By Tina Hidalgo-Jacinto
Heralded as one of the treasures of Marriott Hotel Manila, a dream wedding extravaganza with an abundance of offerings was the very successful “Marry Me at Marriott.” Now on its seventh year, this yearly event continues to be an unparalleled bridal show of the highest form with its consistently seamless production in magnitude and grandeur. Held recently at the Marriott Grand Ballroom, there was romance on the runway, love themes which offered “fresh ideas on how guests can celebrate their milestone events with us,” as Marriott Cluster GM Bruce Winton and Marriott Hotel Manila cluster director of communications, Michelle Garcia, each made their welcome speech.
Michelle is known for pushing limits with their yearly event working with an all-star team, and putting together the best talents possible, so much so that it seems effortless. The glitzy affair was the coming together of the world of couture and innovation on new bridal classics with an aesthetic message that made a strong statement.
Marriott Hotel Manila’s executive chef Meik Brammer’s impeccable stamp on each painstakingly crafted cuisine was comprised of Indian, Western, and Chinese delicacies that teased everyone’s palate.
The ballroom decor, awesome with its multitude of chandeliers and more, spelled magnificence and was through the team effort of GMT Philippines event stylists composed of Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz, and Teddy Manuel.
The fabulous ”The Bride” wedding cake, which took two weeks to make, was baked with 200 kilograms of sugar. It stood 68 inches tall, 75 inches in diameter, and was adorned with 4,500 crystals, 1,200 florettes, 150 edible roses, 40 peonies, and 40 kilograms of sponge cake. “The Swing” was inspired by an 18th century oil painting by Jean Honore Frogonard. “The Marry Girl” cake was decorated with a pastillage of peonies and fairy lights.
The program began with the Bernie Pasamba orchestra followed by special awards from Charriol, Luminisce, overnight suite accommodations at Marriott Manila, Sheraton Manila Hotel, and Marriott Iloilo‘s Courtyard. Ballet Philippines’ ballerinas leaped and twirled its way usher ing the attendees into the grand foyer where the fashion show was held. The featured designers were: Leo Almodal, Albert Andrada, Jun Escario, Michael Leyva, Veluz, and Corr Sunglao-Kho of Little Miss Lacey, whose creations have given rise to a cult-like following. The extraordinary fashion show provoked an intense emotional response with the elements of surprise that made it magical. Leo Almodal’s inspirations were couture, royalty, and fairytales. Albert Andrada’s “Illuminati“ was aptly titled, as the gowns were illuminated in a blue streak of light. Michael Leyva created a compelling modernism with his celestial brides and grooms. Jun Escario mixed the 1920s, 1950s, and 1960s with modern silhouette, Veluz opted for romantic silhouettes, and last but not least, Corr Sunglao-Kho on her playful frocks. Showstoppers were the celebrity muses: Nadine Lustre, Lovi Poe, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Marina Benipayo, Arci Munoz, and Sanya Lopez.