Patricia Santo
MEGA|July 2021
With the ability to make brides say yes to the dress, Patricia Santos reveals her secret to pulling off a DIY wedding that came straight out of a fairytale
MIA CASTRO

When you think of Patricia Santos, you think of delicate lace, intricate embroidery, and layers of tulle on a gown the exudes feminine truth and beauty for her special day. While her creations have been worn by Megan Young, Jessy Mendiola, Dani Barretto on their wedding days and even Liza Soberano and Kathryn Bernardo on the red-carpet, when it came to the day that the bridal designer had to plan her own dream wedding, it was nothing short of a surprise. Whether it be venue changes due to sudden rain or the entourage getting stuck in traffic, no wedding is perfect; but in Santos’ case, her wedding dream in Paris ended because of an unwelcome guest–a global pandemic. Normally, this kind of situation is a valid “bridezilla” moment, but with Santos’ genuine positive personality, a laugh that can brighten any day, and most of all the simplicity of wanting to celebrate her love with her then-fiancée Lester Yao, the designer decided to take matters into her own hands.

ALL A-GLOW– The designer is as beautiful as the gowns she creates

From the planning, the gown, her makeup, and hair, she was a one-woman show who was able to coordinate an enviable backyard garden wedding last January 17. “It was something I never thought I would do. Definitely one of the craziest and funniest days of my life,” she admits. With her hair in loose waves and a rosy monochrome beauty look, Santos was the very picture of a glowing bride, despite having to work the day before. “I’m happy I was able to pull it off and looked decent on my wedding day,” she laughs. While she described her work as only “decent,” we are glad to give her more credit for creating a wedding that embodied the romance and magic of Paris despite the circumstances. Her husband’s tears as she walked down the aisle are enough to prove that the bride beautifully pulled off the impossible.

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