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Couple in Negros Oriental gets second wedding for free after viral ceremony mishap

By Melanie Uson Published Jun 19, 2024 12:50 pm

After going viral for their wedding mishap, newlyweds Janine and Jove Sagario from Amlan, Negros Oriental were able to have a do-over—this time in a grand ceremony on Monday, June 17.

In case you missed it, the couple first got wed on June 8 at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, but the supposed best day of their lives took a turn for the worse when they got reprimanded by the church staff and the parish priest for arriving an hour late. 

Detailing the incident, Janine shared on her Facebook post that the wedding ceremony was originally scheduled for 8 a.m. However, the night before the wedding, one of their godmothers who serves at the said church told them that the ceremony was moved to 9:30 a.m.  

On their big day, the couple was surprised to find the mass already in progress. In the shared video, the entourage and the bride had to rush to the aisle as there was a scheduled funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. Janine also shared in the post that they were scolded by the priest that day. 

The post mostly gained sad reactions, with 16.5K comments and 98K shares as of writing. 

One of their bridesmaids also shared with GMA 7’s Kapuso mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) that the couple did not experience the traditional, "you may kiss the bride" because the priest had allegedly walked out. 

For their part, the Diocese of Dumaguete-Commission on Catechesis, Saint Andrew Parish released a statement to share their side of the story, and to apologize to the affected families.  

“There was no instruction at all from anyone in the Parish Office that there are changes in the schedule since there was a scheduled Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. of that same morning,” said Msgr. Albert Erasmo Bohol. 

"We humbly admit the fact that along the way, there were statements made carried away by emotions," the statement read. 

Bride Janine Suelto-Sagario finally walks down the aisle.

They added: "Hence, we express our sincere apology to the bride and the groom, to their respective families who were directly offended by the turn of these events, and to the people who have seen our humanity as priests in a time when we were weakest of any possible control." 

Following the viral post, many social media users expressed their support for the couple. Some of the province’s local suppliers collaborated to give Janine and Jove another wedding. From gown, catering, venue, lights and sounds, and more—all for free.

The newlyweds.

Photo and video service FoxDesign studios sponsored the same-day edit (SDE) videos while Kairos Films sponsored the SDE photos.  

Janine’s wedding gown was sponsored by Anthony Sinco, while John Lord Cornelio did her glam look. 

John Lester Barot served as the head organizer and violinist, while Mayor Manjoe Sycip officiated the ceremony. 

In the photos shared, Janine was seen glowing bride and mom-to-be as she was able to finally walk down the aisle on Monday, June 17. 

“Thank you talaga [sa mga sponsors], pinlano niyo na magkaroon ng wedding take two para ma-experience namin kung ano ba talaga ‘yung feeling nang kinakasal na walang pressure,” Janine told KMJS.