There's no question about it: Choosing a wedding gown is not an easy task. Before you go out and search for the perfect wedding gown, why not narrow it down by figuring out what your bridal style is? From modern and minimalist to vintage and whimsical, there are plenty of bridal designers to choose from in the city. With all the options out there today, it can get overwhelming, to say the least. Bridal trends come and go, but one thing they all have in common is romance. If romance in the way of lace, tulle, and embroidery is what you're looking for, then look no further. Here, we've rounded up nine bridal designers who will amp up the romance on your special day.
1. Francis Libiran
As a force in the international scene, Francis Libiran's work has an extensive celebrity fanbase—Priyanka Chopra, Gwen Stefani, and Angela Bassett have all worn his striking designs. It was, however, his mix of feminine yet architectural designs that put him on the map. Libiran makes use of his background in architecture to make romantic and interesting wedding gowns. You'll see it in his use of art deco patterns and cutouts, custom laser cut materials, intricate embellishments, and custom embroidery. From the moment you set your appointment down to your final fitting, his atelier promises couture-level service.
2. Jojie Lloren
Romantic—yet classically Filipino. Jojie Lloren's designs are for those who prefer a more Filipiniana look. It's his masterful use of different fabrics that allow him to achieve this. From piña and chiffon to tulle and and lace, Lloren fashions modernly tweaked versions of the terno and baro't saya that are as timeless as they are dreamy. Expect a simpler and more modern take on romance with clean lines, butterfly sleeves, and dramatic silhouettes.
3. Mark Bumgarner
Embellished ballgowns are one of Mark Bumgarner's signatures. If you want to add a fairytale-like element to your wedding, he'll certainly deliver it in the way of oversized bows, sweetheart necklines, and intricate beading. His most recent bridal collection, however, had him showcase pieces that were simpler and restrained while still being elegant and feminine. Instead of over-the-top details, Bumgarner added the wow-factor through different cuts, silhouettes, and fabrications—proving that he could take on romance in every way possible.
4. Maureen Disini
Stylist turned fashion designer Maureen Disini made a breakthrough in bridalwear in 2011. After being a stylist for eight years, Disini wanted a career change. So she flew to Italy to study and subsequently undertook an internship with fashion designer Rhett Eala. With a keen eye for detail, Disini makes feminine and classical pieces that embrace tradition. From tulle embroidery to sheer details, it's her mastery of the minimal with a dainty twist that speaks to many of her clients. Expect revealing cuts, bows and frills, and many other classic details.
5. Patricia Santos
Patricia Santos, who specializes in bridal gowns and eveningwear, is all about the intricate and bejeweled details that make a dress romantic. Santos makes sure each wedding gown she makes fits as precisely as possible, something she likens to an art. Using a combination of superior craftsmanship and exquisite materials, textures, and layers, she designs classically stunning pieces that are dreamy and elegant as they are modern and sexy. Even so, Santos understands that not all brides prefer embellished pieces. In her recent collections, she demonstrates her ability to forego embellishments by instead focusing on special accents such as dramatic necklines and lace details.
6. Rosa Clara
Founded in Barcelona, Rosa Clara has been creating elegantly romantic and sophisticated gowns for 24 years. As such, the brand has infinite possibilities allowing each style to be flattering to every figure. The brand also has the added edge of providing ready-to-wear gowns as opposed to the made-to-wear culture that's always prevailed. Since you already know what your gown looks like, there's little to no room for mistakes. From Princess-style dresses and elegant and high fashion details to contemporary classics and delicate lace, Rosa Clara will surely add an extra touch of romance on your big day.
7. Rosenthal Tee
Stints at Izmaylova, Mich Dulce, and Kinder Aggugini and a degree from Istituto Marangoni prepared designer Rosenthal Tee for the world of bridal pieces and ready-to-wear evening gowns. Tee established her label in 2013, and a year later, the young Filipino designer was part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Malaysia. What she's known for are her strongly feminine creations which also play on eye-catching structural elements. Think classic styles with sequins, lace, and sheer details as well as intricate beadwork and embroidery techniques.
8. Vania Romoff
Femininity is something that's ingrained in Vania Romoff's creations. It is, however, her distinct style of romance that has become her signature. In her bridal and evening range, you'll find soft and flowy fabrics, striking neckline and sleeve details, and of course, her signature bows. You can expect Romoff's works to harken to couture with her play on color, fabric, and texture. Her most recent collection, however, proves that she can create something romantic only by using fabric details, laser-cut pieces, and layers of tulle.
A Veluz wedding gown, as the brand describes, is a "a beautiful balance of proportions, intricate details and the bride's true character." Veluz Reyes finished at the University of the Philippines, and has over 20 years of experience solely in designing wedding gowns. Known for her impeccable designs with stunning details, she uses soft and fluid silhouettes to flatter each client for a truly made to measure piece—with one key detail being the intricate work on the back of the gown. Apart from custom-made creations, Veluz also has ready-to-wear gowns that have subtle transitional looks, unexpected laces and beads, silvers and whites, as well as blushes and creams.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.