Justine Burgos And Erik Dy Finally Take The Road To Forever

Justine Burgos and Erik Dy went through a long journey before getting married as delays arose, but they proved the wait was worth it.

When Justine Burgos and Erik Dy fell in love, they somehow knew that was it–they were supposed to spend their lives together.

The couple met when Justine became a law intern at Erik’s work in a government agency. Erik currently works for the Department of National Defense as an assistant secretary and Justine now practices law privately while handling several businesses. The couple has an eight-month-old baby named Gael.

They spent six years together and finally got married, but getting to forever definitely wasn’t easy.

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Sharing the same goals

Justine and Erik said that as a couple, they are very private and had a very limited semblance of online presence. However, what people don’t always see is that they have the same goals and they include each other in decisions.

Justine Burgos and Erik Dy and their son, Gael
Erik and Justine with their son, Gael/Photo from Mico Studios

These factors are significant as these are the reasons why their relationship makes sense. However, what stabilized their connection more is that they constantly show effort to be better towards one another.

Justine Burgos And Erik Dy
The gorgeous bride and handsome groom/Photo from Mico Studios

Erik knew he wanted to be with Justine forever when she showed a depth of understanding for him. “She understands me the most, even during times when I could not understand myself,” he said. She sees life in a positive light and always believes in the good of people, events, and circumstances. He added that she is selfless and generous, and knew how to treat people well.

The stunning bride aboard a bridal car
The stunning bride aboard a bridal car/Photo from Mico Studios
Justine Burgos gets ready to enter the church
Justine prepares to enter the church/Photo from Mico Studios

Justine knew Erik is the one because he never shied away from making her feel secure. “What made him different from anyone was how he made me feel secure not in ways most might think, like financially or with assurances of his commitment,” she remarked. “Rather, with making me feel part and parcel of his plans and his future.” She also told how he had the drive to challenge himself and “what others perceive as limitations.” She admired the way Erik desires to be successful to enable him to help more people in a more profound way.

Justine and Erik with their parents and principal sponsors
Justine and Erik with their parents and principal sponsors/Photo from Mico Studios
The newlyweds with the Rana family
The newlyweds with the Rana family/Photo from Mico Studios

Postponing the wedding several times

They initially had a civil wedding in 2022 but recently got married again on January 6 at the Santuario de San Antonio in Makati. Reception immediately followed at the Manila Marriott Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

The couple described their journey into getting to forever. They said their dream wedding date was December 2022, but things didn’t quite go as planned.

“There was no proposal due to certain circumstances,” they both recounted. Erik had an understanding with Justine’s dad that marriage would only come after she was done with her bar exams. 

Justine’s bar exam was supposed to be in 2020 but due to the global pandemic, it was postponed several times. 

“We simply started planning in June 2022 for a civil wedding in September of the same year,” they said. They didn’t opt to get married in 2023 as Erik’s older brother was set for his own wedding that year and that would be sukob. It is, as Filipinos know, a superstitious belief that getting married in the same year with a sibling or the year when a relative dies would bring bad luck. 

Baby Gael’s heartfelt entrance

The couple shared a few highlights from their church wedding, one of them involving their son, Gael. The little one literally “drove” down the aisle with a miniature car and it took weeks of preparation. There was just a tiny hiccup: he was in deep sleep on his parent’s special day! 

“Usually, when his nap is interrupted, he would be cranky,” Justine said. “But in that moment we gambled by gently waking him up and placing him in the car. Thankfully, he was such a trooper.”

Gael put his hands on the wheel and drove down the aisle as planned. He smiled at everyone as he approached the aisle. Everyone’s hearts melted, including Justine, who was peeking through the stained glass of the church’s doors. 

Baby Gael drove down the aisle and won everyone’s hearts
Baby Gael drove down the aisle and won everyone’s hearts/Photo from Mico Studios

What made their wedding refreshing was that Erik bared himself to be fully seen by friends and family. “On this singular day, he allowed himself to be who he was when it was just us,” Justine added.

Justine shared another highlight, which was the couple’s first dance. She chronicled that they practiced their first dance in their wedding garbs for the very first time and it was very challenging and stressful. 

Justine Burgos and Erik Dy in all smiles as they danced
Justine and Erik in all smiles as they danced/Photo from Mico Studios

Justine then suggested that maybe having her gown’s train sewed on the back of her dress would make things easier. They entered the hall, spun towards Erik, and embraced each other in their dance’s first few moments. And just like that, all of Justine’s worries vanished.

“We’re good”

Justine and Erik’s dance became a testament to the couple’s complete trust and commitment to each other. It proves that when you truly and irrevocably love a person, and they have proven themselves to you, you just know that you’re covered. You don’t have to worry, because you fully rely on them and show complete confidence towards them.

She described the moment as something that made her just let go that day. “I finally let myself feel that as long as we have each other, we’re good,” Justine said.

Justine and Erik shared the lessons they learned from their journey together. “Go all in,” they imparted. “Invest your time and effort and savor every moment. It will all be worth it.”

Banner photo from Mico Studios

COORDINATOR Christine Ong Te Events

PHOTOGRAPHER Mico Studios

VIDEOGRAPHER Jason Magbanua

CHURCH  Santuario de San Antonio

VENUE Marriott Grand Ballroom

TRUSSES Stage Riggers

EVENT STYLIST Drew Menor

LIGHTS AND SOUNDS LX Pro

ALCOHOL Manila Craft

DJ Ace Ramos

BAND Uno Ritmo

HMUA Madge Lejano

BRIDAL GOWN Jo Rubio Atelier

BRIDE’S BAG Neil Felipp

BRIDAL SHOES Curated by Jefferson Si

GROOM’S BARONG stner Couture

ENTOURAGE GOWN Vee Tan

ENTOURAGE BARONG Boy Kastner Couture

CHURCH FLOWERS Flowers of May

SOUVENIRS Vela Studios

COCKTAILS AND AFTER PARTY FOOD Candy Rush by Ken

HOST Sam YG

CHOREOGRAPHER AND DANCE INSTRUCTORS Reigh Sy

INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK FILTERS Pocket Filters

CONTENT CREATOR Pocket Films

INVITATIONS Print Divas

CREW MEALS Carlito’s Catering

SAVE THE DATE AND LED ANIMATIONS Starts with Letter

PRENUP Jason Magbanua

SINGER Joey G

PRENUP HMUA Madge Lejano

BRIDAL CAR Don Robert

CUSTOMIZED ICE CREAM The Lost Bread

ICE CREAM LABEL STICKERS Dexact Printing

COFFEE BAR Caffeined Coffee

ARRHAE UNITY COINS Weddings at Work

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