Wedding Essentials Bridal Bash

Matrimony maven
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Matrimony authority Wedding Essentials magazine successfully mounted its very first bridal bash exhibit at the Eastwood Mall last mid-June, in time for wedding month. The week-long event featured myriad aspects needed prior to walking down the aisle.

Newly-weds Joe and Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio shared their thoughts on the spiritual journey as couples plan their wedding, at the onset of the exhibition.

Fashion designers Pepsi Herrera and Edwin Tan presented their creations on motionless figures. The former draped a mannequin with a sleeveless empire-cut ensemble with a Grecian shoulder sash and flowing train while the latter donned a mannequin in a pleated bustier with a multi-tiered tulle skirt. Tan also gave a talk about suiting up grooms.

The beautifully-decked venue featured creative bouquets from all-organic compositions (Royal Flowershoppe), gem-encrusted pieces (7 Lily), floral creations (Joyce Aguilar, Cholo Ayuyao and Beth Amat), shell & coral concoctions (Justine Bumanlag) to recycled rice husks (Teddy Manuel) together with fondant cakes (Karla Magbanua, Joy Gabriel, Judy Uson, Pastry Bin, Short Crust, Carla Lo and Tea Cakes) as well as fabulous headpieces (Vanessa Ang) and interesting millinery (Khakai Villanueva).

Other activities included a vow-writing workshop, photo exhibits, food tastings, skincare sessions, string performances, and a talk on wedding preparations to the most intricate details as initiated by the Phil. Association of Wedding Planners (PAWP).

A month after, Wedding Essentials launched its July-Dec 2010 issue at the jam-packed Garden Ballroom of the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. In her keynote address, editor-in-chief Marbee Shing-Go remarked that readers will notice how hobbits have made their way into the magazine.
¨It might sound a little surprising, but the wisdom of hobbits is something that we here at Wedding Essentials have taken strength from. Maybe it’s because we feel very much like hobbits when we’re closing an issue of the magazine. During these times, we stay inside a hole for most of the day and eat about as many times as hobbits do, sometimes even more,¨ Marbee confessed.
¨But, also like hobbits, the story of Wedding Essentials has led to us to a path of great adventure and one that is certainly beyond what we expected when we brought out our very first issue six years ago,¨ she added.
In this issue, the magazine has taken readers to all sorts of places - from Baguio to Bella Roca, Boracay to Bangkok. Guests were also apprised, at the launch, on the Signature Wedding packages of co-host Edsa Shangri-La Hotel; giving each would-be couple the real sense of occasion with their spruced-up service structures.
¨The ways with which people celebrate their own weddings are limitless and, I know this sounds corny, but so is love. It is this very love that Wedding Essentials have tried to capture a fraction of with each issue we bring to our readers, who we now think of as very dear friends. I believe we can honestly say that Wedding Essentials has become its own celebration, a gathering of people and stories and journeys that matter to all of us.

¨There are things that can never be said enough, and one of them is being tremendously grateful to have met all our readers over the course of our years in the magazine. This has truly been a most wonderful and fascinating time for us, but our travels are far from over.¨

The magazine has also filled pages with different eras – from the days of Old Philippines to the far future of the Star Wars Universe – all through the course of well-spinned stories and the imagination of its writers and creative team.

¨Because we love weddings as newlyweds years ago and love it even more now, we get a high discovering new concepts to make a wedding even more unique and get even higher implementing it for the magazine that we, me and Chynthia Bauzon-Arre, both also love. We decided to take this love affair with weddings further by blogging about it. Thus, was born,¨ shared the amiable magazine editor-cum-blogger at the close of the well-attended affair.

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