A Filipino bride went viral for walking down a flooded aisle in her wedding dress after Typhoon Doksuri wreaked havoc in the Philippines.
The viral wedding: In a viral video uploaded on Facebook over the weekend, bride Dianne Victoriano can be seen gracefully wading through ankle-high floodwaters in her voluminous wedding gown at the Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, on July 30.
The video also shows determined videographers and photographers braving the flood to capture the couple’s special wedding moments. Despite the circumstances, the church appears to be filled with guests in dresses or suits standing in the floodwaters to support the couple.
Victoriano, who had a cascading veil and a bouquet of flowers, was slowly led down the aisle and up the altar to exchange vows with her now-husband, Paulo Padilla.
“We just resolved to push through with the ceremony, no matter what,” Victoriano told the Independent. “It didn’t matter if the guests refused to come because of the situation. What’s important is that we wanted to be married, that the two of us were there, and that our families were with us.”
Symbol of love: Victoriano’s wedding has made international headlines, with many people praising the couple’s determination and resilience to go on with their wedding despite the challenging conditions. The bride was applauded for turning a disaster into a symbol of love, becoming an inspiration to many.
Many Filipino netizens also compared the event to the wedding ceremony in the 2018 film “Crazy Rich Asians,” where a bride was also made to walk through an aisle river, albeit intentionally.
Deadly natural disaster: Typhoon Doksuri was one of the strongest storms to hit the Philippines this year, killing at least 39 people and displacing more than 42,000 residents. The deadly typhoon has moved to Taiwan and China, where it has killed at least 20 people.