Eat Bulaga host Maine Mendoza was a most stylish bridesmaid at her sister Coleen Mendoza's wedding.
Coleen tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend Mike Cruz in an intimate church wedding ceremony last Saturday, May 21, 2022.
The bride looked stunning in her serpentine wedding gown custom-made by Bulacan-based fashion designer Jo Rubio.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), the designer revealed to have known the Mendoza family from way back.
He said, "I met Maine's family several years ago since we are all from Bulacan.
"I first met her Mom then eventually I was introduced to the entire family. They would always go to me for important events for their formals."
Maine and her other sister Nicolette wore teal-colored dresses at Coleen's wedding.
Maine's asymmetrical gown was encrusted with crystals and featured a thigh-high slit.
According to the designer, "As for Maine's teal gown, the color was a personal choice of our bride.
"We also collaborated on the design and details for Maine's asymmetric and stylishly hand draped gown.
"I added sexy slit on her gown to highlight Maine's lovely legs."
To complete her look, Maine wore a pair of clear PVC heels from Amina Muaddi.
These "Rosie" heels have a price tag of USD1,925 or around PHP101,000 on Farfetch.com.
Jo said, "I was happy she wore a pair of Amina Muaddi glass shoes to complete the whole elegant look."
THE BRIDE'S GOWN
Jo also shared more details about the bride's gown and his experience working with Coleen.
He said, "I have always been collaborative with my brides. Just like for Coleen's bridal gown. I listened to all her requests and design preferences.
"It was an advantage also that I got to know her years before she got engaged so I was able to know beforehand her personal style.
"We only had one meeting to discuss her bridal gown. It was a smooth and enjoyable process because she already knew what exactly her dream wedding dress was.
"I presented her several design studies and numerous materials that I have sourced from abroad.
"I love creating bridal gowns because I am able to express different aesthetics and design principles and channel them appropriately to suit the personality of our brides."
Jo was glad that he was able to deliver Coleen's dream wedding gown.
He continued, "She chose a structured Serpentine gown in several layers of French tulle. Serpentine gowns for me as a designer are quite difficult to fit.
"Coleen was in tears during our first fitting. She instantly fell in love with it and it was a perfect fit.
"It featured a sexy decolletage to highlight Coleen's lovely face and it was embellished with Swiss lace and linear rays of premium glass beads, champagne pearls, and hand beadworks to highlight her curves.
"It was truly her dream wedding dress."
Aside from the bridal gown and some of the bridesmaids' dresses, Jo also designed pieces for the groom and the rest of Maine and Coleen's family.
He said, "I was very delighted to have created the gowns for Coleen's Mom and close family members.
"Our creative team also created special Barongs of his Dad and his handsome groom Mike who wore a full Pina Callado Barong coat."
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