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Veluz RTW 2014 Collection
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When a rebel bride dare say that she is toying with the idea of RTW, you could almost taste the uncomfortable silences, the judgmental eyes, the clearing of the throat, and the wrinkled nose. There's a stigma. And it's become the white elephant in the room. What more when you say RTW+taffeta. Oh the horror.
Enter Veluz. She's always changed the game and she's at it again. There's a reason why she's landed on the now famous Buzz Feed article on the world's most beautiful detailed gowns list. She doesn't just make beautiful gowns. Her signature in every piece is impeccable and apparent. Rebellious in the ORIGINAL, as we said earlier this week. You know her trademark and you know she's got taste. In this 2014 RTW collection, she makes the word RTW something you would want to COVET. And that's saying something. And she's also done the unthinkable. She's made taffeta, gorgeously pretty again. It's the biggest comeback ever. On a more personal note, I was NEVER, EVER a fan of white bridal gowns and every RB reader knows that. But Veluz is probably the only designer that makes me want to wear white. And again, that's saying something ;)
BTS photos courtesy of Nina Cuenca
Congrats to Veluz and the rest of the amazing team that worked on the RTW 2014 Collection Launch. Truly world class!
This is only the beginning of the launch. Don't forget to add @veluzbride on Instagram to get updated on the catalogue and creative photos from the entire collection.
Credits as written by Veluz herself:
With our own Palawan plans cancelled, and not to mention being stuck in Manila with loads of work to do, one can only dream to escape and be swept away. What makes me feel even more worse than I already am, is the fact that this is the only year in the last 10 consecutive years that I have no Boracay trip scheduled. So thank you for this beautiful set, Oly. At least we can have this in the blog. To dream of days like Marki and Gun's breathtaking engagement session.
Oly writes in his blog:
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Mike Lavarez of Visionary Photography Hub shares:
Young Pangasinenses Shiela & JR is a nature-loving couple who likes to keep things candid & laid-back. Our destination shoot with them at Bolinao was truly unforgettable as they took us to places with panoramic views & cultural scenery. We took advantage of the low-tide by shooting them against the vast shoreline in an all-white ensemble. Next up was at the mystifying underground “Enchanted” Cave & at the Cape Bolinao lighthouse where we capped off the day with a beautiful sunset shoot. One cannot simply leave Bolinao without visiting the rock formations of Patar; we wrapped up the shoot the following the day by doing a layout at this magnificent natural monument fronting the South China Sea.
This is too cute for words! She's probably the youngest creative mind that we have ever featured for our Bride Ideas. Meet 4-year old, 'Mayhem' (that's what her mom calls her on social media, perhaps a pen name to protect her privacy..good idea!). She makes her own paper outfits. And she is absolutely good at it. Don't you think this could make a great peg for a prenup session? Or even as an interesting reception styling idea for a photo booth! Here are some of my faves.
Huffington recently featured her and how her mom allows her to hone her creativity. Read it here:
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Take for example real-life couple, Melo & Gelo. Their first wedding 14 years ago was a civil wedding and so it was the first time that they were going to have a church one. To save on costs, here are some of Melo's rebellious ideas:
1. Her ceremony and reception was at the same place. She had her wedding at the Adoration Chapel of St. James, Ayala Alabang (price: P5,000). Beside the chapel was a light & airy gazebo so she had her garden reception there. The cost? A donation to the church.
2. Instead of bouquets, Melo asked the entourage and even the female guests to be in fun, floral dresses!
3. Instead of a lunch or dinner reception, Melo had a mirienda reception for 60 guests. The guests enjoyed the menu which included: Southern Fried Chicken, Pork Sliders, Mac n Cheese, Panacotta Shots, and Rainbow Cake! PLUS, the wooden tables and mason jars added a rustic chic vibe to the mirienda! She got Pumpkin Catering and spent around P25,000 only!
Here are some of the photos from their simple, intimate, but lovely wedding:
Photography Credits: RD Salacup and Christina Itchon
Taking inspiration from Melo's wedding, here's a basic mood board + budget breakdown if you were also to do your wedding in St. James, Ayala Alabang:
1. Ask the entourage to wear their own floral dresses so no more bouquet. Cost: P0.00
2. Opt for a lacey white dress instead. Get it from Forever 21, H&M, Topshop, or in any of your favorite clothing brand for that matter. If you also have a way to order from the States, you can get a Monique Lhullier ML dress / Kate Spade Dress / Calvin Klein dress at Nordstrom's Rack at 60-80% off! Cost: Set a max. budget of P6,000. Use the same principle for your groom. Set a max. budget of P6,000 as well. To accessorize, borrow timeless jewelry from your mom or mother-in-law. That can be your "something borrowed."
3. Instead of hiring an event stylist, learn from awesome interior designers like Jonathan Adler and use what you have at home. Are you guys into books? Then stack it up and put mason jars on top of it. And there you go! You have a shabby chic centerpiece in an instant! Cost: P0.00
4. Opt for Tungsten Rings. Not only are they more affordable, it is also the most durable metal in the world. It's anti-tarnish and anti-scratch. In fact, it has grown to be the symbol for unbreakable love. Buy from Amazon or SilverWorks Cost: P6,000 FOR TWO RINGS
5. Use calligraphy where possible! It's the surefire way to make any wedding look pretty and romantic! Commission Alexis of Ink Scribbler and set a budget of P5,000
6. For some quirky details, go for huge golden balloons! It makes for awesome photo shoots and even whimsical table numbers! Assuming you get the jumbo letters L O V E - Cost: P500 (search on Sulit)
What NOT to scrimp on:
7. Good photography is KEY. We cannot stress this enough. Get Jamie Espadilla of A Dash of Jamie for a service only fee. Cost: P35,000
8. Good food will never go out of style. Always, always make sure that your guests are not just well fed but also enjoying an unforgettable meal. Get Pumpkin Catering for a brunch or mirienda reception. Cost: P25,000 for 50 pax inclusive of rainbow cake, pretty wooden tables, supplier meals for 10 pax. Rate DOES NOT include presidential tables and couple's tables ==> it's so not necessary anyway! Opt for family style long tables instead for more bonding moments with your guests!
9. Go ahead and indulge yourself with good makeup. It's still your day so treat yourself and feel like a million bucks! Cost: Special rate from for The Makeup of Mica
10. Chapel & Venue assuming St. Jame's, Ayala Alabang. Cost: P8,000
11. Since your chapel and your reception is at the same venue, there's no need to get a bridal car.
12. Opt for an intimate wedding of about 50 pax and below
13. Opt for thoughtful giveaways from Papemelroti with a budget of P50/pax Cost P2,000 (assuming 40 pax excluding principal sponsors)
14. No need for the usual reception program. Opt for meaningful speeches and that's all you'll ever need.
15. Do your preps in your home. No need for a hotel!
16. Get a talented friend to sing at the ceremony and during the reception. But give him or her a decent gift with a budget of P2,500
17. Even if you are on a budget, don't forget to get your principal sponsors a wonderful gift! Set aside a budget of around P5,000 for this.
18. Set aside a miscellaneous fund for processing of your requirements and other possible incidentals. P5,000
19. No need for lights and sounds. It's a peaceful, serene place and you might not be allowed to go loud anyway.
20. No need for a coordinator, no need for a registration, no need for seating assignments . Ask friends and loved ones to basically help with gathering the entourage before walking down the aisle. It's a small wedding anyway and it's at the same venue.
Total so far: P118,000 -- You still have P32,000 to spend! What can you do with this money? Perhaps you can hire Sequence by Sequence as your videographer? Or maybe after the wedding, you can treat your groom and yourself to a beautiful suite in a fancy hotel with spa treatments!
DESTINATION WEDDING OPTION
Do you dream of a beach wedding but you think it's just going to be super expensive? Well, here's our affordable alternative to that dream! Why not rent a beach house instead? Everything is possible if you just keep an open mind!
A beach house wedding sounds so exciting! In fact, we also considered that option when we were planning our wedding! Opt for #1 & #4 if you are into the whole beach house concept but you want to be in more familiar, relaxing, and luxe venue. #1 is a beach house rental at Tali Beach while #4 is a beach house rental at Punta Fuego. If you are on the more adventurous side, opt for #2 which is a house on a cliff at Surigao. #3 on the other hand is an intriguing island surrounded by a lake near Sierra Madre! Be ready to spend at least P32,000 for a 2 nights stay in any of these venues (reserve 1 room for your photogs)
- Instead of using props from your home, use candles inside jars. It's the most wonderful way to set the mood. But you'll have to spend on this though. Budget for at least P8,000
- Limit the guests even further to just 30 pax
- Catering will have out of town fees. Cost for Pumpkin Catering will change to P40,000
- Instead of hiring a makeup artist, take makeup lessons from The Makeup of Mica or Toni Rodriguez. Learn a new hairstyle from Pinterest or Youtube!
Total cost so far: P150,000 If you have additional budget to spare, get an on-the-day coordinator since destination weddings are quite difficult to execute. A basic sound system might also be needed so you can do a little bit of sound trippin' to set the mood.
The possibilities are actually quite endless. Apart from these suggestions you can also get beach house rentals in Palawan, Boracay, Cebu and other places.
More, more, more ideas!