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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?

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