Honeymoon: The Movie

One of my goals for the Christmas vacation---ie: the ten days in December I spent at my parents' house in San Diego, eating cheese just as quickly as my mother could buy it---was to teach myself iMovie.

Goals! On vacation! I know! What is the world coming to? But man cannot live by back issues of Us Weekly alone, turns out, even when those back issues of Us Weekly are substituted with HGTV marathons and late morning lie-ins, and so eventually, when slothfulness had lost its charm, I decided to tackle my Christmas vacation goal and make iMovie my bitch.

"What are you doing?" asked my sister.

"I am making iMovie my bitch," I answered.

And friends, that is exactly what I did. Eh, well, sort of. I am definitely still a beginner, as you will soon see, but boy, does it feel good to have learned another skill. File that one next to finding lost contact lenses and driving stick! The world is my oyster! Need a person to hunt for that Acuvue Daily you just dropped, drive you to the opthamologist in a Jeep, and then make a movie about the whole thing? I'M YOUR GIRL.

So here is my debut offering on iMovie, which is basically just a whole bunch of clips we took with our brand new Flip while we were on our honeymoon, but I'm sort of proud of it anyway. Plus it makes me happy to watch it, because while you might not be able to see it with the naked eye, I can assure you that there is an enormous bubble of relief over my head in pretty much every one of these clips, and it says, with the caps lock button on, OH THANK GOD I NEVER HAVE TO PLAN A WEDDING AGAIN.

Honeymoon: The Video from Holly on Vimeo.

Music is Miles From Minnesota by The Lower 48. Don't you wish it had been called Miles From California instead? Or Miles From San Francisco? Or Miles From.....Somewhere That Actually Has Significance To Us? Man, that would have been perfect. I mean, I guess we WERE miles from Minnesota. You know, technically and all. But still.


Jan 04, 2010

Great fun - I like all the toasting you do. The film also confirms for me that I'd like a koala to play with.

Heather B.
Jan 04, 2010

I'm going to have to ask you for a tutorial or something. Tell me how you did that as if you're speaking to a seven year old.

Also: I enjoyed that lots.

Jan 04, 2010

This video made me happy. Just lovely!

Jan 04, 2010

isn't iMovie such...fun? (I'm a bit addicted, after learning it this year.)

thanks for sharing that! it's great.

p.s. the song is lovely!

Jan 04, 2010

You guys are beautimous and cute and smiley!

Jan 04, 2010

Cute! That's a great video. And it looks so warm... and sunny...

Jan 04, 2010

Holly, that was really cool. I'm grinning like an idiot. And I'm totally inspired -- we've just planned (what I hope will be) a wicked cool trip through the Southern Caribbean, and I hadn't even been thinking about how to use our Flip, but now, I'm simply brimming with ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Jan 04, 2010

You look so happy and like it's a trailer for an indie movie about love. I dig it.

Jan 04, 2010

I love it when I make iMovie my bitch - excellent job!

The entire time this was playing Claire was dancing and shaking her bottom. She likes your music choice. :)

Alison of a Gun
Jan 04, 2010

Ugh, I want your life SO BAD. Also make a video with you talking more! I want to hear your accent! For some reason, Sean looks like he would have an accent too. He has a British face. I don't even know what that means.

Jan 04, 2010

Hey, next time you go on your honeymoon, can I come with you guys? Just so I can bask in the glow of your lovely, lovely, love?

(not that you'll be going on another honeymoon, because if that's not the most perfect start to a beautiful marriage, I don't know what is.)

(and not that my asking to go on your next honeymoon wasn't creepy.)

(no, not at all.)

adorable! Two thumbs up!

Locusts and Wild Honey
Jan 04, 2010

iMovieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I honestly don't know what I did before I had iMovie to obsess over.

Congratulations on your directorial debut. It was stupendous.

Jan 04, 2010

Christmas break is not the time for lofty goals. I myself had planned to write everyone's birthday in my new planner and read three books. Mission accomplished!

Jan 04, 2010

well that was just adorable. i need to get a Flip and then learn how to make iMovies. I love looking back on old videos we've taken since we met each other 7 years ago - you'll be so happy you have this little snippet of your honeymoon!

Jan 04, 2010

I love how happy you both look. And now I have something else on my to-do list. Right after Figure Out How To Take Pictures That Don't Appear Alarmingly Fuzzy is Make iMovie My Bitch.

Jan 04, 2010

The video is adorable. Also, thank you, thank you, thank you for leading me to my anthem for the year. That song! I'm throwing caution to the wind and spending 2011 traveling the world and currently living in Minnesota, so it's just perfect.

Jan 04, 2010

OK - super cute video. I need to make iMovie my bitch too.

Jan 04, 2010

Adorable =) I want to go where it's warm (it's WAY below zero with the wind chill today)....

Jan 04, 2010

Please know that I mean this in the best possible way -

Your life seems perfect. Many years of happiness to you and Sean!

Jan 04, 2010

A lovely video, indeed, though I must admit mild sadness over the absence of my beloved Melbourne. And, no, the bottle of VB does not make up for it.


[Ahh, just kidding. iBitch, but iLove.]

Camels & Chocolate
Jan 04, 2010

I did this exact thing a couple years back when I started shooting so much video for my blog (made iMovie my bitch, that is; not go on your honeymoon, obviously). And then, you'll come to a point where iMovie is just! too! limiting! so you'll want to do something crazy like spring for Final Cut. Mark my words.

Love love love me some iMovie! What an adorable movie you made.

You two are both too adorable for words.

Jan 04, 2010

Anybody spend hours teaching you iMovie or did it just happen? Like spontaneous combustion or something?

Jan 04, 2010

You know what? I always thought video clips needed to be about something, but I love the clips here that are just like extended photos, "Holly at the beach," "Sean with beer," etc. I'm going to start recording clips like this and them make myself a video.

Jan 04, 2010

Love it. Very fun!

Jan 04, 2010

Apparently this is my first post here, although I have been lurking for a bit.
The video...LOVE IT! That was so much fun to watch and I so want to be there right now! (It's a little cold here in Ontario, Canada and that looks like a great place to be).

Jan 04, 2010

What a perfect video! Perfect video montage song! And there's that part where it looks like you're singing along. Nicely done!

That Flip takes good videos!

Jan 04, 2010

Seriously, this little video brings me so much joy I just want to say "squeee!" the entire way through it. There are no other words but the made up word of squee, it's true.

When I think back on trips and fond memories I see it as a jumbly set of random clips with a sweet song behind it. You really captured it perfectly Holly, bravo!

Jan 04, 2010

I don't often comment here, but I always read, and I must say: you two are even more endearing on camera!

Great job on the video!

Jan 04, 2010

Hi, just recently moved to the bay area and started reading your blog to get some local insight.

What I love about this video is that you're clearly in some beautiful spots, and yet almost all the shots of are of each other--it's obvious you're very much in love.

Jan 05, 2010

I laughed. I cried. I can't wait for the sequel...

Jan 05, 2010

This made me smile.
And also, we need to get a video camera. Not that we are going on vacation anytime soon, but how fun to have these to look back on.

Jan 05, 2010

that video was adorable. you guys are adorable. congratulations again and happy new year to you both!

p.s. well done on making iMovie your bitch...

Jan 05, 2010

I've wanted to goto Vanuatu ever since I read Sex Lives of Cannibals (great book btw) So jealous!

Jan 06, 2010

I got a little nervous there when you guys were on the boat... I was afraid you might have footage of the infamous seasick underwater diving escapade.


Cool flicks, weird song, neat combo.

Jan 06, 2010

That bubble of relief over your head that says "OH THANK GOD I NEVER HAVE TO PLAN A WEDDING AGAIN"? I have one that appears over my head too, every time I hear either of my brothers' fiances talk about planning their wedding.

Jan 06, 2010

you guys are simply TOO CUTE. good job on the video, and fabulous song selection.

Jan 06, 2010

Fun, fun, fun! What a fabulous trip!

Jan 06, 2010

What fun! Thanks for sharing!

Jan 06, 2010

Australia is one of those places that is on my list of countries to visit. Thank you for reaffirming that for me. LOL

I am skerred of iMovie but seeing the results make me want to confront it. hmmm

Claire Bidwell Smith
Jan 07, 2010

Oh, from snowy Chicago that looked pretty dreamy. Nice job with your first iMovie!

Jan 07, 2010

Congrats again!! Love the video...

Jan 07, 2010

I second the comment about the trailer for a movie about love!
The video is totally adorable.

Also, another resolution for 2010: buy camera! Thanks!

Jan 07, 2010

You guys look so in love and like you are having the best time ever. Love the song, too!

Jan 09, 2010


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