UPDATED 11:23pm, December 12, 2014
Everyone is talking about JC Intal and Bianca Gonzalez’s inimitable Manila wedding celebration at the Araneta Coliseum last night. But aside from the various personal antics they successfully incorporated to the wedding and reception, what we’re really dying to discuss are the details of the bride’s wedding gown and makeup look.
Bianca may have done her own makeup at her wedding in El Nido, but for the second time around she enlisted the help of Lala Flores for her makeup and Alex Carbonell for her sleek low pony. We get it, a celebration as big as this call for the helping hands of friends and pros. Her stylist, Liz Uy, shared with us that they decided on a side-part low ponytail over a bun for a more youthful and feminine overall look.
Moving on to the dress, Bianca need not look elsewhere because Rosa Clará carried what she had in mind for the big coliseum celebration. Yes, for the second time around, this celebrity bride opted for ready-to-wear. Liz Uy (who’ll be officially styling for events like proms, debuts, and weddings next year) shared with us that the same day JC proposed, the label immediately reached out to Bianca. And with the bride's admiration for the Spanish brand, going with them was probably one of the easiest decisions she had to make for the wedding.
Here, we got Liz and Rosa Clara’s Valerie Zayco to loosen their lips on the minimalist ensemble, also revealing an interesting fact on the design that Bianca specifically wore. Read on and get the scoop.
Describe to us the Coral bridal frock she picked from Rosa Clará’s 2014 collection.
Valerie: Coral is a silk crepe dress in ivory with beadwork that goes around the waist, cuffs, and buttons that go all the way down the back.
Valerie: It's a very elegant and sophisticated choice from the Rosa Clará line. Bianca and Liz actually picked it out from our lookbook and we ordered it from our headquarters in Barcelona.
Liz: It's not Bianca's personality to wear something big so she was naturally drawn to more minimalist designs. We wanted something sleek and simple but very beautiful, which is very much who Bianca is.
Valerie: One interesting fact is that our designer, Señora Rosa Clará, wore the exact same dress to her own wedding late last year. Upon hearing the news that Bianca chose it for her city reception, she was very excited that she even sent her a handwritten note along with the dress!
Liz: We were told that there was a very slim chance of us getting that dress because of the fact the Rosa Clará herself wore it on her wedding. We had to find a few other options because we only had a 10% chance of attaining that particular gown. When they finally called to tell us that it has been flown in from Spain, we were really shocked. We were so happy despite still having a few alterations. We had six more fittings for that dress, the last one being on the afternoon of the day of the celebration.
How different is this gown from the one she wore in El Nido?
Valerie: The first gown, Ubeda, is very airy and flowy--perfect for the ethereal beach wedding look of Bianca. Coral is more structured and understated yet at the same time incredibly sharp and glamorous. It takes a certain amount of confidence to pull off a gown like this and I believe Bianca wore it so well.
Liz: For the beach wedding, we chose one with embellished details that would glisten when the sun hits her. We also picked one in a soft fabric to give off that ethereal feel. For the Manila celebration, her "something borrowed" became the gown because of the fact that it was Rosa Clará's. This time we went for something clean and feminine.
Indeed, Bianca looked elegant in the simplicity and timelessness of the Coral. This certainly gets a style nod from us.
Photos from @studiofixbyalexcarbonell and @sidmaderazo on Instagram, Ryan Raquino of Blu Fish for Rosa Clara Philippines