40 years of beautiful weddings | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

PENINSULA Manila general manager Mark Choon, Philippine Tatler publisher Irene Martel Francisco, Philippine Tatler Weddings editor Shauna Jay Popple, Inquirer’s Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Bulgari country manager Mario Katigbak PHOTOS BY ELOISA LOPEZ

The finest in Philippine wedding suppliers came together recently at the Peninsula Manila’s Rigodon Ballroom for “Weddings at The Peninsula 2016: Happily Ever After, a 40-year-old Tradition.”


A copresentation of Bulgari, Philippine Tatler Weddings and Inquirer Lifestyle LOOK Book, the affair was meant to celebrate the legendary hotel—which is marking its 40th year in the Philippines—as the definitive venue for many a memorable Filipino wedding.


“We probably have the most beautiful wedding fair in the Philippines, so if you are planning a wedding, this is the perfect time and place to discover inspirational subjects, creative designs and presentations,” said Mark Choon, the general manager of Peninsula Manila.


The supplier list is lean by typical wedding-fair standards, but for such affairs as a Peninsula wedding, quality easily trumps quantity.


The ballroom was a veritable showcase of the typical elegance of a Peninsula wedding. It was decorated by Moss Manila and Peninsula creative director Anna Fay Rosal, with musical performances by String Minstrels and Sound Assembly. By the entrance was the bridal collection of Italian luxury jeweler Bulgari. There were also tables laid out with the finest silver and flatware from Puiforcat.


The daylong event was highlighted by Inquirer Lifestyle and Hinge Publications’ exhibit of bridal wear from the country’s top designers—Lesley Mobo, Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson, Rhett Eala, Maureen Disini, Jun Escario, Mike de la Rosa, Pablo Cabahug and Michael Leyva.


Inquirer Lifestyle LOOK Book and Philippine Tatler Weddings both launched their respective wedding guides during the event—the former a mini book, the latter a glossy insert.


Also at the foyer was a showcase of the best from Rustan’s’ bridal registry.


On one side of the ballroom, award-winning cake artist and pastry chef Penk Ching of Pastry Bin incorporated fine crystal stemware from Saint-Louis in multitiered wedding cakes. She also had a fondant confection handpainted like porcelain. Cake Concepts Unlimited also offered romantic options, with dainty floral fondant icings.


Three society women—Tatler’s Irene Martel Francisco, chef Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi and Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez—each decorated a table for varied entertainment settings.


Other suppliers were Forsc Ink Inc., Jason Magbanua Wedding Videography, Pat Dy Photography, Rustan’s Beauty, Rustan’s Weddings and Beyond, Flowers by The Peninsula Flower Shop, and The Write Impression Paperie & Press.

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