I want to apologize to all of you. Snippet & Ink has been experiencing what feels like an inordinate number of technical issues over the last few weeks, and I hate thinking about how annoying it must be for you to try and access posts when things aren’t working properly. This past week we made the move to a new server, with the thought that it will solve some of the access issues you might have experienced a few weeks ago, but the process of moving over has brought along its own set of challenges.
After losing several posts, being unable to upload images, getting totally blitzed by spam comments, and finally new posts not showing up at all… I kind of hit a wall (read: had a minor meltdown) and decided that the best thing would be to take a step back and breathe. My hope is that the folks who provide Snippet & Ink with web support will be able to resolve these issues quickly, and that we’ll be back to regular posting as soon as possible – I have so many beautiful weddings and other pretties that I can’t wait to share with you! But until then, I hope you’ll forgive a little bit of radio silence while we regroup, and that you’ll pay us a visit us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Thanks for always being such thoughtful and understanding readers, and for bearing with us as we go through some growing pains. Hopefully we’ll have things sorted out (and better than ever!) really soon.
There’s something really special about Super 8 films, so it’s easy to understand why a couple might choose a videographer to capture their wedding day in this nostalgic medium. But what about other important moments or events that you might want to keep between family and friends (meaning: without a professional videographer)? With a baby on the way, I imagine having her first birthday on Super 8 – what a wonderful memory that would be! Or what about a honeymoon or birth story or even a family vacation? I love the idea of capturing life in analog, which makes me super excited to introduce the Homemade Films kit from my buddies at A Bryan Photo.
A Bryan Photo
Here are a few of my favorites (they’re all under 4 minutes, so definitely take a sec to check them out):
BRITISH COLUMBIA HONEYMOON
WELCOME HOME BABY
Aren’t these fun?! The way it works is A Bryan Photo sends you their Homemade Films kit complete with Super 8 camera and film, you use it and send it back them, and then they edit it into a memorable film for you. One couple loves them so much they’ve taken it with them on three different trips!
So what would you want to capture on Super 8? Wouldn’t this be a rad wedding gift for a group of friends to give a couple for their honeymoon?
I’m at that place in my pregnancy where when the baby moves I can actually see my belly move! How crazy is that?! I also recently discovered maxi dresses (don’t ask me what rock I’ve been under) and I’m pretty sure I’m going to start living in them. Anything that looks put together but feels like pajamas is aces in my book (pregnant or not). So that’s me these days – belly moves and maxi dresses. Not exactly the most exciting stuff (which I guess is good when you’re waiting around for a baby), so tell me about your exciting things! Wedding plans? Engagements? What’s new with you, dear readers?!
With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was important to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.
More than 70 years ago, David was looking for a date to take to a friend’s wedding. He asked Daisy, a classmate of his sister, but she had to turn him down. The reason? She didn’t have a dress to wear! Luckily, David’s sister loaned Daisy a gown, and it’s a good thing she did: Daisy and David have been together ever since.
Shortly after they became a couple, David was headed off to fight in World War II. Before he left for basic training, he told Daisy, “I’ll be going into the Army soon and we’re going to get engaged before I leave.” David left New York and headed to basic training in Florida. When he got news that he was being sent to Germany, Daisy boarded a train for her first trip outside New York state. She arrived in Florida and the couple were married in a civil ceremony, sealing the deal with a $1 ring from the local five and dime.
Two and a half years later, David came home from the war, making the long journey by ship. Like many soldiers, he passed the time playing games of craps – but David got lucky, winning enough money to buy his bride the ring he knew she deserved. And when he returned, the couple had a second wedding to match the new ring, with a small Jewish ceremony their families could take part in. “My sister-in-law loaned me her wedding gown, my mother made a little wedding party in the apartment, and the rabbi lived in the same building so he married us.”
“When I got married,” says Daisy, “my mother said to me, Your husband comes first because he is the breadwinner. Today I would say it should be a two way street. I like today’s society better than mine, it’s more equal.”
And Daisy hasn’t passed on her mother’s advice to the three daughters she and David have. Instead, Daisy says it’s about patience, compromise, and a sweet gesture here and there. “You give a little bit, your spouse gives a little bit, it’s compromise. You work at it every day. Even though we’re married seventy years, if I see a little card for my hubby, I leave it on the bed.”
David agrees, “It’s all what you make out of a marriage.”
And Daisy and David can certainly be very proud of what they’ve made of theirs!
SNAPSHOT SUBMISSIONS Do you know a married couple whose relationship you admire? Or maybe you’re married and want to share your words of wisdom! We’re now accepting submissions from couples who have been married for ten years or longer. Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first names, how long you’ve been married, and a few sentences about why you’d like to be interviewed for our Snapshot of a Marriage series.