At The Penin­sula Manila, “Hap­pily Ever Af­ter” is a 42-year-old prom­ise kept

Wedding Essentials - - WE EVENT -

The Penin­sula Manila’s an­nual wed­ding fairs have earned the ho­tel an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion in the wed­ding in­dus­try for of­fer­ing brides and grooms a plethora of choices, ideas and al­ter­na­tives for plan­ning their wed­ding.

This year was no dif­fer­ent. To mark its 42nd an­niver­sary since The Penin­sula Manila hosted its first wed­ding re­cep­tion, the ho­tel part­nered with in­dus­try leader Rita Neri Event Plan­ners for Wed­dings at The Penin­sula 2018.

The one-day af­fair was a blend of el­e­gance, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and lux­ury that pro­vided those at­tend­ing the chance to meet ex­clu­sive pro­fes­sion­als from the wed­ding in­dus­try in one lo­ca­tion and pe­ruse a range of wed­ding es­sen­tials, each one cho­sen for their sig­na­ture Penin­sula style and savoir faire – from table­top dec­o­ra­tions, wed­ding cakes and flow­ers, to bridal gowns, lim­ou­sines and he­li­copters, and hon­ey­moons.

The love af­fair be­gan at The Lobby, where a 500 pound and seven feet tall cake de­signed to re­sem­ble a wed­ding gown de­signed by Brunei’s pre­mier cake de­signer Fari­dah Yus­sof was on dis­play for ev­ery­one to ad­mire.

Next was the grand stair­cases gar­landed with masses of flo­ral sculp­tures de­signed by renowned flo­ral artists Teddy Manuel and Ze­nas Pineda. With hun­dreds upon hun­dreds of blooms, they were a sight to be­hold.

The Up­per Lobby was trans­formed into a lux­u­ri­ous, pop-up space of­fer­ing a glit­ter­ing show­case of jew­elry from Jewelmer, Bvl­gari, Char­riol and Den­ovo Di­a­monds; hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tions from nine Penin­sula ho­tels and Aman­pulo; works of art from Sal­cedo Auc­tions; a cap­sule col­lec­tion from Rosa Clara; life­style selec­tions from Pot­tery Barn/west Elm; shoes by Jimmy Choo and Jef­fer­son Si, among many oth­ers.

The Con­ser­va­tory fea­tured a care­fully se­lected gath­er­ing of the coun­try’s most ex­clu­sive wed­ding sup­pli­ers, whose vet­ted ser­vices and sea­soned ad­vice proved to be an in­valu­able re­source when plan­ning one of the most im­por­tant mo­ments in a young cou­ple’s life.

To close the event in style, The

Lobby show­cased a fash­ion pa­rade of stun­ning bridal wear by ac­claimed Filipino de­sign­ers Mak Tumang, Mark Bumgarner, Michael Leyva, Joey

Sam­son, and Jo­jie Lloren. The show com­bined the pas­sion of de­sign­ers, the in­ti­macy of a bou­tique and the beauty of bridal fash­ions against the back­drop of The Lobby’s iconic “Sun­burst” sculp­ture by Na­tional Artist Napoleon “Billy” Abueva.

The Penin­sula Manila Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee - Noel Silva, Patrick Behrens, Lo­leth So, Jose Luis Jimenez, Gen­eral Man­ager Mark Choon and Yuki Takimura

Bert Basilio, Rita Neri, Nonie Basilio, Tina Jac­into and Ru­pert Jac­into

Bong & Ce­cile Re­cio, Rita Neri, and Mike Huang. (Be­hind) Jac­que­line and Robin Tong

Ray­mond Rufino, Lynn Or­tanez, Anna Pal­byab Rufino and Ar­lene Gis­bert

Nerissa and Rita Neri

Jen­nifer Choon and The Penin­sula Manila Gen­eral Man­ager Mark Choon

Alica Her­rera and The Penin­sula Manila Dire­cotr of Pub­lic Rala­tions Mar­i­ano Gar­chi­torena

The Penin­sula Manila As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of F&B Yuki Takimura

Cath Huang

Mak Tumang

Michael Leyva

Joey Sam­son

Mark Bumgarner

Jo­jie Lloren

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