Posts Tagged ‘bridal gowns’

Ria & Derrick’s Wedding

Monday, December 7th, 2009

My dear friends Derrick Santos and Ria Romero recently got married and I just wanted to share with you my wonderful photos from their beautiful wedding.  They decided to have their wedding at Misibis Bay resort all the way in Legaspi.  If you have been following  my blog, you all know that I am a big fan of the resort.  This is actually the first time that the resort will be hosting a wedding, so I was really excited to see what they would be doing.  If everything goes right, then they can really position themselves as a premiere wedding destination.

WELL…  The wedding was absolutely perfect!  I do not know how they manage to whittle down the guest list to a wee 112 guests!  That is a feat in itself!  LOL!  I really love small intimate weddings; they are really the best!  I have known Ria since I was like 6 years old!  OMG!  So it was so wonderful to see her so happy on her wedding day!  Enough talk…enjoy the pictures!

I am a huge fan of the Misibis bay resorts!  This year alone I have been back 3 times and each time I had a really fabulous time!  Here is the staff welcoming the guests with a song and dance number.

I am a huge fan of the Misibis bay resorts! This year alone I have been back 3 times and each time I had a really fabulous time! Here is the staff welcoming the guests with a song and dance number.

The koi fishes were excited to see me!  LOL!

The koi fishes were excited to see me! LOL!

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My Recent Weddings!

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Things have been pretty busy on my end these past few days.  I know that the “BER” months are in full swing when my wedding calendar begins to fill up. The wedding industry escalates into high gear at this time of the year and it tapers off again around March or April.

I love designing wedding gowns! It’s probably my most favorite garment to design. I am posting two of my recent weddings because they share a special place in my heart. These women are the last daughters of their family to get married and I did all the weddings in their family! I am honored and humbled that after all these years, they have remained loyal clients.  Each wedding I do is part of a special memory that I am entrusted with, and for this, I am very grateful. I just want to share with all of you what I do and why I love doing it.

Have a good week ahead!

This is Gretchen Torres.  She has been my client since I do not know when!  LOL!  I did her Prom dress, her debut and now I am doing her wedding!  Jeesh!  I suddenly feel old!  LOL!  Her theme for her wedding is Modern Bollywood!

This is Gretchen Torres. She has been my client since I do not know when! LOL! I did her prom dress, her debut. and now I am doing her wedding! Jeesh! I suddenly feel old! LOL! Her theme for her wedding is Modern Bollywood!

A close up of her bodice which is embellished with diamantes and crystals!  I wanted it to be the focal point of her wedding gown.

A close up of her bodice which is embellished with diamantes and crystals! I wanted it to be the focal point of her wedding gown.

Does she not look like an Indian Goddess?

Does she not look like an Indian Goddess?

 This is her husband Chuck and their adorable son Sid!  In Matching Neru jackets!

This is her husband Chuck and their adorable son Sid! In matching Neru jackets!

 The entourage!  I wanted to use happy tones of Lime and Aqua!  Thought of the song Jai-Ho was playing in my head the whole time!  LOL!

The entourage! I wanted to use happy tones of Lime and Aqua! Thought of the song Jai-Ho; it was playing in my head the whole time! LOL!

A few minutes before walking the aisle! I normally crack a joke with the bride so that she does not get too tense!

A few minutes before walking the aisle! I normally crack a joke with the bride so that she does not get too tense!

 The ball room was expertly transformed into a hip Bollywood party! This was beautifully done by Mr. Henry Pascual.

The ballroom was expertly transformed into a hip Bollywood party! This was beautifully done by Mr. Henry Pascual.

 This bride is Ellie Tan.  I have known her family for years!  She comes from a family of 3 sisters.  I was lucky enough to do all their wedding gowns!  Ellie wanted something highly textured and modern!

This bride is Ellie Tan. I have known her family for years! She comes from a family of 3 sisters. I was lucky enough to do all their wedding gowns! Ellie wanted something highly textured and modern!

Ellie's beautiful Boquet!

Ellie's beautiful Boquet!

Classic photo poses!

Classic photo poses!

Ellie and her family!  We chose a very unique cafe au lait color.

Ellie and her family! We chose a very unique cafe au lait color.

Ellie and her family! We chose a very unique cafe au lait color.

Ellie in her wedding gown. It took us 3 months to hand cut all the silk organza patterns to form the skirt.

This is the ballroom decor of Ellie's wedding! It was also done by Henry Pascual! This man is talented!

This is the ballroom decor of Ellie's wedding! It was also done by Henry Pascual! This man is talented!

HUGS!
RAJO!

The Magical Meiji Shrine

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

I woke up today with a wee bit of a hesitation, as when I opened the windows it was a bit rainy and cloudy.  I had made plans to visit the most important Shinto shrine in the entire city of Tokyo, which is the Meiji shrine.  Sundays is the best time to visit the shrine as you can often see Japanese Shinto-style weddings.  At the entrance of the shrine on Sundays is where you see the famous Harajuku girls.  They seemed to be hiding that day as they were very few of them.  It also must be the weather, as perhaps when it is cloudy and rainy, they tend not to come out.

The Park leading to the shrine is really a fantastic walk!  Although the sky was cloudy, the temperature was really lovely, and the wind was rustling the leaves of the most magnificent trees that all I could do was say a prayer of thanks for having me brought here again.  As we entered the temple, my heart was racing as I noticed that they were having three set of weddings, virtually at the same time.  How can one be so lucky!  Thank goodness for my years in the wedding business I was able to capture some moments for me and for my blog!  LOL!  This is just one part of my 3rd day in Tokyo, and so far it’s been magical!

 The entrance of the Meiji shrine.

The entrance of the Meiji shrine.

Nix and I do the tourist thing!  It was supposed to have rained that whole day but you know what it actually did not rain on single drop!  Now that is what I call  SWERTE!

Nix and I do the tourist thing! It was supposed to have rained that whole day, but you know what, it actually did not rain a single drop! Now that is what I call SWERTE!

 Adjusted the effects of my camera to make it appear like FALL.  I love Japan in the fall as the trees turn into virtual firework displays.

Adjusted the effects of my camera to make it appear like FALL. I love Japan in the fall, as the trees turn into virtual firework displays.

 Sake kegs lining up one wall on route to the Shrine.  Gotta love Sake!

Sake kegs lining up one wall on route to the Shrine. Gotta love Sake!

 The actual entrance of the shrine.

The actual entrance of the shrine.

Near the entrance of the shrine is a small well where visitors clean themselves by washing their hands and their mouths.  It is done to ensure that you are clean before you enter the shrine.  I love how beautiful this looks!

Near the entrance of the shrine is a small well where visitors clean themselves by washing their hands and their mouths. It is done to ensure that you are clean before you enter the shrine. I love how beautiful this looks!

Nix cleaning himself.

Nix cleaning himself.

 When I walked in I saw the set up of a bridal party.  My parents actually got married in Japan.  I must one day blog about that as I really found the photos and styling so fascinating!  I found the brides vestments so elegant and almost other worldly.

When I walked in, I saw the set up of a bridal party. My parents actually got married in Japan. I must one day blog about that, as I really found the photos and styling so fascinating! I found the bride's vestments so elegant and almost otherworldly.

 Then I saw another bridal party.  This time the bride had a more modern flair to her wedding ensemble.  She had a really huge floral headpiece and an asymetrical hairdo.

Then I saw another bridal party. This time, the bride had a more modern flair to her wedding ensemble. She had a really huge floral headpiece and an asymmetrical hairdo.

 A more modern bride with her groom.

A more modern bride with her groom.

 The wedding party.  OOOH...I was like jumping up and down like a little kid!

The wedding party. OOOH...I was like jumping up and down like a little kid!

 The obi back details were driving me bonkers!  I once took a class on how to do this and It actually came naturally to me.

The obi back details were driving me bonkers! I once took a class on how to do this and it actually came naturally to me.

 A close up of the first bride I saw, this one still had her veil on.

A close up of the first bride I saw. This one still had her veil on.

 Then she revealed the most exquisite hair style.  I WAS LIKE IN AWE!  I love how this looks!

Then she revealed the most exquisite hairstyle. I WAS LIKE IN AWE! I love how this looks!

Then I noticed a third set of bride and groom coming into the right.  The ceremony was really quiet and solemn with the priest just clapping his hands and clicking two pieces of wood.

Then I noticed a third set of bride and groom coming into the right. The ceremony was really quiet and solemn, with the priest just clapping his hands and clicking two pieces of wood.

 I actually have the grooms outfit somewhere in my studio.  I bought a set a really long time ago.

I actually have the groom's outfit somewhere in my studio. I bought a set a really long time ago.

 I found the experience so thrilling.

I found the experience so thrilling.

 another lovely thing to do  when your at the shrine is to buy a wooden prayer or wish block and attach this to the wishing wall.

Another lovely thing to do when you're at the shrine is to buy a wooden prayer or wish block and attach this to the wishing wall.

 I found this ritual so special.

I found this ritual so special.

 I had to take another view of the fabulous hair style of this bride.  That must have taken like forever to do.

I had to take another view of the fabulous hairstyle of this bride. That must have taken like forever to do.

 Among the three wedding couple, this was my favorite.  I think this was the most authentic so I admired that even more.

Among the three wedding couples, this was my favorite. I think this was the most authentic, so I admired that even more.

 I also enjoyed looking at the Kimonos of the bridal party.

I also enjoyed looking at the Kimonos of the bridal party.

A mother and I presume our her daughters in their finest Kimonos.  I wish more Filipinos realize how we should really proudly wear our national costume.  It really makes a huge difference when visitors see  us in our National clothes.

A mother and, I presume, her daughters in their finest Kimonos. I wish more Filipinos realize how we should really proudly wear our national costume. It really makes a huge difference when visitors see us in our national clothes.

HUGS!
RAJO!

MARTHA…set up!

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

It’s very, very, very rare that I join bridal fairs! I often feel like most bridal fairs are impersonal and well…tacky!  However, when it’s Martha Stewart Weddings that invites you to their First Bridal Fair, you just jump in there and grab the opportunity! They were smart enough to give all the suppliers a full day to set up and since I was new again to all of this, I had a stressful time!

I wanted a very intimate setup for my booth, something very similar to what they would experience if they came to my studio.  Easier said than done when you only have a 9 meter space!  LOL!  However I made do!  I took photos of some of the booths that caught my eye and was really impressed at how they looked liked.  Hope to see you at the fair?  I will post more photos when everything is done!

 The main foyer of the fair being set up!  I already am liking what I see, those birdcages are quite intriguing.
The main foyer of the fair being set up! I already am liking what I see – those birdcages are quite intriguing.

 Roses galore!
Roses galore!

This was the wrap shop booth!  I found it so adorable!
This was the wrap shop booth! I found it so adorable!

 Love this black and white suite!
Love this black and white suite!

I am sure all my lady friends would go GAGA over this stationary set!
I am sure all my lady friends would go GAGA over this stationary set!

 My booth!  LOL!
My booth! LOL!
 This was the early stages of my set up!  Its still a work in progress.  I still have so much more to do!  All I know is that its going to look really special!

This was the early stages of my set up! It's still a work in progress. I still have so much more to do! All I know is that it's going to look really special!

HUGS!
RAJO!

When My Muse Got Married!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Today, one of my dearest friends got married!  I do not remember exactly how we met, but when we did, I fell in love with her and decided that she would be my muse.  In fact, my 2001 gala was all about her. We did an extensive photo shoot together and we even made a beautiful short film.  Her name is Sarah Meier.

I am sure that your all familiar with this 6 foot tall stunner!  She is many things…model, tv host, rap connoisseur, wife – but above all, she is a mother.  Watch out for her daughter Kaya Isabel Albano, for in a few years, she will making everyone’s hearts flutter.  At the tender age of 3, she already makes me weak in the knees!

I wish Sarah and Benjo all the happiness and Joy in the world!  My very best wishes and congratulations!

 Sarah is truly one of the most beautiful Filipinas ever!  I am so happy that she asked me to be a part of her big day!

Sarah is truly one of the most beautiful Filipinas ever! I am so happy that she asked me to be a part of her big day!

She had her reception in Hacienda Isabella.  This hacienda is owned by the famous chanteuse Ms. Kuh Ledesma!  The place is really beautiful, it reminds me of the French Provence but with a really strong Filipino twist. I had time to wander about and I thought the place really exuded a lot of STYLE!  Miss Kuh is really one class act!

She had her reception in Hacienda Isabella. This hacienda is owned by the famous chanteuse Ms. Kuh Ledesma! The place is really beautiful - it reminds me of the French Provence but with a really strong Filipino twist. I had time to wander about and I thought the place really exuded a lot of STYLE! Miss Kuh is really one class act!

 Sarah and I wanted her dress to be really light and airy!  I thought that the best manner to do this is in Swiss Silk Illussion tulle.  I dyed the dress in several shades of Lavender and Dove grey to achieve this smokey effect.  I then added hand made silk flowers in the back cascading into a virtual explosion of tulle.

Sarah and I wanted her dress to be really light and airy. I thought that the best manner to do this is in Swiss Silk Illusion tulle. I dyed the dress in several shades of Lavender and Dove Gray to achieve this smokey effect. I then added handmade silk flowers in the back cascading into a virtual explosion of tulle.

She was so relaxed and just beaming!  I love her eyes in this shot!

She was so relaxed and just beaming! I love her eyes in this shot!

 A tender moment with her daughter Kaya.

A tender moment with her daughter Kaya.

A close up detail of the back.

A close up detail of the back.

 There were so many areas in Hacienda Isabella to take great photos.  The place is really photogenic!

There were so many areas in Hacienda Isabella to take great photos. The place is really photogenic!

 FRESHNESS!

FRESHNESS!

 Sarah wanted an organic feel to her flowers, almost like it was hand tied.  I love her choice for the Floral pillow!

Sarah wanted an organic feel to her flowers, almost like it was hand tied. I love her choice for the "Floral" pillow!

The flowers for entourage.

The flowers for entourage.

This is my favorite shot that day.

This is my favorite shot that day.

 Sarah helps Kaya dress up in her tinkerbell outfit!

Sarah helps Kaya dress up in her tinkerbell outfit! Sarah helps Kaya dress up in her Tinkerbell outfit!

 I loved her bridal car!  Check  out this  vintage1932 Studebaker.   It was too cool!

I loved her bridal car! Check out this vintage1932 Studebaker. It was too cool!

 This looks like one of those covers in bridal magazine!

This looks like one of those covers of a bridal magazine!

 Sarahs brides maids were all so lovely.  I like the idea of having the same dresses in various shades. I adored how they all showed their distinct individual styles.

Sarah's bridesmaids were all so lovely. I like the idea of having the same dresses in various shades. I adored how they all showed their distinct individual styles.

Mirror mirror on the wall...I do believe Sarah is the fairest one of all!

Mirror mirror on the wall...I do believe Sarah is the fairest one of all!

 We found this beautiful sitting area to do some shots before she left for church.

We found this beautiful sitting area to do some shots before she left for church.

She really looks so enchanting!

She really looks so enchanting!

 Sarah decided on what we call an Infanta silhouette.  It was funny because I designed her dress in 15 seconds!  I know her so well that I was able to capture what she had in mind immediately.

Sarah decided on what we call an Infanta silhouette. It was funny because I designed her dress in 15 seconds! I know her so well that I was able to capture what she had in mind immediately.

 I am in love with SARAH!

I am in love with SARAH!

 The cool grooms men!  Liking the white sneaker action!

The cool groomsmen! Liking the white sneaker action!

Can anyone tell me what plant this is?  I thought that it was weird and beautiful at the same time.  It is like one of those plants in star trek?  LOL!  I found in growing in the gardens of Sarahs church.

Can anyone tell me what plant this is? I thought that it was weird and beautiful at the same time. It is like one of those plants in Star Trek. LOL! I found it growing in the gardens of Sarah's church.

 Sun-kissed bride!

Sun-kissed bride!

Seconds before Sarah walks on her ultimate runway!

Seconds before Sarah walks on her ultimate runway!

HUGS!
RAJO!

See you at the bridal fair!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I am SOOOOOOO excited for the Martha Stewart Bridal Fair!  Mark your calendars and save the dates of March 28 and 29!  I would like to personally invite all of you to come on March 29 (SUNDAY)  at 5pm for my talk. I will be sharing with you some insight on how to achieve your dream dress.  This is going to be FUN!

The last time I joined a bridal fair was a decade ago.  LOL!  This will be the perfect opportunity to ask me questions and advice on your wedding dresses. I have to admit that this is my favorite task of all time.  I LOOOOVE designing bridal gowns!  LOL!

Do come!  Even if you’re not a bride, I think it will be cool to just check it out. I mean, it’s MARTHA STEWART! Meaning this must be GOOD!  See you all there!
BIG HUGS!

RAJO!

PS: Check out the inset photo for more details.  The prizes are AMAZING!