Weddings are always touching showcases of the love between a bride and a groom, but often overlooked is another crucial relationship involved in the path towards matrimony: that of a bride and her wedding gown designer. In the same way that a bride-to-be has a special relationship with her bethrothed, she has to have that special bond with her designer, too.
Such is the case between Martin Bautista and his first bride, Yvette Villena-de Peralta. They clicked during their very first conversation and everything sailed smoothly from then on. They found a perfect designer and client in each other (both of them even favor the same design aesthetic: minimalism, Martin's preferred).
First, find out everything you need when it comes to having him as your bridal designer, then hop on to the gallery to hear from his first bride, Yvette.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY AS A BRIDAL DESIGNER?
Martin: I'm more of a modernist—be it romantic, old world, traditional. I always filter it with a modern twist. But of course it has to fit the personality and style of the bride.
HOW EARLY BEFORE THE WEDDING DO CLIENTS HAVE TO APPROACH YOU?
Martin: At least 8 months.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE TO MEET/TALK TO CLIENTS REGARDING THEIR WEDDING GOWN DESIGNS?
Martin: For the design, 1-2 meetings.
HOW OFTEN DOES A CLIENT HAVE TO VISIT YOU FOR FITTINGS?
Martin: Depends on the design of the wedding gown. At least 4-5.
ON AVERAGE, HOW LONG DOES A WEDDING GOWN TAKE TO MAKE?
Martin: Six months, but it depends on the design.
WHAT ARE THE PRICE POINTS OF A MARTIN BAUTISTA WEDDING GOWN, AS WELL AS THE PIECES FOR THE BRIDAL ENTOURAGE? DO YOU DO THE GROOM'S AND GROOMSMEN'S ENSEMBLES AS WELL?
Martin: Couture wedding gowns usually start at P80,000. For beach/resortwear type of weddings, P50,000. For entourage, around P10,000 per head. But of course the exact price depends on the design, material, and venue of wedding (out of town, etc.).
HOW WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH YVETTE? HOW DID SHE APPROACH YOU TO BE HER BRIDAL GOWN DESIGNER?
Martin: She was my first bride ever! Her first question I think went something like... "Do you do weddings gowns?" and I answered "Not really." and she answered back, "I want you to do my wedding gown!" I wasn't really into doing bridal during the time I met her. It was fun working with her. She called me her "Fairy Gay Mother," haha. She trusted me so much and I think that's very important for a designer-bride relationship. I got emotional during our last two fittings, I even cried! I love Yvette so much. She brought out a different side of me as designer. Yvette and her family & friends are like my family too. I love them so much!
PLEASE DESCRIBE THE GOWN THAT YOU DESIGNED FOR HER.
Martin: She wanted something unusual in terms of the treatment of fabric, she wanted to go structured and modern. I made her a halter gown with dramatic cutting in three different shades of white in Mikado silk.
ANY POINTERS PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAVING YOU AS THEIR BRIDAL DESIGNER?
Martin: Just make sure to book the designer early so we won't rush haha! And of course, always do a little research about the designer who they want to go for. Google is their best friend. Go for someone who's style/design aesthetic would suit your character & personality.
Click on the photo gallery to have a closer look at the gown Martin Bautista created for Yvette Villena-de Peralta.