Pennsylvania. Garden. Vintage. 20's. Whimsy. These were the words Mandy described how she wanted her dream dress to look like. We incorporated a more geometric 20's pattern on the bodice with the lace and the pearls to capture a vintage vibe but balanced it out with the dramatic whimsy of the ruffle skirt. The resulting dress is just pure dreaminess and love. Photos by Gabe Aceves Photography
Maricris Razel Cabacang- Ragsdale
Similar to her love story, Razel found me through the Internet. Already married in the US, She's having a church ceremony in the Philippines for her loved ones. Everything, design consultation etc, was done online save for her first and final fitting which was two weeks before her wedding.
Razel has such a lively personality and she wants her dress to compliment that. She had some very nice and fashion forward ideas which I absolutely loved. The focal point of the design would have to be the cape.
I understand that a lot of curvy women don't want the unnecessary fabric because they feel like it adds instead of skim so the challenge is how to make the cape flattering to the body. We decided to use soft tulle because it drapes beautifully and I find tulle to be most flattering for most body types.
The dress in layers of soft tulle, textured netting, gold lace and three dimensional beadwork is a gorgeous mix of whimsical, modern, goddess but most importantly flattering and unique.
Thank you so much Razel for the trust. I super enjoyed working with you. Im happy you're happy with your dress.
Hair and Make up: Mariah Santos
Angela Dizon- Geczy
Romania. Philippines. La Union.
Angela came across a bit boho the moment I met her. It's apparent that she amarches to the beat of her own drum.
Hence it's only apt that she requested a modern bohomeian wedding dress in blush.
We opted for a very figure flattering mermaid but updated it with a raw edged texture organza skirt; then balanced it out with geometric curves inlaid with silver beads for the body.
Photo: Chino Dizon
"I'm a cup you've filled to overflowing. And from this well, drink forever" -Wyatt Ong
I'm happy to share what I think is the most beautiful wedding I've had the honor to be a part of as a wedding designer. The colors and the details are just so well thought out.
Wyatt knew me through Mega Young Designers Competition 2012. I remember her because she wrote one of the nicest write ups a writer can give to a budding designer like me, and she completely understood what my collection was about, Which for me meant my collection was successful.
Fast forward 2016, she emailed me about having her wedding and entourage dresses made. I was more than happy to sit down with her and brainstorm. The words/ideas that really resonated with me were poetry and intimacy. A sense of Timelessness. A shared happiness. Oh and tulle. Lots of gossamer tulle in grayish blue hues. The color alone got me all giddy already. It's my favourite palette. Theirs is a story deeply rooted in their shared love for beautiful words. I love that I had more "material" to work with than usual. There's enough meat to their story where I can draw references from to create something truly unique for her. And hers and hers alone. The challenge was to do something 'simple' yet inspired and thoughtful, the same adjectives she used to describe my collection back then. Soft but with a light edge to it. I came up with the idea to embroider part of her vows but subtly placed under the tulle layer of her skirt, hidden from casual viewers, and only visible by those closest to her. The photos won't truly capture the real beauty of the dress since the dress is designed to be felt, up close, in real life. But really this is the most beautifully captured wedding I've had the honor of helping shape into realty. Such beautiful work by Kris Holland.
Her hubby, Maurice, is finishing his grad school in NorCal and they plan on relocating there, also they wanted a small intimate wedding reflective of their preferences so they decided to get married in this old converted firehouse somewhere in the Sacramento. Which I thought was Gorgeous!
Our timelines are adjusted so we can ship all the dresses ahead. But seeing the pics. It's well worth it. Words fail to express the excitement I felt upon seeing these photos. It's just soooo beautiful.
Photos by Kris Holland.
Wedding Dress, Female Entourage Dresses by Mara Chua.