Their wedding was the first time they saw each other since the lockdown
By Joaquin Reloj
Photos by Honeycomb PhotoCinema
Despite all the adversity this year continues to produce, for Daryl Tan and Kim Cheng, August 17, 2020, is a date they will forever cherish. This date manifests the culmination of their love as they celebrated their wedding ceremony at their home.
Daryl and Kim first met in 2016. They were introduced to each other through a family friend. Unfortunately, after only dating for a month, they had to separate and cut ties due to personal reasons.
A few years later, they reconnected. As the popular saying goes, “If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, you were always meant to be.”
“Last December 2019, we reconnected via Facebook. Daryl asked me out again and we dated for seven months before we got engaged,” Kim says, as she happily recalls their wonderful love story.
The couple initially wanted to have a church wedding at Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows for their pre-COVID wedding plans. They were also planning to accommodate a guest list of around 300 people for their reception at Crown Plaza, Ortigas. “We wanted to share this once-in-a-lifetime event with our family and friends, but sadly we decided to cancel the venue and church because of this pandemic.”
The biggest challenge they faced during their wedding preparations was the limited movement due to the implemented quarantine guidelines. Everything had to be rushed which added to the stress they were already experiencing from all the sudden changes.
When asked how they were able to overcome this hurdle, the newlyweds simply gave importance to clear communication and compromise between each other and the people they trust.
“We usually give each other opinions and from there we talk about the best possible solution for us, but we also asked some of our friends for their opinion.” In fact, they practically achieved all of their planning without being able to see each other for a long time. The couple expressed this as they shared how they felt during their ceremony.
“We were nervous and excited at the same time because it was also the first time we will be seeing each other because of the lockdown.”
For couples who are thinking of doing the same thing, Daryl and Kim want to emphasize the silver lining underneath all the hassle of planning a wedding during a pandemic. “Getting married this time of pandemic is also good, it is also cheaper and you can only invite those people very near to you to witness this once in a lifetime event.”
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