A White on White & Paper Themed Filipino Wedding: Nino & Marie

I’m often blown away by the creativity and genius of my readers’ weddings… but there are really only very few that stop me in my tracks. The fact that my blog attracts so many international readers blows my mind at the best of times, but when they’re there, in my inbox, saying to me “You featuring my wedding would make my day! And my week! and my month! Haha!” Yeah… you really have to stop and think, “whoa, this is kinda a big deal.”

So that’s exactly what happened when newlywed Marie and I emailed last week. Her wedding images were zipped to me all the way from The Philippines and I literally couldn’t wait to share them with you all.

“I spent a year and a half researching and planning our wedding”, Marie wrote. “I saw so many beautiful weddings, but none of them were completely representative of us a couple. I knew what we wanted, and especially what Nico wanted. He wanted something simple and clean and so that’s where our ideas started from.”

“When I found this amazing photo on a wedding blog (I can’t remember which one) I knew I had finally found our theme”, she continued. “Paper and ‘white on white’ was what we wanted. In fact we called our theme ‘paper surreal’ because I love paper. We had a quirky wedding. It was my dream to have a wedding as close to nature as possible so we had a lot of the day outside. Having natural light photographs was really important to us.”

“I wanted this Ikea Maskros lamp to be the centerpiece of my reception. We ended up buying 2 of them and hung them from the roof of the venue. Our reception concept actually stemmed from that simple lamp. I thought that if we had been in hotel, then it would have had chandeliers on the ceilings so we did the same thing with our lamps. We chose a transparent tent for our reception as we felt it would best showcase the lamp’s beauty, especially at night, as well as making us feel closer to nature.”

“Then came the idea of paper decorations on the table. We had paper flowers instead of real flowers, a paper backdrop for the stage and paper boxes with beautiful words on them.”

But I know what you’re all wondering – what about Marie’s amazing dress! Well, it was custom designed and made for her by dressmaker Cecilio Abad. Marie was inspired by details on some Jenny Packham and Monique Lhuillier gowns, but none of them were exactly what she wanted. Using these ideas and combining them meant she ended up with a one-of-a-kind wedding gown that was perfect for her.

“The most important thing for our wedding was that it was unique”, concluded the bride. “It was elegant but not extravagant, laid back but with effort to the details. The entire reception was my favourite part of the day. It’s quite difficult to choose just one moment that made it so special.”

They also had a gorgeous ceremony video made. Watch it (but make sure you have some tissues… so sweet!)

Just gorrrrgeous! Huge love and thanks to Nico & Marie for sharing their stunning day with us.


Supporting Cast:

Photography Credit: Pat Dy Photography
Contributing Photographer: Jaja Samaniego
Video Credit: Phoeben Teocson
Wedding Planner: Perfect 10 Weddings
Ceremony Venue: St. John the Baptist, Taytay
Reception Venue: Thunderbird Resorts, Rizal
Bride’s Dress: Cecilio Abad
Bride’s Shoes: SM Trinoma
Groom’s Outfit: Onesimus
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Cecilio Abad
Bridesmaid’s Accessories:
Cake: Cake Concepts
Reception Styling/Props & Bride’s Paper Flower Bouquet: Vatel Manila
Hair & Make Up: Pong Niu
Photo Booth: Shutterbox Photobooth
Stationery: DIY (Bride’s sister)
Caterers: K by Cunanan Catering
Marquee: Likha Events
Transport: Fly To Manila 


  1. Sam

    OMG!! This wedding is beautiful. The dress is to die for. The bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous too. Congratulations 🙂 xx

  2. Beth

    WOW, this is Beautiful!! LOVE the dress:) AWESOME decor!!! One question? Were the chandeliers new? Would LOVE to find some similar for our renewal:) Congratulations on an AMAZING wedding!!

  3. I love bright colors, but sometimes white on white just nails it. And that dress is to die for! Beautiful wedding and a gorgeous bride!

  4. The first thing that attracted me to this post is that beautiful wedding gown the bride had specially made for her. I always said that whenever I get married my dress will have to be one of a kind no matter what. The good thing about getting a dress specially made is that you get to put so much of yourself in the outfit. I also really appreciated the fact that this wedding is not from Canada, the States, or a destination wedding. It is actually from a different country where we get to see a different culture and style than the usual wedding posts.
    As one of the comments already mentioned, it’s really nice to hear that the bride thought of her hubby when thinking of the theme. It shows how much care and thoughtfulness they have in their relationship.
    This is definitely the first time I ever see a paper themed wedding so I have to admit I was a little anxious to see how they incorporated the details. However, they really did an amazing job with all the decorations and the set up. I love the natural light in their photographs and the shots of the couple as well as the bride shot in the sofa.
    In conclusion the couple succeeded in making a very unique and beautiful wedding. Kudos to the photographer as well as RnR bride for the post.


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