Noah Carpenter has spent the last year-and-a-half as a sort-of accidental John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey—crashing weddings on three different continents, meeting the newlyweds, and walking away from each meeting with a hilarious snapshot. How, exactly, did the St. Joseph's senior start this strange, yet undeniably awesome, hobby?
"My first crashing was October 13, 2011," he told us today over email. "I was studying abroad at the time, and in the month leading up to the first time, I had seen 4 or 5 couples already. So I figured this was something I might be seeing consistently, and I thought, "Who in the world has an album of pictures with random wedding couples?'"
Can't think of anyone else! Below is a quick look at Noah's tour around the wedded world, complete with commentary alongside a few of the pictures.1 Keep this in mind: The crashings come over a period of only 18 months. Statistically, it's pretty, pretty hard to run into so many parties. How many have you seen over the last year and a half?
Manasquan, Jersey Shore:
"As my friend snapped the picture, the groom said, 'This isn't gonna end up on some porno site is it?'"
St. Augustine, Florida:
Arc de Triomphe, Paris:
Galata Tower, Istanbul:
Eiffel Tower, Paris:
The Louvre, Paris:
"The funniest part about the pictures from [Continental] Europe is that only one group of them spoke English, so at first, I had to use hand motions and mime with my camera to ask them. This was a little difficult at first, but after the first few, I memorized how to say 'Can I take a picture with you?' in four different languages to make things easier. Surprisingly, most of the couples thought it was hilarious, and had their professional photographer snap pictures for themselves to keep."
Overbrook Station, West Philadelphia:
Tower Bridge, London:
"The two couples in England were Brazilian, and after I took the picture, both of the brides asked for money. When I asked why, they responded in broken English, 'Because we allowed you to capture our beauty.' I laughed and told them that if that was the case, they should be paying me. They didn't take that too well, but fortunately their new husbands caught my humor."
Noah plans on continuing the hobby until he fills up a coffee table book with the photos he's taken. When I asked if he had a wedding white elephant out there he wanted to crash, be it a celebrity or Secretary of the Treasury's daughter, he said he'd be on the lookout.
But anyway, we fully support this hilarious hobby. And since weddings are undoubtedly one of the most fun things you can go to in your life, the more you can fit yourself into—uninvited, or not—the better.
1(Yes, if you've seen any of these before, a few were in a semi-popular Reddit thread a few months ago. Cue the "You take everything from Reddit" calls.)