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Don and Clar - DIY Pre-Wedding in Abu Dhabi

'Be natural. Focus kayo sa hilig niyo' –Don

Don Gonzales Gaspar and Clarice Bernabe Ortiz met in school and just like the usual student romance, they went through the hoops of prioritizing studies over their love lives, dealing with parents’ approvals, and timing. After breaking up just months into their first run, Don decided to take his chances again and court Clarice. “Siya pa rin talaga nasa puso ko,” Don says.

Don and Clar are nurses in Abu Dhabi which means the current situation is making it a challenge for the two to get married in person with their closest family and friends. But they were still able to pull off a pre-wedding video which they did themselves and shot by Carl Mantos Films and Stills.

“Clar was behind everything for our pre-nup,” Don says. “Nag-focus lang kami sa mga gusto namin–we love coffee so we wanted a photoshoot in a coffee shop. And we miss beaches, because we’re OFWs and we’re longing for vacations, we really wanted nature.”

Of course safety protocols were second nature to these nurses. “We made sure to follow minimum health standards, like social distancing, wearing masks after shooting, and always washing our hands.” It helps that before their shoot, the two had their latest PCR test as part of their routine for work.

Don’s advise for couples who might go DIY for their prenup shoot is to “Be natural. Focus kayo sa hilig niyo.”

Scroll below to see Don and Clar's photos!

The Dream Team

Photos and videos by Carl Mantos Films and Stills | Hair and makeup by Silents Jessie Mua

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