The Random Writings of Rachel: Wedding Video Memories

Wedding Video Memories

I was recently inspired to look at the original footage from our wedding ceremony and polish it up to make a video that we would enjoy using to reminisce (thanks, Rachel, for the inspiration to do this!). Doing this was the first time I'd seen the video footage from our wedding, and watching it now, six years later, I'm grateful for the moments that film captured better than my own memories. (Although, my sister said that the quality of the video makes it look like we got married in the 1990s and are approaching our 20th anniversary, which is both hilarious and gives me a lot more marriage street cred, don't you think?) Since I was able to edit it down to the best moments caught on video, I thought I'd share the video with a few of my comments and thoughts on the wedding, looking back after nearly 6 years.


#1 (BTW, the actual wedding doesn't start till about 2:30 in the video, since I started with the bridal shower footage--skip till two minutes in if you don't want to hear my weird accent) Telling our story at my bridal shower--Do I sound like I have a slight British/non-Midwesterner  accent to you? Do I have that accent now? No wonder everyone in Michigan always asked where I was from if I talked like that!

#2 I'm not a sentimental person, except when it comes to my family. The only point in our wedding when I started to tear up was during the slideshow from Malaysia. 

#3 I'd never thought all that much about my future wedding...but I had always thought I'd want my Uncle Steve to sing at my wedding. I'd heard him sing in the videos of weddings for the previous generation of family members, and I hoped he'd be able to sing for ours. I didn't even know what song he'd be singing until a couple days before the wedding, but that song will always be precious to me.

#4 We were married by my childhood pastor, who has known me since I was about 6 years old. I love his comments in the video like "Did you hear what he just said to you?!! That's huge!!" during the vows, and his joke about how left-handed people are sinless when I'm signing the marriage license.

#5 Angel and I seem really, really....subdued, throughout this whole day. I mean...if you know us, we both have a very strong streak of non-conformist class clown in us...so it's pretty weird to see us acting so meek and mild and completely traditional. Throughout our preparation to get married, we decided that the wedding wasn't for us, it was for everybody else, and I think that comes through pretty strongly. Perhaps that's an odd decision to make--but the marriage was what we really wanted, anyway.

#6 Sure, we had a very low-budget college student wedding with a church basement buffet reception...but man, one thing I do remember is how good the food was. Our reception was at 3 in the afternoon, it wasn't a dinner, just snacks, but all of our homemade snacks--from the nacho bar, to the crackers and toppings, and especially the chocolate fountain with all the fixings--were so yummy. I went back for several plates, and I didn't eat again till the next morning.

#7 All but 1, maybe two, of the 'single ladies' catching the bouquet were under 18. A good portion of them were under 10. I have a LOT of cousins, and I'm the oldest of them all.

#8  "Yum Seng" or "Yam Seng." I'm so glad we had this Cantonese toast--it's happened at every single Malaysian wedding I've been to. Problem was, I was the only one that knew it's actually supposed to sound more like, "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam Seng!"

#9 (Near the end of the video) The conversation with my Grandpa about smoking, alcohol, and boys, really happened, about a week before I met Angel.

# 10 It was bitterly cold--December, in Michigan. Even though it's already dark, it was only around 6 something when we left, after helping with the church clean up for a bit, and we had a 2+ hour drive back to our first home!

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How well do you remember your wedding? Were there any funny moments? Tell me! Funny wedding stories are the best kind.
Cheers to getting more marriage street cred because of a vintage-style wedding video! ;)

22 comments:

  1. this is absolutely adorable <3 I may just have to do something like this about our special day... (it's only been 6 months so I'm not forgetting too much just yet). You two were made for each other <3

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  2. How fun! It's amazing what memories videos can bring back.

    We didn't have too many laugh-out-loud moments at our wedding-- but there was a point at which we were going to have a horrible motorcycle right out in front of it. We got married at a museum, and the motorcycle would have been part of their temporary exhibit. You know, among our orchids and candles. That would have been bizarre!

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  3. I would have teared up during the video too! This video was so precious. I wish that we had video footage, but I love looking at my wedding pictures. :) That is so awesome that you have all of these memories to look back on.

    One of my favorite memories was actually during our rehearsal - my dad made some crazy joke, and we couldn't stop laughing as we walked down the aisle. The place where we had the ceremony had a long staircase down to the front of the chapel, and we were laughing hysterically the entire time. There was a lot of drama and issues between my parents leading up to the wedding, and we weren't even sure at one point if he was going to be there to walk me down the aisle, so it made it even more special that he was there.

    Our wedding was at 10 in the morning so our reception had a breakfast bar! It was amazing and I ate soooo much bacon! hahaha

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  4. This is so sweet. Your pastor sounds like he was amazing during your ceremony - I love that he made clever little jokes throughout! I definitely don't feel as though having the wedding more for everyone else rather than yourselves is odd at all - at the end of the day you two joined each other in the best of lifelong commitments. You two obviously love each other so much; something tells me that no matter how you did it.. big, small, out on the street.. it would still be the best day of your lives, and everyone else got the opportunity to celebrate that with you. :)

    Christie's Take on Life. xx

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  5. It seems like you had a great wedding day! We had a fun wedding in March and we decided that we were going to have fun and thats what we did.people talked about how much fun they had for weeks afterward!

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  6. It seems like you had a great wedding day! We had a fun wedding in March and we decided that we were going to have fun and thats what we did.people talked about how much fun they had for weeks afterward!

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  7. Honestly, your wedding seem like it was awesome! I hope to one day have my childhood pastor at my wedding and I absolutely love that you had a basement reception! I would choose a nacho bar over a something fancy and expensive any day!

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  8. Awe this is so sweet! I am getting married in less than 2 months so all things wedding are getting me so excited!

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  9. We had a montage video of our wedding made similar to this and I love having it! So fun to watch and reminisce!

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  10. This was so fun to watch! I love all your anecdotes. We didn't really have anything funny happen, but by the time we got to our actual wedding day, we had similar feelings about the whole event...it was definitely more for the family than it was for us! I always wanted a nice wedding but I'm one of those weirdos that really didn't enjoy the planning process and was ready for it just to be over with so we could move on with our lives.

    I don't think you have much of an accent, although I can see why people might think that. To me it just sounds like you very precisely enunciate your words. You definitely don't sound like you're from Michigan, because a lot of people from that state have their own very distinct accent (I have family ties there so I've been there and heard the accent quite a lot!).

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  11. I can relate a lot to what you said. Sadly we didn't have our wedding videoed, which I'm kind of bummed about. Ours was pretty traditional as well, and I agree that our marriage was for all of our friends and family, not just us. We are not very traditional people ourselves ;)

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  12. I love this! I'm planning a wedding currently and people say not to get a videographer but I think it is a great way to look back on our big, special day.

    -Anita
    www.theaveragegirlchronicles.com

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  13. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

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  14. Aww this was so sweet! I love that there are always funny little things you remember about your wedding. You make me want to get our wedding video out and watch it again.

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  15. I wasn't one of those people who dreamed about her wedding, and when it came time, I really didn't know what I was doing. It was very small and simple and low-budget (which is fine with me) and a little bit awkward.

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  16. Wow, six years later! It must feel like just yesterday you were throwing your bouquet to your little cousins and celebrating your wedding at a church basement. Honestly, it's not about the way you celebrate, it's the love you have for each other. As long as you can look back and remember all the wonderful reasons why you chose to say I do, that's what counts. :)

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  17. Our childhood pastor married my husband and me as well! Like you said, I'm not sentimental, unless it comes to family. But, think about a detail like that does!

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  18. I love that you went back and did this! We had a video done and I literally watch it at least once a week because I love how happy a day it was!

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  19. Simply beautiful! My own wedding is such a blur as I was young, nervous, and it was almost 25 years ago. All I remember was that my veil kept on getting caught to the pearls on my wrist and when we lit the unity candle, I almost lit my veil.

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  20. YAY! I love that you did this!

    Aww, I love that you included the story from your bridal shower in this video! How precious! So sweet that your parents sent that video since they couldn't be there. I can see why you got teary eyed! Your Uncle Steve has quite the voice! How awesome he sang for you guys! Really this whole video just made me happy. I feel like I got to be at your wedding. So precious! :)

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