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McDonald Wedding on 10/2/16 at The Monte Cristo Ballroom in Everett, Wa

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“Throughout our 18 month long engagement I thought about so many details big and small and truthfully didn’t think that I wanted a videographer. I had a wonderful photographer hired and I didn’t feel the need to capture our wedding any other way; that was of course until about a week before the wedding. I had a moment of clarity and realized I couldn’t not hire a videographer. All of a sudden I knew that this could potentially be my biggest regret of the wedding and I didn’t want that, we are only doing this once and I really wanted to not have a regret as large as this one hanging over my head for years to come. I quickly started doing some research and asked around to people I knew that had just gotten married and used a videographer. One of the names that came up a few times was Best Made Videos, so I called, talked to Reid and asked the crazy question of “are you available in 8 days from now to shoot my wedding”. Honestly, I was embarrassed to even ask and figured there was no way. He then said, “yeah I can make that work”. I couldn’t believe that this perfect stranger moved his busy schedule around to fulfill my (kind of crazy) request! I was thankful then and beyond thankful after receiving the final product. I was shocked by how responsive and professional Reid was! I am in business myself and it takes a lot to impress me, and I can’t even tell you how impressed I was! We then got the highlight version within a couple of days and Reid was in contact the whole time and worked very hard to make it perfect. He captured us and our wedding day perfectly! I can say I was one of those brides that thought I could take or leave a videographer and I am SO happy that I had a change of heart! This is will be something that my husband, family and friends will enjoy for years to come! The day goes by so incredibly fast and we will always have this to remember the best day of our lives. If you are looking for a wedding videographer, look no further! Thanks for everything Best Made Videos!”

This story starts on a normal Saturday morning last Summer.  I was getting ready to film a wedding, this time at the Monte Cristo Ballroom in Everett when I got a frantic phone call. The bride explained to me how she was getting married the very next weekend and had begun having second thoughts about not having a videographer film her wedding.  I had shot her friend’s wedding a few months earlier and ever since she saw that video she went back and forth about the idea of having a video for her own wedding.

I pulled up the bride’s information on Facebook and quickly realized a few very coincidental details.  Not only was the bride’s photographer my dear friend Arlene Chambers who I had worked with previously and was also booked together for another wedding a few weeks later, but the bride’s venue for her wedding was ALSO the Monte Cristo Ballroom, the same venue I was currently standing in.

I laughed as I explained this to the bride and she couldn’t help but see the humor as well.  I finished up my wedding that day and quickly booked her for the following weekend.

Briannah and Drew’s wedding went off without a hitch.  A beautiful venue of course, touching personal vows and amazing pictures and video both before the ceremony and after, as we were able to catch just a glimpse of the sunset in the middle of a crosswalk in downtown Everett.

I love everything about this wedding video, like Briannah’s nervous energy as she struggles to get her vows out without crying.  I love the look of joy in Drew’s eyes as he sees Briannah walk down the aisle for the first time.  And most of all, I love the fact that Briannah and Drew made their own wedding shot, mixed it up and thew one back right before they were pronounced husband and wife.  It’s small moments like this that really shine through in wedding videography, and it’s these moments that my couples will get to enjoy through their wedding video for year and years to come.

Photographer – Arlene Chambers

Venue – Monte Cristo Ballroom

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Sturdivant Wedding on 7/24/16 at Sodo Park in Seattle, Wa

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“When talking to all of my friends and family the one thing they all wished they could have done was have a professional video taken for their wedding. We took their advice and we are certainly glad we did. After a recommendation from a friend and watching many past wedding videos shot by Best Made Videos, we knew we wanted to book them for our wedding. Reid was incredible to work with. He gave little direction, but wanted us to feel comfortable in front of the camera, focus on enjoying every moment of our day, and to just be ourselves. He was also very flexible when working in small crowded places and coordinated well with our Photographer to make sure the best moments were captured. One of the greatest parts was the turn-around time. Reid had the full video of our wedding completed within 4 days giving us an opportunity to watch it on our honeymoon and share it with those who were unable to attend. It was such a treat! I would recommend Best Made Videos to anyone looking to capture their special life moments. Best Made Videos was one of the best investments we made for our wedding day!”

Participating in the “I Do Sodo 2017” wedding tour last weekend at Sodo Park in Seattle got me inspired to think about this incredible wedding video from last summer.  Alvin and Michelle got married last July at Sodo Park and it was the first time that I was able to film a wedding at this incredible wedding venue.  Situated right in the middle of Sodo (South Downtown Seattle for short) Sodo Park offers an expansive, yet intimate wedding setting for weddings of all shapes and sizes.  The wood beams, rafters and multi-textured walls throughout allow for beautiful photos and video whether the wedding ceremony is taking place during the summer or the middle of winter.

Alvin and Michelle are by far two of my favorite wedding clients I’ve ever worked with. The energy and love radiating from these two is electric, and that love elevated every single element of their wedding day.  From the getting ready in the morning (with Michelle’s big grin and happy laugh) to the first look (where Alvin’s groomsmen were actively badgering him not to cry as Michelle approached from behind) to their first dance under the stringed lights at Sodo Park, it’s easy to see that Alvin and Michelle are the best of friends and the love that they share will last a lifetime. 

I invite you to take a moment and watch their wedding highlight video to experience their love first hand, you will be happy that you did!

Photographer – Avera Photography

Coordinator – A Piece of Cake Events

Venue – Sodo Park

DJ – Bamboo Beats

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