Beauty queen and actress Megan Young is officially a Mrs., and she married none other than actor and vlogger Mikael Daez, her boyfriend of nine years!
They tied the knot on January 25, Saturday, in Megan's hometown of Subic in a private ceremony attended by a select group of friends and family. A little over a hundred guests witnessed the handsome pair become husband and wife, savoring every moment that the deeply personal event made them a part of.
Megan and Mikael, a non-traditional couple in more ways than one, enlisted the help of in-demand event stylist and florist Gideon Hermosa, as well as celebrity favorite La Belle Fete to help materialize their vision for the special day.
According to the bride, her wedding was "full of clay [hues], and very earthy. I told [Gideon] to turn down the opulence because I don't like flowers in general... We gave him creative freedom and I got him for his talent and the way he thinks out of the box. It's going to be fun and very relaxed, because one of the things Mikael and I like to do is lounge around with friends and family. I want that vibe. I don't want them to feel like they have to just sit there and watch a program."
Working closely with the bride to achieve a unique aesthetic for the once in a lifetime occasion, Gideon decided on a "mixture of dried, rare, and fresh flowers for the entourage [and] the overall elements in the venue."
"I super love the dried selections in this wedding, we don't usually use these kind of elements due to the couples preference but I'm glad they really like it!" he continued.
It definitely helped that Megan and Mikael knew exactly what they wanted to project on their wedding day, and who they are as a couple; their decisiveness and clear vision made it a pleasure to work with them, as shared by La Belle Fete's Ycoy Sitchon:
"...Despite their firm vision, they welcomed our ideas, suggestions, and advice with open arms. Most of all, they trusted us with all their hearts. It was so easy to work with them. It didn't feel like we have been planning the whole thing for months as they let us steer the planning, did the inevitable pause and efficiently did the tasks assigned to them. We will surely miss planning with them," she shares.
Altogether, the newlyweds and their suppliers worked together to create a beautiful wedding experience for themselves, as well as guests.
Their wedding location, San Roque Chapel which Megan used to visit as a child, and their reception venue, El Kabayo Stables, were transformed into living embodiments of the relationship being celebrated that day.
"Mikael and Megan wanted a non-cookie cutter type of wedding. 'Go big or go home' and 'more is more' are pretty much the biggest trends in weddings right now. On the other hand, they took the road less traveled. They opted for a low-key celebration but with the most intentional details," Ycoy adds.
The result was definitely something to inspire future brides wanting a different kind of wedding.
An event with broad strokes of bohemian elements incorporated in the design, and a very down to earth, laidback, and approachable atmosphere.
Additionally, "Shots must be candid and not staged; the setup must not be ostentatious and pretentious, and lighting design must be more natural. Mikael and Megan wanted the wedding to be 'a meaningful gathering' rather than a spectacle. To add special touches, we set up a coffee cart (they are extreme coffee lovers!). We also reflected coffee plants in the invitation. Instead of having a tall wedding cake, we prepared all their favorite cakes from different cake stores which the guests could partake [of]," Ycoy describes.
The décor and theme weren't the only things that this wedding did differently; Megan and Mikael did without a same-day edit and had no grand hotel preparations for their after-party.
Megan explained it best and said that she wanted the day to be purely about their union and not the "grandness" that many have come to expect of modern weddings.
The same can be said about her choice of wedding outfits: Patricia Santos designed her fuss-free, understated wedding dress featuring a V-neckline and modest sleeves, while her party outfit by Boom Sason had playful ruffles but was still definitely a piece that prioritized function over fashion.
"My main instruction was no beadwork and shiny stuff, only texture. The Patricia [Santos] one has texture in the veil, and then Boom's is ruffles... Why I didn't want sparkly stuff is because I wear sparkly stuff all the time, and I wanted Mikael to be able to focus on me and what's happening, and not the dress. My focus is not the dress. The main point is the ceremony," reveals Megan.
For more details on the Daez-Young nuptials, her wedding look, and must-know things about their love story, scroll through the gallery below!
Megan Young and Mikael Daez's wedding ceremony
Megan Young and Mikael Daez's wedding ceremony
Megan and Mikael have been together for a decade. They met in 2010 at an event and have been together since!
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They got engaged in 2014, but kept the major relationship milestone. Both of them decided on keeping it to themselves.
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In fact, even their families were surprised to learn that they were engaged—they found out a year after! According to them, it wasn't because they were keep it a secret for the sake of it; they simply wanted to enjoy the special time in their lives on their own first and enjoy envisioning and planning for their future as a couple as exactly that—a couple.
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They began planning for their wedding early last year with Megan's best friend and one of Mikael's childhood friends, Adrianne Concepcion. The celebrity stylist was right there from the very beginning of the lovely journey.
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Keeping her lips sealed, she successfully kept this couple's best kept wedding-related secrets to herself! Some of these secrets included a prenup shoot in Annecy, France (photographed here), and their first wedding ceremony held on the 10th.
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That's right; before their wedding on January 25, Megan and Mikael were already made husband and wife two weeks before! Their reason for having a first ceremony was pretty much the same as that behind their private engagement; they wished to keep the special time in their lives to themselves and only known within their innermost circle. Being public figures, it was important for them to be able to enjoy moments that were theirs and theirs alone and be able to choose what to share, and when to share things about such intimate gatherings in their lives.
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Similarly, their first wedding was held in Subic. It's Megan's hometown and so Mikael wanted that element to play a part in their big day. It was even more private than their ceremony on the 25th; it only had about a dozen or so attendees!
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Megan recalls how surprisingly touching it was, despite its simplicity. Not only was there no "crowd" to cheer for them as they became husband and wife, but there was no music, no program, and even their outfits as bride and groom were off the rack. But then again, she wanted the emphasis to be on the ceremony and the more important, intangible things about that day. The spectacle of things was unimportant to this couple, which is pretty admirable, to say the least.
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Although Gideon Hermosa and La Belle Fete events played big roles in making their wedding as beautiful as can be, there are definitely other people to share the spotlight with.
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Of course there are Megan's bridal designers, Patricia Santos and Boom Sason. They're both well-loved in the local celebrity circle for their talent and vision, but what made Megan choose them is the fact they're her good friends. As she said, she could have picked any other designer or purchased other dresses, but what made those from them special was how it was her gal pals that made the effort to make her look, and feel, like the most beautiful and loved bride that day.
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But despite the gowns' simplicity, their little details made them beautiful. Check out the cuffs on Megan's Patricia Santos gown set against a plain background, for instance.
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More so, simpler dresses meant that Megan's glam look and single piece of jewelery for that day could take center stage. Her engagement ring—a topaz set on a diamond-encrusted band—fit her to a tee!
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Naturally, Adrianne was there to witness the wedding unfold and was incredibly proud to have been part of this love story since it began.
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There to capture the day's most special moments were Oly Ruiz and his team of My Metro Photo, the same group of photographers who shot their pre-nup in France.
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Meanwhile, it was Bob Nicolas who take care of filming the most special moments on this day.
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And there to make sure that Megan looked her best were her trusted hairstylist and makeup artist, Renz Pangilinan and Anthea Bueno.
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Here's a look at Megan and Mikael's church setup: a bohemian spin on an organic aesthetic.
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Overall, Megan kept her wedding party relatively small. They had around 130 guests which included mostly family and very close friends.
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The groom deserves some attention, too. Mikael looked every inch the happy groom in a tan suit by Chynna Mamawal which he paired with tied hair.
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As for her wedding theme, Megan didn't have anything specific in mind, only that she wanted it to be relaxed and laidback. The only thing she was specific about was definitely no overflowing flowers! The simpler, the better.
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Speaking of flowers, the most that Megan would do was a pretty bouquet. We love how it's unconventional, just like her, and featured a refreshing arrangement of flowers and other dry elements for a new take on bridal staple.
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Here's a closer look at Megan's lovely bleached bouquet.
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Everyone couldn't wait for the couple's first kisses as husband and wife. But also worth noting is their original take on a photo wall—nothing at all ordinary and plain here!
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The couple quickly changed into their reception outfits after the sweet ceremony; they and their guests head to El Kabayo Stables, a secret hideaway in Subic loved for its rustic views and spacious outdoor areas perfect for cool, January weddings.
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Come the actual ceremony, Megan walked down the aisle to Moira Dela Torre's "Bathala." Her entrance was beautiful; two giant, dried leaves served as the curtains that parted right in the middle to reveal the blushing bride behind them before her big reveal.
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Saab Magalona, one of the few celeb guests at the wedding, gave us a sneak peak of Gideon's setup for the dinner and reception. Earthy tones, clay hues, and a laidback setting was what greeted guests!
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There was even a yellow combi to add some personality to the setup! And check out the dance floor that features the newlyweds' nicknames: Bonez for Megan, and Fofo for Mikael.
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The couple also enjoyed their first dance together (and Megan changed into reasonable shoes, a.k.a. sneakers, for the rest of the evening!).
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Then a cake-cutting ceremony followed, but what made it unique was the fact that there several cakes, instead of just one!