Having been married for over two decades, I only vaguely remember the details of our wedding ceremony and reception. That said, I can still describe every inch of my wedding gown, created by fashion master designer Inno Sotto.

I was pretty much a rebel bride back then. I defied tradition and requested Inno to include black lace embellishments onto his Medieval-inspired, voluminous gown with a rich, intricately brocade, gold veil. Veering away from the traditional Filipiniana-themed wedding, every detail had touches of a Game of Thrones costume.

Twenty years later, my wedding anniversary gown was still non-traditional and even more dramatic. That one was a rich, blood-red gown by fashion designer and TropAfrica travel buddy Rajo Laurel. Today, with just two years to go before our silver anniversary, I’m already brainstorming with Rajo on possible styles.

So the recent launch of the Bridal Lookbook of Inquirer Lifestyle had me all excited about gown designs, as the event showcased over 30 wedding gowns by Philippine fashion’s masters and millennials. The Bridal Lookbook gives today’s brides all the various options and inspirations for them to have that ultimately dreamy wedding gown.

For the launch, I went into bride mode, wearing a Maureen Disini wedding gown. Maureen’s Lookbook entry is an off-white, crepe blazer with matching elephant pants.

Held at the Theatre Lounge of Solaire Resort and Casino, the venue was transformed into an instant fashion runaway showcasing several designer wedding gowns. Apart from the Bvlgari showcase, two beautiful table settings were on display done by the Solaire team and Cyndi Fernandez of Moss Manila.

The well-attended soiree jointly launched the second volume of Philippine Tatler Weddings. “A Wedding Affair,” as it was aptly called, was graced by young brides and soon-to-wed ladies.

Philippine Tatler Weddings, whose maiden issue launched mid last year, is a specialty publication of the Philippine Tatler group. It features the lovely Fatima Rabago on the cover in a Vera Wang number, which was shot on location at Solaire’s lush rooftop garden. The gorgeous Mikaela Lagdameo Martinez was also part of the cover bridal fashion editorial, as she was joined by the lovely “bridesmaids” Ava Diaz Daza and Laura Lehmann.

A handy, tote-sized compendium of ideas and tips as well as informative and inspirational features, Philippine Tatler Weddings is an essential guide for the modern-day couple as they plan the luxe wedding of their dreams. This amazing edition enjoyed the valued support of the country’s top luxury brands, which cater to and help the affluent bride realize all her bridal needs and dreams.

Expect vibrant and extensive features on beautiful weddings and enlightening interviews with five, recently wed brides, Rima Ostwani Najjar, Dina Arroyo Tantoco, Cristalle Belo Pitt, Isabelle Diaz Daza and Cris Villonco Valderrama. You’ll also enjoy comprehensive articles on the best wedding venues as well as honeymoon destination suggestions, and even decorating your first home!

Seasoned wedding host RJ Ledesma emceed the program for the evening and introduced Philippine Tatler Managing Director, Irene Martel Francisco. She was joined by weddings editor Shauna Jay Popple Williams and fashion editor Monique Madsen as the unveiled the second edition.

Speaking of wedding anniversaries, lovely couple Hans and Gi Sicat will be celebrating their 30th this October . Hans and I were together at the Philippine Stock Exchange for the listing ceremony of Wilcon Depot last March 31.

Wilcon is the newest listed company at the PSE. I personally trust Wilcon for my home and building needs. I’ve also been blessed to represent the brand for a number of years.

The listing was my first time to be in the PSE and I was thrilled to listen to Titoy Pardo, chairman of the PSE, and William Belo, chairman of Wilcon, talk about the bright future for the building supplies company. I was also surprised that the listing ceremony included entertainment, thanks to vocal master Jed Madela.

2017 is truly a promising year for four-decade-old Wilcon. Life begins at 40 for them. Their status in the industry has been “cemented” and they are now paying their way up. After the bell ringing and the debut, I bought a few shares of Wilcon, my first time to ever buy a share in the PSE.

This summer, I plan to enjoy as many weekends in the beach as I can. As I close this column in one of the beautiful islands in Coron, I wish you all many happy adventures and lazy days in the sun with nothing to worry about! Happy summer!

 

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