"I guess what makes our wedding rebellious is we did not go with ‘what’s in’ nor believed in ‘bad luck’. Cheesy as it may sound, if you love each other, nothing will ruin your wedding day. Marriage is a beautiful thing and if you believe that out of the billion people in this world, you end up with that one person, then nothing is luckier than that!"
- Rebellious Bride Maribonn
Planning a wedding is challenging as it is. What more when you feel like you have to tiptoe your way around superstitions and traditions that don't even make sense to you.
So at the end of the day, Maribonn and Reuel decided to just loosen up a bit, have fun creating their wedding their way, and just run away with it.
The couple had their engagement session at Henry Hotel -- one of our most favorite hotels in Manila for sure. Then for the wedding they incorporated these creative, thoughtful, little details that spoke so much of their aesthetics, and then for their post-wedding session they did it in Chicago where they are based, to tie everything together.
RB Maribonn on her gown, and her flowers:
While we were planning our wedding, I was told that our country is one of the few countries where only a few ‘off the rack’ wedding dresses are worn. I realized that this is because of the belief that you should not see your wedding dress before your wedding day as this may cause bad luck. Being someone who does not like surprises, and after hearing a lot of horror stories about wedding dresses gone wrong, I knew that this will not work for me, hence I opted for an ‘off the rack dress’ so I could envision my dress, my hair, and basically how I would look (more or less) on my wedding day. I also believe that this reduced my anxiety. Another wedding belief is to use flowers with good meanings. My favorite flower is anemone, which means, ‘abandonment’. Despite its meaning, I still wanted it in my bouquet. I just told myself that it depends on the person how the meaning will be interpreted. I interpreted it as ‘abandonment’ of my old life so I can fully welcome my ‘new’ life.
RB Maribonn on the other details of their wedding preps:
During our wedding preparation, we wanted a timeless one but something that would also reflect the year we got married. We incorporated this in the details. We made this possible by using silly strings instead of your typical rice or petal toss during the couple’s exit at the church. It was fun for us, especially to our family and friends and it gave our wedding a more modern touch. We had an ‘ombre’ cake made. I wore a blue Badgley Mischka shoes as my ‘something blue’ for the day. I also painted my nails white with a gold accent on my ring finger, again for that modern yet timeless look.
Congratulations Reuel and Maribonn! We admire the positive outlook that you had during your wedding preps and may you carry this on in your marriage.
Photography: Pat Dy
Video: Bob Nicolas
Planning and Coordination: Getting Married Philippines
Hair and Make-up: Bobby Carlos
Bride's Dress: Pronovias (Sleeves for ceremony dress added by Atelier Debbie Co)
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride's Veil: Atelier Debbie Co
Groom's Suit: Kingsmen
Invitation and Stationaries: Printsonalities
Flowers and Styling: 2171 Floral Creations
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