By TERENCE REPELENTE
Images by NOEL PABALATE
Now on its sixth year, “Marry Me at Marriott” remains the most coveted bridal show in the country. Once again, the annual assemblage of the prime movers, influencers, personalities in the wedding industry has showed everyone how a wedding is done, from the simple details to all the must-haves.
Staged at the Marriot Grand Ballroom, which was transformed inside and out as a majestic wedding boulevard, “Marry Me at Marriott” left everyone in awe of all the details they’d never done before. The 12-feet-high, technologically-advanced ballroom was dressed up by none other than today’s top event stylists, the GMT— Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz, and Teddy Manuel.
This year has definitely exceeded last year. And this has been Marriott’s annual challenge, according to cluster manager Bruce Winton. “To be honest, it’s becoming difficult to keep stepping it up each year,” he said. “Every year we have to come up with something new, something different.”
For this year, Marriott partnered with Emperador, which headlined the four-course wine dinner. “We decided to do a wine pairing dinner, just to showcase the different kinds of events we can do,” Winton said. “Rather than just a reception followed by a fashion show, we wanted people to experience what it would be like if they were attending or booking a wedding with us.” Designed by executive chef Meik Brammer, the night’s menu highlighted culinary advocacies like sustainable seafood, organic produce, and support to local cuisine.
The dinner started with the Sustainable Shrimp with chili spiked tomatinos, puree of ricotta and chives, and frisee salad, paired with dry and well-balanced Gallo Chardonnay, followed by Velvet Cauliflower Soup poured over a crispy mushroom Rangoon that was paired with medium-bodied Canyon Road Chardonnay.
Rather than just a reception followed by a fashion show, we want people to experience what it would be like if they were attending or booking a wedding with us.
The main course was a Grilled US Certified Beef Tenderloin Steak over a truffle potato puree and drizzled with parcini cabernet pan sauce, and paired with a glass of fruity-flavored Gallot Merlot. And the gustatory experience ended with a Mango and Guava dessert dream paired with an equally delightful Barefoot Moscato.
“Of course, just like every year, we have some phenomenal wedding fashion owning the runway,” Winton said. Just after the dinner, all eyes darted to the shimmering runway, which elegantly resembled a church’s isle. The bridal show lineup was a mix of world-renowned fashion designers of different generations and different aesthetics—Rosenthal Tee, Mak Tumang, and Amir Sali.
“Marry Me at Marriott” is a glimpse of what the hotel has to offer, a flex of its commitment on making every wedding grand, in every way. Now, everyone’s dream wedding is just one question away—will you marry me at Marriott?