With hearts full and brimming with passion for beautiful weddings even after all these years, WE celebrated their 14th year with unabashedly romantic inspirations for the modern Filipino bride and groom with Tadhana 2018 at the Manila Hotel Tent City. Walking around surrounded by creations from the country’s best and brightest in the wedding industry was like strolling through the pages of Wedding Essentials Magazine come to life. The event was truly an embodiment of everything that WE strive for a showcase of Filipino talent, setting the trend in the Philippine wedding industry while always remaining timeless and classic.
Upon entering Tent City, guests were immediately treated to a labyrinth of beauty courtesy of the grand tablescapes by some of the most in-demand event stylists in the country.
Teddy Manuel created romance in a most opulent manner, using dark damask patterns as his primary design motif, and polishing off the look with classic wine red blooms.
Randy Lazaro brought a sense of playfulness to his summerperfect design, opting for lush green foliage to dominate his luxe tropical creation.
Michael Ruiz’s tablescape exuded a subdued but dramatic look, with cool blues as the focal point of his design.
Amante Fleurs’ design called to mind fairies and pure innocence, with her use of white roses and orchids, and her gigantic ring of blooms like one would see in a magical playscape.
Creasperson and Co. paid homage to pastel hues with subtle accents such as the beautifully mismatched porcelain vases that added unexpected texture.
Dave Sandoval achieved an immaculate wonderland fit for dreams of angels with his tablescape, with baby’s breath as bloom of choice.
Badang Rueda’s tablescape boasted of a clean and classic look,
using purely white blooms cascading on top of the table and spilling just so. The whites are streamlined by the black accents for a sleek look.
In between the grandiose tablescapes were cake creations that made the event much much sweeter.
Eye-catching and luminous, Bethany Dream Cakes’ tall chandelier cake truly lit up in the eyes of the guests. Literally so!
Mannix Peña defied expectations with his towering cake that played on texture, a swirl of white on white with gold accents that is at once simple and artful.
Cuppy Puppy, true to its playful name, created a mischievous tropical-inspired cake, with a surprising green base and colorful blooms that seemed to have sprouted at random.
Cake Concepts created a sweet and minimalist cake that’s as dainty as its size, perfect for intimate weddings.
Naked Patisserie channeled The Great Gatsby and jazz with its minimalist Art Deco-inspired creation.
Joy San Gabriel celebrated mythology with her cake, telling a story of two people whose lives are intertwined in her three-tier fondant creation.
Judy Uson fashioned an elegant four-tiered cake that featured her famous lace technique and sweet floral accents.
To top off the dreamy wonderland, WE invited four of the Philippines’ most buzz-worthy wedding garb designers to showcase their signature styles on the runway. Jazel Sy’s six-piece bridal gown collection boasted of gowns worthy of fairy tale happy endings, made even more luxurious by Swarovski crystals hand-sewn onto her creations. Paul Tenorio celebrated six classic silhouettes with his romantic yet modern collection, featuring painstakingly handcrafted appliques and embellishments that add a touch of drama to his creations. Rau Uson-ablaza featured designs for both the bride and the groom. For his bridal collection, he created dream-like visions of tulle, pierced with crystals and pearls with his light-as-air gowns. He paired off the gowns with dapper suits that showcased clean lines and lean silhouettes for a more balanced look. Finishing off the extravaganza was Patricia Santos’s exquisite collection which flaunt the young designer’s unique talent for making wedding
gowns that are elegant yet unique and cutting-edge. Highlights in her collection were the red beaded ball gown and an unforgettable royal blue number.
Underscoring all the beauty and romance in the air was music from The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. And a feast is not a feast without a delectable spread and overflowing, courtesy of The Manila Hotel, Cointreau, and Remy Martin.
Truly it was a night of all things inspiring, of destiny manifest, a fantastic sign of what’s in store for Wedding Essentials for years to come.
This event would not have been possible without the following partners: The Manila Hotel, Christine Ong-te Events, Sensitivity Lights and Sounds, 4th Wall Productions, C4 LED wall, Teddy Manuel Flowers and Events, Edwin Tan, The Balcony Corp., Svelt’i, Whirlpool, Remy Martin, Cointreau, Z Bar, and the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. With media partners, The Manila Bulletin and Manila Bulletin Online.