11 Rebellious Gowns from the Marriott Bridal Fashion Show

On July 19, the Marriott Hotel held its annual "Marry Me at Marriott" bridal fashion show, featuring collections from designers Mark Bumgarner, Francis Libiran, Ryan Madamba, and Cary Santiago. And it was rebellious.

 Credit: Designer Francis Libiran's IG account @francislibiran

No, we don't necessarily mean that the collection featured non-white gowns (because all the gowns were white), and they weren't avant garde either. What made the bridal collection rebellious in its entirety was the fact that all designers presented gowns that were wearable but unconventional. It was unconventional because all designers created gowns at different lengths,  they featured interesting embroidered pieces that weren't overtly screaming "bride",  all designers featured silhouettes that were absolutely refreshing, and all designers broke some kind of rule one way or another. For instance, there were no veils in sight--instead, most of the designers opted for caplets. Most designers also created gowns with skirts that had created its own drama that there seems to be no need of a traditional train.  The result was just spectacular because collectively, Bumgarner, Libiran, Madamba, and Santiago, redefined how a bride is expected to look--but the gowns were so wearable that not only would you want to wear it for your big day, but you'd find another occasion to wear it again and keep it forever. 

Here are our top 11 favorites on the basis of being rebellious.

Proof that Philippine Engagement Sessions are Uber Creative

 There are engagement sessions, and then there's Philippine-made engagement sessions.
 

You only need to Google "engagement photos" to see what  conventional engagement photos look like. Basically you'll get prom-like lovey dovey, cheesy photos that are set in gardens and other natural scenery. Worse, some photos are not even of good quality. And while there's completely nothing wrong with those types of engagement photos, you really have to hand it to Philippine wedding artists (and couples) for daring to push the envelope.  Because if you haven't known this already, Philippine-made engagement photos/concepts are outstandingly innovative, compelling, and can even be unnerving at times.

 Over the past six years, we've seen how engagement photos have evolved. And we understand why most Filipinos not only would want to have an engagement session, but would be compelled to make it big, bold, and beautiful. On the part of the couples, the allure of a crazy prenup might stem from the fact that Philippine Weddings are traditional, strict, and conventional--oftentimes dictated by parents.  And so an outrageous engagement session gives the couples a chance to kind of have fun and show their rebellious side. It balances things out, so to speak. On the other side of the spectrum, wedding artists like to do these creative sessions because it helps them to build a relationship with their couples before the wedding and at the same time, it keeps their creative juices running full as it can often get drained by the weekly repetitive grind of covering church weddings. 

Here we have 20 engagement sessions that show you just how "Out of this World" engagement shoot concepts in the Philippines can get.  Sometimes the ideas come from the couples themselves to reflect their personalities or to reflect their love story. And on the other times the e-session ideas are proposed by the wedding team themselves to fulfill a creative fantasy project. Seriously 20 examples are not even enough! And just a disclaimer, this is not a contest or a ranking of the top e-sessions out there. Instead, this is a collective appreciation of how  Philippine wedding artists and couples have creatively grown through the years. So here they are. Which one is your favorite? 

(Note: Full Credits are shown at the bottom)

Bonus:

And finally, who could ever forget this controversial engagement video? 

Maggie and Victor from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.



CREDITS:

1. Photo by MangoRed, Styling by RabbitHole Creatives

2. Sigrid & Stephen -  Photo by Paul Vincent, Styling by Ryuji Shiomitsu & Kathy Amurao-Herrera, Makeup by Paolo Maranan, Hair by  Jaime Sy

3. Mark & RK - Photo by Cherryblocks

4. KC & Jmie - Photo by We Do It For Love,
HHMUA by Martin Alonzo, Wardrobe by Ms.Regine Tolentino 
5. Melai & Jason - Photo by Ryan Ortega, Styling by Teamba Designs
  Makeup by Diane Lorenzana, Hair by Mycke Arcano,
Wardrobe Styling by Argie Salango
6. Gab & Tricia - Photo by MangoRed

7. Alden & Arlene - Photo by Chestknots, Styling by Lifestyle by Feliz, Makeup by Gery Penaso, Hair by Renz Pangilinan
8. Anthony & Glenn - Photo and Creatives by Metrophoto
9. Photo by Cherryblocks, Styling by Tippingpoint Collective
10. Photo by MangoRed, Styling by RabbitHole Creatives
11. Vida & Arra - Photo by Metrophoto, Makeup by Jo Ticzon
Hair by Don Donato, Styling by Cy Bree 
12. Marc & Mica - Photo by MangoRed, Styling and Makeup by The Makeup of Mica

13. Photo by Lito Sy, Styling by Lifestyle by Feliz
14. Grace & Mark - Photo by Jason Angcao, HMUA by Fritz Mortel, Styling by  Aira Fran
15. Joyce & Rocky - Photo & Creatives by Metrophoto
16. Photo & Styling by Chestknots
17. Mayone & Francis - Photo by MangoRed
18. Kim & Bry - Photo by Benjie Tiongco, Styling by RabbitHole Creatives
19. Photo by Cherryblocks, Styling by RabbitHole Creatives 
 

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Ian & Shy's Intimate Batanes Wedding


It was the perfect culmination of their love story. Because in a lot of ways, Batanes which was the venue for Ian and Shy's wedding, symbolized their journey. Batanes is one of the most beautiful, but most difficult destinations to have a wedding. Insanely expensive airfares, erratic weather, and low inventory of accommodations make it an elusive travel choice. But it is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines (and perhaps in the world) and that it why it is often in people's bucket lists. Indeed, once you have set foot in Batanes, there's a sense of accomplishment, a "high" you just cannot explain

Of Shoes, Love, and Calligraphy


 There's something so deeply personal and thoughtful when a wedding is peppered with the couple's little notes and doodles. From the bride's bouquet handle, to the invitation, and even on the bridesmaids' shoes, there were calligraphy notes waiting to be read and discovered at every turn during Sheila and Bryan's wonderful wedding. The impact was so lovingly intimate...but in a very chic and sophisticated way.



*screenshot from wedding video*

Rebellious Bride Sheila shares: 


Our wedding is a balance of masculinity and femininity. Details were made to be clean and elegant with a hint of black to make it masculine. It' not all about my dream wedding. We made sure that we considered each other's ideas. Almost all of the details were DIY to make it more personal. And of course the most important detail of our wedding, the Shoesssss! I made sure that my bridesmaids, flower girl, my groom and I will be "Sheilafied!"  My bridal shoes was semi-avant garde with intricate hand-sewn beading and sculptural wooden heels.

Our wedding was 70% shoes and 30% love. Just kidding! My dream to become a shoe designer 5 years ago has been a way to find my forever. It was destined not just to fulfill my dream but love knocked me off my feet too. Indeed, One shoe can change your life. 
 

Congratulations to Sheila and Bryan. May your marriage be as inspired as your wedding! 
 
Credits:
Photographer: Nicolai Wedding Photography
Videographer: Blacktie Project
Wedding gown: Patricia Santos
Bride, Groom, Female Entourage, & Flower Girl's Shoes: Sheila de Jesus (Bride)
Female Entourage gowns: Mara Chua
Bride's Hair and Make-up: Mariah Santos
Florals: Eventcetera
Event Stylist: Evencetera
Invitation Design, signs, calligraphy and all wedding collaterals: DIY by the bride
On- the-day Coordinator: Event Mangament Circle
Cake: Francine's Sweet
Caterer: Enderun Colleges

 

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