A couple in the Philippines decided they weren’t going to let an erupting volcano spoil their nuptials on Jan. 12. They decided to tie the knot as the Taal Volcano spewed ash behind them.
Chino and Kat Vaflor got married at a venue 10 miles away from the volcano as wedding photographer Randolf Evan captured snapshots of the couple, according to CNN.
“We were actually nervous because while working we kept on checking social media for updates on the volcanic eruption. So we were actually aware of the warnings and escalating levels that was being announced real time,” Evan told CNN. “We also discussed discreetly among ourselves what we should do when worst comes to worst.”
Evan told the BBC that they had “no prior notice at all” about the volcano.
“Surprisingly everyone was calm and relaxed,” Evan said. “It was an intimate wedding so guests were mostly the couple’s family and close friends, and thus nobody really left.”
Not only did the wedding ceremony go ahead as planned, but the reception did as well, according to the BBC.
The venue posted a photo on Facebook of the ceremony as smoke billowed behind the couple, writing “The wedding continues!” in Filipino.
Lava began spewing from Taal and experts warned that it could get worse, according to the Associated Press.
Thousands fled and officials determined that the evacuations sites were “too risky,” The Washington Post reported. Ash had reached as far as Manila, the country’s capital.