Jonathan and Hazel Wedding
Generation Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico
June 28th 2018
Traditional Filipino weddings rituals include the arrhae, the candles, the veils, the cord, and wedding rings. The ring bearer acts as the holder and keeper of the rings until the exchanging of rings is performed, while the coin bearer acts as the holder and keeper of the arrhae until it is offered and given by the groom to his bride. Among the secondary sponsors or wedding attendants, three pairs – each pair consists of a male and a female secondary sponsor – are chosen to light the wedding candles, handle the veils, and place the cord.
After the exchange of wedding rings by the couple, the groom gives the wedding arrhae to his bride. The arrhae is a symbol of his “monetary gift” to the bride because it is composed of 13 pieces of gold, or silver coins, a “pledge” that the groom is devoted to the welfare and well-being of his wife and future offspring. Both rings and arrhae are blessed first by the priest during the wedding.
The Veil Sponsors will pin the veil on the couple. The veiling ritual signifies the clothing of the two individuals as one.
After the veiling, the last pair of secondary sponsors will then drape the yugal over the shoulders of the couple. The cord is customarily shaped or looped to form the figure “8” (a lucky number; the figure is also interpreted as the infinity sign). to symbolise “everlasting fidelity.” Each loop of the cord is placed around the individual collar areas of the bride and the groom.
Thank you so much Hazel and Jonathan for having us at your beautiful wedding!
Location: Generations Hotel Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico
Photographer: Lidia Grosso Photography
Second Shooter: Carla Oliva
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