Poetry

I'm excited to share this intimate Union of two souls stitched together by their shared love for beautiful words. I'm left breathless by the sheer beauty of it all. More than the beauty, the couple's immense shared joy could be felt just by looking at their pictures. It felt as if I was there myself. 

We also made the hand fasting cord in this photo. We braided scraps of her bridesmaids and moms dresses to make this. It adds another layer of intimacy when pieces of those closest to them are literally binding their union.  

 

Click this link for the complete set: 

http://marachua.com/brides/#/wyatt-ongwong/

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Debut

Different cultures have different ways of celebrating the transition of a girl to womanhood. In the Philippines it happens when a girl turns 18. Traditionally celebrated in the presence of not just the debutante's family but also in the presenxe of her extended to community. 

This one that I'm making is special since I've done Aly's prom dress too.  

It's such a nice feeling to be the person she goes to to celebrate milestones of her life.  

 

-M

 

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Serendipity

I'm recently doing a collection drive asking my former brides to send in photos and snippets of their wedding so I can share their story on my website. Angela was one of the first to respond. There's always a sense of excited delight when you get to see shots of the fruits of our collaborative effort for the first time. Months of work immortalized in stills. 

Angela found me through a common friend that I met through the beautiful interweb. It's cool to have these unexpected almost random interconnectedness between different people that makes human interaction truly special.  It makes me believe that maybe fate does exist somehow. 

One year after we first met, I got an email from her asking me to make her dress. She wanted modern and sexy perfect for a sea side wedding in La Union, Philippines. I was more than happy to oblige.  

 

 This wedding video so beautifully shot by Tony Perez of Reel Story is a wonderful glimpse of how life can glue souls and bring them together as one. And how beautiful an accident that can be.