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by Scott Johnson

Look, we get it—there’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding. Venue, flowers, dress, shoes, suits, seating arrangements, vows—you name it. It’s a tough, tough job having to plan all of this out—which is why wedding planners exist—but what about the maid of honor, best man or parent of the bride or groom who has to dig deep into their souls and find something that speaks to the character of their friend. That is a tough job—believe me, I had to give the toast for the founder of Best Made Videos.

I mean, if only they knew how hard it was to write a speech that somehow captured both heart and humor, then maybe just maybe, they’d understand the sheer amount of pressure we face in the months leading up to the wedding. What if it isn’t funny? What if it’s too mean-spirited? What if they cry too much? What if I cry too much?

Well, we can’t write your speech for you, but we can give you some tips we just picked up from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bridesand Wedding Crashers for good measure. First of all, this one is from Wedding Crashers—always, always, always come from the heart. Don’t try to be too funny—humor is absolutely important—but you don’t want to be too harsh. If in doubt, simply tell a story you have of the couple and how it showed they were meant to be. Other helpful hints include acknowledging the guests, talking about your connection, being positive and staying away from alcohol for your own sake and that of who you’re toasting.

You wouldn’t believe how many toasts we’ve heard, but we’ve somehow managed to whittle down our huge backlog to just three. So let’s check them out—oh, and prep the tissues.

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Veldee Wedding, 07/31/17, DeLille Cellars

You probably wouldn’t ever expect one of your parents to absolutely kill it with their toasts—that job is often left up to your best man or maid of honor who know the even more embarrassing details you wouldn’t want your parents to know about—but the Veldee wedding is something entirely unique for us. Not only is it absolutely wonderful in that it is the bride’s mom getting to “roast” the groom, but it is honestly one of the sweetest and most touching speeches we’ve witnessed.

As Kat’s mom starts off, explaining she and her daughter were digging through some old “love letters,” they found one written by the groom himself—check Kat apologizing to him for the ambush—which she most certainly brought to be read aloud. But before digging into the juicy letter, her mom describes how the two met—with Kat coming home everyday in 7th grade saying “there’s this annoying boy that sits behind me in class.” But, as her mom noticed, she would always be smiling when she was “complaining.”

As the years went by, he would invite her to school dances, prom (where they ended up being queen and king) only to be distanced by college…which is where this letter comes in. After a year of being apart, the letter was sent, and in it he writes, “Dear my beautiful, loving girlfriend,” before being cut off by he who wrote it saying, “let’s just end it there.” Alas, her mom continued, “Only a few weeks left until I shall depart this land they call Oregon in search of pastures anew for the summer time. My likely destination, your heart.”

There’s tons more to it, but you probably get the picture!

Sanchez Wedding, 08/28/16, Historic 1625

If ever there was a tear-jerking toast, this would be up there with some of the best. Sometimes a sibling is the best friend you’ve always had, and they stand up there with you knowing not only yourself, but also your significant other. So often times they have not only a great insight on your character, but also your fiancé. As is the case with our next vows.

“This is really difficult,” the bride’s sister begins, “she is the baby of the family. We have eleven years between us. I’ve watched her, I’ve babysat her from diapers to now. I’ve been protective of her through the many years. I’ve watched her blossom from a young lady to this beautiful woman right here.”

She then starts in on her time with the groom, “Then she met Jesus, who worked his way to our hearts through our stomachs. I mean, the guy can cook, you know, and we love him. He fed us,” which was met with a huge applause. Who can blame her for mentioning that—it’s the easiest way to anybody’s hearts.

Briggs Wedding, 08/15/16, Historic 1625

There’s a running joke amongst most best friends that they—without any doubt whatsoever—wish for their future children to be married and then they’d be in-laws. Very rarely does this actually happen—but we happened to be so lucky as to film the wedding of such an occasion. As the two moms start out their speech, they announce that this has actually been “25 years in the making, and we did it!” They then joke about how they think their kids thought this was simply their own natural chemistry, but they take all the credit for themselves.”

The father of the bride comes up next, joking about how he didn’t want to be surprised by any of his daughter’s suitors, so he “started the vetting process early. Basically, about birth, ok. There’s things you need to know: background checks, credit reports, internet search history, text messages. That’s not the important stuff, I wanted to know how long for Joey to be potty trained, ok. I needed to know if he shared his toys well with others. Did he talk back to his mom? He passed with flying colors.”

I mean, what are the odds. Take back what I said earlier about parents not knowing everything. They know somethings.

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Was your toast at the wedding particularly special? Did it reduce the room to tears or make the double over laughing? Let us know below!

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by Scott Johnson

Technology is getting pretty wild these days, especially drones. For a while, they were commonly associated with people doing stupid things with them—like the guy who flew one into the Space Needle—but now they’re being incorporated by cinematographers and videographers (like Best Made Videos) to add even more ways to shoot your wedding day. Though it isn’t cheap—some services charge several thousand dollars per wedding due to tech costs, the need for a trained pilot, and all the FAA regulations—it is becoming increasingly more accessible for a lower fee.

CNBC published an article in October digging into these new high tech weddings which include digital mapping, augmented reality photo booths, and other cutting edge technology to add an extra-geeky flair to your ceremony. And to think, all of this has become a reality within this century alone. What a time to be alive.

We here at Best Made Videos like to be with the times and have on staff our very own drone pilot, so here are some of our favorite drone-shot weddings!

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Salama Wedding, 05/29/17, Fairmont Olympic Hotel

From the opening minutes of the video it’s easy to tell the amazing benefits of drone photography as ours soars across the Sound towards the Ferris Wheel down on the piers. Before drones, you’d have to hire a helicopter to do this sort of thing, but with the advancements in technology, it’s so easy and adds such a cinematic feel to just about any video. Later on, a bird’s eye view of the the breathtaking St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Seattle, will leave you stunned as it rises over its towering domes.

Moriarty Wedding, 08/19/17, Four Seasons Hotel

Just like the Salama wedding, the Moriarty’s video opens with a stunning shot of the city with the drone flying in over the water. For those who call Seattle home, this is an iconic shot. For those who love their home, this might just be the best way to open the video, especially if it’s the city where the bride and groom met. Using drones in the city is tricky, but here it shows the beauty and size of the city before it settles in on something a little more intimate.

Apigo Wedding, 08/27/16, Des Moines Yacht Club

Sweeping shots of beaches filled with driftwood and choppy water on a typical grey Pacific Northwest day opens up the Apigo Wedding out in Des Moines. Like the other videos, and in movies themselves, it helps serve as an establishing shot. You know exactly where it is, and it’s so beautiful to watch. Later on, as the wedding party poses for photos, the drone soars over for a high angle shot that wouldn’t have been possible with something like a helicopter. Drone shots like this are excellent reminders of ways to get massive wedding parties all into one shot while still looking sleek and formal.

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As drones become more accessible to more people, instead of just a rich techie’s hobby, it’s important to weigh the benefits of using one to enhance your wedding day. Here at Best Made Videos, we offer a drone package with a minimum of 2 hours at a rate of $200 per. For more information, please contact us directly for inquiries, if not let us know if and how you used drones to upgrade your own wedding!

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“Awwwww yay!! We love it! Thank youuuu so so much!! :)”

There’s something so quaint and fairy tale-like about one of our favorite wedding venues, Maroni Meadows. Located just outside of Snohomish and the tiny town of Cathcart, the five-acre venue can accommodate as many as two-hundred people and is ready to handle volleyball, bocce and a slew of other fun games and events. We just like it because how idyllic it feels, especially after driving out of the madness that is downtown Seattle.

For Julia and Kevin, like many others, it was the spot they wanted for their wedding—with their unique “island-on-the-pond” altar—and we can do nothing but agree. A beautiful July day—though in the midst of the forest it is hard to tell the sun was shining—started with high spirits, especially after Kevin received a Samurai Darth Vader! Smiles and laughs were abound as the bride and groom got ready with their closest friends and family, sharing drinks and coffee to get the day off to a joyous start. Their first look soon followed with the two completely isolated on a little wooden walkway with the forest behind them. It was touching and sweet that both of them just glowed with smiles.

The ceremony, with a sign declaring “pick a seat, not a side,” was a beautiful culmination of these two’s story with family there to celebrate both of them—not just who they know. We love venues and weddings that gut the age-old tradition of sitting on the respective side—after all, everyone will be family now. The bridesmaids, adorned in shades of purple, looked elegant across from the groomsmen without jackets or vests.

Julia’s vows, which were ranked among our absolute favorites just a few weeks ago, make us emotional every time we hear them. Reciting everything she loves about her groom—which is, well, everything about him—she completely bares her soul, making it absolutely impossible to not feel the same way. Kevin responds with some embarrassingly cute stories and moment’s that cement the two’s relationship and guarantees their success and happiness.

Following the ceremony, document signing followed while the rest of the guests made their way to the bar. Joining the rest of the party, the bride and groom posed for photos and sliced their adorable cake topped with lego avatars. Dancing followed, with twinkling lights strewn across the rooftops to illuminate the dance floor. Soon everyone else joined in for some of the best dancing we’ve ever witnessed. Very rarely do we see this talented of breakdancing, so be sure to watch to the end of the video to glimpse some talented footwork!

As the sun went down, fire pits were started for, you guessed it, s’mores! But, alas, the sun did go down and the night had to end. We want to wish nothing but happiness and joy to Kevin and Julia, it was an honor being able to do the video at your wedding.

– Scott Johnson

Venue – Maroni Meadows

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By Scott Johnson

Welcome back everyone for the second half of our Favorite Venues article! Yesterday, we introduced you to the topic of wedding venues and just how important it is to find the perfect location for yourself and your guests. As all of us know in the Pacific Northwest, the month you pick your wedding to be is an especially tough choice—particularly if you’re hosting it outside—and even then a sunny July day could end up in rain clouds at the flip of a switch.

Don’t let that rain on your parade, though, because we’re here to give you some more of our favorites that might just influence you to do something extra special for your big day. Let’s finish it off!

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Novelty Hill—Januik Winery, Woodinville, Wa

If you’re not big on cities or churches, heading out to Washington’s very own “wine country” can lead you to any one of the dozens of vineyards that produce delectable wine all year round. But for us, Novelty Hill Januik Winery is our favorite. Promising “modern, intimate wedding celebrations,” the venue offers solitude and relaxation for the bride and groom after tying the knot and then plenty of space and games for the guests. Their Tree House serves as the Bride’s preparation room while the Cellar Room can be used for the document signing or the rehearsal dinner for up to 26 guests. It also can serve as the prep room for the men to get ready before the ceremony.

Their dinner menu is something else, however, as it promises everything from fresh oysters to Thai Style Meatballs, a Croque Madame, Porchetta, Pasta, Pizza, Albacore and more! The Ko Wedding, recognized from our Favorite Recipients Video, shows just how sleek and contemporary the estate really is. Beautiful architecture married with natural beauty of the region as seen in the Bolen video, is a truly rare combination—but those always make the best marriages, don’t they?

Historic 1625, Tacoma Wa

About 45 minutes south of Seattle, Tacoma has recently become one of the more favorable cities of the Pacific Northwest considering the skyrocketing prices for just a studio apartment on Capitol Hill. But on top of that, the Historic 1625 remains one of the best wedding venues in the city. The event space, which has seen a massive remodel, is built with slate floors, barrel-vaulted ceilings, and “dramatic lighting” to make for a wholly unforgettable experience even if you’re just there as a guest.

With the ability to accommodate as many as 350 guests, the gorgeous venue will supply all of the chairs and tables needed along with free onsite parking for guests, though it’s only just a few minutes away from downtown. Additional amenities include changing rooms for the bride and groom’s parties and air conditioning and heat depending on the time of year.

The Briggs and Sanchez weddings showcase how classy and unique the space it. At a glance, it looks like an old factory you’d pass by and not even peak in its big bay window—but if you did you would find an astonishingly beautiful interior that shows a real sophistication.

Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Seattle Wa

While it may be a little difficult to have your own wedding here if you aren’t a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Saint Demetrios is nonetheless one of our favorite venues. We’ve featured the weddings held here before—primarily because it is such a unique venue and culture to witness firsthand–but it has officially earned its spot on a list!

According to their site, “Marriage is a ‘mystery’ that involves human love and divine love, the very sign and image of God’s presence with humanity.” It is a deeply spiritual connection that not everyone shares, but for those that do then this is absolutely the place to make it official.

However, not just anybody can get married here. Those who wish to wed there must not only be members of the church, but also be in “good standing,” have kept up to date on their pledges, and they are also required to complete a program of Pre-Marital Counseling, which is extremely common in regards to religious marriages.

The Tsoulouhas wedding beautifully demonstrates the majesty of the church, especially the painted icons that encompass the interior. Even the ceremony itself is a moving, spiritual experience with the melodic chantings and fascinating proceedings. The Fotopoulos wedding gives an idea of just how gorgeous the exterior of the building is with its lined bricks of alternating colors and mosaics all around the central nave.

Monte Cristo Ballroom, Everett Wa

Every girl deserves to go to the ball, or at least says Jim Carrey in Yes Man, so why not pick your big day to be at an actual ballroom. The Monte Cristo, which proclaims to be the “most all-inclusive wedding venue” in Washington, delivers on that proclamation as “Approximately 82% of what you need for your Wedding is provided in-house.” Promising to save you not only time, but more importantly money, there is an almost overwhelming amount of options to be decided upon.

You will receive private tours and tastings, access to wedding planners, a DJ, Butler, an entire culinary staff and just about the best service you’ll ever receive. The towering Foyer and Mezzanine, where your wedding and dancing will be held, is astonishing. While the elegant Ballroom gives a royal feel for your entire gusts with simply stunning interior design. Weddings like the McLaughlin’s are a marvel to watch, especially with the ceremony in front of one of the coolest old fireplaces we’ve ever seen!

It’s no surprise, as you’ll see in both the McLaughlin and McDonald weddings, that at the end of the day—the ballroom really is the best for dancing the night away. It rightfully earns its name with just a single look.

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That’s it, folks! While we could go on and on about all of the gorgeous venues around the state, we just wanted to give you a little flavor of what’s out there! Let us know if you got married at any of them below!

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by Scott Johnson

Favorite Wedding Venues Part 1:

One of the best things about getting to film dozens of weddings per year is being able to visit the far corners of the beautiful state of Washington–as well as others–and witness all of the many kinds of wedding venues clients have chosen for their big day.

From lavish hotels to tranquil forests and idyllic orchards to ritzy golf courses, there is an almost overwhelming amount of venues we have shot at. Ultimately, the site of your wedding is one of the most crucial decisions you have to make in the wedding planning process. After all, venues can book up years in advance, so be sure to double and triple check right now if you already have places and dates in mind!

A recent article from Weddingwire does offer some helpful advice on why choosing a hotel is one of the best decisions you can make for your venue. For example, depending on the hotels in question, most will have different event spaces to hold your ceremony and reception. In addition, most hotels that offer wedding accommodations will also have a wedding planner on staff and you’ll be able to take care of just about everything all at once on-site. Most importantly–it provides convenience. You, your guests, and the wedding will all be located within the same building, preventing the need to worry about transportation to and from the ceremony.

You also don’t have to worry about your guests getting home safely

As always, this got us thinking: what have been our favorite venues over the past few years? Well we’ve boiled them down to our seven favorites and are splitting them up into a double feature!! The first set is below–and be sure to check out the rest tomorrow!

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The Edgewater House, Olalla WA

Just north of Gig Harbor, The Edgewater House is an absolute delight. Right on the waterfront, with the altar peaking across the bay, there simply is no beating this venue for a summer wedding. Providing staff and service that always exceeds expectations, the venue will do just about anything in its power to ensure your perfect day. From a greeting service, parking attendants, a shuttle service to the parking lot, and enough tables and chairs for over 200 people, there’s simply no way you can be disappointed by the amenities and customer service.

For those with money they’re just aching to get rid of, you can even arrive by seaplane, helicopter or boat and be greeted by champaign! Bonfires, s’mores packages and more are also available, though showing up to your wedding by seaplane sounds pretty freaking rad. Depending on the weather, you can even request your own firework show for your guests to view from the beach below!

We’ve shot several weddings there, but the Duprel and Staggs weddings both highlight just how gorgeous the venue really is. Both weddings, which were massive in size, had more than enough space to dance and party into the golden hours of the evening. The scenic location also offers endless spots to do stunning photoshoots and poses against a variety of backdrops. There’s just so much to love about this place!

The Golf Club at Newcastle, Newcastle WA

You don’t need to be Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to enjoy getting married at the utterly scenic and undeniably breathtaking Golf Club at Newcastle. Sure it might be all the way up on a hill, but one look at the view and you’ll realize it was all worth it. With a panoramic view that sweeps all across the region, encompassing Seattle, Lake Washington, and the majestic Olympics way out in the distance, it’s worth it alone just to drive up to see it for yourself.

But for your big day, the staff is ready to…caddy…to your needs with multiple settings for the ceremony, outdoor patios (with heaters for those chilly evenings) and even a Scottish bagpiper! Bridal suites are also available to those who want to get ready on site–and they even provide a Bridal Attendant to guarantee your complete satisfaction.

While the Schroder wedding is one of the most stunning weddings we’ve shot, the proposal of Connor and Addie also showcases much of what makes the Golf Club so darn spectacular. We just love the views so much, and even the interiors are as formidably beautiful. It’s certainly a hole-in-one in our books!

The Arctic Club, Seattle WA

Don’t be fooled by the name, you won’t be taking any polar bear plunges or chilling out on blocks of ice as this venue. Rather, the Arctic Club is one of Seattle’s finest hotels and boasts an exceptionally gorgeous event space called the Northern Lights Dome Room with an unforgettable ceiling that rivals ones you’d find in Europe. Formally a social club for men returning from the Yukon Gold Rush, the building is now part of the National Register of Historic Places!

Able to host up to 320 guests, the Arctic Club comes ready with a full china service, dance floors, silver service, and you even get a complimentary night’s stay if you book your wedding there! Also available is valet parking, custom decorations, floral arrangements and more. Plus, you get to pick from a prepared list of vendors and musicians to perform! To top it all off, their catering team is prepared to serve anything from a traditional dinner with menus to a buffet. Just one look at their menu–which includes such mouthwatering options as Scallops Nage, roasted pork, chicken, or sirloin, and even a “late night snack” of kobe beef sliders–will make your stomach growl.

The Cone wedding, back in September of 2016, showcases the immenseness of the dome and the sheer size of the event space. Speckled with gold and white, nothing says “royalty” like the literally-dazzling wallpaper seen during the photoshoots. If you want a luxurious wedding, you really can’t go wrong with the Arctic Club.

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That’s it for today! Do check back in later this week to find out even more of our favorite venues including a church and a winery!

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Salama Wedding on 5/29/17 at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel – Same Day Edit

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“Really enjoyed working with you.  Thank you again for making our day so memorable”

One of our first outings from the 2017 “wedding season”, the Salama wedding is absolutely gorgeous from start to finish and remains one of our most visually stunning videos we’ve done. Opening up with a breathtaking view of Seattle, our drone operator soars the camera over the Sound as it approaches the big wheel on the pier. For natives and lovers of Seattle, there’s no denying its beauty as the city rises up from the water to meet the sky. On a gorgeous, spring day, there’s no beating the views.

With the official ceremony held at the magnificent St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, the reception at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, and photos down by Lake Union, Joanna and Michael’s wedding was quite the day! Starting off with getting ready, Michael’s speechless response to Joanna’s letter for him was the first indicator that the two were more than ready for their big day.

Their first look, set against the hotel’s towering windows in The Garden Room, is just another reminder of how beautiful your wedding day can be with proper planning. The entire bridal party soon joined in with more photos, smiles, and even a surprise FaceTime visit. Hopping into a sleek Ferrari, the bride and groom headed off for the monumental St. Mary’s (enhanced by our jaw-dropping drone footage) to have a traditional Coptic Orthodox wedding.

Truly spectacular both inside and out, the church is one of our favorite locations to shoot at with its iconic orange domes and its paintings and icons. The entire ceremony, along with a packed church, is a sight to behold because it is so unlike any wedding you’ve seen, unless of course you are Coptic Orthodox then this is nothing too surprising. But for most other people—especially Seattleites—this is a rare occasion to witness the ceremonies of an entirely different culture.

Following the ceremony, Joanna and Michael hopped back in the Ferrari that would shuttle them down to Lake Union for some photos in the sun. It was a spectacular day as everyone was out and about, swimming and frolicking in the May weather with everything in bloom.

The reception back at Fairmont Olympic Hotel was an extravagant affair with hundreds of people, a massive gold-crusted cake, and plenty of partying and dancing. The Spanish Ballroom serves as a superb event space with tons of space for dancing, and an elegant design that certainly adds a bit of class and regency to your big day.

What made this wedding particularly special was the fact that their wedding highlights video was edited and shown the same day as their wedding! Joanna and Michael had guests attending from all over the world and wanted to give them a firsthand glimpse of their wedding highlights before the reception was even over. Shortly following their first dance, Reid finished up edits on the highlight video and shared it for the first time in front of the bride, groom, and the rest of their family and friends. It was a hit!

We loved shooting bride and groom Joanna and Michael’s big day. A uniquely cultural service combined with decadent tastes make for a superb day as is, but when you toss in some of the best weather Seattle has to offer and there’s not a chance in the world that you can’t fall in love with the city. Thank you and congratulations to the bride and groom!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Photographer – Jenn Tai

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By Scott Johnson

Every year, dozens of celebrities get married in extravagant bashes that put most common weddings to shame. As you’ve seen in our other articles, some even cut their cake with a sword and other over-the-top flourishes that demonstrate the wealth of the bride and groom. Of course, not all of these multi-million dollar affairs end like the fairy tales do—some lead to heartbreaking divorces that cost the couple even more money.

A few recent articles highlighted the biggest celebrity weddings of 2017, while another took a look at the most expensive weddings that ended in divorce. While that makes us very sad to think about—we want nothing but lifetime’s of happiness for our clients and every married couple—it does go to show that sometimes a simple wedding can prevent regret later on.

As part of our Wedding News Roundup, we love to dig into these articles, so before we turn the page on 2017 entirely, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest celebrity wedding headlines of the year!

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Biggest Celebrity Weddings of 2017

As previously mentioned (and featured in our Favorite Wedding Cake Cutting Moments article) Gucci Mane’s wedding to Keyshia Ka’oir was a…sharp…affair with his sword-sliced cake-cutting ceremony. The wedding, which totaled an impressive $1.7 million, was held in Miami just this past October. Be sure to check check out that article for more pics of the sword and shin-dig!

It’s been a few years since that whole “Let It Go” song completely ruined (or revolutionized, depending on who you ask) airwaves, and even shorter since John Travolta completely butchered Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars. But, thankfully, Travolta wasn’t in attendance at Menzel’s September wedding or we have no idea who would’ve gotten married to who. The acclaimed singer married now-husband Aaron Lohr. Boy, Travolta would’ve been in trouble if he officiated.

This one is pretty exciting, Julia Stiles (who is no stranger to Seattle for anyone who has watched the immeasurable classic 10 Things I Hate About You), actually got married husband Preston J. Cook right here on a beach in Seattle during a private ceremony! Seattle seems to be pretty low in high-profile wedding planning, so we’ll take this one as a win!

While you can catch both of them starring in The Disaster Artist right now, Dave Franco and Alison Brie (who stars in the stellar Glow on Netflix) tied the knot in a “low-key top secret” wedding back in March. What started out to be a big year for Franco keeps getting bigger as his latest movie is receiving rave reviews. Hopefully his brother, James, wasn’t still in his Tommy Wiseau character for the ceremony.

Fans of Game of Thrones and now Aquaman will be saddened to know that Khal Drogo himself, Jason Momoa, is no longer on the market. The hulk of a man who won over the Queen of Dragons and now wields the mighty Trident in the DCEU films, married his partner of 10 years, Lisa Bonet, back in October! I’m sorry he’ll never be able to tell you, “you are the moon of my life.”

2016 proved to be a devastating year for actor-comedian Patton Oswalt who tragically lost his wife. 2017, however, was a complete 180 for him. Marrying partner Meredith Salenger just last month, Patton proves that you can always find happiness.

Most Expensive Weddings that Ended in Divorce:

A lot of these might confuse some of the younger audiences, especially those who can’t imagine a world where Brad Pitt married Jennifer Aniston. But this did happen back in 2000 and cost a reported $1 million. Supposedly featuring tons of flowers, several bands and a freaking fireworks display, it’s no surprise they racked up such a high tab. Unfortunately, just five years later the two divorced right around the time Pitt starred in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with future ex-wife Jolie. Hmm.

Eddie Murphy sure isn’t a name you hear about very often anymore, especially after the slide into the crapper that the Shrek franchise took (and is still taking, supposedly with another sequel incoming) but in the early 90s he was at the top of his game. So much so, that his marriage to Nicole Mitchell cost an astounding $1.5 million. With 500 guests, an estimated $25,000 just on the cake, you’d think it was royalty getting married. Twelve years later, divorce was filed for with the finalization coming in 2006.

Oh Tommy boy, how we loved seeing you hop up and down on Oprah’s couch and profess your undying love for Katie Holmes. The action hero who never rests, Tom Cruise isn’t everyone’s cup of tea—what with all the scientology and all—but you can’t deny him his taste. For one, who doesn’t love Katie Holmes? And two: he and Katie got married in a castle! Back in 2006, the two got married for a staggering $3 million. Maybe all of these action movies are just him paying off his debts?

There’s a lot of money flying around on this one. The not-so-happily-ever-after of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries began with a ring that was almost as much as Tom’s wedding! Just four months later, the two were primed and ready to go with a $10 MILLION wedding that hosted over 450 guests in 2011. They say money can buy you everything—but that doesn’t equate to a happy marriage. Kris and Rob separated 72 days later with a divorce to come shortly after. But what does it matter? She was always meant for Yeezy.

Few weddings surpass the $10 million mark, though many of us could probably think of far better ways to spend that kind of money. Prince Williams and Kate Middleton’s lavish affair is the most recent costly wedding at $34 million, and they’re still going strong!

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That’s it for this week’s Wedding News Roundup. If there are any topics or subjects you would like us to cover, drop us a comment below. Hope you all have a great week, see y’all next time!

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Nelson Wedding on 7/1/17 at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, Wa

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“Reid & Jeff are just awesome people all around. We loved hanging with them on our wedding day, it was like they were extra bridal party members – they felt like our best friends from the moment they introduced themselves to us (on the morning of the wedding). When we were in the middle of wedding planning, my husband wasn’t convinced that we needed video but I couldn’t imagine not being able to re-watch our ceremony and toasts. I found Best Made Videos during my videographer research and started laughing, then crying when watching highlight videos from other peoples’ weddings. So that’s when I knew that I wasn’t going to get married without hiring Best Made Videos. Reid & Jeff were beyond accommodating (Reid even re-scheduled his own honeymoon so that he would be in town to shoot our wedding), they showed up 20 minutes ahead of schedule and trekked all over Seattle with us because we wanted to take photos in 4 different locations. On the second day of our honeymoon, we woke up to an email from Reid telling us our highlight video was done! We loved it, but there was one clip that I wondered if Reid might be able to edit. 30 minutes later, I had an email response from Reid confirming the edit was complete and the video was good to go – no extra charge, no extra week delay, nothing. We were amazed. About a week after that, Reid provided us with our full ceremony, full toasts, and all raw video taken the day of our wedding. Reid runs his company with a level of service, care, professionalism, quality, and fun that outshined all of our other vendors. We would work with Best Made Videos again anytime.”

Of all the artists to make their way out of Seattle, Dale Chihuly is perhaps the most famous out of all of the “visual” artists, not including names like Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix. His works can be seen all over the world and he is often considered the world’s most famous glass artist. Swirling, spiraling pieces full of color and form, his sculptures captivate all who see them. For bride and groom Maria and Adam, the Chihuly Garden and Glass down at Seattle Center seemed the perfect venue for their reception following a traditional wedding at St. Benedict’s in Seattle.

On a beautiful July day the two parties started the day off separately–both with massive entourages in tow. Perfectionist Adam could be seen going to town on his jacket with a lint-roller to ensure every single last pesky piece of lint was removed from his suit–we’ve featured this moment before in our Best Wedding Video Surprises–and even later he can be seen still picking at this sleeve.

On a sunlit hill, the two met for their first look with not a single cloud in the sky. With a radiating smile–and some cutesy playfulness–Adam turned around to greet his bride with nothing but love and happiness. Almost instantly, he starts to cry–which he was teased about–but tears are almost always a good thing on a wedding day. The video is absolutely gorgeous here, with brilliant lighting to showcase the vibrant whites of the wedding gown and the deep purples of the bridesmaids dresses. A finger shoot-out interrupts the first look (as you’ll recognize from our Best Bridal Party Moments) but soon it’s back to silliness and smiles with shots overlooking the Space Needle.

Heading on over to the church, the beautiful interiors are so full of light with the sun streaking in through the windows that it takes one’s breath away. The formal ceremony went off without a hitch as everyone readied themselves to head over the the Chihuly Garden for one of the most colorful receptions we’ve ever filmed. With all the sculpture work it’s quite easy to find yourself distracted by Chihuly’s mastery. As Adam and Maria danced around the sculptures, the bright sun helped illuminate the interiors.

In the main hall, underneath a twisting orange and red sculpture, the first dance and cake-cutting were beautiful sights. Shooting here is so fun because of how the light plays with the sculptures and scatters patches of multi-color rays around the floor. They soon disappeared once the sun went down and the disco lights went up, but that didn’t stop the partying!

At the end of the day, the Nelson Wedding was one of our favorites from the past summer. Even just a simple sunny day in Seattle is one of the most beautiful things we Seattleites can experience–but when you combine that with a beautiful venue for both the wedding and the reception, it just adds all the more to it. Thank you to Adam and Maria for letting us video your wedding, we hope you’re having a great year!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – Chihuly Garden and Glass

Photographer – Seattle Flashing Lights Photography

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Favorite Wedding Vows Part 5 of 5:

Welcome back to the grand finale of our Favorite Wedding Vows series! Throughout this week, you have seen twenty of our favorite vows from weddings we have shot over the years—and now it’s time for the final five. Be ready with your hanky, things are going to be getting real emotional! Let’s wrap this thing up!:

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Soni Wedding, 08/31/17, The Golf Club at Newcastle

“I have so many things to say I don’t know where to begin,” is either the sign of someone woefully unprepared—or someone truly in love who simply cannot decide what is most important about the person in front of them.

Naturally, at weddings, its almost always the latter, as is easily proven by Christina who segues into tears and a heartfelt speech declaring “You’re the best, most unexpected thing that’s ever happened to me. And I am so thankful to have found such a selfless, caring and charismatic person like you. I’ve always wanted to be with someone as ambitious as I am. Hands down, I found my match.” She continues on with fawning affection, “I don’t know how you do the things you do and keep your sanity,” and compliments his big heart and how he always cares about everyone else—before losing it to tears and requesting tissues.

Tanuj begins his vows by going against what Christina said in writing a letter when she didn’t want to, because he wants to frame it for later on! He’s already off to a good start here, but once he gets going you can really tell he lives his bride, “just being with you makes my life complete. I feel like I’ve peaked in my life just to call you my wife now. Your sincerity is incomparable. I feel like the luckiest guy.”

But these aren’t even his vows! Watch the video to hear all of the epicness!

Mortega Wedding, 08/26/17, Kitsap Conference Center

Jessica’s vows for EJ highlight years of their relationship, “I love the life that we have built together, and though I can’t wait to see the world with you, it’s the everyday things I cherish the most.” She then lists off an endearing amount of favorite things they do—such as making dinner, grocery shopping, holding hands and drinking coffee, and many more. “With you, things haven’t always been easy. At times we have fought fiercely just to stay together, but because of what we’ve been through I know that what we have is real.” Her vows end with a crescendo of tears and emotion as EJ holds it all back while trying his hardest to not shed a tear.

EJ responds with the utmost of flattery: “Looking at you today, it’s easy to see why I fell in love with you. Your beauty is breathtaking. There are still times when you smile at me and I lose my words like when we first met. But more than what’s on the surface, it’s the depth and breadth of who you are that makes you the woman I love and me the luckiest man in the world.” It’s sincere and sweet, and that’s all you can really ask for.

Kent Wedding, 08/27/17, The Kiana Lodge

Rob’s vows for Lisa start off with that famous Jerry Maguire line, “you complete me,” but Rob takes it a step further and essentially makes us want him to do the remake. “With you, I know love has finally found me. Being with you makes me a better person. Your love, caring and understanding nurtures me, guides me, allows me to be who I am and encourages me to be better every day. 357 days ago I said I wanted to share all your future birthdays with you, and today I repeat that commitment.” Maybe it’s the accent, maybe it’s just the words, but Rob makes all of us swoon.

Lisa fires back with a strong, straight-faced recitation by declaring he is her best friend right off the bat. “While I don’t for certain what our future will bring, I am excited to discover life with you. You are my teacher, my accomplice, my teammate and my role model. You have shown me what love is.” Sounds like these two are like peas in a pod!

Stephens Wedding, 09/17/17, Sorrento Hotel

At the dazzling Stephen Wedding with the meeting of worlds, Ashley’s vows are seriously powerful and inspire a whole slew of emotions. “I see you in every romance movie, every epic love story and every glimpse of my future. You are my ultimate dream in life and my biggest inspiration. My life would not be complete without you.” These are some of our favorites, especially the movie line.

Rajeev’s return is a little hasty at first—with obvious forgiveness for the nervousness—but he simmers it down to an emotional slugfest as he recites his love for his bride. “We’ve grown up and grown together for the last six years, I wouldn’t trade for anything.” Later on he says, “Thank you for always standing by me and making the sacrifices that you do, because I can’t picture life without you. I promise to buy you flowers and chocolate when you’re upset.” That, right there, is love in a nutshell!

Ko Wedding, 08/20/17, Novelty Hill/Januik Winery

Before even beginning the vows, the sniffling tells you all you need to know. Nick, clearing his throat, is greeted with giggles from Sally. We don’t hear too many poems here—it seems poets are a rare breed anymore, at least at weddings—so that’s what makes Nick’s vows so special. “Sally,” he begins, “you are the person that makes me dream of the future. You are the person that makes me feel strong.” But as he keeps reciting these, it makes the heart swell. “Your heart, your face, you are my home. I love you, and now you are my wife,” it’s so sweet! “We’ll live our lives, and time will pass, but in this moment I read you my vows. I won’t need to look back to know that the good ol’ days are now.”

After taking a moment to prepare herself, Sally tearfully tells Nick that meeting him is the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Continuing on through the sniffles, “Thank you for always making the effort, for pushing me to grow and for reminding me to pick up all the hair that I shed.” That’s a big one, for us, “I promise to love you for who you are at any given moment. I promise to always have your back. I can’t wait to dream with you.”

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And there you have it! Our 25 favorite wedding vows! Thank you for sticking through it with us, and if you have any suggestions or would like to share your own, please throw us a comment or message! We are always looking to improve, so please don’t be shy. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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by Scott Johnson

Favorite Wedding Vows Part 4 of 5:

And we are back for part 4 of our Favorite Wedding Vows series. As we reach the final stages of these articles and the year itself, we want to thank all of our readers and visitors for checking out our content and witnessing all of these spectacular weddings. Without you all, we wouldn’t be able to do this—so thank you.

Let’s start tackling the final ten!:

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Fincher Wedding, 09/03/16, Chambers Bay Golf Course

For many people, early September is associated with going back to school and the last legs of summer. The days start to dwindle, the air gets a little crisper, and the leaves start to match the golden skies. The Fincher wedding is a gorgeous example of late summer weddings done right as the beautiful sunset videography inspires romance and new beginnings.

While the officiant delivers some hilarious remarks to introduce the two, recounting the storied history of the bride and groom with jokes and anecdotes, Ina’s vows cut straight to the heartstrings. “Offering me the very best of you, filling my world with a love more beautiful than I ever dreamed of. I love you today, and I will love you for all days for the rest of my life.” Short, sweet, and to the point—even Ronnie has to agree because he tries to steal hers!

But he delivers in kind, “The first day I met you, I knew there was something special about you. As the years went by, and as I got to know you, I knew you were special. For the 2,716 days from our first date to today, I’ve learned from you, I’ve grown to love you more and more every single day.” That’s really all you can ask for, isn’t it?

Sanchez Wedding, 08/28/16, Historic 1625

An exuberant and tearful Jesus immediately declares that he has to do his vows in Spanish before saying “I love you,” in English, followed by, “It’s not coming out.” But the two are bashful as they hold each other’s hands. My Spanish is a little choppy, but he promises to help Erika accomplish her dreams, on good days and bad, and some other sincerely heartfelt things. It may have been short and sweet—but in his own language it adds all the more emphasis to his feelings.

In English, Erika responds—through tears—“You are my best friend, I couldn’t have asked for anyone else.” Chuckles emerge from underneath the sobs; they really do love each other and say so at the altar time and again. But she keeps going, “I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together,” which really makes him sob.

Anita and Enoch’s Wedding, 09/03/16, Within Sodo

Anita’s vows for Enoch sound like a legal briefing, but you can’t deny how well organized she is about her feelings. Separating her vows into different sections titled “Important moments,” “Promises I make,” and “Comparisons to famous couples,” she starts with the former, “I knew I loved you when I challenged you to Saved by the Bell trivia and you stumped me.” Most importantly, however, she promises to give him space to play his video games and to eat as much pizza as he wants—and really, that’s what I think most guys want. Well, maybe just me…and Enoch.

Enoch’s vows are a little less organized—which really isn’t saying much since most vows don’t have subsections—but he immediately teases her for being able to get through it with such a straight face and not crying—“that kinda kills my opening jokes.”

“I’m gonna assume you cried anyway. I’ve written more than I should be saying mainly because the more I talk the more you are going to cry. I don’t know if your water-proof makeup is going to win this battle. I should skip some parts.” Jokes aside, he starts delivering a heartfelt response, “Anita, you are my best friend and the mother of my beautiful daughter. I have loved you because of and in spite of your ability to follow societal norms. You told my coworkers not to tickle my feet for some reason, you’ve stolen peanut butter M&Ms from my roommate.” It keeps going from there, but Enoch’s words both make us laugh and smile, and that’s pretty special.

Manheim Wedding, 10/28/17, AXIS Pioneer Square

Danica and Phil’s late October wedding— with Thriller and allmight make you think they’re into spooky stuff. While they might just be, this isn’t another Halloween Wedding (couldn’t find the link). Instead their vows are about teamwork, working together, and completing each other.

Danica, who announces she was once called “Danica Panica,” for her high levels of anxiety, loves Phil deeply, “while luckily the name didn’t stick, the tendency occasionally persists. With you, however, I am naturally at ease. I have never felt more comfortable, loved, or accepted as I am with you. We are not two halves of a whole, but instead two parts of a whole. Whatever life throws at us, we tackle it together as a unit.” This is sure some great chemistry—after all, you are partnering with this person for life—and the two really seem made for each other.

Phil, on the other hand, admits he probably isn’t the one to tell you how marriage works—he is just getting married—but he feels, “that in addition to loyalty and honesty, and all the other things we can just assume, a good marriage for us will include at least these things. A strong partnership, people and interests outside of ourselves, and a desire to be better as individuals and as a couple.” These two seem to be pretty in sync with the teamwork thing—they have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Mead Wedding, 10/21/17, Melrose Market Studios

An elegant wedding at the Melrose Market Studios sees groom Taylor reading his vows first. Sniffling as he starts, “I was just blown away. I didn’t know back then that this was the girl I was going to marry. I was just concerned with getting to know this amazing person in front of me. And got to know her he did, so much so that he has to “vow to get better at stifling my contempt for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, New Jersey, Atlanta, the NBA, the NFL, and the rappers as you sit next to me.”

Dakota reciprocates with vows a little less laugh-inducing, but equally as emotional as she recounts memories of football and their early years. “I can still remember the feeling of brisk, cold nights under Friday night lights with you. I’d bundle up under a hoodie tucked under your jersey and stand proudly on the sidelines as I cheered my heart out for the boy wearing #13. In a sea full of fans and players, I only had eyes for you.” Come on!

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And that does it for today! Check back tomorrow for our final installment of favorite wedding vows! As always, thank you for keeping with us. We truly appreciate it. See you tomorrow!

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