The theme of this wedding is saturated with the thought of being "lucky" or "fortunate" (afortunado in Spanish), from Carlos' parents expressing their gratitude for their son all the way to how these two individuals with culinary giftedness find and love each other. Their family recounts their journey with light-hearted and touching testimonies.
I'm not sure how speeches came to being at weddings but whoever started the trend had some thing going and (maybe) didn't know it. Speeches done well can quiet a restless crowd or create a shortage of Kleenex tissue like none other. In most cases, however, the reactions are not typically extreme, but they can be powerful.
In PART 1 of my series on speeches, I mentioned that the story-telling value of speeches can bring people together. People from different aspects of our lives have only parts of the story respectively - even more so with two separate people coming together.
The wedding party and the DJ put together such a spectacle that got everyone energized after the cocktail hour. The bride and groom’s entry was equally as fun, ending with a touching first dance with them singing to each other and literally dancing serenely as if no one were watching. The next hour would be the most challenging of the whole engagement process: sitting through a series of speeches similar to a Netflix marathon, but without fast forward button, with a fraction of the engagement and definitely with no chill.
I’ve wanted to write this series on preparing a good line-up of speeches for your wedding (or event) for some time now. With my attendance at tens of weddings and having to relive them ALL through the editing process, I’d love to offer some insights for making your speeches a fertile oasis in the program instead of “something to kill time with during dinner”.
To have a Hindu ceremony or a Catholic ceremony? Why not both? And that's what Venoth and Ann did on the weekend of their wedding celebration. Their film not only tells their story but demonstrates how they weave together the two cultural identities that they bring to their marriage.
Ryan Walters, the founder and operator of Aperture Lane. Look forward to sharing great stories with you!