In Photos: Sambie Que Rodriguez Wore Three Outfits For Her Classic Wedding To Mikko Tung
True love is beautiful on its own, but when highlighted in a wedding ceremony punctuated by effortless elegance and timeless charm, the experience is enough to bring you to tears.
Such was the case for Sambie Que Rodriguez and Mikko Tung, newlyweds who tied the knot in a beautiful wedding held this month at the Manila Cathedral and reset the bar for picture-perfect nuptials.
Despite planning a party and wedding that wowed her guests from beginning to end, Metro Weddings cover girl Sambie reveals that organizing her big day wasn't as complicated as one might guess.
To start, she and Mikko never even focused on a central theme for décor and a color palette as most brides would nowadays, and instead, simply concentrated on translating the things they both loved into a workable aesthetic for the occasion.
"We simply wanted an evening that reflected our own personalities as a couple. We also kept our guests largely in mind during our planning process and were set on putting together a beautiful and elegant affair that our family and friends could enjoy. After all, we would not be where we are today if not for the love and support of those dear to us," Sambie explains.
She continues, "The overall look of the ballroom was executed by florist and stylist Dave Sandoval. With the help of my brother, Miggy, we worked extremely closely with Dave to make sure that every detail was perfect. Some of these details included how we wanted all the stems of the flowers to be visible instead of in sponges. We also brought in all the mirrored glass tables and clean white acrylic center floowing for the final touch. Dave truly did an impeccable job in bringing out vision to life."
The result was a classic color scheme of white, cream, and cool-on-the-eyes greens that dominated both her wedding and reception at the Makat Shangri-La Hotel.
Not one to overdo already pretty sights, Sambie applied the same to her wedding looks—all three of them! Each outfit was carefully chosen by Sambie who took note of the setting they would be worn in.
Her first gown that she wore to the cathedral was a covetable Vera Wang number partnered with chic Jimmy Choo platforms in matching satin. Her main wedding dress, made of four layers of French lace, was chosen for its appropriateness for the sacred venue combined with its sheer beauty. Sambie tells Metro.Style, "I chose this dress because I felt that it was absolutely timeless, comfortable, and church-appropriate."
As for her second look, this dress came with a lovely story:
"My second gown was a vintage navy blue velvet cheongsam from the sixties that once belonged to my grandmother. I chose this dress because I wanted to pay homage to our Chinese heritage and to my grandmother who has always been my own fashion icon and inspiration whilst updating the look with emerald green Marco De Vincenzo stilettos. I guess you can say the cheongsam was my something borrowed, something blue," Sambie describes.
Mikko, who similarly wanted to pay tribute to his own Chinese heritage, changed from his wedding tuxedo by Tiños into a Shanghai Tang ensemble in black and white, to match Sambie.
Early on in our planning, it was clear that paying homage to our Chinese heritage would be important to Sam, and so, we decided to wear the traditional Cheongsam and include it into our celebration. Sam, wearing a vintage piece, once owned by her grandmother during the 60's, and me, decked out in, @shanghaitang. Seeing the smiles from our family as we stepped into the ballroom definitely made the additional outfit change all worth it. #SAMBIEcomesaTUNG
Last but not least, Sambie's final outfit change was a feminine strapless silk organza ball gown by Rosa Clara, one so comfortable that it was the dress she partied the night away in.
Other outfits worth mentioning are, of course, those worn by the bride's entourage and the groomsmen. All looked dressed to the nines with ladies in romantic rose formal gowns by Boom Sason and gentlemen in classic black tuxedos by Cornell's Tailoring. Mikko, on the other hand, stood out in a dapper navy blue ensemble by Tiños.
("I take absolutely zero credit for how dapper and sharp they all looked that day," Sambie jokingly says of them).
Her bridal entourage includes Christine Gonzale-Crisologo, Pie Alvarez, Bianca King, Sarah Lahbati, Jenni Ng, Maxine Sian, Ally Lim, Ange dela Cruz, Katrina Lee, Mari Jasmine, and Mariel Bitanga.
With everything having gone exactly as they envisioned, Sambie also pays credit to her now-husband Mikko who volunteered to be a hands-on groom.
Letting her take a back seat while he handled the reception's entertainment, Mikko did a stellar job at securing a memorable musical lineup that included DJ Jess Milner who played throwback hits from the 80s and 90s and The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra along with broadway singers John Joven and Shiela Valderrama who fueled the love-filled atmosphere of the evening.
As for their chosen videographer that captured the day's most touching moments, that was a team effort.
Sambie recalls, "After watching what must have been 100 videos, we decided on John Marvi de Guzman of Cinemaworks to execute our wedding video. We felt that his video editing style was the perfect balance of artfully executed and inspired."
Their photography team, on the other hand, was made up of MangoRed & Spotlight Creatives.
Their photo booth—which was actually a super glam portrait booth helmed by none other than fashion photographer Je Villaroman—was likewise well thought out as it was something this couple considered to be their "thank you" to their guests who took the time and effort to get dolled up for their special day.
Aside from it being the first day they lived their lives as husband and wife, there were so many other things Sambie and Mikko will remember from their wedding day.
A surprise dance number from friends, her dear friend and bridesmaid Sarah Lahbati's son Zion serving as the ringbearer for their ceremony, fun cocktail booths by Pouf (French fries, cotton candy, and ice cream, anyone?), an eighties and nineties-themed dance party, a tear-jerking speech from Sambie's brother Miggy, an awesome bridal glam team composed of celeb makeup artist Mickey See and hairstylist John Valle, cake maker Penk Ching, host Nikko Ramos, and wedding planner Kutchie Zaldarriaga all definitely helped to make the day's memories go on forever.
Congratulations to the newly married couple!
Photos courtesy of Sambie Que Rodriguez