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Eclectic & Relaxed Brunch Wedding with a Catholic Ceremony & and Personal Exchange of Vows

Kim and Ian described their July wedding as eclectic, relaxed and full of surprises. They chose the same date as their first date, 12 years later, as their wedding day as it was a special date to them already. After a Catholic ceremony and a personal vow exchange, they hosted a brunch reception for their closest friends and family.

“As with many who planned their wedding day during a pandemic, ours was filled with uncertainties and unanswered questions,” Kim explained. “It felt like a moon-shot to make it happen. One thing that really helped us is outlining three MUST-HAVES for our wedding day, and if we got those everything else was a bonus. The key things for us were to be surrounded by our loved ones, to serve some great brunch food and to get married on July 24th.”

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Do It Yourself Rustic Wedding in The Philippines

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Darrel and Jec met in the summer of 2002. After a whirlwind romance they lost contact, but found each other again in 2009. They got together permanently soon after. They were married in February in The Philippines, where they both live. They wanted a laid back DIY wedding with lots of rustic details.

“We wanted our wedding to be very fun and relaxing day”, said Jec. “We wanted it to have a laid back feel as that is what we’re like as a couple.¬†We did all the planning ourselves, every little detail! It was¬†amazing to hear people who attended saying that our big day was so personal and reflective of who we are.”

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The bride designed her own dress which she had made by a local dressmaker. She also made her own headpiece and helped design the bridesmaid dresses. The flowers and most of the décor was put together by the groom.

“My husband is a very creative person so most of the creative details¬†were actually¬†his ideas”, the bride explained. “Our friends were also very helpful. Almost all of our suppliers were our friends including the videographers, caterers, our ceremony minister, and the band. Thesehelped us save some money but it also made the day really special.”

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Sneaker Themed Wedding in The Philippines: JQ & Barbie

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I’ve got a really fun and unique wedding for you today and I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it. In all my years of wedding blogging I’v certainly never seen a sneaker themed wedding!

“We wanted our wedding to really be a reflection of us and our favorite things”, wrote the bride. “Since we are both avid sneaker fans and collectors, it was only fitting that we wear sneakers, specifically Air Jordans, to our wedding. We joke that the theme that day was ‘Love Is In the Air (Jordans)’.¬†Our wedding invitation also incorporated Nike‚Äôs tag line ‘Just Do It’ with the highlighted words ‘I Do’. The sneaker theme represents more than just our shared passion for shoes. It also serves as a reminder of our walk with God, first as individuals, and then as the ‘perfect pair’.”

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“I know a lot of brides that want to feel particularly poised and elegant on their wedding day, but we were more focused on making sure that we were comfortable and we were going to have fun”, she continued. “Having our entire bridal entourage wear basketball shoes to our wedding, plus our 200+ guests, was going to require a little convincing. Thankfully, everyone was in on the theme and we didn’t have a hard time telling them to wear kicks. It was awesome. We were basketball fans, but even then it still came as a huge surprise when he proposed to me during half time at a Lakers game in Los Angeles (he got down on one knee and asked me to be his ‘Barbie Q’ since his last name was Quizan. I seriously thought he wanted to go to a barbecue!”.

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Elegant & Dramatic Sapphire Wedding: Rochelle & Nestle

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Rochelle & Nestle were married at Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega in The Philippines. Although their wedding started off traditionally with a church service, the couple wanted the rest of the day to reflect their own styles. So they went for a dramatic but elegant blue colour scheme with touches of yellow. The bride wore blue ballerina shoes which she customised herself, the bridesmaids and flowergirls wore various shade of sapphire and the groom and his groomsmen had blue bow ties.

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Rochelle’s email to me was simple. “We would like to thank Rock n Roll Bride because you’ve been a huge inspiration to us. You made us aware of the trends and the things we can do except from the traditional wedding. You helped us push ourselves to do the extremes and make us think that the things we thought could not be done are actually possible.”

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Bohemian Crafty Wedding: Floyd & Maricris

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Floyd & Maricris were married in Cavite in The Philippines. They met in art school and wanted their wedding to be just as creative as they are. They spent $9000 on the wedding and the majority of the details were DIY.

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“Wedding planning wasn’t easy”, began the bride. “We had a very strict budget, and planning such a big wedding with not a lot of money was hard. We didn’t have a stylist or wedding planner but we wanted to do it all ourselves. Our family and friends were fantastic with helping us with the preparations. We had to be creative with our plans but we enjoyed doing it all. We enjoyed spending time together making things.”

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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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High Fashion Farm Engagement

Honestly? I’m not going to pretend that I really understand this shoot… but for some¬†reason¬†I just really love it. It must be the¬†weird juxtaposition¬†between designer¬†handbags, shoes on a roof, giant bunnies and bondage… and hell, I’m not adverse to a bit of randomness!

Taking place at¬†Big Ben Farm in Bulacan, The¬†Philippines,¬†Jay De & Clarissa wanted a shoot with some attitude. As lovers of vintage styling they wanted it to have this vibe, but with an edge. They wanted their shoot to be much more than teacups, cupcakes, lace or pearls. They wanted high fashion! With the help of stylist¬†Feliz¬†and photographer¬†Jay Jay¬†they pulled together five iconic looks which showcased various parts of their¬†personalities. Ranging from high fashion to cute and cosy to dark, each set was a real labour of love and very ‘them’.

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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôve been around for over 17 years. I‚Äôve 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‚Äôre 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‚Äôs 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‚Ķ they‚Äôre 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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