Chocolate, Strawberries, and Champagne

"Six years ago, we were already rebellious"  
---Rebellious Bride Niña 

To some extent, you can say that Niña is the honorary co-founder of Rebellious Brides because it was actually her idea for me and Mica to start a blog out of "Rebellious Brides" some 4 years ago.

And not only that, she and her husband Mikki made a lot of firsts in the wedding scene even before Mica and I got engaged and got married to our husbands ourselves. They were the firsts to have a creative wedding in our group of friends, they were one of the first real-life couples to have been picked by Wedding Essentials to be on their cover,  and they were one of the firsts to be featured by Bridal Book as well.

Niña and Mikki's Chocolate, Strawberries, and Champagne wedding is the definitive proof that elegance and rebelliousness can co-exist in a seamless way. While their wedding respected a lot of traditions, they planned it with a lot of twists.

First of all, they did their wedding their way--no influences from friends and family. Secondly, the look and feel of their wedding were also quite unique. They used more than the usual wedding combinations opting for mixes of browns, reds, whites, and lace instead. The bride, while wearing a white gown opted for a more structured but feminine style--a "White w/ a Twist" creation by Ivarluski Aseron who is more known as a fashion/artistic designer rather than a bridal designer.  Food was also one of the main focal points of the theme--with overflowing desserts, cocktails, mouthwatering dishes, and finished off with a chocolate tower instead of a wedding cake adding to the organic essence of the entire celebration.

Third, the wedding was also a musical feast with the bride entering the church to the song "Kissing" by Bliss (not your usual bridal entrance song), Spanish guitars, transcending to sounds of house music as DJ-ed by the bride's Maid-of-Honor for the after party.

Niña and Mikki's wedding was such a bespoke, very personal, and memorable day. Truly one for the books--and already rebellious even before we invented that term.

Let's start with their wedding video by MG Video to set the mood:

The couple's mood board:


Bride's Gown by Ivarluski Aseron
 Groom's Attire by Ermenegildo Zegna
Accessories by Aranaz (entourage's bags)
Cuenca Jewelry (earrings)
 Entourage's Attire by Sassa Jimenez, Mich Araullo 
Hair & Makeup by The Makeup of Mica
Ceremony Venue by Tagaytay Highlands (Madre de Dios Chapel)
Ceremony Décor by Pat Pastelero of Spruce Floral Designs
Reception Venue by The Midlands Veranda
Reception Décor by Bizu Catering Studio & Pat Pastelero of Spruce Floral Designs
Wedding Planning/ Coordination by Ruby Ines of Celebrations, Inc.
Catering by Bizu Catering Studio,  The Midlands Veranda, & Classic Confections by Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto
Wedding Cake by Classic Confections by Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto 
Flowers by Pat Pastelero
 Invitations by Bride (design); Tata Designs (printing) 
Photography by Pat Dy Photography
 Videography by MG Digital Video 
Souvenirs & Favors by Classic Confections by Baba Ibazeta-Benedicto
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