Just Like The Movies

Sean and I celebrated our month-a-versary on Monday, which is really just a twee way of saying we've now been married a month. I know! Can you believe it's gone so fast? Although, come to think of it, when you've known someone for over thirteen years, being married to them for a month is kind of small potatoes, actually. I'm pretty sure if he were going to reveal something shocking---He's really a woman! He's my second cousin once removed! Turns out he enjoys the music of Celine Dion!---it probably would have happened by now. Instead, we've just been chugging along as usual, in pretty much the same fashion we did before we were married, except now we have fewer conversations about whether or not to round the corners of things with my fancy corner-rounder.*

*(I rounded the corners of everything for our wedding: invitations, programs, menus, even the little stickers on our bags of salted caramels, which is a case of superfluous corner-rounding if ever there were one. I couldn't get enough of the corner-rounding, though! I love corner-rounding! It's bizarrely addictive! Anyone have anything they want corner-rounded anytime soon? Cards? Photos? Hell, let's corner-round your passport! Your insurance forms for the doctor! Your kid's permission slip for the trip to the zoo!) 

Anyway, one of the greatest things about dating someone for such a long time before you marry---and knowing them for even longer---isn't the mutual foundation of trust you build up together or the significant life experiences you get to share, it's the goddawful stash of photographs you accumulate of both of you rocking some seriously misguided hairstyles over the years. (Note to self: YOU WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE BLONDE.)

One of the things I always knew I wanted at my wedding---seriously, I can remember thinking this when I was about sixteen---was a video slideshow of old photos, preferably one that would make people laugh and cry in equal measures. Since Sean and I have such a long and ridiculous history together---by which I mean we saw each other through the better half of the 1990s, AKA The Decade That Fashion Didn't Just Forget But Then Also Gave The Finger To For Good Measure---it seemed like it would be an especially poignant chronicle of our time together.

My brother Luke, upon hearing this, slaved for ages over a hot scanner to make us our very own wedding video, which he introduced midway through the speeches and played on an old 1960s movie screen my dad once bought at a garage sale. Internet, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Have to say, though, the majority of those tears were the laughter kind. Honestly, I wasn't kidding, I should never have tried to go blonde.

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Manda
Oct 06, 2009

I must have song info. I have CHILLS!

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Angela
Oct 07, 2009

I am a super nerd and so I totally just Shazam'd it. "First Day of My Life", Bright Eyes.

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Boulder
Oct 07, 2009

This reminds me of just how long I've been reading, and makes me smile to see so many of your moments that you've shared with us are the moments that you have in this slide show. Thanks for sharing the real you (both of you) - this was beautiful.

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greyfavorite
Oct 07, 2009

Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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Vicki
Oct 07, 2009

Love, love, love it! The photos of you two are great, Holly you have had so many different hairstyles!
And I love the song too, great choice Luke!

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Marcy
Oct 07, 2009

Thanks..
I can't swallow..
I don't even know you .. but I have a giant lump in my throat.
Lovely Lovely Lovely !!!

P.S.
Do tell your "Mum" her MOB dress was just beautiful. As was she.
; )

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Teej
Oct 07, 2009

Oh, that was fantastic. I love love.

(And really, your hair choices weren't SO bad. It was the 90s, for heaven's sake! It could have been so much worse!)

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glschneider
Oct 07, 2009

My husband and I have a similar archive of photos together (we have been dating/friends/married for 15 years this december) but in our case he is the one saying "self you really should never have tried to go blonde". And I am the one saying "damn back away from the chocolate 20 year old self".

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Hilary
Oct 07, 2009

What a fantastic video! I love how involved your family was- the idea that your brother could make something this personal for you is just awesome. Congratulations again!

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a.
Oct 07, 2009

Wow. You really weren't meant to be blonde, were you?

You both get exponentially hotter around '03-'06. Congrats on that.

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Carolyn
Oct 07, 2009

You guys are so, so, lucky to have each other. The person who coined the phrase 'They were meant for each other' must have just watched this video. I just love your couplehood!

And your brother is both sweet and talented to put together such a great video. My brother, on the other hand, thought it would be funny to wish me a 40th birthday yesterday. Which was my 39th birthday. So, Luke? Much nicer brother.

Congratulations, once again. You guys are just sparkly and cool.

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whoorl
Oct 07, 2009

Absolutely lovely. The photo at 1:56 is my very favorite.

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Elysabeth
Oct 07, 2009

So beautiful! I love wedding slideshows, even if I don't know the people. Your brother did a lovely job.

I do hope you celebrate your month-a-versaries every month for a year. We did that and it was so special. (Being semi-foodies, we got a lot of restaurant gift certificates as wedding presents, and doled them out, one per month, in celebration!)

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Sarah
Oct 07, 2009

oh! I love a good slide show.

and it's okay. we've all been through the Abercrombie & Fitch phase. (Sadly, I was about 28 back then, and gratefully accepting "hand me ups" from my younger sister.)

Good times.

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Lynn
Oct 07, 2009

beautiful, just beautiful!!! I love watching all y'all have grown over the years but still so wonderfully in love!

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Kelli
Oct 07, 2009

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

Kudos to your brother for pulling this all together.

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Rebecca
Oct 07, 2009

Gorgeous Holly....made me tear up! What a sweet brother you have.

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Hänni
Oct 07, 2009

What a very sweet video. It's good to see a couple stick it out, through good hair and bad.

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mjb
Oct 07, 2009

I was reading a scrapbook blog recently (I know, I know) and someone dissed a layout they made in 2003 because they had been going through a corner rounding phase. And I was like, um, is that really a problem? Is there a point in time when we're supposed to stop rounding corners?

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gina
Oct 07, 2009

I LOVED the video!

And that was my wedding song!

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Blanche
Oct 07, 2009

What a wonderful life you two have had so far.

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beyond
Oct 07, 2009

what a great brother you have.
(this makes me miss mine, a continent away.)

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Kitty
Oct 07, 2009

Awwww! So cute! What a beautiful tribute! Also, I completely agree about the blonde thing. You're a hottie, but you rock the dark and mysterious thing. :)

PS: My subscription widget recently crashed, and I lost all of my subscribers. Every last one. If you were subscribed, could you please subscribe again? Pretty please? I miss my friends. :(

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Debbie Whalen
Oct 07, 2009

Holly - that was beautiful. He did a great job.

I saw this video someone made for their friend and I thought of you and that you may like to see it.....

http://blog.oldeenglish.org/post/205136440/last-month-ben-got-married-it...

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becca
Oct 07, 2009

I don't even know you and I had tears in my eyes.

Also: how is it possible that you just got progressively cuter over time? I mean really? BOTH of you! Freaks of nature, you are.

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Alyssa
Oct 07, 2009

Beautifiul video, photos, moments.... I have been following your NBB site for about 1.5 months now at the advice of a friend who told me to give it a try. I am hooked. You guys are beautiful, inside and out...and I don't even know you! I just got married myself in January...best wishes & I will be following:)

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Rachel
Oct 07, 2009

My boyfriend just called from across the room, "What are you doing?!"

"Oh, just staring at pictures of strangers and getting weepy."

That was a really special video.

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Raquel
Oct 07, 2009

Wow, totally choked me up and I'm just a lurker.

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kimblahg
Oct 07, 2009

aw that almost made me cry and i've never even met you in person! 1) you look cute in glasses 2) love the song as well 3) could you two be any cuter/smilier/happy? 4)will you adopt me?

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Melissa Shea
Oct 07, 2009

Fantastic.

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Heather
Oct 07, 2009

Lovely video!

And if you enjoy corner rounding, you should try crimping sometime. SERIOUSLY addicting. I think I'm finally out of my crimping phase, but for a while there, every piece of paper with which I came into contact simply HAD to be crimped!

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Melanie
Oct 07, 2009

Man you two are disgustingly beautiful.

Um... was that a fake mole?

And yes, of course I loved this.

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Allie
Oct 07, 2009

What a sweet brother you have! Loved watching this (and got very excited that he chose a Bright Eyes song - love!)

I like the photo of Sean and the kitten (who I can only assume is an infant Simon.) Very cute.

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Katelin
Oct 07, 2009

Both of you seem to get hotter with age...you're gonna be some sexy 70 year olds!

(also, ditto Melanie, fake mole or ill-advised piercing?)

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cj4
Oct 07, 2009

Wait, so what you're saying is that you and Sean have been together for a long time? Huh. Who knew.

And, seriously - enough with the family movies. Between this one and the one for your dad's retirement, I think I have lost about 14 lbs of water weight. And I'm a guy.

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cj4
Oct 07, 2009

PS. Please post more family videos.

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Jennifer
Oct 07, 2009

um, a TEAR. that was lovely. congratulations again.

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Janssen
Oct 07, 2009

I've been reading your blog for somewhere around three years now, and somehow I haven't noticed until now that Sean looks EERILY like Danny Kaye. I can't stop staring and thinking "HOW DID I NOT NOTICE THIS BEFORE?!"

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citywendy
Oct 07, 2009

Gorgeous, both of you.

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NothingButBonfires
Oct 07, 2009

It's a real mole! It was very Cindy Crawford, but also not really very Cindy Crawford at all, so I had it removed when I was about 23.

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Amanda
Oct 07, 2009

Long time reader :)

Ok so this is sappy but I fell in love with the story of you and Sean and I am sad to see the wedding stuff come to an end!
I cried when you got engaged and I have LOVED the pics of the wedding. I almost feel like a stalker creeping in on your life (heh sorry about that) but I absolutely LOVED that video and it was made 10 times more sentimental that it was made by your brother. I would say you are a very lucky lady :)

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Katelin
Oct 07, 2009

okay that video was so sweet, love it. i hope someone makes me a super sweet video too, haha.

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Leah
Oct 07, 2009

I don't know if I told you this, but I started crying as soon as I heard the music for the first time, when Simon was helping Luke and your dad figure out how to hook up the projector. Wedding slideshows pretty much KILL me dead, and this is one of the very best.

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Camels & Chocolate
Oct 07, 2009

That was honestly my favorite part of the whole affair. Think Luke's available for hire to do my own slideshow? =)

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Cameron
Oct 07, 2009

Sob!

Another complete stranger whose heart is in her throat from watching your love story. Thank you for sharing it.

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kat
Oct 07, 2009

i think that i have cried at every single wedding related post from you. sigh. loved this slideshow. loved. and..wow what hairstyles you guys had. :)

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Melanie
Oct 08, 2009

Thanks for explaining about the mole. I only asked because I'd never seen it in other pictures. I had a biggun removed too.

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amber, theambershow
Oct 08, 2009

You need to continue this: wedding photos, big pregnant belly photos, hospital gown holding a tiny pink bundle photos, trips to disney world photos, birthday party photos, christmas morning photos... all that good stuff.

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Faith
Oct 09, 2009

thank you for sharing. that was so sweet. i wish the both of you even more happiness for the rest of your lives.

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Deb.
Oct 11, 2009

love, love love it Holly.
so beautiful

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Justine
Oct 15, 2009

Golly, you both are just so darned cute, and it looks like you're just improving with time! Love to you both xo

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charise
Oct 19, 2009

Aww, First Day of My Life - my cousin played an acoustic version of this for the processional at my wedding 2 weeks ago!

I reaallly wanted to have a slideshow, but unfortunately my husband's family took no photos, so it would have been unfairly lopsided on the growing up part. Turns out, my dad slaved for 6 hours making one anyway, including all he had from the last 5.5 years and our couples shower and stuff plus some from my childhood. And then his car was broken into during a dinner stop on the way to my house before the wedding and his laptop got stolen. Sad.

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meredyth
Oct 25, 2009

Wow. You two are a lovely couple. You're lovely individually and together. Congratulations on what looked like a really fun and adorable wedding. And congratulations on making through the 90s!

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