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You Have to See This Filipina Artist's Super Chic Wedding in Mexico

She had three bridal looks!
You Have to See This Filipina Artist's Super Chic Wedding in Mexico
IMAGE Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
She had three bridal looks!

You might be familiar with the name Paulina Paige Ortega for her work as an artist, and her latest project involved designing something for Uniqlo's UT shirts. Perhaps you might've even seen her gorgeous face on the posters of Sunnies Face. Naturally, this creative also has a stylish side, and it was truly evident in her recently-concluded, fun-filled wedding weekend in Mexico.

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Paulina tied the knot with Clark Kent Koga, a product solutions specialist at Google, in a fun and colorful Mexican-themed wedding! "Clark and I always wanted to do a destination wedding. We've been lucky enough to have lived in a few countries over the last few years, and sort of found ourselves in a situation where all our friends and families were spread out around the world," Paulina tells Preview. The couple first went to Mexico and Coqui Coqui in 2017.

For their welcome gathering, they hosted a merienda feast for their guests, which included a piñata game and a mariachi band serenading the couple.

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PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM/paulinapaige
PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM/paulinapaige
PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM/paulinapaige

Paulina wore a cream archival Thierry Mugler frock from the '80s. It had a structured bustier that cascades to a flowy, asymmetrical ankle-length dress. "I was so lucky to have found this piece from an archivist named Cherie, who runs Shrimpton Couture," she shares. She paired the vintage dress with a pair of Rochas evening flats and earrings that her mom got married in.

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Meanwhile, Clark wore a custom Gabbie Sarenas button-down in piña fabric, which featured green Filipino-themed embroidery.

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On the day of their wedding, the bride took a page from Meghan Markle's stylebook and wore a strapless wool and silk blend Roksanda Maury gown. It had a structured bodice and drop waist design that highlighted the frock's clean A-line silhouette. Paulina says that going the minimalist route was something that came naturally to her as she describes herself to be "quite a pared-back dresser." With the intention of being herself on her wedding day, the Roksanda gown was the perfect fit for her. "[It] had such clean, architectural lines, but was still so feminine, and I felt very comfortable in it," she says.

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PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual

"I chose to pair this dress with minimalist white sandals from The Row, and a pair of delicate yellow gold and pearl drop earrings from Natasha Schweitzer."

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PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual

This minimalist gown lent the bride an elegant look that complemented her big and colorful bouquet. "To add a beautiful Filipino touch, I worked with the talented Gabbie Sarenas to create a custom-designed veil with painterly sampaguita buds embroidered all over. Sampaguitas are traditionally a wedding flower, deriving their name from 'sumpa kita' or 'I promise you,'" the bride notes.

 

 

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PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
Meanwhile, Clark opted for Melbourne-based Trunk Tailors for his custom-made suit. He adorned it with his mom's vintage Céline earrings, which he used as lapel clips. "His inner shirt was by a favorite designer of ours, Carl Jan Cruz. He accessorized with a necklace and tie clip by Nami, and metallic brogues by Thom Browne," Paulina says.

 

 

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For the bride's makeup look, Paulina hired "the team of Dahena Buhaya from Mexico. They were a delight to work with."
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Gabbie Sarenas' Sampaguita veil.
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Paulina carried a beaded bag especially made for her by Baúl.
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual

 

 

For the after-party, Paulina brought out her third designer gown. She partied the night away as a newly-married woman in a Jacquemus tent dress, similar to what Liz Uy has previously worn. So chic!

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PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual

Paulina says she began shopping for the wedding a little over a year ago. "I spotted this dress immediately from Jacquemus' La Bomba runway collection and emailed the brand asking to purchase the piece soon as I could." For her head piece, Paulina "reached out to Magnetic Midnight, a Columbian brand that hand-makes these incredible headpieces with natural fibers and pearls. I thought they perfectly encapsulated both the Mexican and Filipino spirit that paired well with the La Bomba dress." The bride's after-party look was finished off with "the same minimalist sandals from The Row and a pair of Miu Miu crystal and pearl earrings."

The couple put together their destination wedding in about a span of a year. They gathered "a mix of suppliers from Manila, New York, Sydney, and Mexico—it was truly a tiny world-wide effort," Paulina notes.

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PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual

"Clark and I live in Sydney, so that's where we had all our wedding stationery and paraphernalia printed through Green and Gold Printing. That's also where I did some of my look trials with Paloma Rose Garcia of Paloma Salon. Photography-wise, it was so important to us to pick someone whose work and eye we've admired for years, and we were so lucky to be able to bring in Joseph Pascual for this. From the Philippines, Halo Halo also custom made the fans and table runners "to keep the Filipino feel throughout the festivities."

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"It was also a major thing for us to have the best vibe for the afterparty, so our friend Joey Osmeña flew in from New York to grace the dance floor with his amazing tunes."

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PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual

"Apart from that, we were incredibly fortunate to work with the best teams in Mexico: We were the first couple, I believe, that Coqui Coqui allowed to get married at their residences and their team was a joy to work with. Mario Olvera was our wedding coordinator, Archive Mexico styled our event, and Maria Limon was an insanely talented florist we worked with."

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PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Joseph Pascual

What a wonderful wedding that was, indeed! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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