Albert & Clariza

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Take a glimpse of us when we were young then journey to our world together...

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Elegance is the attribute of being unusually effective and simple. This speaks of our invitation.

It goes with our color motif. We chose a special silver paper that is not so shiny with grayish undertone to make it subtle. Instead of having a metallic silver stamping, we opted to make the floral design dry embossed to add texture and refined grace to it. Flower inspiration depicts our love for nature and represents our garden wedding. The text color tiffany blue complements the subtle sheen of the paper as it changes hue when you move it to a different angle.

The invite is specially made in English text and Chinese characters to cater to all of you.

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Engagement rings are symbols of the love, devotion, and fidelity a couple shares. The very shape and design of the ring, however, has additional symbolism that many couples incorporate when they design a ring or select the perfect ring to represent their relationship.

The first recorded diamond engagement ring was exchanged in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian presented the token to his betrothed Mary of Burgandy. Prior to that event, engagement rings were either plain metal bands (iron for commoners, while gold and silver were used among royalty) or used less expensive gems. Today, solitaires are the most popular choice for many couples, but different gems are growing in popularity.

Initially, engagement rings may have represented a portion of a bride’s dowry or bride price. Not only did the ring advertise the woman’s committed status, but the quality of the jewelry indicated the social position and prosperity of her groom.

It is believed that the ancient Romans began the practice of placing the engagement ring on the left ring finger, which they believed contained the “vena amoris” or vein of love which supposedly connected directly to the heart. Other ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, also used such symbolism, and even today the tradition persists both with engagement rings and wedding bands. In fact, wedding bands are placed first on the left ring finger to be closest to the heart.

Engagement rings are ultimately circles of metal, and the circle is a part of very sacred, symbolic geometry. Circles have no beginning and no end and thus represent eternity, renewal, wholeness, and perfection. They are also symbolic of the sun, moon, and planets, bringing together all life just as an engagement ring brings together the lives of two people.

Whatever the personalization, there is no denying that engagement ring symbolism factors heavily into a couple’s choice of ring. Whether they choose a classic diamond solitaire to honor traditions, an heirloom ring to include family, or a completely new ring with personal symbolic elements, the most important thing is that the ring truly represent the love, honor, and commitment they will share for many years to come.

This ring in photo is both the choice of the couple. It took how many months to find the right engagement ring...For years the bride is knowledgeable about diamonds but the groom studied really hard to understand the technicalities of it to keep abreast with her and know the right one to purchase. But alas, now he speaks the language with loads of insights and much ardor. He turned out to be a diamond geek...

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Wedding rings have been exchanged as a sign of the union of marriage for so long, and in numerous diverse societies, that marking the the beginning of the practice is impossible. Surely, the circle form of a wedding ring symbolizes eternal love and the persistently renewed promises of the wedded couple. Circles have long been the epitome for not only eternity, but also for completeness. The circle also stands for the constant round of the heavens, as well as the undying arrival of the seasons, marked by recurring ceremony and party.

Wedding rings incarcerate the entire array of the traditional, emblematic, and communal facets of marriage, and protect these many levels of importance as a strong and steady reminder. Very old yet modern, steeped in secrecy yet nearly universally exchanged, wedding bands unite the art of the jeweler, the admiration of the engaged, and the loveliness of love and partnership in a solitary, reverberating mark.

Our wedding band design is from the Le Style Royal Collection of Furrer Jacot. The design is very modern, precise and highly technical, just the way we like it as it reflects who we are.

The outer glossy platinum band in sections on the outside represents us as individuals with our utter similarities and unique differences. The single matte platinum band in the middle epitomizes our union as one. We chose princess cut diamond instead of the normal round brilliant cut to symbolize equality in our partnership.

Platinum is our choice metal since as a pure metal, platinum is silvery-white in appearance, lustrous, ductile, and malleable. Like our relationship, it reflects light evenly and efficiently without grand glitter or sparkle. The radiance of our individual characters reflects who we are and when joined as one we are capable of being fashioned into a new form. We have the capacity for adaptive change without losing ourselves as individuals. Platinum is an extremely rare metal, we want to think that despite the difference in age and culture, we cultivated a rare combination that we hope to last a lifetime.

We incorporated diamond in our wedding ring not just for it absolute beauty but because of its symbolism to us. Diamond is the hardest natural material known, where hardness is defined as resistance to scratching. We like to think that we have a solid foundation for our relationship prior to us getting married. We know that marriage has its ups and downs. It is our belief that our partnership can withstand this cycle. We are convinced that like diamond's resistance to scratching, we would be able to withstand the test of time as we journey together.

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In a wedding, an arrhae (wedding coins or arras as it’s known here in the Philippines) traditionally symbolizes the groom’s ability of to support his bride and confirms his position as the breadwinner of their future family. The thirteen (13) arras coins represents wealth and prosperity for each month of the year with an extra to spare assuring luck for the newlyweds and their future family the whole year through and beyond.

The ritual of the arras, where the groom would pass the coins to his bride, has always been an integral part of every Catholic Filipino wedding. This symbolic rite was influenced by the Spaniards centuries ago as they brought Christianity here in the Philippines. Similar arras rituals are still practiced today in Spain and Mexico. For us Filipinos, the arrhae gave way to the addition of another little boy in the wedding party — the Coin Bearer! Just like the Ring Bearer, this role is usually reserved for a favorite nephew or a good friend’s son.

Our wedding arrhae is a sterling silver carriage with 13 silver coins from Mexico. It has 7 big swarovski crystals on the cover and 2 on both sides of carriage. To complement our tiffany blue motif, we added 8 round murano glass beads used in our DIY wedding cord and rosary. The murano ring created symbolizes our 8 years of partnership prior to marriage. We placed it inside the carriage and it encapsulates the 13 silver coins that represent wealth. Wealth here does not speak only of traditional wealth and prosperity but also wealth of collected experience as individuals and as a couple for eight years and beyond.

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The Lasso is associated with a wedding prayer during the ceremony. As part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads is placed in a figure eight shape around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows. The symbolism of the lasso is to show the union and protection of marriage. Special members of the wedding party may be in charge of "lassoing" the Bride and Groom together after they kneel for the wedding prayer. They drape what is usually a white satin circle of cord around the shoulders of the kneeling Bride and Groom, groom's shoulder's first. The lasso may also be tied around their wrists.
The couple wears the lasso throughout the remainder of the service. The loop is symbolic of their love, which should bind the couple together everyday as they equally share the responsibility of marriage for the rest of their lives. A double rosary lasso may also be given by one set of the parents and may be blessed with holy water three times in honor of the trinity.
At the end of the ceremony, the lasso is removed by the couple who placed the lasso on the couple, or the priest. The lasso is given to the Bride as a memento of her becoming the lady of the groom's heart and home and shows their promise to always be together side-by-side.

For our wedding, we opted to have a DIY lasso in rosary. It is composed of Phippine fresh water pearls in cream color and smaller silver pearls with round torquiose color and square light blue murano glass beads. Blue Swarovski crystals add gloss to it. These beads are linked with antique finish beads.

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Instead of buying a wedding rosary, we opted to make our own as a labor of love...

Our rosary is composed of Philippine fresh water Pearls, Murano glass beads from Italy, Swarovski crystals from Austria ang local vintage silver beads in shades of ecru, blue and silver.

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Most of us enjoy the splendor and glory of candles. They are visible reminders of our possible triumph over darkness. Have you ever noticed how one candle can go nearly unnoticed yet when you have a lot of candles lit, their presence is domineering and one can't ignore their impact.

The symbolism of candles is reflected in numerous ways in our religious and cultural traditions.

Many couples have a Unity Candle at their wedding. Two outside candles are lit by the couple's mothers to represent their lives to this moment. These distinct flames, each burning alone, represent the faith, wisdom and love received from their parents. Together, the couple lights a center candle, symbolizing the union of their lives. Their thoughts shall be for each other, and they will share both joys and sorrows. The flames of the two smaller candles remain lit to show how although they are now one, they are still each unique individuals.

A candle represents love which can light our spouse's world.

A candle wipes out darkness and shows us how love can brighten our beloved's life.

When we are near a candle, we feel warmth, just as we feel warmth from the love of our spouse.

A candle can give a sense of direction, and can draw people together, reminding us of how our love is a binding force also.

When a candle burns, the melting wax on the candle in a way disfigures the candle, representing the risk and element of pain that exists in a love relationship.

A candle, in order to fulfill itself, must burn itself out. If a candle is never lit, it never fulfills it's purpose.

Our marital love is the same. We must totally give of ourselves for the other. Marriage is not a 50/50 proposition. It is a committment of 100/100 percent for each other.

Lighting a candle during a meal together is a marvelous way to remind one another of the love you have for one another.

Our DIY wedding candle design is composed of different blue crystals and plastic beads with silver ornaments. This floral ornate design complements our our DIY accessories and the wedding motif.

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We designed our DIY matches to complement the motif and the candles that would be used during the wedding. Each match is tiffany blue with beads and leaves design. A beaded finger hole is added for facility of carrying the match and manageability in lighting the candle.

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These Mount Pinatubo ash decors with the touch of the old European world influences are your personal links to cultures that may be hundreds of years old.

Instead of the usual opulent gold designs you see in Harrod's (London) and other upscale stores in Europe and US, our frames will be in silver antique finish with diamond glitters and silver dusts to complement our wedding motif. It will be packed in a silver corrugated box with white tulle and tiffany blue ribbon.

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Instead of having the usual tarpaulin photo of the bride and groom displayed at the entrance of the reception, we opted to display a photo during our pre-nuptial pictorial in small frame made out of Mt. Pinatubo ashes...recycled material spewed by the mighty volcano and put to a very intricate designed frame influenced by the old Europe. This frame represents the couple's enchantment with the rich culture of Europe and combining it with one of the most known phenomenon - Mt. Pinatubo' eruption in the Philippines.

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A wedding is a bride thing...to complement this saying, the bride is gifted with a separate frame in gold and silver....

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'Lil Tiffany Lamps in blue and clear color accented by silver

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Take a short trip back through time to view the groom’s life growing up as a child…

With my fave eskimo doll

Journey back in time to see little Ayes - Clariza's nickname known to family members....all because when she was young she can't properly pronounce Clarisse...

With Mama in Hong Kong

The groom enjoying some quality time with his family…