Not even an active volcano could stop this couple from getting married. A mere 10 miles away from Taal Volcano’s eruption in the Philippines, Chino and Kat Vaflor said their vows.
The couple’s wedding was planned well before anyone knew the Luzon-based volcano would erupt. Photographer Randolf Evan captured the jaw-dropping images as the couple kissed with smoke-ridden lava and plumes of ash ominously swelling in the background.
“We were actually nervous because while working we kept on checking social media for updates on the volcanic eruption,” Evan told CNN. “So we were actually aware of the warnings and escalating levels that was being announced real time.”
Luckily, everyone stayed calm and neither the newlyweds nor their guests were harmed. Even better, they all walked away with some amazing pictures and once-in-a-lifetime memories.
This isn’t actually the first time such pictures have been taken though. Two years previously in January 2018, another couple took wedding photos as the volcano Mayon erupted in the background, also in the Philippines.
That couple, Arlo Dela Cruz and Maica Nicerio-Dela Cruz, received some criticism online from locals complaining that the photos were dangerously reckless and trivialized the threat posed by the volcano.
Still, most netizens have been supportive of both couples and see the photos as being more romantic and memorable than anything else. What do you think? Would you want to take wedding photos against the backdrop of a volcanic eruption?