Last October 28 and 29, 2017, Wedding Essentials Magazine, in partnership with The Manila Hotel, proudly presented Tadhana 2017: A Luxe Bridal Exhibition. The top wedding suppliers beautified the event – from table settings, flower arrangements, mobile bars – the event proved to be a one-stop shop for couples about to get hitched. 2171 Floral Creation (Joyce Aguilar), Badang Rueda, Creaseperson & Co. Natural Arts, Flowers & Decors, Royal Flower Shoppe, Michael Ruiz, Scenta Creations, Gideon Hermosa, Spruce Floral Design, Teddy Manuel, and The Manila Hotel lined up gorgeous tablescapes outside the main hall of the event.
Jamie Fournier of RJTV walked the audience through the event.
What differentiated this year’s Tadhana from its former counterparts was that real couples were involved. In our latest issue featuring Kylie Verzosa on the cover, we shared the beautiful stories of 35 real weddings that our readers can gain inspiration from. Some of those couples walked the runway during the event.
Tricia Gosingtian and RG Gabunada
Rochelle Pangilinan and Arthur Solinap
The most anticipated moment (and main highlight) of the event, however, was the fashion show that showcased fresh talents and a featured master series designer.
Catherine Cavilte brought back the roaring 20’s with pieces that took the audience to jazz lounges, flapper dresses, and art deco.
This fringed silver frock shared Cavilte’s unique vision and amazing workmanship. The 20’s were all about glamour.
This piece gave an unexpected twist to the typical white wedding gown.
Kat Corpuz stirred up the romance with her stunning floral pieces.
Bianca Guidotti walked the runway in a gorgeous, all-frills piece.
Peek-a-boo. The thigh-high slit provided a sexy contrast to the gown’s frilly elements.
Nat Manilag wrote his own love story on the runway, featuring real-life showbiz couple Precious Lara Quigaman and Marco Alcaraz.
Sparks flew as the couple made their lovely appearance.
Khai Villanueva’s dreamy collection was tailored for the contemporary bride’s modern fairytale. This textured, embellished number is maximalism done right.
Yeye Panteleon’s breakthrough collection consisted of larger-than-life pieces that left the entire Tent City stunned.
The designer gained a unanimous applause when he wowed the audience with this elaborate ballgown.
Rafael Louis GonzalesIf there’s any word to describe Rafael Louis Gonzales’ collection, it will be “precious”. The collection was all about sweet silhouettes and pretty pastels.
Gonzales broke the tradition of an originally all-white affair by infusing pastel ballgowns in his collection.
Pat Santos, the event’s Featured Master Series Designer, proved the she is indeed a master of her craft with pieces that were not only breathtaking, but breathtakingly made for movement. The collection combined intricate embellishments, unique layers, and textured materials.
Supermodel Marina Benipayo graced the runways in an ethereal entrance.
This ruffled pantsuit is business in the front, and party at the back – a perfect representation of today’s independent woman.
This beaded ballgown is every little girl’s fairytale dream-come-true.
Photos by Nikk Victoriano