Rub a dub dub...

As we bid good-bye to July, we'd like to end this month by showing you a preview of what coulda, shoulda, woulda been our anniversary shoot special...but alas, the official photos have yet to make an appearance (baka na shipwreck na din ang photographers?!?!).

Tria - Interesting Bridal Looks

For the rebellious Filipiniana bride, Maria Clara Version 2.0
Terno by Tria
Hair accessory by Bonne
Resin ring by Studio Bohemia
Paco Guerrero for Shutterspace Studios
Hair and Makeup by Pamm Merrera
Fashion Styling by Guada Reyes
Model: Jacqueline Borges for IM Agency

Joanne and Richard - Beyond the Smokes and Mirrors

Summon To Love : Joanne and Richard from Mayad Studios on Vimeo.

Just one look at Joanne and Richard's engagement sessions and you'll probably get to the same conclusion as us that this is one glamorous, beautiful couple. But what we particularly admired the most was the email we received from Joanne (which was sent to us in confidence so we'll keep the finer details in private). 

How seemingly easy enough it was that Richard summoned the courage to walk up to her in a restaurant to introduce himself. How this simple introduction lead to a challenging relationship which they rebelliously tried to deflect. How the very concepts of their prenups intentionally left out the usual grand props to give focus more on lived-in locations with the most interesting of tiles, walls, columns, and available props. No. this prenup, and this very love story go beyond the smokes and mirrors. Joanne and Richard aren't the poster couple for being rebellious in the obvious of definitions but they are rebellious in how they feel and think. And beyond the smokes and mirrors, they are rebellious in their resilient spirits. 

Joanne writes: Basically, we wanted to be "uniquely rebellious" without totally being out of character.  We were being rebellious by avoiding the norm - out of town location (with wide shots where the face of the couple can no longer be seen), sexy shoots, and artsy photoshoot that most couples do nowadays.  We did a lot of research and found this old house in Manila that was turned into a gallery.  We did not make use of additional props because the place was already full of different furniture, plates, bed frames, etc.  Pat Dy (our talented photographer), known for making wedding editorial shoots, really made use of the natural lighting and elements.  It just looked like we were taking photos in our own "vintage" home.   Even without nature in our midst, he gave us photos we can look at with pride 10 years down the line.  

Brides In Waiting - A Quirky Creatives Editorial Feature

I love that more and more creative wedding talents are collaborating to share with everyone their various points of view. What's even more exciting is that the ideas are becoming bolder and quite interesting! 

Brides In Waiting. What a simple idea that it's actually right under our noses--yet no one seemed to have thought about it 'till now. Indeed, creativity is in the simplicity. 

Veering away from the usual "posy-posy" glam shoot, Noel Salazar of Quirky Creatives and Nio Manzano joined forces to create an editorialized version of the ordinary things that happen during Bridal Preps. 

Become a Power Couple!

While scheming through the pages of Wedding Lab, I noticed a section for "Power Couples" so I got curious and clicked on June's Power Couple of the Month. And I'm glad I did because I discovered this lighthearted McDo-inspired Save-the-Date Video! Take a look!


DEX CAYENNE STD from Arnold Mendoza on Vimeo.

Apart from Dex and Cayenne's video, I loved the simple but thoughtful details in their wedsite such as the little quiz about the couple right at the left panel of the page and of course--the registry!

Since the couple lived abroad and had no access to physical store-based gift registries, Wedding Lab's symbolical and cash-based online registry definitely helped them a lot. Not only did a relative gift them with a honeymoon fund through the registry facility, but it also helped inform guests what to give the couple on the day of the wedding.

Pia + Eugene's Lovebirds Wedding

Photography by Nelwin Uy

"I personally think that pulling off a destination wedding scores a perfect 10 in the level of difficulty in terms of logistics, budget, and execution. But the greater challenge during our preparations was when my mom succumbed to cancer, 3 months before our big day. I believe no bride-to-be should ever experience such triple stress and difficult emotional situation (not to mention dealing with the "pamahiins" of not pushing through with the wedding because it would be bad luck). But I kept calm and carried on what I believed my mom would have thought would be best for me."

Rebellious Bride Pia on the Challenges of Planning Her Rebellious Wedding

Pia and Eugene wanted a destination wedding where they could have an intimate wedding for just a party of fifty guests. The couple was smitten by Bellaroca and instantly knew they found their perfect wedding venue. Since they wanted a relaxed vibe, they complemented the island with an offbeat theme of "Lovebirds". Think bird's nests, charming colors as in the pastel-colored feathers of the Lovebirds, pretty calligraphy/illustrations, bird houses galore, non-floral elements, and twigs. The result of which was exactly what the couple wanted--a relaxed, 'chirpy' wedding with a light and happy feeling. 

Today x Future - A Punk Rock Feature

Photography by Carlo & Hyds Cecilio of ImagineNation
Designer Joseph Montelibano of Project Runway Philippines fame and Carlo Cecilio of ImagineNation have a juicy treat for us, little rebels. On their recent collaborative concept shoot that is definitely anything but traditional, I can't help but wonder if we will ever reach that point where real weddings are done this way--and done in organically raw venues like this. I hope that one day it will come.

Inspired by this year's MET Gala theme, Punk Rock, Joseph interpreted this into a high fashion-meets-emotional take as in the lives of Sid and Nancy Vicious.

The Wedding Agency in Wedding Essentials

What is a Walkthrough and how can it help in making your 
customized & conceptual dream wedding come true? 
Read WE's feature on the Wedding Agency by the Rebellious Bride. 
Out this month in all major bookstores.

Follow us on Twitter! @RebelliousBride


I was a ‪#‎glee‬ fan once. So much so that my bridal entrance was actually a mash-up of VSQ and Glee's version of Somebody To Love. And we also did a Glee Weddding Idea once, too! So am I affected of this news? Oh yes, indeed. RIP Finn. Knowing that Cory & Lea were ENGAGED is even more heartbreaking!

And here is Somebody to all the Gleeks in all of us...

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Rebellious Wedding Idea: How to Plan a Cost-Efficient Batanes Wedding

Photography by Jayson and Joanne Arquiza unless labeled otherwise 
Brace yourself for the most detailed Batanes Wedding Guide you'll read yet! When my husband and I went to Batanes last month, I was asked by a friend who is a soon-to-be-Batanes-bride to research for her on how she can efficiently plan her wedding. And because I'm just proactively dorky by nature, I took to heart my mission and even conceptualized an itinerary and budget for her (maybe it just feels natural since we've been doing The Wedding Agency Service for almost 2 years now).

We constantly get questions about Batanes weddings, so I decided to share here in the blog what I conceptualized for my friend (but with a few minor tweaks). Think of this as a free Wedding Agency consultancy write-up! To visualize this imaginary Batanes wedding, I'll be including here some of our Instagram photos from our own trip but we'd also like to feature a beautiful Batanes wedding as photographed by Jayson & Joanne Arquiza  because it's probably the most incredible Batanes wedding we've seen to date. 

John & Joyce

So are you toying with the idea of having a Batanes wedding? Let's do a quick PROs and CONs first, shall we? 

What are the PROs? Well....need we say more? 1) Batanes is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines--it's so beautiful, you won't believe it's still part of our country!, 2) Locals are few, tourists are limited, weddings all the more rare--so if you are a stickler for privacy and the feeling of exclusivity then this is really the place for you!, 3) Being in Batanes is like being in a whole other world. And if you were the type to dream of getting married in a stone chapel on a hill, this is where you can fulfill that dream. 

What are the CONs? 1) The flights are expensive. As in roughly P17,000 per head during peak and around P11,000 per head during off-peak (via AirPhil), 2) It's also a remote location. You cannot create a big, lavish wedding here--so if that's what you want, maybe Batanes is not the venue for you. Batanes is more for an intimate wedding, with natural details. The ideal number of guests is only around 50, and note that guests will have to shoulder their airfares and hotels so it can get pretty expensive for everyone (unless you are willing to shoulder everyone's expenses, that's definitely not going to be budget-friendly anymore), 3) They say that Batanes weather is super unpredictable so it can get tricky to choose the perfect month. But we personally didn't experience this ourselves. I'm actually beginning to think that this is a misconception owing to my own experience and owing to what the Ivatans have told us. I say, wherever you go the weather can get tricky--even in Manila and even in Boracay. So just attract positivity and pray for good weather (pray to St. Medard, the patron saint of good weather!)

So how can you conceptualize a cost-efficient Batanes wedding? First of all, when we say cost-efficient we don't mean to say that you are totally going to scrimp on the wedding elements. For a budget of around P500,000 this is our concept for you--and it's a perfect balance between having the beautiful wedding details that you could possibly have given the remote location and given a reasonable budget. We also say that this is a reasonable budget because we know of previous Batanes weddings that costed millions to mount. So for this to be in the 500k range, is pretty amazing. So let's start!


Ceremony at Tukon , 10:00AM – 11:00AM
The Tukon Chapel (Chapel on a Hill) has got to be one of the most beautiful churches I have seen in my life. It's quaint, it's made of stone, and there are wonderful frescoes on the ceiling and in the middle of the altar. The view here is breathtaking, it's the dreamiest possible wedding ceremony location made to come alive. 
Photos taken from my Blackberry

Pictorials after the Ceremony at Tukon & Fundacion, 11:00AM to 12:00NN, Lunch Reception at Fundacion, 12:00nn to 2:00PM

From my Instagram Account @rebelliousbridekai
Imagine having pictorials with this as your backdrop! Fundacion Pacita du Tukon is the best place to stay in Batanes, and it is also the best place to have your lunch reception. Why is it the best besides the fact that it is the only high-end lodging option in the island? Well, it is situated on a hill where it has a view of all the best landmarks of Batanes--including Rakuh aka Marlboro Country and the Lighthouse. It also has an open view of the Pacific Ocean. 

We recommend lunch just because that's when the views are absolutely gorgeous. You won't be able to take in the view in the evening so we have another suggestion for that later. The Fundacion is already very beautiful on its own. It has its own eclectic vibe contributing to the fact that it is home to the works of National Artist Pacita Abad, and also serves as a quasi workshop/school for Ivatan Artists. There really is literally no reason for you to style it any further.

Couple’s Pictorials at Boulder Bay, Marlboro Country, & Rolling Hills *Option for guests to join for tour & pictorials or option for guests to rest, 2:30PM to 4:30PM

Batanes has heavenly views, making it the most picture-prefect place to have your couple's photos. But since you are going to be busy with the wedding day, plus you need to save up your energy, and not to mention you are in your wedding outfits, you'll have to carefully select and limit the locations for your shoots. The Boulder Bay, The Marlboro Country (Rakuh) and the Rolling Hills will be your best options. 
From my Instagram account @rebelliousbridekai

Seafood Cocktail Party at the Lighthouse/Bunker *Sunset party, 5:00PM – onwards

Now this is why we moved cocktails/dinner to another venue besides Fundacion. Fundacion is perfect for lunch because the views there are perfect for daytime. Now to get the most breathtaking sunset and star-gazing experience in the island, we recommend heading on over the Lighthouse/Bunker.

From my Instagram @rebelliousbridekai


So now maybe you're wondering, what kind of food exactly is available in Batanes? Why, Ivatan food of course! And it's one of my absolute favorite foodie experiences (I miss it badly!). Ivatan food is naturally organic--all meats are free range and all the ingredients are incredibly fresh. It's a haven for food lovers! You cannot even begin to imagine how simple the food is but then every dish is just bursting with flavor! Here's our proposed menus:

Fundacion Lunch, Family Style (good for up to 80 servings)

Appetizer: Paco Salad served with Ivatan Kamote (40 orders per dish, for sharing) 
Main Courses: Lunis and Grilled Sirloin Steak w/ Rice (40 orders per dish, for sharing) 
--- Believe me when I say that this is a very heavy lunch and it's sooooooo good. I miss it already! Drinks & Desserts are quite limited, so you might have to bring. 
Total for Lunch Reception w/o Drinks & Desserts  + 5% Service Charge and 12% VAT = P49,842 **No other charges apply

Bunker Seafood Cocktails (good for up to 80 servings)

Dish 1: Tanigue Steak with Mango & Wasabi Mayo Sauce (40 orders, for sharing)
Dish 2: Milk Crab Dish (40 orders, for sharing)
Dish 3: Turon w/ Special Sauce (40 orders, for sharing) 
*Orders are inclusive of 1 round of soup & iced tea
*Serve Spanish Wine & Specialty Beers (you'll have to bring)
Total for Food  + 5% Service Charge and 12% VAT = P20,214

P70,056 ***No other charges apply, no venue fees, etc.

From my Instagram @rebelliousbridekai


Here’s a suggested supplier list that can give you the perfect balance of being cost-efficient but without compromising beautiful wedding elements. Again, we are not aiming to give you a low-cost wedding--which you can do if you take out some elements we've included here. But we are aiming for a beautiful balance. After all, it's still a once-in-a-lifetime wedding and you still deserve to work with some of the best in the industry. 

1. Reception (Food for Lunch at Fundacion, Seafood Cocktail Dinner at the Bunker)
2. Ceremony at the Tukon inclusive of Fees + Priest
3. Beverage Budget: Assuming Rene Barbier Spanish Wines, Katipunan Craft Beers, and   
    Bayani Brews Iced Tea (you'll have to ship this in advance)
4. Dessert Budget/Cake: Assuming Joy San Gabriel (you'll have to bring it with you)
5. Gown: Assuming Clayton of the Cecilio Abad Design Team

TIP! Batanes is a remote location and there's very limited dessert option. Consider commissioning Joy San Gabriel to create cupcakes and miniature cakes for your wedding. Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you have to scrimp on desserts! / Get Vidal Clayton of the Cecilio Abad Design Team. Hyds Cecilio is donning a gorgeous bohemian-inspired wedding gown that has just the right hint of drama. (Photo by Jayjay Lucas)

6. Suit: Assuming Boy Kastner Santos or Linea Italia
7. Non-floral props: Assuming {etc} Handmade Goodness
8. Makeup Artist: Assuming The Makeup of Mica (Bride Only + Inclusive of Out-Town-Fee)
9. Wedding Coordinator: There's no need --
     Just get Fundacion or a local coordinator/project manager to help you for OTD.
10. Singer/Host: Just get friends to do it
11. Entourage Gowns: Just allow them to wear their own

TIP! Batanes is abundant with natural styling, including freshly picked flowers. But find the perfect balance between what's available in the island and what you can add to create personalized stylish details. Commission {etc} Handmade Goodness to create a non-floral bouquet for you. Add other props based on your personality such as: thumbprint guestbooks, ring pillow, flower girl basket, etc. etc. (Photo lifted from {etc}'s FB page) /Most Batanes brides have opted to do their own makeup since it's expensive to fly-in so many suppliers. But in case you have zero makeup know-how, consider getting RB Mica's team, The Makeup of Mica because we can always work out a flexible rate for you! (Photo by Pat Dy)

12. Hotel Accommodations for couple + suppliers for 2 nights  
       *Assuming you are staying in Fundacion Pacita du Tukon on an OFF-PEAK SEASON
13.  Airfare for couple + suppliers: Assuming via AirPhil  on an OFF-PEAK SEASON
       (for 8 pax only--note that suppliers have a full team but try to negotiate not having a     
        full team given the circumstances. It's an intimate wedding anyway so your 8 pax 
        consists of the couple + 6 heads from your wedding team)
14. Basic Basco Tour for 8 pax (for couple’s pictorial with wedding team) 
15. Photography: Assuming Jayson & Joanne Arquiza (Service Only Fee)
16. Videographer: Assuming Sequence by Sequence
17. Wedding Bands: Assuming Tungsten Carbide Rings
18. E-invite & Monogram Illustration: Assuming The Fozzy Book 
      (Go Green! No to paper invitations!)  
19. Miscellaneous Fees 

*Detailed budget breakdown is reserved for Wedding Agency Clients Only

Other expenses in case you want to add or in case you have extra budget to spare:
1. Souvenirs (Preferably local goodies that you can give to your guests)
2. Upgrade Videography with: Jason Magbanua (As my husband once said: "Every place in the world needs a Jason Magbanua video")


Taiwan Gets Metrofied

Photography by Metrophoto
When I was reading Oly's write-up of Barbara and Anthony's pre-wedding photos in Taiwan, I could feel his emotions jumping right through my laptop's screen. So this feature is not just to showcase the couple and their Metrofied photos (that cannot even be encapsulated in any superlative that I can think of right now), this feature is also a recognition and respect for Oly's admirable dedication, and of the suspenseful challenges he had to face during this shoot.

Oly writes:

"It’s easy to say that this trip could easily have been a disaster, but despite all the troubles, there were several encouraging silver linings that mitigated all of them...I couldn’t thank Barbara and Anthony enough. What we did in this shoot is really one of the most difficult ever. There were times that I was looking to give-up on certain pegs already (something that I never do) but seeing both of them as determined as I was or even more, kept me going and we were able to do shots that have never been done before. Hiking up that impossible trail and climbing those slippery rocks were truly back-breaking – to do those and then still look amazing, that is beyond me. All the problems made this trip one of the most difficult, but all the great things that helped turn it around made this trip one the most fulfilling as well."