Monthly Archive January 2012

The Roman Romulo-Shalani Soledad Crest

A Swiss author once said, “Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.”

But what then can be a perfect emblem of love? A fitting insignia for a perfect match? These were the questions we had in mind when conceptualizing for the crest of the politician couple Rep. Roman Romulo and Coun. Shalani Soledad, and we’re glad it became utterly evident in the final crest they chose.
The simplicity and elegance of the full classic wedding invitation suite of Roman and Shalani wouldn’t have been complete without this elegant crest that gave it a regal and stately appeal. It was the centerpiece of the invitation that now serves as a seal of their love and commitment to each other.

“My first peg for their crest was like a family’s coat of arms, with elements and symbolisms that could define them as a couple. We have identified different elements based on Greek and Latin heraldry. From there, we’ve designed various studies for the couple to choose from,” shared Rodelio Santos, Chief Graphic Designer of Printsonalities.

These were the initial sketches of the crest’s elements. We incorporated royal symbols to signify their distinction as distinguished public servants of the country. In these early sketches you can see the couple’s initials (RS), a crown, a knight’s helmet, a sword, a shield, swirls of Acanthus leaves, and a cross, among others.

We played around with these elements, combining one to another, experimenting with shapes, sizes, fonts, and orientation. Then after much thought, we presented these six studies to the couple.

“They did not like the royal icons, which were the crown, the helmet, and armor. What they wanted to stand out was their initials in a Medieval font and the surrounding swirls of vine and Acanthus leaves. With these elements alone, we knew that a simple yet striking RS crest was yet to unfold,” explained Ms. Noky Gatmaitan, Printsonalities’ Client Service Director. After the revisions, a meaningful and unified crest indeed took shape.

The prominent RS initials enclosed in the shape of a military girdle, they say, represent readiness to serve the public and their commitment to protect each other. The vine surrounding the crest means a strong and lasting friendship, peace and plenty, luck and determination. And the Acanthus swirls bolstered in the outlines speak of their undying love for knowledge and wisdom. A couple whose love and connection we regard as evident and true. A few elements with so much to say. All these, we’ve combined, to draw a simple and honest emblem for the couple that is Roman and Shalani.

Another proud work of Printsonalities – your personal wedding invitation stylist.

A Full Classic Wedding Invitation Suite

Cong. Roman Romulo & Shalani Soledad Wedding Invitation

“Demure, simple and elegant – suggestive of her personality.”

This was how renowned fashion designer Inno Sotto described the wedding gown he designed for Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad, who’s going to tie the knot with Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo this Sunday at the St. Benedict Church, Ayala Westgrove in Laguna.

Likewise, these words perfectly describe the full classic invitation suite we crafted for the couple, which bespeaks simplicity, tradition and elegance altogether. “The couple were very hands-on in the entire process of crafting their invites, and initially, what they really wanted was a very classic invitation, particularly with a monogram and a map [since they opted for an out-of-town wedding],” shared Ms. Noky Gatmaitan, client service director of Printsonalities.

To fulfill the couple’s wish that their wedding be the quintessential classic, we made it a point that their wedding trousseau would be able to reflect the simplicity of the couple’s personalities, without compromising elegance that befits their distinction as distinguished public servants. As our meetings with them progressed, more elements have been added, and the whole concept led us to have one of the best classic wedding invitations we’ve done to date.

A complete wedding invitation suite

The overall wedding stationery set ordered from us by the couple was composed of a layered and folded main invite in letterpress, bridal entourage, an RSVP card, a missalette, a wedding favor card, an invitation to a pre-wedding party, two thank-you cards, a menu card, table names, IDs for their wedding suppliers, and gift tags.

All these components followed the same soft design that excellently reflected the personality of Shalani, known to the public as a demure, conservative and traditional Filipina.

A timeless design for a lasting marriage

More than the all-premium ecru paper, double envelopes, embossed borders, black fonts, letterpress printing, and folded orientation that make up this elegant set of wedding stationeries, what we’ve rigorously worked on was the customized crest and monogram for Cong. Roman and Shalani.

 “A series of sketches and revisions have been done to provide them with a crest and a monogram, something like a clan’s coat of arms, that would serve as the seal of their love and commitment to each other. RR and SS [Roman Romulo and Shalani Soledad], so that’s why the monogram is RS,” said Ms. Noky.

Roman & Shalani Classic Wedding Invitation Suite
Classic wedding invitation at its finest

Printsonalities sees the couple’s wedding invitation suite as a perfect example of a complete classic wedding invitation. The minimalist design, veering away from vibrant colors and flashy patterns, was consistent in all stationery, bringing to life a traditional classic wedding invitation package suitable for weddings worthy of note. Designs like this, according to Ms. Noky, will never go out of style and would always be loved and sought after. Classic is here to stay.

Clean, minimalist layout, stark texts, simple embossed borders, layers of premium paper, personalized monograms. Who wouldn’t be inspired to adopt the same class, taste and sophistication?

Tagaytay: A City You’d Fall in Love With

Aristotle once said, “a great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.”

Tagaytay is one of those great cities you would want to go to for a real escape. It’s a perfect destination for quick and spontaneous getaways when you’re stressed out from metropolitan city life–the hustle and bustle of urban streets, the daily rush in the walkways, and the heavy traffic and unbearable pollution.

This city in the province of Cavite, nestled on the cradles of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. Foreign and local tourists alike can relax over freshly brewed native-grown coffee while relishing the beautiful view of Taal Volcano, all just within a 2 to 3-hour drive from Manila, the Philippine capital. It is a dreamland blessed with a romantic ambiance well suited for intimate gatherings, first dates, honeymoons or even weekend retreats with the whole family. With its cool climate, a breathtaking landscape, enjoyable leisure activities and fancy food stops. Tagaytay is definitely a city worth visiting over and over again.

The charm and romantic mood that Tagaytay City offers has brought about its reputation as one of the best destinations for church weddings and garden weddings. Through the years, Tagaytay has become a favorite wedding venue of Filipino celebrities and influential personalities with the picturesque churches and chapels and a long directory of enchanting garden hotels and restaurants with a stunning view of Taal Volcano.

Below are the most preferred churches in Tagaytay City and in its nearby towns.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church
Madre de Dios Tagaytay Midlands
Ina ng Laging Saklolo
San Antonio de Padua (Silang, Cavite)
Chapel on the Hill (Nasugbu, Batangas)
Caleruega Transfiguration Chapel (Nasugbu, Batangas)

Take a look at these wedding invitations we’ve done for two Tagaytay church weddings. Both wedding ceremonies took place in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church followed by a reception at Ville Sommet.

Kristofferson & Claire

A wedding that exudes the elegance of the occasion while emphasizing a Filipino wedding with its bordering abaca layer. Included in this invitation set is a map of their Tagaytay wedding venues.

Arwind & Ivette

The invitation of Arwind and Yvette in 2011 perfectly captures a garden wedding reception in Ville Sommet. It was an elegant pocket fold invitation in silver with pink and white floral and damask patterns beautifying the set.

Whether you’re having an afternoon garden wedding or an evening dinner reception, be mesmerized by the beauty and feel of these wedding reception venues our soon-to-weds prefer the most. Experience the cool Tagaytay breeze, enchanting yellow lights and unique architectural and interior designs of these quaint establishments in Tagaytay City and adjacent towns.

Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, Cavite
(+6346) 413-0975 or (+6346) 413-1054
(+63917) 899-2866
(photo from En Route)

Ville Sommet
#5 J.P. Rizal St., Sicat, Alfonso, Cavite
(+632) 551-8940
(+63917) 832-3908 or (+63922) 856-9811

(from Ville Sommet)

Splendido Taal Golf & Country Club
Taal Ridge Road, Laurel, Batangas
(+632) 529-8213
(+63928) 300-5922

(from Weddings at Splendido)

Tagaytay Highlands
Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Cavite
(+6346) 483-0820/3657
(+63917) 882-6885

(from Bridal Book)

Taal Vista Hotel
Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Cavite
(+6346) 413-1000

Hacienda Isabella
Carasuchi, Indang, Cavite
(+632) 726-6485
(+63917) 813-9065

(from Bride and Breakfast)

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