Gate crashing has become somewhat of a known custom lately where weddings are concerned. This Singaporean custom is now practiced in most Asian cultures in the morning of the wedding when the groom picks up his bride. I think that it’s like a customary thing for grooms to go through a certain ordeal in the morning of their weddings, in order to respect tradition and win approval from the bride’s family and friends. But in the midst of all the good fun which sometimes can also be quite embarrassing and frustrating to do, I can’t help but wonder if this “gate crash” is also a test whether grooms can survive the rest of their lives. Bridesmaids would totally go all out to prepare for this “test” that the groom and his men-in-arms have to go through. It’s as if they’ve been holding back on their creativities and saving them for special torture occasions such as these (ha!). I have witnessed grooms who have filled their mouths with sweet, sour, spicy and bitter stuff - sometimes separately, sometimes combined - to test whether they will survive the many tribulations they will face in a marriage (or so they say!). There are quizzes and ludicrous lovey-dovey passages and push-ups in a formal suit, you name it… it’s like the ultimate dare! But I guess when you’re not the one doing it, it all just looks like really good fun to me! (But of course, you can always ask me again after I have actually gate-crashed myself.)
Anyway, compared to the many gate crashes I have seen, Natalie’s bridesmaids actually made it quite easy for Matthew and his band of brothers. They must like him. Matthew and Natalie were childhood friends, who after ten years met again and the sparks just couldn’t be denied. Two very friendly people got together and became the romantic couple we see today. Throughout the wedding, Matthew had many surprises up his sleeves – the dance, the solo song, the singing with his friends – he went all out to show Natalie how much he adored her. I can see why her bridesmaids like him, can’t you?
Matthew and Natalie, I wish you all the best that marriage could bring you. I pray that marriage brings you the sweet and the tasty, and that you will find the comfort in each other’s arms through the bitter and the sour. Congratulations once again!
Directed by Yosep Sugiarto
Camera Person: Adi Novendra, Andre Yap, Yosep Sugiarto
Editor: Danny Wirjadi
Music: The Night Sky by Tony Anderson, Boy With A Kite by Joe Moralez (www.themusicbed.com)