December 18th is an incredibly meaningful day for high school sweethearts, Jepoy and Estelle. It's the date that Estelle said "sa wakas" to being his high school prom date (in 2009), his girlfriend (in 2012), his fiancé (in 2020), and finally, his wife (in 2021). They could not possibly be any happier – both saying that it was a dream come true to get married to their high school sweetheart. For their wedding at Parish Of The Holy Sacrifice, Ang Bahay Ng Alumni, and Balara Content Studio, The Purple Bride PH helped Estelle put together every last little detail, using the color purple as a thematic inspiration.
Make sure to keep scrolling to see all of the incredible photos by Vital Image Photo and Bamboo Kite Photography, featuring flowers by Accents & Petals and Tropical Blooms Florist, hair and makeup by Dred Postigo Makeup, all coordinated day-of by Events Republic. And don't forget to check out the gallery at the bottom of this page for all of the gorgeous shots of this special day a long time in the making!
The bride had two pairs of shoes - both were bespoke and used materials personally bought by the bride. For the ceremony, the bride wore laser-cut, plum, leather shoes with their initials (J&E) in front and a star at both ankles. For the reception, she wore color-mismatched shoes in line with the lilac-plum motif with gold metal leaves at the back. See both the shoes in the full gallery below.
Estelle wore a pure white, full-lace serpentine gown with a detachable tulle train, deep-V sweetheart cut neckline, thin straps, a corseted top, and a low back that used all lightweight materials. To keep that hint of purple still present in the pure white gown, there were inner layers of lilac tulle underneath the serpentine gown. It had dainty and intricate foliage details with hints of stars, and their wedding date and names embroidered at the back of the gown and at the end of the veil. The same ‘pure-white with a hint of purple’ concept applied to the bride's prep gown (with lilac and plum stars at the side cuts) and prep robe (purple inner lingerie).
Estelle was ready to personalize every little detail, as she had had her wedding bookmarks and references marked "for future purposes" for a long time! Jepoy was the complete opposite and would have been content with a small ceremony witnessed by their family and closest friends. But he made sure Estelle got her dream wedding – something deeply meaningful and highly bespoke, that embodied their unique relationship. The meaningful aspect started with their venues. They chose to get married in UP Diliman - their alma mater.
Both the ceremony and reception were held inside the campus, and even the preparation venue was just outside UP’s perimeter. Estelle had been living in UP since childhood – so you could say it’s her ‘hometown.’ This was also the same church where her parents got married 30 years ago, and where she and Jepoy continue to attend mass since college. Jepoy had actually even proposed right outside of this church!
In keeping with the theme of meaningful spaces, the reception venue is where Estelle had her debut 11 years ago, and she and Jepoy performed on that same dance floor during her cotillion. Purple has always been Estelle's favorite color. Choosing just one shade for the motif, however, was quite difficult. She decided to use not one, but two favorites: lilac and plum with hints of gold. These colors were incorporated religiously into all of the details. In addition, all of their wedding elements and details were personalized with special meanings as to why they were chosen.
Jepoy’s barong was also bespoke and had embroidery that went well with the bridal gown laces. Both cuffs had embroidered details - 12.18.21 on the right, and jepoy<3estelle on the left. The back of the collar had an embroidered purple heart. His socks were plum, and his handkerchief was lilac. Everything else throughout the day, from the entourage gowns, invitations and stationery, ring boxes, hairpiece, boudoir lingerie, décor and styling, flowers, cake, accent finger polish, perfume, vow books, hangers, Legos, reception dance dress, film cameras, and more, incorporated the purple motif while also having a back story.
Their rings even had each other’s fingerprint, and Estelle's eternity ring had purple amethysts alongside the diamonds. Looking beyond all these intricacies, however, the bride gushed that just marrying each other on the 18th of December and having the rest of forever ahead of them made everything all the more perfect. This day and its details will always be theirs to remember.