Photos by Star Sabroso
Still-contemplating and set-to-wed couples were treated to a fabulous display of stylish wedding themes at the recent “Vows of Elegance, A Grand Wedding Fair” presented by Rita Neri Events Planners and Makati Shangri-La, Manila.
The majestic Rizal Ballroom was a perfect venue for showcasing luxurious and elegant wedding celebrations during the fair, as the hotel itself with its remarkable ballrooms has become a popular choice by couples for memorable weddings.
Makati Shangri-La’s Signature Weddings offer a variety of options for themes such as Classic Romanticism, Pristine Elegance, Oriental Dream and Romantic Hues, each one having distinctive details to fit the couple’s preferred motif. Weddings are very memorable occasions, and a stunning and elegant setting sets the tone for that moment when the couple looks into each other’s eyes and exchanges those two very important words.
Weddings are also occasions best shared with loved ones and friends, and Makati Shangri-La, Manila’s dedicated events managers are professional wedding specialists who can make the wedding day become unforgettable in the eyes of guests. The bride’s very needs are looked after – from her choice of linen and dinner service to the name cards and exquisite flowers on each table, they promise to make her chosen venue come alive.
The culinary brilliance of the hotel’s chefs will make every bite at the wedding feast taste a little bit of heaven. The hotel’s team of renowned chefs will design a menu especially for them, from a formal sit-down dinner to a spectacular wedding cake for a perfect celebration of their everlasting love.
Makati Shangri-La, Manila partnered with Rita Neri, the country’s most sought-after wedding organizer and regarded as the “fairy godmother” of Philippine weddings, to create “the bridal fair of the year” and help make every couple’s dream wedding come true.
“To complement the hotel’s impeccable service excellence, we partnered only with the country’s best wedding planner, stylists and service providers,” said Alain Borgers, general manager of Makati Shangri-La, Manila and area manager of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in the Philippines.
Vows of Elegance brought together renowned event stylist in Asia Robert Blancaflor (who decorated the hotel driveway, Lobby Lounge, grand staircase and the ballroom); young florist Pat Pastelero (who styled the ballroom foyer); master cake maker and decorator Penk Ching (who displayed her works of art as a grand centerpiece for the hotel’s lobby with a Grand Cake Exhibit of the most memorable wedding cakes she has created); theater artist and acclaimed events director Raymond Lauchengco; and Philip Santos.
Lauchengco took the lead in the theatrical fashion show about the tale of a young couple’s milestones in life – from the marriage proposal to the planning of a dream wedding.
The most awaited part of the two-day event was the Vows of Elegance Fashion Show, a unique presentation featuring 10 elegant, previous brides of Makati Shangri-La, Manila who were joined by professional ramp models in the extraordinary multimedia show of young Filipino fashion designers Maureen Disini, Michael Leyva, Vania Romoff and Kristel Yulo. It was also the first time the designers revealed their 2016 collection of bridal gowns exclusively designed for Vows of Elegance.
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