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by Scott Johnson

Burkenpas Wedding on 9/1/18 at Carleton Farms in Lake Stevens, Wa

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“If you are going to pick one thing to splurge on for your wedding I will always tell you to make it your pictures and videos. (Besides yummy food and drinks for your guests because after all, they are there for you!!) Being able to go back and rewatch and feel what I felt on that day, and see all of our friends and family’s smiling faces, is far more meaningful than anything else 💕”

Many of us remember September 1st as the beginning of the end of Summer. Following Labor Day, it was back to school and no more fun in the sun. Office Depot would be slammed, the sun wouldn’t nearly be out as long, and you had 9 months of school to look forward to. Now, many of us don’t really notice the first of September at all, but certainly the Burkenpas’ will. And they’ll remember it as something much, much better.

Just down the 204 from Lake Stevens (for those of you who don’t know, this is Chris Pratt’s hometown), is Carleton Farms, an exceptional stop for Pumpkin Patches, Brewfest, school tours, Zombie Paintball and, well, you guessed it: weddings. A short drive east of Everett will land you in this little-known neck of the woods (literally), with beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings.

We used to love going up to this region to pick out pumpkins in the Fall, but now we love it even more for weddings. The Burkenpas’ big wedding day greeted us with some slight overcast, and enough of a tease of blue skies to keep us hopeful about the sun burning way the clouds. Setting foot on the farm transports you back to the Old West, with horses roaming around and a massive barn. But there wasn’t too much time to take it all in, it was time to giddy up and get going!

Well, maybe not as fast as a rampant stallion, but the boys got ready while sneaking in some foosball and beer. The ladies rocked some deep red dresses while the boys sported grey vests without jackets. The morning crept along with the excitement continuing to grow; it was almost time for the first look. Kyrsten received some lovely earrings while the guys got some nice Leatherman utility tools.

Standing back to back out on a gravel path, the soon-to-be newlyweds turned around and greeted each other with pure emotion. The first look was so precious that we did not want it to end. We had them roam around the area, enjoying the country life before the married life, sneaking kisses out in the fields and traipsing across the grass.

We got some awesome group photos with the barn and wooden fences as a background, adding that lovely rustic feel to everything. The smiles were contagious, and the happiness was more than palpable. Without much else to do, the two were off to get hitched.

Following a wonderful ceremony, in which heartfelt vows were exchanged and delivered by a charismatic officiant, Karsten and Kyrsten finally got to kiss and become husband and wife. After all the incredibly fun paperwork, everyone headed to the barn for the reception. As the day slowly started to fade away, the sun crept ever so slightly over the hill at magic hour to take the whole day to a beautiful new level. Fairy tale doesn’t quite cut it.

Congratulations to Kyrsten and Karsten on their wedding, and thank you again for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your big day! If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below!

Venue – Carleton Farms

Photographer – MMR Design and Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

Florist – Flora D’Amore

Baker – Hey Sweets Buffets

Caterer – Keren Littrell

DJ – Jeff Chapman

Rentals – Sweet Buffet Lady, CORT Party Rentals

Kyrsten and Karsten’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Karsten and I met through work. My grandpa owns a construction company called Ponderosa Pacific Inc, and Karsten is a field superintendent and I am the Accounts Payable and Payroll Manager. After meeting in the office, going on a few secret dates, and figuring out a way to tell my family (work and personal life can get messy especially when the work side of things is my family), we started dating exclusively and the rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal

Karsten is a pretty spectacular guy, and had to plan the proposal all in one weeks time. He spent an entire week leaving work early and planning out all of the itty bitty details. The reason he had to do it in just a weeks span is because I write his paychecks and see his time cards, and if I would have seen that he was leaving work early….but not getting home till 8 or 9 pm….I would’ve thought something was up LOL. So after being practically a super hero Monday-Friday, he woke me up on Saturday November 11th and told me that we needed to head over to his parents house to help his dad with something in the garage (this happened all the time so I thought nothing of it and got up and got ready to go). After getting in the truck and heading out at 8 am, I realized that we were not heading towards his parents house at all, but heading towards a ferry. When I asked him what was up he told me that he felt like we needed a date day, and I agreed, and didn’t think anything of it because he has always been that type of guy. He loves surprising me with little things so I just thought this was one of his little date surprises.  I also didn’t bat an eye at the ferry part because one of our favorite things to do together is ride ferry’s and explore the San Juan Islands! We ended up in Port Angeles and had some pizza for lunch, walked around in some shops, and found ourselves in line for the Black Dot ferry…now I had no clue where the Black Dot Ferry went, and Karsten told me it took us back to Seattle to head home, so I was like okay, and didn’t think anything of it….and also have no sense of direction on water so I had no idea that the boat was only heading North LOL. We met this couple on the ferry that kept asking questions like “Have you two ever been to Canada” and stuff like that and Karsten was being really short with them…and kind of rude in fact but our final destination was still a surprise and he didn’t want this couple to spoil it so he instigated we go back down and sit in the truck. Once we sat back in the truck he told me he was running back upstairs to the restroom, but little did I know that he actually went back up to apologize to the couple for being so rude. He told them that he was surprising me and proposing and the woman was so excited she jumped on him LOL. When the ferry docked I noticed that we were in Victoria BC and I looked at him and was like “what are we doing here” and he grinned at me. Now a little back story, Karsten and I bought a truck tent that sits atop his truck that we had taken to Glacier National Park the summer prior, and the tent was still on the truck. Going through customs Karsten didn’t want me to know where we were staying and he actually lied to the border patrol and told them that we were camping in our truck tent. Now, it’s the middle of November….in Canada…..and even the officer was like “I hope you have blankets” lol and after making it through customs I looked at him and was like “CAMPING IN CANADA…NOBODY GOES CAMPING IN CANADA IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!?!” and again he just grinned at me and remained silent. After driving a few miles, we found ourselves in line for the Valet at the Empress Hotel right on the water in Victoria BC. No camping in Canada for this girl…Phew!! After dropping our giant truck with the truck tent on top with the valet among all the BMW’s and Mercedes (lol it was pretty funny) we checked in and went up to our beautiful waterfront suite and he told me to get ready for dinner. I forgot to mention that he literally raided my closet and packed a bag for me! Even went so far as to buy some of the essentials like a hair straightener and contact solution because I would have noticed those things missing and packed away. After I got ready I noticed that the room was really quiet (he was nervous and planned everything up to WHAT he was going to say LOL) and I greeted him in front of the window in our suite, he proposed and I said no…HAHA just kidding of course I said yes and we had an amazing dinner in the hotel restaurant, and had the best time! I’ve got a real romantic!

Why did you choose your venue?

My dream wedding has always included a barn, and I just so happen to be marrying a cowboy! So Carleton Farms was our perfect fit!

What are you most excited to see in the video?

I am most excited to be able to look back and feel the raw emotions that will be felt on our wedding day. Our first look is going to be us standing back to back reading our letters to each other silently just before turning around and seeing each other for the first time on our special day and I am really excited for that moment in our video!  

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by Scott Johnson

I know, I know, you’ve really been missing us haven’t you? It’s ok, we’ve missed you too. So, never fear! We are back with plenty more stories from the big wide world of weird weddings! This week we have quite the selection of articles coming your way: some informative, some funny, and others that will make you wonder just how bad being a Bridezilla can get! Let’s get down to it!

We’ll start with some big numbers and even bigger personalities. Yes, you guessed it: we’re talking about celebrity weddings.

Remember when all that Royal Wedding hullabaloo was going on? Yeah, I’m sure you’re as done with it as most of the country was after about two weeks, but alas, Harry and Meghan’s wedding cost quite the pretty penny. This means they are now making their way onto the already established “Most Expensive Wedding” lists.

Beaten out only by Harry’s mother, Princess Diana herself, Harry and Meghan’s wedding debuts on the list at #2. Costing an estimated $46 million, one can probably make an excuse that, well, they are royal, aren’t they? So their weddings have to be huge, right? Some may disagree, but they join the company of family (Prince William is just behind Harry at the #3 spot), and other royalty if you so count Justin Timberlake and Michael Jordan. The thing is, all these royal weddings cost at least 3 times more than non-royal affairs, considering the #4 spot cost $10 million, while #3 cost $34 million.

Maybe if we’re in the business long enough we’ll get to go to one. Here’s to hoping.

Let’s start out with the obvious on this one: to ruin somebody’s wedding day on purpose is one of the gravest sins one could ever commit. Ruining a day of love for whatever reason is just silly and immature. Whether you are a love stricken guest still in love with the bride or groom, or a neighboring farm who wants to kill your business, there is no empathy or respect given in the slightest for interrupting or otherwise.

Which is exactly what is going on over in Virginia, in a little town called Catawba. Much like many of the weddings we shoot, they have tons of farms over there with picturesque landscapes and rolling hills. The Triple J Farm is just one of many, but definitely the only one with such a problem.

While the owners of the offending farm obviously dispute this, many videos and comments from newlyweds go to confirm that it appears that every time a wedding is about to take place, the Catawba Equestrian Center does whatever they can do to make some noise, whether it’s weed-whacking or lawn-mowing.

The owners claim they are willing to work towards a solution, but they counter by saying that it’s unfair for Triple J to “impose their invents on everyone else.” Based on the quotes in the article, I would say that the owner of the Equestrian Center is a little full of it. But that’s just me. Go ahead and decide for yourself!

If that last article didn’t make your blood boil, this one surely will. We’ve all heard the term “Bridezilla,” which refers to, well, a bride who has lost all sense of reason and has gone on a tangent to ensure that everything goes just the way they want it. Now, not saying that Bridezillas are all bad, but there comes a point where one should wonder if they might need to lighten up just a little—though you certainly do not want to be the one to tell them.

About a month ago, an email from a wedding coordinator ended up on Reddit after receiving said email for a wedding she was about to attend. In it, the wedding coordinator, at the wishes of the bride, detailed every little rule that needed to be followed that day. And boy, are some of them a doozy.

First off, the coordinator dictates that everyone need to arrive about “15-30 minutes early.” Easy enough, not too demanding. She then demands “Please DO NOT wear white, cream or ivory.” Again, not really that big of a demand, considering it’s an age-old rule to not upstage the bride in white.

But then she gets more specific. “Please do not wear anything other than a basic bob or ponytail. Please do not have a full face of makeup.” Oh boy, this bride really wants to be the best looking one in the room, bar-none.

Other demands include not recording at all during the ceremony, no checking in on Facebook, and using a mandatory hashtag on all photos.

But wait, there’s more! She also states “DO NOT TALK TO THE BRIDE AT ALL,” and lastly, “come with gift $75 or more or you won’t be admitted.”

Redditors did not hold back in their comments. Sure, there’s a place for demands, but some of these are just ludicrous. Do you agree with the Bride? Or think that she is way over controlling?

This one hits a little close to home for us, mostly because in the PNW, Fall really hasn’t been the most popular of wedding seasons since you’re almost guaranteed to get rained out during an outdoor ceremony. The article explains that the advantages of booking a fall wedding includes different color schemes and fall-decor. For instance, Carly Gierczak was interviewed and said her wedding will contain “deep reds, bridesmaids dresses gray and tablescapes and groomsmen’s suits a deep green.” Her dress, too won’t be the standard white, but will have “fall elements.”

The article also explains that in more toasty climates, the fear of sweating through your suit or makeup makes for more than enough of a deal-sealer. In general, getting married in the fall is just cheaper. You can also find great deals and more unique venues. Check out some of our fall videos to get an idea of how great a fall wedding could be!


There you have it for another week! Check back in soon for more Weird Wedding News!

And if you have a question or comment, leave it below!

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by Scott Johnson

Ohashi Wedding on 8/26/18 at The Monte Cristo Ballroom in Everett, Wa

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“Reid is seriously the best! Both times we met (consultation and wedding day) he was upbeat, friendly, and showed a creative and authentic approach to his work. We both loved his ideas for showcasing our perfect day and are beyond thrilled with the results. Reid (and his fellow videographer) captured our magical day with everything we wanted. They were up for anything and good with improvising when needed. They were willing to help out with non videographer related things when needed (we had a speaker issue during dinner and announcements) and were very communicative throughout the entire process even post wedding (Reid is super quick to respond via email and social media). Thank you Reid and Best Made Videos for the amazing video! We will cherish it forever :)”

Seattle’s northern neighbor, Everett, is by no means a fun city to try and get to or from during the week. Horrendous traffic issues plague everyone on that I5 corridor during their weekly commutes–but on weekends, this rising city is definitely a great place to visit. Heading on up there at the end of August, we got to film a wedding at one of our favorite stomping grounds: Monte Cristo Ballroom!

As opposed to giving multiple options for your big day, Monte Cristo Ballroom simply gives you everything–and we mean everything. The full day of service, multiple rooms, a DJ for 7 hours, a photo booth, lighting, beer/wine and so much more. It also feels sleek and elegant, and it’s especially great for those opting to not risk an outdoor wedding. For ease of planning and removing stress, they certainly know how to make things just perfect!

The Ohashi’s wedding day was peacefully overcast, almost like a tease for fall. This prompted some Starbucks and a fittingly indoor wedding. Once the guys were all decked out in their grey vests, they popped the bubbly to celebrate…before switching on sports to kill the time. The ladies didn’t quite have such relaxations, but the hard work showed in spades.

After a morning of preparation and anticipation, bride Kaytie went to meet groom Ryan for their first look. Out on the street corner, Ryan stood anxiously waiting his bride-to-be. What he didn’t see (but now can) was that Kaytie was giving him silly faces and looks from behind! Upon turning around, Ryan embraced Kaytie with a cute little kiss. We got some more shots of the two roaming the area before we got the rest of the bridal party to join in on the fun.

It was time to make our way inside the Ballroom. With stark white/cream walls, marble floors and a backdrop adorned with a beautiful array of flowers, the venue itself feels like a palace instead of a ballroom. Following a touching ceremony, delivered by an exhilarating officiant, Kaytie and Ryan were finally able to seal their union with a kiss. The confetti started to fly and it was all like a fairy tale. The Ohashis were official.

Family photos followed as the two stood right where they had been married, but this time with their families right next to them. Arriving to the reception hall with applause, the rest of the evening started to fly by. Cutting their enviable cake, sharing their first dance as husband and wife, and getting the party started, Kaytie and Ryan were in a state of pure bliss.

Soon, the ballroom was being used for the exact purpose it was built for: dancing! The night sped by in a flicker of lights and camera flashes, and music that never seemed to end. Thank you again to Kaytie and Ryan for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding, we hope your two month anniversary goes splendidly!

Have a question? A burning comment? Leave it below and we’ll get back to you!

Venue – Monte Cristo Ballroom

Photographer – Jill Most

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Florals – JNJ Floral

MUA/Hair – Sarah Ren Makeup Artistry and Hair

Ryan and Kaytie’s story in their own words:

Ryan and Kaytie met through Our Match profiles showed we have a lot in common and Ryan made the first move in reaching out to Kaytie for a first date. Ryan and Kaytie met in Auburn on June 20, 2016 at a sushi/teriyaki restaurant. Ryan and Kaytie talked a lot during dinner about Disney, Aladdin, and the Flash and Arrow TV shows. This led to a second date to see Finding Dory which led to more movie and dinner dates after work for us. The third date was a bowling alley in which Ryan really showed Kaytie no mercy. Ryan and Kaytie shared their first kiss and Kaytie was a good sport about Ryan’s lack of explaining his bowling background before the date.

In August 2016 Kaytie invited Ryan to go with her to New York, our first trip together. It was hot and humid but we really got to know each other while sight seeing and eating delicious New York pizza. After that we went on trips every month: Ryan’s Spartan race in Lake Tahoe in which Kaytie spent 6-7 hours watching and supporting Ryan throughout his race; we went to Las Vegas for a Korean concert in which only Kaytie actually attended; in January we went to Disneyland and California Adventure for Kaytie’s birthday (Ryan’s birthday and Christmas present for Kaytie); we went to Reno with Ryan’s family for the Superbowl; Ryan and Kaytie met Tom Felton at Comic Con in Seattle and the cast of Once Upon a Time in Canada; we went to Long Beach for Ryan’s birthday (Kaytie’s surprise birthday present for Ryan); and Disneyland and California Adventure again for Ryan and Kaytie’s one year anniversary. Ryan proposed first thing in the morning on our one year anniversary and Kaytie said “of course”. Ryan gave Kaytie a ring with little mickey mouses on it as a placeholder for the engagement ring so she could choose her own engagement ring. They ended the night with a fancy dinner at California Adventure and watching the World of Color show.

Who made the first move? How?

Ryan made the first move when he emailed Kaytie on

Who’s going to take out the trash?

We both take out the trash equally.

What was your most memorable date?

All of them!

What’s your favorite activity together?

Taking naps, watching tv, and cooking together.

Where are you going for your honeymoon?

Disney World

What’s the best meal you have eaten together?

Any when we’re together!

What’s the most memorable trip you have taken together?

Tie between our first trip together (New York) and our latest trip to Disneyland when we got engaged!

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by Scott Johnson

Lin Wedding on 8/25/18 at Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville, Wa

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“My husband and I worked with Reid and his team at Best Made Videos. It was a wonderful experience – I love that they captured some of the best moments of our wedding day, first look, first kiss, first dance. It was awesome to see our highlight video which was our whole wedding condensed to 10-12 minutes — this has been such a gift to share with family and friends. This video is a keepsake and something we will have for the rest of our lives  and can share with our future kids and grandkids. Overall, excellent service and would recommend them!”

Now before you go and get all your hopes up: no, The Hollywood Schoolhouse is not some acting academy to propel yourself to stardom, though that would be pretty cool if there were such a thing in Washington. While it may not have to do with the glitz and glamour that the name inspires, it remains a wickedly cool venue to host a number of events—especially weddings. A century ago, it served as a school. After some restorations and the passage of time, it is now considered one of “the most charming” event centers on the Eastside.

Capping off the final weekend in August, the Lin wedding got started with a sudsy morning—and by sudsy I mean beers. Cracking open a few brews is a great way to get a day of celebration started—at least in our books—as is watching sports while doing some last minute primping. The emotions got started flowing a little early as Tyson read the letter from his bride-to-be, but with some silly socks the sadness was quick to go away.

Heading on over to Gasworks Park for their first look, Tyson and April met on a hill overlooking Lake Union. Immediately shedding some tears at the sight of his future wife, Tyson went in for a sweet little kiss before admiring his lovely lady. Soon the tears turned to giggling as we had them traipse around the area, meeting up with the rest of the bridal party along the way for some nice group shots of them with the city and old machinery in the background. Looking stunning with the city as a backdrop, both the ladies and the gents brought their best looks for some wonderful photos.

Officiated by Tyson’s older, “more attractive” brother, the wedding itself was a mixture of laughs, memories, and quite a few tears. Definitely taking the cake as one of the best officiants we’ve seen, it’s a wonder we haven’t seen more of this guy! Delivering a profoundly funny and moving speech, he was just excited to marry these two as Tyson and April were themselves. Following vows that left both the bride and groom a little weepy, especially when Tyson starts talking about their relationship as a mountain. We’ll leave it at that, you’ll have to check out the rest of the vows and perhaps bring some tissues while you’re at it!

Heading into the Schoolhouse for the reception, the music started pumping with everyone ready to celebrate such a wonderful day. Cake-cutting followed, with the couple sharing a delightful first dance while everyone looked on at the happy newlyweds. Photo-booths helped keep the kids entertained while lots of dancing and drinking kept everyone else satiated. As the day winded to an end, we stepped outside with the newlyweds for just a few more shots of them before they embarked on their life together.

Thank you again to April and Tyson for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope you’ve had a wonderful first month as man and wife. Have a question? Can we do something better? Let us know below!

How did you guys meet?

Online Dating (

Tell us about the proposal!

January 2018 sunset in Puerto Vallarta

Why did you choose your venue?

We love to have fun and have great memories at the Hollywood School House

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Candid glimpses of the bride and groom; storyline; recapping our wedding day and its highlights; capturing our family, friends and guests enjoy the day

Venue – Hollywood Schoolhouse

Photographer – Leesha King

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Gerald Lull

Day of Coordinator – Brandi Flood

Chef – Frank Pantoja

Photo Booth – April Photography

Cake – Dianne’s Delights

Officiant – Terry Lin

Floral – Alice’s Floral Designs

Tyson and April’s story in their own words:

How We Met

It all started with a message on Match, “You have a beautiful smile…” which led to our first date at Seattle’s Green Lake Park. That date went so well, we ended up spending more than eight hours together, laughing and learning about each other, and even sharing our first kiss in Queen Anne. We both knew we found someone “special” on that first date and were both excited about what the future would bring.

Fast forward 3.5+ years later, we were able to experience a lot of “firsts” together — snorkeling in the oceans of Maui, hiking beautiful Torrey Pines in San Diego, running a 1/2 marathon across the Golden State Bridge in San Francisco, drinking savory wines in Sonoma, experiencing Super Bowl 50 in Vegas, soaking in the sizzling hot springs in Colorado, watching the Ball Drop on New Years Eve in New York, eating VooDoo donuts on the 4th of July in Portland, securing our love lock along the Seine River in Paris, to getting in engaged in the most beautiful sunset of Puerto Vallarta.

Our relationship has been anything short of fun, surprising, and adventurous. We look forward to experiencing another “first” with all of you — our Wedding Day.  

Wedding Party

Debbie Barker – Matron of Honor

Debbie is my Sister Soulmate, if there’s such a thing. 🙂

She gets me — my quirks, humor,  and personality.

We have a decade worth of memories, jokes, embarrassing moments, adventures, acne tricks, funny haircuts, dairy queen dates, sleepovers, prayer sessions, real talks, nursing school dates, roomie trips, Alaska memories, etc.

Debbie is my closest friend. I’ve been so lucky to do life with her the past 11 years. She has such a youthful spirit when you want to have fun, and a caring heart when things are tough. I know I can count on her to be there for me.

It was a joy to stand by her side as a Maid of Honor at her wedding to Joel, as well as see her become an amazing momma to her two cute kids, Charlie and Eli.

I am so happy that she’ll stand by my side as my Matron of Honor.

Sarah Garcia – Bridesmaid

Sarah is the oldest of the ‘’Budd’’ sisters.

Growing up, Sarah was our role model and ‘second’ mom. She was also our personal stylist. From helping me pluck my eyebrows, to highlighting my hair (from the box, good ol’ days) to styling my outfits, to making sure I look great for prom, to giving me pointers on dates, the list goes on. I’m appreciative of her for always looking out for my middle sister and I.

It’s  been so fun seeing her be a mom. Her kids, Roman & Isabella are the cutest, and her husband, Vince, has been a great brother to me.

I’m grateful to have her standing  by my side.

Hannah Budd – Bridesmaid

Hannah is my second oldest sister.  Since we are so close in age, majority of my childhood memories are with her.

Some of which were of us running like a bunch of crazies after the school bus every

morning (‘’come baccckkkk!’’) to traveling to China and witnessing her almost eat a chicken head  to sharing a bicycle every week to Cheney Lake (I sat in the U-shaped handle bars… times have changed! #safetyfirst)

I’m grateful to have her standing by my side.

I will make up all the lunch money I owe you, one day 🙂

Carmela Andrada – Bridesmaid

Carmela-  We met about seven years ago on a medical mission trip to Thailand. I remember early on the trip, we shared our life-stories on a stair step, and knew after that, we built a close connection. It’s crazy to see how our lives have changed and even paralleled, with now working at the same clinic.  

Carmela is one of those people, that when you meet her you feel lucky, like you found a true & kind sister-friend.

One thing I love about our friendship, is even though we have deep talks and are out here trying to save lives (literally), we also have a love for all things TMZ. 🙂 She is my person to share the latest happenings with celebrity gossip and the Real Daytime.

I’m so happy to have her standing by my side.

Clare Santana – Bridesmaid

Clare – is the sweetest person I know, hands down. She has a heart of gold. I’m grateful we met many moons ago in nursing school. We have been become such good friends & share so many fun memories. A few that come to mind — getting ‘birthday’ shots on my 21st during a class break (mind you, SPU has strict, dry policy), and to later that night doing respirations and pulse checks because someone had too many Long Island ice teas to being roommates for the summer (‘’what’s that noise?? ‘’Oh, that’s just April sleeping’’) to getting real adult jobs to walking by your side on your Big day to seeing you off as you become a Nurse Anesthetist (so proud of you!)

I’m so happy to have you standing by my side.

Kyle Morrison – Best Man

Kyle and I have been close friends for more than 25 years. We grew up playing sports together, trying to collect girls’ phone numbers and just being immature kids. Our adolescent ways continued on through junior high, high school, college, and through our 20s – thank goodness for us, he met his wife, Sarah :-).

When I look back on the history of my childhood to the present day, a lot of those first experiences have been with that skinny kid who somehow evolved into a great man; one who now owns a successful business and has a great family life with Sarah and their two kiddos.

All jokes aside, Kyle has always been there for me – making me laugh, smile and challenging me to be a better man. More importantly, he was always a friend who stuck with me through thick and thin or fought to make it right.

If you know Kyle, he definitely has his quirks and “Kyle-isms” (April learned pretty quickly); but at the end of the day, he’s a great husband, fun-loving dad, and a guy that will always make you laugh (or just cringe). Ha! Kyle has been my longest/closest friend, the little brother I never had and now, my Best Man.  

Jay Lewis – Best Man

Jay and I go back nearly 20 years. I first met Jay going into senior year of high school. Jay was a friend who liked to have fun, laugh, and then he got old 🙂 Haha!

In all honesty, Jay is someone I had a special bond with growing up – ‘a brother from another mother.’ I turned to him for a lot of life experiences and advice. What I appreciate the most about Jay is how he helped me get through some rough patches in life. I like to think true friends are there for you no matter the circumstance.

Deep down, I’m always appreciative of my friendship with Jay. I already have two older brothers, but with him, I always felt like I had another big brother. Jay can be sarcastic, stubborn and a total butthead, but underneath his shell, he’s a great guy (especially thanks to his wife, Cathy and their two kiddos).

I am very happy that Jay is part of my life and will be standing with me as my Best Man.

Terry Lin – Groomsman

Terry is my middle brother. We are very close in age and he has always been someone I looked up to and tried to mirror. Terry is one smart cookie and has an entrepreneurial spirit unlike many I know. Terry found his love for teaching and created an SAT Prep Tutoring business helping kids increase their grades/exam scores and worked to make them better students.

What I respect most about Terry is how he always strives to be better in his personal and professional life. He is a great husband to his wife, Teresa, and is a caring and considerate dad to his two girls, Clara and Nora. Terry is the type that sets his mind to something and then produces a result. For example, in his off time, he has written/published a book, created a patent and runs two other businesses.    

Terry and I usually laugh about what will likely go wrong next with our bodies. Being one year older, Terry always gives me a heads up on what I’ll likely experience the coming year. Just another reminder that growing old sucks ;-D

April and I feel very fortunate that Terry will serve as our wedding officiant and one of my Groomsman.

Tyrone Lin – Groomsman

Tyrone is my oldest brother. I have always looked up to Tyrone. Growing up, he had a natural ability to play and excel in any sport, get the attention of the girls and was always the best at video games. Tyrone was always well-respected growing up, which made my life a lot easier, knowing I was protected. Being the youngest, I always felt looked after and also up to speed on what was “cool” – whether that was baggie pants, R&B music or even new stylish hairdos 🙂

What I appreciate about Tyrone is he has always stepped up and looked after our family. He and his partner, Jen, always made sure our family stayed together and that the holidays were memorable. The two of them also have a handsome son named Cameron. I’m very grateful for what Tyrone has done for me and our family.

April and I are fortunate and happy to have Tyrone stand with us in marriage as one of my Groomsman.

Ryan Madayag – Groomsman

I’ve know Ryan for more than 26 years. We first met in 6th grade during a track & field event. We grew up as friends through junior high, high school, college and beyond. We were roommates in freshman year, sharing beds directly across from another at Western Washington University. Our roommate bound continued with some of the other guys sophomore year in a sweet house we called ‘97 North’ (before he left the guys for his one love/wife, Julie).

After college, Ryan and I later reunited as close neighbors in the heart of Queen Anne. Every time I went on a run, I would always stop by Ryan’s house to see him, Julie and their kiddos (now three). I always knew the Madayags were great friends because they always made time, treated me like family and never complained about how much of my sweat dripped on their hardwood floors :-).

Ryan will always be my favorite neighbor and a close friend who knows how to have fun and keep me young. I have more than “six reasons” why Ryan is a great friend (our wannabe six-pack ab joke), but the one that stands out the most is his ability to make you smile. I’m very happy and fortunate that Ryan is going to stand with me as one of my Groomsman.

Scott Lefeber – Groomsman

Scott has been a close friend for more than 25 years. I first met Scott in the 7th grade and he was an instant buddy. I still recall letting him know that he had a cool shirt on (I.O.U t-shirt) and that we should borrow each other’s clothes. It sounds pretty un-man-like, but back then we were kids who were bro-bounding.

Scott and I grew up through the years playing sports together, hanging out after school and having fun as kids. We were friends through junior high, high school, college (another roommate) and beyond. I always enjoy spending time with Scott, his wife, Lisa, and their two kiddos. Scott has introduced me to a lot of firsts – biscuits and gravy for breakfast (“makes you smarter”), pursuing graduate school and last, but not least, the Hollywood Schoolhouse – a place where April and I will be tying the knot, thanks man!

I’m always appreciative of Scott for being a close friend and someone I can turn to for fun, laughs and fitness-oriented activities. I’m very happy Scott is going to stand with me as one of my Groomsman.

Dave Freeburg – Groomsman

I have actually known Dave the longest out of all my friends. He and I are pushing more than 30 years. I first met Dave in kindergarten at Kenmore Elementary before our school boundaries changed. He and I became friends in junior high, high school and stayed friends through our 20s/30s.

Dave is probably the closest thing to a celebrity I know 🙂 He and his dad/family are regularly featured in television ads promoting Dave’s business, Slabjack. Beyond the limelight, Dave is someone that can make you laugh/smile, and he has a chuckle that is truly one of a kind!

Dave has become a closer friend through the recent years not only due to his close proximity to me/April (he and his wife, Kristina and the three little Freeburgs reside in Edmonds), but because he is someone that always brings out the kid in me. It’s easy to get focused/serious as you get older, and what I appreciate the most about Dave is how he stays light-hearted, positive (if he’s not losing at tennis/fantasy football) and knows how to have a good time. I’m very happy that Dave is going to be standing with me as one of my Groomsman.    

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by Scott Johnson

Do you hear that? That rumbling of exciting, weird and wonderful stories roaring towards you? You must know what that means! It’s time for another installment of Bizarre Wedding News. Sure, Fall has officially arrived, the gray clouds and drizzling rains are here, and that means we are in the dreary times. But never fear! This doesn’t mean there aren’t any wild wedding stories going on around the world! Because we’ve still got plenty for you: this week we’ve got some scams, some celebrity sightings and a trip to the hospital coming your way, so let’s get down to it!

Typically, we’re always down for donations and charity of any variety. Especially for those who have a spouse in a dangerous line of work, whether it be the armed forces, police, or a firefighter like in our first story. But what we’re not down for is lying jerks who try to scam others out of money, like one Ashley Bemis who has been accused of lying about having a husband who was supposedly working the fire while she was out collecting donations for him and other members of his crew.

Totaling an estimated $11,000 worth of money, on top of other toiletries, Bemis scammed a fair amount of people before one firefighter decided to look up her husband in the database—only to discover he didn’t exist at all. An investigation is currently underway, though the scariest part is there’s evidence that Bemis has done this sort of thing before; she even is claimed to have faked an entire pregnancy.

Here’s a little known fact that many people surely don’t want to believe: Keanu Reeves is at the top of his acting game thanks to the John Wick movies. But while he isn’t shooting people up with dozens of weapons and performing “gun-fu,” he’s still that charming fella (who definitely isn’t a vampire) who will gladly take pictures if you ask him nicely.

Which is what happened to Leslie Walker and Jarrod Camara, who were celebrating their wedding at the Dream Inn in California. The brother of Jarrod approached him asking if he could take a picture, and like the gentleman that he is, he happily agreed. Though he didn’t stay long, he certainly left a lasting impression and memories for the bride and groom. For even more of his antics, there’s a subReddit called r/KeanuBeingAwesome, where you can find Camara’s original account of the story.

Another photobomb story? Coming right up! This one was entirely unintentional in the funniest way possible. Typically, our animal photobombs have happened out in nature and came as quite a surprise. This one was absolutely safe but equally as funny.

A couple was getting ready to celebrate their wedding at the Minnesota Zoo. During their first look, they decided to pose in front of the bear enclosure. What they didn’t quite realize is that this bear had the most utterly expressive faces that anyone could imagine.

Ranging from bummed out to sad, to just entirely confused, these photos probably look staged but they aren’t in the slightest! Be sure to flip through the instagram post to see all of the lovable bear’s funny faces. It seems like he had a “beary” good time.

There’s so much that can go wrong in a wedding. On top of all the planning already required to get it going, the big day sees the arrival of friends and family from out of town and everything else coming to fruition. That means the stress is high—that is until the reception. When the rings have been exchanged, a few kisses shared, and a big round of applause, it’s time to let loose.

But whether through libations or just simple carelessness, things can still go wrong. For one recently married couple, a few drinks and some lack of coordination while dancing landed the groom awkwardly on his leg as well as in the hospital. As bride Nicola would explain, James had been quite “merry to be up and dancing,” until he tripped and fell. Rushing to the hospital to ensure nothing had been broken (it hadn’t) the newlyweds missed out on part of their reception but fortunately James made a quick recovery in time for their honeymoon!


There you have it, folks! Check back soon for more Bizarre Wedding News. If you find any stories floating around on the web, send them out way and we’ll be sure to feature them!

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Snow Wedding on 8/31/18 at The Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wa

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“We absolutely love it!!! So much went over my head that day, and I’m so glad you were there to capture all of the important moments we missed that day! THANK YOU!!! I cannot stress enough how important it is to hire a videographer for your big day!! There is so much that goes over your head that day and to have a video of it to see afterwards is the best gift! All the details we had missed were all captured (and the drone addition was perfection!) We could not have asked for a better videographer! Reid is prompt, efficient, detail-oriented and overall just a nice guy! It was fun to work with him and his assistant. I would highly recommend him and hope to have him capture future festivities! Thanks Reid, you’re the best!!”

Golf is either one of the best things you’ll ever do, or a dreadfully miserable experience that you wish could stop. You can have totally great days, or you can slice a ball into the trees after an immaculate drive and completely ruin it.

But when you get married at a golf course? It’s going to be the best darn day of your life. The last day of August took us up to the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, which is tucked away beyond the northernmost point of Lake Washington. In case you didn’t already know, we love golf courses and the peace they bring to a wedding day.

We were greeted with mostly clear skies and just a hint of Fall in the air. The Snow wedding got its start off bright and early with some celebratory shots, followed by beer, all made complete by some really fantastic, traditional Vietnamese wedding attire. Following the formal gift exchange between the bridesmaids and groomsmen, it was time for the first ceremony inside the event center, where ceremonial tea was served to both sides of the family before everyone headed outside for some group photos.

The bright reds, pinks and whites of the clothes really popped against the greenery of the golf course, but the attire would change to something a little less colorful yet nonetheless suave. Some more drinking occurred, while the ladies put the finishing touches on Genieve. Pausing for some prayers before Sterling made his epic walk down the aisle, the big moment was quickly approaching.

Beaming with a smile worth a million bucks, Sterling stood waiting for his bride at the end of the aisle. The ceremony itself was a beautiful, touching events for everyone. Heartfelt vows flowed out of the bride and groom as they professed their love for one another and prepared for this brand new journey they were about to embark on. And with a kiss it became official. Just like that.

Some group photos immediately followed the ceremony while the rest of the guests headed off to get the party started, though perhaps the real party was with all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen having a ball of a time working up some crazy poses. The wide open spaces of the golf course helped us squeeze everyone into frame, while the clear skies gave us all the warmth and light we needed.

The inside of the reception hall was a almost like a church with high ceilings and windows letting in just enough light. A magical evening kept the already great day going as the dancing gave everyone a second-wind to keep the party continuing even as the lights slowly faded away. As the day came to an end, we got some private shots of Genieve and Sterling out alone on the golf course, just the newlyweds, ready for whatever was to come.

Thank you again to Genieve and Sterling for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your wedding! We hope you’re having a splendid first couple months together.

Have a question? Need to get something off your chest? Let us know below!

Venue – Inglewood Golf Club – IGC

Photographer – Mariah Capili Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Florist – Distinctive Design Florist

Caterer – Inglewood Golf Club – IGC

Genieve and Sterling’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met through a mutual friend for a going away party; out dancing at a nightclub. We became great friends fairly quickly and feelings grew, and the rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal!

Sterling made reservations for dinner at the Space Needle for my birthday! It was so beautiful & the food was delicious. He was getting a little ansy towards the end of dinner, and had left me for a good ten minutes saying he needed to use the “bathroom”. He finally comes back and says “Sorry I had to wash my hands.” I responded, “for ten minutes?” Then that very moment, the waitress brought a fancy dessert which ended up having the ring on top! It was so special. The waitress recorded the whole proposal for us and the other customers were cheering and clapping! Then he took me down to where our closest family & friends were waiting to congratulate us. I was overwhelmed with joy!

Why did you choose your venue?

Originally I wanted a venue with a water view, but stumbled across IGC on my venue search and fell in love. The scenery is beautiful and so well kept for being around so long. And Sterling found out later that he had his prom there!

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Sterling is excited for the Drone feature! And I am so excited to just see the overall video and how you’ll put it together. Your work is amazing!

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by Scott Johnson

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding on 8/25/18 at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Wa

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Of all the weird oddities that makes Washington, well, Washington, the Thornewood Castle certainly has the most history behind it. Boasting the fact that it’s the only genuine private castle on the west coast, Thornewood was built a century ago on the shores of American Lake. Now the fact that a castle would even be built in Washington is already super rad, but when you discover that Chester Thorne (one of the founders of the Port of Tacoma) actually purchased an already four hundred year old Elizabethan manor and had it dismantled to rebuild over here, that’s where this story gets kicked into high gear. Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft both stayed at the castle, while several movies have been filmed around the grounds (we’re looking at you There Will Be Blood).

With as awesome as it sounds, it could be easy to get your hopes up and have them be let down—but we promise you they won’t be. Which is probably why the VanNieuwenhuises decided to tie the knot on the storied grounds of the castle. A morning at the Hotel Murano helped ease everyone into what was surely a “royal” day—I mean, getting married at a castle should count for some sort of royalty, right? The ladies got looking lovely in their lilac while the guys donned whites and light grays for a lovely contrast. Some celebratory Red Bull and coffee perked everyone up for the high energies of the day.

Once it was time for group photos, it became all the more clear how awesome this place is. With the guys strutting their stuff outside the castle, they looked incredibly suave—even while doing some rather silly poses. Unfortunately Wes was suffering from an injured foot, so we didn’t quite put everyone through the more outrageous poses, so decided we should save some energy for dancing later on!

In as romantic a spot you could find in an already hopelessly romantic venue, the ceremony space rested at the end of a little clearing, complete with a fountain and a stairway up to a gorgeous backdrop. If you want to see something truly beautiful, just get a shot of the entire scene of the wedding with the bridal party descending downwards and the arch enclosing the bride and groom as they share their first kiss as man and wife. Hearts will swoon—and you will also surely want to get married at your own castle!

Some group photos followed while tables and chairs were set up in a little clearing on the rear side of the estate. Soon they were filled with the three most important F’s: family, friends and food. The bridal party was full of excitement following the ceremony and the ladies decided it was time to show the guys up from earlier! The partying started outside but ended on the inside as the day wore on, though there was hardly a complaint to get to dance inside a castle!

Thank you again to Rhianna and Wes for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has gone perfectly! Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Thornewood Castle

Photographer – Rebecca Jane Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Coordinator – Erica w/ Town and Country Weddings

Officiant – Bill with Rev. Ray Van Winkle and Associates

DJ – SoundAbout DJ

Florist – Love Blooms

Cake – Celebrity Cakes

MUA – Makeup by Cece

Hair – Katie Tidwell

Rhianna and Wes’ story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Wes and I met in Sandlake, Oregon in September 2011. ( You can call for the full story very long!)

Tell us about the proposal!

Wes proposed to me after a fun day in Leavenworth in February 2017. It was amazing! Right in front of the gazebo below the sledding hill. So after I said yes all the parents at the top of hill clapped for us hahaha

Why did you choose your venue?

It’s old world charm! Beautiful gardens and it’s on American Lake.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Wes’s face when he sees me for the first time!

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by Scott Johnson

Bullard Wedding on 8/11/18 at The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Wa

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“We just watched our video and LOVE it! It captures the day so perfectly and reminds us how truly special it felt to be surrounded by so many loved ones. Our wedding was all about family and friends and your video reflects this so beautifully. After watching it, neither of us can imagine not having booked you. The video and all the candid clips of those we hold most dear are something we will deeply cherish. Cannot wait to pass this around to our families. Thank you so much again!”

Kirkland is the next door neighbor of Seattle that gets ignored the most. Just north of Seattle’s more popular neighbor, Bellevue, Kirkland is a delightful town that boasts significant waterfront views and cute little shops. But for those looking for something a little more decadent, the famous Woodmark Hotel should more than adequately fill that desire. No stranger to weddings, the Hotel offers basically everything you need from catering, floral design, photography, dessert and, if you really want to make it your one-stop-shop, you can even just have your honeymoon there as well! Now that’s a package deal!

The Bullards’ big day started with just a touch of clouds—but also champagne! It was a wonderful way to get the day started as the boys got all groomed and the ladies worked on getting Kimi looking like a princess. After a few more celebratory drinks to bolster the spirits for a long day, it was time for Kimi and John to have their first look.

On the landing of the hotel’s interior, Kimi descended from upstairs to greet her husband-to-be. Against a big bay window, the two looked picturesque as they shared a kiss. Getting shots of them from all angles was a blast as they just were happy to be there together. Then we made our way outside to the waterfront, where the clouds blocked out the hot summer sun but still shone through just enough for it to still feel pleasant. We really put them to the test—sending them out on a dock, getting John almost in the water, and even sitting them in the boat.

The rest of the crew came on out, with the guys looking particularly striking as they lined the dock, doing some silly poses and just giggling like bros. The ladies brought the smiles too, looking lovely with the backdrop of Lake Washington and Seattle behind them. But the fun had to stop for just a little while—it was time to get hitched!

Underneath a tent, overlooking the lake, John and Kimi met at the altar surrounded by all those they love. Kimi could hardly keep it together as she pushed on to the end of her vows, but it’s ok—we doubt we could either! John followed up with some hilarious, soul-churning vows that would make anyone swoon. Maybe he’d offer his services up?

And then, without further ado, the officiant gave the blessing for them to kiss and become one. With an “oh boy!” from Kimi, the two sealed their union. While everyone relaxed out by the water, the newlyweds took a quick little boat ride around the bay, enjoying a brief little taste of their honeymoon. They soon returned to reality as they arrived back for the reception to thunderous applause. Keeping the party alive outside until it was too dark, everyone eventually made their way back inside to continue on dancing the night away.

Thank you again to John and Kimi for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first two months have been going splendidly. Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Woodmark Hotel & Still Spa

Planning – Perfectly Posh Events: Seattle + Portland Wedding Planner

Photography – Manchik Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos

DJ – Injoy Entertainment

MUA – Erin Hunt Hair & Makeup

Floral – Sugar Pine

Coffee – Espresso Elegance

Rentals – CORT Party Rental

How did you guys meet?

Seattle Santacon 2010

Tell us about the proposal!

Hiked up Four Mile Trail in Yosemite. Breathless proposal.

Why did you choose your venue?

Kimi grew up in Kirkland. Beautiful spot on the water

What are you most excited to see in the video?

We’re most excited to see friends and family. Family is spread between East Coast, West Coast and Hawaii. Rare to get whole family in one location. With parents getting older this is a great reunion for everyone.

Kimi and John’s story in their own words:

We met in Seattle…

East Meets West—John, a recent transplant from Florida, was a frat-tank wearing young college graduate suffering sunshine withdrawal. Kimi, a Kirkland native, was enjoying being back home and vowed to never live somewhere hot and off the west (best) coast again. Their paths seemed destined for opposite directions, but fate—or some good friends—stepped in to change that.

Jingle bell jingle bell jingle bell rock – Thanks to some mutual friends, we met at the spirited Seattle festivity, SantaCon 2010. Sifting through the sea of red, we found each other. On our first date, we discussed the (in)famous Tigermom article, past trips to Prague, and our glamorous days as Latin students. It was a weird match, but one that just seemed to work from day one.

Seattle – San Antonio – Miami – Orlando – Washington DC – San Francisco – Oakland

Mind over Miles—Early into our relationship, John received a job offer in San Antonio and thus began our life as a long-distance couple. Over the past 7 years, our careers have taken us all over the country, sometimes together, sometimes separately. At times we’ve been 300 miles apart and at others 3,000.

Through it all, our commitment to each other only grew. The years of long distance made us the partnership we are today and we are so thankful for the challenges, adventures, and most of all, the support from our family and friends along the way. Our family is everything to us and we would not be here today without them. We would also like to acknowledge the second families we acquired along the journey. Those years gave us the most incredible friends all over the country who lent their support and helped us reach this point.

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by Scott Johnson

Misgano/Likes Wedding on 8/4/18 at The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, Wa

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August was an unbearably hot month for us in Seattle—add on some smoke inhalation and it only makes it that much better. Luckily, we got to do some really amazing weddings, as it was peak wedding season, and in turn we got to go to some awesome new venues. First and foremost in the month of August we headed to NAAM (Northwest African American Museum), situated in Seattle’s Central District. What’s so cool about NAAM is it not only celebrates the Black experience in America (as well as the historically African American Central District), but it also has upwards of 40 affordable housing units.

But it also serves as a place where to people can be joined together in holy matrimony, so when you combine it all together: we love this place! A bright, clear day in Seattle greeted our soon-to-be newlyweds who started the day by reminiscing and making sure they looked like royalty.

We knew it was going to be a great day when Alex was sent off by her friends and family singing and dancing as she headed off towards her new future. Meeting for their first look outside the museum, Fitsum approached her man from behind who turned around and gave her a remarkable kiss. The excitement started to bubble over from there. Looking ever-so-lovingly at his bride, it was easy to feel the deep love between the two.

Once the family joined in for some group shots, it was almost like the blink of an eye before it was time to file in for the ceremony. Everyone was stoked for what was to come, so we didn’t want to dilly dally! Outside the museum underneath its iconic sculpture, Alex and Fitsum met for their wedding. The emotions swept over the entire crowd, particularly the groom, who stood with tears in his eyes as his bride approached him.

As the vows started to pour out, be sure to have a box of tissues close because they’re doozy. Alex went deep into their history to talk about the moment’s he fell in love with his bride, while Fitsum believes she truly cannot live with him now! There’s more to them, but you just have to watch it to see sincere love between them.

Getting the grooving started just in their walk back down the aisle, there was still plenty of more dancing and fun to come. After all the boring paperwork it was time to head back towards the museum for the reception. Inside, the banquet tables were lined with everyone they love before the newlyweds made their triumphant arrival. Sharing their first dance, looking longingly into each other’s eyes, the electricity was alive in the room. Soon everyone was following suit as slideshows of their past showed behind them.

The night just kept getting wilder and wilder with the music blasting and almost everyone in the room getting off their feet for big group dances. Watch all the way to the end for some really great party scenes with everyone just having a wonderful time. Too bad it all had to come to an end, though!

Thank you again to Fitsum and Alex for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope you have a wonderful two-month anniversary! Got a question or comment? Leave it below!

Venue – NAAM

Photographer – Sarah Harris

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Alchemy Events

Catering – Crescent Moon Catering

Tell us about the proposal!

Alex proposed on Rattle Snake Ridge on a sunrise hike on January 15th, 2017.  

Why did you choose your venue?

The Northwest African American Museum preserves and celebrates the history of African Americans.  It holds deep meeting for both of us.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

We know the day is going to by really fast and there are moments we will miss or just may not recall.  Having the video will allow us to see those moments for years to come.

Fitsum and Alex’s story in their own words:

Our First Date, Our Beginning – October 23rd, 2014


Once upon a time, Alex asked Fitsum out to an ordinary coffee date of the century. Fitsum knew that Alex was sorta fun.  Just like any other coffee dates, she expected it to be just something to do on a Thursday evening. She somewhat suspected that he would be on the taller side but she didn’t know what she was up against.  She made her way to Cafe Vita located in Capitol Hill. As she entered the coffee shop, Alex was sitting at table patiently waiting. But he quickly stood up as soon as he saw her. That startled Fitsum and forced her to utter out, “OH MY GOD, YOU ARE A GIANT” as her first ever word to him.  Good thing Alex found it funny and still want to proceed with the date 🙂

That evening was not ordinary after all. It was the begging of something beautiful 😉   As most dates go, they chit chatted but spent way too much time conversing than they should’ve on a first date.  They both felt something pretty special and hoped they see each other again. And so they did and the rest is…well…. you will see at the wedding 🙂

The BIG Ask?! January 15th, 2017


Alex popped the question on a beautiful Sunday morning.  He told Fitsum that they were going on a sunrise hike that she has always wanted to go on.  So to Fitsum, it was already going to be an amazing adventure. Little did she know it was about to be one of the most special day of her life.  They hiked up two miles on Rattle Snake Ridge. As they reached the top of the mountain, the sun was just rising.

Fitsum was happily enjoying delicious sandwich that Alex prepped for the hike.  She looks to her right and Alex is on his knees saying very sweet things. With a half bite of a sandwich in her mouth, Fitsum was in disbelieve!  When she realized what was happening, she was so excited that the day has finally arrived. Alex had finally popped the question. 🙂

The chilly morning has all of the sudden brought warmth, love and lifetime of happiness!! Oh yea, she said HELL YES!!

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