February 7, 2012

Roman-Shalani: A Modern Wedding Rich in Filipino Tradition

Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad and Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo sealed their union with a kiss at the St. Benedict Church of Ayala Westgrove Alabang in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last January 22, 2012.

All 500 seats of the Church turned their attention to Shalani as she walked down the aisle in a simple yet elegant white off-shoulder wedding gown by Inno Sotto. Shalani’s well-proportioned figure made her look effortlessly stunning in her Kate Middleton-inspired bridal gown with lace bodice and a skirt made of 17 layers of soft tulle. The groom on the other hand kept it classy and simple with a midnight-blue tuxedo, a white shirt, and a silver bow tie by Hugo Boss.

The bride was given away by her mother Evelyn Soledad Yumol and her close uncle, Mon Soledad who looked after Shalani when she was young in the absence of her mother. Shalani was born out of wedlock and only met her real father last year.

The simple and solemn Romulo-Soledad wedding ceremony started at sunset and lasted over an hour. There were 22 principal sponsors coming from both business and political sectors. What stole the show, however, were the 21 flower girls that all refused to walk down the aisle without their nannies by their sides.

The wedding reception followed at the Nuvali Evolving Center Dockside which is just a stone’s throw away from the Church. Guests indulged in sumptuous dishes prepared by caterer Florabel Co including Angus Rib-eye Beef, Chicken Binakol Soup, Smoked Salmon and Romaine Lettuce Salad with Quezo de Bola Cheesecake and Suman Latik with Batangas Chocolate for dessert. Apparently, the couple wanted to inject a Filipiniana theme to the wedding especially with choices for the menu. Both Shalani and Roman are fond of tapsilog which explained their selection of Angus beef.

Soledad especially requested for dirty ice cream to be included in the menu. A sorbetero with a traditional ice cream cart proved to be a big hit among the guests. Famous wedding cake makers Penk Ching and Shen Ratilla made a multi-layered wedding cake just for the couple with lace décor inspired by the bride’s wedding dress.

Those close to the couple all wished them a great life together as husband and wife. Groom’s side Lupe Romulo even shared her hope for the couple to have lots of kids. Both being public servants, the coupled requested their guests to donate to the Tropical Storm Sendong victims in lieue of wedding gifts. For the couple’s giveaways, half of the wedding guests went home with St. Benedict medallions while the other half pieces of dark chocolates packaged in small bags made exclusively for the special event.

Posted By: Diane Dominique Ting

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.com thanks the following source for this article:

Vergara, Alex and Cruz, Marinel R. “Sunset Wedding for Roman, Shalani.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. Posted on January 23, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/32025/sunset-wedding-for-roman-shalani

Vergara, Alex. “Roman-Shalani: This early, the wedding of the year.” Philippine Daily Inquirer. Posted on January 29, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012 from http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/32729/roman-shalani-this-early-the-wedding-of-the-year


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