Hey, I’m Jen. What tickles me about life in general is the ability we each have to make even the most mundane day special. We’ve all been around people like that. Those people that make you feel happier when they are near. I make it a goal to fill my life with those people and I’ve been pretty successful at it.
We work really hard at Clipsake to make sure those fun-filled whirlwind celebrations and beautiful moments don't go forgoten (because as we all know, memories fade!). I started Clipsake to help people capture any of their special days on film, any way they please. The inspiration? In creating our own wedding celebration, my husband and I realized how much work goes into personalizing a wedding!
Mere weeks after my now husband proposed, we realized painfully that having a wedding that truly represented us would take strength, determination and guts. Yeah, I know it sounds like we were suiting up for battle, but despite the creative, customized weddings scattered all over Pinterest, what doesn’t get ‘pinned’ are the blood, sweat and tears that each couple spends attempting to push their cart off the tracks laid by an industry constantly greasing the rails with piles of cash (not theirs mind you, but cash none the less).
From our venue to our flowers, our wine and our decor, nothing we envisioned seemed to exist in the ‘packages’ offered. Thankfully, our friends and family are of the sort that one could write epic poems about. So many of them helped us DIY our way into customizing two weddings until they felt EXACTLY like us. Until they reflected our weird love and crazy style back at us on each of our big days.
My husband Simon and I actually threw two weddings to celebrate our commitment to one another. For us, the most important part of the wedding was to being surrounded by the community of people who love us and whom we love. So we decided to throw two weddings close to where each of our families & friends live; one here in Vancouver, B.C. and the other in Hertfordshire U.K.
One such beautifully 'us' moment involved sweat and tears (of laughter) and thankfully, no blood! As a couple, Simon and I are a fan of games and of doing rather than watching. Some of our favourite memories involve being outside. We were told again and again by the industry professionals that having 100 guests head outside between dinner and dessert was nothing short of nuts. The logistical equivalent to herding cats.
But...it was OUR wedding. OUR day...right? Wrong. It is an industry, a big, rigid industry which has seen it all before, or so they are content to tell you.
We went ahead and did it our way! We incorporated this game into our wedding, deciding that if it was a logistical disaster, it would at least be OUR disaster.
The game - Love Ball. The rules - made by us and broken immediately and creatively by our guests. The goal - to have family and friends bond in weird and interesting ways for our enjoyment. It was our wedding after all and it is amazing how far outside their comfort zone people will step to help you celebrate.
The moment I saw my Mother lying on her back, arms and legs stuck straight up in the air, dark lace dress askew, laughing like a madwoman, I knew we had thrown the wedding of our dreams.
If the thought of seeing your Aunt triumphantly standing over your Uncle, ball of her foot on his chest after winning a particularly rousing jump tackle doesn’t immediately scream 'WEDDING', well, different strokes for different folks. That is exactly what Clipsake is all about. You do you! Find out more about Clipsake wedding videos here.