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.”
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?!
It’s unusual for me to blog engagement sessions, but when I saw Francis & Mayone’s (potentially NSFW!) I really could not resist. After sharing that, I hoped that their wedding might be as awesome (and that they’d send it to me too) and oh boy did they deliver! Glamorous and elegant, personal but spectacular, sexy but sophisticated, these guys sure know how the pull off a wedding in style!
The couple have a long distance relationship, with Francis living New York and Mayone working as a make up artist in the Philippines. “We have a long distance relationship”, wrote Francis, the groom. “I’m based in New York and she’s from the Philippines. We met 5 years ago in the now defunct Friendster. I go home to the Philippines just once a year and so we make the most of it whenever I’m there. Unfortunately, we’re still living separately even though we are now married. Hopefully by the end of next year I can move back to the Philippines permanently. It’s easier to communicate now with FaceTime and Skype and stuff but I really miss her. Oh and by the way, she’s 8 weeks pregnant now. We conceived a month before I left the Philippines!”
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.
Filipino born Ariane & Jonathan now live in New Zealand, which is where they chose to have their May wedding. The 3pm ceremony was held at in the vineyard of the Ascension Wine Estate in Matakana. “We wanted to showcase how New Zealand is part paradise and part home with our wedding, Ariane told me. “Marrying in a vineyard in the dead of autumn, what could be more gorgeous than that? Ascension Wine Estate was the perfect backdrop for us. The theme was a mish-mash of our passion for travel, photography, literature and the French countryside. We didn’t really set something in stone, but in the end, the travel-bohemian theme dominated, with hints of shabby chic and vintage.”
For the ceremony space decor, the couple added personal touches such a flowers in beer bottles, twine and pinwheels. “In the vines where the ceremony was held, we tied beer bottles with twine and hung it around. We also made pinwheels out of colorful scrapbook papers in lieu of flowers to grace the aisle. We carried that over to the reception venue by having wine bottles adorned with lace and twine as centerpieces. We also had disposable cameras in French-country muffin trays on the tables. The colors of the pinwheels in the ceremony were carried over to the reception through a candy buffet where we served colored popcorn, gummy bears and red licorice.”
If you want to see photography that pushes boundaries then look no further than MangoRED. This Filipino duo have been pushing my buttons ever since I first discovered them waaaaay back at the beginning of 2009. Their work continues to inspire me to this day. Why? Because they’re continually pushing themselves to create. Their work has evolved – almost into a completely different beast – but the essence of unadulterated and unapologetic creativity has remained a constant.
Francis & Mayone’s engagement shoot is a collaboration of photography, collage and sketch. The mixed media approach adds a whole new dimension and evokes a different feeling than photography alone. I love how dark these shots are too. Yes, it’s shot on a beach but that doesn’t mean it should all be sunshine, deckchairs and candy floss.
FYI Some of the images after the ‘jump’ are potentially NSFW.