Fabulous dresses, diamonds,
spas – the Amari Rincome’s Wedding Fair
The annual Wedding Fair, one of the Amari Rincome’s favourite regular events
due to its romantic flavour, took place this year on the weekend of June
12-14 in the hotel’s Phayorm Room.
deputy Chiang Mai governor, Chumporn Saengmanee, right, and his wife,
Wanarin, centre, with GM Wim Fagel, presiding over the opening on June 12 of
the Amari Rincome Hotel’s Wedding Fair.
The event’s opening was presided over by the deputy Chiang Mai governor,
Chumporn Saengmanee, and his wife, with Wim Fagel, the Amari’s GM, noting in
his welcoming speech that the event aimed to boost wedding tourism and
promote love in Chiang Mai as well as to publicise businesses which provide
wedding services such as dress designers and retailers, beauty parlours,
caterers and photographers. He added that his wish was for every wedding to
be the perfect occasion for the bride, the groom and the guests.
A full selection of wedding essentials was on display in the romantically
decorated Phayorm Room, from exquisite dresses in all styles designed by
local companies including Wow 28 Studio, who provided the dresses modelled
during the opening ceremony.
A fabulous dress for a lovely bride—and her page
boy looks very cute!
Loveable Studio and Pair Wedding Studio’s creations were also featured; the
two companies supplied the dresses for the fashion show at the cocktail
dinner party which ended the event. Also present were Photo Mania Studio,
Oasis Spa, Aus Shop with its organic beauty products, Body Shape and the
Prima Donna Clinic. Those most essential accessories, the diamond engagement
ring and the gold wedding ring were displayed with pride by Amore Diamonds.
Possibly of interest to those who might fancy an ‘underwater wedding’, a
booth was also manned by staff from the Chiang Mai Zoo’s Aquarium… Back in
the real world, attractively priced complete wedding packages were offered,
and a Young Designer contest for the design of wedding cards took place.
blonde, beautiful bride with her bridesmaid.
The event ended with a cocktail dinner for the participants and other guests
on the terrace outside the La Gritta restaurant – a very enjoyable evening
which included another fashion parade of fabulous wedding dresses, presented
this time by Loveable Studio and Pair Wedding Studio. Traditional dancers
and a short parade around the swimming pool introduced the evening’s
entertainment; another highlight was a specially choreographed contemporary
style ballet pas de deux, danced beautifully by Shan del Vecchio and Oranut
Marsilelangsee, both from choreographer and ballet master Glenn van der Hoff
and his wife Sophatai Kanthatham’s Sangdao Performing Arts School. The
dance, of course, had a romantic theme, with a lonely girl ordering several
too many drinks from a waiter, and dancing alone until the pair,
predictably, fell in love! Beautifully done, especially as Glenn and the two
dancers were only given 3 days to get the entire performance together! As
usual with Amari Rincome events, there was no shortage of delicious food and
drink. All in all, a very enjoyable end to a hopefully very profitable three
day Wedding Fair.
Delicacies for the ideal wedding buffet.
Chor Muang Studio’s booth featured traditional
vessels used in the Buddhist wedding ceremony.
A young couple in traditional dress pose in
a multi-coloured, 6 tier wedding cake
Everything for the perfect wedding at the Pair
Wedding Studio’s booth.
The end of a great evening…models and performers
on stage at the cocktail party which ended the Amari Rincome Hotel’s Wedding
Grouped together are the Thai and International
who displayed the designs at the opening ceremony.
Cultural Canvas Thailand keeps on creating!
Volunteers, mothers and community members,
pictured inside the new meditation room built from glass bottle and mud
at Wildflower Home.
Cultural Canvas Thailand, (CCT), a small and specialised Chiang
Mai based NGO working with disadvantaged children in the field of
creative art therapy, have recently set up an online ‘Canvas Volunteer
Art’ blog at http://volunteercct.blogspot .com/ The new web
pages, created and run by the volunteers, will allow direct access to
detailed information about Cultural Canvas’s creative outreach projects.
The blog will host personal accounts from volunteers about the work they
are doing in the community and their own interactions with the people
the programmes have been designed to help, complete with photos and
accounts of challenges faced along the way. Supporters will be able to
see first-hand how their support is changing people’s lives, with
feedback being welcomed.
For example, a recent project involved the building of a meditation room
for the use of tribal mothers and their children living at Chiang Mai’s
Wildflower Home after escaping from abusive and violent situations. The
spiral-shaped structure, built with glass bottles and mud, was designed
by Melissa Kit Chow, an artist from Houston, Texas, together with CCT
and Michael Thaibinh of Wildflower Home. The aim was to create, using
eco-friendly construction methods, a reflection space to use as a refuge
during times of difficulty, while also building and strengthening
relationships through a single community effort. Construction not only
involved the mothers, but also their children, local non-Thai residents,
and even tourists from around the world, thus providing a platform for
cultural exchange as well as social and political outreach.
The latest project to hit the press at CCT is a children’s book,
designed by Suzanne O’Sullivan, and created in collaboration with
friends at Freedom House, a non-government funded, non-profit school set
up to assist displaced Burmese families in Chiang Mai. Working with a
group of Shan children, the project aims to preserve some of the
indigenous culture threatened by the Shan peoples’ forced displacement
from Burma, while also seeking to tackle the problem of illiteracy – a
key issue contributing to the exploitation of this community by
employers in Thailand. The book takes traditional Shan stories, as told
by the children, and presents them in dual English and Thai
translations. Illustrated with the children’s’ paintings, it provides an
opportunity for the children and their parents to share stories from
their home country with other cultures, and is also a unique and
personal learning tool for use in the classroom. Look for it soon in
CCT’s up-and-coming online art shop!