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An October Lovefest in The Philippines: Ray & Yan

I love my Filipino readers. This tiny island has been full of Rock n Roll Bride fans pretty much since I began the blog which totally blows my mind. I’ve never visited, but I’m sure one day I will… I can’t wait to meet all those awesome like-minded peeps! I love getting submissions from The Philippines too – not least of all because they always sign off with ‘more power to you!’ which I love, but also because their weddings are damn cool. Obviously Ray & Yan’s submission was no exception – as soon as I saw that dress, which was hand painted by the bride’s mother, I melted into a pool of wedding lust heaven.

This couple were married in Ray’s parent’s back garden. The wedding was personal, DIY and laid back – just like the pair themselves. “Our story started way back during our college days”, the bride began. “Over a couple of beers we talked about music, arts and everything in between. That’s when we started to fall in love. It all happened one October, which is why we chose to have our wedding in this month. We usually celebrate our anniversary for the whole month actually but after 5 years together we decided to marry and we called the wedding ‘October Lovefest’. We are both music & nature lovers. We would love to travel back in time to attend a real Woodstock Festival! Music festivals as such don’t happen very often here in the Philippines, so we decided to make our own for our wedding. We even asked our friend’s bands to come and play for us.”

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Beautiful Beach Wedding: Jmie & KC

It’s getting seriously cold over here in the UK so what could be a better way to warm up than lusting over some beach wedding goodness? Jmie & KC’s beautiful beach wedding is just what I needed!

You might remember Jmie & KC from their boxing engagement shoot. Those that do will already know that these guys don’t go for the conventional so a laid back and fun wedding was just what I expected. The wedding was held in the idyllic location of the Virgin Beach Resort in San Juan, Batangas.

KC wore a dress from Regine Tolentino with custom sandals from Django. Her bridal style was simple yet elegant, comfortable but quirky. KC even designed her groom’s and her bridesmaid’s outfits. I am SO IN LOVE with their casual linen trousers & waistcoat look – who said bridesmaids have to wear dresses?!

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‘Musikasalan’ – The Story of Two Weddings & Wedding Tattoos: Rob & Kit

Are any of you considering getting tattoos to commemorate your marriage? Well Rob & Kit not only did it, but they had their wedding photographer, John Nicolay, come along to take photographs of the event. Oh it’s like all my favourite things rolled into one – I LOVE this idea.

The couple’s relationship and wedding plans were anything but standard – they actually had two weddings! – as Rob explained, “We met in September 2007 as office mates but we never really spoke to each other. Our first conversation lasted for 30 seconds and we only spoke a total of 5 words combined. I simply complimented the comic book that she was reading. Then in December I finally confessed my feelings for her but she told me she didn’t want to be in a relationship. Gutted. But I was persistent. I wrote a poem for her daily for the next 4 months. In March 2008 she finally cracked and agreed to be my girlfriend but quickly after she had to leave the country to work in Qatar. We maintained a long distance relationship 5000 miles apart by writing each other daily emails. We’d make the subjects ‘Day x of 365’ – counting down the days until we’d next see each other. With Kit’s help, in February 2009 I landed a job in Qatar too. I proposed to her the moment I saw her in the airport. We married in June 2009 in The Philippine embassy, a civil wedding. Then in February 2010 we decided to get our matching tattoos. We had them on our shoulders and we wrote each other’s name. We also decided to get married again, and this time to have church wedding, the following year.

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A Medical Themed Engagement Shoot: Gem & Jay-R

No-one does engagement shoots like photographers from The Philippines… and Gem and Jay-R’s shoot by WeDoItForLove is no exception!I love this for it’s super creative and totally over-exaggerated concept.

So, Gem & Jay-R are medical reps for one of the country’s top brands… so what do they do? Dress up in straight jackets of course! They took inspiration from the movie, Love & Other Drugs as well as Blink 182’s music video for After Midnight.

Sense of humour required when viewing these please…

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A Bohemian Garden Party Fairytale: Mark & Jolina

 After seeing Mark & Jolina’s incredible engagement shoot, there was no doubt in my mind that their wedding would be AMAZING. However in my wildest wedding dreams even I didn’t imagine this. The theme for the day was similar to their engagement shoot – a bohemian/hippy chic, garden party fairytale.

“Mark & I have been active in the Philippines entertainment industry for quite some time now,” Jolina told me. “He plays drums and guitar for his band Rivermaya and they’ve been around for over 17 years. I’ve been a full-time actress, singer and recording artist for the past 22 years. Most of our lives have been spent on stage or in front of cameras, with the whole country watching and listening. Therefore we wanted our special day to be as relaxed as possible, no press, no TV cameras, no interviews, and all the ‘formalities’ were made as simple and meaningful as possible. We wanted to ignore tradition as much as possible to the day was 100% for us.”

“Only our official photographers, videographer, wedding suppliers, and our closest family and friends were there. It was simple, happy and fun. At the reception, we had our younger guests sitting on picnic blankets and throw pillows. There was a live drum circle performance before the program started and some of the guests joined in. Aside from the free-flow iced tea and lemonade, large steel vats we’re on also on the ground, filled with bottles of beer and ice. After the short program and fireworks, it was open-mic for everyone.”

The couple also added a few extra special touches to again, keep the day personal. “For our wedding invitations, we had scrapbooks made for all our guests” the bride continued. “We reproduced all our old pictures, movie and concert tickets, even airline boarding passes for each scrapbook. There’s a page where we showed what the ‘proper’ wedding attire would be. Mark and I used craft wire to create 300 miniature coat hangers and attached swatches of real fabric. Everyone said they really loved the idea.”

“Mark & I also attached lace to my shoes so they would match my dress better. They turned out much nicer than anything I saw in the stores… they’re one-of-a-kind because we made them ourselves.”

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A Bohemian Engagement with Hand Drawn Illustrations: Mark & Jolina

I have a beautiful two-parter for you this afternoon, both the engagement shoot and wedding of Mark & Jolina. When I saw this shoot by MangoRed, who hail from The Philippines, I knew I had to blog it. I love the mix of mediums between the photography and illustrations. It’s something I’ve never seen before and it creates a really different and beautiful storytelling result don’t you think?

MangoRed worked with RabbitHole Creatives to create this shoot, as they explained, “We have been working with MangoRed for a long time now and our collaborations have proved our good creative rapport. The exchange of ideas are both orgasmic and highly productive. RabbitHole‘s concepts are captured in a very special light by MangoRed. You can see the attention to detail and the desire to capture the mood of every concept.”

“Inspired by each couple’s personalities, we explore many possibilities of translating them – to push the boundaries of pre-nuptial editorials. For Jolina & Mark’s pre-nuptial shoot, the ideas initially came from them. They were aiming for ethereal, boheme and fun. We then extended these ideas to a more visceral approach. We wanted it extra lush and overflowing with psychedelic vibes. Jolina Magdangal is a pop star and paved way to a fashion commotion during the late 90’s that is distinctively hers. Mark Escueta is a rock legend in the underground sub-culture. Both have delved into the music industry and carved Filipinos’ hearts with their compositions.”

“We started with their ideas and extracted the essence, which is the bohemian life. Truth, beauty and freedom at it’s most succulent form. Referencing from the bohemian movement of the late 60’s, we looked into inspirations such as The Cockettes, Kenneth Anger, Janis Joplin and Taking Woodstock. We also looked at Pre-Raphaelite artworks by Rosetti, Beardsley and Klimt that highly influenced the lifestyle. From those ideas, we concocted a story/editorial that captures all those moods. We then proposed a story of leisure, travel and folly. Colors and patterns are important visual cues. Hence, the styling of the clothes and the production/set design were carefully composed. We provided the vibrant backdrops, embellishing everything in a loose but fiery motion. Lace, argyle, luggage, twigs, party favors, rock band shirts, harp, kites, Lambrettas, crochet, make-shift swing, eloping Sedan, trumpet, parasol, gramophone, sand, sea, paper lanterns, bicycles – all mixed together in one big stew.”

“To make the whole output more raw and teeming with details, RabbitHole‘s Creative Director, Geof Gonzales, composed hand made illustrations and collages. It was a product of all of our visions to tell a visual story supported with these intuitive illustrations. Geof made the collages with the couple’s ideas in mind. Old books and magazine cut-outs and illustrations were combined with passages from books and novels and Nina Simone’s lyrics.”

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