Best Made Videos® – Seattle Wedding Videography Blog

Seattle Wedding Videography and Video Production. Available for weddings, live events, and more!

by Scott Johnson

Welcome everyone! I hope the New Year is treating you all splendidly. If you were worried we would not have many stories to share with you, boy are you wrong! We will always fun new stories coming your way, even if we typically ask for more. So let us get down to another installment of Bizarre Wedding News. This week will make your blood boil a little, but also take you to a secret wedding and one of the most awesome bouquet tosses in the history of weddings. Are you ready?

https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/mika-brzezinski-and-joe-scarborough-secretly-got-married.html

You may have heard of Joe Scarborough (singer-songwriter) and Mika Brzezinski from their talk show, Morning Joe, on MSNBC, or you at least heard about Trump ragging on Mika’s plastic surgery. Nevertheless, the two secretly got married back in November, after having been engaged since May of 2017. Their romantic engagement in France prompted them to plan for a Nantucket wedding this past spring, though their plans appear to have been altered as they celebrated a secret wedding right before the holiday season.

While probably not our go-to for romantic destination, they held their small ceremony at the National Archives in DC right in front of the Bill of Rights and Constitution. If this was all a big ploy for an actual National Treasure heist, I would be pleasantly delighted, however it seems as though it was pretty quick before they headed off to Chez Billy Sud for the reception.

https://nypost.com/2018/11/06/woman-finds-her-diamond-before-proposal-and-ring-shames-herself/

Ready to get a little annoyed? Apologies in advance.

At the beginning of November, a soon-to-be engaged woman, who remains nameless, discovered that her boyfriend was getting ready to propose to her after discovering an engagement ring. As most people would silently celebrate with baited breath while their significant other carefully planned to pop the question, this girl instead went to a Facebook group where others post about silly engagement stuff.

Making fun of the ring herself, she also called on others to supply their own roasts, as well as advice on how to perhaps get her boyfriend to get her a better ring. By this point you’re probably thinking, “what a loser, he should dump her.”

Alas, as she has remained nameless there has been no follow up to her jerkery, though this is one engagement we really can’t get 100% behind! Who knows, maybe she was really just messing around?

https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/man-proposes-bridesmaid-immediately-after-bouquet-toss-48783

In order to make up for that last downer, we are closing this week of with an awesome story about one of the funniest and adorable proposals ever. During a wedding, newlywed Natalie opted out of tossing her bouquet, and instead walked up to her friend Kirsty and simply handed it to her.

Why, you ask?

Because her boyfriend Joe was ready and waiting on one knee to pop the big question!

Unbelievable, right? Typically, the bouquet toss is a cute little ritual that many don’t put much faith into actually playing out its superstitions, but this time it did! And she said yes! Check out the video for yourself!

___________________

There you have it for this week, folks! I hope you enjoyed these stories. Like I said earlier, if you have any you want to send our way, we’d love to have them! See you all next time.

Leave a comment

by Scott Johnson

Sheridan Wedding on 12/21/18 at Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“We love it!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!”

Located near the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, and nestled right in the Cascade Mountains, Mountain Springs Lodge is a stunningly gorgeous venue that takes quite a bit of time to get to–but it undoubtedly proves worth the wait! With dozens of local suggestions for cakes, florists, photographers and more, the Lodge also aims to source all of the food locally too. Worried about booze? They have got you covered on that too! No minimum order required!

Just four days before Christmas, the Sheridans wed up in the frigid cold mountains. Blanketed in snow and decked out for the holidays, the lodge looked so warm and inviting after a the long drive up into the white-capped mountains. A morning of keeping warm by sipping champagne and staying away from the snow allowed for a rather chilly first look outside.

We’re not quite sure where Allysa got the fortitude to stand outside in the wintery weather for their epic, snowy first look, but sure enough she trekked her way through the snow, sleeveless and all, to meet her groom. It was cold even for us, and we had jackets and boots!

I hate to say it, but this really was a white wedding with the stark white dress out amongst the soft, delicate snow. If that wasn’t cold enough for you, we were right on the shores of a lake with the wind whipping through the area. I’m getting shivers just watching the footage! But boy, what a beautiful location for a first look, accentuated perfectly by our soaring drone footage.

Soon the rest of the party headed outside. The boys looked warm but the snow proved a little tough to maintain a footing in. Even with fiery red dresses the ladies looked a little chilly, and there’s really no blaming them! Luckily, it was time to get married!

Inside in a vastly warmer ceremony space, the bride and groom met to be married with a nice big hearth staring at them from the other end of the aisle. The intimate space had Christmas trees, draped lights and more for a wholly magical ceremony.

The magic didn’t stop there, as the officiant finally declared the spell so to speak, and allowed the bride and groom to kiss, officially becoming husband and wife. But wait, there’s more! Following their ceremony, the newlyweds and pals headed outside for a sleigh ride through the winter wonderland!

Everyone else retired for some liquid warmth, patiently waiting in the cozy lodge for the return of the newlyweds for the reception. Once they arrived, the ceremony space was splendidly transformed into the reception area and soon the partying began. Cake and dancing prompted everyone to join in on the fun and keeping up the heat.

Thank you again to Allysa and Jake for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has been full of love and warmth! Have any questions or comments? Did you traipse through the snow on your wedding day? Let us know below!

Venue – Mountain Springs Lodge and Conference Center

Photographer – Rachel Howerton Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – NW Audio

Hair – Lucy Rosario

Florist – Au Naturel, Patti Bosket

Catering – Mountain Springs Lodge and Conference Center

Drone – Aaron Castillo

Leave a comment

by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – www.lamourphotography.com

Welcome everyone to another wonderful installment of Bizarre Wedding News. Now that the Countdown of 2018 Favorites has concluded, we are well underway into a bright, fresh 2019. While we wait around for the sun to come out, let’s see what crazy stories have been going on in the world of weddings! This week we have got Tom Hanks, the quickest engagement ever, and none other than Aquaman himself. Let’s not beat around the bush any longer!

https://yen.com.gh/120435-couple-wow-guests-wedding-drone-delivery.html?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20181226.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign#120435

Our first story takes us all the way to Ghana for a wild wedding ceremony that saw the arrival of the wedding rings by drone! Aside from drones being completely controversial in the country of Ghana right now, as the New Patriotic Party’s Akufo-Addo led government hoping to use them to deliver blood and other medical supplies, a bride and groom were all too eager to delight their guests with a drone delivery of their rings.

If you watch the video, out of nowhere you hear a buzzing sound coming from the distance. The drone soared overhead and slowly dropped down so the best man could get the box free. I’m sure many people in the country can get behind this type of drone delivery, though the major concern over the medical supplies is the exorbitant prices it would cost in order to make it a reality. Nevertheless, we’re a fan of this one!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6527361/Legally-Blonde-star-Matthew-Davis-proposes-girlfriend-two-marry.html?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20181226.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

When some people get engaged, they remain that way for years! Think of Pam on The Office, waiting and waiting for Roy to get his crap together, all while Jim watched patiently from the sidelines. Well, actor Matthew David could potentially have broken the record for quickest wedding after an engagement, as he got married to his bride Kiley Casciano a matter of three hours after he popped the question.

The two, who are just gaga over each other, wasted little time in tying the knot, changing names, and sharing it all over Instagram for the world to see! Congratulations!

https://www.newsbytesapp.com/timeline/Entertainment/38670/171223/aquaman-star-jason-momoa-crashes-wedding-photos?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20181225.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

He may be busy doing press tours for the massively successful Aquaman right now, but over the holiday break Jason Momoa did a little photobombing while he was over in Hawaii. In Oahu, a couple was out on the beach getting married, when out of nowhere Jason showed up at the beach rocking some awesome striped shorts.

The couple asked him if he wouldn’t mind crashing their photo, and sure enough he was happy to do it. And even weirder, there was apparently a kid on the beach who had a trident that he was willing to let Momoa borrow to make the photobombing even more hilarious! Check out the article for all of the gut-busting pictures!

https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/tom-hanks-in-n-out-burgers/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20181225.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

This last one isn’t entirely to do with weddings–mostly just a showcase of how amazing Tom Hanks is–but we thought we would feature it anyway because he often does this for weddings too! The weekend before Christmas, Tom and his wife Rita Wilson were out and about in California when they decided to stop on in at–you guessed it!–In-N-Out! Not only did they pose with fans for photos, but they treated a few of them to their meals and even sat and ate with them. The lucky ducks!

Tom Hanks is famous for showing up unannounced and being his perfectly genuine and happy self at a number of events, even a wedding back in 2016 where he took some shots with the newlyweds and wished them luck in their marriage. If you believe everyone flipped out at this–you are absolutely right!

____________________

And there you have folks! Check back in just a few days for some more Bizarre Wedding News! As always, if you have any articles you want to share, send them our way!

Leave a comment

by Scott Johnson

Kragenbrink Wedding on 10/5/18 at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Wa

Not only is it one of the area’s most premier luxury hotels, but the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Downtown Seattle is also an historic landmark that has stood the test of time since 1924. Recently named as the #1 best hotel in Seattle (by U.S. News & World Report), you can’t really argue against the claim. With a AAA 4 diamond restaurant (The Georgian), a fantastic oyster bar and a hopping lounge, this place is the pinnacle of class and sophistication for any hotel or wedding venue in downtown Seattle.

So we think the Kragenbrinks are pretty awesome for having their wedding here. A quiet October morning had everyone sipping bubbly, putting on suits with pastel-green ties, and having a grand old time while doing so. Once the boys were all decked out they were in quite the fun mood, so we got some really “romantic” shots of them just goofing around.

Eventually the ladies were ready too, and joined in on the fun with the rest of the bridal party. We loved seeing all the funny poses and tongues sticking out. Once all the silliness was out of their systems, the bridal party was finally ready for the big show.

Taking a page out of any loving nerds fantasy book: the bride made her way down to “Zelda’s Lullaby” from the Legend of Zelda video games. Truth be told, the thought has certainly crossed our minds before so we give them props for making it a reality, though the majority of people in attendance would probably never know its source.

Against a massive window that let the light pour into the venue, the bride and groom met to be married in a spiritual ceremony that let Katie and Chase share their love for each other and for god in front of everyone they know. As classy as can be, with gold handrails, marbled stairs, and plenty of candles, it was such a magnificent sight to see these two marry. The Fairmont really does mean luxury!

Returning down the aisle to even more Zelda music (stop stealing our ideas, guys!), it was time for some group photos with the family and to get all the boring paperwork out of the way. Itching for great food, booze and celebration, the rest of the guests made their way to the reception hall where the newlyweds soon returned to start the bash.

After cutting into the ridiculously beautiful cake (which should probably be considered a crime) the rest of the night flew by in a series of dances, speeches and a myriad of lights and music. Bringing out a photobooth and a Nintendo Switch for the kids to play with kept those not wanting to dance perfectly entertained, as everyone else boogied the night away.

Thank you again to Katie and Chase for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first three months of marriage have been going wonderfully. Have any questions or comments? Leave them below and we will get to them!

Venue – Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Photographer – Lloyd Photographers

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

Planning and Coordination – Simply by Tamara Nicole

DJ – Integral DJs

Floral Design – Sal Floral Design

Music – Puget Sound Strings

Stationary – Minted

How did you guys meet?

We met the first day of college. We were in the same band orientation group. We started dating a week later.

Tell us about the proposal!

Chase took me out to a nice dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Then he suggested that we go to Bellevue Downtown Park to check out the new renovations and the see if they had put in new swings. We paused halfway through walking around the park, and Chase got down on one knee, pulled a ring out his pocket, and asked me to be with him forever. I said yes of course.

Why did you choose your venue?

I fell in love with the greenery and the grandeur of the windows in the Garden Room.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

The ‘first look’ during the ceremony processional.

Katie and Chase’s story in their own words:

Our Story

We met on our first day at Cal Poly SLO where we happened to be in the same band WOW orientation group. We started dating a week later on September 20, 2011 and have been together ever since. After college, Katie accepted a job offer in Washington, and Chase decided to follow her there. After living together in Bellevue, Washington for two years, Chase proposed to Katie in the Bellevue Downtown Park on October 12, 2017. Now we are ready to get married on October 5, 2018 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Come and celebrate with us!

Leave a comment

By Scott Johnson

Welcome back to the FINAL installment of our Favorites of 2018 Countdown. We are capping off Favorite Wedding Vows today, and you better bet your tookus that we saved the best for last! So no more wasting time, let’s bid 2018 a fond farewell!

Milner Wedding

The Finery on Camano Island is rather aptly named, and was a splendid venue for the Milner wedding. The intimate, private ceremony for Laura and James came along with handwritten vows that they recited without tons of people around.

We loved James’ vows, beginning with, “Laura, I knew from the first time that I met my match, I just didn’t know that I met my future partner in life.” Already tickling the heart strings, “I will be there to weep with you in heartache, and celebrate life with you in joy. From this moment forward, you will never walk alone, for I will walk with your through all things.” There’s even more to it, but you have to listen for yourself!

Wurtz Wedding

The Ballard Locks was such an awesome place to spend the day for the Wurtz wedding. Jazmyn and Josh met for their big day underneath a balloon in a little clearing near the water. Going first, Josh came prepared with the promises and the love, “I promise to listen for as long as it takes for you to feel heard. I promise to be that crazy cat couple no matter what anyone says. I promise to be your unrelenting cheer squad on days it feels too much” That barely even cuts it for the promises, but we have to hear what Jazmyn said!  

Offering up tissues, the officiant had a feeling Jasmyn’s vows would bring the emotion, “Looking back in the rear view is astonishing to this day and an awe-inspiring thing. Our beginning may have started years ago for our undying and unconditional love to one another.” The officiant was right!

Wolff/DeChant Wedding

Trinity Tree Farm, come rain or shine, is truly great. It’s quaint, intimate and feels shockingly like home. Anna and Sebastian tied the knot here in April, and their ceremony was just so perfect.

Anna’s vows brought out the emotion early, with lines like, “I also promise not to get you up before 8am, unless I have espresso, so can wake up ready for the daily grind. I can’t wait to begin our life together, and to build a home.”

Sebastian fired back with some humdingers that will surely wet your eyes, “You are my grounding and my light, you inspire me and motivate me, and you continually brighten my life with your presence.” If that wasn’t enough, go ahead and watch for yourself!

Van Cise Wedding

Another visit to Trinity Tree Farm, this time for the Van Cise wedding, gave us a legendary set of vows on a beautiful sunny day.

Taylor, with a booming, confident voice declares, “Today, I stand before you asking only for your trust and your guidance. At this moment there’s nothing more I could ask from you in our relationship than what you’ve already granted me to this point.” If you aren’t even a little misty eyed, I will be surprised because he just keeps on going!

Angelina, emotional just as all of us are, comes back with “I remember all the times I have told you that you are my life raft. And how you’ve saved me countless times over the years,” I’m going to stop this one here because you really need to hear the rest. Notice all the eyes being wiped!

Foster Wedding

A beautiful day down at the Washington Athletic Club saw the union of Kristi and Cory Foster. A regal ceremony, a bashful groom and pure bliss made this an unforgettable day as is, but the vows come with so much emotion that we just can’t help but love it all the more.

Cory is our main focus here as he makes everyone laugh before even starting his vows. Ecstatic as can be, he begins, “Kristi, I have walked many miles on this Earth in hopes that one day I’d find you. It’s incredible to me that we grew up in the same neighborhood, went to the same schools, same orthodontist, same summer camp. You come from where I come from, all the way down to our ingredients; we are made of the same stuff.”

I would have to say that Cory should be offering up his vow-writing services to those in need; he’s superb!

McGee Wedding

The excellent Sentinel Hotel in Portland provided a classy, sophisticated environment for a day full of love and spirituality. Allie and Greg looked excellent standing up at the altar, surrounded by their family and friends, as they began a series of pitch-perfect vows for one another.

Kicking things off, Allie gets really specific, “I have waited 1,310 days to become your wife. Now that this moment is here, I am filled with more love, devotion and commitment than I thought possible. You are my everything. You are the man I want to spend the rest of my life with.”

Greg fired back with some equally as heartwarming lines, such as, “Growing with you over the years has been an incredible journey. When we met, I found my best friend and it didn’t take long to realize I had found a great love.” Most importantly, he says, “I love how we can be together and find at any time a way to laugh with each other in a way we couldn’t with anyone else.” That’s love there!

Cochran Wedding

Our final wedding in the countdown took us close to home at the Overlake Country Club. Mary and Dan were eager to get hitched, and their tented ceremony was a wonderful celebration of their love. Getting right to the heart of the matter, Dan begins declaratively with, “My dearly beloved, I can honestly say you taught me the true meaning of love…”

Pulling out all the stops, Mary comes back with, “Thank you for all you’ve done to make today a dream come true for me. This is my dream and you are my dream. You know I am not the best with words, but when comes to expressing how I feel about you it seems to be really easy,..” Talk about tear jerkers, huh? Watch the full video and bring an extra box of tissues!

_____________________

There you have it, folks! Our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018 and officially our last countdown of the year! As we are already into 2019, we hope your New Year’s celebrations went well and safe! We look forward to bringing you more weddings, news and more year, so stay tuned! Thank you to all of our readers!

Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

 

Leave a comment

By Scott Johnson

Welcome back, folks to Round 2 of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! We have eight more wedding vows coming at you, so get the tissues, wipe off the makeup and buckle yourself in for some words of love!

Wilson Wedding

The Wilsons’ Wedding up at Radar Lake was touching for a number of reasons (one being that the bride’s uncle built the lake!) but their vows really crawled their way under our skin and made us feel all the love.

Mallory and Mike met in a magical little clearing at the edge of the lake, surrounded by dazzling lights and trees, and sealed the deal, but not without making us a little weepy first! Mike started out with the heavy-hitters, “Mallory, you’re my dream come true. I have loved you more and more every day since the moment I met you. I promise my love for you will grow every day as we grow old and wrinkly together.”

In response, Mallory brought out some knockouts of her own, “I’ve waited my whole life for you, this moment, this feeling. Every day that I wake up next to your smiling face, I fall more and more in love with you. I love who you are and who you’ve helped me become.” Not too long after that the emotions started to come out, so check it out for some tears!

Culpepper Wedding

The Culpeppers’ spectacular wedding at McCaw Hall is one of the highlights of our year, but the vows are just as grand. Stephen and Allyson met for an August wedding with tons of dancing, celebration and pure fun. Going first, Allyson goes through a series of funny moments and stories about her soon-to-be husband, “I will say your choice to channel Nacho Libre when we’re fighting is questionable, though, and it’s always really risky. With that said, it’s been ten years and whatever we’ve got going on here works.”

Stephen’s vows start off, like Allyson said…questionable…as he immediately goes in with, “You have been the most challenging, difficult, pressing, emotional, wonderful and genuinely happy part of my life. You have always been uniquely yourself and you follow your own code.” Lucky for them, they’re so good together. Not many bride’s would take to hearing “difficult and challenging” on their wedding day too keenly!

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding

A delightful Fremont wedding saw the union of Shubha and Mike in a warm, colorful ceremony. Bright sunny skies, a perfect summer day and rooftop venues made it a beauty! After hearing from the officiant and some friends and family, it was time for the two to share their vows. Simple, sweet and absolutely perfect, Shubha started out with “Mike, you’re my best friend and I’m so excited to call you my husband.” Shying away from heavy emotions, she finishes off with a simple promise to, “always love you, and I can’t wait for our next adventures together.”

Mike kept it short and sweet too, as this repeat ceremony (the two had already legally wed) inspired some recycled thoughts, “I can’t believe this day is finally here…again. I can’t believe I get to marry you…again. I promise to always love and cherish you…again.” Hey, we think it’s pretty rad and sweet, I don’t know about you!

Wetzler/Ashby Wedding

As cool as cucumbers, the Wetzler/Ashby wedding was a casual, laidback event that was perfectly suited to the bride and groom. Secluded up in the mountains at the Freestone Inn, their relaxing, carefree day still saw some lovely vows.  

Tricia went first with a series of lines that make us want to take notes, “There is no time or place that I feel as safe and content as I do in your arms. I feel like these vows are more than just a promise, but also an amazing privilege.” She goes on for a while more, so you have to check out the video for more!

Kent reciprocated with a story of their first meeting where Tricia told him, “I don’t need you,” and he goes on to prove just how much they need finally each other.

Bishbeat Wedding

We knew the vows for the Bishbeats were going to be amazing because they also created their own last name! Chloe starts right out with the emotion and the love, “Tyler, who knew that my mother was right the whole time she was teasing me for my teenage crush on you, and that you were my dream guy…” which then triggered all of the emotions.

Tyler, not to be outdone, began with “Chloe, it took about a week for my heart to figure out that you were the one for me,” and he does not let up until everyone is reduced to a puddle of tears!

Vladyka Wedding

The awesome Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club was the home of the Vladyka wedding where Alee and Alex delivered sweet vows that made us laugh and dab our eyes. Alee brought the jokes and the giggles, telling her husband, “It is so difficult to find a man like you because you’re so extraordinary, you have such a kind, innocent heart and that is one of the things that I love most about you.”

Alex wanted to take a trip down memory lane, reminding themselves of the time he tried to change a tire and then fast forwarding to today, where they are ready to embark on a new journey together as they look forward to all of the little, wonderful things awaiting them.

Duell Wedding

The Duell wedding was a fantastic June celebration of love and faith. Bethany and Nate tied the knot at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and exchanged wonderful vows. Going first with a classic, suave speech, Nate promises, “I will always trust and honor you. I will stay committed to you with unwavering support. I will have patience and understanding. I have nothing but unconditional for you every day and I will be a champion for you.”

Following suit, Bethany declares, “there are so many things about you that I love. Firstly, people just enjoy being around you, myself included. You bring a lightness and unfailing optimism, and a pure, natural joy to those around you.” It gets sweeter after that, but we’ll let you see for yourself!

Smith Wedding

The final wedding for today took us to the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club where we saw the Smiths get married! Tarissa and Ryan looked ravishing out on the links, and the excitement for the union was universal.

Ryan begins first, opening his heart to his bride, “Since the day I met you, you’ve changed my life and made me a better person. You bring out the best in me and you always keep me positive and stay by my side, even if I’m difficult.” That’s not even the half of it!

Tarissa’s vows are markedly more emotional, almost crying before she even starts, “Ryan, I first wanted to tell you how thankful I am that I’m to be marrying you today. Over these past four years you’ve made me feel like the luckiest person on the planet.” Oh boy, get the tissues!

___________________

And that’s it for this installment of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! Check back in soon for our final seven Favorite Wedding Vows!

Want to share your own wedding vows? Send them our way and we’d love to feature them!

 

Leave a comment

by Scott Johnson

Welcome one and all to our final Favorites of 2018 countdown! You’ve seen our favorite new wedding venues, repeat wedding venues, indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, and now it’s time for the granddaddy of them all: Favorite Wedding Vows. In a year full of love and happiness, tears and laughter, we have boiled down our Top 24 Favorite Wedding Vows and are presenting them to you in three parts! So grab some tissues or prep your hankey, because the feels are coming! Let’s get the show on the road:

Spiziri Wedding

The wonderful early September Spiziri Wedding led us over to Chateau Lill in Woodinville. Though the sky was a little cloudy, it didn’t stop the vows from making this day so full of love and warmth. Remember when I said to have the tissues ready? Well, you might need one as soon as Christina begins her vows to Andrew. “Today is the best day. Ever. I get to marry my best friend. Since the day we met, there was only you. I was twenty-one. I thought I was a little crazy, but the more I got to know you, the more sure I became.”

She then goes into a storied history of their time together, the things they’ve done and will continue to do. But the line that sums things up pretty well for us is: “Even after seven years together, I cannot stop finding new reasons to love you every single day.” Hey, I’m not crying, you are!

Plummer Wedding

Over at our favorite misnomer farm, Dairyland, we saw the Plummers get married on a brisk October day. Both Ashley and Cole came ready with some poignant vows. Like others, Ashley’s vows detail their time together. Starting with their summer romance and how she didn’t know it would “grow into the lifelong love” she had always dreamed of. To really drive it home, she says “You have been the best person I could depend on during the best and most difficult moments of my life.”

Cole did not wait around to return some of his own emotion-stirring vows. Starting out with the basic truths, “I love you so much. You are my best friend and my soulmate. I must’ve hit the lottery when I found you, because you make me the luckiest man on earth.” You’re not gonna find too many people who disagree!

Leslie Wedding

The Semiahmoo Resort played host to the lovely Leslie Wedding in September. Their stunning waterfront ceremony also contained some truly inspiring vows that anybody can take lessons from. Brian started out first, essentially showering Lindsey with all of the amazing things she does and is, “I absolutely adore your playful spirit and the silliness you bring to our home. Thank you for embracing my weirdness and always allowing me to be myself. You bring optimism and positive energy into all that you do and that truly does motivate me.”

Not to be outdone, Lindsey brings out the emotion right away, “Brian, life is a funny thing, you can try to plan it and predict it, but it has its own agenda. As most people here can attest to, I am a planner. I tried to plan my future a long time ago, and life just laughed in my face and said, ‘we’ll see about that.’” Hey Lindsey, you available for coaching?

Grybos Wedding

One of our absolutely favorite stomping grounds, Salty’s, was an excellent venue for the Grybos’ wedding. Marcy and Mark were poised and ready, overlooking the Sound, to deliver their soul-stirring vows. Going first, Mark recalls meeting Marcy in Seoul, “Our road here wasn’t the easiest. With almost two years of long-distance we had to endure, the distance mattered little because what you meant to me was so much more. Every late night talking on the phone, all the times we had to say goodbye, it was all worth it.”

Mark goes on to really make us swoon, but you have to check out the video to find out what he says!

Snow Wedding

The Snow wedding took us down to the Inglewood Golf Club for a late-August ceremony. Starting right out with the humor, Sterling makes us all laugh, “Alright, I’m gonna try to get through this without crying, so bear with me here. From the first day I met you, I knew it was going to be special…” And he kept to his word! Imbuing it with love and laughter, it was a superb speech.

Genieve did not quite do so well on the emotion front, but nonetheless dazzled with some deep words, “Your heart is so pure, everything you do is with the best of intentions, not expecting anything in return. My heart is so full every chance I get to speak with you.” Oh boy, grab the tissues!

Lin Wedding

Over at the stellar Hollywood Schoolhouse, April and Tyson Lin got hitched. The tender ceremony which had the bride and groom looking doe-eyed at each other, even had the officiant getting in on the digs. April, going first, says “you truly are the best thing that has ever happened to me. You are my lover, my encourager, my provider and my best friend. I feel so blessed to have you as a life partner and husband.” She goes on to make a series of promises to her husband-to-be, only for Tyson with a sob-worthy speech.

“You have often heard me refer to our relationship as going up a mountain. We have climbed and grown together, we have experienced switch-backs, tougher trails, but most importantly we have pushed forward, persevered and experienced some beautiful destinations.” Cue the waterworks!

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding

The extravagant Thornewood Castle was the perfect destination for the VanNieuwenhuise wedding. Rhianna and Wes came ready to dazzle with their vows, but it’s Rhianna who really brought the emotion, “I choose you in friendship and in love, in strength and in weakness. I promise to love you faithfully in the good time and the bad. I vow to not to just grow old with you, but to grow with you.” Short, sweet and to the point, these two didn’t need long, storied history to get their messages across.

Bullard Wedding

Kimi and John’s regal wedding at the Woodmark Hotel came along with tons of laughter and tears. Kimi could hardly get going without the tears overwhelming her, “I feel not only protected but invincible in your presence.” That’s when the emotions started to flow, so let’s switch over to John who says, “You proudly tell family and friends that early on, you knew our relationship would amount to more than dating. You had it all figured out, well before I did, and were patiently waiting for me to grow up, sober up, and get down to business.” These two are just grand!

__________________

And that’s it for the first installment of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! I hope you’re not too sad because we have plenty more coming your way! Have your own wedding vows to share? Leave them below!

Leave a comment

By Scott Johnson

Each year, a clandestine meeting is held between members of the Pantone Color Institute and representatives from other country’s color standard groups. They debate for two days and ultimately come to a decision on what is going to be the next “Color of the Year.” This has been going on for the past twenty years.

I promise you I am not making this up. There really are groups of people who decide on which color is going to be everywhere for the next year. 2018’s color happened to be Ultra Violet.

As bizarre and overly-secretive as it seems, the amount of influence Pantone’s Color of the Year has is outrageous. Not even out for a month, their color for 2019, officially known as “PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral” has already made waves across multiple industries–including weddings.

Described by Pantone as “vibrant, yet mellow” Living Coral “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” And by all means, the color does look quite lovely and inviting. Their reasoning behind choosing the color ties into the overabundance of social media and digital technology in our lives, and Living Coral “welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.”

Pantone Color Institute’s vice president, Laurie Pressman, goes further into detail about the importance of Living Coral, “It is a color we see in nature. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, it is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of nature’s color and serves as a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life.”

We can’t help but agree, it really does bring a great sense of spirit and vivaciousness. Their unveiling also came along with an installation at the conference that showed how a normal living room can feature some shades of the color. Take a look at the photos yourself to get a real sense of the color!

And wouldn’t you know it, there’s already been articles published on how to incorporate this lovely color into your weddings. Coming from Glamour, the article digs into little ways to mix Living Coral into almost every aspect of your big day.

The easiest way is for your bridesmaids to rock the color in their dresses. Warm up a winter wedding or go along with the season for a Spring or Summer ceremony. Even better, have the gents sport some coral ties to really liven up the classic formal look.

They also think that tossing just a few coral flowers into your bouquet will do wonders for the color pallet. Along with other greens, reds and whites, it is a feast for your eyes!

As we officially enter 2019, we are really excited to see just how often Living Coral appears in the weddings we visit–or just in general. Do you like the color? Think you’re going to incorporate it into your big day? Let us know in the comments below!

Leave a comment

by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Jaycee Brammer

Welcome everyone to another installment of your weird wedding news! We hope everyone is having a fantastic Holiday season and gearing up for a New Year–because we certainly are! To cap off 2018, we are bringing you just a few more stories! Let us go out with a bang!

https://fstoppers.com/bts/dave-chappelle-photobombs-engagement-shoot-307854?utm_medium=40digest.ad25.20181117.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

A quickie to get us started: comedian Dave Chappelle, who is often noted to hate taking fan photos, happened upon an Ohio Brewery during the engagement shoot for Thomas Saunders and Emily Eldridge.

Surprised the comedian showed up, but certainly not willing to interrupt the celebrity, the couple and photographer made their way outside for a few more photos. When Chappelle showed up outside, the couple went up to ask for a photo, only for him to politely decline. Shortly after (and after learning about Saunders’ military service) Chappelle made his way over to photobomb their shot!

https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending-now/family-dog-swallows-michigan-womans-wedding-ring/874426918

You might have used the excuse of “my dog ate my homework,” once or twice, but what about when your dog actually eats your wedding ring? An adorable little labradoodle by the name of Bella wound up with owner Cindy McCombs’ ring in her stomach, but was only discovered after being inadvertently waved down by a metal detector.

To avoid actually cutting Bella open (the dog had failed to produce the ring through induced vomiting) they were able to use a special forcep tool to retrieve the ring. Yes, the dog is ok so you do not need to worry!

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/stolen-wedding-dress-returned-to-newlyweds-after-anonymous-man-hears-their-pleas

Remember a few weeks ago about the story of the stolen wedding dress (yes, I know there are a lot of them) from the back seat of a car after it had been left there overnight to be taken to the cleaners? Well, good news has come out of the story as an anonymous man has returned the stolen dress!

The nameless man contacted Jessica Blackwell, who had gone viral in her attempts to get her dress back, and agreed to meet her to return the dress. It has not been announced whether the man in question is the actual thief, or if he had just come by the dress accidentally. Either way, a happy ending!

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a25228282/mandy-moore-wedding-dress/

Mandy Moore is everywhere again and it’s pretty fantastic! Starring on the heartbreaking and emotionally sadistic This Is Us, she makes us cry pretty much every week, but this time we can celebrate her wedding!

Marrying musician Taylor Goldsmith in a private ceremony in LA, the previously-married actress/musician wore a magical pink dress. Designed by Rodarte, the gown was created exclusively for her wedding day. Inspiring a “welcome, fashion-forward change to the super-traditional mix of this year’s celebrity wedding gowns,” she really made a statement and looked splendid as well! The small, 50-person wedding featured many of her costars and friends. Congrats!

https://jingdaily.com/celebrity-wedding/

Back in November, a wedding in Vienna really stirred things up on the internet–at least for China. That’s probably a weird sentence to read, and that’s because this is an interesting story. Tiffany Tang Yan (a Chinese Actress) wed Luo Jin (another famous actor in China) in a luxurious and highly-anticipated wedding.

Igniting social media in a firestorm, the wedding was sponsored by a number of high-class brands. Along with it came the controversy that the wedding was more of a tourist attraction that highlighted expensive brands rather celebrating just the love of these two. The Vienna Tourism Board even posted on the internet that they had hoped the wedding would bring tourists to the city, which is absolutely absurd for a wedding!

What do you think? Is this too much?

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-fergies-wedding-cake-13612699?utm_medium=40digest.ad25.20181120.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

The final story this week might make you a little queasy. In the wonderful world of eBay purchases, you can find some pretty wild things. This week brings us the amazing prospect of owning 32-year-old cake!

That’s right! Fans of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson can literally buy some of their wedding cake. Described on eBay as “vintage condition,” it should certainly be noted that one should not eat it. The pictures hardly make it look edible as it is, almost like a bad coffee cake, but it does come in the original box. It sold for around $40.

________________________

And there you have it! Check back in next time for some even stranger stories! Have a Happy New Year and stay safe!

As always, let us know if you come across and stories and we will be sure to feature them!

Leave a comment

by Scott Johnson

With our final installment of Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies, it’s an all-too blatant reminder that we were really blessed by the weather-gods this year, as we could go on and on about the outdoor weddings we saw until we’re blue in the face. Even the early Fall was rather unseasonably sunny, lasting fairly into October, allowing for some late-fall weddings with the leaves and trees all ablaze in orange and red. We still have seven weddings coming your way, so no more dilly-dallying!

Vladyka Wedding

At the end of June, we made our way to Port Orchard (which just happened to have a tornado hit there this past week) for the Vladyka Wedding. Hosted at the Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club, we can’t help but think of what a catch Alee and Alex are for each other. A blanket of clouds covered the hot summer sun and still provided ample lighting on the warm day. The solemnity of the golf course helped keep the volume to a minimum and the happiness as high as possible.

The ceremony was held out by one of the water hazards (which the word hardly does it justice) with a little trellis constructed draped in a white cloth. The guys went jacketless, while the bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses while carrying a rainbow of a bouquet. Fortunately we didn’t hear anyone shout “fore,” only “I do…and you may kiss the bride.” That’s all that matters anyway!

Ta Wedding

The Bell Harbor International Conference Center is an utterly fantastic place to hold an indoor ceremony–and an even more epic place to have an outdoor one. On checkered cement landing, dozens of chairs and a long white carpet were laid, all leading up to the altar where the Tas met to be married. The key here is the backdrop: you get views of the Sound, the ferris wheel, Centurylink Field, and what else other than a cruise ship.

The imposing views made us fall in love with the venue, but ultimately allowed for a sweet, romantic and unforgettable wedding for Stephania and Jason Ta, even if it was a little cloudy.

Wurtz Wedding

2018 took us to some pretty surprising and amazing places, one of which was the entirely unexpected Ballard Locks, which for us was always just a place to field trip to during science class. For Jazmyn and Josh’s wedding, it was superbly sweet little gathering in the park near the water. With a balloon arch and just a small gathering of friends and family, the intimacy and peacefulness of the area provided such a pleasant experience. Wooden benches were brought over for the guests and flowers were strewn down the aisle. Without much hullabaloo, the ceremony was so delightful and full of love and humor.

We loved the excitement everyone shared for their big kiss at the end, even having party alarms going off because it certainly was that time!

May Wedding

With a name like Hidden Meadows, it’s almost guaranteed the place is going to be ridiculously pretty. Back in May, we were not let down by it in the slightest when we went over to Snohomish for the May wedding. This farm is such a delight, and definitely gave us an excellent outdoor ceremony, as we filled into the ceremony space and witnessed the marriage between Emily and Charlie.

Poised in front of a rustic, wooden gazebo, the bridesmaids and groomsmen slunk off to the sides while the officiant stood above and delivered the ceremony. Going jacketless for his wedding, Charlie looked sleek in his grey suit. Some overcast did not keep this day from being drop-dead gorgeous, and once the bride and groom said “I do” it was nothing but good times and happy memories from then onwards.

Wangopian Wedding

Just like the Bishbeats earlier, the Wangopians decided to combine their names rather than take one or simply hyphenate it, which to us is pretty freaking rad. But their wedding as a whole was even more spectacular than the idea of creating your own name. Heading off to Toledo, specifically to the super awesome Country N Lace, we really lucked out with some superb weather on the first day of September.

With the feeling like you just showed up at your old farmstead, we loved the peace and quiet that came along with being far away from the hubbub of the city.  The Wangopians’ wedding was held in a small patch of land surrounded by trees. The groom and groomsmen rocked jeans and tan jackets for a serious “Old West” vibe, while the bride wore a lovely gown as her party rocked pink dresses, jean jackets and cowboy boots. And just like horses back in the day, these two really got hitched!

Bullard Wedding

One of the nicest hotels in the region, The Woodmark Hotel proved to also be one of the nicest outdoor wedding venues for the Bullards. On a pleasant August day, we went over to Seattle’s little neighbor across Lake Washington, Kirkland, for a splendid wedding and reception. The luxurious hotel comes with tons of great amenities, but it also just is plain gorgeous.

The Bullards got married underneath a massive tent almost at water’s edge. Filled with dozens of their friends and family, it was a ceremony that left us doubling over in laughter while also wiping away the tears once the vows started to flow out. With the lake glimmering with the sun behind them, it was perfectly marvelous.

Park Wedding

At last we come to our final Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremony. The Parks got married just after the change of seasons in September, but they were still fortunate enough to receive the tail end of summer weather. Tucked away down by SeaTac airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is just so completely charming.

Simply take a look at the wedding altar, with a trellis adorned with plants and flowers, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen standing off to the side. Lovely maroon dresses for the ladies and proper suits for the men kept this a classy affair in the midst of a magical setting.

_____________________

And there you have it folks! Our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018. We hope you enjoyed these as much as we did, and you probably are really missing out on the summer weather by this point. Check back soon for our final series: Favorite Wedding Vows

Oh, and bring the tissues.

Have a question or comment? You know what to do!

 

Leave a comment
%d bloggers like this: