A little over a year ago, I was lucky enough to attend my friend Jason’s wedding in DC. When I met his wife Lynda for the first time, I thought that she was exactly the perfect person that I would have pictured for him. In the years that I’ve known him, he has been one of the most creative and hilarious guys I’ve ever known, and he totally brought that personality into his wedding. For starters, the MC walked into the reception room wearing a full Winnie the Pooh outfit while singing “A Whole New World”! I almost doubled over in laughter when he finally took the suit off, and I saw that he was drenched in sweat.
For the slide show segment of the wedding, Jason created a surprise video for his bride to welcome her into his home ”“ in the form of an Mtv Cribs spoof. To this day I have not seen anything so creative and funny at a wedding. While thinking about what Mr. Martini and I wanted to do for our own reception, I suddenly thought about his video again. I wish I can be this creative but alas ”“ all I can do is bow down to his idea. I quickly asked him if I can share with you all, and he agreed. Enjoy!
One of my BM’s has been trying desperately to get me to watch the show “How I Met Your Mother” for a while. I don’t watch any TV at all, and only watch shows on DVD so I didn’t even know what that show was about, but she swore I would love it and made me swear to rent it. Two days ago she told me about a proposal story that occurred on the show and it made me tear up because I thought it was so original and romantic! I decided to try and look up the scene on YouTube this morning, and I found this CNN clip reporting the episode.
Apparently the show focuses on different types of relationships, including a newlywed couple hopelessly in love. Do you watch "How I Met Your Mother"? Is it worth the rent?
If there is one thing I totally underestimated (not just in the wedding planning process, but in life in general!), it is the power of video. Now, I am all about photography and always have been… I am an avid scrapbooker and also hold the title of unofficial historian among all my friends . And there is nothing more beautiful than a perfect moment captured on film (or memory card, rather ). But you’d be amazed at how quickly we can forget. Lately, perhaps due to the fact that the wedding brought together so many old and new friends, I’ve been reminiscing more… and I’ve found that video has the amazing power of bringing me back to a certain time in a uniquely different way than photography does.
Anyway, for your workday viewing pleasure , I thought I’d share the “Getting Ready” video that one of our buddies put together for us. I can’t describe the giddyness and “awwwww, I miss everyone so much!” feeling that clinched my throat as I started watching it. So much fun and love. Enjoy!
Music by one of me and Mr. D’s favorite bands, Caedmon’s Call. Thanks to our buddy, Lawrence Chen, for your amazing work!
Enter the new Mr. and Mrs. Penguin! We felt like the time allotted for our wedding (the reception was from 6:30 until 10) was so short that we sped everything along by immediately dancing our first dance and then cutting the cake before eating dinner.
I have to admit…our first dance was painfully awkward. Mr. Penguin noted earlier in the week that he wasn’t comfortable dancing to a WHOLE song all by our lonesome, to which I noted that 3 minutes of a dance with his new wife wouldn’t kill him. Well, it practically killed him. And, quite frankly, almost killed me too. Sadly, we could not revel in the moment, because 116 eyes were all on us, so we had the DJ fade the music about half way through, which was nice. It’s too painful for me even to watch now, so you’ll have to wait for the still pictures to come out to watch that one. But the cake was delish!
After the ceremony, our guests joined us for a portion of a traditional Thai Wedding Ceremony called the Water Ceremony. I never thought I’d be a two dress bride! I made my parents promise us that if I invested in a custom made Thai Wedding dress, that my parents would throw us a wedding for our family back in Thailand in the near future…so the Penguins will get married twice!
We’re back and hitched! The wedding was wonderful, the weather was perfect, and Mr. Penguin is dragging me kicking and screaming off of the computer as we have a 6AM plane to catch and he needs his beauty rest. No stills from the wedding as of yet, but a very dear friend of ours videotaped our wedding and handed over the tapes at the conclusion of the wedding, so I wanted to give the hive a sneak peek! Audio is spotty right now at best since I let the audio channels mix because I’m in a hurry, but here’s a little peek into our ceremony….and by the time you read this I’ll be on a beach on the Mayan Rivera!
The first glitch in our wedding came early, as the DJ did not have our bridal party entrance music available (which was totally our fault, as we gave it to him very last minute) so instead, they looped a 20 second piece of music that I’d never heard, and then played our first dance song (not the instrumental version)… But no worries! The show had to go on! Our ceremony was perfectly flawed, and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂
…and yes, there WAS mention of blogging in our ceremony…did you catch it? Lucky for Mr. Peng, I waited till the day after the wedding to come back and blog.
As some of you may remember, Mr. Peppermint & I have been busy working ona webseries (“Engaged the Show“–I wonder where we got that idea from??). Along with the episodes, we taped some segments called “Quick Tips”. These are basically snippets of (bad) advice from Chrissie & Keith–who are always willing to dish it out! For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, he show is a mockumentary featuring the trials & tribulations of a newly engaged couple. We’re shooting the next batch of episodes at the end of the month & will have some more quick tips/interviews to come.
I know I promised professional photos would be my next post – and they’re coming very, very soon, I promise! – but I wanted to sneak this in really fast-like.
It’s a super short little video I cobbled together to show at the reception. Early on, my grand plan had been to get loads of footage of Mr. Lovebug that I could make into a sweet, full-length video for him. But he absolutely wigs out whenever I film him. It was impossible to get more than thirty seconds of him doing anything.
So I had to make do with the handful of random clips I had. It’s less than two minutes, but it a) fits the theme of the wedding, b) was a total surprise, and c) made everyone laugh, so d) I was happy. 🙂