Marian Rivera's grand wedding to Dingdong Dantes may have happened just over four years ago, but it's still fresh in our minds! Here, we revisit the pair's lavish, much-talked-about nuptials via Preview Magazine's December 2014-January 2015 cover story. Swathed in all kinds of decadent bridal finery, Marian poses a question: Which of these eight stylish brides are you?
Marian gave this look her affirmative, saying that she’ll only be wed once so she’d like to be wearing her dream dress when it happens. As she was settling into a pose that was both dramatic and comfortable, she jested with the team, “Kung may Black Swan, ako na ’yung Silver Swan! [Laughs.]”
Strapless gown with beaded bodice, price unavailable, MICHAEL LEYVA, cel. no. 0917 546 9001. White gown with ruffled train (used as a skirt), P150,000, JUN ESCARIO, Greenbelt 5. Feathered headpiece, price unavailable, JUN JUN ABLAZA, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tulle veil, P5000, ROSA CLARA, G/F The Residences at Greenbelt Tower 3, Estrella St., Makati
While she likes her outfits neat and put-together, Marian admits that this ensemble is not her style. Emphasizing how weddings are (usually) once-in-a-lifetime events, she believes in going all out. Her stylist, Liz Uy, concurs, posing the question, “When else can a woman wear couture? Your wedding is the perfect time to wear the dress of your dreams.”
Long-sleeved dress (worn as a top), price unavailable, MICHAEL LEYVA, cel. no. 0917 546 9001. Satin floor-length skirt, price unavailable, HOUSE OF LAUREL, 6013 Villena cor. Manalac Sts., Poblacion, Makati. Boquet of roses and calla lilies, price unavailable, MYRA SANTIAGO, cel. no. 0918 942 5103
THE SMART SUIT
The star laughed, remarking that she’d only wear this look for a photo shoot. One look at her Instagram page and you’ll see how much the then-soon-to-be Mrs. Dantes loves wearing dresses, so seeing her rock a suit for her big day is next to impossible: “Dong would want to see me in a dress, for sure.”
Caped blazer, P9000; white pants, P6500; both PATTY ANG, Unit 23L Michaelangelo Wing, The Grand Palazzo, Eastwood. Fascinator, P5880, TRACY DIZON, AC+632, Greenbelt 5
Everything about this look is just so un-Marian. She has always believed that a bride should wear white, but she’s quick to point out that women who wear red dresses on the day they tie the knot have a reason for going against the grain. “Ire-respeto ko ’yun,” she says.
Ball gown, price unavailable, CHERRY SAMUYA VERIC, cel. no. 0916 607 4388, Unit 240 The Ramona Apartments, 1555 M. Adriatico St., Ermita, Manila
A hashtag Marian uses a lot is #FLORdeYan, used whenever she posts photos of beautiful flowers that catch her eye. The floral touches in this free-spirited look appeal to her flower-loving side: When she sees flowers, she explains that she’s filled with a certain sense of beauty. To put it succinctly in her words, “Nakaka good vibes.”
Halter-neck gown with embroidered skirt, P85,000, JUN ESCARIO, Greenbelt 5. Fringed shawl, price unavailable, JUN JUN ABLAZA, junjun. email@example.com. Golddipped silver necklace with five charms, P39,000, TRISHA CUASON; gold-dipped silver tambourin necklace with pearls, P43,000, NATALYA LAGDAMEO; both at VINTAGE RESTORE, The Podium
Did you know that Marian and Dingdong asked everyone attending their wedding to wear outfits made by Filipino designers? Yan wore Michael Cinco on her wedding day, while Francis Libiran made her a dress for her despedida de soltera.
One-shouldered terno, price unavailable, VELUZ REYES, 2089 F. Benitez St., Malate, Manila. Bouquet of white roses and eucalyptus, price unavailable, SPRUCE FLORAL DESIGNS, tel. no. 519 2937
SHORT AND SWEET
There are two good things going for this outfit, in Marian’s opinion: 1) It’s a dress; 2) It reminds her of the always chic Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. But it’s too low-key for this celebrity bride, who prefers to go the traditional route with a gown, veil—the works.
Tea-length dress, price unavailable, MICHAEL LEYVA, cel. no. 0917 546 9001. Blazer with bustle, P2500, BASIC MOVEMENT, G/F 2285 Green Sun Art Space, Chino Roces Ext., Makati. Fascinator, P6680, TRACY DIZON, AC+632, Greenbelt 5. Pumps, P46,500, JIMMY CHOO, Shangri-La Plaza East Wing. Special thanks to Sidney Ann Bascon of Ascons Kennel; firstname.lastname@example.org
Next to couture, Marian favors this look. The idea of wearing dreamy lace resonates with her. “Parang true love ang lace—timeless.” She says “romantic” also best describes how she is towards her fiancé. “Sweet naman akong tao.”
Lace gown, P675,000; lace-edged tulle veil, P35,000; both ELIE SAAB, Mi Sueño Bridal Boutique, tel. no. 848 7277
Photographed by Paolo Pineda
Styled by Liz Uy
Makeup by Omar Ermita
Hair by Jay Wee
Nails by Arlene Santorcas of I Do Nails
Stylist’s assistants: Yanna Lopez, Maura Rodriguez, Danae Dipon and Jonard Palteng
Shoot assistant: Gerrie Elamparo
*This story originally appeared on the December 2014 - January 2015 issue of Preview Magazine. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.