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Bringing Magic in Formal Dressing
By Czarina Medina Año

Girls love fairytales for several reasons: there's the fascination with talking woodland creatures, magical adventures, handsome princes and the delight for princess outfits- the gowns.

A gown makes the wearer feel like a princess, may she be a little girl or just at heart. Its flowing fabrics and intricate details captivate attention, making the celebrator’s gown one of the highlights of every special occasion. And to help bring that fantasy come alive, couturier Edward Teng lends his magical skill through his wonderful creations.

Edward Teng began his career in the fashion industry in 1981; since then, his business which started with a staff of 20 has significantly grown to be a one stop shop for all kinds of wedding needs: wedding wear and accessories, invitations, flowers, cakes, photo coverage and event planning. His steady stream of clients now includes celebrities, high-society figures and even foreigners.

When I visited the couturier’s shop in Sta. Mesa for an interview with him, I got impressed upon seeing his beautiful creations. I witnessed how he and his staff work and serve clients. Every detail was recorded on the computer - from who does the beading to what has been accomplished. I watched him sketch what seems to be another lavish wedding gown - the way he did it only showed how serious he is with his craft. 

The gowns on display were simply magnificent and one of a kind. The details were hand sewn – proof that everything went into careful consideration. As I moved around, my eyes continued to drift and found a perfect bridal gown, a simple yet very fashionable strapless wedding dress with intricate beading and a long train. Examining more closely, I saw no single thread loose or bead misplaced and the white Mikado silk, spotless. The quality of his creations definitely fit a king and queen; and why not? He used to be the in house designer of the royal family in Saudi Arabia.

I almost fell into a trance picturing myself in the gown when I heard someone call my name; it was a signal that the fashion designer was now ready to meet me. Breaking free from the spell of the stunning wedding dress, I wondered about the cost and production time. I felt good when Edward told me they can work around a budget.

That’s the best thing about Edward Teng - his flexible wedding entourage packages. But let me warn you: due to a large volume of works, he doesn’t have a magic wand to whip up those beautiful bridal gowns in a jiffy. Couples are advised to place their orders at least three months in advance especially if it’s the wedding season. However, it surely would be worth the wait.

Edward believes elegance need not be expensive so don’t be afraid to know what you like and ask for it. Let Edward Teng make your fairy tale ending a truly memorable happily ever after.

For couture wedding dresses, formal wear and debutant gowns, contact Edward Teng here.

Issue: Oct. 22, 2008
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