married at this time? 

It’s economical! Our honeymoon in Palawan was cancelled. My husband and I have never travelled alone but we make sure we savor every moment we share together mostly at home. We look at this as an extended honeymoon and we’re blessed to be able to spend more time together. We can always have fun activities at home without spending much. 

Looking back at what you did--doing the wedding in a simple manner, what do you appreciate most about your decision? Do you have any regrets?

I have no regrets at all. What I like most about this decision is the refund, which we can use as a starting family. 

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What is your tip for brides whose weddings have been affected by the pandemic? 

Be flexible. Not everything that you plan may materialize given the current situation. The wedding day is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s not worth it to be stressed for months or weeks. I believe that the day after it is more important. Focus on how to be the wife and/or the mother God wants you to be. Concentrate on how you can help your husband become the person God designed him to be. 

For more about marriage and forever, catch Love Wins: Live Forum - Married Life in Covid Times a two-part series. On August 8, 10 AM we're talking to Nathan and Pauline Punzalan and Bojo and Ronna Bonifacio. On August 15, 10 AM we'll hear from Bernie and Poppo Pasamba.

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Florist & Event Stylist by: Dangwa Florist - The Arleen Blossom & Balloons
Hair & Make Up Artists by: Gem Uy Pro Makeup Artist / Stylist
Photographers by: Silvermoon Studio
Wedding & Engagement Ring by: J'S Diamond