Wedding Series: Prep + THE Dress

For any woman or bride-to-be, we can all agree that the wedding dress is one of the most important detail in our entire wedding planning. At least, that was the case for me. Since we got engaged, one of the first things that we got to work on is to find my wedding dress. You can probably say that we visited every bridal shop in the city. I did have a specific style in mind even before I went shopping; however, that hardly made the search easy. I initially opted for a custom made wedding dress because I really wanted to own the dress after the wedding. However, I wanted to be practical too and the customized option is way beyond our prospected budget. Even if my fiance (now husband) was open to the idea of spending whatever it would take to achieve my dream dress, I wasn't going to let him. My dress is an RTW from David & Rachel Bridal Boutique but we opted to give it customized beaded details and adjusted for custom fit. The quoted price for the custom made dress was at PhP 40,000 (around 900 USD) and my wedding dress was only at PhP 20,000 (around 450 USD). It was such a great deal!

There are also two versions of my dress: the first one comes with a mesh insert with lace appliques. The other one is the sweetheart neckline strapless gown with mermaid tulle skirt. Naturally, I had to change my hairstyles to suit the dress. For the church version of the dress, I wore an updo and changed it to a wavy hairstyle for the reception to create a more relaxed look.

The groom, however, wore a custom made Armani suit from David & Rachel Bridal Boutique:

You can check out a few more photos from the wedding prep:

Groom and family
Bride and parents

The next update will be the final update in this wedding series. I will be sharing photos from the reception!


  1. Abby, this is STUNNING!!! You look amazing! Such a beautiful dress! I love these pictures, thank you for sharing. :)


  2. You looked so gorgeous, Abby! Amazing pics!

    Sierra, xo
    Sierra Elizabeth

  3. You look stunning and your dress is so beautiful!


  4. wow damn amazing pics
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  5. You look really stunning in your wedding. Your wedding dress is a great deal. <3

    Have a great day! :)

    SHAIRA //

  6. Wonderful pictures! This is such a big deal for every girl and you look gorgeous!


  7. Awww best wishes to you on your new life Abby! Have a wonderful weekend!!


  8. Ur dress is stunning and looks super fab on u!

  9. Your wedding series are great and what about your wedding dress it was such a deal and you looked like a million dollars, dear ;)

  10. It turned out beautifully! What a lovely family too :)

    xx Yasmin

  11. Aww, lovely pics! xx


  12. Youre dress is absolutely stunning!! Love the sheer neckline and lace!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  13. You are such a beautiful bride! The detailing of the dress is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the reception photos! Xo Terri of Cupcake and Coffee Break

  14. That is one gorgeous dress. Such a great deal on that dress! You looked so gorgeous on your wedding day and thanks for sharing these amazing photos

  15. So beautiful! That is a great deal for a custom made dress. Hope to see more of your wedding day! I believe it's gonna be beautiful x

    Real Life Nerd //

  16. Your dress is beautiful and suits you well! :) It's great you could get the look you wanted by customising a dress and save some money rather than having it entirely custom made. :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  17. This is so beautiful and sweet. I love looking through all of your photos and the dress is beyond stunning. I'm in the process of planning my wedding now and it's so inspirational to see these photos.

    Perhaps Bananas

  18. What beautiful pictures of your special day! Thank you so much for sharing. Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!


  19. Oh, thank you so much for sharing the adorable pictures of your wonderful day! You are beautiful <3
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    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  20. Wow, you looked gorgeous!! The dress had such a lovely, classic shape. Beautiful. Congrats on your marriage!!

  21. Your wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous! It fits your perfectly! :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  22. These pictures are so sweet! I've been having a blast reading these wedding posts!


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