They thought that a 21-day missions trip would change their lives, but not in the way they imagined it. God indeed has other plans for this young couple, both Bacolod content creators. Gee and Jurhin’s journey started from the missions trip to the altar and towards a lifetime together. Read more.
Together in the Missions Trip
Bacolod content creators Gee Ordoñez and Jurhin Tiansay worked with my hubby during The 2019 Ford Media Drive Bacolod Leg. They took turns driving the Ford Ranger Raptor during a road trip to Don Salvador Benedicto. And I think they also took the Ford Ranger Wildtrak for a spin.
We have also collaborated on several blog posts in my other blogs. Read: What is The Relationship Between Growing Plants and Mental Health?
Anyway, Gee and Jur met for the first time during a 21-day-church missions trip. They are both in the music ministry as the of them are musicians and are singers.
Armed with the anointing of worship leaders, they traveled and ministered through music to their missions field in Luzon. They were able to visit Ilocos Sur, Vigan, Metro Manila, and Baguio. Their Pastors, Chabby Palmares and Alma Palmares, were with them.
Needless to say, Gee and Jur hit it off from there. They had dated for five years before taking their relationship to another level.
God-Appointed Love Story
“We always loved telling our love story to people who are curious about how we came together,” Gee muses.
Gee relates that even though some people might not believe it, they know that God has brought them together from the very beginning. “I recall how God impressed in my heart 5 years ago during our missions trip, ‘You are going to marry this man’,” she relates. Being together for 21 days during their missions trip made them really good friends.
“We found out that we had so much in common. Our love for music, our humor, and our outlook in life. Also, our personalities really jived. We have chemistry,” the newlywed enthuses.
Despite that, Gee admits that not everything was easy sailing. They also had moments of hardships and struggles as a couple, but those have been learning experiences. They both conquered the odds and have witnessed God’s promise for them unfold.
“The desire for our love story to be an inspiration for this generation had always been in our hearts,” Gee says.
Getting Married During the Pandemic
Covid-19 changed the whole world in 2020. However, Gee and Jur have originally planned to get married in 2020. They got engaged earlier in the year so before the pandemic happened, they were already planning their wedding.
“We thought it would be nice to end the year with us getting married as we celebrate the holidays with our loved ones. And we get to start the new year fresh as husband and wife,” Gee says.
Pandemic Wedding Safety Protocols
Despite celebrating their love, Gee and Jur are both aware of the risks that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon us. So they also exercised restraint in planning and executing the ceremonies and reception.
Foremost of which was the venue–the wedding took place at Bantug Lake Ranch.
“We had an intimate wedding together with our family and a few of our closest friends,” Gee explains. All in all, there was only a maximum of 50 persons during the event.
They reminded everyone involved to wear face masks. Meanwhile, they used plastic chairs so that these can easily be moved around for physical distancing.
Despite the limitations, Gee could only say that this is still her dream wedding. “I think that if there was no pandemic, we would have at least 100 guests. But we also loved the idea of having celebrated intimately as we had.”
There was also an exciting plot twist: it rained during their wedding day! Since they intended to have an outdoor ceremony, Gee and Jurhin had the good sense to have a Plan B.
They were supposed to exchange “I-Dos” by the lake, with the view of the beautiful sunset. But it poured! So they moved indoors. Gee wasn’t in the least bit disappointed because “we strongly believe the real essence of our wedding was our union before God and having everyone else’s blessings in the next chapter of our relationship.”
What Gee considered as the most important part of the wedding was the vows they made to each other before God and their family. “We both poured our hearts into writing our vows.”
An excerpt from Gee’s vows reads: “I vow to put the LORD first in our relationship, to be a godly wife who will always support and encourage you to become who God wants you to be.”
It seems that Jurhin has answered this when he said, “Gee, thank you… for believing in everything that I do… for letting me be me.”
What a fine young couple! Congratulations and best wishes on your married life!
The details of Gee and Jur’s wedding were mostly decided by the bride and agreed by the husband.
“I wanted to have a rustic tropical kind of wedding so we brainstormed,” Gee relates. She planned it together with their wedding coordinator and the decorator, with consultation from their parents.
Gee loves plants and the old soul vintage vibes so “I wanted to have the feel of these things in our wedding venue, both in the ceremony and reception.” There was a lot of pale earth brown going around in the outfits of the wedding entourage.
The groomsmen wore brown pants, suspenders, shoes, and bow ties with white long-sleeve shirts. Meanwhile, the lovely bridesmaids wore old rose-colored infinity dresses as the blush tone for the entire entourage.
Gee designed the digital wedding invites because she loves designing. She picked their white naked-rustic-looking wedding cake and absolutely adored the tropical rustic vibe of their dessert table.
Gee highly appreciates their wedding suppliers because they made things easier, less stressful, and beautiful!
- Wedding Photography: Dagway Photos
- Videography: Handum Films
- Garden Wedding Venue: Bantug Lake Ranch (venue, catering, and decors)
- Dessert Table: Tiffany’s Confections
- Wedding Rings: Christian Lee
- Host: Geve Gallano
- Onsite Wedding Coordinator: Catherine Baldevia
- Program Head: Cathy Arevalo