Each bride is uniquely beautiful which is why I always strive to create something different with every bridal gown. Simple or elaborate, I think a wedding gown’s design should illuminate a woman’s personality and beauty without overshadowing her.
Over the years I’ve been fortunate to meet some very lovely women who have allowed me to take part in one of the most important days of their lives. Here are just a few of the wonderful, memorable, not-by-the-book weddings that I was lucky enough to play a part in.
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Dream Bride Barbie – Inspired by an actual basket-weave wedding gown I designed, this dress has a halter top made of woven ribbon w/ a full tulle skirt & was created for an exhibit to benefit Ballet Philippines. Barbie’s bridesmaid wears a periwinkle tulle dress with black beadwork.
A more glamorous, backless version (with Swarovski detail) and a full ballgown skirt in tulle & bridal satin was specially ordered and custom-created for Barbie in 2013 🙂
Chloe & Richard
Chloe- The lady-of-the-manor meets Filipiniana was the idea behind this strapless bridal gown that mixed vanilla-colored bridal taffeta, a demure piña silk cover-up and hand beaded French lace appliqués inspired by sampaguita blossoms.
Rosa & Martin
Rosa, Martin and bride & groom’s entourage- Modern heritage mixed a touch of tradition with lace, sorbet hues and circuit-board inspired embroidery (adapted from a design by the groom). The bride’s gown featured a full tulle-skirt with beaded lace appliques and a beaded piña waistband with the same embroidery design as the groom’s.
*Red Sheep Photography
Cat & Mark
Cat- The sand & the sea were the setting for this advertising couple’s beautiful island wedding, and inspired the undulating waves of this gown made of French lace & layers of white & off-white silk organza with ‘hidden’ beadwork on the bodice to mimic water drops on the sand.
*Photos by Paul Vincent
Candy & JP
Candy- A love of all things down-to-earth, pretty & genteel mixed with a love of all things ecological set this wedding apart, so a vintage-inspired lace gown (with tiny appliqués of French lace covering the entire bodice) that flowed easily whether walking down the aisle or biking from the chapel was a must!
*Photos by Carlo Blanco
Vina & Ramon
Vina- Vintage VW Kombis & robots were the unusually quirky theme for this couple’s wedding, and a sleek, platinum bridal-satin gown with tulle overlay & ‘robot-coding’ beadwork fit perfectly with just the right amount of glamour & quirk.
Specially designed accessories (created in collaboration w/ Ming Ong Moya) included a tulle headpiece with copper wire & ‘nuts & bolts’ hardware accents and a buttoniere of copper wire with hardware accents for the groom.
Liezel & RJ
Liezel & bride’s entourage – Modern classic was the inspiration for this elegant wedding that mixed old-world, traditional elements like lace & beadwork but giving it a light touch for cleaner, more modern lines.
Joanna & Peter
Joanna & bride’s entourage- Taking its cues from traditional Japan, this Filipinasian gown mixed pina & jusi with a watercolor-light, handpainted and beaded rendition of cherry blossoms on the obi and train, with modernized versions of the kimono for the entourage.
Rosanna & Ado
Rosanna – Inspired by a Midsummer Night’s Dream, this gown (with shrug) used silk chiffon frayed into feather-like layers with light beadwork over a soft lilac. Rosanna’s mother wore a soft lilac chiffon gown with light beadwork and an asymmetrical neckline.
Angela & Nathan
Angela – Mixing the bride’s Spanish heritage with the groom’s love of diving and the beach, this gown’s lacy flamenco ruffles cascaded into a detachable frothy sirena tail. Made of silk chiffon with Chantilly lace and chiffon & lace ‘petals’ with beadwork, it featured a mantilla style veil.
Monica & Xerxes
Monica – Inspired by the opulence of Versailles and the French baroque period, this gown fancifully combined feathers, pearls and silk brocade with a lighter, softer, flowing silhouette.
Eena & Jay
Eena – Gawad Kalinga and the bayanihan spirit played a central part in inspiring this summer wedding gown in chiffon featuring a scarf halter neckline with split train, and pearlized ‘rice’ beadwork.
Fatima & bride’s entourage – This LA-based wedding in the spring took inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood in the 1950’s and used details like satin and crystal beadwork for that glamorous Hollywood-look and featured the entourage in a bouquet of muted spring shades.
Becca & Vic
Becca, Vic and bride & groom’s entourage – Middle Earth fantasy and the LOTR inspired the bride & groom’s style, along with the rest of the bridesmaids and groomsmen, which playfully mixed Medieval elements such as velvet, gothic embroidery, silk chiffon and heavy satin and magically mixed them together.
Faydah – 1920’s glamour gave a traditional Muslim headwrap some style and sparkle and inspired this slinky chiffon gown embellished with corded French lace appliques and beadwork.
Dindi & Benjie
Dindi – Romantic renaissance was the inspiration for this gown that mixed old-world gold lace and creamy satin with a princess cut and a bare, sexy style (when worn without the lace cardigan)
Lilian – Inspired by the unique Indonesian-Spanish union of the bride & groom, this gown used copper wire embellishments and hook & eyes beadwork combined with pina over gold shantung to blend East & West, old & new.
Ofie -Sleek and modern, this elegantly simple biased-cut halter gown in silk shantung featured a puddle train and minimal beadwork. Ofie’s mom wore a deep red silk shantung gown with a beaded lace jacket.
Jone – A fresh feminine take on Filipiniana, this ballgown mixed piña overlayed on Italian satin, with a flowery vine-embroided split skirt and train with embroidery and beadwork on piña
Mayee & Brian
Mayee & bride’s entourage – This Boston wedding in the fall took its cues from the fiery color of autumn leaves and featured the bride in a deep red Thai silk gown with copper accents and rose-hued veil. The entourage was dressed in gradating shades of Thai silk from burnt orange to golden yellow.
Cynthia & Arnold
Cynthia – Starry-eyed, this gown took inspiration from the very creative bride-and-groom’s fascination with stars and featured a simple shift gown with tulle train embellished with constellation beadwork. The entourage wore gradating shades of blue with ‘shooting stars’ beadwork to mimic a night sky.
Ginger – One of the first wedding gowns I designed, this pretty and whimsical blush pink and piña gown was inspired by the children’s book “The Wedding of Miss Spider” and featured unusual details like spider’s web callado embroidery and a beaded spider-clasp. The entourage of little girls all wore silk dresses inspired by insects like a lady bugs, bees and grasshoppers.