The San Francisco City Hall elopement video we ran last year has remained a favorite of mine. I’ll never forget genuinely crying when I watched a couple that I didn’t even know exchange vows (with their voices removed, just music and images) and look so very happy. I know so many other people were moved by their ceremony, but I didn’t expect to be blown away again by another couple who were inspired by this very video!
Chen and Peter got engaged this March after dating for ten years. Chen had bookmarked the video above after seeing it last November and remembered it when they decided to tie the knot. They knew a traditional wedding wasn’t for them and that their love of travel adventures was a big part of their life, so they decided to have a “wedding for two” rather than an elopement (they told their family and friends ahead of time). Peter is a television editor so the idea of creating a video similar to April and Jeremy’s was perfect. Their whirlwind trip to Paris included visiting all sorts of romantic spots around town and renting bikes in a moment that reminds me of my favorite scenes from Amelie. Chen and Peter had a beautiful ceremony and then came home where Peter edited this video (which was shot by Sean Flanigan) as a gift for his wife.
I think this is such a beautiful and sweet moment and am thankful that Chen and Peter offered to share it with us here today. Here’s wishing them a lifetime of happiness. xo, grace (P.S.- Bravo on the music choice, Peter)
Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:
- New City Guide: Pokey Lafarge’s Tour of St. Louis (plus interview)
- Biz Ladies: Organizing your life with online tools
- Living In: The Sound of Music
- Sneak Peeks: Kelly Oshiro, Enrique and Libia, Crystal Ellis
- DIY Projects: Recycled road map corkboard, Kubb- a Swedish Lawn Game (how to build the parts), Personalized Party Cups
- Before & Afters: Amazing bathroom makeover (must see), Flower shop renovation, Porch makeover, Reupholstered wingback chairs
- We like it Wild: Yosemite inspired flower arrangement
- Upholstery 101: Constructing Coil Seats, Part 1
- Make It Yours: Recreating Sarah Bedford and Alan Hill’s home
- In the Kitchen With: Giao Trac’s Chinese Chicken Salad with Spicy Ginger Dressing
- Back to School: Tech accessories roundup
- Misc.: Rablabs geode/agate stoppers, Painter’s Palette inspired giftwrap, Happy Cat cards, Ombre painted bench, Colorful butterfly prints, Wallpaper from Kirath Ghundoo, Cat Illustrations from Nolan Pelletier, Baggu bags by Caitlin Mociun, Beautifully designed “Good Life” cookbook, Shannon Garson’s polka dotted ceramics, Summer themed letterpress cards from Studio SloMo