Amazing video : Rowden & Leizel Wedding ( till death do us part)

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I saw this on facebook yesterday even before ABS-CBN shared a news story on their lifestyle section. I was mobile and had a hard time embedding the codes through wordpress mobile apps, so I decided to forego it and wait till I’ll be on my PC. The story truly is heartwarming. Being a wedding coordinator, I have seen a lot of beautiful wedding videos but this one made me cry a lot. Wannah cry too ? Play the video.

Early this year, Rowden and Leizl decided to get married on July 8, 2014, Rowden’s 30th birthday. Together with their adorable 2-year-old daughter, they already had a perfect family.

Then a twist of fate, Rowden got diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer in late May. His last request was to marry his one true love. After 12hours of preparations, his dream was fulfilled. Unable to take him outside the hospital, we brought the church to him. It was like a heartbreaking fairytale.

Rowden Go Pangcoga, at the age of 29-years-old, passed away on June 11, 2014. Less than 10hours after he said his vows.

He is survived by his wife Leizel May, daughter Zakiah Rowzel, mother Lorelei, and brothers Hasset & Hisham.

I was made an instant wedding coordinator! Amazing!

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I went to a wedding as an ordinary guest, but I ended up coordinating the wedding ceremony. Why ?  Because the company which the couple hired sent someone who has no experience in coordinating a wedding. Thank God I went there   30 minutes earlier and than God for the  wisdom, I was able to discern  something is  not right while looking at the person in-charge so I volunteered to assist.  When the priest’s assistant told us to start the processional, he gave up and turned to me for help. So I got a copy of the program and started  to check the details. The Church liturgist or commentator  has not yet arrived. Some of the principal sponsor  were absent. We could not wait for them,  so I asked for replacement. Thank God someone volunteered to act as liturgist.

Thank God the processional went smoothly, except for the bible bearer who refused to walk down the isle.   I am not used to coordinating  a catholic wedding, so I patterned the processional with my usual way of doing it.   Their were no ushers  to guide the entourage to their seats, so I  let the maid of honor and best man  do the job.  Yes! I know the maid of honor supposed to walk down the isle before the Bride or some at the back of the bride to look after the  gown, but this time I   let her walk after the best man . I do not have the luxury to orient the entourage at a longer period of time  because the priest was  already  giving a cue to start. I greatly thank God that my quick instruction was easily understood by everybody.

God really is  worthy of Praise!  With-out the processional would be a chaos!

Paul and Chrisanne’s Wedding Tomorrow

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My task as a wedding coordinator is very challenging. Like tonight , it’s already midnight but I am still wide awake preparing things for the wedding tomorrow. While the groom is having his last moment as a bachelor singing at the top of his voice at a KTV and the bride having her early beauty sleep ( Hmmm…I checked their whereabouts minutes ago)…. I am here glued at my laptop.

For the 15 years I have been coordinating wedding, I could say that there are realIy no perfect weddings. There are things ( small as the pins, matches, candles) that are oftentimes overlooked. I have coordinated wedding of singles asian women with foreigner and it is even more harder to make it perfect. Foreigners sometimes can not easily comprehend our Filipino Wedding ceremony which are full of traditions. I pray tomorrow’s wedding would be a wedding with less bloppers . Praying also it will not rain since it will be a garden wedding.

Best wishes Paul and Chrisanne!