This Couple Got Married With An Erupting Volcano In The Background

"Nature joined our celebration with nature's fireworks."

On Thursday, Arlo De La Cruz and Maica Nicerio exchanged vows in front of their loved ones as the Mayon Volcano erupted behind them. The Mayon Volcano is an active stratovolcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It began erupting earlier this month and tens of thousands of people evacuated from the five-mile danger zone

According to CNN Philippines, the wedding was at a restaurant about 12 kilometers, or seven miles, away from the erupting volcano. The Mayon Volcano was in peak form on Thursday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, during the couple's wedding. It shot an ash plume into the sky nearly two miles high.

While the couple and their celebration was outside of the danger zone, they still worried. "They were a little bit stressed before the wedding because of the situation," Joan Nebreja, who manages the company hired to shoot the wedding, told The Washington Post. "The Mayon Volcano is unpredictable. We don't know when it will blow or not."

The eruption occurred just as the newlyweds were about to finish their post-nuptial photos. However, wedding photographer and local resident Franklyn Nebreja anticipated the eruption. 

"We really intended to include it (the erupting volcano) in the photo despite the worries of the couple on the possible dangers of Mayon during their wedding day," Franklyn Nebreja, the wedding photographer, told CNN Philippines.

Courtesy of Arlo De La Cruz and Maica Hussa Nicerio

The resulting photos are breathtaking to look at, but they were even more amazing for the newlywed couple. 

"It was unbelievable and once in a lifetime experience because we were in the right time, right place for that photo," De La Cruz told A Plus.

"That was a spectacular and surprising experience," Nicerio told A Plus. "Nature joined our celebration with nature's fireworks — the Mayon eruption." 

Check out photos from the stunning shoot below.

Courtesy of Arlo De La Cruz and Maica Hussa Nicerio
Courtesy of Arlo De La Cruz and Maica Hussa Nicerio
Courtesy of Arlo De La Cruz and Maica Hussa Nicerio

This viral photo shoot isn't just pretty to look out, but it can also help to bring attention to those who need support in the area.

The erupting volcano may have been a beautiful backdrop for the wedding, but more than 72,000 people from the 10 affected municipalities of the province were forced to flee to emergency shelters. 

You can help those affected by donating to the Philippine Red Cross

Cover image courtesy of Arlo De La Cruz and Maica Hussa Nicerio


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