by Scott Johnson

Wilson Wedding on 8/18/18 at Radar Lake in Woodinville, Wa

Music licensed from –
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“Best Made Videos did an amazing job of catching all the important parts of our day. The footage looks so professional and they were really quick to provide clips and edit the final video. I also really enjoy the shout outs and footage they show on IG and social media so frequently, it shows they really card about and connect with clients/friends. The final highlight video was exactly what we were looking for, and I would recommend Best Made Videos to anyone out there in need, wedding or not!  Exceptional job Reid and team! Book soon!!!”

You’d think here in the Pacific Northwest that there’d be tons of lakes for all your water-sports needs. Alas, back in the 70s, it was decided there wasn’t. So a guy by the name of Herb O’Brien decided to turn a plot of land into a manmade lake up by Woodinville. We all know it now by the name Radar Lake (it was bought out by Radar Electric only a few years after, thereby getting its name), but many probably don’t know the true story behind it!

Bride and groom Mike and Mallory opted for our drone package, so it was awesome being able to get to the lake and shoot some footage from high above. Typically we’ve gotten to look at the city from the waterfront, but never have we really gotten to go this far out into nature with our drones. With plenty of space, little hideaways enclosed by trunks and dazzling views of the sun streaking in through the towering trees, it felt almost like a fairytale.

Once the bride and groom had their first look, the rest of the crew came out and we galavanted all throughout the fields and docks. The bridal party was in high spirits as we had them pose, laugh and smile around the area. The lake might be manmade, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful, especially with the natural serenity of everything else.

Soon enough it was time for the ceremony. With stringed lights covering the trees, draping down over their heads, Mike and Mallory met at the altar. As the officiant delivered a heartfelt speech about the little moments, and how love is different for everyone, the excitement for their new journey in life was palpable. Mike and Mallory both delivered some touching vows themselves; it’s certainly tough to not get swept up in them! And then he declared them husband and wife with a quote from Dumbledore!

There was some paperwork to do, while everyone waited patiently for pizza made right there at the wedding. After everyone had their pie, it was time for the cake! Some cuteness during the cake-cutting definitely inspires some smiles and then they hopped on the dance floor for their first dance.

After the sun went down, the lights came on and the party was only just getting started. Luckily, before it was too dark, we were able to go out with the newlyweds to snap some more shots of them at twilight. I know it’s already been said, but this place was really simply magical. Dancing and general silliness kept the night going. Check the dance moves for some inspiration for your next wedding! Soon enough, it was too late to keep the party going and time for the bride and groom to begin their new lives together as husband and wife.

Thank you again to Mike and Mallory for choosing Best Made Videos®! We had a blast up and we hope you have had a wonderful first month of marriage. Now comes the time where I once again ask for any suggestions or recommendations for our next article! So leave any ideas below!

Venue – Radar Lake

Photographer – Kyle Lim

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – DJ Frisky Fingers

Caterer – Slide Thru Food Truck and Fire Dog Pizza

Florist – Down to Earth Florist

Invitations – Evolution Press

Invite Design – HausDivided

Rentals – CORT Party Rentals and Luxury Restroom Trailers

Cake – BAKED.

Hair – Kristin Shea

MUA – Bethany Yackel Beauty

Tux – Tuxedo Club

Drone – Aaron Castillo

Mike and Mallory’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met at a pot shop in SODO, down the street from my job at the time – Mike was managing the shop and watched me come in via the camera in the back office and rushed out to help me every single time for a year straight before approaching me. It wasn’t until I started working there to make some extra money over the summer that he finally asked me to hang out.

Tell us about the proposal!

Proposal was done in the exact same spot we’re doing the ceremony.  He asked me to go for a walk to smoke a joint as soon as it was dusk. When we approached a particular cluster of trees, the lights came on and we were surrounded by a ton of white Christmas lights as he got down on one knee and said “You know I love you more than anything, will you spend forever with me?”  This was August 26, 2017.

Why did you choose your venue?

His aunt’s home, private lake built by his uncle Herb O’Brien who passed a few years ago. He is the founder of O’Brien Waterskis, this is a lake built specifically for his family and the pros to practice, as well as to host dealer days for water sport companies all over the nation.  It’s a beautiful spot, local, private and a perfect way to have Herb spend it by our side. We also loved the fact that we could have the wedding in a place that is close to our hearts and in the same exact location as the unforgettable proposal. This is a truly heartfelt place, and his aunt will not be able to reside here forever.  We are so incredibly lucky to be able to share this special place.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Vows that I’m sure we’ll be blacked out for, and walking back down the aisle together as one.  Dancing and seeing our guests have a great time, and a drone shot of the beautiful 120 acre spot are also a must.