'I just want to be a part of the couple’s once-in-a-lifetime moment. Seeing the smiles on their faces while making their dreams become a reality'
Art and design came naturally for fashion designer Yto Gonzaga, who grew up in a community of thriving artists in Angono, Rizal. “Growing up in a community filled with so much talent in the arts made me love the craft even more,” he says. As a designer, Yto plays up the femininity of his brides and clients by mixing “classical elements with contemporary edge”.
But weddings, in particular, is an event Yto approaches with a sense of wonder. “I just want to be a part of the couple’s once in a lifetime moment. Being in this industry is so fulfilling. It’s so much more than a business”.
Yto shares with Inspirations.ph his design process and his tips for brides and grooms who are choosing their designer.
What got you interested in fashion/weddings?
It all began when I was in grade school. I’m so much into arts. I started to paint. My interest grew and when I entered high school I started attending workshops to further hone my skills from world-renowned homegrown painters in Angono, Rizal. Growing up in a community filled with so much talent in the arts made me love the craft even more. I even started painting my barongs. Seeing my barong pieces made me realize that it’s not just about paintings, I can even create beautiful masterpieces that people can wear. Equipped with love for the arts and painting skills, I finally decided to take Fashion Design in Slims. Here I am right now, a fashion designer who will make your dreams come true.
Tell us about your style when it comes to creating for weddings.
My style is known for its elegance and beauty, combining classical elements with contemporary edge. My signature design sensibility captures the essence of femininity, allure, and glamor while invoking sophisticated luxury because of the utmost intricate details without breaking the bank.
What do you enjoy most about being a fashion designer for weddings?
The answer is very simple. I just want to be a part of the couple’s once-in-a-lifetime moment. Seeing the smiles on their faces, while making their dreams become a reality. Being in this industry is so fulfilling. It’s so much more than a business.
When it comes to the creative process or design process, how do you start creating for your clients?
I believe that listening and understanding your client’s vision is one of the most important things. Clients should be able to channel their personality in what they wear. I also share what I’ve learned from decades of experience. This helps the client in envisioning what he/ she wants for the wedding while looking their best.
Any tips for brides and grooms when it comes to creating their wedding wear?
Have faith in the process. Choose a designer whom you trust and feel comfortable with. As a designer, I suggest that it is best to choose a theme/ motif that you really love. I would also suggest to consider the venue (outdoor/ indoor), weather conditions (Will the day fall on a rainy/ dry season), etc. These conditions are often forgotten about. Last but not the least, listen to your designer’s creative inputs, this will allow you to further enhance your vision.
What is your favorite moment/part about weddings?
My favorite moment will always be the entrance of the bride. All eyes are on the door while it slowly opens. As the bride slowly walks down the aisle everyone is gazing at her, from her face down to her most special dress of her lifetime. All of the people most especially the groom is in awe seeing her most beautiful face. Emotions are just so overwhelming. This will always be my favorite part.
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All photos courtesy of Yto Gonzaga