#RealWeddings: This Epic "Game Of Thrones" Wedding Was Inspired By Targaryen Fashion And Westeros Design
Now this was a ceremony that Robb Stark and his mother Catelyn would have actually wanted to attend.
That's because the world that the families Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen and more reside in were brought to life by John Darren and Lucky Charity on their big day, a.k.a. a lavish Game of Thrones?-inspired wedding.
With the day's massive banquet hall reception setting, Khaleesi-inspired outfits, and exotic floral arrangements, everything about the special occasion reflected the beauty of Westeros in real life. All in all, it was the best way for this Mr. and Mrs. to start their lives together as newlyweds considering their love story; John was a fan of the hit TV series and, for weeks, had tried to convince his then girlfriend to give it a shot.
Reluctant at first, Lucky eventually took the time to watch one episode which, safe to say, turned into a huge love for the show. In fact, she adored everything GoT so much that her very wedding gown and bridal beauty looks were inspired by the intricate dresses worn by one of the show's main characters!
Organizing a truly one-of-a-kind wedding and reception, Lucky shares all the details about the romantic day that not even Cersei herself could disapprove of. In words and in photos, this bride reveals her wedding's most memorable moments and the teams to thank behind the epic event below.
About the couple
How did you and your husband meet?
"We used to work as International Area Manager in Robinsons Land Corporation, handling Asia Pacific Region. We are basically into real estate. We used to be officemates."
How long have you been together?
What are your current occupations?
"We have our own businesses together."
What do you enjoy doing together or bonding over?
"We love to travel together."
Preparing for the wedding
Why did you choose a Game of Thrones-inspired theme for your wedding?
"Our wedding was very thematic. We chose Game of Thrones as our theme. My husband had been asking me to watch GoT since we started dating, and when I finally agreed [to watch] it, we were in [the] UK for a month. It was the time we got engaged. We watched all the seasons together for that whole trip, and then we decided to make it our theme: Medieval, but still fairytale-like, contemporary but classic.
How long did you prepare for your wedding?
"A year and a half."
What were the challenges of organizing your wedding?
"We didn’t have any challenges because we had full coordination from Rita Neri Event Planners. They basically made the preparation really easy."
What was the best part about getting ready to get married?
"It wasn't the wedding alone, but the thought that we would become one on that very special day. The whole preparation was fun; we enjoyed every bit of it."
How did you decide on the wedding venue?
"Convenience to our guests was considered, and the size of the venue."
What were the highlights of the wedding ceremony and the reception?
"Well, it was my wedding, [so] I will be biased.
"Everything was magical and everything felt like a highlight. From the church ceremony to the cocktail area where Dave Sandoval (our event stylist) made a Medieval market with Lannister colors in it, to the fabricated Iron Throne, to the 24-piece orchestra that played the Game of Thrones [theme] song as we entered the reception area.
"The tables labeled by houses, the trees inside the Filinvest Tent, the table setup, the food menu, up to the party—we thought about every detail."
Share your tips for other couples preparing for their own big day.
"Enjoy! Enjoy the preparation because they will miss it, for sure. Enjoy every bit of it. It’s once in a lifetime [event] so they should cherish every ocular, food tasting, fitting, search, preparation, [and] planning together as a couple.
"They should not forget the real essence why they are getting married in the first place. Whether [they're having] a small or big wedding, always decide on what they want as a couple."
The wedding outfit
Tell us something about your wedding gown.
"My wedding gown and Darren’s [suit] were custom made by Francis Libiran. Basically, I really wanted Francis to make the suit for Darren because I know how beautiful the suits of Francis are. When we were in his atelier and he also drew a design for me, it was love at first sight. My sketched wedding gown had a cape that was very Game of Thrones with the perfect look of a 'Khaleesi'. Francis’ design was very timeless and classic, very sophisticated and every detail was well-thought of."
What were other noteworthy details about your wedding look?
"Since our wedding is Game of Thrones-themed, my look was inspired by the Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Protector of the Realm, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi (which means Queen) of the Great Grass Sea, Mother of Dragons, [and] Daenerys Targaryen. It was unique, bold, but still [felt like] royalty. Every girls' dream is to be a princess, but being a Queen is my dream. That's why I opted to be the 'Khaleesi Bride'”.
- Number of guests: 450
- Church: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
- Reception: Filinvest Tent
- Wedding date: August 8, 2018
- Wedding coordinator: Rita Neri Events Planner
- Photo: Lito Sy
- Video: Motion in Motion
- Invitations/other printed materials: The Write Impression
- Entourage's outfits: Francis Libiran
- Groom's suit: Francis Libiran
- Bridal shoes and groom’s boots: Jefferson Si
- Florist: Dave Sandoval
- Host: Sam YG
- Orchestra: Manila Philharmonic Orchestra
- DJ: DJ Mervin Diginion
- Priest/officiator: Rev. Fr. John Paul Frias
- Caterer: Bizu
- Cake: Penk Ching
- Hairstylist and makeup artist: Albert Kurniawan
- Wedding hashtag: #DarrenGOTLucky
Photos courtesy of Lucky Charity Weidmann