The ubiquity of hotels in cities practically guarantees that couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding venues for their wedding and reception. In a city as bustling as Metro Manila, sustaining a hotel business means operating in an increasingly competitive industry - at 42 floors high, Discovery Suites Manila literally and figuratively rises to the challenge. Offering an unmatched view of the Ortigas skyline, as well as unparalleled service, it’s apparent why Discovery Suites Manila’s events are consistently branded as “seamless, memorable and successful.”
A prominent figure in the world of event styling, Michael Ruiz mirrors Discovery Suites’ flair for hosting impressive celebrations – fittingly, he has created a reception setup that reflects both brands.
“The challenge is [when] you have enough materials [and] enough elements, you have to make it tasteful,” sums up Ruiz, regarding his design aesthetic.
Diverging from his usual penchant for using predominantly white and muted colors in his events, Ruiz experimented with shades of emerald and blush pink as his main color scheme for the Discovery Suites setup.
Starting with the focal point, he created a large, pale pink backdrop framed in gold detailing and embellished with pastel pink doilies and planters. Directly adjacent to it is the presidential table, which is covered in emerald fabric and divided into three sections that are arranged in a U-shaped layout.
Deciding to forego the conventional usage of towering ornaments, Ruiz streamlined his setup and focused on refining the details for an elegant effect. By using crystal candelabras in lieu of lavish bouquets, Ruiz shifted the focus on the rest of the table trimmings, including a quaint, gilded dishware resembling a layered rose. In addition to antique glass candleholders, goblets and pewter tea light holders, Ruiz also injected a splash of color via ceramic hot pink vases filled with flowers from Netherlands. Bouquets of fresh-cut Ecuadorian roses, peonies, hydrangeas, Eryngium fillers, wax flowers, tulips and Liliums rustically adorn the entire room, while a floral arch made up of Parvifolia, Dollar and Seeded Eucalyptus leaves with white Gypsophilas frame the entryway. Meanwhile, a carnation pink fabric curtains the archway, along with decorative glass boxes, white candelabras and gold chandeliers strewn on the floor.
The guest tables serve as continuity of the presidential tables’ design, but are garbed with cream tablecloth instead. The coordinating menus and table cards, courtesy of The Write Impression, also come in a cream and pale pink marble print that are individually cut in hexagon shapes with gold font and emerald envelopes.
The use of geometric shapes is echoed by the wedding cake, courtesy of The Naked Patisserie. The non-traditional cake by Chef Christian Jacob features 3 tiers that reflect the setup’s color scheme, as well as contain elements from the overall design. The bottom tier features a green and gold marbled pattern that gives the cake a look of texture, while the middle is made up of complex, geometric shapes that serves as the focal point. The topmost tier, garnished with a sprig of white sugar flowers, is covered in gold, which cohesively ties the whole look together. Chef Jacobs also recommends using either French vanilla with buttercream frosting or a lemon with cream cheese frosting as a flavor base on at least one tier for the cake-cutting portion of ceremony, because it generally looks less messy for the pictures.
Sharing the same customer-oriented view when it comes to food is Discovery Suites, which, in addition to producing a delectable 5-course seafood meal, also adheres to principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility by supporting sustainable farming and seafood. Prepared by Discover Suites’ Executive Chef Gerwin Bailon, the meal begins with 3 appetizers, namely chilled jumbo prawns with avocado gazpacho dressing, followed by an exquisite creamy mushroom cappuccino soup, served with grilled brioche, truffle oil and chives.
The third dish are broiled oysters Thermidor with garlic parmesan butter, fresh lemons and fleur de sel. For the main dish, a sustainable, line-caught salmon is served as salmon roulade with cauliflower puree. The sumptuous meal concludes with Chocolate Goddess, a double chocolate mousse and chocolate-layered almond cake with melted dark chocolate and candied pistachios.
Event Styling MICHAEL RUIZ Cake NAKED PATISSERIE Stationery THE WRITE IMPRESSION Chairs and Props SHOP RENT GALA Food and Venue DISCOVERY SUITES MANILASpecial thanks to ANGELA PADILLA AND MELVIN BERMUDEZ OF DISCOVERY SUITES MANILA