Shalani Soledad Wedding

January 23, 2012 by staff 

Shalani Soledad Wedding, Councilor Shalani Soledad finds “home and happiness” in Congressman Roman Romulo, “You are my home. You are my happiness…” This was part of Shalani Soledad’s wedding vow, which she recited late this afternoon, January 22, at the St. Benedict’s Church in Ayala Westgrove, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

As for the groom, he told his bride, “I waited 44 years before God gave me this favor…”

And with some 500 guests as witnesses, Councilor Shalani Soledad was officially pronounced wife of Congressman Roman Romulo at around 6:45 p.m.

One of the highlights of the ceremony, which began a little past 5:30 p.m., was the homily of His Eminence Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales.

Cardinal Rosales stressed that it was love that brought the couple together, and not “economic welfare” or “political status.”

He also advised the couple to be “kind,” “patient,” “understanding,” “not to be jealous,” and “do what God calls you to do.”

SIDELIGHTS. The wedding was the first time that Shalani saw her father, Adolfo Aguirre, and her mother, Evelyn Soledad-Yumol, together.

But the bride initially walked down the aisle alone.

Halfway through her march, Mr. Ramon Soledad—her mother’s brother, who was instrumental in bringing the bride into the world of politics—accompanied her.

Next, her biolgical father joined the bride.

And the last man who walked with her before reaching the altar was Dan Yumol, her stepfather.

The background music, “If It’s Love,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Just The Way You Are,” was sung by Gail Blanco.

Celebrities in attendance were Senator Bong Revilla and wife Lani Mercado, Richard Gomez and wife Lucy Torres, Mariel Rodriguez, Migz Zubiri and wife Audrey, Valerie Concepcion, Marco Alcaraz and girlfriend Lara Quigaman.

Reception was held at the Evoliving Center Dockside in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

PARENTS’ MESSAGE. The program was simple and short, as the family said they wanted the guests to enjoy the food prepared by Florabel Catering.

“Nagustuhan niyo ang pagkain?” asked the groom’s sister, Mons Romulo, twice, to which we readily answered, “Oo naman!”

The menu had smoked salmon and romaine lettuce salad with herb croutons, Parmesan flakes and longganisa bits; chicken binakol with Baguio spinach; roast U.S. Angus rib eye with mashed potato; queso de bola cheesecake; suman latik with Batangas tsokolate; plus malunggay iced tea.

About 800 people joined the newlyweds at the reception, which showcased a 10-minute fireworks display.

Two of the highlights were the parents’ messages.

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