Homeless couple gets surprise wedding after 24 years together

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Rosalyn Ferrer and Rommel Basco. Photo courtesy Rabs4love via Facebook
Rosalyn Ferrer and Rommel Basco. Photo courtesy Rabs4love via Facebook
  • One thing about Valentine's Day is that it always comes with surprises, whether it's a gift from a secret lover when you're single or a sweet gesture from a current partner.
  • However, out of all the Valentines surprises we've heard of, a surprise wedding is usually not on our list unless you're a character in a romantic movie.
  • Meet homeless Philippines couple, Rosalyn Ferrer and Rommel Basco, who received a surprise wedding photoshoot and wedding from a local salon owner for valentines.

Rosalyn and Rommel live in a small shack in an empty patch of wasteland, and for a living, the two collect discarded plastic to make ends meet and feed their family. 

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Rosalyn Ferrer and Rommel Basco. All photo courtesy Rabs4love via Facebook


The couple has been together for twenty-four years, and within these years, had six children. Rosalyn and her partner couldn't afford a wedding until a good Samaritan, Richard Strandz, an owner of a salon near where the couple lived, decided to organise a wedding for them.

Together he and a couple of friends contributed to organising a surprise wedding photoshoot of the couple on Valentine's Day.

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"I once dreamed of having a white wedding, but that was when I was a little girl. It went out of my mind a long ago. We never had enough money, and we concentrated on getting enough food to eat each day. Now I feel so blessed that it has happened. I'm so thankful," Rosalyn told Metro UK.

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The organiser of this beautiful gesture who met the couple while collecting plastic says the couple's love story inspired him. "I was touched by their love story, so I contacted my friends who had wedding supplies business and thought of surprising them with a charity wedding," Richard says.

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Leading up to the main wedding ceremony, the couple has already received a fairy tale photoshoot where the bride-to-be wore a white wedding gown and her partner a Barong Tagalog suit.

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Their wedding is to take place later in the year once marriage papers have obtained and Richard and his friends will take care of the finances of the official church wedding.

"True love is something that should be celebrated. It's very special, no matter whether you're rich or poor," Richard added.

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