Hello! We’re nearly at the 2-year anniversary of my publication of the most popular entry in my entire blog: Getting Engaged During the Holiday Season … in GIFs!
That feature was, of course, spurred by the joyous occasion of my engagement to Deepak. We are married now! So it’s time for a follow-up!
We recently received our wedding video. I am so happy that we commissioned a video. Yes, we are a very cost-conscious couple, and yes, I took on many ambitious projects in the DIY spirit for our wedding. But being a film studies major, a resident of the global epicenter of TV & movies, a self-styled early adopter … and most of all, a vain person — videography was a must.
We found our key vendors in many different ways; one thing we did not rely on was word-of-mouth recommendation and online reviews. I tend to think both of them are highly biased and un-rigorous, much like when Deepak & I went engagement ring shopping and pulled up Yelp reviews for jewelers in the downtown LA jewelry district, and, amazingly … nearly every shop had a perfect 5 stars. Come on now, people. You’re allowed to give an honest assessment of a business transaction without conflating it with the highly emotional event that went into finding the shop.
(This is reminiscent of when, in 4th grade, we had an assignment to make posters for our moms for Mothers’ Day. I looked around the room during the activity and literally EVERY KID had done a variation on the theme: “To Mom — You’re the Best Mom in the World!” I definitely feel that about my own mom, and obviously the sentiment is point of most child-to-parent gifts. But does nobody feel a cheapening pang while watering down the meaning of superlatives / slotting into hackneyed and unsurprising words and ideas? This is how words and ideas come to mean absolutely nothing!)
Long story short, before I attack mercilessly attack my quondam classmates at Summitview Elementary School any further. We used a company called AirWedding for our wedding video, and they were wonderful. Their responsiveness and service was impeccable, which is both very important to me and sadly not guaranteed in the high-emotion, high-ego wedding business. We found them because Deepak and I were brainstorming one day and became obsessed with the idea of 4K drone videography for our wedding. So we Googled “4K drone wedding video” and found a few possibilities. I contacted all of them; AirWedding was the most responsive and most impressive.
When I watched our highlight video — yes, I’ll admit! — I felt like Justin Bieber after he completed his medley of “Where Are Ü Now?” and “What Do U Mean?” at this year’s VMAs. Which is to say: I brought myself to tears in a ridiculous way that surely seems completely self-indulgent and out of touch.
But never mind — please enjoy some GIFs from our wedding day video documentation. I hope they make you cry like Bieber … and not that they make you laugh, like everyone watching Bieber cry.
So much more to come — I have 5 hours of video to play with!
What a whirlwind. Deepak and I were married 5 weeks ago. We haven’t gone on a honeymoon, to the readily apparent dismay and concern of everyone who asked! But I have started a new job and have been busily sourcing adorable nutcrackers of all sizes from China to decorate our home and tree. (The job and the Chinese nutcracker sourcing are not related … yet!)
I feel fine about our decision not to take a honeymoon yet. We both felt frazzled and fried after the rush of finishing the wedding operation. We have traveled a lot together already, and also I’m now hot on the idea of racking up signup bonuses from airline- and hotel-affiliated credit cards in order to pad out and improve our international travel experience. And finally — we say this to friends as a joke, but it’s somewhat true: Deepak and I attended our dear friends’ all-expenses-paid three-day wedding in the Maldives a few years back, and it’s tempting just to cross-apply (policy debate lingo!) the memories/experience of that trip-of-a-lifetime to our honeymoon slot.
I certainly use the photos from that event often — the azure of the Indian Ocean and the genuine grins on our feasted and fêted faces can scarcely be duplicated, even through the flattering filter of Juno on Instagram. Also, I always remember an overheard moment in the midst of that 3-day Maldivian nuptial weekend. On day 2, we got to witness a beautiful wedding ceremony on a sandbar in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The sandbar was only exposed during one hour each day during low tide, and so the proprietors of the resort had timed the transport and setup of a full bar, wedding cake, lavish hors d’oeuvres and a beautiful floral display for the exact moment of a gorgeous sunset wedding. After the sand bar wedding ceremony concluded, and as we were boarding chartered speed boats back to the main island from the now-sinking sand bar, another guest turned to his companion solemnly and commented: “Well, that was the highlight.” His companion: “Of the 3 days?” His response: “No, of my life.”