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Couple weds while Taal spews ash

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A couple in the Philippines went ahead with their wedding Sunday despite the eruption of a volcano spewing ash into the sky behind them.

THE WEDDING CONTINUES. Newlyweds Chino and Kat Vaflor are shown moments after saying their I dos amid  Taal Volcano's explosion that created a  kilometer high ash plume seen from Savanna Farm in Tagaytay. Randolf Evan

Chino and Kat Vaflor were tying the knot at a venue 10 miles from Taal Volcano when wedding photographer Randolf Evan captured dramatic shots of the couple with the ash plume seemingly overhead.

Taal Volcano, about 37 miles south of Manila, erupted in the afternoon, forcing residents to evacuate as experts warned that another “hazardous explosive eruption” was possible.

“We were actually nervous because, while working, we kept on checking social media for updates on the volcanic eruption. So we were actually aware of the warnings and escalating levels that were being announced in real time,” Evan told CNN.

“We also discussed discreetly among ourselves what we should do when worse came to worst.”

Evan said everyone at the wedding at Savanna Farm Tagaytay by Solange stayed “calm” as the couple said “I do.”

The venue later posted a picture of the couple at the altar, swirling clouds in the distance, and wrote, “The wedding continues!”

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported that the volcano exhibited a “fast escalation” in volcanic activity.

Continuous eruption generated ash plumes six to nine miles above the crater, it said.

The institute urged the evacuation of Taal Volcano island and several nearby towns.

The agency raised its alert status to indicate the possibility of a hazardous eruption of lava within hours to days.

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