An All-Male Bride Squad Made This Wedding so Unique!

Being wedding suppliers themselves, Benjie, a photographer, and Cris, a makeup artist, decided to change things around for their own wedding. Instead of the usual bride tribe, Cris asked her brother to be her man of honor, and her cousins to be her bridesmen. The couple also wanted to spend time with their guests, doing so during cocktails and removing the usual couple’s grand entrance so that they could personally welcome everyone to the reception. Because of small changes like this, it made their intimate wedding feel very warm and genuine–exactly how they wanted it. See how Metrophoto was able to capture this heartfelt day below.

Real Weddings Benjie & Cris An All-Male Bride Squad Made This Wedding so Unique!

She said Can you tell us about your all-male entourage?

“I never really imagined having an all male entourage. But the moment Benjie proposed to me, I instantly knew what I wanted. It just makes perfect sense to have my brother as my man of honor and my cousins as my bridesmen and adult ring bearer. I have always been one of the boys, and growing up, we remained very close. I know I can always count on them–from laser-tag to my own wedding! There’s just no better group of people I can imagine having beside me.”

What was your experience like being in front of the camera?

“Being in front of the camera felt surreal. But being a photographer and my wife, a makeup artist, helped because we knew how these things happen. When our photographers and videographers (who are also our friends) started arriving, I felt this surge of emotions. I guess it was just overwhelming to see how everyone came together for our wedding. There were a lot of collaborations that day, from the photo and video team, to the hosts and stylists for the reception. It was a rare sight that would not normally happen.” – Benjie

What was your wedding day non-negotiable?

“I’d have to agree with my husband that our wedding day non-negotiable was our photographer Oly Ruiz. If I’m not mistaken, he was the first supplier we booked.”

How did you imagine your wedding day to look like while you were planning?

“We just aimed for something simple–an intimate wedding that was mostly clean looking with hints of marsala. We were looking at a setup where everyone could see each other’s faces and be able to have a conversation. I guess we somewhat pulled off what we imagined but of course we just had to give our full trust to our suppliers. As for our non-negotiable, it was having my mentor, Oly Ruiz, as our wedding photographer. There wasn’t any better person to cover our wedding, so this one was something that Cris and I agreed on early during the wedding planning.” – Benjie

What did you love most about your wedding?

“There are a lot of things I loved about our wedding. After all, our wedding was everything we wanted it to be–an intimate wedding having a modern minimalist theme, an all male entourage, the list goes on. But what I probably loved the most was Aia’s performance. I absolutely had no clue! I loved that Benjie made an effort to include a surprise that he knew would make our wedding even more special.” – Cris

What did you love most about your wedding?

“I loved how intimate it was. We also loved the unique things we did like our all male entourage, mingling during the cocktails, removing the grand entrance and welcoming our guests instead, and pulling off a surprise first dance, among others.” – Benjie

Photographer: Metrophoto / Bride’s Dress: Hannah Kong / Bride's and Groom's Shoes: Jefferson Si / Groom’s Attire: Boy Kastner Santos / Bridal Robe: La Tercera / Gowns of Mothers: Koo Gotauco / Makeup Artist: Anthea Bueno / Hairstylist: Jay Aquino / Grooming: The Spoiled Groom / Booth Design: Rabbithole Creatives / Flowers and Styling: Gideon Hermosa / Flowers and Styling: Michael Ruiz / Flowers and Styling: Teddy Manuel / Invitations & Stationery: Letra’to / Catering: K by Cunanan Catering / Cake Baker: The Delightful Miss Joyce / Chairs Rental: Shop Rent Gala / Light and Sounds: High Impact Events Enterprise / Mobile Bar: Proof Mobile Bar / Host: Atom Ungson / Host: JC Alelis / Coins: Benz Co-Rana / Strings: The Manila String Machine / Band: 3rd Avenue / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: COTE Events / Special Performance: Darling May A. Kidd / Special Performance: Aia de Leon / Videographer: The Angono Boys
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