Abby and Billy were in a long-distance relationship from the start, but after a year of communicating online and going back and forth to the Philippines to see each other, the couple decided to tie the knot. They closed the distance between them with a wedding in the Philippines that celebrated both Filipino and Scottish culture.
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Abby and Billy's paths first crossed while they were attending the same course in Brunei. Abby saw Billy standing in the doorway, and she couldn't help but blush. Billy, on the other hand, caught sight of Abby before registering into the class and just had to sit next to her. Over the course of their three-day training, they were together during exercises and drills. Billy would also offer to get Abby a bottle of water or make her coffee. By the end of the course, they had exchanged e-mail addresses.
Billy and Abby temporarily parted, but continued to communicate with each other online. They would chat and e-mail each other, and eventually they fell in love.
A year after they became a couple, on one of Billy's visits to Manila, the couple planned to go on a dinner cruise on a yacht for their anniversary. By the time they got to Manila Bay, however, the yacht had sailed away. Instead, they had dinner at a barbeque store nearby, and afterwards decided to walk to Sofitel Philippine Plaza for mojitos. Fortunately, the two arrived at Sofitel just as the fireworks display started. Once the fireworks display ended, Billy got down on one knee and asked Abby to be his wife, and she said yes.
When Abby and Billy got engaged, they knew they wanted to have a simple but heartfelt wedding that celebrated their love and reflected their personalities and cultures. Their wedding in the Philippines featured Filipino wedding fare, but was also infused with Scottish traditions. The couple showed their guests how their love enabled them to bridge great distances.
Among the notable elements at the wedding were the couple's attires. Billy and his best man wore kilts, the customary formal garb for Scotsmen. Abby also integrated a little bit of Billy's roots in her attire--her wedding garter was trimmed with tartan plaid and ordered from the UK.
Wedding planning was overwhelming for Abby at times, especially since a most of their planning was done long-distance. Abby and Billy planned their wedding in only three and a half months, with Abby working outside of the country and Billy still in the UK. The couple also had to complete their marriage requirements during Billy's few days of vacation, aside from making all their other wedding arrangements. Despite the challenges, the couple learned a lot from their experience. "Never lose sight of why you're doing what you're doing. You are getting married to the man who sets your heart aflutter, the man you want to grow old with, the man you will build a life and family with. That's the prize," shares Abby.