by Scott Johnson

Cochran Wedding on 9/29/18 at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Bellevue, Wa

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

Across Lake Washington, tucked in Medina right near Bill Gates’ house, is one of the nicest country clubs in America. It also boasts some of the highest paying members thanks to a good majority of the patrons being Microsoft employees in the nearby neighborhoods. We used to spend many a summer in the pool here (and even shared pool toys with the Gates kids once), but this Fall we got to see it in an entirely different and magical way.

Going hand-in-hand with our love of golf courses and their absurd serenity, Overlake’s prime location makes it wonderfully peaceful even though it’s just a few minutes from Downtown Bellevue. And with the season just having changed, the Fall leaves brought out a bevy of beautiful colors from the hundreds of trees dotting the course and surrounding hills.

A morning of shenanigans while getting ready, and plenty of bubbly, got the group feeling excited and prepared for the big day. Meeting for their first look outside the entrance, Mary and Dan were so charmed and eager to get the rest of the day going. We got some shots of them out on the course, luckily there wasn’t a “fore!” to be heard, and the two looked utterly stylish together. The rest of the bridal party came out. The guys rocked gray suits and red ties while the ladies stunned lavender gowns.

Filing in underneath a tent on the grounds, the guests and Dan waited patiently for Mary to come down the aisle. Bursting with excitement, Dan took his bride-to-be and the ceremony began. With sweetly sincere vows that recounted their near misses and eventual union, there were hardly any dry eyes to be seen. And then when all was said and done, there was just one more thing needed: the kiss.

The guests returned to the reception area for some corn hole and beverages, while Dan and Mary looked on from above. Enjoying a few moments just to themselves before the reception, the newlyweds eventually showed up for the party of a lifetime. Their awesome cake, with lifelike sculptures on top, was soon cut and eaten. And then it was time for the dancing. What a show was put on for everyone with some pretty impressive moves.

A live band kept the music going and did more than enough to get everyone in the mood for dancing. Half-concert, half-wedding, the entire afternoon and evening was a sheer blast. As the day finally wore to the end, and the band was finishing up their last set, the newlyweds and some pals made their way up on stage to have a bit of their own show.

After a day of love, music, celebration and more, it was finally time to turn on the lights and head off to a new future. Thank you again to Dan and Mary for picking Best Made Videos® to film their big day. We hope your first two months together have been as grand as your wedding day.

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Venue – Overlake Country Club

Photographer – Maurice Photo

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

Band – Hit Machine

Florals – Fena Flowers

Paper Goods – Perfect Press

Wedding Signs – Chalk Boss

Bar Rentals – Happy Hour Bar Rentals

Mary and Dan’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Fate brought us together at a small school in Angola, Indiana.  There was not much in Angola except our newly found companionship. We quickly became inseparable, but knew we were going our separate ways.  We both transferred to finish school and started careers in different cities (halfway across the country). Fate once again brought us together in a bar in Portland, Oregon.  Mary was visiting with a couple friends while still living in the midwest and Dan was living out in Seattle. After four months, we decided we didn’t want to spend another day apart.  On February 2nd, 2014 we officially took the plunge and started a life together in Kirkland, Washington.

Tell us about the proposal!

Dan made it official by proposing on the 4th of July under the fireworks in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Brought Mary up to a balcony, just the two of them and proposed under the fireworks.

Why did you choose your venue?

Members at the club, love outdoors, golf, activities, special place to us. Plus it’s beautiful!

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Special moments captured between the two of us and amongst our family and friends. Hoping this will help us relive these special moments for the rest of our lives!