This is a documentary by a filmmaker, Doug Block, who also films weddings on the side. He has shot 112 weddings over the years, and now he has tracked down several of those couples to see where they are now, after 3 years…5 years…10 years…20 years. It’s one of those concepts that’s so simple yet so fascinating because nobody has done it before, at least not to my knowledge.
How many times have you been at a wedding and thought to yourself, “I wonder how they’re going to turn out. Can they make it last?” Well, in the case of these marriages, wonder no more! You get to see them on their wedding day, as happy as could be, and then immediately jump forward several years to see them now. Some are happy, some are sad, and the others are somewhere in between.
I think maybe this should be required viewing for anybody who is married, might get married, or even just anybody who might commit themselves to another person for the rest of their lives in any way shape or form. Not to dissuade them from doing so – at least not in most cases – but to give them a more realistic look at what to expect so that they’re better prepared for what’s to come. I know people are usually told that sort of thing before embarking on such an endeavor, but to see it on screen makes it seem different. The stark contrast between the whirlwind of joy on the wedding day (or partnership ceremony day) and then the ho-hum of every day life (or the despair of divorce) can be startling, even to a person who might think, “nah, that couldn’t happen with OUR relationship.”
It’s not a masterpiece, and I’m sure some won’t find it nearly as interesting as I did, but I think there’s a lot of fascinating stuff here if you really give it a chance.