For a couple that’s undoubtedly swept up in each other, what better way to celebrate than a wedding filled with sun, sand and sea in the company of family & friends? For Cat & Mark, Shangri-la Mactan became the perfect sun-kissed setting for their destination wedding over the past Christmas season (while for me, the sand and the waves became the perfect inspirations for the bridal gown).

Both from the advertising industry, Cat & Mark wanted a celebration that was stylish but relaxed, and the gown had to reflect that. Not a minimalist barefoot-in-the-sand affair, Cat & Mark’s wedding mixed elegance with a laid-back island vibe, setting the tone for good tidings and catching an upsurge of blessings to come.

436The beautiful bride in soft waves of silk organza. To mimic the effect of ripples on a sandy shore, tones of white and off-white silk organza were mixed together along with beaded French lace.

2-2Strips of layered silk organza formed the bodice with the bead work peeping from underneath like droplets of water.

702Walking on sunshine–Cat & Mark livened up their relaxed, elegant wedding with vibrant touches of bright bougainvillea pink and coral hues.

*Photos by Paul Vincent

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