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


Unknown said...

That's beautiful :">

Anonymous said...

Ms. Vi, I hope that I would also be able to pass on parts of my Veluz gown to my future daughter or grand daughter! I love your creations, makes me smile everytime. :) - Michelle Laconico

Anonymous said...

I'm in awe ganda naman ng story behind it ms. V!
Thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Ms. V thank you for such a thoughtful blog---moreover, thank you for crafting perhaps the most gorgeous gown! it was an amazing experience, and I would love to re-create the entire process of being a Veluz bride to-be. I'm so proud to wear your work of ART!--tin

Anonymous said...

FROM : KUTCHIE --- Veluz, without doubt , you’re the only one I know who can transform the challenging “panuelo”. Needless to say, im awed by the ingenuity and creativity of your genius. To think that the panuelo has discolorations because of time, and there were missing sequins but you made it look new. Tine and her Mom were more than happy and thrilled. Truly, an intelligent touch in combining the vintage with the modernity of the gown  Im very sure that Ramon Valera will not pull your feet, but rather, stand up , with hands clapping and shout “ BRAVO “ !!! 

Jingger C. said...

Ms. V! I Loooovvvvveeee It! I want to get married again tuloy! ;)

Eater's Digest said...

Miss V, as usual, wonderful creation! :) You're the best wedding gown creator thus far. I love that you are so humble and down to earth. You're one who thinks that she's just a mediocre designer but you're nothing less than mediocre, you are A-W-E-S-O-M-E! :) And I say this not because I was once a Veluz bride but because you have the talent, the passion and the ability to do your job so damn well! Kudos to you and your staff.

Michael said...

Vow!!! Really its quite beautiful, always a wedding gown in white color had pretty look and gorgeous appearance. Wedding dress with white color is an occasional part of wedding.