The Set­ting of Your Story

Wedding Essentials - - SPECIAL DREAM THEMES - Text by TRICIA V. MORENTE Pho­tog­ra­phy by ZEUS MARTINEZ Event styling by RAY AND BING MONTES OF SCENTA CRE­ATIONS (CEN­TEN­NIAL PAVIL­ION) and GINA GALANG of ROYAL FLOWER SHOPPE (FI­ESTA PAVIL­ION) Shot on lo­ca­tion at MANILA HO­TEL Spe­cial thanks to NIAN RIGOR

Ev­ery day, we live in a world where our senses are in­ces­santly as­sailed with all things mod­ern—sleek and shiny sky­scrapers; smart gad­gets that an­tic­i­pate our needs and whims; and, in the case of wed­dings, min­i­mal­ist con­tem­po­rary de­void of tra­di­tion and cul­ture. While there is def­i­nitely value to al­ways be­ing in the present, one should not be de­nied the plea­sures of im­mers­ing in the glo­ri­ous past ei­ther.

A stone’s throw away from the man­i­cured lawns of Rizal Park and the walled city of In­tra­muros, the Manila Ho­tel proudly stands at the heart of our cap­i­tal, with the breath­tak­ing sun­sets of Manila Bay serv­ing as its back­drop. More than just a na­tional land­mark, the stately ho­tel is also wit­ness to the count­less love sto­ries of newly trothed cou­ples.

Fi­esta Pavil­ion

If the idea of a vin­tage Filip­ini­ana wed­ding tick­les your fancy,no venue quite cap­tures the ro­mance of the past as much as Manila Ho­tel’s Fi­esta Pavil­ion. With its walls donned in muted tones of beige and cream with choco­late brown ac­cents, and or­nate chan­de­liers bathing the space in a warm, golden glow, the Fi­esta Pavil­ion sets the stage for a wed­ding look­ing to pay homage to Filipino cul­ture and tra­di­tion.

While the venue can def­i­nitely stand on its own, Wed­ding Es­sen­tials col­lab­o­rated with event stylist Gina D. Galang, whose prow­ess for flo­ral ar­range­ments never fails to in­spire us. For this par­tic­u­lar setup, Gina makes use of earthy el­e­ments to bring her Filip­ini­ana setup to life.

Capiz shells, sina­may, strings of South Sea Pearls, and elab­o­rate Span­ish fans evoke Maria Clara, with a cream, beige and green color palette uni­fy­ing these de­sign el­e­ments. The stylist does away with elab­o­rate cen­ter­pieces, so as not to take the at­ten­tion away from the el­e­gance of the venue, and in­stead sets art­ful clus­ters of roses and mag­no­lias afloat in tall, trans­par­ent glass cas­ings. The cou­ple’s ta­ble is set against a charm­ing back­drop of del­i­cate lace cur­tains and re­fur­bished frames held to­gether by strands of seashells found within our shores, mar­ry­ing mod­ern de­sign aes­thet­ics with old world el­e­gance.

CEN­TEN­NIAL Pavil­ion

Decades of tra­di­tion have made the Manila Ho­tel what it is to­day, and while the five-star prop­erty lends it­self per­fectly to Filip­ini­ana-themed wed­dings, it has also proven it­self to be quite the ver­sa­tile venue. Its Cen­ten­nial Hall af­fords soonto-weds the free­dom and, more im­por­tantly, the vast space to re­al­ize the wed­ding of their dreams.

For cou­ples with a pen­chant for old world el­e­gance and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, stag­ing a Vic­to­rian-themed wed­ding set in the Manila Ho­tel’s Cen­ten­nial Hall is ideal. WE col­lab­o­rated with Ray and Bing Montes of Scenta Cre­ations to bring this Dream Theme to life. Ray and Bing’s setup is a trea­sure trove of dainty, ro­man­tic ges­tures—from fine flo­ral china, del­i­cate lace and sweet-smelling blooms, to crys­tal can­de­labras and chan­de­liers, and shim­mery ac­cou­trements. Ty­ing the el­e­ments to­gether is a color palette in­spired by the ri­otous hues of a Manila Bay sun­set—soft yel­lows, reds, and pinks.

Be­cause the fo­cal point of any wed­ding re­cep­tion is the cou­ple’s ta­ble, Ray and Bing play up its old-world aes­thetic. The all-white back­drop fea­tures tex­ture in the form of clas­sic Da­mask-pat­terned wall­pa­per, with hang­ing flo­ral clus­ters adding pops of color. The fo­cal point is an el­e­gant, gold-hued Vic­to­rian love seat from which the cou­ple

oh, suite bliss

When the last guest has left the venue, and the fi­nal traces of the day’s joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion have melted into the night, new­ly­weds now have the lux­ury to en­joy each other’s com­pany. Be­cause it’s not ev­ery­day that you tie the knot with the love of your life, a lux­u­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion is in or­der. The Manila Ho­tel’s Sun­set and Sun­rise Suites are out­fit­ted to en­sure a night of wed­ded bliss, sur­rounded with lux­u­ri­ous fur­nish­ings and ad­vanced in-room tech­nol­ogy. Cou­ples can slum­ber de­li­ciously in each other’s arms in the Sun­set Suite that over­looks the gor­geous wa­ters of Manila Bay, or in the Sun­rise Suite that of­fers a pic­turesque view of the his­tor­i­cal Walled City of In­tra­muros. The suites, lo­cated at the Tower

Build­ing, fea­ture exquisitely dec­o­rated Filip­ini­ana-themed in­te­ri­ors with its art­fully cu­rated use of capiz shells, wood fur­ni­ture, and paint­ings by Filipino artists.

Want to up the ro­mance level by a notch or ten? Try the two-storey Hon­ey­moon Suite. The per­fect set­ting to fur­ther ig­nite the flames of love, the lux­u­ri­ous Hon­ey­moon Suite fea­tures a gilded spi­ral stair­case that leads into a cozy and in­ti­mate par­lor on the sec­ond floor, where you can sa­vor your first mo­ments as man and wife free from the dis­trac­tions of city life.

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