There’s an urban legend that states you need truckloads of cash to get married. But this Pampanga mass wedding proves you can get hitched in style with literally no cash at all.
For many of us, the road to forever is long and arduous, taking many unexpected twists and turns. We’re not just talking about all the bad dates you have to plow through (and pay for) to find Mr. or Ms. Right. Face it: once you’ve put a ring on that finger, expenses keep multiplying in the pursuit of a dream wedding. But not everyone can afford to pay hundreds of thousands for one day—even a very important one. This reality was the seed of today’s feature: a Pampanga mass wedding organized by Events and Concepts by Voltaire Zalamea.
While we’re also part of a multi-billion peso industry, our priority at The Top Knotters is to celebrate #WeddingsWithHeart. Hence, we love featuring heartfelt occasions regardless of how many zeroes there are in the budget. This story, in particular, is something we feel really privileged to share with you today. Keep on reading to find out how dozens of wedding suppliers, all Top Knotters, joined forces (for free!) to give sixteen couples the Pampanga mass wedding they had never even dreamt of.
The Force Behind This Pampanga Mass Wedding
Voltaire wanted to organize a mass wedding as part of his company’s CSR. They had done one the year before and had decided to do it annually during October.
This year, he had learned from a friend that the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) at the Holy Rosary Parish in Angeles City, Pampanga was also planning to conduct a free mass wedding—but had no idea where to start. Like a superhero, he swooped in to meet with the council, and that was how it all began.
For the Pampanga Mass wedding, the PPC then screened eligible couples. They chose indigent members of the parish who either have been living together for more than five years, or would simply want to get married but do not have the resources.
Volatire and his company took care of making the actual event possible. However, he knew that it would take a squad of Top Knotters to make this Pampanga mass wedding magical.
“I asked the help of the suppliers if they wanted to participate. They all gave their YES.”
Everyone was willing to share and give back, no hesitations.
A Reason to Celebrate
One of the suppliers tapped was Chug Cadiogan, who made the SDE. We can just imagine how daunting it was to shoot not one but sixteen couples! But he pulled it off and, we can see for ourselves how even mass weddings can be stylish and intimate affairs.
We especially love what the celebrant at this Pampanga mass wedding had to say to the couples during his homily:
“…kapag may kinakasal sa simbahan, ang ipinagdiriwang natin ay isang tunay na pagmamahal na walang hangganan…”
“Hindi lang kayo ang may gusto nito…ang inyong pagmamahalan ay gusto din ng Diyos.”
We all know that, for the bride and groom, the events at their wedding are truly memorable. But it melted our hearts to know that even suppliers cherish these moments too. Voltaire shared with us how, when he handed a wedding dress to one of the brides, she started crying in front of him.
“Hindi ko po inakala na makakapagsuot ako ng ganitong damit at maaayusan ako. Para akong artista.”
Seeing the pure joy on the faces of the couples—and even the wedding suppliers who gave their services for free—was truly remarkable. Not a single centavo was spent by these couples at all. Furthermore, all of the suppliers who were part of the Pampanga mass wedding said they were excited to be part of a similar event again. Now if that isn’t a #WeddingWithHeart, then we don’t know what is.
Pampanga Mass Wedding: The Superhero Wedding Suppliers
The next time you see the names below, show them some love and thank them for contributing to this beautiful wedding with heart!
Hair and Makeup Artists: Anna Tiglao , Dey Caisip , Joyce Tanedo , Mariah Santos , Micah Wyse , Poklong Guina , Richard Strandz , Shayne Galang-Punsalan , Thea Santiago-Velez | Florists and Event Venue Stylists: Boiet Reymundo of Bridal Blooms (ceremony set-up) , Allen Uy and JP De Jesus of Blooms 2710 (reception set-up) | Bouquets by: Pancho Pantig of Plumeria, Lorenzo Gonzales of XOC Event Styling, Jannette Garbes of The Flower Garden, Bernard Dalusung of Country Blossoms | Photographers and Videographers: Smartworks Creatives, MS Creative Art Studio, Kquentors Multimedia, Studio Portraits, John Nicolay Photography, Paolo Feliciano Photography, Gleeful Moments Photography, Edwin Pangilinan Photography, Chug Cadiogan Cinema, Creator Studio | Designers and Stylists: Mich Viray of Casa Moda, Rich Sabinian, Frederick Policarpio, Glen Canlas, Jojo Macapinlac, Marlon Tuazon, Rop Syquia, Manelle Chamian, Jemi Nicdao | Caterers: Grand Palazzo Royale, Century Hotel, Teaspoon Café, Howard Dizon Catering, Remy Santos Catering Services, 25 Seeds and Café Fleur, Enzo Mobile Bar | Cake Artists: The Caking Giant, Sweet Maven, For Heaven’s Cake by A, Breads O’Cakes, Lailen’s Pastries, Guilty Pleasures by Finn, DDL Homemade Cakes | Musicians and Entertainers: Divine Majesty Male Choir, The Quintah Band | Lights and Sound System: Showbox Lights and Sounds, Cuatros Lights and Sounds | Events Management: Events and Concepts by Voltaire Zalamea | Prep venue at the Holy Rosary Parish Hall | Ceremony at Holy Rosary Parish | Reception at the Holy Family Academy Covered Court
Pampanga Mass Wedding, October 12, 2017: A project of the Holy Rosary Parish Pastoral Council and Events and Concepts by Voltaire Zalamea
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