On the day of their wedding, a couple from the Philippines didn’t let a bit of rain – or you know, a bit of volcanic eruption – ruin their special moment.
For the past couple of weeks, the Mount Mayon volcano has been spewing out ash and lava, forcing nearby residents to flee for their lives.
Amongst those affected (or should I say, not affected) are Arlo de la Cruz and Maria Nicerio, who still pushed through with their wedding despite the inherent danger nearby.
The result? An explosive way to start married life, complete with the most stunning photos ever.
Jan 25, 2018 – Daraga, Albay, Philippines – MARIA MAICA DE LA CRUZ and her husband, ARLO GERALD DE LA CRUZ, on their wedding day with the Mayon volcano erupting in the background. © Jack Kurtz via ZUMAWire) #thePicturesOftheDay #photojournalism #volcano #mayon #wedding pic.twitter.com/4dacIwU1MN
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According to Nebreja Bros. Media, the photographers who covered the event, the newlyweds were initially worried about Mount Mayon’s eruption. However, seeing as their venue was just outside the five-kilometre danger zone, they pushed through with it.
“They were a little bit stressed before the wedding because of the situation,” Joan Nebreja of Nebreja Brothers Media said. “The Mayon Volcano is unpredictable. We don’t know when it will blow or not.”
— ABC News (@ABC) January 27, 2018
The area is currently in a state of emergency, and everyone is concerned about the evacuees and the damage to property. Yet it’s hard not to admire the beauty of nature too.
“Volcanic love… that’s powerful,” said one commenter on social media, while another added: “This is so breathtaking. Every photo looks like a painting, even the video looks amazing.”
Mount Mayon is widely considered to have the world’s most perfectly-formed cone due to its symmetry. But it also happens to be the Philippines’ most active volcano, having erupted 50 times in the past 500 years.
Via My Modern Met