Going beyond the glitz and glamor, Francis Libiran shares how he makes your wedding more special. And it all starts with your wedding dress.
“A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
– Dave Meurer
Marriage is not just about a dream wedding and everything nice. It actually means stepping into a new stage in life—one with both good and bad moments, as well as more challenges to overcome. Similarly, it is a way to see if two people can really get through life by just relying on one another.
Why do people get married? Why commit your life to only one person for the rest of your life? Why put up with the good, the bad, and even the ugly moments of one person? Over the years, a lot of people have been wondering just that. There are many reasons behind this, but sometimes, people forget the real meaning of marriage due to the excitement of planning a celebration instead of what comes after it.
However, marriage is not as simple as anyone would think. If you are a person who can withstand any ordeal, who can accept everything about the person you chose to spend the rest of your life with, or if you can look past their annoying moments and still think that you are the luckiest person on earth, then yes—feel free to follow your heart and commit your life to the one you love.
Dream Weddings: A Celebration of Love and Life
A good way to highlight a beautiful love story is through a meaningful wedding ceremony. Imagine yourself entering the chapel doors or emerging from romantic draped curtains—all eyes on you—as you glide down in a sea of white elegance. Imagine walking down the aisle to the person you consider home. Imagine the love and amazement in their eyes; how such an instance can capture all your feelings and hit you with a “This is it!” moment.
This is exactly what I had in mind when I started my business in bridal couture. I saw this as a chance for me to play a role in a couple’s important milestone. After all, crafting a dream wedding is a journey. And the best part? Getting to know the couple themselves. Not only is it an honor and a fascination to meet new people, but it also gives me an opportunity to get fresh ideas that will, in turn, transform their hopes and dreams into something real.
The Story Behind Every Wedding Dress
Planning a wedding may be a challenge, especially when it comes to incorporating a whole new personality in it. This is why conversing with clients is a pivotal process. I believe that I only weave the image, but the inspiration comes from the bride’s answer to this question: who is she?
A woman’s beauty is diverse and is not only limited to a fixed state of being, which is why it is important to me to create pieces that cater to the vastness of immaculacy—to all kinds of body types, color, and needs. All brides should embrace their uniqueness, own their differences, and have the confidence to pick the dress that makes them the star on their special day.
Conversely, I believe that each bridal gown has a story that needs to be told. We know that all stories have conflicts and rising action. For conflicts, we explore the bride’s insecurities, and in the rising action, we highlight the bride’s assets. And we need to know both sides in order to make informed and ingenious customizations that will fit the brides’ needs and wants in a dress.
In turn, the dress shouldn’t be predictable. It’s a representation of you as a couple and about the love that you have established. That despite the pain, the suffering, and the waiting, you’re still marrying each other. These are important factors to really create a story about the design. For me, it must really capture the personality of both the bride and the groom.
After all, the pieces I create for them are uniquely attributed to who they are and beyond the celebration itself, it’s really about working on living the dream that they have for themselves.
Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder
Brides often come to me to look for a designer’s point of view, and it is my job to make them feel good about their insecurities. It’s always something about being unable to fit in the dress properly, or how their arms don’t look good. The solution is oftentimes placing lace or beadwork to cover up their insecurities. However, what the brides don’t know is that these qualities aren’t something to be ashamed of.
I’d say, “You know what? We need to show more skin.” This confuses them—”how it could work,” they’d ask. But for me, the bride needs to feel good about who they are and how they look. There is no need to modify anything. All I need to do is to encourage them. What they have within themselves is perfect as is.
The gown only maximizes its elegance and divinity when you are in it. You are the highlight of your special day. Remember that choosing the perfect dress all comes down to you. Coax yourself to make your flaws the reason for your uniqueness and part of your innate beauty. It’s a perfect ending to the wedding journey and the start of a strong, blossoming marriage.
Of Memories That Last a Lifetime
If you ask me, the important thing to do for them is to be at their beck and call from start to finish. It really helps, especially when they need some momentum and support in case the anxieties and worries start coming in. Oftentimes, I’d meet with the bride and groom and see how they are on their own and eventually, together. I even help them remember that it’s not a day to stress about what goes wrong in the background, or if one of your bridesmaids is late. Problems can always be solved, but you can’t create moments like this forever.
Overall, it’s about creating a fairytale in your mind so that the anticipation heightens. Picture the first step you will take towards the person you love. Feel everything as soon as the door opens. Make it meaningful by looking at the groom as you take each step and lock your eyes with him. Think about how you won’t see anyone else aside from the person you’re meant to spend all your days with.
This is why I do my best to help a bride picture this scenario in their mind so that only the good things about celebrating love are retained. Situations won’t be happening as planned, but that vision can be perfectly memorable.
Your Dream Wedding Made Real
Of course, it’s not always easy to turn dreams into reality. Sometimes, it takes more than optimism and hard work. In this case, the perfect dream wedding would be ideally within budget. The perfect dress would be the most promising one—that one dress that makes you look and feel enchanting.
However, it may hold some people back. What if due to budget constraints, their dream wedding seems unattainable? But don’t worry. Remembering how tough it was for me to make my own dreams come true, I know how it feels to work within my means and maximize the experience the way I know best.
That’s why when you’re bridled with such a dilemma, we approach a flexible plan to make the budget work for everyone. That way, we won’t compromise what you want and need for the sake of the dress’s quality. And yes, even budget brides will have the opportunity to have their dream wedding, too.
Dream Weddings Before and Now
In light of the realities happening today, it may be a different approach from what we’re all accustomed to. Instead of people coming to meet with me and my team to have a personalized couture experience, everything is done virtually. The safety of our customers and staff are of utmost importance, which is why for the new normal brides, we have online appointments and consultations available. Despite the ongoing pandemic, being part of your dream wedding is still an honor, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
So again, why do people get married? It’s not because of the glitz and glam. It’s not because of anyone else. It’s about being together with the person you love. It’s about the journey and how you got here. Not everybody has a love like what you have with your special someone. And when you find that person, you become willing to fight for them and risk anything for them.
You celebrate this person’s life and your togetherness with a wedding because a word as uncertain as this, who would have thought that you’d find someone you feel comfortable with and be so unconditionally in love with? That’s why people get married—to find their way back home.
Our Francis Libiran team is more than accommodating, you can reach them on Instagram via @francislibiran or send an email to [email protected] to set an appointment. Your wedding dream is our priority and we’ll do our best to make it happen.
Francis is a Filipino architect and fashion designer. His love for travel, nature, architecture, and patterns is very apparent in his creations. Being in the business for more than two decades, Francis is considered as one of the Philippine’s premier fashion designers and his brand is dedicated to producing original, high quality, wearable art pieces which promote Filipino beauty, artistry, talent, and craftsmanship on the global arena. Francis Libiran’s international success, awe-inspiring designs and creations, and keen eye for detail opened the doors of opportunities to dress some of the biggest stars the world over.
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