Saturday, November 22, 2008

Doc Sheryl

After two successful fittings, Doc Sheryl left for the US for her residency. Got an email from her a couple of months later requesting for a shrug. Just to make it more conservative and to appease her mom. Hmmm okay, shrug na naman :-( We did the pattern and had it embroidered immediately. It usually takes a month to finish one in embroidery.

I really have no qualms making shrugs, its just that I feel I've re-interpreted the shrug a million times already and brides everywhere are wearing it. I love its modesty, but surely there are other ways to be modest :-)

Come final fitting few weeks before her wedding and I was really delighted of how the gown turned out, we tried on the shrug for the 1st time, and yes, it was ok.
Bride happy.
Me, not so :-/
It can be more. She has this long swan-like neck that was just too hard to ignore.

I blurted out - "Baligtarin natin! "
"huh?! anong baligtarin?"
"baligtarin natin yung suot ng shrug!"
"huh?! bakit?"
"subok lang, malay mo, maganda.... subok lang eh... tayo tayo lang naman andito eh"
"hmmm... tapos? hmm, o sige, bahala ka"

we removed the shrug and assisted her in wearing it front to back. It transformed right before our eyes, that even her sisters exclaimed - "ang ganda!"

I was thrilled, finally, it was her :-) We adjusted some parts of it, re-shaped the collar to hug the neck and it was perfect.

Here' s Lisa Macuja errrrr Doc Sheryl and the shrug on her wedding day - so beautiful and so regal. Her mom was so pleased with how the gown turned out and prodded her not to remove "the shrug" for the reception. Mom happy, me veeeeeery happy. takot ako sa moms no! hahahah :-D

Oh and we did Doc Gary's barong and pants too :-)

As expected, I got my usual dose of alaska from Bong and Cj of Threelogy, and Karl about the baligtad na shrug and for something else, which I'd rather not discuss here. It wouldn't be normal to be spared from these guys. They just love me... They just love to make fun of me. Grrrrr. Di ko na talaga ulit sila gagawan ng suit! :-D

Air brush make up by amoy London Madge Lejano and Hair by Felicity of The Make up Studio
Pictures by the newlyweds Mimi and Karl.
Onsite by Threelogy
OTD by the The 3rd Party

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Got a text message from Mimi on the way home to Manila from a Tagaytay wedding, it was actually past 8 and I was half asleep in the van. Niko, snoring in front. She was asking for my availabililty from October 9 to 11. Checked my calendar and those dates fell on a weekday. I swear, nagising ako bigla! I replied, "sukatan na ba ito? ikakasal ka na ba?"

She replied " shhh quiet muna, anuvah! planning pa lang! hehehe excited?"
I gasped and woke Niko up. Niko reached for his cellphone and started texting Mimi too hehehe :-)

"sus naman! cancel lahat ng fittings, meetings at kung ano pang anik anik! we will be there! san ba? Boracay, Batanes, Pagudpud, Bohol o Disneyland? hahahah, kahit san pa!"

She replied and asked how much leadtime we need for the gown. She's still trying to lose weight, just like the rest of the bride's population :-) I replied kahit one week pa, keri lang! hahaha"

But truth is, I tossed and turned later that night. I was already thinking what
gown will suit her. She is close to me, too close really, that made it difficult to single out an aspect of her to enhance - she is simple, fuss free but she's also very fond of details. Quite ironic, right? And she has seen sooooo many gowns! She may deny it, but she knows when its ugly hehehe :-)

Weeks later, I occasionally found myself exchanging text messages with Madge and Ernest, both very, very excited with the wedding and all its details. Madge even sent me pegs for Mimi's gown! hahahaha! She was going through the same ordeal as I was - making sure Mimi will be at her best, okay, and Karl too, when they say their much-awaited vows. It is the much-awaited event, and the pressure is overwhelming :-)

Mimi told me she didn't want any train, no beading, should be light and fuss free. I drew sketches, but at the back of my mind, I knew The One eludes me. Well, I can still make changes during fittings :-) She texted me after the meeting - "veluz, thanks ha, na-excite ako bigla!"
'nay! lalo akong na-pressure! hahahahaha! now, how can i convince her otherwise?!

Fittings happened and the gown metamorphosed. I was happy. At the final fitting, after removing inches again from her waist, grrrr, I knew I was ready. The gown was her - classy and subtly detailed :-)

Now, Karl is a totally different story. He didn't want to wear a suit!

"suit? Boracay? ayaw!" complete with a disgusted face

"ganda yun! linen naman yun eh, naka-gown kaya si mimi?!, tapos naka-polo ka lang?! naman!! di ka bagay sa kanya di ba"

"uhmmm, ayaw!"

"yun ang bagay sa yo eh. tsaka years from now, when you look at your bridal portraits, tatanungin ka bakit naka-polo ka lang? ija-justify mo pa lagi, sa boracay kasi yan eh, yan ang cool nun...beach wedding, etc etc.... dapat timeless yung look eh"

"hmmmm.... (head shaking) (ayaw talaga)"

"sige na karl! magpalit ka na lang sa reception! gagawan kita second look!"

"okay, sige" (while grinning)

gusto pala ng 2nd look?!?!! anuvah! sya pala ang bride?!? hahahaha!

Made his linen suit with matching 2 pants and 2 shirts for the reception, and I hate to make yabang, but he looked sooooo good!

The 2nd look deserves another long post, but since I hate him for not mentioning his mom does Hardanger embroidery. I won't make him bida in this post. I won't dwell on it hehehe, but it was tedious, 2nd looks are not that easy to make. It has to have the same impact as the 1st one or people will just ask you why you changed pa, di ba? Thank God, they liked it. It could've been nicer with the Hardanger embroidery. His mom made one for the pillow, it was so lovely I couldn't stop myself from pinching Karl's ear. Kung hindi lang nya kasal, I swear pinatayo ko sya sa corner! Kainis!

It wasn't easy coming up with outfits for these two. Once in awhile, brides would ask me about their outfits. One visit to their blog and you can't help but feel that there are so many people waiting for this event. There are just 80 guests expected, but God knows how many people are looking forward to get a glimpse of this wedding. They are celebrities in the wedding industry, there's no denying that. But come wedding day, it was pure bliss. There was no pressure, just excitement. No stress, just fun! Everyone was genuinely happy and everything just fell into place, in complete harmony.

Mimi was a sight when she started walking, and it wasn't just because of the gown nor the make up. Karl was perfect when he was saying his vows, and it wasn't just because of his hair or his suit. They were perfect because they were real, they were happy and everyone shared their happiness. Now isn't that what a wedding is all about? :-)

Awesome pictures by The Photographer's Photographer Jill Lejano and the Crush ng mga Flower Girls' Jake Versoza
Hair and Make up au Naturel by Madge Lejano and Super A
Perfect Video by Threelogy
Fantabulous Host CJ
Details Diva Ernest Pascual
Super Events Stylist Teddy Manuel
Reyna ng Boracay Amanda Tirol
ayaw ko ng adjectives talaga :-)