Pearl and Antonio’s Chic and Sophisticated Civil Wedding

While most brides opt for dreamy gowns and dresses, our bride, Pearl Henry Cabrera née Aves, chose a lacy crop top and trousers that exhibited her chic demeanor on the day she said “I do” to the love of her life, Antonio Cabrera. Here, the couple shares how their love blossomed into a life worth living happily ever after and how they executed a no-frills yet sophisticated civil wedding.


The Couple

Pearl and Antonio met through the bride’s high school chum. They instantly clicked and have been inseparable ever since. Well, you could say that Antonio was smitten with Pearl right from the beginning. With our bride’s striking looks, who wouldn’t be?

Pearl apparently felt the same thing considering that they never felt any dull moment even with spending so much time together. It was indeed fate that brought them as one.

The Proposal (Plus spilling the news)

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When you hear somebody telling you how much they miss you all the time, your heart flutters. “It just happened naturally when he told he wanted to be with me all the time,” Pearl revealed. If that wasn’t romantic enough, we certainly don’t know what is. 

The couple dated for only a year, but it was more than enough to know that they’ve already found “the one” in each other. As soon as the news of their engagement reached family and friends, many speculations came up, including the news that Pearl was pregnant! The couple thought it was hilarious!  

The Sophisticated Civil Wedding

The wedding reception didn’t have a theme. No muss, no fuss. Just fun and practical, just like the couple.

Pearl and Antonio wanted the whole event to be very simple and intimate, just surrounded by their families and close friends. They relatively went with the flow with La Vie’s interior and overall ambiance, which is classic and sophisticated.

We love a good DIY, but as much, we love it when couples just dive right in and come up with a unique celebration.“I guess a civil wedding is a DIY wedding so no wedding coordinator, right? “ Pearl jokingly explained.

The Wedding Attire

The brave, forward-thinking bride that she is, Pearl embraced the trouser bridal look for the big day. Donning a white crop top with lace details and wedding trousers by designer Bree Esplanada, the bride looked incredibly stylish! It was certainly a bold but remarkable move!


The Memorable Moments

Pearl and Antonio could think about an instance or two that made the wedding more unforgettable. Well, for once, the couple were late for the wedding ceremony. The mayor actually waited for them!

“The wedding day was, like, two days before the Sinulog Festival so the days were very hectic. Not to mention the traffic. It was embarrassing and my mom got very mad! Haha!” quoted Pearl. 

During the ceremony, the couple were also too nervous that they were literally shaking while exchanging vows. They found it weird, but happy weird!

Bride: Pearl Henry Aves Cabrera
Groom: Antonio Cabrera
Venue: La Vie
Photographer: Jio Fray
HMUA: Raissa Bercede
Bridal Attire Designer: Bree Esplanada

More about Desiree Grace Parreño-Gabasa

Desire is a full-time wife and mompreneur from Iloilo City. She has been a freelance content writer for more than 5 years. She's a self-confessed stage momma, who loves reading (and has, naturally, influenced her kids to become Potterheads), sketching, and designing outfits for her girls. When she's not busy being a rockstar mom, she enjoys watching movies, immersing in crime shows, binge-watching Netflix, and obsessing over Say Yes to the Dress. She's a romantic at heart, someone you'd catch watching love documentaries! 

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