Ronna Bonifacio | Working on bridal book I Do! — An Insider’s Guide for Brides
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Working on bridal book I Do! — An Insider’s Guide for Brides

It was two months before I was set to give birth to Mateo when I received an invitation from former officemate/boss Stef Cabal to join her and Cit-Cit Sioson for the third installment of the Look Book. A little backgrounder: In 2008 I was part of the founding staff of Look magazine, a fashion magazine by Inquirer which recently shifted into mini style books. The first was Help! I’m a Bagaholic launched last year and is a bestseller. I hardly had to think about it, it was a no brainer! I get to be reunited with good friends whom I love working with, plus I get to do some editorial work again, hooray!

We launched I Do! An Insider’s Guide for Brides last October in partnership with Bulgari at the Manila Peninsula. I Do! is a style book for brides and I even say brides in waiting. We put together everything a bride needs, style-wise, in this book, to inspire you and help you plan your big day. It includes tips from some of the most stylish real brides namely Bea Soriano-Dee, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Kelly Misa-Fernandez, Isabel Roces-Trebol, Pam Huang-Hernandez, Beatrice Tantoco Reyes, Cybill Gayatin-Guynn and Kristel Yulo-Diaz, the latest bridal gowns from top designers, to-die-for engagement rings and weddings bands by Bulgari, and makeup tips from wedding day favorites like Bobby Carlos, Paolo Maranan and Mayesa Delos Santos. Wedding planning and execution tips from Rita Neri, who recently did Toni Gonzaga and Paul Soriano’s wedding is inside, as well as gift ideas for the groom.

If you know someone getting married, or you yourself are in the midst of planning your wedding, pick up a copy of I Do!, which is available at National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked, and be inspired. I felt that as a former bride, the book should share tips and ideas you would only hear from industry professionals and women who were once in your shoes. So that’s what we tried to do while matching it with lots of beautiful visuals. I remember talking to women who were married a few months or years before me was what helped me put our wedding together. And please don’t forget to read out Author’s Notes! 🙂 I don’t want to repeat myself here, but what I wrote is what I always have to say about wedding planning.

Here’s a peek of some at the book’s inside pages:

An interview with Albert Kurniawan, Heart Evangelista-Escudero's makeup artist on what he did for her wedding. She went foundation free!

An interview with Albert Kurniawan, Heart Evangelista-Escudero’s makeup artist on what he did for her wedding. She went foundation free!

One of our real brides featured is Pam Huang and her wedding to Miguel Hernandez's at Hong Kong. Her Amir Sali gown and veil is gorgeous!

One of our real brides featured is Pam Huang and her wedding to Miguel Hernandez’s at Hong Kong. Her Amir Sali gown and veil is gorgeous!

Model Monika Sta. Maria wears Bulgari's latest pieces. Everyone loved how makeup artist Mayesa Delos Santos let her freckles show!

Model Monika Sta. Maria wears Bulgari’s latest pieces. Everyone loved how makeup artist Mayesa Delos Santos let her freckles show!

Cybill Gayatin's beautiful wedding with its numerous personal touches is also featured inside.

Cybill Gayatin’s beautiful wedding with its numerous personal touches is also featured inside.

Kelly Misa shared her wedding too, and we also interviewed her makeup artist Bobby Carlos (and my makeup school teacher!) on how to get a bronzed glow for your wedding.

Kelly Misa shared her wedding too, and we also interviewed her makeup artist Bobby Carlos (and my makeup school teacher!) on how to get a bronzed glow for your wedding.

Sabina Gonzalez, daughter of Tweetie Gonzalez, models bridal gowns from top designers. Styled by Carmencita Sioson. (Check out her blog, cithappens.ph!)

Sabina Gonzalez, daughter of Tweetie Gonzalez, models bridal gowns from top designers. Styled by Carmencita Sioson. (Check out her blog, cithappens.ph!)

The Magic Touch is the chapter dedicated to the best wedding suppliers

The Magic Touch is the chapter dedicated to the best wedding suppliers

Bulgari's wedding collection, Wear It With Love, was launched with I Do!

Bulgari’s wedding collection, Wear It With Love, was launched with I Do!

Behind the scenes of I Do! book launch

Just sharing a bit of what it’s like to put such events together. And by a bit, I really mean a bit! Hehe. Because I hardly was able to take any photos as we were so busy setting up the wedding gowns we showcased that night.

My beautiful friends and co-authors, Stefanie Cabal Rostoll and Carmencita Sioson, pretending not to be stressed for my photo as we prepared for the launch, haha!

My beautiful friends and co-authors, Stefanie Cabal Rostoll and Carmencita Sioson, pretending not to be stressed for my photo as we prepared for the launch, haha!

Borrowing brides' actual wedding gowns was a crazy idea. Hehe! We showcased 7 gowns that night, including one by Randy Ortiz.

Borrowing brides’ actual wedding gowns was a crazy idea. Hehe! We showcased 7 gowns that night, including one by Randy Ortiz.

Here I am at the end of the night with my two favorite boys who came out to support me <3 One had no choice since he survives on my milk! Hehe. Here I am at the end of the night with my two favorite boys who came out to support me <3 One had no choice since he survives on my milk! Hehe.[/caption]

Hope you enjoyed all the photos! 🙂 If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to share them with me below!

I Do! An Insider’s Guide for Brides is available at National Bookstore, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked.

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