It was a rather gray afternoon when I trundled my infamous bell trolley into Le Meridien, with overcast clouds threatening to drop a tonne of rainwater onto a bustling KL city. I was early, and with good reason! It takes quite long while to set up for a show, and when its wedding gowns that you’re putting on display, it can be even longer!
A Journey of Timeless Elegance was a joint collaboration between Le Meridien, weddingsmalaysia.com and a host of industry players eager to showcase their offerings, and on the 8th of September, we all converged on the hotel, bearing with us our stock in trade…in my case, a bell trolley full of wedding gowns, shoes, fascinators, and anything else I could fit into the device.
The backdrop at the hotel! They have the most intricate ceiling lights I’ve seen in a while.
Prepping the models. It takes a whole load of patience to sit through one of these sessions.
Meticulously trying to blend colours while applying eye makeup.
Eager elves posing for the cameraman.
My backstage crew! A long day awaited them, so they look pretty fresh now…
I shuttled back and forth between the backstage and the runway, and took some time to meet and greet some guests…
…and take a few pictures before rushing back to prep for the show!
As always, a runway show is a meeting ground for models and all forms of tall, lanky and downright beautiful people. Normally, for my shows, women are the centre of the limelight (they are wedding gowns after all), but this time round, there were some dashing young men to tantalize the female fans!
See the smouldering gaze from the left? Its a sharp contrast to the cheeky grin on the right.
No, she wasn’t standing on a platform/box nor was I sitting down!
I don’t think this was a posed shot. Look how petulant she appears to be! =)
The Hobbit comes to mind, whenever I see this picture.
Proof that they weren’t standing on boxes.
While I was scuttling about behind the curtain, the main lobby was bustling with activity, as the event began to kick into first gear. There were several vendors, namely Tiffany & Co., The Photoz, Michelle Touche, and many more big names strategically placed along the main hall, and the guests could be seen wandering around and making enquiries.
The beautiful ladies from Tiffany & Co.
A creative wedding card from Acadia! A sure hit among Monopoly fans.
My own little corner!
And here’s Shirley holding the fort.
At approximately 3.00 p.m., the curtains went up on my latest line, the Celestial Constellation collection for 2013, and the models began sashaying down the runway!
My first piece to see the light of day.
The men were not left out, in this collection.
Standing proud and pretty!
The crowd, just a hand’s breadth away from the runway.
After the models did their finale walk, I was asked to appear on stage to be introduced to the crowd.
Taking a bow!
Shortly after the show, there was a lucky draw, were a few fortunate individuals walked away with prizes sponsored by the participants…
Here, we have Simon quizzing the lucky winner…
…and no, he’s not forcing her to eat a microphone, despite what the picture suggests.
The photographers with their arsenal.
The ever-supportive and dependable hubby (I think we were reluctant to take anymore pixs!?)
At long last, James and I managed to take a proper picture together.
Something must have caught my eye.
After the short, but satisfying showcase, it was packing time, and the gowns went back to the bell trolley! I finally had the chance to visit my own booth, and mingle with the guests and interested couples inquiring about wedding accessories and such.
Mingling time! Pardon my silly grin.
For those interested in choosing Le Meridien as their venue for the wedding dinner, the hotel boasts a comprehensive range of facilities and services, that can be tweaked to accomodate any couple. There are state of the art facilities with architectural lighting and GOBO designs that enable couples to customize their weddings to reflect almost any theme that they can think of!
Starting from RM2, 188++ per table of 10 persons, the wedding package includes a lavish eight-course Chinese dinner, two night stay in a bridal suite with breakfast, free corkage, free flow soft drinks, a free Carlsberg beer barrel, free two bottles of wine per table, customised hen’s night cake and a free table for 10 persons among others when you book your package during the wedding fair event. The Malay Wedding is served in a Dome-style table setting from RM2, 000++ per table of 10 persons onwards. Break away from traditions with the hotel’s Western Wedding theme, priced from RM 220++ per person for a 4-course dinner menu or spice up your wedding with an Indian Wedding theme for RM 2, 088++ per table of 10 persons onwards. For weddings confirmed on the wedding fair day, couples may still enjoy 2013 prices for 2014 weddings.
Some photos for you to feast your eyes on!\
To further sweeten the deal, couples will get a chance to save 15% off their total bill on selected industry partners such as Wardrobe, Michelle Touche, Wicked Wax, Acadia, Occasions and EC Events when they book their wedding package at Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur.
A tiring but highly exciting event! Now that it’s all over, I can finally head back and grab some sleep and recharge myself for another interesting week ahead!
For all the guests and friends that came to support the event, a thousand thanks! My sincere wishes to all of you, as I couldn’t possibly have pulled it off without you!
The amazing people that made it happen!