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August 18, 2019


I know, I know, it’s been a long time since my last post but if there’s anything that can get me out of my hiatus, it’s Marry Me At Marriott. If you’ve been following my column over the years then you know that Marry Me At Marriott is an annual event that I always look forward to attending. They are now on their 7th year but there is no 7-year itch here. On its 7th year, Marry Me At Marriott continues to be one of, if not the most, coveted bridal show in the country.

Over the years, my focus was always on the fashion given that the featured designers are always the créme de la créme and/or rising stars of the industry. Last year, however, my focus shifted to the other aspects of the event, specifically the way they dress up the venue and the amazing cake designs of Chef David Socrates and his team.

This year, I was captivated again by the creations of Chef David, particularly the life-sized wedding gown cake.

If Chef David wasn’t a cake designer, he would be a fashion designer and creating this life-sized wedding gown cake kind of fulfilled his fashion designer dreams. When I posted this on my Instagram, I had people asking how much of it was cake and, to my surprise, I found out that half of it is edible – the entire skirt is cake! In weight, this stunning creation was made of 40 kilos of sponge cake, 10 kilos of ganache filling, and 80 kilos of fondant. Too bad I didn’t get to taste it but I’ve tasted Chef David’s past creations so I know that whatever kind of sponge cake was underneath that fondant skirt was definitely yummy.

I was also delighted by the different sections showcased in the grand ballroom, styled by the most sought after event stylists in the biz: Gideon Hermosa, Michael Ruiz and Teddy Manuel. The venue was divided into three sections: Indian, Chinese and Western. The Indian section was my favorite—it was so beautiful to walk into the venue and just be welcomed by all the vibrant colors and the cascading hanging flowers.

The three sections did not just show the versatility of the space but also highlighted the culinary prowess of the Marriott Hotel Manila. Seeing their giant pan never fails to put a smile on my face and seeing yang chow fried rice in the pan this year put an even bigger smile on my face.

The fashion show, of course, is always the most awaited part of the evening. This year they decided to turn the hallway outside the grand ballroom into the catwalk and even made use of the escalator for an extra dramatic entrance.

Personally, though, I still prefer having the runway inside the grand ballroom because you get a better view of each collection (and better pictures!) and you see the catwalk in full, which (I think) give people a better appreciation of the vision of each designer.

The featured designers this year were Leo Almodal, Albert Andrada, Jun Escario, Michael Leyva and Veluz.

Cheers to the Marriott Hotel Manila team for 7 years of Marry Me At Marriott! Till next year!



Photos by Goldee Luxe and Marriott Hotel Manila

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