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M&H Supplier Ratings (Attire: Reggie Gaba)

May 12, 2010

Bridal gown, mothers’ dresses: Reggie Gaba

Peso Power: Php25,000 for my bridal gown, Php3,500 for each of the moms’ dresses

It took me a long time before settling on a designer. You see, I’m not really the typical bride who wanted a lot details on her gown. I’m a no-frills kind of girl and I wasn’t really willing to spend an exorbitant fee for the kind of dress I wanted.

I found Reggie Gaba through w@w.  I was encouraged by the positive reviews he had in w@w so I set an appointment with him. He won me over with his dress design—it was exactly what I wanted within our set budget.  I specifically told him that I only had two rules: there should be very minimal beading for my dress and a well-prepared timetable.

Reggie was supposed to get our measurements on October but then, Ondoy hit. My house among those flooded and I asked Reggie if we can re-schedule until things were back to normal. I contacted him again on November and told him that we were ready but he told us that he was swamped because of the weddings he had for December. He asked me and my mom if we can schedule the taking of the measurements on January.  Pumayag ako because I thought I owed him that much since I was the one who was unavailable last October. I just told him that we can re-schedule as long as my mom and I can still get our dresses two weeks before the wedding.  My MIL is based in the US and I wanted him to focus on her dress when she comes to the Philippines before the wedding. He assured me that the dresses will be delivered on time.

Come January, I was surprised by the negative feedback posted by his former w@wie clients. It was also around this time when I had a hard time trying to contact him—he didn’t reply to my text messages and he didn’t answer my calls. Finally, out of sheer frustration, I confronted him. He told me that he was fully aware of the negative feedback in w@w and that he wanted to “make bawi” with his other w@wie clients.  He also apologized for not returning my calls…he had a lot of excuses for this which I now can’t remember. Basta marami syang sinasabi na dahilan kung bakit hindi nya ako nasasagot.

In fairness to him, I noticed a significant improvement in his service after we talked.  Sumasagot na sya sa mga text messages at phone calls ko. There were even several times when he would go to our house in Antipolo for the fittings.  As in sya talaga ang bumibyahe papunta sa amin from Parañaque with our dresses.

During the fittings, wala akong masabi. I was happy with the progress of our dresses.  Maganda yung fit nung mga damit namin ng mom ko.

He promised that he will deliver our dresses before Holy Week.  On the Friday before Holy Week, he called and asked me if he can deliver the dresses next Monday na lang. I said okay. He didn’t show up the next Monday but he asked if he can re-schedule on Wednesday. I was getting nervous at this point because my wedding was two weeks away. On Wednesday, he didn’t show up again. I called him, frantic this time, and he again asked for another extension: Friday na daw. Promise.

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a vintage wedding that never was…

November 8, 2009

If my fiance and I agreed to have a themed wedding,  I would have gone vintage. Something 1920’s or ala-Mad Men circa 50’s-60’s. I love the simple elegance of that time.

Check out these fabulous vintage dresses from Unique Vintage:

A sequined flapper dress perfect for a 1920s themed wedding

A nice simple dress fashioned for the 1950s

50's style white polka dot mesh Grace dress with polka dots

 How about this pretty 50’s inspired dress by Dana Bolton.

50s dress

channeling Audrey Hepburn

 And how about these fabulous finds from Etsy:

gorgeous 1940's beaded bag

A glass jewelry box that can double as an arrhae

Art Nouveau Jewelry or Trinket Box Stylized Floral Motif with wild roses - Made by Marshall Field and Company in 1913

 

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Wedding Dress Inspirations from the Emmy Awards

September 21, 2009

I already have the design for my wedding gown but that doesn’t stop me from browsing the net and drooling over dresses. I specially love looking through red carpet photos; I just peeked into the what the celebrities wore at the recently concluded Emmy awards and here are some dress designs that would look great as wedding dresses:

Drew Barrymore in her feathery pink Monique Lhuillier gown and ruby red lips.

Drew Barrymore in her feathery pink Monique Lhuillier gown and ruby red lips.

 

Jennifer Love Hewittt in a beaded yellow Max Azria gown

Jennifer Love Hewittt in a beaded yellow Max Azria gown

Toni Collette in another Monique Lhuillier creation

Toni Collette in another Monique Lhuillier creation

Kate Walsh in a J. Mendel dress

Kate Walsh in a J. Mendel dress

Rose Byrne in vintage Valentino

Rose Byrne in vintage Valentino

Personal favorite: January Jones in Versace

Personal favorite: January Jones in Versace

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a draped, strapless Vera Wang head-turner.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in a draped, strapless Vera Wang head-turner.

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Floral Details are IN for 2010!

May 19, 2009

I like flowers like every other girl. Since I’m going to have a summer wedding, I decided to make flowers a focal point for the event.  I made it a point that my gown will have a distinct floral detail at the back and I’m also looking for simple, floral headbands for my bridesmaids.

I am thrilled that floral details are the “in” thing for 2010. Check out my picks from the 2010 Spring Collection:

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera

Christos

Christos

Christos

Christos

Ines di Santo

Ines di Santo

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

All images from marthastewartweddings.com

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Dr. Cameron’s Wedding Dress

May 13, 2009

I just love House! It’s probably one of my favorite television shows ever. In the season 5 finale, aside from the very unexpected twist in the end, Chase and Cameron get married. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw her wedding dress; it’s very similar to my gown’s design.

I tried searching for the gown’s designer but had no luck. Hopefully it’ll come up in the next couple of days.

For those who didn’t catch the season finale, here are some still shots from the episode:

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Picks from 2010 Spring Bridal Collection (Part 2)

April 26, 2009

Jenny Packham

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Jim Hjelm

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Monique Lhuillier

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Vera Wang

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Picks from 2010 Spring Bridal Collection (Part 1)

April 26, 2009

I browsed through the 2010 Spring Bridal Collection at Martha Stewart Weddings last night and I can’t help drooling over the fabulous gowns. Here are my personal favorites:

Carolina Herrera

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Christos

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Cymbeline

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Oscar de la Renta

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The Dress

March 16, 2009

After meeting with several designers, I finally booked Reggie Gaba. Although he’s relatively new in the wedding business, he has had extensive experience in clothing design since he’s been with Rene Salud for around ten years. Aside from the glowing recommendations from w@w, I found his frank honesty endearing. He offered me the personalized service I was looking for plus I think he offered to use better fabric than the other designers who were within my budget.

I already knew what I wanted for my gown so when I met with him last Saturday, I brought along pictures of my wedding gown inspirations.

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Far L (the "it" gown from Cymeline), Top Center (A floral detail from a Veluz gown), Upper-R (bird cage veil), Bottom Center-R (chapel trains)

I wanted my gown to be simple and feminine with minimal beadwork. My only non-negotiable requirement was the floral detail. The bird cage veil is still something I’m undecided on…I might opt to drop it and settle with the more traditional long veil.

I am so thrilled at what Reggie drew for me after I showed him my pegs and told him what I liked and didn’t like. What he came up with was just perfect:

by Reggie Gaba (March 2009)

by Reggie Gaba (March 2009)

Sleeves are still optional but I think I can get away without them. The floral details will be at the back and he’s going to put in not just one but three flowers! It was just the perfect “ooomph” factor I was looking for. He did persuade me to add some beadwork throughout the dress, saying that the fine beading will look great at night. He must have seen how skeptical I was because he told me he was going to put in some swarovski crystals at no extra cost! He promised me that the beadwork will not be clumpy–he’ll just put in enough to make me shimmer a bit when I move. I kinda liked the idea that the beading will be that other “ooomph” detail in the dress; minimal accents that would just raise my gown a notch.

I found the design simple and classy. It’s just perfect for the wedding we have in mind.  I put my faith in Reggie’s very capable hands. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. :)

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Is this finally it?

February 18, 2009

After a LOT of research, I decided I want the following for my wedding gown:

A-line or Empire cut. This is the tried and tested silhouette that works for my body type (I’m pear-shaped).

With floral embellishment. Just perfect for my summer theme! :)

“Flowy” or “light” feel. Softer, layered dresses have always appealed to me more. Again, it’s just right since our wedding’s in the summer.

Minimal to no beading. Haven’t I mentioned enough times that I’m not a big fan of bead work?

With sleeves. This was actually an afterthought when I saw that last J.Crew dress. I realized I’d prefer to wear something with sleeves since I’ve never been comfortable in a strapless dresses.

While browsing through the internet (again!), I stumbled on this dress from Cymeline:

I think it combined all the elements I liked from my previous gown inspirations. I especially loved the similarity between its floral embellishment and the wonderful detail from the Kleinfeld dress.

This just might be it. :) :) :)

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Flowers and J.Crew

February 16, 2009

In preparation for my meeting with another designer this weekend, I searched the net for more bridal gowns (I am so addicted!).

Instead of a new bridal gown, I found this:

Isn’t it just lovely? I hope to find something like this for my wedding. It would be perfect for our summer theme.

Based on this hairclip, I suddenly had this brilliant idea of using flower accents in my wedding gown instead of beads (hay…I don’t like beadworks talaga!). I found this from the old Kleinfeld collection:

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Then I stumbled on these designs from the J. Crew 2009 Spring Collection:

I just love the simple elegance! They’re just the designs I’m looking for.

I searched for more J. Crew gowns and I found another design from their 2008 Spring Collection. I’m still undecided if I can carry the sleeveless look and this gown might just be the solution to my problems:

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photo grabbed from theknot.com

photo grabbed from theknot.com

*sigh*

Who ever said you needed crystals and beadworks to have a fabulous wedding gown? :)

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