Couple's marriage skits go viral on YouTube channel, 'Modern Marriage Moments'

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19 2013 3:30 p.m. MST

"Every time we argue we apologize, and if I say 'I'm sorry,' Brandon doesn't say, 'It's OK.' We purposely say, 'I forgive you' to truly embrace what forgiveness means," Stephanie said. "So people have said 'that's not what really happens,' but I hope that by the video they are inspired that that can happen, that they just have to choose to make that their response."

Brandon and Stephanie, both originally from Columbus, Ohio, currently reside in Nashville, Tenn., where they both work. For them, their YouTube channel has provided an opportunity to not only demonstrate their own marriage practices, but it has allowed them to share the importance of marriage with people from all over the world as well.

"It's been very overwhelming," Stephanie said. "We're reaching a market that we never could before, and maybe even people who aren't Christians."

After filming several episodes, Stephanie expressed how they both now think of their YouTube channel during their own personal disagreements.

"Every couple has a different way they communicate with each other, and when Brandon and I are having a heated moment we typically aren't the type of people to argue and get really loud with each other," Stephanie said.

"But it has helped us learn how to laugh in our disagreements when we step back even further and realize that we can make a video about it. It's probably something very petty in the grand scheme of things."

Brandon also acknowledged how their YouTube channel has had an effect on their own marriage.

"It’s just so amazing that we can make a positive impact on other people while we’re making a positive impact on our marriage," Brandon said. "I think really what we're trying to capture is where it's like OK, I know that you can't look outside yourself when you're in the moment, but it's just hilarious. And obviously we've seen that a lot of people have been able to relate to that, and that's been great."

Brandon and Stephanie have received many ideas and love reading through the comments to see what others suggest they act out next. Even though they have a list full of their own ideas, the couple explained that they want to portray lots of different marriage situations, not just their own.

While marriage has been depicted both positively and negatively throughout television and movies, Brandon and Stephanie are happy to promote their own beliefs through their YouTube channel about the importance of marriage and the commitment that it takes.

"We decided when we got married that no matter what happens that we were in it for life, and that we were in it together and that we were going to be partners that got through any challenge that presented itself," Stephanie said.

"We realized that love is not an emotion, love is a choice and everyday you wake up you have to choose to love one another, and consider how you might perform acts each day to show that love."

Ultimately, Brandon expressed that they hope to encourage others to keep on trying.

"One of the goals is to show that even though we go through these moments, which everybody does, that there's still hope and that there's still a way to stay together and work it out," Brandon said.

Brandon and Stephanie post a new video every Monday on their YouTube channel.

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