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by Scott Johnson

The wedding industry is in a constant state of evolution that never seems to slow down. Every week, thousands of people—from athletes, to celebrities, and even royalty—get engaged or tie the knot. In trying to keep up with the trends, we are introducing a new series to fill you in on fun current events in the wide world of weddings. We hope this will be as informative as it is fun as we dig into celebrity weddings, funny videos and more.

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Mike Leach’s Hilarious 3-Minute Wedding Rant

While many might already know of the Cougar’s repeated loss to the Huskies—it was the Apple Cup, after all—what they probably didn’t catch was Cougar’s head coach Mike Leach deliver something in the same caliber of a standup routine to a reporter who was getting ready to tie the knot. In a hilarious three-minute-long rant, he declares that they’d already “lost” the reporter to it, and that he should’ve “come to” him sooner.

It doesn’t stop there, “my wisdom would be you have to stay out of the way. I wish you a very happy marriage and I’m sure you will have one, but I’m just telling you, when it comes to marriage—women lose their mind.” He then goes on to explain that just about every “female relative will lose their mind,” and then they’re “going to barrage you with constant questions.” To which Leach says simply one answer, “I don’t care,” but that isn’t “satisfactory at all, and you’re going to get caught in a Catch-22.”

He continues to have a conversation as both man and woman:

W: “Well I want you to be a part of this too, so what color invitations?”

M: “Alright, the blue ones.”

W: “Well I kinda like the tan ones”

M: “Ok, the tan ones then.”

W: “Well you’re just saying that because you want this over with.”

So on and so forth…sounds familiar, right?

Anyway, check out the video: it’s hilarious. Maybe the loss means he should quit his job and do standup.

Edwin Encarnacion Marries Karen Yapoort 

MLB player Edwin Encarnacion might be a free-agent for the Indians, but—depending on who you ask—he might not be considered a “free-man” any longer as he tied the knot with Karen Yapoort down in the Dominican Republic. Described by teammate Carlos Santana as, “Wedding of the Year,” the lavish wedding—which you can see in Instagram posts and videos—featured a band, tons of cake and goodies, beautiful decorations, and a celebration really solidify it as one of coolest shindigs of the entire year.

Also in attendance—baseball fans will really be jealous, here—were legends such as Albert Pujols and David Ortiz. It certainly seems like Encarnacion really hit a grand slam with this one, and we do hope the best for the new union.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Engaged

It’s not too often that royalty makes the headlines–as of late it has been more about the the adorable children, Charlotte and George, of Prince William and Kate–but just this past weekend Prince Harry proposed to American girlfriend and Suits actress Meghan Markle over a roast chicken dinner at his home in London. The couple, who fell in love and maintained a long-distance relationship, are set to marry in the spring.

While old traditions would have prevented this–Markle has already been married before–the 2005 wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla began a push to move traditions into the 21st century. As said in The Daily Telegraph, “such a sentence could simply not have been written a generation ago.” It is said that Markle bonded immediately with the family, the dogs, and with becoming royalty–all after being set up on a blind date.

Congrats to the happy couple!

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Stay tuned with us in the coming weeks—we have some big new things coming your way as we finish off the year and head into another one full of love and weddings.

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Calash Wedding on 1/21/17 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, Wa

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On a cold, winter day earlier this year a young couple tied the knot in a traditional Greek wedding at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Though it was the middle of January, it was an unseasonably clear and bright day for the area as bride and groom John and Rachel excitedly got ready for their big day. Despite the cold, the groom and his buddies were all smiles for outside photos near the lake while the bride got ready with her entourage–adorned in lilac dresses– in the Marriott hotel on the Seattle waterfront.

It’s not everyday you get to attend a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding, which is exactly why we love being able to do the video for ceremonies such as this to share the experience with everyone we know. It also gives you the chance to experience the many different forms of weddings that take place all over the world, especially in religious communities you might not ever get to see otherwise.

Chanting voices filled the large space covered with paintings and idols as everyone took their seats and positions inside the beautiful St. Demetrios church. One by one, the bridal party proceeded in, followed by the ring-bearers and flower girls. Once the organ kicked in with the bridal march, the smile on John’s face and the tears in his eyes say it all–he cannot possibly wait to marry this girl. Walked down the aisle by her father, the bride glowed in a strapless dress with a long, trailing veil.

After a blessing from the priest, the language switched to English as the ceremony got underway. The intricacies and traditions might seem strange to the uninitiated, but everything about the ceremony is meant to communicate with God and seal the bond between these two. But one thing that always remains the same–the beautiful first kiss as man and wife.

Anybody who knows Seattle will say that the weather can flip on a dime–and today was one of those days. Initially bright and sunny, the photoshoot after the wedding was marked by rain clouds and umbrellas, though it hardly could rain on their parade as they were still beaming with delight with the Space Needle in the background. With a view like this–and what just happened inside the church– there’s no amount of rain that could damper the happiness of the bride and groom.

The reception to follow was a massive affair as the family and friends funneled into the event space for their first dance. Tender and giggly, the two danced beautifully in front of everyone they knew. Traditional Greek dancing soon took as the entire family got involved, circling the dance floor with their hands intertwined. It was really a sight to behold, and one we are happy to have gotten on video.

We want to congratulate John and Rachel on their big day and thank them for not only choosing us to have the honor of recording their wedding, but to also share their culture and relationship that they hold so dear.

– Scott Johnson

Photographer – Rebecca Jane Photography

Venue – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

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by Scott Johnson

Favorite Wedding Bridal Parties:

Surrounding yourself with a trusting and loving bridal party is one of the many keys to success for your wedding. They help you coordinate, support you, and guide you along the way to your new journey in life. Of course, some of them may be goofy and do things that surprise and confuse you. Other times, they might infuriate you. We hope for the latter.

A recent article from Awkward Mom details how the maid-of-honor photobombed the bride-to-be’s photoshoot with the groom. As the couple stood looking pretty in their attire out in nature, Sharilyn Wester took it upon herself—when the opportunity arose—to have a little fun with her best friend. As the photographer asked her to assist with the veil, she went for some pretty hilarious poses along the way, but in the end all of the photos look like pure fun and happiness. Check out the photos for yourself for some laughs!

We love this type of camaraderie, so we dug through our video archives for our favorite bridal party moments.

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Nelson Wedding, 07/01/17, Chihuly Garden

You wouldn’t expect to have to duel anyone in 2017 to get the woman of your dreams like the Old West so romanticizes, but you know how things go. For Adam, who was already featured in our “Best Wedding Video Surprises” post for obsessively cleaning his suit, this was probably the last thing on his mind.

As the groom and his brother are posing for their photos, they both pull out finger pistols and the duel begins. The entire exchange lasts about fifteen seconds as the two stare intensely into each other’s eyes. The duel ends with Adam pulling the trigger and sending his foe off on his way so he can take the spotlight for himself. It’s a kind of moment only siblings can have; they are the ones who know you the most.

Sturdivant Wedding, 07/24/16, Sodo Park

Everybody has that one friend who is always looking for a way to tease or embarrass you. The Sturdivant’s seem to have quite a few, or at least so it appears in their wedding video. They’re that person in your life who loves teasing and pushing your buttons, and they come in many different forms.

They’re simply doing it for love and support, just like they do multiple times throughout the Sturdivant’s wedding video. During the first look, as the bride enters the gazebo surrounded by friends and family, multiple guests out of nowhere start heckling the groom who takes it all in stride as he goofily turns around to see his lady. Hilarious to listen to, it really shows the bond they all share. Later on, even more goofiness follows with the family photo shoot as they exhibit silly poses with wide smiles. Of course, the ceremony itself—specifically the kiss—also featured a bit of commentary. Right before the big moment, a distinct and resounding, “Get it,” rings out.

They got it.

Anderson Wedding, 07/21/17, Swans Trail Farms

With so much worrying about yourself, you’d assume that everyone else would be able to back you up and make sure they have the basic necessities. As groom Zachary is getting ready for his wedding, the photographer is heard saying, “So, who forgot their pants?” To which the slightly embarrassed groomsman says, “well, they should be in the car.” Unfortunately it turns out that no pants were brought, as the groom realizes the extent of the problem. There’s no denying the absolute frustration in moments like this, but people make mistakes.

Fortunately, a pair of dark jeans stood in nicely for the photo shoot, otherwise this wedding would’ve looked like it was heading in an entirely different direction. Later on, the groom and his buddies even drop their pants to expose their underwear, which is even more funny considering the guy almost had to do the wedding in his boxers.

Pablo Wedding, 08/05/17, Cedar Springs

Like in the Awkward Mom article, there’s just something that happens to people during weddings that gets them in a silly, goofy spirit—like literally all of the groomsmen in the video. As groom Tim and his buddies pose for photos in one of our favorite photo shoots ever (even featuring a hip-hop album cover), they’re hurling funny lines like “I’m gonna suck my stomach in,” and posing like husband and wife with a near-kiss and all. This is the bridal party you want around you; all of your best friends who tease and celebrate along with you as you get ready for your big day. Though, we can’t help but wonder what the bride thought of all these men trying to steal her husband.

Klehr Wedding, 06/17/17, Wenatchee, Wa

A wedding with bouncy castles is something you probably never knew you wanted. What better way to celebrate a soaring day than flying through the air like a kid at the carnival. But for this bridal party, this wasn’t the only flight to take place today. While posing for photos, the groomsmen lift the bride off her feet and hold her across their interlocked arms, swinging her like they’re about to launch her. She’s nothing but laughs, otherwise this wouldn’t have probably made the video. The bridesmaids would then get retaliation by literally tossing the groom into the air, and both flights landed safely.

Cizmar Wedding, 09/05/15, Suncadia Resort

A dapper gathering of groomsmen leads to a striking photo shoot as they pose with fingers pointed to the sky followed by, you guessed it, shots. The buddies who drink together, stay together it seems, and these groomsmen really seem to have quite the bond. Later on, they even help save the day from a sinking dock as the bridal party posed for photos on a wobbly walkway that couldn’t support their weight. But their drunk dancing and push ups really seal the deal of their companionship. We hope the bride knows she’s gonna have to share.

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The people in your bridal party can prove to be your best of friends, especially those who truly understand your personality. Sure they might not be absolutely 100% reliable at times, but they stand by your side on the biggest day of your life. We’d love to hear some of your bridal party stories, so please share below!

 

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by Scott Johnson

You may remember Colton Haynes from our “Favorite Officiants” article where Kris Jenner officiated his wedding to Jeff Leatham. A recent article from People discusses how impactful the wedding was for him. It’s been said there wasn’t a single dry eye in the room, and even more wet eyes for those who watch the video of his nuptials on YouTube. Even the pictures in the People Magazine article show him leaking water from his eyes as he explains, “This video makes me cry every single time I watch it. It was the most special day of my life.”

Their wedding has been one of the most talked about this year. Hosted in Palm Springs, it saw a litany of celebrity guests including Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chelsea Clinton and Billie Lourd. Leatham describes the video as “Cher meets a Guns ’N Roses video,” which to us sounds pretty freaking cool. You’ll have to check it out for yourself.

Watching and reading about Colton’s reactions to his wedding video got us wondering which of ours was most emotional to rewatch, so we went back and found the ones that had us reaching for the tissues more often than not.

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Sanchez Wedding, 08/26/16, Historic 1625

One of the most adorable and loving ceremonies we’ve witnessed, as the groom powers through his vows in Spanish as the words he so desperately wants to speak tumble out in a mess of tears and sobs. There’s just so much emotion going on that these two both could’ve easily one our “Biggest Cry Baby” award, but there’s just something so sweet about the bride and groom who are so speechless for each other. Those aren’t just their sniffles you’re hearing, you’re probably hearing your own, too. Even the sister’s speech for the bride can make you a little weepy as she recounts how she raised her from diapers. That’s some true love.

Pablo Wedding, 08/05/17, Cedar Springs

A Hawaiian-themed wedding combines the love of home with the power of family. Like the previous wedding, the vows are when the tears start to come as groom Tim has to work himself up to get through the speech as the emotions overtake him. The two are so beautifully in love, and, with the soft guitar playing over the video, it’s easy to ride the wave of emotion. Even Kaleena the bride struggles through her speech, especially when she talks about placing a hand on her hubbie’s cheek. They’re each other’s worlds, but those are her words; not mine. Other moments, like some of the goofiest poses in our history during the groomsmen photos, balance out the emotion with a little bit of humor.

Schroeder Wedding, 10/14/17. The Golf Club at Newcastle

A crisp October day might not be your own ideal idea for a wedding, but for the Schroeder’s it was—especially when you take into account the gorgeous autumn views they got overlooking the region around Newcastle. Elizabeth and William have a special connection, and their tender first look with a view of Seattle makes it so much more touching as they stand together with the world at their back. At the moment of truth, as William repeats the sealing words, the excitement and emotion is so contagious as he chokes up the words while looking at the woman of his dreams. It’s hard not to feel the love, especially when Elizabeth gets caught up in the moment and the two exude pure happiness.

Vera Wedding, 08/04/17, Russell’s Loft

An elegant wedding, which you’ve seen before in our “Best Officiants” article, sees two men who found their soul mates tying the knot. They argue about who is Batman and who is Robin and every other little thing couples bicker about. But their speeches for each other will touch your heart as they talk about the doubts and fears of coming out while also embracing themselves and each other. They found this special moment together, in a community full of love and support, and celebrated it with beauty and admiration. They’re just suckers for each other—seriously, watch the video for their speeches. They found everything in each other, but most importantly they discovered love and happiness. If that doesn’t tickle your heartstrings, then boy do you need to rewatch the video.

Alford “Surprise” Wedding, 11/27/16, Mama Stortini’s

Remember that line from When Harry Met Sally where Harry passionately proclaims, “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible?” Desiree and Ron seemed to be fans, or at least they shared the sentiment because within a month after the engagement, they were revving to just do it.

So they did.

But this was even more special because they decided to throw a surprise wedding by tricking family and friends over for a “Thanksgiving Dinner” just for it to be an actual freaking wedding!

As the family—kids included—got ready for the wedding, we can’t help but get choked up because you can tell just how significant this day is in all of their lives. Desiree’s concerns for her daughter having a father figure make it all the more heartwarming as she seems to have found the perfect man in Ron, who himself has a son who might not have been even able to attend due to health issues. It’s the past repeating itself, as you’ll find out in the video, full of beauty and courage. Seriously, it’s really inspirational—but we absolutely love it and double-dog dare you not to cry.

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We could showcase dozens of our videos here because we aim for every day to be emblematic of your wedding day. The day as a whole should be, in itself, full of emotion, love, happiness, and every other feeling you can think of. We hope we didn’t leave you too emotionally drained because we’d love to hear about your own weddings! Drop us a comment below and maybe you’ll be featured on down the road!

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by Scott Johnson

Growing up, you may have always had it in your mind that on the day of the wedding, the bride and groom do not see each other until she walks into the ceremony accompanied by who is handing her off. But in recent years, this tradition has seen some changes–though not for all–in that many couples do their “First Look” prior to the ceremony itself so the two can share in that moment without all of the hubbub going on around them.

For many, this allows a private respite between the chaos of getting ready and also a significant moment just the two can share in, but for others, waiting until you see each other at the wedding itself is more impactful. Some of our wedding ceremony first looks even found their way into our “Biggest Wedding Cry Babies” blog from a few weeks ago. Either in private or in front of all of your family and friends, a good first look almost always ensures the tears are going to flow.

A recent article from Huffington Post discusses how one Arizona bride decided to make her “First Look” a little bit of a prank, deciding that a fake-out would be a fun way to tease her husband while also showcasing her own sense of humor. Typically, the bride and groom come completely adorned and made-up to the first look as if they were about to get married–which they are–but Erin donned a 17-year-old cat shirt along with some “raggedy sweatpants” to greet her husband-to-be.

The video shows her relentlessly giggling prior to the first look. She sincerely hoped that he would find it funny and understand where she was coming from, and he did–or at least that’s what the photos show. The two did get married, and now they have a story to share.

You can probably tell where this is going; here are our own favorite wedding First Looks!

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Vega Halloween Wedding, 10/29/16, Huber’s Gasthaus

You may just recognize the Vega Wedding from our “Favorite Wedding Themes” blog, but if not you should know they had a seriously twisted and awesome wedding day filled with skulls, zombie babies and dismembered limbs. It’s really one of our most unforgettable weddings, but their first look is even more so, especially for the groom. Standing out in an open field is pretty prime location for a Halloween Wedding first look, so as Juan waits patiently for his bride, he’s like the least suspecting victim in a horror movie. As RaKayla shows up adorned in a black wedding gown, she also has a horrific skeleton mask that would scare the daylights out of anyone, especially someone who is as nervous as Juan is for his big day.

But couples like this are the ones that thrive–they can make the scary silly while being exactly the right person for each other.

Sturdivant Wedding, 07/24/16, Sodo Park

A massive guest list with a bunch of hecklers is exactly what you need for some hysterical moments, especially a public first look with everybody surrounding them in a gazebo.

While Michelle slowly approaches Alvin from behind, the hollering begins from the guest as they sling “ooo’s” and “aaahs” to fake the groom out who takes it all with a glistening smile. It’s an onslaught of funny one-liners as those around them share their happiness and support. The kiss he plants on her is so delicate that it’ll make your heart swell, but the playfulness they show afterward makes it infinitely better. He can’t help but check her out and smile because this is the woman he’s about to marry.

Fay Wedding, 04/08/17, Golden Gardens

There’s nothing that quite says “Seattle” like the waterfront with the city rising higher and higher along the skyline.

There’s also nothing that says “Seattle” quite like Starbucks, which is something the Fays have in common.

Arriving for their first look on the waterfront, bride Erin approaches groom Matt from behind holding a thermos and two pristine Starbucks cups. No, this wasn’t our funny idea of product placement (though we are open to sponsorships!) but rather the couple’s own way of making their first look special because their very first date was at a Starbucks. Instead of having it be a typical first look, this adds just the jolt needed for it to be all the more personal.

Bukowski Wedding, 08/20/16, Edmonds, Wa

A romantic, secluded first look in the woods feels superbly enchanting. But for the Bukowski’s and their sense of humor, they could’ve been anywhere and had a blast. As groom Augustus turns around, bride Laura playfully “slaps” him while he chuckles and acts sarcastic.

“You ready?” he asks, followed up with “I do have one question about vows…mine kinda just end. Is there supposed to be a conclusion or a summary, I don’t know. No I think they’re good, they made me cry.” Despite the lack of “seriousness,” it’s pretty easy to tell he is seriously in love with Laura as all of this was just a means to get her to laugh and smile. Not necessarily something you want to have right up at the altar in front of everyone you know, but then again, he seems to be quite the comedian.

Fotopoulos Wedding, 7/22/17, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

It’s easy to be a little nervous on your wedding day. In fact, if you weren’t, it’d be pretty surprising. But for groom Yanni, his nerves led him to turn a little sarcastic. Which we’re totally ok with, even if it’s at our own expense.

As he’s standing outside the church waiting for Chelsea to arrive, he starts joking around to fool us into thinking he’s perfectly fine. “Worst Made Videos, that should be your guys’ new name,” he quips, but the clenched hands and the shaky voice indicate just how nervous he is. But once Chelsea shows up, the smiles come out and so does the goofiness as he poses with his best man in some truly absurd positions.

We haven’t forgotten, Yanni, but we’re happy you had such a great day.

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Your first look should be a significant decision. Whether it’s a private affair featuring just the photographer, videographer, and the bride and groom, or one with the entire family, or sticking to the age-old tradition of waiting till the ceremony itself, your decision should be a special one. We just hope to be there to capture it for you. We hope you enjoyed the videos above; let us know what you did for your own first look below!

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Veldee Wedding on 7/31/17 at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wa

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“We were not planning on having a videographer at our wedding. However, my grandmother was ill and unable to make the wedding and requested a video. We found Best Made Video, talked a couple of times, and scheduled with Reid only a week before the wedding day. He was incredibly flexible and informative. We knew what we were getting, he knew what we wanted, he showed up the day of, and the day couldn’t have gone any better. Like I said, we weren’t thinking about having a videographer and now I don’t know what I would’ve done without it! He did such an incredible (truly incredible) job of capturing our day! The edited video was amazing. It captured the feeling of our day perfectly! I am so beyond happy with how it turned out and now we can go back and watch it and relive our day over and over again! If you are a bride and you’re on the fence about a videographer, or even think that you don’t need it, trust me when I say it is WORTH IT. You won’t be sorry!!”

You hear a lot about high school sweethearts, but bride and groom Kat and Dan’s companionship began in junior high. Like all young boys, Dan would “annoy” Kat because it was the only means in which he could communicate these feelings—especially as a 7th grader. But it appeared that Kat liked Dan back, as her mother would note how she would smile when she would tell her about the incidents. Their relationship bloomed throughout high school—the two even became prom king and queen together—and endured through the aching distance during college.

The wedding, held at DeLille Cellars located near Woodinville, was as sweet and romantic as their story. It was a warm and sunny last day of July as the two met for the first look right outside the cellars. Dan was playful and excited, hopping around to greet his bride to be as she approached. They were all smiles as they continued with photos amongst the trees and grapes.

Enclosed by towering trees that filtered the sun’s light through the branches, the ceremony was like one from a fairy tale. Quaint and serene, the space would make any nature lover feel at home, but for the bride and groom—and dozens of friends and family members—it was the perfect place to tie the knot and have two best friends become husband and wife.

The reception to follow saw one of the best speeches ever in any of our videos given by the mother of the bride. In it, she recites a love letter written by Dan in his college years professing his love and admiration for his now-wife. The shocked look on Dan’s face makes it all the more priceless, but he took it like a champ as everyone heard the words he originally only meant for Kat. This may have been embarrassing being revealed on any other day, but on this one in particular it cemented their long-lasting love for each other while also proving to be a hilariously touching moment.

Their playful cake cutting led into a tender dance as they re-donned their Prom crowns for their first dance as husband and wife. As everyone else hit the dance floor, the lights went down and the partying started. After a few hours of drinks and dancing, the flower and garter toss went off with two victors as the night slowly faded to an end. A day that had been decade in the making was capped off by none other than a drive into the sunset, as the bride and groom hoped in a wicked convertible and headed down the road to a brand new future.

This was one of our favorite wedding videos from this past year. Young love always proves to be a beautiful story of two people becoming friends and something much more. With the gorgeous DeLille cellars as their venue, the wedding proved to be nothing short of exceptional. It was the perfect milestone in this young relationship that has many more years to come.

– Scott Johnson

Venue – DeLille Cellars

Florist – Bear Creek Florist

MUA – Kirsty Mackay

Catering – Alexa’s Catering

Dress – Bellevue Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Attire – Tux Shop

Cake – Pinkabella Cupcakes

Photographer – Jahni Lynn

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by Scott Johnson

Deciding on who is going to officiate your wedding is as major of a decision as any when it comes to your big day. It can be as easy as hiring your religious community leader to head up the ceremony—especially if you’re getting married in your house of worship. But anybody can take the necessary steps to officiate weddings, as it is increasingly easy to become ordained on the Internet.

Just a few weeks ago, actor Arrow actor Colton Haynes tied the knot with Jeff Leatham, the Four Seasons Hotel floral designer, in a Palm Springs ceremony officiated by none other than Kris Jenner. The two, who have been “Instagram Official” since February, know quite a few famous people, as Melanie Griffith, Cher, and Serena Williams all helped out with the star-studded engagement back in March. You can learn more about their relationship here.

Though none of our weddings featured celebrities of this caliber, it nonetheless made us wonder who our favorite officiants were. So we’ve compiled a list of the best!

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Vera Wedding, 08/04/17, Russell’s Loft, Rev. Ray Van Winkle

A Seattleite since 1982, Rev. Ray Van Winkle is the owner and primary officiant at Seattle’s Best Officiants. Sincere, sweet, and with some excellently timed humor, Van Winkle has made a life out of weddings. His officiating of the Vera Wedding in August 2017 ranks as one of our favorites thanks to his touching words issued to Alex and Mathew right before their “kiss seals a promise.” The officiant is much like a master of ceremonies, so in many ways it’s important to find one that best matches the personality and attitude of the wedding, we think Mathew and Alex chose marvelously.

Balsoma Wedding, 04/29/17, Great Hall at Greenlake, Huey Yu

Depending on who your best friend is, they could play a very important role in your wedding day—especially if they’re not already your maid of honor or best man. For the Balsoma wedding, groom Dominick chose his long-time friend Huey Yu to serve as officiant of the ceremony. While this may not be as “formal” as other weddings go, it is a special day meant to be shared among friends and family, so why not let some of them in on the action? Having a close friend adds a personal touch, especially if the history is long and poignant. They know you better than anybody else, so why not let them be the guide to your new union?

Wagner Wedding, and Ko Wedding, Chaplain Dale

Like Rev. Ray Van Winkle, Chaplain Dale (real name Dale Amundsen) is a career officiant. According to his website, he has conducted almost 3,000 weddings, loves doing weddings in “unusual locations” and has a passion for working with the couple to guarantee the perfect day. We’ve seen his work at three different weddings and have no doubt he’s the real deal.

At the Wagner and Ko weddings Dale offered words of love and encouragement, while still maintaining the confidence of a seasoned officiant. He’s calm and knows how to react to the soaring emotions with wit and authenticity, asking in both weddings, “you ready for this?” This breaks the high-flying emotions just enough to allow for a heartfelt kiss as the bride and groom seal the deal.

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Whether you go the religious, seasoned or personal, picking the right officiant is certainly a decision that should feel right for both the bride and groom. Whoever you pick will be the one who ushers in a whole new era in your life and they will have a deeply profound effect on the entire day as a whole. Let us know which route you went with your officiant, we’d love to hear if it was the right choice!

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Tsai Wedding on 6/10/17 at Alderbrook Resort in Union, Wa

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“I would highly recommend this company to video record your wedding. They were dependable, efficient and gave us a really good price. The video they put together was gorgeous and I am looking forward to having it to watch for years to come! :)”

Alderbrook Resort, a century-old vacation spot that was originally only accessible by water, is nestled in a grove of towering trees along a crook in the Hood Canal—it is also a quaint and undeniably stunning wedding venue. For those looking to get out of the city and into nature, Alderbrook should be at the top of your list. Like Abraham Lincoln’s greatest dream, the timber building is a sight to behold, but its shores themselves make for some exquisite photography and an even better altar for a wedding.

Caroline and Edward Tsai sure thought the same as their wedding is one of our most beautiful from this past summer (even if it wasn’t quite yet summer). On a gorgeous Saturday in June, the bride and groom took their vows surrounded by their friends, family, and the sounds of birds and waves lapping up on shore.

Their first look was as picturesque as can be with the bride and groom meeting on a dock that juts far into the canal. We shot from a distance to encapsulate both the epic view of the distance shores with the poignancy of the two standing together against it all. Working with the brilliant minds of Chris and Simon of Brooks Range Photography—who have done some pretty incredible work all over the world—the entire estate transformed into one of our favorite video locations. The stony beaches, towering trees and lazy river are already magnificent as is, but on this June day they were really something special.

Even amidst a rainbow of docked canoes, Caroline and Edward stood out in the contrasting black and white. Ever-cuddly and playful, the two exuded happiness, even from afar. Pictures continued around the estate in a myriad of browns and greens and the blue summer sky that would soon be overtaken with some clouds.

Red roses were the flower of choice as they punctuated the ceremony with a blast of color, though they were pretty hard to compete with the socks rocked by the groomsmen. An absolutely adorable flower girl led the way into the ceremony, and perchance got a little—understandably—distracted by the dozens of people in attendance.

But as Caroline neared, Edward started to tear up (as any good groom should) at the sight of his bride to be. And after exchanging some seriously touching vows, the two were married. The reception to followed with a purple color theme that added a calming vibe to the party. Dancing followed with everyone getting on their feet as the music cranked up for a fun night of celebrating the newlyweds.

And so the night went. Partying, dancing, and most importantly, honoring the bride and groom in such a beautiful place is all we hope for with our clients. Caroline and Edward made some excellent decisions with their wedding, and it was a pleasure being able to shoot their special day in such a gorgeous place.

We hope you check out the video for yourself to witness the big day.

– Scott Johnson

Venue – Alderbrook Resort

Photographer – Brooks Range Photography

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Biggest Cry Babies:

Say what you will about Barack Obama and his politics, but regardless of how you vote, there’s no way you can deny the love he has for his wife, Michelle. Over eight years, Barack and Michelle were as much as a dynamic duo as Barack and Joe Biden (who has been led to tears by Obama’s words, too) and their marriage is—quite frankly—relationship goals.

Their love is so legendary it even inspired a movie called Southside with You, which follows them on their first date back in the 80s. Over the years he was in office, he would frequently speak about Michelle in the most endearing ways. Even in this video— which is less than two minutes long—he describes how much he has adored her for over 25 years and completely loses it. Calling her his best friend and describing her impact on America, he makes himself cry, he makes Michelle cry, and then even his daughter Malia sheds a tear.

Oh, and he makes all of us cry, too.

Just last month, on their 25th anniversary, he popped up on screen during a conference in Philadelphia that Michelle was attending for a sugary sweet message to his loving wife. He showers her with affection and words of love, calling her an “extraordinary partner” and a “saintly, wonderful, patient person.” Michelle teared up, obviously.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/barack-obama-crashes-michelles-conference-appearance-with-surprise-anniversary-video/article/2636451

Everyone wants someone who talks to him or her like Barack talks to Michelle, and even more they want someone who cries when they talk about how much they love their partner. We’ve witnessed such couples, so we dug through our backlog of tear-jerking videos and found what we like to call our “Favorite Cry Babies.”

Pack some tissues, things are gonna get wet and weepy.

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

The Soni wedding was full of emotions throughout the entire day. The first look started it all as Christina and Tanuj met on the spectacular vantage point overlooking the course and outlying areas. When she approaches, his mouth drops open as his hands rush to his face. They embrace and some tears start to shed—and all he can do is look at her.

The tears didn’t stop there. Christina couldn’t keep the tears from falling during her vows, either. Tanuj kept it together pretty well during his, though, but right near the end he starts to choke up as she looked longingly in his eyes. While this wasn’t a completely emotional outburst, we just like the way his jaw drops like a sack of potatoes when he sees her for the first time—there’s no beating that.

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

Although EJ is more widely known as “Magic Mike” from his reception dance moves for wife Jessica, he also takes the prize of biggest crybaby. Neither EJ nor his wife can keep straight faces in their vows as they both bawl their eyes out. The struggle was real, but so was the love.

Jessica loses it first. Talking about being each other’s biggest critics, she can hardly get the words out as the emotions overtake her. Then EJ tries to get going but he is left completely speechless as the officiant reassures him it’s ok. Even though he has the words written out, it’s a trek just to speak them. Pausing after almost every sentence, his love for her is so overwhelming that he can’t even talk about it. We think that’s pretty darn wonderful.

Robak Wedding, 05/12/17, The Canal

Seconds into the Robak wedding video, it’s clear that Brett is a total mess. Trying to play it off as silly, he clears his throat and shuffles around uncomfortably before beginning his vows as his voice begins to crack and he takes increasingly large breaks—at one point he even requests some liquid courage. Tears fill his eyes as he powers through the speech with the determination of a teenager getting through their first in-class speech. Fanning himself with the words helped a little bit, but he just keeps the tears coming. It’s truly inspiring his love for her, and then Katie starts to lose it too.

But then Katie starts her vows—and oh man. She lasts a little longer, but then the sobs start as the two fall into total messes for each other. That’s what we love—because they love each other.

Williams Wedding, 07/01/16, DeLille Cellars

Crying isn’t something to be ashamed of, especially at weddings. They aren’t happy tears—not in the slightest. Even the very founder of Best Made Videos shed some tears at his wedding, though he’d never show any of the proof. It’s a highly emotional day in terms of the commitment and love alone, but add in the stress and everything and for some it’s just too overwhelming.

Jeff Williams caught the feels right when his bride-to-be Megan strutted down the aisle. A fun and easy-going photo shoot prior to the ceremony had Jeff in good spirits, but the second he got to the altar and saw his lady walking towards him, the tears started to flow. During the vows, Megan started to weep, too, so at least he wasn’t alone.

Leaoa Wedding, 11/04/16, Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom

As Tautalafua stood regal in a white tuxedo on the altar, waiting with his family for his bride to walk down the aisle, you might be intimidated by his size and stern look. You probably wouldn’t want to pick a fight with him based on his appearance, but in actuality he was suppressing some pretty powerful emotions. He is, after all, just a big teddy bear.

He was already getting emotional as the music started to play, but as his wife walked through the doors he tried as hard as he could to keep a straight face. The closer she got, the harder it became for him to not lose it. Then you realize she’s starting to lose it, too. The kiss changed everything though, as the tears faded away into smiles.

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Doing ok? Good. The only tears we like to talk about are the happy ones, and we’ve seen nothing but them at all of our weddings we’ve shot. Did you completely lose it at your wedding? Have a funny story? Let us know below!

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by Scott Johnson

Favorite Surprises:

The longer and bigger a wedding is–both in terms of the event itself and simply just planning it–the more opportunity there is for a surprise. Of course, all surprises can range from delightful to just plain horrible. No, none of our brides and grooms have ever not shown up to the altar, so we take that as plus, but there’s still plenty of moments that have surprised us.

With the release of Stephen King’s It in theaters a few months ago, clowns are on the rise, as is ever-apparent in Jesse McLaren’s engagement photos he took for his sister. In a cute (or subtly terrifying) move, he snuck in Photoshopped Pennywise the Dancing Clown into every one of her photos. The result is a sinister surprise for his sister—and luckily one he can easily remedy when she finally discovers the twisted clown leering at her and her loving fiancé. See the photos for yourself below.

http://q13fox.com/2017/10/25/brother-photoshops-clown-from-it-into-sisters-engagement-photos/

Here are some of the best surprises from our own wedding videos:

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Wagner Wedding, 07/15/17, Craven Farms

The biggest surprise any wedding day could bring is the bride or groom not showing up. As stated before, this has never happened at one of our weddings, but that doesn’t stop the groomsmen from not poking a little fun at the groom prior to the ceremony. Everyone knows of Runaway Bride, Run Fatboy Run, and every other movie where one of the two parties makes a fast getaway before they tie the knot, so perhaps it isn’t always best to make comments on the day of the wedding to the groom. Luckily as you can see in the video, he takes the jokes in stride and the bride did indeed show up.

Berry–Reich Wedding, 08/10/17, Kitsap Memorial State Park

Weddings are stressful; no doubt about it. That stress can seep into even the easiest tasks—like tying your shoe. If this is your biggest issue of the day, it’s pretty safe to say you got off easy. But for the groom, the simple task was a bit of a struggle even with a few sessions of Mario Kart to ease his nerves, though we can’t really blame him because for one it is the biggest day of his life, and two—nobody really likes those thin, wonky laces, do they?

Watch the video if you need a quick chuckle, or some empathy if you’ve ever been in the same situation.

Forney Wedding, 06/18/16, Chambers Bay Golf Course

There’s a lot of work going into getting the bride all made-up for her big day. Hair, nails, eyebrows, make up, the dress, and teeth all need to be attended to, which makes it all the more easy to forget about the little things—like a retainer. Just as she’s ready to open up her dazzling jewelry, bride Elizabeth’s friend reminds her that she still has her retainer in her mouth, to which Elizabeth responds with glee and humor as she urged us to keep it in our video.

So we did.

Nelson Wedding, 07/01/17, Chihuly Garden and Glass

Even though the wedding dress is the most important piece of attire in the ceremony, the groom still has his own suit to worry about—and you know how guys are. Thankfully, groom Adam has a thing for perfection as evident by our video of him picking and plucking with a lint roller at the sleeve and cuff of his jacket to get it just right. It takes a certain amount of dedication—or fear of snarky comments from his bride—to get this level of grooming from a man. At the very least, it shows that he loves his bride-to-be dearly and wants to dress to impress.

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Sometimes cute, always unpredictable, surprises don’t all have to be bad. Whatever the case may be; we just hope that it’s for the best and on video. Share your own surprising wedding moments below!

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