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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to the conclusion of our Favorite New (for us) Wedding Venues of 2018! These places are venues we have never been to before, and they certainly left an impression on us. We hope they leave on on you, too! Be sure to check out the previous installment so you don’t miss out on any great venues! Let’s get to the finish:

Freestone Inn

If you’re up for a drive (albeit an utterly gorgeous one) then you might find yourself winding through the mountain passes on your way to one of the quaintest little venues we’ve found in a long time: Freestone Inn. About 15 miles west of the awesome town of Winthrop, you’re pretty much up there in the mountains far away from any real civilization.

While it may not offer dozens of cool perks like more urban venues, the selling point is the breathtaking views and the complete sense of solitude. Even the little ponds and lakes hardly move out here, and sometimes all you can hear is the sound of the wind. The Wetzler/Ashby wedding took great advantage of this places beauty, especially with an end-of-July wedding. Even the interiors go above and beyond to look spectacular. Have a bunch of kids to take care of? There’s a pool to keep them distracted and an outdoor spa for any honeymooners who want to stick around up here.

Carleton Farms

One of the newer wedding venues we’ve been to, Carleton Farms built their “Wedding Barn” just a few years back in 2014. A quick drive from Everett, or a not-so-quick one from Seattle, and you’ll find yourself in the Snohomish Valley. With the promise a friendly staff, picturesque vistas, and “real bathrooms,” this place has all the charm and style you’d want from a wedding venue. Brides get their own A/C cooled room, while the rest of the farm itself is pretty enough to warrant a day-trip. Their ability to always accommodate at least 150 is perfect for anybody who wants to invite their whole family and then some.

Kyrsten and Karsten lucked out with a pristine September morning for their wedding. Foosball and the calmness of the farm helped ease the nerves. Look no further than the outdoor wedding site with a sprawling backdrop and you’ll know within seconds that you’d want to get married here too. Big blue skies on a day like this really help contrast the greens and the browns of the farm, making it one of our favorite new venues.

Hilton Bellevue

We grew up not too far from Hilton Bellevue, the classy hotel just on the outskirts of downtown Bellevue. Hidden off the freeway, right near the renowned Bellevue Athletic Club, it is such a distinct building to drive past that you can’t help but stare. The slanted windows stand out like a sore thumb, but they also make you wonder what’s behind them. Well, a fabulous reception venue, that’s what!

No, seriously. Directly behind the windows is a 240-capacity ballroom, along with two other locations to wed or receive. With tons of selections for decorations, linens, champagne toasts, and a selection of amazing foods, there is no shortage of great amenities offered. Though, be warned, their food list is as bottomless as you would want your stomach to be once you see all their great choices. Chicken and Waffle bites, anyone?

The Thomas’ reception here was an absolute blast. Filling out the entire event space, there was room for a photo booth, dozens of tables and a even a stage with a dancefloor at its feet. That came to some good use once everyone started dancing!

Tibbetts Creek Manor

Not too far at all from Issaquah’s great shopping center and downtown area is a secluded wedding venue that feels almost like a home away from home. The darling grounds, which cover around three acres, also features a picture-perfect creek that really ties everything together.

The Hines’ wedding back in May was partially overcast, so the couple opted for covered wedding underneath a tent. The day went by in a flash, and after the ceremony everyone retreated inside to the reception center. A sizable dance floor and plenty of tables kept everyone busy mingling and rocking out to the music.

Able to host between 130 and 175 people depending on the season, Tibbetts Creek Manor really can handle it all! The charming area in which it inhabits is so full of splendid natural light and spots to take photos, we can’t help but want to come back!

Faberfarm

The Jacksons’ wedding at Faberfarm is one of those occasions that makes us want to get back to a more rustic lifestyle. Situated in the peaceful city of Mount Vernon, the minute you step onto the farm it’s like you are nowhere near Seattle or any civilization at all. With a loving sense of community and togetherness, Faberfarm teams up with neighboring farms to help source any produce or flowers for any of you veggie lovers out there. Why have produce flown or drove in when you can have it right out of the ground?

Offering up multiple ceremony locations, as well as catering and everything else, the real selling point is its sheer beauty. There is so much to see at every corner of the land; from its wide open vistas, the surrounding farms and the rolling fields, who wouldn’t want to get married in such a romantic place?

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And there you have it folks: our Favorite New (for us) Wedding Venues of 2018! We hope these have inspired you to visit them, or even get married there yourself!

Have any questions? Want to share your own venue? Please leave them below!

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome one and all to our month-long countdown of our Favorites of 2018. Over the course of December, we will be listing our Favorite Wedding Venues, Vows, Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies and more. Our first countdown is a list of our Favorite Venues we visited for the first time this year, Let’s get the show started with part one, of our Favorite New Wedding Venues (for us)!

Hotel Bellwether

Far too many people associate Bellingham with its connection to Western Washington University. Others simply know it as one of the last stops before we get to our neighbor to the north. But for those who want to try it as a vacation spot, boy is Hotel Bellwether a prime place to change your mind. The luxury hotel, which boasts views of not only Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands, but also the Cascades. There’s even a Canine Concierge.

The Kirk wedding at the end of September took us to the hotel for a splendid day of love and celebration. After holding their actual wedding ceremony at the nearby Assumption Church, the Kirks headed over to the hotel for the reception. With tons of beautiful spots to photograph the newlyweds and their friends, the waterfront hotel is a magnificent sight. A bevy of wedding rooms can accommodate as few as 14 or up to 250 guests. Catering comes included too, with a hand-picked menu that features a Roasted Pork Loin and Risotto Forester.

Semiahmoo Resort

Even closer to the Canadian border than Bellingham, Blaine also features an incredibly charming, and deeply underappreciated hotel called Semiahmoo Resort. Take a look at the Leslie wedding for all the great things you need to know about the resort. There’s virtual golf, beautifully decorated interiors, a quaint dock perfect for ceremonies, and a stunning waterfront.

The Leslies had such a gorgeous wedding. Following them around the area would have been more than enough for us, but the rest of the resort and grounds are to die for. Views of the ocean and mountain mean you’re just right at home in Washington, while the hotel itself can hold up to 400 guests. An all-inclusive wedding package includes many of the basics, but you can throw on additional enhancements like specialty cocktails and even a bonfire.

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

Tucked in Magnolia’s Discovery Park, poised on top of a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, is the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. A wildly spacious, architecturally stunning building that can host hundreds of people for any kind of event–especially weddings. At once an undeniably crucial place for Native families, it also brings together people who want to be together for life.

For your big day, you get 25 banquet tables, 250 chairs, and a kitchen where you can hire your own caterer to make all the delicious foods for you wedding. The Spampanis’ big wedding day saw the reception held at Daybreak. Its structure and exterior paintings immediately make you want to take a closer look, and then you go inside and find it to be open and inviting. Its surrounding area, though, is what really takes the cake. Just take a look at the sunset shots we got of the two at the end!

Lake Union Cafe

While the name itself should not give you any pause as to where it is, we never actually have been requested to shoot a wedding here! And, being such a Seattle Spot, they come prepared for rain. Their standard package includes buffets, fresh baked rolls, fruits and veggies, professional event staff and more. You can also tack on candles, in-house bar access and even plated dinners rather than buffet.

They also offer an outdoor wedding venue at Fairview Park, though they are fully aware of the weather and can easily switch things to the indoor venue at a moment’s notice.

The Gallos’ January wedding, right in the prime of winter, was made a spectacular day as we avoided rain and snow (the second one is pretty easy). After a morning of patrolling Volunteer Park for their first look, it was the Lake Union Cafe that saw, well, the “union” of these two love birds. As regal as any hotel, with gold decorations, tons of candles and about a hundred mirrors, it really is surprising how little we have seen this place! The dance floor itself is something not to be missed!

The Woodmark Hotel

If you’re looking for one of the best hotels in the area, look no further than the Woodmark in Kirkland. While not getting nearly as much love as Seattle or Bellevue, Kirkland is a lovely town that boasts an even lovelier waterfront. Rated as one of the Ten Best Resort Hotels in the West, the Woodmark offers more things than you probably care to think about. From its exemplary location right on Lake Washington, peering across to Seattle, down to the awesome fact that you can even stay there after the wedding and have your honeymoon as well, it’s such an awesome place. Oh, and there’s even a boat that takes you out around the harbor.

The Bullards had a spectacular wedding day here in the middle of August. Their first look is one of our favorites of the year as well, taking place inside the hotel with the regal architecture and a sense of sophistication. Even the exterior is unreal, with a long dock for our newlyweds to walk down and a view of Seattle that will make you want to sit for a while. With as luxurious as the hotel is, you bet your bottom they’re willing to go above and beyond for all of your wedding needs.

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And there you have it for the first part of our Favorite New (for us) Wedding Venues! Check back in later for the final five. Want to share with us where you got married? Would you want to do it somewhere else if you had the chance to do it again? Let us know in the comments below!

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by Scott Johnson

Spiziri Wedding on 9/8/18 at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wa

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When you think of wine country, you think of Bordeaux in France, or Tuscany in Italy. Heck, you might even just think of Napa. But for us Washingtonians (who have, in recent years, gotten quite good at this wine game), we don’t need to venture very far at all, depending on which side of the state your own. For those of us on the west side, look no further than just a few miles out of Seattle–Woodinville to be exact–and you’ll be off sipping fancy wines by afternoon!

But even more wonderful than having a bevy of wine for your wedding, Washington’s own wine country is just as beautiful as any other in the world–and it’s also as peaceful and quaint. Probably even more so without all the tourists. The Spiziri’s landed on DeLille Cellars for their big day, an adorable vineyard that even has its own herd of sheep and alpaca. Just across the way from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, we love this area for visits and weddings alike.

Some cloudy skies got us started off, though there were some shades of blue tucked in between the whites and the grays. The peaceful interior soothed the anxieties that come about with as much stress that a day like today brings. With such luck, once everyone was ready, so was the sun ready to pop its head out for the first look.

Around a charming little fountain, Andrew stood waiting for his bride. Some onlookers watched with glee as Christina came from behind. With a perfect kiss, it was off to take these two around the area. Posing amongst the grapes, barn and pond, it was such a sweet and serene time with these two as they eagerly smiled and posed anywhere we told them to.

By the time it was ready to get hitched, the sun really roasted some gray away as it started to light up the vineyard with its warm light. As everyone gathered in a clearing for the ceremony, the bride made her way to her fiance. Delivering heartwarming–and certainly tear-jerking–vows, the bride and groom shared their love for one another and everyone they knew. With just a few utterly magical words, they finally had permission to do what they’d been waiting so long to do: kiss and seal their union.

Traipsing around the area once again, it was time to get some even more romantic shots now with the sun high in the sky. Complete with a pond, the vineyard really goes above and beyond to give you plenty of picture-perfect locations. Heading back to the reception tent, pumping up the music even as they arrived, it was definitely time for celebration.

After the cake and food had all been absorbed into bellies, there was still plenty of time left to dance the night away. To leave in utmost style, the newlyweds made their way out with a flurry of sparklers to one heck of a ride, ready for their new lives.

Thank you again Christina and Andrew for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope you’ve had an excellent three months already!

Have any questions or comments? You know what to do!

Venue – DeLille Cellars

Photographer – Carol Harrold

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Intergral DJs

Flowers, Catering, Coordination – Blue Ribbon 

Transportation – British Motor Coach

Andrew and Christina’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Christina and I met while she was in town looking for apartments before she moved up here and we attended a party at a mutual friends apartment. It was a pre-party for a concert at the home of someone she went to college with and that I knew through work.

Tell us about the proposal!

We were planning a vacation to somewhere with a beach and i convinced Christina to upgrade our plans to Maui. She agreed as long as I planned it which was perfect. After a long day of stops along the road to Hana we had dinner at Mamas Fish House just in time for the sunset. After dinner we walked out front to their private beach where I proposed under the lit tiki torches.

Why did you choose your venue?

Our close friends got married here and suggested it to us. After taking a tour it was an instant winner.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

I think we’re mainly interested in two aspects:
1) Having a video to capture the ceremony and speeches so we can send them to family members who are unable to make it

2) Capturing the beauty of the venue so we can always remember how special it was

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back one and all for another wonderful edition of Bizarre Wedding News. If you’re unfamiliar with the routine, every so often we deliver to you a variety of stories from the wacky world of weddings. Sometimes funny, other times sad, and certainly always informative, these stories are meant to entertain and educate. This week we’ve got four great stories coming your way. There are twists, turns…and tattoos? Yes, you read that right, so let’s get down to it!

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Let’s start with the weird stuff first: generally speaking, the only names or dates you want permanently emblazoned on your body should be either your parents or kids. Unless, if you’re lucky to meet your absolute soulmate. Nobody wants to have to wear the name of an ex around on them forever, but if that’s your thing, then hey good for you.

Just like us regular people, celebrities do this too. Take the Beckhams’ tattoos (yes, they have multiple). David has Victoria and “99” on his hand, as it was the year they were married. He also has a bouquet of roses on his arm for their anniversary. To take it one step further, they both got matching tattoos for their sixth anniversary that read “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Now that’s pretty sweet.

A few others like Beyonce and Jay-Z are shared, theirs being “IV” for their shared birthday numbers. They did this in lieu of getting rings, which is super cool, though we hope their marriage is going a little better now…

Though they aren’t quite married yet, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got perhaps the most odd tattoos of the bunch: matching Vegemite Jars. Hers is on her arm, while his got put on his ankle. Whatever makes you happy, I guess!

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This next story is quite the tale. A Michigan-based photographer by the name of Matthew Dippel was taking photos in Yosemite National Park in early October when he snapped an absolutely breathtaking shot of one of the most iconic overlooks. In terms of basic photo appreciation alone it’s borderline a masterpiece, but when you look closer…you see someone popping the question to their significant other. You can make out a little silhouette of a man on a knee with his girl looking like she’s just saying yes.

Well, Matthew came home and posted the photo to social media, and the hunt for these two lovebirds began. After thousands of shares, and dozens of fakers claiming they were the couple, about three weeks later he was put in touch with Charlie Bear and his fiance Melissa. After providing him with cold, hard proof, Dippel exploded with excitement at the luck of finding them. Apparently it was also the “second proposal” but we have a feeling they’ll say it was the only one!

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Remember a few weeks ago about the bridezilla who had the ridiculous list of demands that included an expensive gift, dress codes, and the silly notion that nobody was allowed to talk to the bride?

Well we have another one of those stories and it’s just as bad. Someone posted to reddit about how their sister was getting engaged and the bride was going to have a “Battle Royale” for her bridal party to see who would become the four bridesmaids, so as to not have to make another decision. Along with this demand came requirements “to secure your spot in our wedding party, the following things will be required: a promise to host a party (must be coupled) at a venue other than someone’s house. Your wedding gift must be cash/check of at least $500. You must buy me or [her partner] a “day of gift” of at least $100”

As you can tell, you probably don’t want to be at the wedding. Because on top of those gifts, she is also demanding that there be shower/party gifts as well. Oh, and don’t forget about the contract you have to sign that will hold you legally and fiscally responsible if you drop the ball. Basically, if you sign that thing, expect to lose about $600 or more. Sounds like a blast, right?

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Sometimes you just need to end on a sad note for the best impact, and this one is pretty heartbreaking. Some Canadian treasure hunters (yup, you heard that right) from the Calgary Metal Detecting Club were searching around a lake when something made Paul go right to the bottom. He came up with a wedding ring, engraved with names and a date. So, like any good Samaritan, he set off to find the owners.

A few stops and a post on social media later, and it only took an hour for them to find the family of the ring. But, with great sadness, both husband and wife, Palma and Karl, had died just a few years ago. Luckily, Paul was able to make contact with the son’s and grandkids of Karl and Palma so he could return the ring.

It turns out that Karl had lost the ring twenty years prior after a day at the lake, and it supposedly had left him haunted for years until his eventual death. Alas, Paul and the family were able to meet and lay the ring on the gravestone, finally getting some sense of closure.

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And there you have it for another week of fun, sad, and informative wedding news! We hope you have enjoyed your time as much as we did! Please let us know if you have any stories that you would like to share and we will gladly feature them! Just leave them below and we will get to them. See you next time!

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