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Get your dream wedding ala Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villaroel...

Remember Zoren Legaspi and Carmina Villaroel's fancy wedding and reception last year?

Wouldn't you like something as dreamy and romantic as that for your own special day?

Then head on to the next bridal and debut fair happening in your area.

On July 28, Happily Ever After 2, the annual Fernbrook Gardens Bridal and Debut Fair, was held in Daang Reyna, Las Piñas; and PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was there to see what's in store.

Chief operating officer Antonio "Bong" Molino says that bridal fairs have become "a regular thing" for them, due to the rising demand for stylized weddings.

He adds, "Almost every quarter, we have a bridal fair and we bring together some of the country's top suppliers in the wedding industry—from the florist, stylist, photographer, caterer, all of them under one roof."

This means that brides, and even debutantes, need not start their party planning from scratch.


Molino assures, "Headaches are much, much less because you do get professional service. They take care of the little details. All you have to do is make sure you look pretty."

This year's edition features 50 accredited suppliers that were chosen because "they have proven track records of good service, dependable service, and promises fulfilled."

THE VENUE. If you want the ambience of Europe circa 1800s, with a top-down carriage and a real horse waiting in the lobby foyer, Fernbrooks Garden can make that happen.

The European influence, Molino says, "is both a trend and the venue lends itself to that concept. But we have had several weddings veering away from the Victorian or Romanesque. Sometimes, they even do Filipino and Japanese-inspired weddings."

The Grand Conservatory, a hundred-foot-high dome—ornamented with gardens, greens, and mini-waterfalls—is the most striking area. It also features a sculptured fountain highly influenced by images of the Palace of Versailles.


The venue also has four halls. Some are Byzantine-era inspired, while others are decked with English Victorian-age and Colonial-era motifs.

So far, the place continues to be a popular choice among showbiz couples.

Aside from Zoren and Carmina, boxing champ Nonito Donaire and his wife Rachel also said their "I do's" here, in front of a crowd filled with family and friends.

On debuts, Molino says, "Of note, no one, no big names because that is one market that we would like to actually tap. That is our way of expanding our market right now."

For the next bridal and debut fair, Molino promises, "Next edition, next quarter, we assure that you will get the best of the best in the wedding industry. But we will be expanding.

"We will probably have a lot more suppliers, like 25 more, so 75 tenants, and hopefully, we can now incorporate a fashion show."

Molino shares how they see it happening. He says, "I'm actually currently talking with some of the designers, they just don't wish to be identified yet, but to let you know, we have several concepts.


"Actually, four concepts have been named: the traditional European, the Filipiniana-Spanish, the Filipiniana-Muslim inspired, and the Filipiniana-Mountain Province style."

Indeed, exciting things are up ahead, "We'd like to have that recorded for TV, we're dreaming, planning, sometime October or November this year."


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