After four years of marriage, Brandon and Stephanie Matias wouldn't consider themselves marriage "experts," but they have learned how to laugh through the hard times, which has been a theme in their viral YouTube skits.
"We do realize that marriage is something you have to work for every single day," Stephanie said.
It was only a month ago that Brandon and Stephanie had the idea to film their own skit portraying the real-life situations that happen in most marriages whether in the car, while watching sports or at the grocery store.
"We were kind of like, hey, we have this funny idea and we think a lot of people will be able to relate so we're just going to put it on Facebook and YouTube and kind of see how people take it," Brandon said.
The channel "Modern Marriage Moments" became official after Brandon and Stephanie received an overwhelming response to their first skit, "Stages of a car fight" which has more than 15,000 views on YouTube and was featured on many social media sites such as "GodTube" and "GodVine."
Each skit demonstrates a slightly exaggerated moment in which many married couples often find themselves. In the first episode, Brandon and Stephanie acted out small disagreements in the car such as which way is the fastest, getting lost and who's the safest driver. The video then shows that after several minutes of silence, the couple apologizes, forgives each other, and moves on to singing songs together.
"We all want ideal marriages, but that's not always the reality," Stephanie said. "It's so helpful when you know that other people argue about solving something with their spouse, too. It kind of normalizes it a bit and allows you to look at it and laugh at it and then just move past it, and continue to encourage your spouse as well as other couples in their marriage. That what we all need. We just need a healthy dose of encouragement."
Brandon and Stephanie have previously participated in acting, Stephanie with theater and Brandon with sketch comedy for youth programs at their church, Joy Church International. But neither thought that their simple video would go anywhere.
"Our pastor, he’s very big on humor and he believes that the quickest line between one person to another during a heart-to-heart is humor because humor breaks down walls," Brandon said. "We feel that by bringing humor into it that we can better help and really encourage people and give them a light in sometimes heavy and dark situations."
Before filming each episode, Brandon and Stephanie pray for support and guidance that they can create something that could help influence other couples in their marriage.
"I think that's kind of been our mission, to really show people the real-life moment," Brandon said.
"One thing that Stephanie and I do in real life, is we try to forgive each other as quickly as we can, just to not hold a grudge. And I think we showed that in our stages of a car fight video because that's really what happens in our real life. We're like, 'OK, we messed up. We see what we did wrong, and lets just move on and go right on to the next thing.' I think that's a very important aspect that we've tried to show."
Stephanie also said that they have received several comments where viewers suggest such quick forgiveness is impossible and never happens, but the Matias' hope they can share just how important this has been for them in their marriage.
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