Larissa and Rory

How We Met

Larissa and Rory met in Honolulu, HI through improv comedy in November 2009. Together they worked at an improv theater, Larissa operating the box office and Rory managing the door as well as maintaining the theater. Larissa became the coach of the improv teamSomething Classy, in which Rory was a member of along with four other amazing improvisers including Best Man Jay Polk, and Groomsman David K Jones. Larissa coached the team for 2 years and over time, Rory and Larissa became best friends. They’d go out to play pool at Hawaiian Brian’s, watch horror movies, and eat Taco Bell on nights when they weren’t performing improv comedy shows or working at Laughtrack Theater.

Then on February 12th, 2012, Rory asked Larissa on a date. After a romantic dinner at 7-11 eating pork hash and spam musubis, they went to watch a movie, which neither of them can remember what the movie was because they were both so nervous with each other on their first date. After the movie, they walked out of Regal Dole Cannery Theater and shared their first kiss.

Since then, the two have been inseparable. Larissa and Rory even traveled across Micronesia to visit Larissa’s homeland, Saipan, and meet her family. Technically, this was the first time ever Larissa brought any guy home to officially meet the ‘rents, so that’s gotta earn Rory some sort of bonus point.

How He Asked

My fiance -now husband- and I were trying to figure out how we wanted to invite our family and friends on an affordable and easy level. Since our theme was adventure, we considered maps and some of our favorite movies to inspire us, but it wasn’t clicking. Plus, we were having to harvest everyone’s mailing address which was just a pain. In this digital age, there had to be a better way.

So I got to talking with my boss, who runs his own videography company and after some brainstorming, we figured out how to create a wedding invitation video.

This was an amazing and fun experience. My friends got to be involved in it, people who hadn’t met either of us got to have a taste of either myself or my -at the time- fiance. That was the thing that was missing from paper invitations. I wanted it to be personal to my fiance and I while something that people who hadn’t met either of us yet could get some idea about us. It worked! It certainly was a lot of time and effort, but man was it worth it all.

The best thing that came out of this was that it made the inviting process much easier. We just had to send a private link via email or text or over FB messenger. I know some people think that sending invites over the interwebs is tacky, but really in this day and age it worked. None of my guests complained about not receiving a mailed invite. Instead we just got compliments on how jun the video was!

I also got to save a few trees and created less waste or something that would just sit around in someone’s house.

So… I wanted to share this with you. I hope that this may inspire other couples looking for different and fun ways to invite their guests to their special day outside of traditional paper invites. My husband, friends, and I had a great time creating this. I know you will too!

Our Video

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Special Thanks

Jeff Orig
Videographer
Noah Felipe
Videographer