Beltran-Baylon Nuptials

Marriage is a ghastly public confession of a strictly private intention.  ~Ian Hay
Definitely, the statement above tells us why a union of two individuals ends in wedding bells. Our eldest brother, Steven had just experienced one last April 12, 2011. I have been telling you about their wedding in my older posts. I was even more excited than them. And so that very day marked the start of their journey as husband and wife.

I will be not be telling you about how the wedding went because everyone knows how a normal Christian wedding goes, instead I will be sharing photos during the matrimony proper and as well as the reception. I'll be starting with the events before the wedding:

the bride's bouquet

the bride's gown

some of the entourage' dresses... bride's maids' and maid of honor's
the groom's stuff: tuxedo, shoes and etc.

groom's men's barong...

the flower girl's basket of flowers...

this was how the flower girl looked like during the wedding... this is Zayuri, our auntie's niece...

this was taken about an hour ago before the wedding proper... the make-up artist was Ranie alias Ruffa Mae, he or she is our neighbor and he/she has been my make-up artist since primary years. Together with him/her were her gay allies too...

shot during the wedding day, the maid of honor was Ms. Aiza Saavedra and the best man was my elder brother, Jonas Beltran. The officiating minister was Rev. Franklin Cutamora together with Rev. Russel Palmejar (not in this picture) from Cotabato.

the officiating minister declared Mr. and Mrs. Steven Beltran, and so the husband kissed his wife... cling cling cling.. wedding bells!

it was not just a union of two bodies, souls and hearts but of three because their angel is also a part of it. Aiesha Zaila Baylon Beltran.

together with the groom's parents- Architect Narciso Beltran Sr. and Mrs. Rebecca Beltran
with the bride's sister and brother in law, Ate Mae's parents had passed already so she had her sister as their representative instead.
with the groom's siblings(from left to right) - Jonas, Jean and Jay-R

together with the bride's family and relatives from Cotabato... :)

together with the groom's family and relatives from the Butihen Clan

the ninangs...

the ninongs...

together with the kids... all the flower girls, the bearers and their little bride as well...
the groom's men, bride's maids and the rest of the entourage

the maid of honor and the best man

the secondary sponsors: veil and cord

the lovely people who filled the ceremony with lovely music together as well with the master of ceremony.

together with the family from Jolo, Sulu (from left to right) : baby chrisel (she calls herself as princess), Auntie Chonching, Ate Chingvee, the newly weds, Jay-R and Uncle Levi

this was during the reception where in one of the Ninangs, Mrs. Marivic Golosino gave her very remarkable advices to the newly-weds. She had showed a pretty simple yet inspiring representation about why a couple can never be separated.
during the gift opening portion, the newly-weds opened two gifts, the biggest and the smallest one. This one was given by the groom's uncle from Jolo, Sulu : Electric Fan

the slicing of cake

everyone greeted the newly weds and others pinned some bills on them, this is a Filipino wedding culture.

the cousins...

to end the ceremony, everyone raised their glasses and gave a toast to the newly-weds...
We wished and prayed that the couples will enjoy their life as married people, continue to love each other and submit to one another. As the passage in Ephesians 5:21-32 says:

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.

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