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by Scott Johnson

Middleton Wedding on 5/27/18 at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club in Olympia, Wa

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The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

I don’t know about you, but there’s something magically serene about being on a golf course. Surrounded by greens of the trees and grass, as well as the almost haunting silence (save for the occasional sound of a club smacking the ball, or said ball flying through the trees), golf courses hold a natural beauty that few realize. Which is exactly why it makes so much sense to have a wedding at a golf course, especially one like Indian Summer down in Olympia. With packages that feature cake service, all the necessary equipment, and the ability to host every other event during your wedding celebration, Indian Summer is a pitch-perfect place to get married.

The Middleton’s headed down to Olympia for their Memorial Day Weekend wedding. A wonderfully sunny day is perfect for either golf or a wedding, so it all came together for their big day at the course. A fun morning of makeup, food, champagne and dazzling jewelry greeted our bride and groom. The nerves that come with such a big day with so many revolving pieces needed to be taken off somehow, after all.

With a first look coming, Jessica and AJ needed to be looking their absolute best or one another. When it was time to meet each other outside of the clubhouse, AJ looked just the right mixture of excited and terrified while Jessica just beamed with excitement as she approached her husband-to-be from behind.

Pausing for a moment, just to increase the anticipation, he finally turned around and his hands immediately reached to his face in disbelief of the beauty of his bride. You would’ve thought he was on the verge of passing out; luckily he didn’t, otherwise we would not have been able to get such lovely photos of them frolicking around the course. Dancing a bit, taking a ride in a golf cart, and posing with the rest of the party occupied their time before it was almost the moment they had been waiting for.

In a little clearing surrounded by trees and filled with dozens of chairs, a band played for everyone to approach the altar. And then it was time for the bride. After a joyous ceremony that was simply stunning just to look at, the bride and groom finally kissed and became husband and wife. At the end of the aisle, they snuck in just one more kiss for good measure.

Drinks and appetizers followed, and the lavish event felt like a touch of royalty (especially with the tiara worn by the bride). The family posed for more photos while the guests mingled inside the clubhouse. Eventually, after signing the paperwork, the newlyweds showed up for their first dance and dinner. With plenty of food, wine, and a massive amount of cake, everyone’s bellies were quite pleased.

Dancing and partying carried the night along until the sun was set and it was finally time to head off on new adventures. Thanks again to Jessica and AJ for such a blast of a day and for choosing Best Made Videos to film it! We hope your first month of marriage is going great!

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Venue / Caterer – Indian Summer Golf & Country Club

Photographer – Megan Montalvo Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Tony Schwartz

Flowers and Event Design – Sweet n Design

Photo Booth – The Puget Sound Photo Booth Co.

Jessica and AJ’s story in their own words:

AJ & Jessica’s Love Story

AJ & Jessica first met at their Alma Mater, University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Jessica and her friend Betsy (Haverkost) Cantrell took an Economics class called Gender & The Economy with Professor Kate Sterling. AJ took the class with a couple of his Track friends because it fit with their sports schedules and counted towards his Economics minor. The class wasn’t all that memorable besides Professor Sterling’s great hair and AJ’s fierce feminist interjections, but somewhere along the way, Jessica and AJ became friends. AJ was a hardworking two-sport athlete and Jessica was an ambitious, albeit overly outgoing Alpha Phi; one thing the two had in common was that they were constantly surrounded by their friends. It should come as no surprise then that it was their friends that brought AJ & Jessica together. In Spring 2009, Jessica met up with Jenny (Russell) Drutman and other girlfriends at the Rock for pizza and AJ was there with his friends as well. Soon after, AJ invited Jessica to watch him at his track meet and took her out to the movies. Jessica soon decided that he was the fun loving, kind-hearted teddy bear she’d been looking for, especially after he baked a yellow cake with chocolate frosting for a movie date. AJ introduced Jessica to ranch dressing with pizza and football Sundays, and Jessica coerced AJ into loving Nordstrom, brunch dates, and even prissy dogs like Copper. Eventually AJ’s inner sorority girl emerged and surprisingly, Jessica learned more about sports and cuts of steak than anyone could have ever possibly imagined. Fast forward to 2010, AJ received an offer to play football in Europe and Jessica set off for law school at Gonzaga. Despite the distance, AJ and Jessica talked daily and individually worked towards their goals. AJ and Jessica continued on like that, AJ worked towards a career in Strength & Conditioning and Jessica worked to complete her law degree. In 2013, it seemed like Jessica and AJ might finally be in the same place again, but AJ was offered a Graduate Assistantship at University of Redlands so AJ moved to Redlands, CA and Jessica passed the Washington State Bar exam and began working for her family’s construction business. AJ graduated with a Masters in Management and began interning at University of Southern California, then University of Nevada Las Vegas and was eventually hired by his mentor at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Everything was falling into place, but both AJ and Jessica were always a lot happier when they were together! So on a sunny day in 2017, AJ asked Jessica to marry him and both of them couldn’t be happier about it! While they’re excited about the wedding, they’re even more excited to be married and spend everyday together!

Tell us about the proposal!

AJ proposed at the Nest in Seattle surrounded by our best friends and family. Everyone knew the surprise except for me! It was a great day.

Why did you choose your venue?

It is large enough for our wedding and the location is convenient.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

All of the moments I missed!

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by Scott Johnson

Ta Wedding on 5/26/18 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“❤ It’s so good! We love it!!  Thanks so much!!”

While they might not usually sound like the most “romantic” of wedding venues, conference centers, like the Bell Harbor, are convenient and ready to go for just about any event you wish to host. The Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the historic Seattle Waterfront bucks that trend and is probably one of the most famous (and beautiful) in the area. Boasting some extraordinary views of the waterfront, the Olympics, Mt. Rainier, and the famous Seattle skyline the Bell Harbor is a tough venue to beat conference center or otherwise! You also get food, parking, and just about everything else you need to make the day absolutely perfect, but hey, we just like the idea of the food.

For the Ta’s big wedding, it was a pleasant May day that was neither too hot nor too cold. As everyone milled about getting ready, the ladies popped the champagne bottle, the boys snacked on goodies, and the clouds rolled in to cover up the sun. For an outdoor wedding, this could either be a blessing or a curse. Clouds can often stifle the heat, but too much and everyone will be shivering; luckily it was the perfect middle ground.

Once all the girls’ makeup was done, the groomsmen and Jason participated in some cultural games including push ups while singing Backstreet Boys (don’t ask me…) and a Q&A session where wrong answers resulted in the application of makeup to all of the guys present. After “successfully” completing the games (and posing for a “manly” photo makeup and all) it was time for the first look. Walking into his bride’s room, Jason greeted Stephania with a passionate kiss before the two of them headed off outside to pose for some shots. With both as bashful and happy as can be, we got some really great shots of the two of them wandering around the area. As the excitement continued to grow, we gathered everyone together for some awesome group shots. After some photos with all of their extended family, it was time for the wedding ceremony.

With onlookers from a nearby cruise ship parked in the harbor, and an already packed venue, this was one of the biggest weddings we’ve had the pleasure to shoot. As the gathered overlooking the iconic Seattle waterfront, it was a beautiful, heart-touching wedding with an imposing view and nothing but happiness and love.

Heading on into the Conference Center for the reception, guests were able to pose for photos in a photobooth and sip soda and alcoholic beverages to pass the time before the newlyweds arrived. With applause, the two emerged for the celebration. Cutting the cake and their first dance as husband and wife got things off to a rousing start. Soon there wasn’t much room to even stand due to the amount of people who got on the dance floor.

As far as receptions go, this one was sure a blast! The evening went on and on, and it sadly had to come to an end. To send the newlyweds off, the guests lined the stairs leading away from the reception. With a vibrant new dress, Stephania and Jason headed off into the future and a new life.

Thank you again to Stephania and Jason for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope the first month of marriage has been incredible.

I’m sure you get tired of hearing it, but if you have a question or comment please leave it below and we’ll get back to you!

Venue – Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Photographer – Affinity Photography

Design and Coordination – Rebecca Grant w/ New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination

Officiant – Ray Van Winkle

DJ – Scott Dulin

Florist – Sublime Stems

Cake – Hoffman’s Fine Cakes & Pastries

Hair and Makeup – Angela w/ Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar

Rentals – CORT Party Rental

Magician – Nash Fung

Photo Booth – The SnapBar

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Stephania and Jason’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

High School

Tell us about the proposal!

On the night of December 30th, 2016, they had a nice evening together by going to dinner and spending time at home playing board games. At the end of the night, Jason took a leap of faith, pulled out a ring, and popped the question.

Why did you choose your venue?

Big enough to accommodate our party size, has a waterfront view

What are you most excited to see in the video?

The first dance, the father/daughter and mother/son dances.

Our Story

They met during high school summer P.E. and would spend most of their time together playing games such as Maplestory online. After high school, they went to different universities all while keeping in touch, Jason would assist Stephania with her writing skills in English. Eventually tutoring needs turned into long leisurely conversations for hours on end, before budding into a long distance relationship.

With Stephania in Reno and Jason in Seattle, Skype became their essential means of communication. They would meet up during summer and winter breaks. Their dates consisted of watching Netflix shows at the same time and eating dinner together. After university, Stephania attended pharmacy school in Las Vegas while Jason began working in Seattle, keeping the relationship long distance for 3 more years.

After being in a long distance relationship for 4 years, Stephania graduated pharmacy school and relocated to Seattle. On the night of December 30th, 2016, they had a nice evening together by going to dinner and spending time at home playing board games. At the end of the night, Jason took a leap of faith, pulled out a ring, and popped the question.

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by Scott Johnson

Kangiser Wedding on 5/19/18 at Historic 1625 in Tacoma, Wa

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The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“Reid at Best Made Videos was an integral part of our wedding for ensuring we will have a priceless capturing of the most important day of our lives to watch countless times in the years and decades to come. The professionalism he exudes while on scene for the big day is unparalleled. My wife and I were simply blown away. We left for our honeymoon two days after the wedding and what will be one of our favorite lifetime moments was watching the highlights video Reid put together while soaking in the sun on the beaches of Maui. The audio and visual quality of the video is superb; not to mention the brilliant and artistic editing Reid does for the highlight video. To have all of this captured means more than can be described with words. We hope as many couples as possible can share the joy we have from having made Best Made Videos an essential part of our wedding.”

As droves of people flee from the massive influx of Amazon techies and skyrocketing rent in Seattle, many are finding themselves a just a short ways south in Tacoma. Known mostly for the Tacoma Narrows, it is a bustling city that is getting ready to face the storm. More importantly, at least for us, is that it holds a dazzling wedding venue known as the Historic 1625. The award-winning venue comes with a boatload of amenities for those who wish to marry there. Beautiful wedding and reception rooms, a variety of backdrops for gorgeous photos, catering, tables and more are all provided for one lump cost (which varies depending on season and day).

As early morning clouds drifted over the Sound, the Kangiser’s Wedding Day got off to a fun start as the ladies got all made up and the boys sipped on drinks and got to looking “dapper.” Then, before you knew it, it was time to head out for the First Look.

As Matthew looked longingly out across the water, almost like a sailor who lost his bride to the sea, Kimle approached him from behind. With a tap on the shoulder, Matthew turned around to see his beautiful bride, and with an adorable little kiss they embraced. Dancing out on the pier, the bride and groom looked simply delighted. We had a great time out their on the waterfront with plenty of laughs and smiles to be had.

Then it was time for group photos with the boys starting a little ruckus (instant replays and all) while also demonstrating an intense goofiness with a series of wonderful poses. They, however, were to be outmatched by the ladies who took the cake with an even more hysterical set. Their combined efforts also produced some unforgettable images. After some shots with the family, it was time to head to the church for the ceremony.

The excitement in Matthew’s face was almost bursting as the ceremony drew to a close, inching its way towards when he could kiss his bride. Once it was time, they kissed and sealed their union. Shortly afterwards, we got some shots of the newlyweds on the steps of the church before heading off to the Historic 1625.

The beautiful interiors played perfect host for the reception. With an open ceiling displaying the wonderful woodwork and brick walls, the building is a feast for the eyes. Cutting what we consider to be one of the best cakes we’ve seen, they moved quickly onto the dancing. With some impressive skills, they stunned their guests with their first dance as husband and wife.

Keeping with the energy from the photo sessions, the dance celebration was absolutely riotous with some hilarious moves being pulled out. With a great group like this, it’s always sad for the night to end.

Thank you again to Matthew and Kimle for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was such a great day!

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Wedding Planner – Lisa Owens w/ Elegant Affairs

Photographer – Josh Fernandez

DJ/Photo Booth – Otto-Matic Mobile Music

Florist – Brown’s Flowers & Gifts

Hair/Makeup – Angela w/ Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar

Wedding Cake – Jacqui’s Cakes

Caterer – Snuffin’s Catering 

Reception – Historic 1625 Tacoma Place

Ceremony – Church of Saint Rita of Cascia

Bridal Salon – New Beginnings Bridal

Menswear – Men’s Warehouse

Invitations – Southern Charm Weddings

Chalk Art – Chalk Artistry & Design

Rentals – American Party Place and The Meaningful Details

Rehearsal Diner – 7 Seas Brewing Co.

Dance Lessons – Studio Six Ballroom

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

Kimle and Matthew’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet? 

We met online (plenty of fish) but our first date was at Katie Downs on Ruston Way in Tacoma.

Why did you choose your venue?

We loved how much space Historic 1625 has and that it is local to the majority of our guests and we think the inside is really beautiful. It is right down the street from the church Matt grew up going to and where we are getting married. St. Rita’s was chosen for the ceremony because matt’s family has a long history of going there (since his baptism).

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Our friends and family having a good time, the “I dos” at the church, the attempt at dancing for the first dance and the toasts.

Our Story

There are plenty of fish but I caught the right one!!!!

Welp, you may have guessed from the title but Matt and Kimle did meet on POF – but hey they be millennials so give them a break (kinda? maybe Gen Xers I get confused).

After Matt messaged Kimle several times online Kimle explained she didn’t think he would be a good fit (because he clearly listened to country music from the looks of his profile). She also worried he was too much of a “bible thumper.” A week or two later Matt persisted and Kimle finally agreed to a first date. It should be noted before continuing Matt and Kimle have now been to 8 country concerts and Kimle is taking Wednesday night RCIA classes to become Catholic (but that’s neither here nor there).

Matt and Kimle met in person for the first time at Katie Downs on Ruston Way in Tacoma on July 28, 2016. Was it love at first sight? I think so. It was also concern at first sight. Kimle had just come from an intense workout, Matt picked a table in the 100+ degree outside weather and Kimle was sweating profusely. In fact Matt’s first thought was, “man she is cute but I think she might have some sort of sweating disorder.” Kimle excused herself to the bathroom and Matt picked a table inside the restaurant as centered under a ceiling fan as possible. There was no kiss to end the night but there was a nice hug (and Kimle later made it clear over text she was hoping for one).

Nailing down a second date was not easy for Matt. He was really busy that summer with two brothers getting married, moving, the watershed festival to go to, fishing to do etc but Kimle didn’t make things any easier with deliberately taking days to text back as she deviously played hard to get. So Matt sent her pictures of Aaron Lewis on stage and pictures of fish he caught, hoping he would eventually be able to lock in a second date. The second date did come and to make it count, Matt took her to Stanley & Seafort’s in Tacoma. It was good enough to get him that first kiss in the parking lot later that night. Good work Matt.

From there the dates got frequent, despite Kimle catching the coughing plague of 2016 which lasted about 8 months. It didn’t stop the subsequent dates from ending in kisses (Matt decided to drive to the pharmacy and get his flu shot so he could take the risk).

That December Matt and Kimle adopted Baylee together. The stubborn but lovable rottweiler. Kimle takes credit for picking her out but Matt claims credit for picking out the cool name. The next May Kimle moved in to Matt’s house with her grumpy Dachshund Scooter to join Matt and Baylee and Matt’s Boston Terrier Evey. You can probably see them on any given day walking their pups around Allenmore Golf Course and looking for golf balls.

In August of 2017 Matt decided to pop the question. He took Kimle back to that restaurant he had so much success at (Stanley & Seafort’s). Matt explained he was taking her there under the guise it was for their one year dating anniversary. He told her they would have dinner and then put a lock with their names engraved on it on the lock bridge at Chambers Bay (one of Kimle’s favorite places). Little did Kimle know, Matt had made plans with his brother Josh to hide in the bushes and take photos. He also made plans with his Dad, Mom, Don and Danika to hold a poster with the question on it on a boat off the shore. She also didn’t know he called her dad in Kansas to ask for his blessing which he gave under the condition he always treat her right. Matt picked his moment on the bridge that day and the rest is history!

Wedding Party

Melanie Magana – Matron of Honor

Melanie is my dear friend and one of the most genuine and generous people I know. I honestly can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She is one of those people who would literally give you the shirt off her back. I feel like everyone should have a friend like her in their life, and I am so blessed that she is in my life. She has seen me through the happiest and most difficult times of my life. I love her like a sister and consider her family. She is always positive and one of the most caring people I know. I can always talk to her, without being judged and she always offers me honest advice. She will be my “twinsie” for life and am so honored to have her by my side as my Matron of Honor.

Becky Chalfant – Bridesmaid

Becky is my cousin. We have really become close over the past few years. I love that she lived so close to me and we had a chance to form our bond, but I knew her heart was in the warm California sunshine. I feel like Becky and I can talk about everything and anything. She has a kind heart and gentle spirit. She is always there for me to give me perspective and I am so blessed to have her as my cousin. I am so honored she will be a part of my wedding and cannot wait to give her a big hug! Love you cuz 😉

Danika Kangiser – Bridesmaid

Danika is Matthew’s sister in law. It has been so great getting to know her. Danika is so much fun, giving and always willing to help. It’s such a joy to be around her. I am so blessed to have her in my life. Danika has a big heart and I love spending time with her. I feel like I can talk to her about anything from working out to Harry Potter to our fur babies 😉 I am so excited to have her as my sister ❤ Looking forward to more memories and am so honored she will be by my side at the wedding.

Kayla Kangiser – Bridesmaid

Kayla is Matthew’s sister in law. Her smile and laughter light up a room! Kayla is so sweet, considerate and welcoming. It’s always a joy when we get to hang out, whether it’s just at her house playing fetch with the dogs or getting crazy at Watershed 😉 I can’t wait to have her as my sister 😊 I am so honored that she will be by my side when I say ‘I do.’ Cheers to many more memories to come!

Patrea Fernandez – Bridesmaid

Patrea is Matthew’s sister. She has always been so kind and welcoming to me. It has truly been a blessing getting to know her. I am so honored that she will be by my side at my wedding. I am always blown away by her caring and affectionate heart. It’s always a joy when I get to see her and the boys. I am blessed to have such a great sister. Looking forward to many more family get togethers and St. Paddy’s 5k’s 😉

Audrey Hohn – Flower Girl

Audrey is the daughter of our good friends Larry and Jo’Nell. She has been such an incredible joy to watch grow up! She is always so full of energy and life and always brings a smile and a laugh to our faces. She is also a darn good adversary in a competitive game of Monopoly or Clue.  We are so delighted she is willing to be a special part of our big day as our flower girl!

Darrell Kangiser – Best Man

Darrell has gone from the most annoying little brother ever to one of the most awesome dudes walking the earth. The only sibling who ended up handy, and the only one of us three brothers with any resemblance of domestic skills, Darrell is the total package. He is also one of my closest friends that I can talk comics and nerdy books with.

Andrew Kangiser – Best Man

Don’t let his cockiness fool you, he really is that good at the things he sets his mind to. Andy is a gentlemen and a scholar. Stalwart in his faith he has always been an inspiration that has helped me believe in Christ. Its good when you can look up to your little brother (even if he is only about a half inch shorter than you). My video game buddy, one of these days we will beat Divinity.

Larry Hohn – Groomsman

Larry is the ying to my yang. Our personalities could probably not be more polar opposite. But hey, opposites attract and we have been best friends since the 4th grade. I couldn’t find a more loyal, funny, honest (albeit unfiltered) bestie to have in my life. I mean the guy wanted me to set up a bare knuckled cage match between him and my brothers when he found out they were on best men duty. Larry’s family is my family and Ill always feel blessed for our friendship.

Charles Watkins – Groomsman

They say it becomes rare to make good friends when you get to be a certain age. Well, when you’re an introvert like me living in the “Seattle Freeze” its doubly so. Its probably even more rare to, out of nowhere, make a friend who quickly becomes one of your closest. Chris (Charles) is the type of guy who will roof your house and help you remodel your living room without you asking for help, just because he is bored and likes buying tools (and he won’t accept a dime in return).

Jeff Willoughby – Groomsman

Jeff is like a pineapple. Prickly and tough on the outside but sweet and soft on the inside. Alright, maybe I’m throwing the cliche simile out there as a joke but if you know him it fits. He is one of those guys that insults you to show how much he cares but if things get serious knows when to lend an ear and offer sound advise. An example of a good friend who can move several hours away but things pick up right where theyve always been when he is in town.

Mark Miyata – Groomsman

Its hard to describe my friendship with Mark and keep things G rated for purposes of this family geared website. The picture pretty much sums it up (I fear the potential toast if he gives one). Suffice it to say some of the most fun moments of my life in the past ten years involved this guy in one way or another and there isn’t a thing I would trade them for. Cheers to another 10 years brother.

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by Scott Johnson

Wow! Time sure does fly by fast when you’re having a good time! Wedding videography is a year-round job, with its spikes during the spring and summer for obvious reasons (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) and we get to see a few just about every week of the year! One of the best things about our job is being able to see so much of our state. From stunning hotels, to accommodating athletic clubs, out to the fields and meadows and a few new locations that surely surprised us, 2018 has been a wonderful year so far.

Let’s break down our five favorite weddings of 2018 thus far!

Van Cise Wedding, 3/10, Trinity Tree Farm

Who would’ve thought that getting married at a Christmas Tree farm on the verge of Spring, with just little sproutlings popping up, would be such a wonderful idea? The Van Cise wedding took us out to Trinity Tree Farm near Issaquah for a day of fresh starts, new beginnings, and the decade-in-the-making marriage between Angelina and Taylor. What stands out most from the day, however, are the tear-inducing vows they share for each other that will surely make you cry, too.

Wurtz Wedding, 05/05, Ballard Locks

A new venue for us–and also one we never would’ve thought of–was the Ballard Locks. For those of you unfamiliar with Seattle, these water gates allow transportation to and from the ocean from Lake Union. For the Wurtz it was a gorgeous day, accented with our drone footage, that saw everyone looking spiffy in grey suits and lilac dresses. With a balloon arch in a little clearing, Jazmyn and Josh tied to knot in front of their friends and family in the most adorable fashion.

McGee Wedding, 01/28, Sentinel Hotel

Taking a road trip down to our southerly neighbor, Portland, is always a grand time, this time even more so. The so-called “Most Storied Hotel” and National Historic Landmark,The Sentinel, played host to the McGee’s truly spectacular wedding; a day of celebration, dancing and near-royalty decorations. After the satisfying crush of the ceremonial glass (and most importantly the kiss), Greg and Allie were officially married. All in all, it was one of the most unforgettable weddings we’ve been to in quite some time!

Foster Wedding, 02/17, Washington Athletic Club

The Fosters really lucked out with their February wedding, held at the Washington Athletic Club, as there was sun shining bright in the sky. Opting for drone footage, the beautiful Seattle waterfront was truly a marvel. Sipping mimosas, posing in front of the utterly sophisticated hallways and bookshelves of the Club, and looking dapper while doing so, occupied us for most of the morning. Failing to hold back his tears, Cory happily watched his wife-to-be walk down the aisle for a touching ceremony. However, it was the hilarious garter dance and the s’more bar, that really make this one stand out for us.

May Wedding, 05/06, Hidden Meadows

The May’s got married in May, which is certainly the easiest way to remember your anniversary, but their wedding as a whole already proved to be unforgettable. With perfectly warm weather, the outdoor ceremony which featured the bridesmaids and groomsmen rocking beige dresses and grey suits, was a lovely spectacle. With their union sealed, they officially kissed and become husband and wife. What we loved most were the photoshoots with the guys on the train tracks as they puffed on cigars like true gents.

And there you have it! Our Top 5 Weddings of 2018 (So Far!) Do you agree? If not, let us know which ones really deserved to be up here!

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by Scott Johnson

Cordova Wedding on 4/27/18 at The Monte Cristo Ballroom in Everett, Wa

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“I was really wanting videography for my wedding, but I was unsure if the price tag was worth it. Let me say, Reid made every single penny spent worth it. I cried when I got our highlights video back. The wedding day goes by so quick, having this video let’s me relive the day and see things I wouldn’t have seen the day of, like my husband not being able to keep it together even when he just heard the song I’d walk down the aisle to. I cannot thank Reid enough. Absolutely amazing!!”

For anyone who lives in Seattle and has to deal with the ever-degrading traffic situation will surely shudder at the prospect of having to drive to or from Everett. As the city surely but slowly continues to inch their way northward with a light rail system, the current commute from Seattle’s northern neighbor is an arduous journey even if it’s just a few miles. Nevertheless, weddings like the Cordova’s make that trek worth it as the city has bloomed and blossomed during the recent influx of Amazon techies and otherwise.

We’re no strangers to The Monte Cristo Ballroom, a superb wedding venue that provides everything you need in one grand package. With up to 10 hours of service, setup and breakdown, planning, coordinators, wine, a DJ, and a whole slew of other amenities, they truly make it easy and painless to have your big day go just as you want it. Oh, and with Award-Winning executive chef Anthony Reeves in the kitchen, you’re bound to have some delectable food as well.

A fresh Spring wedding for the Cordova’s saw Ronnie and Lauren tying the knot. Their morning got started with the usual affair: getting ready, doing makeup, and killing time by playing foosball. Once the groom and best man were all set up, we got some shots of them outside looking especially cool amongst the brick buildings.

After some silliness with getting the earrings on, it was time for Lauren to go meet her groom for the First Look. Covering Ronnie’s eyes as she approached from behind, it was a magical little moment. We were then able to get some shots of them around the building and outside, making for some truly lovely images.

Before heading on in for the wedding, we got some shots with everyone and their family. It was quite the good-looking group, as everyone came dressed to the nines in their best attire. Not too long after, it was time for everyone to file in for the wedding. Inside the Ballroom is a gorgeous sight. With metal-barricaded balconies, white walls and marble floors, it feels like a mix between a courthouse and a luxurious hotel.

With a kiss, the two were officially married and they set off to do the laborious paperwork. In a flash, they were done and ready to party. As they headed off to the reception, the purple lights went on (matching the purple of Ronnie’s shirt). With a fireplace keeping the room warm, the party really got to burning! Even with the lights low, it was all too clear that everyone was having a magnificent time.

But as weddings go, they do need to come to an end. We want to thank Lauren and Ronnie for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has been full of nothing but happiness!

I know this probably gets old, but if you have a question or comment please feel free to leave it below and we’ll get back to you!

Venue, Catering, Coordination – Monte Cristo Ballroom

Photographer – Jeanette Eggerman

Floral – Belles and Whistles

Stationary – Alexander Printing

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Lauren and Ronnie’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met through a mutual friend and have been attached at the hip ever since!

Why did you choose your venue?

The venue is beautiful, and they did most of the work for us! The food in excellent and my dress was included which was AMAZING.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

I’m really excited to see our vows and the ceremony. I also really look forward to seeing everyone have fun and enjoy the celebration. I want to see walk down the aisle and then see everyone’s (ESPECIALLY MY HUSBAND’S) reaction to seeing me for the first time.

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by Scott Johnson

Hines Wedding on 5/5/18 at Tibbetts Creek Manor in Issaquah, Wa

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“Reid was incredibly quick to respond during the whole process, and the videographer at the wedding was in a great mood – super relaxed & a great communicator. I didn’t even notice them being around from the ceremony on. They fit in well in the background. Video is great quality!”

It’s always fun to discover a new wedding venue that isn’t too far from where we’re located, especially one that’s as great as Tibbetts Creek Manor. Just a few miles south of Lake Sammamish, this 7,000-square-foot venue offers both indoor and outdoor receptions (with the assistance of tents) and provides ample space, seating and tables for all of your needs!

As wonderful of a holiday as Cinco de Mayo is, we typically don’t associate with weddings. For the Hines, whether or not they truly planned it to be on the day typically associated with Mexican Independence, (the date is actually observed to commemorate the Mexican Army‘s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862), it’s just an even easier way to remember their anniversary. A mostly quiet, nearly stress-free morning had the bride and groom getting all dolled up for their big day out at Tibbetts Creek Manor. From the little tyke (who rocked a jacket-less getup and bow tie) all the way up to the more sophisticated, all of the boys looked dashing in their suits.

Getting a little goofy with the boys before the ceremony, Bobby and his groomsmen posed around the area with a fair amount of fun. Their poses and smiles were enough to burn away any stress or unease about what was to come. When it was time for the ceremony, the dapper little ring bearer made his way down the aisle shortly before Rachel, who left the whole role—especially her groom—speechless.

Trying not to make his sheer excitement too obvious, the groom was able to turn it all into bashfulness. And with a wonderful ceremony, with a soul-touching sermon from the officiant, it was all sealed off with a kiss.

Heading outside for some group photos with the family and the bridal party, the happiness was palpable. Everyone was full of smiles and bliss, while the bridesmaids looked wonderful in their blue-green dresses. Luckily, we were able to get the newlyweds alone for a bit as they posed amongst the roses, flowers, and generally gorgeous scenery offered by Tibbetts Creek Manor.

As it was time to go inside to sign paperwork, the rest of the group meandered around sipping beer and waiting for the DJ to announce the arrival of the newlyweds. After cutting their utterly delectable cake, the newlyweds hit the dance-floor, holding each other closely. Once the bride’s father came out, the music got pumping for one of our favorite series of parent-child dances.

With enough inspiration from the newlyweds and their families, the rest of the group got right on up to join in on the fun. As they danced the hours away, the good times kept rolling and rolling, even if some of the little kids got tuckered out.

Alas, the night eventually had to come to an end, but we’d love to thank the Hines’ for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was a true delight getting to spend your big day with you!

Have a question? Need to tell us something? Well do so below!

Venue – Tibbetts Creek Manor

Photographer – Paul Rivera, Bellagalla

DJ – DJ Standout

Florist – QFC

Catering – Camelot Catering

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

Rachel and Bobby’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Summer 2016 at a nationwide college athlete ministry camp with Athletes in Action in Santa Barbara, CA.

Tell us about the proposal!:

The following Summer of 2017, we both went back as interns at the camp and he proposed at Seal Beach Pier in front of all of our close camp friends, also after he had just baptized 2 guys in the ocean to accept Jesus! It was an overwhelming moment of joy.

Why did you choose your venue?:

Intimate, Traditional, Family environment, hometown

What are you most excited to see in the video?:

Shots of sweet moments & candid joyful emotion

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by Scott Johnson

May Wedding on 5/6/18 at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Wa

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“Reid and the Best Made Videos team are amazing.

I wasn’t planning on having a videographer at first but am so glad that I decided to hire them. Reid was super responsive and professional. He was also so quick to deliver the videos and the quality of them is outstanding. Now I’ll have a piece of my wedding day forever to look back on. I can’t recommend them enough. If you’re on the fence just do it. You won’t regret working with them. Thanks so much Reid and the Best Made Videos team!!!”

While it wasn’t our first trip to Hidden Meadows–and we certainly hope it isn’t our last–this time it was in the lovely, warm month of May. Alas, this was also for the May Wedding, as in their name is May, and they got married in May. Got it? Don’t worry, words are hard.

The utterly gorgeous area, able to fit up to 350 guests, features some of our favorite breathtaking views that tease you with never ending nights and a sky full of stars. Any time of year you’ll find some great views, and they even offer indoor ceremonies if the weather gets a little damp.

We were fortunate to go on a nice May day, this year has been rather hit and miss. The day started out in typical fashion, the boys and girls get their own private rooms to get all dressed up. Before too long, it was time for the First Look. As Emily went out to greet Charlie, the smile on his face before he even sees her showed just how amped up he was to marry the love of his life.

Spinning around, the happiness melted away into pure bliss as we followed them around the grounds, snapping pictures under awnings and trees. It wouldn’t have been complete, though, without the family dogs who did wonderfully in posing for the photos we wanted. Eventually the rest of the bridal party came out and posed with the bride and groom. Pinks and beiges went hand-in-hand with the light grey’s of the guys’ suits. There’s even some train tracks nearby, and we got a few shots of the guys looking incredibly badass puffing cigars, wheeling and dealing like businessmen.

With it being so nice, we were lucky to have the ceremony outside. As the families filed in to the little white seats, the groom made his way to the altar. Looking ready, and just the right amount of nervous, Charlie shined quite a smile as his bride made her way towards him. And after a delightful little ceremony, the two kissed and became husband and wife.

As they headed off to sign the paperwork, the rest of the wedding guests helped themselves to wine and beer, chatting amongst themselves until the newlyweds would reemerge. With a magnificent applause, they showed up to the reception hall for their first dance under stringed lights. Holding each other tight, they were both smiling the biggest smiles of their lives.

After they got the traditional dances out of the way, the rest of the group got up and dancing. The garter and bouquet toss were both hotly contested events, and the amount of delicious desserts to choose from was overwhelming!

Eventually, even if not everybody’s feet were tired, the dancing had to stop and the night along with it. Thank you once again to Charlie and Emily for choosing Best Made Videos to film their big day!

As usual, if you have any requests, recommendations or questions, please let us know below! We’re always eager to hear from you.

Venue – Hidden Meadows

Photographer – Vail Studio Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Otto-Matic Mobile Music

Flowers- Flora D’ Amore Floral Artistry

Planning – BXTN

Caterer – The Wooden Spoon

Dessert – Hello Robin

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

Emily and Charlie’s story in their own words:

Charlie and I went on our first date at Beverly’s Restaurant in Coeur D’Alene over 7 years ago. He proposed over Thanksgiving last year, 2016……. in the car driving home to see our families for the holidays (patience is not his strong suit). We stopped for our first meal as an engaged couple at the Arby’s in Ellensburg 🙂 Since then we’ve also purchased our first house in Kirkland. Between home projects and our 2 fur babies, Frank and Clyde, life has kept us busy. We also try to find the time to travel as much as possible and have recently been to Costa Rica, Mexico, Boston and Puerto Rico, among other places. Our honeymoon which is booked for Bali, Indonesia will also be one to remember and something we are looking forward to.

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by Scott Johnson

Wurtz Wedding on 5/5/18 at The Ballard Locks in Seattle, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“Reid and crew are flat-out exceptional (all our thanks and due credit to Jeff and Matt, too!). From the onset, Reid is no stranger to carrying himself and the tight communication with such poise, confidence and excellence. He takes extra weight off your shoulders that you didn’t even know existed until you endure and share an immense gratitude for vendors/partners like Reid that allow such finesse during Wedding planning; the type that will never be taken for granted but all-the-more appreciated in the final product and keepsakes, thereafter. Not once did we ever feel concerned that our voices weren’t being heard or that our feedback was being compromised. Reid has this get-it-done mentality that is exciting to witness and see translated in his quality of work. We were, first, referred Best Made Video’s way by an old colleague in the Marketing Media/Production industry and deservingly so. We had a very unique Same-Day edit vision and, not only was Reid up for the challenge but, Best Made Videos over-delivered and exceeded our expectations. The entire process is set-up for success. I recall our Day-Of Coordinator assuring us that he “knows what he is doing” when sharing and reviewing that our Videographer contract was good-to-go. During the morning of our Getting Ready phase, he showed up to the Bridal Party location ready, enthusiastic as ever and took control of all the timing that he had to work with. Not in the least bit of the over-bearing type but the kind where you truly don’t know how the Day-Of is going to go until you are fully immersed in it and it is happening (you can only bake in slots of timeframes to a point) and Reid got the job done with intended shots while paying great attention to each and every little detail that could possibly be captured. He did so in such a refined and encouraging way. Another family friend asked post-wedding if we had a personal relationship with Reid just by the embracing way we were able to hug it all out at the conclusion of the crazy, wild, fun and beautiful day’s filming but I firmly believe his natural passion in this business has the tendency to reflect in this way. Without a shadow of a doubt, take on Reid and his team if even slightly considering. The new Mr. & Mrs. Wurtz have the utmost respect and admiration for the level of service exemplified here. The highest of recommends we are able to give. There are not enough thanks in the world to convey how much Best Made Videos truly completed our day!”

After what seemed like a never-ending winter, complete with bitter cold and ceaseless rain, us here in Seattle have been treated to a warm and sunny spring time–even if it was a little late to get into motion. With days reaching the 70s, we are officially in Wedding Season, and along with it a whole new batch of wonderfully bright and toasty outdoor ceremonies. For the Wurtz Wedding, we got a chance to head somewhere we’ve never been before–at least not while on a school field trip–the Ballard Locks.

Acting as the ebb and flow between the Pacific Ocean and Salmon Bay, which bleeds into Lake Union and Washington, the Locks are in many ways a poignant reminder of what marriage is: the meeting of two worlds.

Clear skies mean drone footage, and boy did we capture some wonderful shots of the waterways. But the day got started in a quaint little Queen Anne neighborhood, with the sun streaking in through the windows. Grey suits and lilac dresses adorned the bridesmaids and groomsmen, while the maid of honor wore peach. Goofing around beforehand, the guys got in a quick workout session to be extra ready for the wedding.

Once everyone was ready to go, we headed off to the Locks for some pre-wedding shenanigans. Hopping around the hills with the groomsmen, the boys were having quite a blast coming up with new and unique poses.

As everyone showed up for the wedding, which was held in a little grove between two towering trees and a balloon arch, the Josh beamed with excitement as he saw his bride Jasmyn approaching down the aisle. As they delivered supportive, emotional vows, their love rang true. And then, with a kiss, they were officially husband and wife.

Heading off for some private time, and to cuddle their kitty, we got some shots of the newlyweds wandering around the neighborhood looking stylish and cute amongst some of their favorite stomping grounds. Stopping for some celebratory drinks and more group photos (this time overlooking the Space Needle from the north), the group was full of jubilation.

When it was time to head to the reception, the newlyweds emerged into the beautiful event space with a roar of applause. Opting for a same-day edit, we were able to compile a quick video of the events of the day so far for the guests at the reception. Modern technology allows for a lot of cool things, and the Wurtz’ really took advantage of all that we offer!

Taking their first dances, it was an absolutely gorgeous time with wall-to-wall windows illuminating the space along with some beautiful chandeliers. After cutting their cake, it was time to dance the night away. Getting everyone in on the action took some time, but once everyone was on their feet the night zipped by with all the guests having a grand time celebrating.

Thank you again to Jazmyn and Josh for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We really appreciate you being adventurous and taking a shot with some of our specialty packages!

As always, if you like what you saw or have a question, don’t hesitate to let us know below!

Venue – Hiram M. Chittenden Locks – Ballard Locks, China Harbor Restaurant – 中國海景
Photographer – William James Photography
Videographer – Best Made Videos
Drone – David Owen Hawxhurst
Dress – MeaMarie Bridal Atelier
Day of Coordinator – Carol Gavhane
Designer – Rodney Bamboa
Decor – Danielle Edvalds
Officiant – Narin Vann
Emcee – Luke Anderson
Hair – Gather, the salon
MUA – Jane So
Transportation – Butler Events
Florist – Golden Bow Gifts
DJ – Tyler Steckler

Jazmyn and Josh’s Story in their own words:

High school sweethearts. Different high schools, though, everyone at Bothell High believed Josh was enrolled as a fellow Blue Train Cougar. Some still do. Would like to think that it then manifested itself into the life – or, shall we say,  Crimson – blood line that we were fortunate enough to shed and share as WSU Cougars.

Met through Ricky McDonald; being Jazmyn’s best friend, first (in Junior High after their St. Luke and St. Markian ties), then becoming tied at the hip with Josh during the height of their Meadowdale Maverick days. Young Jazz clearly had no idea what she was in for when Ricky insisted that he had a good guy he thought she should fancy meeting.

Hot Tub Official. One, fine evening, four friends casually got together on a weeknight after school in the Summer of ’06. Giddy, naturally, one of Jazmyn’s girlfriends “suggested” she needed to quench her thirst by grabbing a soda inside, whereby Ricky followed suit in getting whatever hint Jazmyn didn’t see coming (she swears she is, otherwise, really on-point when it comes to paying attention to details but all of that can tend to go out the window when emotions come into play). Sitting a cute, arm’s-length distance apart in the awesome hot tub set-up his family had in their backyard – the, ultimate, cool factor for any high schooler – sweet, little Josh then got up the courage to ask Jazz to be his girlfriend.

The rest is history still in the making.

It even comes full circle. Hawaii makes the dream work. Not even a year after being together, Josh and Jazz had the tremendous opportunity of joining the Sanchez family for a memorable vacation in Kona. Fast-forward to present day, November 2017 where Josh executed an astounding, full-blown proposal on the beaches of Maui. Even surprised Jazmyn by flying her mom out for this special, momentous occasion; capturing incredible, behind-the-scenes footage – giving paparazzi a run for their money – of the bended-knee moment from an overlooking balcony.

Why so long to tie the knot?

Why not? Agreeing that there was no rush from the onset or, at least, knowing we, both, wanted to feel in a good place before this part of our journey. No one can ever really produce or anticipate the best timing but we would like to think we created a loving, trusting, encouraging and promising foundation that can only continue to grow and thrive from here. Learning how to love ourselves, first, before tackling on the wants, needs and desires of the other really lends itself to how special this relationship is. Now, we couldn’t see it any other way and only want to bring out the best in each other and our loved ones. We are thrilled to solidify our courtship in marriage with you, all, come 05.05.2018!

Going on 12 Years strong, together.

Why did you choose your venue?

After experiencing some of the most serene, extravagant and beautiful wedding venues that the Pacific Northwest had to offer, we couldn’t help but admire how accommodating China Harbor’s staff and personnel were in advising and curating a hard-to-beat Reception package for us in the heart of the city. 5 is the Bride’s favorite number (soccer number growing up) and May 5th happened to land on a Saturday which makes it easy to always remember such a joyous, momentous occasion (plus, all-the-more reasons for the bride’s select liquor choice: Tequila!). Its gorgeous backdrop overlooking SLU during an unpredictable Seattle weather timeframe with easy access for close friends and family that have shared 12-some years together with was just right. As for the ceremony, Ballard is home to the soon-to-be newlyweds first “Seattle” residency and after Trooper Bowser mentioned that anyone can get married at the Locks for free with a suggested grounds-keeping donation (while the couple went jogging one, fine Summer), it clicked and lined up perfectly.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

A collation of all the wonderful memories we will get to continue to share with each other and our closest loved ones as a testament to all that our relationship stands for and will continue to thrive from.

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By Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Alexi Lubomirski

After months of planning, speculation and anticipation Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedded on Saturday, officially becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While many of us were still asleep when it happened, I salute those who either stayed up late or got up early to witness the historical occasion, because it really takes a lot to get up early on a Saturday to watch a wedding in which most of us have no connection.

To those who waited to watch it after the fact (or if you decided to pay and watch it at a movie theater, which I guess is a thing) then you’re a lot like us on the West Coast. Alas, Royal Weddings are often the only international marriages we ever really care about, other than whatever “royalty” we wish to place on people like the Kardashians or other celebrities.

It seems like there are two distinct sides to every Royal Wedding: those who care…and those who don’t. On the one hand, especially for us in the wedding industry, marriage is a glorious celebration of love and happiness. Weddings themselves are, in a way, their own industry. From the cakes, dresses, decorations, venues, flowers, and just about everything else that goes into a wedding, there are often dozens, if not hundreds of people involved in one that isn’t even “Royal.” So when an honest-to-God Royal Wedding happens, you bet your butt that all of us in the industry stop and pay attention.

On the other hand, particularly for us who have no ties to Great Britain (nor live in any nation presided over by Elizabeth II), all this hullabaloo might just seem like far too much distraction from more important matters, especially when you realize that Harry and Meghan don’t hold any real claim to the throne, nor that Meghan won’t officially even be a “princess” (that right is held to blood-members of the family).

So this little recap is going to be geared towards that second group because those who already care about the wedding probably already watched it and ingested all of the minute details like it was their very own.

With everything kicking off in November, when Harry proposed to Meghan, it seems like the wedding has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Which, in some cases, is true. Taking less than six months to plan their wedding (We know; that sounds just as shocking to us because one would think Royal Weddings would take up to a year to plan), the day finally came. May 19, which in British history bears a grim reminder (it was the day Anne Boleyn was beheaded by Henry VIII, Harry’s ancestor), will hopefully now have much more happy connotations.

In leading up to the day, one thing caught my eye: the cake. With an estimated 200 lemons, 500 eggs, and an absolutely astonishing 40 pounds worth of butter, sugar and flour (each), you probably gained 10 pounds just reading all of that. Taking six bakers almost a week to craft this magnificent piece of art, they only had one shot at making it right, considering the astronomical amount of ingredients, so you can imagine the sheer pressure going into a single cake. What’s even more crazy is that the tradition isn’t even to have a cake. Rather, It’s to have a fruit cake. Some traditions we’re perfectly ok breaking.

Shortly before 10am, the first celebrity guests arrived at St. George’s Chapel (a break from the traditional Westminster Abbey). I’m not sure about you, but the person who arrived first is the one I bet anyone would die to have at their wedding: Oprah—freaking—Winfrey. Talk about a great wedding gift giver, huh? On that note, Meghan and Harry refused standard gifts (though Elizabeth gave them a “small” castle). Instead, they asked for donations to their favorite charities including Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Surfers Against Sewage, and Children’s HIV Association.

Along with Oprah, Idris Elba, James Blunt, George Clooney, the Beckham’s, and even Tom Hardy were in attendance. One of the biggest surprises, despite the star-studded guest list along with all the royalty, is that this wedding is actually smaller in comparison to previous Royal Weddings. For instance, Princess Diana had the most guests at a whopping 3,500. The next smallest was William and Kate’s with about half that at 1,900. Meghan and Harry didn’t even reach 1,000, instead opting for a much more manageable 600. Though, to most everybody else, that still seems like quite a lot. And you’re exactly right.

With the guest list this small, it’s easy to guess this was one of the lesser expensive ones as well. Diana’s, back in 1981, cost an astonishing $110 million while William and Kate’s was only $34 million. Meghan and Harry spent approximately $45 million. Again, that sounds like a lot because it is.

As the first hour of arrivals sped onwards, the rest of the family and friends made their way into the chapel. With a few last minute touches, Meghan arrived right at noon in her Givenchy dress designed by Clare Waight Keller. Footage showed Harry getting a little emotional upon the arrival of the love of his life.

A few minutes later, the bishop started the ceremony before asking the first important question of the evening “are there any reasons they can’t lawfully marry?” Michael Curry, the bishop from North Carolina, brought a certain amount of excitement to the wedding that nobody was expecting. Preaching one of the greatest sermons in probably all of wedding history, he was even able to toss in some MLK quotes. As the audience, and even William, stifled their laughter at the bombastic speech, it became even more clear that this whole thing came out of left field. Meghan, though, seemed to eat up every single minute of it.

Following the incredible speech, the Kingdom Choir performed an equally legendary rendition of Stand By Me. If that song got to you before, it will do so even more now. But after that came the vows, and then the long-awaited kiss; they were officially married and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As far as Royal Weddings go, we’d have to say this one was pretty grand. With the bride being American, it surely threw some of the British traditions for a loop—and we’re all for it! Surely, this wedding will be reminisced on with pride and happiness. Everything went off without a hitch, and it was the perfect ending to what could literally be a fairytale story.

Did you watch the wedding? Didn’t care to? Let us know in the comments below, we’d be happy to know!

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by Scott Johnson

Van Cise Wedding on 3/10/18 at Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

A quick drive out of Seattle, though that really depends on what time of day you depart, lies the town of Issaquah that serves as one of the last few bastions before entering into Snoqualmie Pass along I-90. A little further south, just outside of town, you’ll find Trinity Tree Farm. When they’re not basking in the warm summer sun hosting weddings and events, they’re setting up shop to sell their own Christmas Trees come winter. With the ability to host up to 150 guests, and featuring stunning views of some of the state’s most beautiful mountains, this little nugget of land really brings you into nature.

With all the quiet of being out in the country, the Van Cise Wedding day got off to a quaint beginning. Despite having plenty to do to get ready, there was still enough time to get in a couple rounds of foosball and pool. The day kept on going before it was eventually time to meet for an utterly adorable first look.

Meeting out amongst the baby Christmas trees (it is March, after all), their fully blossomed love stood tall. With sunlight blasting through the trees, we found a wonderful little clearing to have everyone pose for group photos. Silliness and happiness ensued as the entire bridal party made their way out to make it special, though at one moment Taylor decided to play a prank and run off out of the area. He came back though, don’t worry.

When it was finally time to get hitched, a moment the bride and groom had been waiting over a decade for, everyone filed into the hall decked out with dangling lights and a chandelier. Eagerness overtook Taylor before the guests could give away Angelina, but then a heartwarming and tear-producing ceremony followed and officially sealed their storied love.

While the guests headed onto snacks, the newlyweds went back out to the fields where the sun had set, resulting in more romantic lighting. After some time, they decided to head back to the reception to greet all of their guests. With a mouth-watering assortment of desserts and food, they cut into their cake and kicked off the rest of the festivities.

Dancing followed with the lights twinkling high above, and then everyone else got onto the floor (even the babies and stuffed animals). There were some seriously impressive moves to be seen that night, and nobody was afraid to show off even their wildest moves.

To cap off a stellar day, the newlyweds were sent off in a tunnel of sparklers with all of their guests wishing them well. Hopping in a fancy car, the two drove off into the night and towards new beginnings.

Thank you again to Angelina and Taylor for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope the first few months of marriage has been nothing but happiness and joy.

In case you’re new here, please feel free to leave a question or comment below! We always are looking for feedback!

Venue – Trinity Tree Farm

Photographer – Erin and Ryan Button

Floral – From the Ground Up Floral

Caterer – Jacks BBQ

Bar – Bartenders Extraordinaire

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

Angelina and Taylor’s story in their own words:

Our Story

The Meet Cute

Angelina and Taylor met in middle school when they first “dated”, which mostly consisted of holding hands between passing periods and him walking her home from school. They would periodically keep in touch throughout high school and college, usually prompted by Angelina’s mom asking how “that Taylor Van Cise boy is doing”, but didn’t truly find their way back into each other’s lives until shortly after Angelina’s father had passed away. Taylor reached out to Angelina to offer comfort as well as reconnect and from then on they’ve been inseparable.

The Proposal

Unbeknownst to Angelina, family, and friends…Taylor had been planning the proposal for months. He had sought out a jeweler to create a custom engagement ring and had also discovered Angelina’s Pinterest page to help in that endeavor. For the actual proposal Taylor had planned to go to ZooLights at Woodland Park Zoo and have a private meeting with Santa where coworkers would be arranged to photograph the event. But then the zoo caught on fire, setting everything back. Forced to course correct, Taylor then planned to go to Flaming Geyser State Park where their first date (this time around at least) had been and have another coworker kayak down the river to photograph him popping the question. But then the park was partially closed for construction, the ring wasn’t done, and the weather also prevented kayak photography from being possible.

Then, on the night of December 22nd, Angelina and Taylor made their way to ZooLights at Woodland Park.The zoo that night ended up being too crowded and Taylor wasn’t able to find a suitable moment or spot to ask while they were there. When they were on their way home, they decided to stop at Coulon Park to see the light display there as well. After arriving and taking in the lights for a while, and at the urging of Angelina who wore the incorrect shoes for extended periods of walking, they found a bench to sit and chat. Taylor began talking about how sometimes when he makes plans things tend to go awry because he seems to aim too grand. Then he asked Angelina if she would like to help him plan things forever. And eventually, through ugly-girl-crying, she said yes.

They then discovered, after announcing their engagement to parents and family, that it turns out that without even trying Taylor managed to plan and carry out the perfect proposal. Taylor’s parents had gotten engaged at Woodland Park Zoo, while Angelina’s had gotten engaged at Coulon Park.

Why did you choose your venue?

We both love the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and felt that the whole venue showcased that perfectly. The Lodge is also one of our favorite architecture and design styles so it seemed like the obvious choice. On top of all of that we love Christmas so the fact that it’s a functioning Christmas tree Farm was a really fun addition.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Being able to see the first look and us exchanging vows, we’ll both be living those moments but being able to go back and rewatch them will allow us to revisit those moments.

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