Kai & Cy’s Bora Hop: An Extraordinary Tropical Island Wedding

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I know that most of you are still in the midst of winter so let me warm you up with a few rays of sunshine from my part of the world. 🙂

Today’s featured couple Kai and Cy held the wedding of their dreams in a beautiful, idyllic tropical beach setting — the island of Boracay, Philippines to be exact. They also didn’t have a typical celebration. Dubbed as “The Bora Hop Wedding”, the couple and 30 or so of their closest friends and family literally hopped from one favorite place on the island to another, making it a fun, laid-back, and extraordinary experience for the couple and their guests alike!

I’m once again delighted to feature a wedding in my homeland so I’m also taking this chance to show you what a fun place Boracay is through the gorgeous imagery courtesy of Filipino wedding photographers Mango Red.

Their innovative wedding has already received a lot of media attention here and around Asia but today you will see fresh and yet-unpublished photos thanks to the generosity of the lovely couple.

Boracay island wedding

Boracay — or “Bora” for short — is a small island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines famous for its powdery white sand beach and crystal clear waters. The Bora sunset is also a sight to behold so it’s no surprise that lots of weddings take place on the island.

Kai shares that the island is significant to them because she had dreamed of and visualized a Boracay wedding ever since she first laid eyes on it in 2002, and coincidentally on her first date with Cy, she learned that he wanted to get married on the beach too! Talk about fate. 🙂

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Luckily, Kai is on hand to tell us more about their celebration:

Our wedding theme is called “The Bora Hop” because we literally hopped from one place to the next, starting off with a casual breakfast at Real Coffee with my bridesmaids and wedding dream team wherein we shared our love story with everyone. Then we had a little bit of pampering at Mandala Spa, after which we headed to our beachfront sunset wedding ceremony at The White House, on to Happy Hour at The Tides Sun Deck Solstice, to an exotic Indian dinner at True Food. Finally, we capped the evening with Hukas, Mangojitos, Firedances, and Jumpshots at Bamboo Lounge.

For Cy and I, our Boracay trips are never complete without these places and the default activities we love to do so we wanted to celebrate our wedding the same way we usually enjoy the place, but now making it more special by sharing the experience with friends and family though our wedding.

Shall we relive the Bora Hop with Kai and Cy? Here we go!

First stop: Real Coffee and Tea Cafe for breakfast and bonding.

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Second stop: Mandala Spa for some pampering

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Third stop: The White House, Boracay for wedding preparations and the actual ceremony

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Isn’t she lovely? Let’s pause awhile to meet this creative couple in detail. Here’s Kai to tell us more about her and Cy:

Since the day my husband asked me to be his girlfriend which was via a grand gesture in a Charity Ball that included flowers and a dramatic customized magazine in which I had to follow pages to figure out the words “Will You Be My Girlfriend?”, to our monthsary celebrations where we tried outdoing each other with unique date ideas, up to when he asked me to be his wife with engagement earrings instead of a ring, our relationship has been very unique, fun, and sweet!

Him being a Hotel & Restaurant Marketing Head and I being a former Innovations Manager and Digital Head and now a Product Development Manager in a TV Network, we thrive in a business where we are both expected to beat our last creative idea. Living a colorful life comes naturally for both of us. Our agreement at the very beginning was that life was complicated as it is so when it came to our relationship, we try to keep it as drama-free as possible. To be quite honest, in the years that we’ve been together, our major fights are in a single digit in total. We try as much as we can to stay positive and be the best “team” we can be.

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Fourth stop: The Tides Sundeck and Solstice for happy hour (and a Trash the Dress session!)

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The Tides Boracay wedding

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Fifth stop: True Food for an exotic Indian dinner

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True Food Boracay wedding

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Sixth stop: Bamboo Lounge for fire dancing, hookahs, and nightcaps.

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Bamboo Lounge Boracay wedding

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Next stop: Forever!

Congratulations and many thanks to Kai and Cy for allowing me to share your special day with Poptastic Bride’s readers!

What a fun ride, huh? Wait, our bride also has seasoned advice for those of you planning a destination wedding:

First things first, find out who the BEST wedding coordinator in your destination is and hire him / her at all costs! This will be the most crucial decision you can make and it will either make or break your wedding. Work with the best so you can have the license to actually enjoy your wedding instead of stressing about it most of the time. Second, research on the best off-peak months to hold your wedding to avoid expensive rates but make sure that it is a season with decent weather. Third, keep the wedding intimate so that it will be more enjoyable and personal — the truth is, not everyone will be able to attend anyway because of budget constraints or scheduling issues.

(Kai is one-half of the Rebellious Brides and is the blogging partner of Mica whose equally atypical grown-up kiddie party wedding was featured here earlier this week.)

If you’re hungry for more island wedding awesomeness, do check out the following wedding video by talented Filipino videographer Jason Magbanua:

Kai and Cy’s Wedding from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo.

Photographer: Mango Red
Videographer: Jason Magbanua
Wedding Coordinator: Amanda Tirol (Boracay Weddings)
Makeup: The Makeup of Mica
Bridal Gown: Hindy Weber Tantoco

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  1. Hi Cynthia,

    Thank you so much for the awesome feature 🙂

    Hope to meet you in person soon 🙂


  2. You’re very welcome Kai, it was my pleasure. I’m sure we’ll eventually bump into each other! Manila is so small! :0

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