The Wedding Agency - By the Sea Wedding

Photos by Mark Cantalejo

When Rebellious Couple Dr. Mabeth Rivera and Atty. Karym Laidan commissioned our Wedding Agency service to help them conceptualize and map out the walkthrough of their wedding, they were very clear on three things: They wanted something laid back, creative yet simple, and they wanted the wedding to be in Boracay. And this were non-negotiable.

Brilliant. My kind of wedding.

Mabs and Karym are not just clients--they are personally dear to my heart. Mabeth is one of my oldest, dearest, and closest friends since High School while could say I have grown very fond of him as well. Therefore getting this wedding concept right was very crucial.

Mabeth instantly knew she had to hire us---not just because we are friends but more importantly because we could give valuable insights to having a Boracay wedding and because she trusted our knack for weaving ideas perfectly together.

On your left is the brief given to us by the couple and below it is the concept we developed based on the brief.

The couple wanted a simple and laid back wedding--but they also wanted their colorful and fun side to come out. We were instantly inspired by this classic Mickey Mouse video and took the cue from here:

We wanted the overall tone and mood of the wedding to be romantic and nostalgic with a hint of playfulness in between. Here are just some of the ideas that were part of the couple's walkthrough:

Based on the overall concept and the couple's personality, we also came up with our highly recommended pool of wedding artists to work with them. Inevitably, the couple chose this wedding team based on the options we provided:

Not in picture: Ian Cruz (Videographer) & Amanda Tirol (Coordination) because they were already handpicked by the couple earlier in the process.

 And here's how the 'By the Sea' wedding actually unfolded on April 19, 2012:

Rebellious Brides: Since you had a lot of rebellious ideas/details in your wedding, what challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Mabeth: We wanted our wedding to show who we are as individuals, as well as a couple, in our theme and in the ceremony. We envisioned an intimate, laid-back, and fun celebration where everyone could enjoy themselves away from their daily grind. And since our wedding is a blessing, we also committed to share our love through supporting causes close to our hearts. In the beginning, we were challenged to make our ideas for the wedding a reality considering family, friends, time, place, and budget. Thankfully, we got help from our loved ones (those married and not) on how to go about what we wanted step-by-step. More importantly, we drew strength from each other, especially during times of disagreement to find common ground. And when things seem to go hay wire, we always remind ourselves why we wanted to get married in the first place, and what the wedding meant for us.

RB: What can you advice to other brides/couples who may want to have a creative/rebellious wedding but are afraid to follow through with it?

Mabeth: At the end of the day, you just have to ask yourselves is this who you really are as individuals and as a couple. Most people only get to celebrate their union once, and that memory would stay with the couple as a reminder of what they mean to each other and not what other people want or expect them to be. As Paulo Coelho said, "The Good Fight is the one we Fight because our heart asks it of us. The Good Fight is the one that's fought in the name of our dreams." And remember to trust, believe, love, and hold hands.

RB:What makes you a rebellious bride/couple?

Mabeth: We can definitely say that our wedding was our own. The icing on the cake was that we were able to make a difference in our own little way thru KADA Clothing (Cartwheel Foundation), Hope In A Bottle (Friends of Hope), Ienne (Haribon Foundation), Leyende (UNICEF Maternal & Neonatal Healthcare Program), TOMS (One for One), Rags 2 Riches, and Tahanang Walang Hagdanan. Our wedding was part of something bigger than we ever imagined.


Much love to our families and friends who supported our decision and helped us paint, and run errands among others. And to our fantabulous dream team - Boracay Weddings & Events (Amanda Tirol), Mark Cantalejo Photography, Ian Cruz Films, The Makeup of Mica, Hindy Weber Tantoco, KADA Clothing (Anton Villanueva), Brownbelly (Noelle Hilario), Vatel Manila (Dylan Gozum), The Fozzy Book (Fozzy Castro-Dayrit),

AND especially the Rebellious Brides' The Wedding Agency (Kai Palileo-Cruz & Mica Tuano-Fuentes) for helping us conceptualize the wedding theme and for pointing us to the right direction. From the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful for our lovely wedding walkthrough. And for the rebellious ideas and kick-ass inspiration - to think out of the box, to break and create our own rules, and to be fearless to pursue our dreams. Thank you for being a part of our celebration.

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We wish you all the love and fun in your marriage Mabs and Karym! Up next! The wedding video! :)

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