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by Scott Johnson

Duell Wedding on 6/16/18 at Metropolist in Seattle, Wa

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“OMG, We LOVE this!!! Thank you so much, you did such a fantastic job!!!👍👍👍👍👍 and the outtakes at the end😂😂😂”

Just before the season changed to summer (and right before all we Seattleites started grumbling about how freaking hot it is) we were able to spend the day with Bethany and Nate for their big wedding!

It was a wonderfully warm day, as the impending heat wave had not quite reached us yet, and the boys spent the morning doing everything they could to look as spiffy as can be. Some last minute ironing, a quick trim, and a lesson in proper handkerchief etiquette helped move the morning along. Meanwhile, the ladies chit chatted about various wedding details as the final touches were ensured before it was time for romantic first look in the park.

Greeting each other near Greenlake in North Seattle, the park was soon our playground to shoot the two in. Having a blast wandering around getting different angles of the bride-and-groom-to-be, we even were able to wander down to the lakefront to get some shots with the water lapping up behind them. Needless to say, their portraits were simply stunning, as evidence by the video. It wouldn’t be bridal portraits without everyone else joining in, and boy did they! With plenty of laughs and poses to keep us chuckling, both the ladies and gents brought their A-games to produce some shining, happy smiles.

Heading off to St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, the sun was blazing high in the sky as everyone was ready for a traditional Catholic wedding. With the bridesmaids and groomsmen flanking the sides and everyone filling the pews, it was a wonderful celebration of life and love that couldn’t have gone better. Soon, the priest gave those sealing words and it was officially finished with a kiss.

With just a few more photos to snap before making their way to the reception, the newlyweds looked utterly happy posing with their family and the priest outside the church. As they took off towards the Metropolist, a superb event space capable of holding up to 500 guests, it was soon time for an afternoon and evening of partying. The dancing got kicked off surely as soon as the alcohol started flowing, though it was a pretty mellow affair until after the cake-cutting.

Underneath vaulted wood ceilings, the newlyweds shared their first dance as their families looked on. As the traditional dances came and went, everyone was soon itching to get off their butts and start dancing along too. Once that happened, the night flashed by in a blur of synchronized dances, flashing lights, and good drinks and food.

A little before the night officially came to an end, we headed off with Bethany and Nate for some golden hour shots of them walking around the city. It was a sweet and touching end to an already perfect day!

Thank you again to Nate and Bethany for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has gone perfectly!

Have a question or comment, or even just a concern in general? Please leave it below and we’ll get back to you!

Venue – Metropolist

Ceremony – St. Benedict Church, Seattle

Photography – Stefan & Audrey

Videography – Best Made Videos

DJ – HeadSmile Productions

Floral – Columbia City Bouquet

Caterer – Bitterroot BBQ

Dessert – Snohomish Pie Company

Rentals – Sweet Buffet Lady

Bartending – Party on the Rocks

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Bethany and Nate’s story in their own words:

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Where it all began….

Nate and Bethany met at the ripe old age of 16 when Nate transferred to Archbishop Murphy H.S. and happened to sit in Bethany’s seat during a Chemistry class (which she promptly tried to evict him from) but after deciding to pull up an extra chair and sit together, a wonderful friendship began….

Bethany went on to attend Gonzaga University (go Zags!), Nate attended Eastern University, and their relationship continued while sharing in separate college experiences. Nate was busy playing rugby and causing mayhem in his fraternity while Bethany was enjoying all GU had to offer with her roommates and dispensing priceless information working at the Crosby Student Center Information Desk.

After college Nate returned to the western WA and Bethany went onto to grad school and eventually accepted an offer to work in WA D.C. Nate was a trooper and ventured to the east coast a number of times to visit Bethany, which included exploring museums, monuments, and the very fancy Atlantic City.

Eventually Bethany moved back to the best Washington 🙂 and Nate and Bethany continued their fun. After about 17 years of general merriment and good times, they decided the getting-to-know you process was officially OVER and they wanted to make this thing official and get hitched. Now they’re very excited to kick things off by celebrating with each of you!

The proposal

Our proposal took place on a warm Saturday in mid-September. Nate’s mom, Danni Duell, was in on the surprise and took Bethany out for a girl’s day to get our hair, make-up and nails done. We were to meet up with Nate for dinner button the plans kept changing and eventually Bethany was told we would just meet Nate at Gasworks Park and walk to dinner nearby. When we arrived at the park, Bethany found Nate looking sharp and wanting to take a quick stroll around the park before dinner. Although hangry and overdue for a meal, Bethany reluctantly agreed to take a walk around Gasworks with Nate, only to have him get down on one knee and propose at the top of the hill. Needless to say, Bethany was surprised and said YES immediately! Nate had the excellent instinct to hire a photographer to capture the moment – which we wanted to share with you all.

Why did you choose your venue?

We really wanted everyone together in one central space and we loved the natural light and soft white lights strung across the ceiling. Plus no stairs for elderly people to have to climb- yay!

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Oh my goodness, everything! 🙂 I’ve teared up watching random couples on your blogs, and we think your work is awesome. I’m most looking forward to capturing toasts and all of the candid moments – maybe a bit of the dancing too 🙂

Wedding Party:


Katie Turner
Maid of Honor

Bethany and Katie met on the soccer field but they bonded on the bench. Katie is one of the most creative, thoughtful, big-hearted and fashionable human beings you will ever meet. She’s Bethany internal doppelganger in so many ways, except this lady knows how to bake like NOBODY’S business! Bethany is lucky to have her as a friend.

Allison Miller

Bethany met Allison in high school and over the past (nearly 20!) years, Bethany discovered that Allison was her conversational soulmate – they can talk for 2 hours and barely scratch the surface. Allison is incredibly generous, a masterful storyteller, a connector of people, and one of the all time best listeners/counselors. Bethany is lucky to have her as a friend.

Emily Olson

Bethany met this fireball in 2nd grade (“officially” friends around 5th grade when she stuck up for Bethany in a very public way), she’s the only person who could equally take on Bethany’s brothers with the same ferocious scrappiness as Bethany (the Jensen’s loved it). A world traveler with an incredible sense of humor (I don’t think I’ve ever spent time with Emily and not laughed at least once), x-factor karaoke skills, and the confidence to speak her mind, Bethany is lucky to have her as a friend.

Kristi Turner

Bethany met Kristi at soccer tryouts her freshman year and Kristi was hands-down the nicest upperclassman that she’d met, providing Bethany with many rides in high school in her ticking, Wheat Thin-filled, beauty known as the Brass Monkey. Kristi has a fierce loyalty to her loved ones and an unquenchable thirst for life and adventure that Bethany loves and finds incredibly inspiring. Bethany is lucky to have her a friend.

Lani Turner

Bethany and Lani met through her sisters, but Lani carved out her own special, unique place in Bethany’s heart. Lani is an insightful truth teller who unfailingly sticks up for what she feels is right, with a soft spot for the underdog. She’ll always be known as Bethany’s European travel buddy and she helped Bethany to understand the value of the Bravo channel and that each person has a separate sweet and salty portion of their stomach (one side can be full and the other can still have room). She is truly a treasure and Bethany is lucky to have her a friend.

Matilda Eide

Bethany was extremely fortunate that fate brought Matilda into her life as her GU college roommate and Bethany has done her best to embed herself in Matilda’s life ever since (including trying to follow her around the U.S). Matilda’s cooking is to die for – I’m not exaggerating one bit – and Matilda’s intelligence, quick wit, humor and independence have inspired Bethany for years. Bethany is lucky to have her as her friend.

Teshina Davey

Bethany’s oldest and strongest (literally) friend with the most gentle spirit and the BEST laugh! Bethany and Teshina met in the 1st grade through a random seating pairing and over the years Bethany has enjoyed more adventures with Teshina than she could possibly count. It’s truly been a joy for Bethany to see her evolve into the incredible woman, wife and mother that she is today. Bethany is lucky to count her as her friend.


Willson Guimont
Best Man

Willson is Nate’s brother and they spent lots of time playing soccer and football in the backyard. Nate remembers when Willson was about 5 years old, they were playing baseball, and Willson hit a homerun over the neighbor’s fence – that’s when Nate knew Willson would be a strong athlete. Willson makes any event more fun just by his presence and goofy sense of humour, and one of Nate’s all time favorite things is making Willson laugh.

Brent McCann

Nate met Brent through the Jensen’s and found him to be an incredibly smart guy (Nate would know, Brent was in his high school Chemistry class, even though Brent was two years grades behind). With Brent’s passion for travel and incredible commitment to developing the Liliir Education Project, Brent’s a wonderful person and Nate’s proud to have him as a friend. Nate had the best meal of his life with Brent McCann in Cabo San Lucas.

Joseph Jensen

Nate met Joey J (Joseph), Bethany’s youngest brother, when he was in middle school and Nate was in high school and has great memories of them playing basketball in the backyard. Joey is driven and a hardworker; he’s made good life choices, he sets a high bar for himself that he usually lives up to, and he’s always true to himself. He also drank a full gallon of milk.

Jonathan Jensen

Nate met Jonathan while playing basketball together in high school, in fact, Jonathan found out Nate was dating Bethany from Mr. Zander in a team huddle before practice. Jonathan is an extremely funny, very smart guy and tries extremely hard at anything he applies himself to. Jonathan once caught a giant fish in Cabo San Lucas.

Kurt Tompkins

Nate and Kurt met in elementary school, and even though they went to separate middle schools, they stayed friends and Kurt eventually convinced Nate to join him at AMHS. If it weren’t for Kurt, Nate wouldn’t have met Bethany, thanks Kurt! Nate has so many good memories with Kurt, every time they’ve been together, he remembers laughing hysterically. The main thing Nate loves about Kurt is his humor and sense of adventure. Birds of a feather flock together.

Michael VanCitters

Mike was probably Nate’s first friend in life and he met Mike when he wandered off in a diaper. Nate and Mike were good buddies in elementary school and it wasn’t until after college that they really started hanging out and fishing again. Mike is a life long friend.

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

Violet Jensen
Flower Girl

Violet’s favorite things: the color pink, her daddy, horsies, chocolate chip pancakes.

Violet’s least favorite things: Rice, Chicken, Guacamole, Chippy’s

JJ Jensen
Ring Bearer

JJ’s favorite things: Eating in general but especially avacado’s and Z-Bars, vroom vrooms, doggies

JJ’s least favorite things: naps (mimi’s)

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by Scott Johnson

What wouldn’t be a week during wedding season without a couple of crazy stories from all over the country? With weddings happening each and every day, there’s no way of avoiding at least some strangeness. In recent weeks, you’ve seen some tragedy and triumph, as well as simply nature sneaking up on the bride and groom. This week brings some chaos, a happy return, and a surprise guest! Who could it be?

For those who live in the Seattle area and are suffering from this god awful heat wave, one must surely remember the awfulness of last year as it not only combined the heat, but also the smoke from the raging wildfires from around the state. It all was just miserable, so much so that you’d probably balk at the courage of these two newlyweds who got married in the line of a wildfire over in California.

Ellie and Taylor Denney, who had been planning their big day for quite some time, weren’t quite expecting what was coming over the hills towards them. Though they there was a wildfire raging, they didn’t think it would come so fast—or in the middle of their vows. During the ceremony, they received a mandatory evacuation notice. Instead of cutting their losses and running, they just cut it short—but still ran. Trimming off a major portion of the ceremony, they still got to tie the knot as the fire approached the river behind them.

While not the most “beautiful” wedding photos, they surely are distinct with smoke clouds billowing high behind them. Talk about a hot wedding!

Our business is weddings; more importantly wedding videos. We capture your big day and make sure you have memories to cherish for a lifetime. For one couple, their wedding footage had been sorely lost after their GoPro took an unexpected swim during a post-wedding vacation and never was to be found again…

That is until a year later when a good Samaritan by the name of Jeffrey Heim was diving and came upon the long-lost camera. Like pirate’s treasure, it was worth more than he could have expected—and after pleas on social media to find the owner, he finally tracked down Angel and Tim Wilson who just so happened to be getting ready to celebrate their one-year anniversary!

What’s important to note, at least from our side of things, is that these two were utterly creative in affixing the camera to their dog to be the “camera-dog.”

The last time you saw an unexpected wedding guest on this blog it was in the form of an Alaskan moose. Now, many of us would think that’s pretty cool. But for one Italian couple, Luca Schafer and Leticia Vera, they can say they got one of the greatest surprise wedding guests of all time: the freaking Pope!

That’s right: Pope Francis himself surprised a wedding taking place in the Vatican Gardens, in a little chapel known as the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians, and presided over the ceremony! To make it even more fun, only the bride and groom knew that he was going to be there! The other priests in attendance didn’t even know either!

Those in attendance say that the pope delivered a speech on the three verbs that would help them in their married life start, stop, and resume. Now how cool is that!?

This one is bound to make you chuckle. Pretend you’re about to have your first look. You’re dressed up perfectly, perhaps shaking just a little, and the excitement for what to rushing through your body at the speed of light. Well, imagine that when you finally see your bride to be it ends up being your future brother-in-law in the dress instead of your loving fiancé!

Husband and wife Val and Heidi had quite the prank for their wedding day, though Val knew nothing about it until it was too late. Photographer Nichole shared a story with POPSUGAR about dear friend Heidi pranking her husband-to-be at the very last minute on their wedding day.

After precise coordination and a little bit of luck, everything worked out that Val didn’t realize until Heidi…I mean Eric…reached him from behind. Heidi was able to spy in on the moment, and when the actual one happened, Val was rather suspicious and nearly thought it was her other brother this time around. Luckily it wasn’t, otherwise Val might have actually given up. Be sure to check the photos in the link for some big laughs!

We’re not the biggest fans of soccer (or football), but when a wedding decides to stream the World Cup at their wedding we can’t help but want to watch it with them. For Jenna and Mike Coysh, their wedding breakfast was taking place during the quarterfinal match with Sweden. Now, if you’ve never seen the English watch sports before, well…they get into it.

Which is why it was such a funny moment when, right as the newlyweds were about to cut their gorgeous cake…England scored a goal against Sweden. This cued a wave of applause and a minor pause in the breakfast for everyone to celebrate the goal before things died back down to celebrate the thing they were originally there for!


There you have it for this week in Bizarre Wedding News: if you spot anything strange or funny around the internet, shoot it our way and we’d love to feature it!

Even if you don’t, we’d still love to hear from you so leave us a comment or question below! See you all next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Smith Wedding on 6/23/18 at Indian Summer Golf and Country Club in Olympia, Wa

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“I cannot say it enough…Best Made Videos is absolutely phenomenal! Reid and his assistant are the most professional, fun, creative, and wonderful people to work with! He knows exactly what he’s doing and does everything to ensure your day goes smoothly and is stress free! Thank you to everything you did for us!”

“Reid was the first vendor we chose to share our special day with. I knew from the first second I watched one of his videos, that I needed him to capture our day. I can’t say it enough – we were thankful and lucky to have him! Not only did we receive and amazing wedding video, but we have basically every second of the day to go back and look on. His team was so professional, creative and fun! Reid does an amazing job of keeping the flow of the day as smoothly as possible and keeps you sane! I can’t thank him enough and I cannot wait to view everything twenty years from now. Thanks again for EVERYTHING!”

As has been said before, we love going out to golf courses for a wedding. The rolling fairways, spouting fountains out of water traps, and the sense of serenity that comes from everyone trying to be quiet for a shot, only to hear the occasional thwack (or obscenity), make for beautiful backdrops and a lack of distraction. Indian Summer Golf and Country Club, situated down by the state capital of Olympia, is as wonderful as any other golf course we’ve attended.

The Smith wedding was greeted by some late-June overcast, though the hot sun was able to burn most of the clouds away by afternoon. Regardless, the morning got off to a splendid start. The boys sat around watching sports and sipping drinks, while the ladies got their hair and makeup done.

Once the boys were decked out in suits, they headed off to pose for some photos. They looked quite illustrious in front of a tunnel, though that would soon be ruined by their silliness—and we were ok with it! Joking around and getting the energy flowing, it was a great way to keep spirits high. Meeting underneath a great big tree, draped with ribbons and a chandelier, the soon-to-be newlyweds met where they would later hold the ceremony. The sheer size of the tree dwarfed the two, but the smiles and excitement they had were bigger than anything.

We then got some cool shots of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen peering off from the balcony before they joined the bride and groom for massive group photos. With the wide shots, you could really see the enormity of the course, it also helped amplify Tarissa and Ryan’s love for each other.

Some more intimate photos followed, but before too long it was time to get married! Returning to where the first look was held, now decked out with dozens of chairs, it was as picturesque as one would ever dream. As the guests filed in, flowers were strewn across the floor and eventually the bride made her way down the aisle.

With the officiant as the sister to the groom, it felt even more poignant. Though there were a few (happy) tears in his eyes, the groom looked absolutely ready to marry his bride. Following a tear-jerking ceremony, with a beautiful poem read by the officiant and even more tender vows spoken by the bride and groom, they finally got the permission to kiss and become husband and wife!

There was some time for photos following the ceremony, which bled into the reception. A night of partying and dancing helped cap off a gorgeous wedding day, though the real magic of the night happened when the newlyweds made their way up a little hill at the optimum golden hour for an absolutely breathtaking shot. It was the perfect punctuation to the end of the day!

Thank you again to Tarissa and Ryan for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope the first few weeks of marriage have gone swimmingly!

Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Indian Summer Golf & Country Club

Photography – Brooks Range Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Landmark DJ

Floral – CMS Floral Design

Caterer – Indian Summer Golf & Country Club

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

Tarissa and Ryan’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Ryan’s mom and I worked together. Ryan also worked with us while he was home for summer. Once he moved home, we started talking and have been together ever since.

Tell us about the proposal!

One day, Ryan and I were playing catch outside with a foam football and I sprained my ring finger. A couple months later, we were playing catch and after a couple of tosses back and forth, I noticed the foam football was hard on one side. Ryan cut a square piece out of the foam football to fit the ring box inside. After I realized what was going on, he walked over to me and got down on one knee. 🙂

Why did you choose your venue?

We wanted and indoor/outdoor wedding. Plus, Ryan loves to golf.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Tarissa – Ryan is a shy, calm, quiet guy…I’m excited to see how he will be on the wedding day. I also love when you guys cut the music and add in normal conversations & voiceover music.

Ryan says – our faces when we see each other & showing us together

Anything else?

We are excited, we love your wedding videos!

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by Scott Johnson

Milner Wedding on 6/21/18 at The Finery on Camano Island

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“Best Made Wedding videos did an excellent job capturing all the special moments on our wedding day. The videographers (Reid and Matt) were professional, thoughtful and creative. They gave us moments of alone time throughout the day so that we could enjoy the moment with no one around. The videographer team captured and included every video shot of our elopement in the highlight video that we wanted. The process of booking, questionnaire, and payment was easy and convenient. The editing and artistic flow of the final highlight video is priceless. We are excited about the video we received and look forward to incorporating it into our anniversary celebration.”

This may come as quite a surprise—but we love weddings. I know, right? Would would’ve thought it? There’s nothing like a wedding, and we’re all for every single aspect. The atmosphere of a wedding is like electricity. There’s love and excitement, a dash of anxiousness, and the ubiquitous hope for everything to go absolutely according to plan. In many ways, a wedding is akin to a Broadway musical; there’s costume, makeup, a stage (of sorts), an audience and it has all been rehearsed.

But today isn’t about weddings; it’s about elopements. For many, the idea of an elopement has always been seeded in secrecy and a sort of “forbidden love.” Tales of young high schoolers escaping from the nightmare of life to just be together against the world come to mind, or a fair assortment of romantic comedies, yet they’re all wrong. In the scheme of things, especially for those who either don’t have a big enough family or simply don’t want to go about planning all of the hundreds of details for a wedding, elopements might actually be your ticket to happiness. With only the need for an officiant and some rings, elopements are easy and romantic; for some, they might even be more meaningful than weddings in certain ways.

The Milner’s Elopement, out on Camano Island at the delightful Finery, was as elegant and touching as any wedding we’ve witnessed this year. Getting ready together in the morning, the absence of groomsmen and bridesmaids meant that Laura and James helped one another get looking the absolute best. Now, how many of you married couples can say your partner helped you get dressed on your wedding day?

There was time for a first look out in the clearing, which gave us quite a few opportunities to get adorable photos of the two posing around the area. Sneaking kisses and looking longingly into each other’s eyes, the elopement couldn’t come fast enough!

With just the officiant, the two stood in front of each other for the ceremony. Reciting some tear-jerking vows, the two bared their hearts for each other, doling out emotional words of love and kindness. Going back into their history, the two were both weepy before it was even time to share their first kiss as husband and wife. Excited for the future, and with the hope of showing each other the love they both deserve every day, the officiant declared the two husband and wife. With a kiss, their love and union were sealed.

With the elopement, there was no massive amount of applause from the guests. But there didn’t need to be, the two were all they needed for each other to be absolutely happy. A little cake-cutting followed as they popped open a bottle of champagne, thus bringing the wonderful day to a close.

Thank you again to Laura and James for picking Best Made Videos to film their elopement! We hope your first few weeks of marriage are going spectacularly!

Have any questions or comments? Did you have an elopement? Let us know below!

Venue / Photography – The Finery

Videography – Best Made Videos

MUA – Pacific Brides

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

Laura and James’ story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We first met in pharmacy school when we were assigned to work together in the same group. Laura stood out to me when she proceeded to take over everyone’s part and complete the entire group project on her own. It was at that moment I knew I could completely relate to her views on group work as that same thought crossed my mind too. I knew that I had to get to know her more and find out what else we had in common.

Tell us about the proposal!

During our last year of pharmacy school, we were still trying to figure out what to do with our future. I knew whatever was ahead in my future, that I wanted her to be a part of it as well. I bought the ring a few months earlier and was planning for the perfect place to propose. After speaking with my brother, I made plans to come visit him in Dubai, take her to the Burj Khalifa and propose. When I asked her to come to Dubai with me during Christmas, she said she needed to go home and see her family during Christmas. I spent the next several weeks thinking about what other plans could possibly beat my original idea. Then one evening we were watching the movie Wedding Crashers and I kept thinking to myself, the two of us just had an incredibly good day. When you are in pharmacy school, trust me, those days are rare. We had a great day at school, enjoyed a nice dinner together and spent quality time watching a movie that we were both enjoying. When she got up to get ready for bed, I don’t know if it was the movie or not, but I kept thinking that I wanted to hold on to her forever. As she was getting ready for bed, I have do the same playful thing almost every night and take her spot in bed and she has to push me out of it so she can go to sleep. This time, I put the ring right next to me and as she tried pushing me she felt the box I had placed in the way. As soon as I saw her with that questioning look of what is that, I pulled out and opened the box and asked her to marry me.

Why did you choose your venue?

Our enthusiasm for Greek mythology helped guide us to a unique date on the summer solstice (June 21st). The summer solstice marks the start of the New Year according to some ancient Greek calendars. We wanted a place that could handle an outdoor wedding and accommodate the rain if needed. The Finery on Camano Island is a beautiful place to have an outdoor wedding, intimate experience and offers an elopement package which was perfect for our situation.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Happy, sweet moments of us together and separate; candid joyful emotion; capture the anticipation moments before the wedding. The first time we see each other after getting ready and us exchanging vows.

Anything else?

Collection of memories that we can share with each other and with our closest family and friends. Excited to see the surrounding scenery in which we are getting married as isolated scenic shots and distant shots of us outside (i.e. venue, ocean, trees, etc.)

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by Scott Johnson

Over the years, we’ve seen some pretty strange things happen. While none of our stuff has gone viral for that matter, though in some regards that’s not always something beneficial, we do like to draw attention to the weird wedding mishaps that go on around the country. If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember last time featured a family whose house burned down on their wedding day, only to still get married for a happy ending. Luckily the stories this week don’t have any tragedy to them—though one could have very easily become tragic if it weren’t for but a few fast-thinking moments.

So let’s get down to it!

Imagine you’ve just gotten married: you’re full of happiness, excitement, and your heart is probably beating out of your chest. Well, for two newlyweds, they almost saw their future come crashing down—literally. Cheyenne and Lucas Kopeschka, who got married on June 30, were blissfully recounting their story for the wedding video being shot. Poised on a picnic table underneath a tree, the newlyweds heard a sudden crack and immediately glanced up to see a rather large tree branch falling towards them.

With quick thinking, the two dodged the branch and saved themselves (and the wedding day). Instead of opting for a more comfortable (and certainly safer location), the two decided to continue on with the video right where they had been sitting with the tree branch in full focus right in front of them. One has to wonder, if you make the case for bird poop landing on someone as “good luck,” couldn’t you say that this has blessed their love for a lifetime? No? Well we seem to think so!

Historically speaking, animals and weddings have really not gone together well. Those who follow us might remember a story about an owl “ring bearer” that got loose and caused some ruckus at a wedding. There’s also a joke to be made about “ring bears,” or dogs who try to do the duty and find themselves utterly distracted. All things considering, this one could’ve gone a whole lot worse.

On the same day as the previous wedding, Alan and Shandy Cuellar were exchanging their long-awaited vows at the Bayshore Clubhouse in Anchorage. With a gorgeous, romantic backdrop and a look of complete love in their eyes, they were photobombed by none other than a moose wandering into frame.

Completely enamored by the situation, the newlyweds were perfectly ok with being shown-up by a moose (it is Alaska after all), though there was a little bit of concern when the beast made its way closer to the guests. I don’t know about you, but Bullwinkle showing up at a wedding sounds pretty ok to me!


There you have it for this week’s strange wedding news! Thankfully there wasn’t anything too tragic this time!

Have you seen anything in the news that might interest us? Have a story of your own? Share it below and we’ll try to feature it! Thanks for reading!!

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by Scott Johnson

Thomas Wedding on 6/9/18 at Hilton Bellevue in Bellevue, Wa

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“Awesome to work with, very responsive to emails and prompt to receive video back!”

Not too long ago, we headed over to our hometown of Bellevue to film the Thomas’ wedding. Like Seattle, Bellevue doesn’t look like much of what it did ten years ago, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still the same great city! We love it because there’s so much to it: from the booming downtown area with luxurious malls and shopping centers, the entirely underrated Bellevue park, and many other great little nooks and crannies, it really makes us miss it!

The Thomas’ day got off to a great start. With a quiet morning to greet our bride and groom, makeup and attire came first. There was time for some prayer and definitely more than enough time to show off all the guys in the stunning suits. Before too long, Ash went off to meet his bride, Ruby, for their first look at Kubota Garden!

Down a little path, surrounded by flowers, trees, and a little pond, Ruby approached Ash from behind. Tucking her arms around him, he turned with the brightest smile you could imagine as he simply couldn’t help but stare. And boy were the pictures cute! We were able to get them roaming around the park, hand in hand, with nothing but excitement and happiness guiding their way. Sneaking kisses and looking just plain adorable, we could’ve spent hours outside with them…but then there couldn’t have been a wedding!

After the rest of the bridal party joined for some photos, it was finally time to head to the church for the big wedding! As everyone filed into the massive church, Ash looked ecstatic for his bride when she approached from down the aisle. After a wonderful ceremony, Ash and Ruby finally became husband and wife as they shared the kiss that sealed their vows.

Immediately following the wedding, there was plenty of time for family photos inside the church and bridal party photos at the nearby Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Some extra silly shots with the groomsmen and bridesmaids helped keep the spirits high and distract from the rumbling stomachs.

Not too long after it was time for the reception at Hilton Bellevue. The massive windows should be instantly recognizable to anyone from Bellevue, but the inside is what really takes the cake. Going all out on decorations, cake (an elegant, 4-tiered beauty), and the reception in general, it was a heck of a time celebrating with the newlyweds.

As the night went on, more photos were taken and the dance floor was set up. Following the bouquet toss, it was time for the dancing to begin. With everyone off their feet, dancing in unison, anybody watching the video should definitely be feeling a pang of jealousy; it was definitely a blast! But like all good things, it had to come to an end.

Thank you again to Ruby and Ash for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope your first few weeks as a married couple has gone splendidly!

Like always, if you have any questions or recommendations, please leave them below! We’d love to hear from you!

Venue / Caterer – Hilton Bellevue

Photography – Adina Preston Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos

Photo Booth – Seattle Facebooth

Flowers – Flora D’Amore

Cake – Cakes Are Fun

Audio/Visual – Live Oak AV

Best Made Videos – Home Page

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Ruby and Ash’s Story in their own words:

Our Story

Ruby was always terrified of the thought that she wasn’t ready to get married, that she was too young, not prepared and wouldn’t find Mr. Right. It was Winter of 2016, Ruby and I were sitting in a restaurant (Italian of course; because if y’all didn’t know pasta, alfredo sauce and extra shrimp is Ruby’s food of choice), and she had just told me she was interested in meeting people. I was more than ecstatic because Ruby was READY. She had the degree, she had the job, she had the OK from her parents, she was of “marrying” age (as we call it in the Indian community) and now just needed one more thing, the biggest thing…she needed THE MAN. Both Ash and Ruby had tried meeting people through friends and dating websites, but had no luck until their mutual friend Dency messaged both Ash and Ruby about each other. Dency described Ash as “a guy who loves Jesus, has a fun personality and gets along with everybody” and Ruby “a girl who loves Jesus, is outgoing, and has a sweet and infectious personality.” A little about Ash…he’s basically a wannabe frat boy with that good melanin… but if you ask him he refers to himself as “having a body of a god and heart of lion” although the jury is still out on that.
From the beginning, Ash & Ruby both knew they wanted something serious and it’s amazing how God works in mysterious ways. Long distance was hard but that didn’t stop them from seeing each other every month…thanks to student loans. But that still wasn’t enough, they needed more ways to connect. To overcome the struggles of long-distance, FaceTime became their best friend, the only way they could feel like a normal couple. Their daily facetime calls also became the reason that all their friends made fun of them for leaving social events and hangouts early due to their time zone difference.
At the end of the day, Ash and Ruby are just down to earth, Jesus-loving, good people. They were meant for each other and no matter where life takes them; I know they’ll have fun doing the journey together. People always ask them at what point they knew that the other was the one; they both realized it wasn’t just one specific moment, but a slow accumulation of moments that led them to realize that God called them to be joined together as one. – Tina, Maid of Honor

Tell us about the proposal!

Ash proposed by setting up a fake dinner with a couple friends. He took me to the Great Wheel and acted as if we were meeting them there to ride it. They showed up with a couple flowers in their hand and another one of my friends (who wasn’t supposed to be there) popped up out of nowhere with flowers as well and a special memory from our relationship. At this point I knew what was happening. I started crying as he walked me down the pier and different friends handed me mementos from our relationship along with a flower. We ended up in a heart made of flower pedals where he got on a knee and proposed.

Wedding Party

Tina Rajan – Maid of Honor
Tina is my best friend. She’s the only one I know who would pick up my Face Time call even if she was in the shower. She is the most hilarious person on the planet, who always knows what to say/do to make any situation a million times better. There was no Ruby without Tina as a kid and that will probably be the case until we’re old and gray. I could not ask for a better best friend/maid of honor and am so happy she will be standing right by my side.

Sarita Harris – Bridesmaid
Sarita is my childhood best friend. We were inseparable as kids always crying our ways into sleepovers (mainly to my house LOL). We did everything together, like ride bikes, play with barbies, and eat out…all the time. Thank God we realized how great the gym was after all of that! I’m going to miss my workout partner. With that being said, I feel very fortunate to have Sarita stand with me on my wedding day!

Anita Thomas – Bridesmaid
Anita aka Nini, is my cousin-sister. I have looked up to her ever since I was a little girl. She has always been like an older sister to me; always giving the best advice on just about everything. I’m forever grateful for the way you pursued the relationship you have with me and I’m also forever grateful that you are type A and plan our cousin trips to a T (:P). I love you and am so happy to have you stand with me on my wedding day.

Gopika Madhavan – Bridesmaid
Gopika has been a close friend since our time spent at UW and I’m extremely grateful for the relationship that blossomed from it. She is one of the most loyal and loving people I know. I’ve learned so much from her and could honestly talk to her for hours on end about anything and everything. Our trip to San Fran will always be one of my favorite memories with you and I’m so glad we have it to look back on. I can’t wait to have you as my bridesmaid!

Rachel Flores – Bridesmaid
Rachel, aka my soul sister, is my high school bestie. She has one of the sweetest/kindest souls I know and I am forever grateful for all the fun times we had throughout our tween years going to Jonas brother concerts, random shopping trips after classes, and talking about our weddings, haha (it’s finally here). Your blossoming over the past few years has been one of the coolest things to witness. I admire you and your love for Jesus. I can’t wait to see you rock a saree and stand by my side on my wedding day!

Alyssa Fleming – Bridesmaid
Alyssa is one of my closest friends from Spokane. I’m not sure what I would have done without her there with me. She was also a youngin’ working on her Master’s degree at the same school I was attending and I felt like even though we came from two different worlds (her being from the country and me being from the city) we had a lot more in common than I thought. I value the friendship we have and feel extremely grateful to have had someone like you when I did! You’re the best, Lyss, can’t wait to have you as a bridesmaid.

Wesley Thomas – Best Man
Wesley is my younger and only brother. Although we grew up competing and fighting with each other in almost everything, I now greatly admire him and all the things he’s accomplished. He’s currently killing his intern year. He’s hard working, dedicated, loyal and always calls me out and pushes me to be a better person. I’m so proud to call you my best man.

Rubin Varghese – Groomsman
Rubin has been one of my best friends since undergrad. We were roommates through most of pharmacy and medical school. We both grew a lot spiritually and always pushed each other. I really admire his servant heart, his desire for missions and to provide healthcare to those less fortunate. I’m thankful that you’ll be standing with me.

Ruhan Philip – Groomsman
Although I have only known Ruhan for a few months, I have learned many things from him. Most importantly learning how to take care of his little sister. I really admire how much he cares for Ruby and his whole family. In this short time, he’s become someone I really look up to and hope to become more like. I am so glad that you’ll be standing up there with me and your sister.

Ligin Chandy – Groomsman
Ligin is my cousin and has been a close friend ever since he moved here. He is always down for an adventure or just to hang out and relax. We’ve gotten to share a lot and give each other a lot of advice over the years. One of the things I admire most about him is his loyalty to family and I hope to exemplify that. Its an honor to have you with me.

Dony Sebastian – Groomsman
Dony is my cousin and a close friend. He’s definitely one of the funniest guys I know and a go-to source for fashion advice. He is always helping out with something new at church. He’s also very loyal and loves helping out his friends no matter what the situation and I greatly admire that. Proud to have you by my side.

Jeremy Joseph – Groomsman
Jeremy is one of my close childhood friends. I have watched him grow from a clumsy kid to a still clumsy but incredibly talented man. He leads worship at my local church and we get to play music and sing together often. We also love to hang out and watch Thunder games together. His musical talent and his heart for God always inspire me. I’m so glad you’re gonna be up there with me.

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by Scott Johnson

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to weddings: there’s nothing more fun and wild than having a wholly unique theme or venue. You’ve seen us talk about weddings at White Castle and Walmart before, you’ve also gotten to witness some spooky ones of our own. Today we come to you with three weddings that are equal parts bizarre, lucky, and entirely romantic. The simple truth is: as long as you’re with your significant other, have some rings and an officiant, and are willing to commit the rest of your life to that person, then you could have a wedding just about anywhere.

Imagine you’re on a flight: it’s tight, cramped, there’s a baby crying and you still have three hours to go…wait, maybe imagine a different flight.

Just a few weeks ago, on Southwest Airlines from Vegas to Baltimore, a wedding was held before the flight landed! Talk about a different kind of mile-high club!

Michael and Renee, who reportedly met on about four years ago, both stood up near the end of their flight and proceeded to make their way to opposite sides of the plane. With Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in the background, Renee made her way down the aisle to Michael. That’s when the pilot came out to officiate! Though there weren’t any major celebrations onboard (not much room to dance), they were reportedly given a makeshift cake made out of various napkins, straws and toilet paper with words of advice from fellow passengers.

The next wedding we’ll be talking about might earn the record for fastest one ever planned—though there wasn’t entirely too much planning to go along with it. In North Carolina, high school sweethearts Nicole Atkinson and Wesley Bodenheimer, were perusing Facebook when they came across a post from Bella Collina, a fancy wedding venue, that was essentially auctioning off a wedding that had been cancelled just three days before the event.

Not wanting to lose out on the day, owner Joe Destafino decided to post the wedding slot on Facebook in hopes of some nibbles, though he seemed doubtful as it was literally three days away.

But then Atkinson and Bodenheimer messaged him and the rest was history: they got the wedding for half the price, along with the already-arranged DJ, Caterer, flowers and pretty much everything else. Talk about bargain shopping! The only downside is they had to plan everything else in a mere 48 hours, as they had already had a wedding planned for this coming November!

Our final wedding is rather bittersweet. On the day of their wedding, Matthew and Coral Denakis, a couple out of Maryland, a fire broke out inside their house during the wee hours of the morning. With most of the wedding party in their house, which amounted to almost twenty people, it was a miracle everyone got out unscathed. Matthew had his priorities set when he went for just the wedding rings (and his wallet)

Thankfully, the wedding dress had been stored safely and the two were officially married later that day. Claiming they wanted to turn a bad day into a good one, I think they honestly deserve a medal or something. Most people would be in a pretty bad mood if their house blew up, especially on their wedding day.


Know of any other bizarre weddings? Was yours even weirder? Let us know in the comments below and maybe you’ll be featured next time!

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