A lovely couple decided to break traditional norms by wearing black to their wedding day.
Held in the current pandemic, the beautiful bride Daryl Mosquera-Jetonzo has always dreamt of tying the knot with Gerald Paul Jetonzo, the love of her life, in a black wedding gown. In a Facebook post, she wrote, “Why black? Well, aside from the fact that we love wearing black, my faith in God is stronger than your belief. We can never have the strength to fight the battles we had for 8 years if we didn’t put God in our relationship.”
Some believe that wearing such color to a wedding is a sign of bad luck, hence the usual white gown. She stressed, however, that it “cannot decide on what is going to happen in our married life. It’s about how we face the challenges in life knowing that God is with us.”
James Roa, an Ilonggo designer, worked on her stunning gown for less than a month. “When the bride approached me and shared that she wanted me to be the one to design her gown, I immediately said yes because the bride is so dear to me,” Roa said in an interview with PhilSTAR L!FE. “But I was moved when she said ‘There’s something else I wanted to tell you: I want my gown to be black.’ I was excited and at the same time, confused.”
At the time, a lot of questions came to Roa’s mind: “Will it be allowed?” “How are people going to react after posting this on social media? The elders?”
It was quite a challenging feat for the creative, but he ended up being extremely happy with his masterpiece. “I did my part by making her bridal gown elegant. I also made sure it would suit her personality,” he said, adding that he chose to include little details and work around a plain flowy fabric for the skirt.
The number made with three kilos of beadwork was really eye-catching. Guests couldn’t stop looking at her as she walked down the aisle. “I added details on her low back gown with skin-toned fabric in which the lace and beadworks looked like it was attached to her skin.”
“I’ve been dreaming to have a black bride client, so there it was. It’s not just a dream come true for the bride, but to me as well,” Roa concluded.
Photos by Anthony Jimoga-on, taken from Gerald Jetonzo's Facebook post