We came to the period during the preparation wherein we already needed to look for the perfect person/s to design and make my gown and hubby’s suit. As a conservative person (just like myself), hubby had to remind me often that the gown should be elegant, could be sexy (a bit only!) but definitely should not be daring. I searched and he did too. We eventually found the ones we’d been looking for.
When you look at her, you would not think right away that she has already made many beautiful gowns/formal dresses to numerous clients for any occasions and that she is one of the expert gown makers/sewers of a known couturier (*I have no permission to mention the name here). Who I am talking about is Ms. Lina Zabal, my gown designer/maker. No matter how successful she has been on her field, she has been so mum about her creations – or maybe has no one to guide her on how to promote her works. I learned about this amazing woman through a female network. I saw several photos of her pretty elegant pieces and was truly convinced she’s the one I would be entrusting my gown and my entourage’s too. Once I got hold of her contact number, I immediately texted her for inquiries and eventually went looking for her place *commuting* in a totally unfamiliar location in a nearby city (yes, I am an adventurer =). I was really expecting to meet a young person. To my surprise (and amazement), it was a beautiful, well-mannered, soft-voiced 60-year-old woman who welcomed me. She had no sample gowns to show me at her house nor did she have any photos of all her past creations but this did not bother me at all. I was even more impressed that she’s clueless that there have been folks/previous clients promoting her and her works on the net. I was very proud to tell her that and she was surprised too. We talked about what I liked and her suggestions. We had several meetings thereafter. She is very easy to talk to. A very good wedding gown maker she is and very industrious for her age too. The price ranges she offered were very reasonable (and affordable) as well.
After we already found the person in-charge of my gown, hubby and I looked for a wedding suit supplier. When it comes to anything, most especially to something he wears (or will wear), my Partner is very particular with THE quality plus ELEGANCE but with a tinge of simplicity. While searching, we found a wedblog and was directed to Ysabelle Bridal Factory. With further research, we learned that this factory has been in the business for years now. They create beautiful gown and elegant suits. We decided to stop by their place one weekend. It was not difficult to look for as you can find it along EDSA. They had been accommodating to us with all our inquiries and had been compliant with all our requests (hubby came up with a peg of the suit he wanted). We had no problem with the price too, very reasonable. They delivered on time and we were very pleased with their finished product.
Next, we searched for someone who would make our little groom’s men/bearers wear or suits. It took us quite long to find someone who would do this task for us, particularly here in Manila and Cavite. We were very lucky though that, after our relatives’ insistent inquiries, our kababayan Nong William could entertain the family’s request and orders. We were very happy with his creations too.
The male entourage suits were their personal suits and the rest of the family’s gowns and suits/coats too (they have been very cooperative, helpful and considerate with us – a big thank you gid!).
We consider Ms. Lina, Ysabelle and Nong William the fruits of our (and family’s) “Wedding Preparation” labor and we’re really grateful.
Salamat po ng madami (duro duro gid nga salamat)!