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By Scott Johnson

Wolff / DeChant Wedding on 4/14/18 at Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah, Wa

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Right now, Trinity Tree Farm probably looks a little different than it did when we visited it back in April. The Christmas Tree Farm/Wedding Venue is a rare example of a place that brings extravagant cheer for two entirely different reasons. As a wedding venue, their 40-acre plot of land near Issaquah features a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier and a sense of peace only a short way from the city. It can also host upwards of 150 people in both indoor and outdoor venues. What’s even cooler is you can hire your own food trucks to come. Plus there’s games like pool and shuffleboard already set up.

Back in April, we were met with some typical Seattle spring rain, which helped add to an aura of coziness as everyone was getting ready inside. Luckily, the bride and groom opted for the indoor ceremony. There wasn’t going to be any raining on this parade. The interior at the farm feels like home, which really ties things together nicely.

Meeting for their first look inside the house, Anna and Sebastian shared a kiss before we walked them around what covered areas we could to prevent them from getting drenched in the rain. Nevertheless, the photos were charming and sweet—who needs sunny skies when you live in Seattle? The rest of the party joined in for some photos and everyone got in the mood for some really funny group shots that had not only them laughing, but us too!

Everyone soon filed into the venue for the wedding, and when Anna walked down the aisle, the excitement on Sebastian’s face was worth a million bucks. After the officiant delivered their legendary history of how they came to this moment, she declared them “partners in life,” before finally letting them kiss and become just that.

And then it was time for food and wine. With the fireplace warming the cold guests, and the booze flowing to warm their spirits, we gave the newlyweds an umbrella and had them walk around the grounds together, trying our hardest to prevent any water getting on their rocking digs. Soon they returned to the reception hall with lights draped across the vaulted ceiling—purely magic.

The rest of the afternoon flew by with the bride and groom making sure to meet and greet everyone there. Soon, it was time for dancing and even more celebrating, especially when the lights started to dim and the sun disappeared. Illuminated by sparkling lights and the occasional cellphone flash, the dancing went on for what felt like hours. At the end of the night, the newlyweds were sent off with a forest of sparklers held by their loved ones.

Thank you again to Anna and Sebastian for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope you have a splendid 7 month anniversary.

I know you’ve probably heard us ask it a thousand times, but: Do you have a question? Possibly a comment? Well, leave it below and we will get back to you!

Venue – Trinity Free Farm

Photography – Ryan Flynn

Videography – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Mark Ingam

Music – Triforce String Quartet

Florals – Designs by Courtney

Rentals – Vintage Ambiance

Catering – Sunshine Catering

Cakes – Jamie Louks

Stationary – Minted and Basic Invite

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Photo Credit – Austin Fire Department

By Scott Johnson

Don’t let the cold, dreary days get you down when there’s so much weird and wonderful wedding news out there to be seen! That’s right, it’s time for another series of stories from the world of weddings! This week we’ve got some stories that will make you angry, laugh and wonder about if having a lavish wedding is worth it. Hopefully it will be enough to chase the rain and clouds away from your fall day! Let’s get to it:

The wedding dress is, in many ways, one of the most important aspects of a wedding. There have been movies, songs and probably a dozen TV shows that focus on wedding dresses, so they’re a pretty big deal. Alas, one weekend in September, a car thief just so happened to pick a seamstress’ car full of lovely dresses—but more importantly a single wedding dress. And then it was gone.

Some people are just awful in this world, and this car thief is but another of one of those losers who want to ruin people’s happiness. The seamstress then had to call the bride and inform her of the horrible news, which is by no means a fun thing to do. She is now pleading with the thief to return the dresses, particularly the wedding dress as it would lead to some major relief and happiness. Here’s to hoping that the thief comes through and decides to make some sort of amends.

Near the end of September, floods struck near Austin, Texas. With the water coming quicker and quicker, many fled for higher ground. With it still being wedding season, one wedding party had to be rescued from their venue Casa Rio De Colores. Around 60 people in all had to be rescued by the Austin Fire Department as within what felt like minutes, flood waters rushed through the area. What’s even scarier is this happened in the middle of the night—certainly not something anyone would want to wake up to!

The tents around the area also collapsed, with some having to cut through them in order to escape. The water grew so high and fast, it even swept away cars along with all of the rest of their personal belongings. Luckily, nobody was injured and everyone got away safely. We hope that their wedding day went a little more smoothly than the night before.

We’ve talked a lot about celebrity weddings, mostly in regards to the ludicrous amounts of money they spend to make their big day happen, but today we get into the little weird oddities of them too. With so much money flying around, there’s surely some pretty crazy facts no?

Take Kim Kardashian and Kanye West who had a 224 foot-long marble table put in for their wedding so they could all see the Florence skyline. Or what about David and Victoria Beckham, who bought out an entire Irish castle for their wedding? Queen Bey herself had 70,000 of her favorite flower flown in from Thailand to decorate Jay Z’s apartment.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, who we so miss as a couple, spent around $100,000 on just security to ensure that the wedding was seen only by those invited. This fee also covered the airspace around the area, too. Now that’s coverage.

One of the funniest things on the list, especially those with tight wallets, is that at Kim Kardashian’s other wedding, the cheapest item on the registry was just a mere $1,115. Surely you’re thinking of some marvelous china or nice silverware. Nope. Just a clock. Check out the article for more weirdness!

While we’re on that same subject…what about some of the weirdest celebrity weddings as a whole? Vogue published a great list of some of the strangest and more unconventional celeb ceremonies that includes some really awesome people.

For instance, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, one of the last bastions of true celebrity love, had a barebones wedding at a courthouse. The total cost according to Shepard? Around $142. Now that is being tight with your money!

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick got married in ’97, but nobody was really expecting it. They had invited their family and friends over for just an average old cocktail party, but out of nowhere they transformed it into a wedding. Maybe they were ahead of the game on that one!

At only the age of 19, Olivia Wilde married Italian filmmaker Tao Ruspoli. Where did they get engaged, you ask? Why, none other than Burning Man of course. Their wedding then must’ve been at some lavish Italian villa, right? Nope, it was in an abandoned school bus in Virginia.

I mean, you do you, I guess.

There’s gotta be this movie out there somewhere, or maybe I’m just thinking of The Wedding Date. Regardless, it’s not as hokey as you might think! In the article, Tiffany Wright is interviewed about her company called The Undercover Bridesmaid.

In some ways a wedding planner, but more simply a “wedding-doer,” she takes care of all the menial grunt work like sending out invitations and in some cases will actually end up going as a bridesmaid—fake story and all!

We have one more celebrity story for you all, this one comes from the beautiful Sofia Vergara, who is married to the equally as appealing Joe Manganiello. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, she talked about her marriage and their upcoming third wedding anniversary. Dishing on her husband’s game-day rituals for the Pittsburg Steelers, she says that he gets “all dressed up, like socks, underwear, shirt, everything, hat and rings and he’s aloe.” Here’s to a happy three years for them!


And there you have it for this week’s Wedding News Roundup! We hope you’ve been informed as much as entertained. Check back in again for more fun stories! And please share your own if you come across any!

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by Scott Johnson

Lei Wedding on 9/15/18 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Wa

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Boasting some unforgettable views of pretty much every major highlight in Seattle: Mt. Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Olympics and the city skyline in general, Bell Harbor International Conference Center is one of Seattle’s premiere wedding venues.  Located on the waterfront just north of Pike Place Market, this large and very customizable venue was the perfect spot for Elaine and Aaron to tie the knot surrounded by all of their family and friends.

Midway through September, we met at Bell Harbor to witness the wedding of Aaron and Elaine. Poised right in the month where Seattle just doesn’t know what to do with itself—whether to stay summer a little longer or change—we were lucky enough to have some blue in the skies even if there were some clouds. No matter, that’s what indoor ceremonies are for.

A morning of getting ready saw some vibrant colors come out, not by any means your typical wedding tones. The boys rocked yellow shirts while Aaron whipped on a flashy red jacket, matching his bride-to-be. Some fun games outside the bride’s house got the boys all close and personal, while the ladies watched them do some push-ups. Finally, Aaron was able to head in to meet his bride, and soon they were itching for some photos.

Everyone else joined in on the shenanigans, with beaming smiles shining bright. Keeping with Filipino traditions, there was a freshly roasted pig to be had, while the anxious bride and groom continued through the other traditions as they worked their way to the big ceremony. After some exchanging of jewelry, and a few more traditions, it was time to head to the conference center.

In the wide open ceremony hall, Aaron and Elaine met to be married. The broad bay windows behind them illuminated the area. Looking slick as can be in his red suit, and beautiful as ever in her dress, Aaron and Elaine committed their love and lives to each other, surrounded by everyone they love. The traditional Filipino ceremony was full of so many wonderful traditions, check them out!

Following the ceremony, excitement was coursing through the air. With more group photos to come, the ladies and gents were all just having the time of their lives. Roaming around the conference center with tons of light letting in through the hundreds of windows made our jobs easy, but it made everyone else look even better!

Returning for the reception, some truly excellent speeches (particularly from Aaron’s “high school sweetheart”) welcomed the newlyweds with words of encouragement and support. Following dinner and cake, the dancing got off to a rip-roaring start that you have to see to believe. Then the rest of the night just flew by in a series of unbelievable coordinated dances, happy memories and good times.

Thank you again to Aaron and Elaine for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first two months of marriage have been as fun as your wedding! Have any questions? You know what to do!

Venue – Bell Harbor International Conference Center

Photographer – Cheryl Ford Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

Elaine and Aaron’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met at a mutual friend’s (Brian one of the groomsmen’s) 16th birthday party. We played red rover and water balloon fight.

Tell us about the proposal!

Aaron planned to propose on a helicopter ride but because of the weather, he proposed during dinner on our 4th Anniversary. After dinner, there was a surprise engagement party at home with our family and friends.

Why did you choose your venue?

We love the rooftop ceremony. We both grew up in Seattle so we want to showcase beautiful downtown Seattle to our many out of town guests.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Performance and dancing!

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by Scott Johnson

Grybos Wedding on 9/9/18 at Salty’s in West Seattle

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“REID was awesome, timely, talented, and extremely easy to work with…He captured all the important moments of our big day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM AND BEST MADE VIDEOS.”

As summer slowly made its way to the bitter end, though some remnants still remained into October, we headed off to one of the most significant (and frequented) venues for us in the region. We’ve seen quite a few weddings at Salty’s on Alki (heck, we even had one of our own there, too), so going back there feels, well, like going home. If there’s anything that quickly becomes apparent about Salty’s, it’s the scenic view it boasts of Seattle’s waterfront.

Being the sharp thinkers that they are, the Grybos’ opted for our drone package which let us see the entire bay on the day of their wedding.

The blue sky was so vibrant and beautiful for the big day and the drone captured the entire area with such pristine clarity, it was the perfect way to start a Seattle wedding video for a bride and groom that now call California home.

Kicking off the day with makeup and apparel, the ladies and gents got to looking their absolute best. With as picturesque of a first-look spot as any, Mark stood waiting at the end of the dock waiting for his bride to approach. Like a sailor looking off towards the bright unknown, he anxiously waited for Marcy to come from behind. Turning to greet his bride, the two embraced at the edge of the dock as we started to snap away with the magnificent city we all call home rising up behind them.

The rest of the bridal party made their way out for group photos before splitting off into the guys and girls respectively. Everyone brought their best poses to display, with more than enough chuckles to keep the smiles glued to their faces.

Lining the lower walkway at Salty’s, there was nary a dry eye as Marcy walked down the aisle to meet her groom. Once again, with the city as their backdrop, Marcy and Mark were together—this time to get hitched. Following a series of poignant vows and declarations of love, and enough emotion to make Marcy regret not going first with her vows, they placed the rings on their fingers and sealed it with a kiss that was nothing but pure passion.

With some family photos and paperwork to follow, it was time for everyone else to head on in to get some refreshments. As the light outside slowly disappeared, the reception hall at Salty’s came alive with flashing cameras and twinkling lights. The dance floor opened up for their first dance and before we knew it, everyone else was getting into the dancing spirit.

What a perfect (if you exclude the first attempt at the bouquet toss) day for the Grybos’! We want to thank Marcy and Mark once again for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding. We hope your first two months being married has been magical!

Have a question or concern? Let us know in the comments below!

Ceremony & Reception Site – Salty’s on Alki Beach

Day of Coordinator – Wedding Events by Athena

Photographer – Andrew Tat Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ/MC – Love’s Events

Photo Booth – Seattle Facebooth

How did you guys meet?

We met in Seoul Korea, while he was living abroad and I was traveling abroad.

Why did you choose your venue?

We love the view of ALKI BEACH, so Salty’s was a no brainer 🙂

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Excited to see our wedding day play out from different angles, seeing the small details all the way to the bigger moments. We also would love to see our friends and family (all our wedding guests) also included in the video, even if it’s just for a few seconds/clips here and there 🙂 Plus the beautiful skyline of Seattle from Salty’s vantage view point.

Mark and Marcy’s story in their own words:

Our story is quite unique in how we met… They say people find love when they’re not looking for it or when they least expect it. But in our case, we ended up falling in love while living halfway across the world from each other.

It all started a few years ago… At the time, Mark was living abroad in Seoul, South Korea working as an English teacher at CRADA International Academy. Meanwhile I was in the midst of traveling across Asia, visiting my relatives in the Philippines and exploring Korea and Japan. I had planned on spending a few days in Seoul to visit my old high school friend Meghan. It must’ve been fate, luck, or simply good karma, since Meghan just so happened to be teaching at CRADA alongside Mark. Ultimately it was through Meghan’s excellent matchmaking skills that I was able to meet the love of my life that fateful night in Seoul. Hence “Seoul-Mates” 🙂

They say timing is everything when it comes to finding love. I never expected anything serious to come from our short encounter with each other. But the next few days we spent exploring Korea together made such a lasting impression on me. Over the next 22 months or so, we constantly found ourselves texting and communicating almost every single day. Mark would keep me company on the phone while I drove home from work every morning (I work graveyard shift, and am usually super sleepy on my drive home) He would stay up until 3am (Korea time) making sure I made it home safely on my long drive. I somehow knew at this point that I was hopelessly and madly in love with this guy.  A year after Korea, we met up again in Thailand, where Mark officially asked me to be his girlfriend. Later on, Mark decided to make the “big move” and relocated from his home in Colorado to be with me in California. I was beyond ecstatic for us to finally start our lives together.

The long distance was finally over!!

Maui, Hawaii

There is a certain point in every relationship where you wake up, you look at your significant other lying there next to you, and you come to a realization… You realize that you could wake up a thousand more times and you’ll still only want to see their face each and every morning. You’ll realize that the time you spend just lying around in bed is more special than anything else. You’ll realize that your life is no longer an “I” or a “me”, but an “us” and a “we” You’ll realize that… this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.  So one morning, I woke up and I just knew…She was the one for me.

They say Hawaii is one of the most romantic places in the world, so in Dec 2017, we booked a trip to paradise for Marcy’s 30th birthday. It was on the beautiful island of Maui that I planned to pop the question. On that faithful day, we ventured the ‘Road to Hana’ a long, windy, narrow road that made Marcy extremely carsick and nauseas. After a fun day of sight seeing and adventure, we finally arrived to Haleakala National Park where we hiked the Pipiwai Trail. The hike took us past several waterfalls, pools, and a massive bamboo forest, all culminating at Waimoku Falls: a stunning 400-foot waterfall. As we were hiking up to see this massive waterfall, another group of hikers encouraged us to go past the “Do Not Trespass” sign in order to see the full view. Usually we aren’t ones to break the rules, but I knew this was the time and the place.

Once we reached the bottom of the waterfall, I had Marcy stand atop a rock while I set up the camera and tripod to take a self timed photo of us. In reality, I was framing the scene so I could record that faithful moment. Luckily she was too distracted by the breathtaking waterfall to even notice me getting the ring out of our backpack. I ran up next to her, dropped down on one knee, gave her a short speech, and said the four biggest and most important words of my life.

“Will you marry me?”

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by Scott Johnson

Wangopian Wedding on 9/1/18 at Country N Lace in Toldeo, Wa

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You may not have realized it, but you’ve probably driven through Toledo if you’re on your way down to Portland. Nestled along I5, south of Olympia as you’re approaching Vancouver, this charming city barely boasts a population of 1,000 but it certainly packs a pretty punch. Especially if you get down to the country roots of the area, which is exactly what we did.

A venue such as Country N Lace should tell you everything you need to know just by the name itself. This wonderful rustic venue offers four areas for you to get married, a 50-acre estate, and nary a noise for miles. They also provide all the decorating, tables and set up for the entire event–all you have to do is bring the caterer!

If the name Wangopian sounds like something you’ve never heard before–that’s because you’re absolutely right. David Hagopian and Krystal Wang decided to combine their names, as they have seemingly the perfect names for it. So we met for the wedding of the Wangopians bright an early on the first day of September.

Our day got started out with some pool and ping pong, to take the edge off of things, as well as the typical hair and makeup. After everyone was looking dapper in their vests and salmon shirts (yes, you saw that right, even the dog got dressed up), it was time for a few beers.

As David stood looking out across the grounds, waiting for Krystal to approach from behind for the first look, the clouds were just beginning to break. Sharing a kiss (or a couple) the two posed on the stairs of the farmhouse before we headed off to more secluded areas for some privacy. Getting even more romantic in front of the barn and in the forest, we even got them to pet the horses! After making our way around the entire area, it was time for these two to get married!

Like something you’d envision while reading a romance novel, the bride and groom met in a little clearing in the woods for their wedding. Flanked by bridesmaids in jean jackets and cowboy boots, and groomsmen in tan vests and pink shirts, this was such a fun ceremony that really blended well with its venue! With a kiss, the two officially became husband and wife, new name and all.

An already stellar day bled over into an even more exciting reception. WIth a first dance that puts many to shame, Krystal and David sure got the party started by throwing down some incredible dance moves. Soon enough, everyone else was trying their best to keep up.

Not too long before the sun crept behind the hills in the distance, we went outside and got some shots of the newlyweds running in the fields. It was breathtaking to say the least, and the perfect punctuation to a spectacular wedding.

Thank you again to Krystal and David for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your wedding! We hope you first two months of marriage are going great! As usual, if you have a question or comment leave it below!

Venue – Country N Lace

Photographer – Courtney Bowlden Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Encore Northwest

Caterer – The Crowded Kitchen

Flowers/Decor – Country N Lace

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