Maleficent - Once Upon a Rebel

Hello there! The Maleficent shoot is going viral and with the "virality" comes the bashers ---which we don't mind. Bring it on! We weren't called "Rebellious Brides" if we couldn't take the heat. 

And we are getting sooooo many features around the world--which we are so thankful for! But you are new here and you probably don't "get" us. And we're okay if you want to feature our shoot, but maybe you need to know a lot of info about the shoot so that your readers don't get misinformed. 

So just a few trivia about this shoot:

1. IT'S NOT A REAL chill...relax. If this were a real wedding, it would probably not have the horns, the wings, and the staff. 

2. In our concept shoot, Maleficent actually ends up with her sidekick in the movie--Diaval the crow. She obviously doesn't end up with the king.

3. The three couples in the shoot are REAL husbands and wives. The kids here are their real children. The kids loved the shoot--it was one of the reasons why we did the shoot was for their own amusement.

4. All the couples here are very much in love, and have been married for awhile--so for those who are widely speculating that the groom is unhappy and that they would probably end up annulled/divorced--that is unlikely to happen and that's very mean of you to say. 

5. We chose Maleficent because at the end of the day the story is about LOVE. And the theme was for "Rebellious Brides" NOT for the Classic, Traditional bride. 

As quoted from the Maleficent movie, and as scribbled in our faux wedding invitation, "Let us tell an old story anew. Where we are not afraid and love will find a way." This shoot was meant to show love from a different angle. You don't have to agree with it, but it is love. The shoot was made with love. 



"Children have always been told she's pure evil. And she is evil, but it's not all she is, and it's not fair that her story was left there. For kids, it will be like unwrapping a mystery, unwrapping a present, finding out what was really going on. It's a fun discovery" 
-- Angelina Jolie on Maleficent 

<Photography by ProudRad>

We grew up idolizing Cinderella and that's probably the reason why we are hung up on the "classic" kind of bride. But we've come to a new era--a new era when children these days love characters like Elsa and Maleficent. Characters who are not your typical heroines--they are in fact, REBELLIOUS. We are moving towards a new generation of acceptance, to some extent you can even call it tolerance and that's what we wanted to celebrate in this concept shoot. Can you imagine what kind of rebellious weddings the new generation will come up with now that they have new, rebellious heroines that they are exposed to?

We'd like to personally thank each and every talent (models and artists) who collaborated on this shoot. We would also like to give a special attention to our photographers, ProudRad--this shoot is the debut of Marc Santos and Al Avellana (formerly  part of the MangoRed team), as they foray into their own brand of photography. Marc and Al are special to us because they were both part of our weddings 3 years ago! It feels surreal to see them now coming into their own. As they  photograph us now with children, it's like we are all growing up as the RB Team and as the ProudRad team together.

"Royal Tenenbaums"
This shoot was difficult and challenging in so many levels. Not only was this shoot out-of-town, we had kids with us. We couldn't get a single "family shot" where all the kids were looking at the camera. It was good fun though. Very candid! 

A Rebellious Fairytale 

Photography by Proud Rad 
 Videography by We Are Seekers 

Makeup of RB Mica by herself (The Makeup of Mica) 
Makeup of RB Kai and the rest of the models by Angel Salian (The Makeup Studio Team by Madge Lejano) 
Hair by Brian Borda (The Makeup Studio Team by Madge Lejano) 
Men's Grooming by Angel Salian (The Makeup Studio Team by Madge Lejano) 

 Styling by Miss Kayce Team (KC Leyco) 
Gowns and Costumes by Ms. Regine Tolentino 
Children's Gowns by Christine Lam 

 Bouquets and Headpieces by Jacqs Florals Design Studio (Jacq Wong) 
Event Styling by La PortoFlora Calligraphy 
Invitation Artwork by Ink Scribbler 

Fine Jewelry by Cuenca Jewelry

 Shoot Location Casa Marikit Ristorante Italiano Banay-Banay, Concepcion, Lipa City, Batangas, Lipa, Batangas (043) 312 0454

There are all kinds of fairy tales just like there are all kinds of weddings--and even the dark, twisted, outrageous ones are worth telling.

Cast of Characters:

RB Mica as The Maleficent Bride
RB Kai as The "Maleficent-in-Transition", MOH

Nina Cuenca as The Classic Princess Aurora Bridesmaid
Taylor Cruz as Maleficent Princess Aurora Bridesmaid
Mindi Fuentes as Little Aurora, Little Bride
Olivia Cuenca as Baby Aurora Flower Girl
Maya Cuenca as Little Maleficent Flower Girl

Marc Fuentes as The Crow Groom 
Mikki Cuenca as The Prince Charming Best Man
Cy Cruz as The King/Officiator 

The Fairy Godmothers - RB Mica, RB Kai, and Nina Cuenca

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