EMILY AND IRA’S MOVIE POSTER
EMILY AND IRA’S FEATURE FILM
Q + A WITH IRA AND EMILY
Q. HOW DID YOU GUYS MEET?
Emily and I met in early 2005 as co-workers at Pepperdine University’s business school. I had been working there for 4 years, and she was the new girl that worked down the hall. I noticed her whenever she walked by my office, and I’d say to myself, “whoa, who’s the new girl?” She always says that I ignored her initially, but I say that I was just a really hard worker. So, even though she worked there for months, I didn’t really talk to her until we were brought together by fate – which came in the form of pizza. One day in March 2005, Emily was in the Pepperdine break room where she was thinking about ordering a pizza from Pizza Hut. She asked me if I was interested in splitting one. I was sick of my usual meatball sub across the street, so I said “sure!” She said, “But I don’t eat vegetables.” Actually, it was more like “I HATE vegetables.” I responded with, “No way, I hate vegetables too!” We ended up splitting a meat lovers pizza and we sat and talked for the rest of the lunch hour. Little did I know then that when she said I hate vegetables, she really meant it. Next to her I’m practically vegan. At this point, my first impression of her was that she was beautiful, fun-loving and easy to talk to. Everything came so naturally and easily in that little Pepperdine break room, and although it wasn’t quite love yet, I knew that I wanted to get to know her better.
Q. WHAT WAS THE STORY OF THE PROPOSAL?
I knew that I wanted to propose on the bluffs in Santa Monica not only because it’s one of the most beautiful spots in California, but it’s also where we would train to run my first Marathon. Overlooking the beach, there was a totem pole that we would always use as a landmark and we would touch it for good luck. The week before I proposed, I carved our initials into that totem pole. The night of the proposal of course, I wanted to surprise her, but as you can tell from the Houston story, Emily is not the easiest person to surprise, so I had to be extra sneaky and think out all the details. I told her that our VP at Yahoo was flying in from New York and wanted to take the team to dinner with their significant others. I told her we were going to Morton’s Steakhouse, so I think the thought of prime rib distracted her as well. I know she had no idea because as we were getting ready, she kept asking me the names of my teammates. I was so glad to get the proposal over with too because I had been carrying around the ring in my backpack for a month. As we walked out of her apartment, I told her “there’s been a change of plans.” We walked to the street and there was a white limo waiting for us. Emily knew at that instant and the waterworks began. I ran inside to get tissue. The limo dropped us off at the totem pole just as the sun was setting. We got out of the car and our limo driver Mene (pronounced meh-neh) was snapping photos like a papparazi. I wasn’t nervous at all because I had gone through this scenario in my head so many times in the past week. I took Emily’s hand as we walked towards the totem pole and told her that she was always my biggest supporter whether it was running the marathon or any other major accomplishment in my life. I told her that I loved her for always making me a better person. Finally I told her that I chose this spot because the totem pole was a symbol of how we supported and encouraged each other for the marathon, and now we will be doing that for the rest of our lives. A marriage is marathon, not a sprint. That’s when I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me. Her eyes welled up with tears and I don’t remember her exact words, but I know there was a ‘yes’ in there somewhere. We hugged and I said, ”you haven’t even looked at the ring yet.” She said, “I know I’m scared to look.” When she finally did, she cried even more and said she loved it. We both sat there for a while and then I said, “well aren’t you going to put it on?” She said, “I think you’re supposed to put it on me.” “Oh yeah.” Then Mene brought out Emily’s favorite champagne that he had chilling in the limo. And we toasted on the bluffs of Santa Monica. From there we headed out to Geoffrey’s restaurant in Malibu, which is where we had our first official date. On the way there I had one more surprise for her – two packages of her favorite beef jerky that I picked up from the Midway Meat Market in Katy, TX. Champagne and beef jerky – now that’s my Emily.
Q. WHAT’S THE FAVORITE AND FUNNIEST THING ABOUT BEING MARRIED?
My favorite thing is knowing that my best friend will be beside me to experience all of life’s crazy adventures. The funniest thing is hearing Emily have to spell my last name to people on the phone!
Q. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Getting married by our pastor. Jody having to dive under Emily’s dress outside the church to fix her petticoat. The Soul Train dance line. The afterparty!!
Q. WHAT ONE DETAIL ARE YOU GLAD THE VIDEOGRAPHER CAPTURED?
The look on the groom’s face when his wife-to-be walks down the aisle. The crazy, fun vibe of the reception — from the photobooth to the dancefloor.
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