11 Rebellious Gowns from the Marriott Bridal Fashion Show

On July 19, the Marriott Hotel held its annual "Marry Me at Marriott" bridal fashion show, featuring collections from designers Mark Bumgarner, Francis Libiran, Ryan Madamba, and Cary Santiago. And it was rebellious.

 Credit: Designer Francis Libiran's IG account @francislibiran

No, we don't necessarily mean that the collection featured non-white gowns (because all the gowns were white), and they weren't avant garde either. What made the bridal collection rebellious in its entirety was the fact that all designers presented gowns that were wearable but unconventional. It was unconventional because all designers created gowns at different lengths,  they featured interesting embroidered pieces that weren't overtly screaming "bride",  all designers featured silhouettes that were absolutely refreshing, and all designers broke some kind of rule one way or another. For instance, there were no veils in sight--instead, most of the designers opted for caplets. Most designers also created gowns with skirts that had created its own drama that there seems to be no need of a traditional train.  The result was just spectacular because collectively, Bumgarner, Libiran, Madamba, and Santiago, redefined how a bride is expected to look--but the gowns were so wearable that not only would you want to wear it for your big day, but you'd find another occasion to wear it again and keep it forever. 

Here are our top 11 favorites on the basis of being rebellious.


Designer Mark Bumgarner's creations were very contemporary but timeless at the same time. We loved the way he flaunted a bride's sexiness in sophisticated ways. We also thought that the way he used on-trend styles and transformed it into bridal looks was ingenious.  

Designer Francis Libiran's collection on the other hand was one word: fabulous. His signature geometric patterns were exciting. And even more exciting are his intricately glamorous caplets.  But what we loved most about his creations was the fact that it could cater to almost all body types. Not all brides have modelesque bodies after all.  Brides are always conscious about certain body areas and his gowns cleverly hid these problem areas in the most glamorous of ways. 

Credit: Photo on the right by Myra Ho 

 Designer Ryan Madamba was all about the romantic, minimalist bride. We loved that he celebrated all kinds of brides and weddings. He mixed and matched precise tailoring with soft drapery. He had a lot of short gowns that could make civil/court house weddings more charming. We particularly loved the sheath dress that he made that featured its own caplet. It showed that all kinds of weddings can and should be chic. We also loved the subtle and surprising details that he left on each gown--whether it was a pretty grey bow, or a wonder woman headband, each detail was personal and delightful!

  Credit: Photo on the right by Bruce Casanova

Designer Cary Santiago was opulent and dramatic. We are used to seeing him create laser cut patterns for his bride's gowns and it's wonderful to see that he showcased gowns that featured his versatility. 

So what's your favorite bridal gown from this feature? We hope that these gowns inspire you to wear a gown that doesn't necessarily conform to what a bridal gown is expected to look. Your wedding gown should be a piece that moves you in a personal way, it should make you feel confident and beautiful without having to follow so-called rules. Maybe you don't want to wear a veil--then wear a caplet instead. Maybe you don't want to walk with a cathedral train--then wear a gown with an interesting skirt. The possibilities are seriously, quite endless.

Credits: All photos were taken by our team unless labeled otherwise 

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