I was very lucky to get invited to the Wedding Expo at the Traders Hotel, Manila entitled “Ever After A Wedding Affair”. It's a fashion show featuring some of the country's top wedding designers held yesterday at the Traders Hotel, Manila. It's a one stop expo and they've provided all the necessary booths that will make your wedding day complete -- from the gowns, barong, cakes, invitations, flowers and florists, video, photography, hair and makeup, wedding planners, strings/entertainment, suppliers, limo service, venue, reception and giveaways.
The highlight of this one day event is the fashion show that was held at the newly-renovated Embassy Hall. Gowns and formal suites were showcased from designers Nino Angeles, Lya Armovit, Bergamo, JC Buendia, Pablo Cabahug, Hilque Dairo, Frankie de Leon, Frederick Peralta, Michelle Sison and Mark Tamayo. The Bridal Fashion Show was held with live romantic renditions from the Philippine Madrigal Singers.
My invitation to this event was made possible by Nuffnang Philippines and I'm very thankful that I was able to attend such a fashionable event. Prior to the main event, I was able to listen to Isabel Roces discuss the things that every bride should do in preparation for the big day. Shu Uemura, a renowned make-up artist, also provided a demo in applying make-up so that the bride could be at her most beauty during the big day. I must agree to these two speakers that make-up can make (or break) a bride on photos that will be taken on her most special day.
The thing I like about the event is that the designers presented the gowns in classic and modern design. I love the design of Michelle Sison who used black on both the groom and bride's attire. I would love to know the material used on those see-through design! I also love the design of the different tuxedos and formal male of the male models. You could see the sharpness and the masculinity of the guys in those perfect suits. I find black as the most adorable color for grooms with white being my least favorite.
The only thing that I noticed is that the designers presented more tuxedos than barongs which probably means that they are targeting more Western or European clients. I also didn't see any Filipiñana or terno for the brides or any color except for black, gray and white. I also didn't see any design that's for outdoor wedding like the beach. I also noticed that they didn't gave emphasis on the veil. Only one bride carried a veil around 20 models, which is ironic, because the previous 2 speakers mentioned that "without the veil, a wedding gown would look like a white dress".
I also appreciated the fact that they've added a bouquet to the over-all design of the bride. Each and every bride has a different bouquet of flowers that they brought along while walking the catwalk. I hope to get the names of those flowers soon.
Gordon Aeria, General Manager of Traders Hotel, Manila, was there during the re-opening of the Embassy Ballroom accompanied by Riza Santos, Miss Universe Canada 2013. This event was made possible by several sponsors including Photographer Benny Bondoc, Company of Brides, Speed 7 Lights and Sound, Wilson Q. Tan Photography, Written in Ink, Printsonalities, Sweet Ideas, Windsor & Tiffany, Cake Concepts Unlimited, The Write Impression, Nuffnang Philippines, among others.
I’ll post the pictures of the Bridal Fashion Show tomorrow. Stay tuned.
Fleur de Facade
Sweet Ideas Cakes
Nino Angeles Fashion Designer
Windsor & Tiffany Event Rentals
Cake Concepts Unlimited
Benny Bondoc Photographs
Sweet Ideas Cakes
Nino Angeles, Fashion Designer
The models during the rehearsal for the Bridal Fashion Show
Isabel Roces, print and ramp model. She’s also a beauty columnist at the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She discussed the topic “Beauty and Beyond Before I Do”.
Make-Up Artist Shu Uemura discussed “Radiance and Rituals”.
Gordon Aeria, General Manager of Traders Hotel, Manila.
Riza Santos, Ms. Universe Canada 2013
The staff of Traders Hotel, Manila
The 2nd Floor Lobby of Traders Hotel, Manila.
Ms. Shu Uemura and her model.
The model, after the make-up session.