Twenty days ago (as of this writing), 8 soon-to-be-married couples have been blessed enough to have SWER [Singles Weekend Engagement Retreat] organized by our beloved titas and titos, ates and kuyas from the community. It has been an overwhelming experience for us in preparing ourselves for the popular vocation - marriage.
*April 30, 2011 (7:00pm - 12midnight)
The night started with a sumptuous meal of pasta and pizza. It was in a form of group date that everyone enjoyed. Chikahan here and there :)
What followed was more of filling the spiritual needs for to-be-married couples. Prayers and talks by our dear 'elders' in the community. Praise be to God for them who were with us throughout the retreat.
Group picture muna before the guys went to their quarters.
Ate Jane told us that to have some reflection time ('twas her way of staying us awake and still on our dresses for the surprise prepared for us). At nainip ako haha, nakabihis halfway ng pantulog when the guys had their surprise for us. Brought roses for their respective partner and danced while kuya Joms serenaded us. Dave also played the guitar to which I sang along.
A beautiful night indeed.
May 1, 2011 - And the lovely morning comes! We drove off to Empire Hotel to witness the rising of the sun while we (the couples) will have some time together. Pray. Talk. Bond.
The sun was just so gorgeous that day that we have to take the opportunity to have pictures by our resident photographer Ms. Carem :). [Below : Dave and I]
Lovely Couple #1 - Kiko and Sheena . To be wed sometime in 2012.
Love couple # 2 - Sam and Girlie. To be wed on August 6, 2011.
Lovely couple # 3 Merf and Kitchie. Wedding is on July 30, 2011.
Lovely couple # 4 Jim and Aike. Wedding is set on May 12, 2011.
Lolo Berts wishing his mahal was there too.
Mi She and Yurie (was not able to attend due to some work restrictions) are the second pair to be wed, May 14, 2011.
Mi Lhen is missing her honey (Kuya Albert), they are getting married on August 13, 2011.
Kuya Amiel and Ate Jane who accompanied us throughout the event. ''Para na rin kaming nag reretreat'' as quoted from Ate Jane.
After the photoshoot, we headed back to Holiday Lodge Hotel for the rest of the program.
We ended the program filled with lessons. Stomachs are also filled hehe. We are all grateful for all who supported us, for those who sponsored and for those who prayed for us. Our hearts are filled with joy. Thanks and praise be to God for all of these. KKBBH!
Photos courtesy of Miss Carem Lemence :)