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Promise Wedding: Marry Now, Party Later

This is the intimate wedding of our dreams!

We’re having a small one now and our bigger wedding later on.” If you’ve been saying this to all your friends and relatives who have been asking about your upcoming wedding, let this promise wedding shoot featuring real life engaged couple Cedric Dy and Hazel Hao inspire you. 

Chestknots, who photographed the couple, says a promise wedding can be your intimate civil wedding plus an exchanging of vows now with the promise of continuing to celebrate via a grand celebration next year. The goal of a promise wedding is to unite a couple in marriage now and the partying can be done when things settle. Think of a promise wedding as an elevated civil wedding: private, aesthetically pleasing, and full of love from your nearest and dearest.

What are your weddings plans?
Hazel Hao (HH): Our wedding is on August 16, 2020. It was supposed to be a big church wedding with a hotel reception with guests who will be flying in from different places--US, Canada, Taiwan. As of now, we are still pushing through with our church wedding on the same date, but we are awaiting government guidelines for our reception. We have all the necessary documents and suppliers already for August, and Ced and I really just want to get married and start our lives together.

How did you feel on the day of your promise wedding? What was going through your mind, what were you feeling?
HH: We didn't really plan to have the promise wedding, but when Julianne (my wedding gown designer) asked me if we wanted to have it, we jumped on the idea. It seemed like a fun and nice way to show couples (ourselves included) that we can still have a beautiful and meaningful wedding even in this pandemic.

What are your tips for couples who are considering to do a  promise wedding?
HH: Just have fun with it--it's a celebration of your love and commitment to each other. You can still go for all the things you dream of having on your wedding, such as the beautiful gowns, styling, etc. Situations may change but you can still adapt and make your wedding day as beautiful and meaningful as possible. Also, a promise wedding allows you to just enjoy your day with your significant other without worrying about entertaining a lot of guests.

See Chestknots' beautiful photos below!

Rings: J's Diamond Jewellery| Rooftop Venue: Avire Tower | Preps venue: Lucas Studios | Planner: Teena Barretto | Event Stylist: Gideon Hermosa | Gown: Julianne Syjuco | Suit: Edwin Tan | Photo: Chestknots | Video: Notion in Motion | Fashion Stylist: Jeff Galang | Make Up: Mariah Santos | Caterer: Bizu Catering Studio | Cake: Bethany Dream Cakes | Stationary: Print Divas | Rentals: Cl Decor & Casa Luxia | Shoes: Jefferson Si Designs | Hairpiece: Gaud Manila

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Cakes by: Bethany Dream Cakes
Caterer by: Bizu Catering Studio
Photographers by: Chestknots Studios
Videographers by: Notion in Motion Videography
Wedding & Engagement Ring by: J'S Diamond
Wedding Planner by: Teena Barretto Events