Friday, April 15, 2011
Christine emailed me about 8 to 9 months before the wedding. She sent me an amazing moodboard and immediately I felt she's one of those independent, never-cheesy kind of girl :-) But she's a lola's girl too and an only daughter, I knew then this is going to be one high-pressure, uber-stressful wedding gown. Dealing with moms is never easy but then again, I am always up for the challenge. I love moms but an unsatisfied one is definitely one of those things I absolutely dread.
Her mom expectedly asked for a meeting so she can present her daughter's idea. Okay, here it goes ..... Good thing Ms. Kutchie, one of the industry's well-loved planner, came along. At least I have someone to help me out in explaining, Ms. Kutchie more or less knows how I work, at least she will be able to back me up with a doubtful mom :-)
Her mom, is nothing short of amazing! loved her instantly! She was able to introduce Christine and present her ideas so well, it's like I was talking to the bride herself. She was giving ideas without controlling the conversation, she was listening without discriminating. She showed me her mom's panuelo and courteously asked if it's possible to incorporate it. It was a Ramon Valera creation. I fainted.
Ramon Valera was and will always be an inspiration. He was a visionary who was way ahead of his time. And to hold an actual Valera, much less re-work it for a wedding gown is something I never thought I will have an opportunity to do. I am overwhelmed at the thought and this I say, without a tinge of exaggeration.
This is Christine with Lola's portrait wearing the actual panuelo. Kudos and special thanks to Jayjay Lucas for this photo.
and this is what I did.
I am not even hoping that Valera will applaud what I did but I am just wishing he will not pull my leg in my sleep :-)
Thank you Christine and Mom for this wonderful opportunity.
Photos by Jayjay Lucas and Jamie Lihan for Imagine Nation
Hair and Make up by Eddie Bruan
Video by MG Digital
Coordination by Ms. Kutchie Zaldarriaga