The White Room: Postnup Styling

Rex of Wedoitforlove had a client who had around a gazillion relatives. Okay, maybe just around 70 or so. She's actually the mom of the bride and she wanted to do something rebellious. She wanted a styled backdrop for their family/clan portrait to be done in between the ceremony and the reception. So she got a small function room in a hotel and asked Rex, if he knew anyone who create the backdrop. Rex told them I could do the styling. I immediately said yes. Because I'm all for a challenge. So I tapped my artist friend Gary Pastrana for a collaboration. The family were quite happy with set-up that I think they had more photos there than the photo booth outside. 

As for the couple Nikki and Hiro, they had a more stylized pictorial than the usual hotel shots. Almost like a magazine shoot set-up, if I may say. Here's a teaser from today's wedding:

Styling by Mica TuaƱo-Fuentes

See the mood board that inspired the backdrop here:

Wedding Agency: Mindi's Hippie Birthday Picnic

Since the Wedding Agency also caters to debuts, we figured why not for first birthdays? You can forego the usual magician and noise-filled bashes and opt for a more chill or carefree theme. Choose one that suits your new toddler's temperament (yes, you can see your child's personality by this time) and make the little celebrant happier than ever.

Mindi is a smiley, happy baby who is 100% breastfed, co-sleeps, uses cloth diapers exclusively, loves eco-toys and being carried in a sling. So why not create a "Hippie" Birthday celebration for her, right? It was just right smack her good vibe alley. So peace, love and party it was!

Here are some of her inspiration for the party:

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And here are some of the actual photos from the party:

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Ariel & Hannah - The Beach Life

Photography by Your Ever After Studios

I lurrrrve beach weddings! I am partial to beach weddings! But there's some sort of template or look that kind of becomes similar when it comes to beach weddings. But more and more we're seeing a lot of rebellious beach brides who are pushing the envelope in terms of evolving what is expected of a a seaside ceremony. Take for example Ariel & Hannah's wedding at the very serene and beautiful Playa Azalea in Samal Island. Ariel & Hannah embodied in their wedding, the ideal "beach life" -- waking up in the city, hopping  on and hopping off a boat if you wanted to have lunch in the island at any given time if you wanted to. It's the best of both worlds and you'll see that reflected all throughout the wedding: Garden meets Sands. Chic meets Laidback. 

Marianne's "Wholesome" Bridal Boudoir

Photos by: Boudoir Le Blanc Team

Here in RB we always tell you guys that to us, being rebellious doesn't necessarily have to be based on its obvious definitions (goth, rock, eccentric, shocking, etc.). To us, a Rebellious Bride is a woman who has an innate sense of taste and personal style. And that can even be further difficult to achieve when you talk about boudoir. 

If you search on google the words "bridal boudoir" -- believe you me, the photos that you will see will make you cringe. It's very rare to come across a boudoir set that looks classy. You definitely need to have the right team behind you. Take for example Marianne's boudoir shoot which she fondly calls "wholseome bridal boudoir." 

Marianne shares:

Wedding Agency Holiday Blowout!

Happy Holidays everyone!  2013 was such a blast and it was filled with so much blessings (happythankyoumoreplease!).  That's why we are feeling pretty generous right now! For a limited time only, we are offering not one but TWO blowouts for our Wedding Agency service. Choose which one you prefer! :)

Option 1: Get an outright 20% OFF discount for booking Wedding Agency between now 'till Jan. 30, 2014.

Option 2: Get FREE Wedding Agency services if you book wedding catering services from Pumpkin Catering. Here's the link:

Hope you like our treats! 

Kai & Mica :)

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Rebellious Idea - The Frozen Wedding

It's been awhile since we last made a Rebellious Idea post but with Frozen coming out, we just had to make one! I never had that much expectations with Frozen. In my opinion, the last epic Disney movies that really came out were Mulan & Hercules. After that, they just kind of struggled (perhaps because they also focused on Pixar?). With Frozen, I FINALLY felt like the magical days of Little Mermaid, Lion King, Beauty & The Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, and Hercules are here again. Frozen has that same flair. I'm so in love with it maybe because it has brought out the child in me again--but at the same time, it's a new generation of Disney that I have come to experience with my own little family. 

The film is ooooozing with wedding ideas! And I don't care if there's no ice in the Philippines. I think that the same way that Olaf loves the idea of summer and the sun (even if that doesn't even make sense--which makes it sooo hilarious), we can reverse that into tropical meets ice. We've never been one to care much for rules. And as Elsa would say, "The cold never bothered me anyway". So let's start! 


The Bride as Elsa, the Ice Queen

(Gown by Elie Saab)

Cool as ice. That's the peg for the bride as she exudes Elsa in all of her magical, snow flake glory. 
We imagine her gown to be as sparkly, fluid, and almost kind of see-through like--the same effect it had in the movie when Elsa transformed herself in the "Let It Go" sequence. 

Alternate Look: Elsa has two looks in the movie--the first one was when she was still prim & proper, and the other one when she became icy cool. So perhaps the bride can also have two looks? 

Other bridal elements that are "Elsa inspired" would be her long braids adorned with maybe flowers or crystals. When it comes to the makeup, you can either follow the purple frosted eyes or keep it more simple with a natural ethereal look. 

As for her bouquet, why a snowflake bouquet looks absolutely gorgeous and magical! Can somebody please consider a snowflake bouquet??? It looks soooo breathtaking! (Sigh). Now as for the shoes, Elsa's "signature move" is when she stomps with her killer shoes--so a kick-ass pair of pumps will definitely finish the look.

(Search "Snowflake Bouquet" on Etsy) 

The Maid-of-Honor as Anna 

(Gown by Elie Saab)

The maid-of-honor has to be inspired by no other than Elsa's sister, Anna. Anna is kind of the opposite of Elsa in a sense that she has that "Spring/Summer Season" kind of quality to her. Her various outfits in the movie always have prints on them--mostly flowers. So we wanted to maintain that same vibe. In the movie, Elsa and Anna almost have equal billing. And we reckon that when it comes to a Frozen themed wedding, the bride should be rebellious enough to share the spotlight with her maid-of-honor as well (wouldn't it be even more emotional if the MOH was also a super close sister?).

The Entourage as Ice Princesses

(Gowns by Elie Saab)

I love the idea of making the entourage look like ice princesses. After all, this is a Disney-themed kind of wedding so everybody has to look just as magical and fantastical as the bride. Top the look with braided hairstyles, ice-coated nail polish effects, and instead of bouquets create a giant DIY ornament that has flowers inside!

 The Men as Prince Charming

Technically, Elsa doesn't have a "love team" in the movie (which is refreshing for a Disney film!). And the only prince ended up being a villain (sorry for the spoiler! WATCH THE MOVIE!). But it is a modern fairy tale so it kind of makes sense to dress up the guys in dapper outfits that have like a prince charming quality about it. 

The Flower Girls as Little Elsa and Little Anna 

The flower girls will be in blue and green satin dresses with exaggerated bow sashes. Purple flowers were one of the main spring elements in the movie so we wanted to incorporate that by having the flower girls carry baskets of purple pretties :)


 Crystals, Icy Blue, and Snowflakes are just some of the templates that can be used to create that Frozen-themed reception. Use these elements to layer the look as much as you can. But not everything should be about this because it's the "obvious" kind of winter or ice themed wedding. Add it to create volume but the key is to make it unique to Frozen as it can be. See below:

Olaf, Olaf, and more Olaf! It wouldn't really be a Frozen wedding if Olaf wasn't around, right? Use him as an element where possible! It would also be nice to have doodles of memorable quotes from the movie such as: "Some people are worth melting for", "Love will thaw a frozen heart", or "Love is an open door with you" :)

Devil in the details. There are other Frozen-inspired details that may not necessarily be obvious but to true blue fans, these elements are worth including: intricately decorated doors, a wooden swing set, and paintings are just some of the incidental elements in the movie that can make it even more personal. 

Here are more ideas and inspirations that you can use for your Frozen themed wedding! 

Natural is Rebellious

Photography by MangoRed

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the obvious definitions of being creative and rebellious (that it has to be crazy, goth, rock, or outlandish) that being natural becomes the non-conformist, authentic essence of what being different is. 

RB Mica shares: We had to do Pauline's hair and makeup at around 5am (since we weren't going to the venue). Then she would go through a 2-hour ride to Zambales for her prenuptial shoot at the beach. So glad she still looked super fresh! Photo by MangoRed and look by The Makeup of Mica #prenup #beachlook #naturalmakeup #longlastingmakeup

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Wicked 18

Photography by MangoRed

There are rare occasions when we can't help but feature non-wedding life events, particularly debuts and proms. Sometimes, there's so much more richness and more rebelliousness when you plunge into the minds of the younger generation. A little less predictable, a little less contrived. Just the way we like 'em. Alecx is probably one of the most exciting debutantes we've seen yet. There's nothing quite like this set, folks. 

Diana & Arch's Love Myths Prenup

"Love is Blind"
Photography by Nice Print

Diana shares: 2 years ago, when people asked me about Arch, I answered, "He’s my ABCD --- Ang Bagong Constant Date." I was totally clueless that we’d leap from Exclusively Dating to Engaged! So when he popped the question, I was crying uncontrollably, and then asked him back, “Tayo na?!”

True enough, true love can be unconventional, and that’s what we wanted to depict in our Pre-nuptial Shoot: DEFY LOVE MYTHS.

Cha & Marco's Batanes Save the Date

HELLO DECEMBER! My, my, how time flies! Before you know it, we'd have to write our annual year-end feature! And for sure one of the things that will come out of that is our new found love for Batanes which we've featured several times this 2013. And here we are again with another feature on this majestic, memorable place. The bride already wrote a beautiful and inspiring story about their wedding so here it is! 

My Dream Wedding is a Logistical Nightmare: 
An Ode to Batanes by Cha

Join The Rebellion! Be a "Mockingjay Bride"

I've been a huge dorky fan of the Hunger Games Series for as long as I can remember--even before the movie hype kicked-off. In fact, our Hunger Games Wedding Idea has been one of our most popular posts of all time. I have come to love the book for what it stands for--it is after all, about a rebellion *wink* and at the helm of that rebellion is the rebellious symbol that is the Mockingjay, Katniss Everdeen. Poised to have a rebellious streak of her own, Jennifer Lawrence has been promoting Catching Fire all over the world in various rebellious Christian Dior pieces. She has since proved that as a Hollywood actress, she can have her own unique style that is quite refreshing to see on the red carpet. How inspired it would be if a rebellious bride would follow her footsteps and walk down the aisle in a wicked bridal gown! Here are some of my faves!

Perfect for an anti-reception 
kind of wedding

Perfect for a brunch, 
tea-time kind of wedding

Perfect for a glam hotel kind of wedding

Perfect for a beach kind of wedding -- wouldn't it be ahhhmazing to see this unexpected gown in Boracay?

Have you watched the movie yet? Three words: YOU HAVE TO. 

A Love Stronger Than Any Storm

 "Six months ago, in my happily-wedded bliss, this was what I vowed to my husband. While I may have underestimated the havoc that Yolanda would bring, the rest of it are truer now more than ever. Ranulfo Abellanosa, thank you for everything that you have done in keeping our families safe before, during, and after the typhoon. You are my hero, and our baby's, in these trying times and everyday for the rest of our lives. Thank you for being you... I love you. Please come back soon. (Happy 6th Wedding Monthsary!)"
 -- Kathleen on her wedding vows (as seen below)

Photography by Mark Cantalejo

When news of super typhoon Yolanda broke, my thoughts and prayers immediately went to our former clients, Kathleen & Dingdong. We can only imagine what it really feels like to be a survivor of such a horrific typhoon but they were there in the thick of things. On Facebook, spectators such as us were so keen to comment on practically everything--judging and ranting at every turn. Yet Kathleen & Dingdong, along with the other survivors--the real victims of the typhoon are the ones who have spoken with so much class, love, and maturity. 

Kathleen & Dingdong are newlyweds. It was even Kathleen's birthday when things turned for the worse. And as if that was not enough, she's pregnant with their first baby. What's surreal is that her vows, written and said 6 months ago talked about thunderstorms. We'd like to share with everyone a copy of Kathleen's wedding vows: