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Gichaya Wedding on 7/29/17 at STAR Center in Tacoma, Wa

Music courtesy of Alice Kimanzi and Ruth Wamuyu

Located in South Tacoma, STAR Center, an athletics and activities facility that covers a whopping 32,000 square-feet, may not appear to be your typical wedding venue. With bright gold and red paneling on the outside, it looks a little out of place surrounded by green trees and grass. But on the inside awaits everything soon-to-be newlyweds need: an events hall that holds at least 300 people and a wedding studio that can seat up to 130. Decked in white drapes and golden candlesticks, the space is perfect for a wedding.

Nearing the last day of July, Nyokabi and Karogo tied the knot after a three-year-long courtship that was all started by a loving aunt who set the two up—though not without a long hesitation from Karogo who took weeks to call up his future wife.

Getting ready for their big day, the bride and groom spent several hours prepping to look their very best. On Nyokabi’s side, she and her bridesmaids got all made up to look like royalty, sporting stunning yellow dresses (matched perfectly by the gents’ bow ties) that looked even more dazzling once they stepped out into the sun. Before heading off to the venue, what seemed like every member of Nyokabi’s family filled the hallways of where she was getting ready for a send-off that rivals those at the end of the wedding itself! They even draped a ceremonial rug down the stairs all the way to the car.

The boys looked equally as suave. Rocking purple suits (accented by the yellow ties) made for quite the appealing color combination. Strutting their stuff down the hallways, they played along with all of the silliness we asked from them. Heading into the “Voyage Studio” for the ceremony, their families filled just about every seat. Offsetting the white decorations with the purple and yellow made this such a vibrant experience, kudos on the decision!

After sealing their union with a kiss, the newlyweds made their way down the aisle as man and wife, busting out their dance moves that gave a little teaser of what was to come later at the reception all while beaming from ear to ear. The reception to follow saw a wonderful selection of foods to snack on and plenty of activities for the younger kids.

Posing outside for some more photos, the entire bridal party was just a sheer blast to hang out with as they tried to continually one-up the previous pose. Though it was the bride and groom who undeniably looked happiest with adorable, almost bashful smiles. Eventually they made their way back inside to get the dancing started. Complete with rehearsed moves, little routines and even a smoke machine (courtesy of Crimson Haze), the partying went on for hours.

Thanks again to Karogo and Nyokabi for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was such a blast being able to spend the day with your families. We hope the first year of your marriage is going wonderfully!

As always, let us know below if you have any questions or comments!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – STAR Center

Photographer – Lazzat Photography

DJ – Lighting / Smoke Machine

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to our series of Favorite Wedding Portraits! Ever since we got into the business, we have had the privilege of capturing some truly elegant, romantic, and sincere moments throughout your wedding day. Most importantly–aside from the wedding itself–are the wedding portraits you take following the ceremony. This is the first time you pose for photos as newlyweds and as such it is one of the most special times in your life–so you gotta make it memorable!

As we discussed yesterday, some couples have opted out of scenic venues and breathtaking landscapes in favor of more personal locales. Walmart and Target have already played host to weddings and portraits, but did you know that one couple just got married inside the iconic White Castle? Though many of us up in the Pacific Northwest haven’t had the opportunity to try some of those legendary sliders, the restaurant chain held a contest that would let one happy couple get married at the Las Vegas branch. Adam and Whitney were said happy couple as they discovered the contest while celebrating their engagement in Tennessee.

Considered a “Royal Wedding,” the couple received a lavish wedding provided by the restaurant and even were treated to music, floral arrangements, and one monster of a wedding cake made out to look like a cheeseburger. It’s also important to note that in the last ten years, over 75 couples have been married inside a White Castle. So, you know, that’s always and option–and we’d be glad to shoot it!

Anyway, I’m getting hungry now so here’s the rest of our countdown for our Favorite Wedding Portraits!

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Losic Wedding, 03/31/17, The Golf Club at Newcastle

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we love going to the Golf Club at Newcacstle. You don’t need to know the difference between your irons, nor do you need to be Tiger Woods in order to enjoy the sweeping views of King County and beyond. Though we’ve shot a number of weddings (and a proposal) at the venue, the Losic Wedding is our favorite example of the majesty bestowed upon you once you reach the the viewing platforms. Following a storybook wedding, we wandered around the area with Danijela and Fedja as they planted kisses on one another in front of the staggering clubhouse. Shortly after, the newly weds wandered out onto the mounds overlooking Seattle, and though it was slightly overcast, the city peered out from behind the mist. Sure it’s great to see Seattle soaked with sun instead of rain, but that’s not really Seattle, now is it?

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

Aside from already making our Best Themed Weddings, the Vega Halloween Wedding is simply one of the coolest ones we’ve had the pleasure of shooting. Just two days shy of the spookiest day of the year, the couple (dressed in all black) met down in Olympia for a seriously freaky wedding featuring a gruesome cake, terrifying decorations and an all around ghoul time. Anybody raised in the Pacific Northwest knows October is already creepy enough, especially with the sun setting so early (or never even coming out at all). When it was time to do the wedding portraits, we followed the newly weds out to a fittingly abandoned field that felt ripped out of a horror movie. Posing underneath grey skies, with a little bit of mist rolling in, and the trees dotted with reds and oranges, even Morticia and Gomez would be filled with jealousy upon the sight of these photos. Not all wedding photos need to be drenched in sunlight.

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

With an already sumptuous First Look that showed Kaylee and Conor posing underneath the towering trees of Kitsap Memorial State park, one would think there would be no way in topping the beauty. Yet, sure enough, there was. Following a fairytale wedding in the woods, the newlyweds made their way down to the waterfront right at sunset, the perfect golden hour. With the sun slowly descending behind the hills in the distance, the two were bubbly and smiling, planting kiss after kiss on one another as their big day came to an end. Walking up back into the woods with Conor holding Kaylee, nothing could have been more romantic.

Ainsley Wedding, 08/20/16, Axis Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square, especially during the summer, is a spectacular place to spend an afternoon. Free art galleries, century-old architecture and cobbled streets provide a significantly different vibe than the rest of the city. When the sun comes out, you may even see a wedding like the Ainsley’s that fills the streets with loving family members. On one of the many side-streets that criss-cross the neighborhood, the Ainsley’s tied the knot. Following their ceremony, we followed them around the area which was surprisingly empty for the weather that day–but that made it all the more special. Posing in front of the brick buildings and along roads under construction, it was the perfect meeting of old and new.

McDonald Wedding, 10/02/16, Monte Cristo Ballroom

Just a few blocks away from the waterfront in Everett, the Monte Cristo Ballroom offers up a regal venue for partners who want to get married indoors like a prince and princess. The marbled floors and dove white columns provide a touch of sophistication that one normally wouldn’t find in an outdoor venue. With their first look outside, Drew and Briannah posed against the buildings classical architecture before heading around to the more modern parts of the area. Following the ceremony, we headed outside once again to capture them in the street as the sun set perfectly down the road over the harbor. A splendid ending to a beautiful day.

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And there you have it! Ten of our favorite Wedding Portraits! Thanks again to all of the newly weds featured in the countdown for choosing us to film their weddings and letting us share their special day with everyone!  Be sure to check back later in the year when we will update our blog with even MORE of our favorite wedding portrait moments.

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by Scott Johnson

So it’s your big wedding day. You’re decked to the nines, you’ve been dieting and working out for weeks, and you’ve just married the partner of your dreams. Glowing with happiness and looking the best you probably will in your entire life, only one question remains: where do you wish to immortalize this momentous day? Most couples simply choose do it where the wedding was shot, as just about every wedding venue offers beautiful architecture or scenery in which to take your portraits as a married couple.

But then there are those like the Sablan’s, who are such huge Target shoppers that they wanted their wedding portraits to be taken inside their favorite stomping ground! Unlike the couple who got married inside a Walmart, which is an entirely different story, the Sablan’s held their ceremony elsewhere before heading on over to the superstore for some romantic, adorable photos throughout the frozen-foods section and elsewhere. It just goes to show that sometimes the most resonant moments in a relationship, like a weekly trip to Target, often start without much thought at all—until you realize the depth of the love and connection they share.

Believe it or not, but we unfortunately have not had the honor of being able to shoot such iconic photos in any superstore. Boring, right?

Despite the massive disappointment, we have still seen our fair share of wedding portraits that hopefully make up for the legendary photos of the Sablan’s. Ultimately, we got to thinking about what are our own favorites, so we scoured our archives and picked out the best ten that we’ve shot! Without further ado, here is the first part of our Best Wedding Portraits video series.

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Reilly Wedding, 09/16/17, Bellaflora Farms

A gorgeous wedding down in Walla Walla led us to the discovery of Bellaflora Farms–an enchanting landscape that certainly looks like it’s right out of a fairytale. Drooping leaves, a romantic manor, and the last lights of summer creeping in through the leaves makes this place absolutely spellbinding. For the Reilly’s wedding portraits, we followed them out to the fields down the road following their ceremony. With the wheat fields stretching out in the background, and the rolling hills slowly rising up, the two danced in an almost barren landscape. It’s just them, the world and the setting summer sun illuminating the approaching grey clouds. The pure isolation out here was spectacular, seldom do we get this few of interruptions–nor the views!

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

You may recognize the opening footage of the Moriarty’s wedding from our Favorite Drone Footage weddings. The camera swoops in over the Sound and enters the city from up high. Anybody who has ever visited Seattle will undoubtedly recognize the waterfront and skyline that makes Seattle so iconic, especially now with the Ferris Wheel perched on the pier. Following their ceremony, Sasha and Shane made their way up to the famous Four Seasons pool deck for an awe-inspiring view of Puget Sound. With ferries dotting the water and the sun glistening as it dipped below the Olympics, there’s really no beating a sight like this.

Chan-Hayashi Wedding, 07/29/17, The Seattle Tennis Club

You’d probably never think that an athletic club would be the premium location to shoot your wedding portraits—but you also probably haven’t seen the Seattle Tennis Club. Situation right at the edge of Lake Washington near Madison Park, the stunning facility offers breathtaking views of the water as well as Bellevue to the east. While it might seem more romantic—and certainly more popular—to pose for photos looking across the Sound towards the Olympics, many forget (except Rebecca and Justin) that towering far to the south behind Lake Washington is none other than Mt. Rainier. As the two posed with the water gently lapping up on shore, they peered off into the distance and to the mountain that is so symbolic of everything Washington.

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

Perhaps the most renowned and recognizable Seattle artist that is still living, simply hearing the name Dale Chihuly instantly brings to mind dazzling glass sculptures featuring pretty much every color of the rainbow in mind-melding shapes and designs. Almost directly underneath the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is a hotspot for art lovers and tourists alike—and also those who are seeking a gorgeous spot for their wedding ceremony, something not nearly enough people are aware of. Which is exactly what makes the Nelson’s so far ahead of the curve. On the first day of July, the two met to be married surrounded by the ones they love and breathtaking artwork. Following the ceremony, the newly weds met underneath warping lights of every hue before taking a stroll through the museum proper. With almost alien-like designs, Chihuly’s sculptures proved to be the perfect backdrop for the bride and groom, inspiring both fascination and love.

Pearman Wedding, 04/22/17, The Landing at Tyee

Out of all of Seattle’s waters, Lake Union is often the most unrecognized. Sure there’s Lake Washington, the Sound, and some consider Lake Stevens up there, but Lake Union (despite getting prime attention in Sleepless in Seattle) is the forgotten one of the bunch. The Pearman’s wedding, held at the Landing at Tyee, reminded all of us of its breathtaking beauty, especially at sunset. Following an unforgettable ceremony, the bride and groom headed on down to the waterfront. Posing on the docks with Rachel’s massive veil billowing in the wind, the sun streaked through the clouds and reflected off the water, creating a golden aura that highlighted the newly weds from behind.

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That concludes part one of our Favorite Wedding Portraits! We hope you enjoyed all of the beautiful footage of newly weds sharing their first few moments together in pure happiness. Check back in later for part two of the series as we count down some of our favorite portraits of the last few years!

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Manheim Wedding on 10/28/17 at AXIS Pioneer Square in Seattle, Wa

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“Thank you so much for sending, and for such a quick turnaround!  It looks great!”

Over in the historic Pioneer Square district, which during the early days of Seattle (particularly the Gold Rush) became Seattle’s first “downtown,” you’ll find a competition between new and old. Between the Seattle Weekly building churning out its paper every week, the nearby International District, or the growth of new buildings and businesses, it’s a constant battle that has ultimately shaped the neighborhood into one of Seattle’s most distinct and exciting. In the heart of the area likes AXIS, an event space inside the 130-year-old Globe Building that captures the spirit of the neighborhood while also providing all of the elements for a perfect wedding.

Just shy of Halloween, the Manheim’s gathered in Pioneer Square on the same day as the annual “Thrill the World,” a gathering of people who want to bust out their best Michael Jackson impersonations. But while the spookiness was going on outside, there was a little more tranquility inside. As zombies filled the streets (and later posed with the bride and groom), Danica and Phil got ready in significantly calmer and less scary environments. If it was scary for them, we would have never known the better.

Meeting up on the streets for their First Look, Danica arrived to greet her groom as Phil’s bashfulness overtook him upon seeing her in her wedding dress. The fall leaves and natural color of the season really helped accentuate the more industrial feel of Pioneer Square. The browns and the oranges all melded together to really give the impression of being in the past. But with a sleek suit and a gorgeous dress, the bride and groom stood out against it all as they headed towards something new.

Posing with family, fending off zombies, and smiling all the while made for a blast out on the streets. Before they were overtaken with the hordes, the bride and groom headed inside to be married. Against the backdrop of old brick and mortar, surrounded by dazzling lights and flowers, Danica and Phil recited vows from their hearts as they opened up in front of one another and their families. Planting a smooch right on his bride, the two were officially married (right after they signed the books.)

With the event space open up to everyone, dinner was served as the newly weds made the rounds to visit their guests. Photo booths provided entertainment for the kids (but mostly adults) and supplied everlasting memories of an already unforgettable day. Eventually the lights dimmed to a warm purple, and everyone got on their feet to dance. Note the impromptu get-down to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, it happened to make our Favorite Wedding Reception Moments!

Thanks again to Danica and Philip for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was truly a spectacular day full of love and happiness. We hope that your first year of marriage is going terrifically.

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– Scott Johnson

Venue – AXIS Pioneer Square

Photographer – Berty Mandagie

HMU – Alanda Seifert

Planner – Wedding Wise

Floral – En Fleur Floral

Rentals – CORT Party Rentals

Caterer – Ravishing Radish

DJ – Kris McCoskery

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Schroeder Wedding on 10/14/17 at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wa

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“Omg that was INCREDIBLE!!!  I’m speechless!!! Thank you so much for creating this, you captured everything so beautifully!!!  Wow truly my dream wedding video.”

October is a decidedly different time for a wedding, especially in the Pacific Northwest. The vibrant, lush greens that fill the forests with life and vivacity are replaced by orangish, yellow hues that signal the change in the season. As a result, many of the venues that we see at peak wedding season are sometimes unrecognizable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t retain their charm and beauty. Take the Golf Club at Newcastle for example; during the summer it is buzzing with golfers and sightseers alike. During the Fall, offseason golfers still dot the fairways, but the crisper weather brings a more relaxing aura and falling leaves drop from the trees that line the driveway up to the golf club.

The Schroeder’s wedding got off to your usual Pacific Northwest fall start. Grey clouds filled the skies while everyone got ready in the toasty interiors. A sparkly white wedding dress worn by Elizabeth was gorgeously contrasted by the even sparklier golden ones worn by her entourage of bridesmaids. Greeting her groom out on the back overlook for the First Look, Elizabeth looked spellbinding in her dress as the skies cleared enough to catch a glimpse of Seattle. With exuberant emotion, William turned around to greet his bride as they embraced.

Looking more like a movie premiere and less of a wedding, the entire bridal party lined up for photos as the men stunned in matching tuxedos across from the already dazzling ladies. Everyone put on their best smiles as they endured the chilly, windy peaks up on Newcastle. The effort was worth it, as evidence by the video (which even includes an instant replay!), with the vast region crawling out behind them and beyond. We followed the happy couple around the grounds some more as they posed in cute, adorable ways. Family photos followed afterwards, but before too long, it was time to head back inside for the wedding ceremony!

A stately event room, full of magnificent flowers and grand windows, served just superbly for the wedding. As the ceremony got going, it was abundantly clear the love these two share for each other, with both bride and groom reducing to tears before they could even kiss. The excitement and joy was almost palpable, and then—when the words were announced—the two brought it in for a passionate, swooning kiss.

As they headed off to sign the business and sip on champagne, the guests got a chance to explore the sprawling golf course and take in the sweeping vistas. Celebrations began almost immediately with celebratory drinks on the mounds that overlooked the region. We could’ve spent all week with the two as they roamed around the property as newlyweds, but we had to get back inside for the reception!

After cutting into their pristine cake, the two shared their first dance which was capped off by the lowest of dips. Following the dance with their parents, everyone else hopped onto the dance floor, from babies to grandparents, and got to working their booties. With it being fall, the sun disappeared pretty early, but the party kept on going! Before it was too late, we got a chance to head back outside with the newlyweds for a few more shots. The sun had lowered to a glistening yellow and orange, rather than the reds and pinks so synonymous with summer, which lit the two in just the right way.

Thanks again to William and Elizabeth for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope that your first year has been filled with happiness and love!

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– Scott Johnson

Venue – The Golf Club at Newcastle

Photographer – Jen and Jody Photography

Floral – Seattle Floral Design

Cake – Sweet Themes Bakery

Photo Booth – Fun Frames Photo Booth

MUA – Flawless Beauty Bars – Seattle

DJ – Landmark DJ

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Tsoulouhas Wedding on 8/19/17 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, Wa

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“Great experience with Best Made Videos! I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a high-quality videographer. They’re very professional in the quality of service that they provide and work with you to make sure your needs are met. Would definitely work with them again!”

Partway through the blistering, smokey month of August we made our way once again to the gorgeous St. Demetrios Orthodox Church for the Tsoulouhas Wedding. With clear skies, nary a few stray clouds and smoke plumes that billowed in from the wildfires, the sky was as blue as the waters of Mykonos. At once the “oldest” Greek Orthodox congregation in Seattle, St. Demetrios isn’t necessarily all that “old,” having just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2012. Designed by Paul Thiry, the church is a gorgeous fixture to the Montlake community with annual festivals and bazaars that celebrate the Greek community in Seattle.

As both parties got ready—Georgia at Pan Pacific Hotel and Gianni at a private residence—it became abundantly clear that these families were massive. Each party crammed into a tight space—both featured wine or some other form of alcohol—and got to looking their absolute best with a little help from just about everyone. Photos with the family were taken at both locations with the bride and her entourage stunning pedestrians as they walked down the street outside the hotel. Gianni looked dapper in a bow tie and navy blue jacket.

While the families filled the pews, the light streamed in through the stained glass windows to create a myriad of colors. The equally gorgeous interiors are a sight to behold thanks to its icon paintings and dazzling chandeliers. Once the church was filled, it was time to get the ceremony going. In keeping with tradition, there was no First Look as has become the new trend among younger generations, so the look on Gianni’s face as Georgia came walking down the aisle was completely, 100% genuine. Once the chanting started, the bride came strolling in as family and friends looked on from all directions. What followed was a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. With all of its own rituals and symbolism, it’s a far cry from most weddings we get to see. So for us, it’s always a wonderful, humbling experience to witness a different culture’s own customs and we hope it is for you too!

With the vow-sealing kiss, the two were officially married. Stopping for hugs and handshakes back down the aisle, the newlyweds retreated to the back as they mingled with their bridal party before taking more photos inside the church. Since there was no First Look, we headed out to the church grounds to take some private photos with the newlyweds as they basked in the sun and glow of just being married. And then it was time for the reception!

Filling out the gigantic event space, and leaving special extra room for the traditional Greek dancing, the whole reception was beautiful melding of families, cultures, song and dance, and good spirits. There’s something about the dancing at Greek weddings that inspires the sense of togetherness—and we are always excited to come back for more!

We want to thank Georgia and Gianni for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope your first year as a married couple has gone superbly. Please comment below if you have any questions or recommendations!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – St. Demetrios

Photographer – Alante Photography

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Mead Wedding on 10/21/17 at Melrose Market Studios in Seattle, Wa

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“We both love it so much! Thank you for perfectly capturing our day!”

Described as “industrial-chic,” Melrose Market Studios has quickly become one of the hottest venues on Capitol Hill, just shy of downtown. The nearly century old building, recently refurbished, hosts restaurants, shops, and–most importantly–weddings. Capable of holding up to 250 people, the old brick-and-mortar is infused with metal framing and wood to present a distinct old-meets-new type of vibe which is pretty darn perfect for a wedding ceremony.

On a crisp and drizzly October morning, just a week before Halloween, bride and groom Dakota and Taylor got ready at the luxurious Hotel Sorrento for their wedding. Sipping ciders and brightening the October drear with tons of pink and color, Dakota and her bridal party were full of energy and good cheer. Not to be outdone by the boys, Taylor and his pals looked dapper in their scarlet ties as they made their way out front for some sophisticated yet goofy photos, exchanging fake punches and sticking their tongues out at each other. At one point they were even able to pick up the groom himself.

The rest of the family soon came out, after all the bridesmaids donned their deep red dresses, and under the cover of umbrellas and awnings the family got all of their photos taken. Before we realized it, it was time to head on over to the Melrose Market Studios for the wedding itself.

Under the sparkling lights hung from the metal work, the bride and groom met at the altar. With the aisle lined by vibrant yellow candles and the altar backed by a massive wreath of white, red and green, it was a simple yet elegant setup. Delivering personal and heartfelt vows that recounted their history, starting way back under the friday night lights on the football field, their love had finally come full circle as they became man and wife.

A quick jaunt down the road after the wedding saw Dakota and Taylor heading towards the I5 overpass, just down Pike street, as the newly weds posed for photos overlooking the freeway near those giant, mysterious columns. The rain didn’t slow them down, nor did it damper their happiness.

Following the ceremony, which seemed to have crammed the space to its limits, the lights dimmed to near darkness as the newlyweds took the spotlight for their first dance. With a short reprieve for the cake-cutting (which happened to make our cut of Best Cake Cuttings as Taylor shoved a slice in Dakota’s mouth and then playing a little “see-food”) followed by a riotous garter dance, the alcohol started flowing and everyone got in the mood to celebrate. Even the kids got on the dance floor and hogged the space from the adults, but mostly everyone just hopped around under the twinkling, swirling lights that illuminated the dark, gloomy October night that was anything but.

Thank you again to Dakota and Taylor for picking Best Made Videos to shoot your wedding! We’re glad the rain didn’t ruin your “parade,” and hope that married life is treating you spectacularly!

Let us know in the comments below if you have any recommendations or suggestions, we’re always looking to get better!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – Melrose Market Studios

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Photographer – Rachel Howerton Photography

DJ – Otto-Matic Mobile Music

Bridal Gown – Laineemeg Bridal

Hair Stylist – Olive and Opal

Makeup Artist – Posh Styling

Bridesmaids Gowns – AZAZIE

Groomsmen Attire – Macy’s

Florist – Dakota’s Grandmother

Planner – All Tied Up Wedding and Event Design

Cake – Jenny Cookies Bake Shop

Catering – Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events

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Stephens Wedding on 9/17/17 at Hotel Sorrento in Seattle, Wa

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“Yay!!! Thank you so much Reid!!”

Anybody who has ever spent time on Madison right near I5 and St. James Cathedral–whether making their way downtown or up towards Capitol Hill–will surely recognize the regal Hotel Sorrento perched on the north side of the road. Opened in 1909, the website explains that its very first guests were prospectors with heavy pockets after striking rich in the Gold Rush. Back then, the prime position on First Hill would’ve surely featured some spectacular sights, only for a century of construction and development to obscure them.

But despite the city aging around it, Hotel Sorrento is nevertheless an icon, and a perfect wedding venue at that. On one of the last remaining days of summer, Ashley and Rajeev turned the hotel into a meeting of worlds and cultures. Essentially a two-parter wedding, the day started out with a pretty standard ceremony. Ashley and Rajeev exchanged vows in a solemn ceremony surrounded by everyone they love wearing traditional attire. Partway through the ceremony, Rajeev, in connection to his Hindu roots, places the Bindi on Ashley’s forehead, symbolizing marriage and life-long commitment, before sealing the deal with a kiss.

Shortly after the wedding ceremony, Rajeev and Ashley returned for their first dance. In the Penthouse Foyer, family and friends soon joined in on the fun. Though it didn’t last too long, once the dancing was done, the two families headed outside to pose for photos around the legendary hotel. Silliness was to be had as they headed up to the roof for some awesome views of Downtown Seattle. But then everything changed.

The newly weds returned inside to the reception–but this time they took things to an even higher gear. Emerging through the double doors wearing ceremonial Hindi attire, bride and groom Ashley and Rajeev arrived for “Part 2.” Almost as if they flipped a switch, the formal, by-the-books wedding day soon became something akin to a Bollywood movie complete with live dancers, performances, and garbs that showed every color of the rainbow. That’s right: a crew of dancers showed up busting out some gravity-defying moves that both entranced and excited everyone in attendance.

After the troupe finished their routine, the rest of the guests got in on the energy as it fueled them like a shot of espresso. It’s rare at weddings where you get such thrilling moments, but this wedding was particularly special in that it was two worlds and cultures becoming one. Tradition met diversity, East met West, and love found its equal. More than just the ceremony itself “marriage” is, by definition, simply the “combination or mixture of two or more elements,” and if this wedding wasn’t that–I don’t know what is!

Thanks again to Rajeev and Ashley for choosing Best Made Videos to film their special day! We don’t get to see many weddings like it, so it was particularly meaningful to us that we got to film it and share it with the world! Happy six months of marriage!

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– Scott Johnson

Venue – Hotel Sorrento

Photographer – Chris Carino

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Faoro Wedding on 9/2/17 at Ashe and Alder in Arlington, Wa

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“Jeremy and I are a very laid back couple; the moment we met Reid it was clear he would be exactly the same way, while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Reid and Jeff with Best Made Videos were an absolute blast and pleasure to work with. The moment they showed up at our venue they went to work, but you could tell they enjoyed their job. They were joking with everyone and blending in with the crowds, while capturing all of the most important moments and making it look easy. The communication from the time of booking through the delivery of the videos was prompt and organized. He was very realistic about what could and couldn’t be done with video so that we weren’t surprised when getting the footage back. There was a time when we weren’t sure about having a videographer and we could not be happier that we were given Reid’s information and encouraged to have live video of our day. We got the video back within days of our wedding and have relived it several times already. Best Made Videos could not come more highly recommended from us! They are amazing!”

September is where things in the Pacific Northwest get a little tricky. While it’s still technically “summer,” the fresh greenness that once covered all of the trees starts to fade and is slowly replaced by yellows and oranges—which is a sight in itself. But for weddings, it proves to be the home stretch for the season. The weather grows slightly colder with the smell of rain electrifying the air, and the days no longer remain as bright as they once did. Luckily, for the Faoro Wedding, it still looked and felt like your average summer day.

Heading on up to Arlington again, this time we took up shop at the Ashe & Alder wedding venue that boasts some truly exquisite views of the surrounding mountains. With a sense of seclusion from the city—which lies just an hour south—the venue is absolutely extraordinary and does everything it can to accommodate its guests.

Getting ready with the bright sun blasting in through the windows was enough to keep the morning moving along with the excitement of what was to come. As the bride and groom read their respective letters to each other (convinced they both wrote the same one) their love starts to become apparent—they both get choked up by the words written by their love.

Without a doubt, shooting around the venue was a sheer pleasure. With the bright sun illuminating the day, the groomsmen gathered for some group photos while the ladies continued to get ready. Before too long, bride Stefanie headed out with a beautiful bouquet of flowers to meet her soon-to-be husband Jeremy who was waiting in the shade beneath a grove of trees. Wiping a tear from his eye, he greets his bride with passion and happiness. Their portraits are simply adorable (we had a blast working with Mike and Karen of Unique Moments Photography) —but when everyone gathers for a big group photo things really go wild. A match of tug-of-war leaves the groom being pulled back and almost face-planting into the ground! Nobody was hurt, and it made for some wonderful shots—and certainly a story to tell.

As everyone gathered for the ceremony itself, the sun glaring over the mountains behind the alter, the magnificent view perfectly framed the momentous occasion. With some touching vows, a few inside jokes, and the sass of the officiant as he says “you may kiss my sister,” the years-in-the-making relationship finally took the big leap as the two became one.

With such a large property, you’d have to imagine that there would be plenty of space for games, drinking and dancing—and boy was there. As the sun crept its way behind the hills, the trees lit up with stringed lights as the grounds all of a sudden became a fairy tale in the woods. It was truly a magical night full of laughs, dancing, and love.

Before long, the bride and groom made their way out to the fields again where they posed against the golden sky, ready for the future together.

Thanks again to Jeremy and Stefanie for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We had a blast and hope you are having a wonderful year. Let us know below if you have any suggestions or recommendations!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – Ashe and Alder

Photographer – Unique Moments Photography

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Soni Wedding on 8/31/17 at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wa

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“Reid was recommended to us through a good friend, and he did not disappoint! Not only was he awesome to work with, he made our wedding highlight video within DAYS… it perfectly captured the moments we loved most about our special day. Our guests of the wedding and even friends who did not attend the wedding all said the video made them feel like they were there and made them both cry (happy tears) and laugh at the same time. We are so happy we had a videographer, but even more happy we had someone so easy to work with. I called him the day of to tell him that hair and makeup was running earlier than scheduled and he showed up early enough to catch the end of me getting ready with the makeup artist, he was so flexible!”

For as many weddings as we’ve done, the altitude reached at The Golf Club at Newcastle is certainly up there with the “highest” weddings we’ve shot. There really is no beating the extraordinarily exceptional views provided up there in the hills. With panoramas of the Sound, Seattle, and outlying towns, the Golf Club has become one of our most frequent stomping grounds—proposals, weddings, you name it––and we’re always excited to get another glimpse of that awe-inspiring view.

Heading up the winding road to Newcastle for Christina and Tanuj’s big day, the morning was greeted by some clouds. Soon, however, they rolled away to reveal the glistening blue skies behind them. As early morning whiskey shots got the boys feeling extra toasty on the last day of August, there was a very laid back feeling to the day. After shooting some pool and lounging around while the ladies got decked out in their lovely pink dresses, the boys rode up outside sporting their best shades.

Setting up for the first look, which was situated on the viewing area that features the property’s most iconic views of the region, the bride and groom met against the massive backdrop of King County and beyond. The look of absolute jubilation that appears on Tanuj’s face as he turns around to greet his bride is one for the scrapbook. Sharing a hug and a kiss, the two posed for some shots overlooking the region before heading off around the state for more breathtaking photos and video. Luckily there were no stray balls that got in the way from the golf course, not a “fore” was to be heard!

Reuniting with the bridal party, the gang messed around on the overlook as they lifted each other up and rocked out some of the silliest poses you could think of. The wedding itself saw both sides of the family sitting together, this wedding also featured one of the more promising new traditions in weddings: a sign that read “Choose a seat, not a side.” After a beautiful ceremony that had heartfelt, soul-touching words of love and devotion, Christina and Tanuj sealed the deal with a kiss and a long set of promises that reveal the depth of their love.

Splitting their reception between St. Andrew’s ballroom for dinner and the tented ceremony space outside, there was certainly enough room for everyone to fit on the dance floor! DJ Chris Graves transformed the traditionally white interior of the tent outside to a glowing ember red. As the reception got underway, the shortening summer day dwindled away as Fall slowly approached. Before it got too dark, we headed outside once again with Christina and Tanuj as they danced and dipped on a little hill with the setting sun, Seattle, and the mountains reaching out miles behind them just like their future. With the Newcastle bagpiper and all, the newlyweds were ready to embark on their future.

Thank you again to Tanuj and Christina! We hope you are enjoying the married life and have had an excellent first six months! Have any questions or concerns? Let us know in the comments below! We are always looking to improve!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – The Golf Club at Newcastle

Photographer – Haze Gray Pixels

Planner – Aisle Of View

DJ – Chris Graves

MUA – Sweet P Beauty

Floral – POSH Wedding Flowers

Cake – Celebrity Cake Studio

Photobooth – Lewieland Productions Photo Booth

Rentals – Rented Elegance & Design

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