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Artistic & Wacky Filipino Wedding : Ryan & Garovs

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One of the main reasons I love Filipino wedding photographers MangoRed so much is because their wedding photography is quite odd. In fact it’s darn right bizarre. It breaks boundaries that I didn’t even know existed, and it challenges my concept of what wedding photography even is. These images aren’t going to be for everyone. In fact I’d bet my entire sparkly handbag collection that some of you will not like them at all. But I bloody love them and their unapologetic weirdness. I’m inspired, intrigued and totally and utterly confused all at the same time. It’s pretty darn wonderful. And that’s before I even say anything about the actual wedding in the images – fake cotton wool clouds lining the aisle? OH MY GOD YES!

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Ryan & Garovs’ wedding took place in Manila, The Phillipines. The ceremony was held at St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish and the reception at White Space, an event space in the city. “The first thing on our mind was that MangoRed had to shoot our wedding, or else we wouldn’t get married (this is what we actually told them!)” laughed the bride. “We mailed them right after we got engaged, and immediately booked the church and reception venues just so we could seal the deal and book the boys. We just couldn’t imagine our wedding in the hands of any other photographers!”

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A Mixed Media Engagement Shoot: Francis & Mayone

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.

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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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Best of Blogs – Issue 4 ~ MangoRED

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It doesn’t get tired seeing your name in real-life print! I am loving writing my monthly article for Photo Pro Magazine and being able to share some of my favourite photographers with the world. This month I not only shared a magazine with Katie Price who is on the front cover (she’s a big deal here in the UK – unfortunately!) but I was able to write about the amazing MangoRED. Long term readers of Rock n Roll Bride will know how fanatical I am about Ryan & Randall’s work. I love them! Ok…so, without further ado let’s get on with this show…  Continue reading

2009 – The Year That Was {Part Two}

The Cimbo Limbo posts continue with part deux of the grand review of 2009. Brace yourselves for the July to December extravaganza people!

♥ Jenny & Johnny were way to stylish and way to cool to exclude from this list. If I had a face like hers I’d certainly be rocking the girl-hawk hair do. A Ring bearing ninja, the motorbike portraits and the tattoo-inspired illustration guestbook all add to the mad style

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♥ Teneisha & Chris’ crazy-gorgeous LasVegas wedding was nothing short of epic. That dress!

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♥ Something a bit different for Rock n Roll Bride here, but how could I resist those faces?

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2009 – The Year That Was {Part One}

As is customary at this time of year, I wanted to take some time to look back over the last 12 months and share with you some of my most favourite weddings, photo shoots and features. I think you’ll be hard pushed to not find something that makes you go ‘ooooh’ amongst this lot. Enjoy a-reminiscing! I’ll be back tomorrow with part 2 (there’s too much to narrow it down to just one post!) I’m also taking this slow blog-time (I like to refer to it as ‘Crimbo Limbo’ (!) to ponder my ideas and plans for Rock n Roll Bride in 2010. I’ll try and share my musings for the year ahead with you soon and would love for you to let me know what you think. It’s all about you dear reader after all…

♥ 2009 started off with a bang, with this ridiculously fabulous ‘Chicken Man and the Naked Chick’ shoot and wedding. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this before, you certainly won’t be disappointed

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♥ This magician and his wife’s 1920s vintage styling was resoundly popular all over blog-land and may have even started the fake moustache revolution…it was certainly one of the first where I saw them used anyway.

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♥ More vintage loving came my way with this ‘Vintage Snow’ wedding – complete with the bride looking every bit the glamorous lady in her circa 1947 Dior suit

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♥ Still my favourite gown of the year..that multi-coloured tulle just sends me wild!

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Ridiculous Splendor

The MangoRED boys have done it again. My mind is blown. How is a shoot like this even possible!? I LOVE IT!

The bed shots in particular are like an actual dream sequence. Behold their beauty and ridiculous splendor!

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Shipwrecked

I couldn’t very well have a day of posting about The Philippines and not include MangoRED now could I? I’ve got part two of Jason & Lloyda’s ridiculous engagement session – ridiculous in a good way you understand! High fashion eat your heart out! The props used here put everyone else to shame don’t they? Hello! They used an actual giant paper boat for their shipwrecked senario.

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A Mystical Fairytale

Anyone that has been reading Rock n Roll Bride for some time now will know that I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with the MangoRED boys. The brothers from The Philippines never fail to blow me away with the ingenious eye behind on every shoot or wedding they capture.

How is photography like this even possible?! I literally have no words…

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Plucked From a Love Story

I actually can’t get enough of Josephine Sicad‘s photography. Not only does each frame have that darling vintage tone to it, but every image just oooozes love…like you can tell how much she adores her work from the photographs alone…does that make sense or am I rambling again? The images also have that ‘cinematic quality that I’ve always adored, like the boys of MangoRED before her, Josephine’s image appear as if they could have been plucked right from a movie about a love story.

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Top 20 Rock n Roll Weddings… Part 2!

So it turns out you all loved the top 20 huh? Well I did too and to be honest it was really blooming difficult to narrow it down to just 20…fancy seeing 20 more then? I’ve only featured weddings that are older than about 4 months (past 50 pages in – there are well over 100 pages of old posts on this site…oh yes!) because otherwise I would have been here forever. Some of these you may have seen before and some I’m sure you certainly won’t have. That is the beauty of the top 20! Again, let me know what you think…

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