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by Scott Johnson

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Welcome everyone to another installment of your weird wedding news! We hope everyone is having a fantastic Holiday season and gearing up for a New Year–because we certainly are! To cap off 2018, we are bringing you just a few more stories! Let us go out with a bang!

A quickie to get us started: comedian Dave Chappelle, who is often noted to hate taking fan photos, happened upon an Ohio Brewery during the engagement shoot for Thomas Saunders and Emily Eldridge.

Surprised the comedian showed up, but certainly not willing to interrupt the celebrity, the couple and photographer made their way outside for a few more photos. When Chappelle showed up outside, the couple went up to ask for a photo, only for him to politely decline. Shortly after (and after learning about Saunders’ military service) Chappelle made his way over to photobomb their shot!

You might have used the excuse of “my dog ate my homework,” once or twice, but what about when your dog actually eats your wedding ring? An adorable little labradoodle by the name of Bella wound up with owner Cindy McCombs’ ring in her stomach, but was only discovered after being inadvertently waved down by a metal detector.

To avoid actually cutting Bella open (the dog had failed to produce the ring through induced vomiting) they were able to use a special forcep tool to retrieve the ring. Yes, the dog is ok so you do not need to worry!

Remember a few weeks ago about the story of the stolen wedding dress (yes, I know there are a lot of them) from the back seat of a car after it had been left there overnight to be taken to the cleaners? Well, good news has come out of the story as an anonymous man has returned the stolen dress!

The nameless man contacted Jessica Blackwell, who had gone viral in her attempts to get her dress back, and agreed to meet her to return the dress. It has not been announced whether the man in question is the actual thief, or if he had just come by the dress accidentally. Either way, a happy ending!

Mandy Moore is everywhere again and it’s pretty fantastic! Starring on the heartbreaking and emotionally sadistic This Is Us, she makes us cry pretty much every week, but this time we can celebrate her wedding!

Marrying musician Taylor Goldsmith in a private ceremony in LA, the previously-married actress/musician wore a magical pink dress. Designed by Rodarte, the gown was created exclusively for her wedding day. Inspiring a “welcome, fashion-forward change to the super-traditional mix of this year’s celebrity wedding gowns,” she really made a statement and looked splendid as well! The small, 50-person wedding featured many of her costars and friends. Congrats!

Back in November, a wedding in Vienna really stirred things up on the internet–at least for China. That’s probably a weird sentence to read, and that’s because this is an interesting story. Tiffany Tang Yan (a Chinese Actress) wed Luo Jin (another famous actor in China) in a luxurious and highly-anticipated wedding.

Igniting social media in a firestorm, the wedding was sponsored by a number of high-class brands. Along with it came the controversy that the wedding was more of a tourist attraction that highlighted expensive brands rather celebrating just the love of these two. The Vienna Tourism Board even posted on the internet that they had hoped the wedding would bring tourists to the city, which is absolutely absurd for a wedding!

What do you think? Is this too much?

The final story this week might make you a little queasy. In the wonderful world of eBay purchases, you can find some pretty wild things. This week brings us the amazing prospect of owning 32-year-old cake!

That’s right! Fans of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson can literally buy some of their wedding cake. Described on eBay as “vintage condition,” it should certainly be noted that one should not eat it. The pictures hardly make it look edible as it is, almost like a bad coffee cake, but it does come in the original box. It sold for around $40.


And there you have it! Check back in next time for some even stranger stories! Have a Happy New Year and stay safe!

As always, let us know if you come across and stories and we will be sure to feature them!

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by Scott Johnson

With our final installment of Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies, it’s an all-too blatant reminder that we were really blessed by the weather-gods this year, as we could go on and on about the outdoor weddings we saw until we’re blue in the face. Even the early Fall was rather unseasonably sunny, lasting fairly into October, allowing for some late-fall weddings with the leaves and trees all ablaze in orange and red. We still have seven weddings coming your way, so no more dilly-dallying!

Vladyka Wedding

At the end of June, we made our way to Port Orchard (which just happened to have a tornado hit there this past week) for the Vladyka Wedding. Hosted at the Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club, we can’t help but think of what a catch Alee and Alex are for each other. A blanket of clouds covered the hot summer sun and still provided ample lighting on the warm day. The solemnity of the golf course helped keep the volume to a minimum and the happiness as high as possible.

The ceremony was held out by one of the water hazards (which the word hardly does it justice) with a little trellis constructed draped in a white cloth. The guys went jacketless, while the bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses while carrying a rainbow of a bouquet. Fortunately we didn’t hear anyone shout “fore,” only “I do…and you may kiss the bride.” That’s all that matters anyway!

Ta Wedding

The Bell Harbor International Conference Center is an utterly fantastic place to hold an indoor ceremony–and an even more epic place to have an outdoor one. On checkered cement landing, dozens of chairs and a long white carpet were laid, all leading up to the altar where the Tas met to be married. The key here is the backdrop: you get views of the Sound, the ferris wheel, Centurylink Field, and what else other than a cruise ship.

The imposing views made us fall in love with the venue, but ultimately allowed for a sweet, romantic and unforgettable wedding for Stephania and Jason Ta, even if it was a little cloudy.

Wurtz Wedding

2018 took us to some pretty surprising and amazing places, one of which was the entirely unexpected Ballard Locks, which for us was always just a place to field trip to during science class. For Jazmyn and Josh’s wedding, it was superbly sweet little gathering in the park near the water. With a balloon arch and just a small gathering of friends and family, the intimacy and peacefulness of the area provided such a pleasant experience. Wooden benches were brought over for the guests and flowers were strewn down the aisle. Without much hullabaloo, the ceremony was so delightful and full of love and humor.

We loved the excitement everyone shared for their big kiss at the end, even having party alarms going off because it certainly was that time!

May Wedding

With a name like Hidden Meadows, it’s almost guaranteed the place is going to be ridiculously pretty. Back in May, we were not let down by it in the slightest when we went over to Snohomish for the May wedding. This farm is such a delight, and definitely gave us an excellent outdoor ceremony, as we filled into the ceremony space and witnessed the marriage between Emily and Charlie.

Poised in front of a rustic, wooden gazebo, the bridesmaids and groomsmen slunk off to the sides while the officiant stood above and delivered the ceremony. Going jacketless for his wedding, Charlie looked sleek in his grey suit. Some overcast did not keep this day from being drop-dead gorgeous, and once the bride and groom said “I do” it was nothing but good times and happy memories from then onwards.

Wangopian Wedding

Just like the Bishbeats earlier, the Wangopians decided to combine their names rather than take one or simply hyphenate it, which to us is pretty freaking rad. But their wedding as a whole was even more spectacular than the idea of creating your own name. Heading off to Toledo, specifically to the super awesome Country N Lace, we really lucked out with some superb weather on the first day of September.

With the feeling like you just showed up at your old farmstead, we loved the peace and quiet that came along with being far away from the hubbub of the city.  The Wangopians’ wedding was held in a small patch of land surrounded by trees. The groom and groomsmen rocked jeans and tan jackets for a serious “Old West” vibe, while the bride wore a lovely gown as her party rocked pink dresses, jean jackets and cowboy boots. And just like horses back in the day, these two really got hitched!

Bullard Wedding

One of the nicest hotels in the region, The Woodmark Hotel proved to also be one of the nicest outdoor wedding venues for the Bullards. On a pleasant August day, we went over to Seattle’s little neighbor across Lake Washington, Kirkland, for a splendid wedding and reception. The luxurious hotel comes with tons of great amenities, but it also just is plain gorgeous.

The Bullards got married underneath a massive tent almost at water’s edge. Filled with dozens of their friends and family, it was a ceremony that left us doubling over in laughter while also wiping away the tears once the vows started to flow out. With the lake glimmering with the sun behind them, it was perfectly marvelous.

Park Wedding

At last we come to our final Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremony. The Parks got married just after the change of seasons in September, but they were still fortunate enough to receive the tail end of summer weather. Tucked away down by SeaTac airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is just so completely charming.

Simply take a look at the wedding altar, with a trellis adorned with plants and flowers, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen standing off to the side. Lovely maroon dresses for the ladies and proper suits for the men kept this a classy affair in the midst of a magical setting.


And there you have it folks! Our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018. We hope you enjoyed these as much as we did, and you probably are really missing out on the summer weather by this point. Check back soon for our final series: Favorite Wedding Vows

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back for Part Two of our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies! While we are enduring the rain and cold creeping over our state, let us take a trip back to some warmer, happier times and visit some more outdoor weddings! This installment is going to take us to man-made lakes, golf courses, a secluded inn and even a few more farms thrown into the mix. No more talking, let us get back to the countdown!

Wilson Wedding

The Wilson wedding was particularly special because Radar Lake was actually made by Mallory Wilson’s uncle, Herb O’Brien, back in the 70s. It was one of the first ever man-made lakes created for the express purpose of water sports, and has proven to be tons of fun ever since. Check out the drone footage to get an idea of the awesomeness that Radar Lake has to offer.  Unfortunately Herb passed away in 2012, so this wedding holds extra sentimental meaning.

This purely magical day was blessed with exceptional weather and a breathtaking venue. In a clearing near the head of the lake, trees were littered with string lights and dozens of chairs were brought in to witness this fairytale occasion. With the hot summer sun filtering through the branches and leaves, we could not help but fall in love too with such a wonderful day.

Jackson Wedding

Faberfarm is like someone took a midwest farm and planted it right about an hour north of Seattle. The landscape that surrounds the farm makes you think of a simpler time where you could ride your horse for miles and miles. Held out in a patch of land just before the actual farming grounds begin, the ceremony was simple and sweet. Wood chairs were brought out for the family and friends to sit, while the groomsmen and bridesmaids flanked the altar.

With everyone looking superb, especially the groomsmen in their jacketless vests and the bridesmaids in neutral pinks and beiges, it was time to get hitched. And what a splendid ceremony it was for the Jacksons who are now celebrating their four month anniversary!

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding

The Fremont Foundry has quickly become one of our favorite spots in the city, not only because it’s near the Troll and Theo Chocolate Factory. Though you might not expect it from its exterior, the Foundry is stunning on the inside, but particularly the rooftop where the ceremony was held.

Shubha and Mike’s August wedding was a celebration of two worlds meeting, as well as two loves finally becoming one. With lovely Hindi attire, the bride and groom dazzled in a variety of reds and creams. The rooftop, overlooking the central part of Fremont, also offers glimpses of the Aurora bridge in the distance and is a perfectly intimate environment for city lovers to get married in peace and quiet. After the ceremony, the rooftop also provided the perfect place for a reception on such a perfect summer night!

Wetzler/Ashby Wedding

All the way up in the tiny town of Mazama is the Freestone Inn where we saw the Wetzler/Ashby wedding. This charming venue is about as far away from a major city as we have ever been for a ceremony. Breathtaking views of the surrounding Cascades and a lazy lake made for one heck of a backdrop where the bride and groom met in one of the most casual weddings we have witnessed.

The groom rocked just a short sleeve shirt and khakis, while the bride wore a beautiful wedding dress. The groomsmen and bridesmaids also shied away from formality and looked lovely in casual attire. Who needs all the sophistication when you are surrounded by loved ones? The following reception let everyone get up to their own shenanigans as an awesome band (The Side Project) belted out renditions of some of our favorite songs. Be sure to check out the video for some post-wedding rubber ducky action in the lake and scenic forest photoshoots!

Giandomenico Wedding

It did not cross our minds when we went to the Camas Meadows Golf Course that it would be like watching a wedding in someone’s backyard. A literal stone’s throw away from Oregon, Camas is right along the Columbia River and is assuredly a gorgeous venue. The quaint ceremony at the course was held at a gazebo with the audience sitting under a tent.

The bridesmaids stunned in lavender gowns, while the gents sported grey suits for a great contrast. The spiritual and all-too emotional wedding saw the Giandomenicos open themselves up to each other, their loved ones and to God. By the end, the tears were starting to trickle out, but not too long after the officiant gave the words for the two to kiss finally becoming man and wife.

Bishbeat Wedding

The final wedding for this installment was the Bishbeat wedding, which was super unique in that these two created their own last names! That is right: Chloe Beaty and Tyler Bishton got married and combined them! But we are not here for their names: we are here for their outdoor ceremony at Genesis Farm and Gardens! This sweet venue in Enumclaw proved to be utterly perfect for their wedding. So full of emotion, particularly once Chloe started reciting her vows, the two joked around like the best friends they are.

Taking it to the extra mile, doves were released at the end of the ceremony! You thought that only happened in the movies, didn’t you? It was so poignant and infectious that we could not help but get swept up too! The following reception kept on the bliss for a spectacular rest of the afternoon.


That is it for this installment! Be sure to check back in shortly for the final entry in our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. If you got married outdoors, indoors, or anywhere in general, we would really love to see your pics so send them our way!

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By Scott Johnson

As any resident or visitor to the Pacific Northwest knows far too well, we get quite a lot of rain up here. While this in itself only really adds a little more wetness and misery to any task you need to do, when it comes to weddings it is a much bigger ordeal. Which is why between the months of October and March, there really aren’t too many great days to have outdoor weddings. Sometimes we get lucky, sometimes we don’t, but we have never had any rain ruin a day thus far (knock on wood). If you have been following our Favorites of 2018 Countdown, then you will probably guess the natural progression from Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies is Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. And with that, we can begin!

Spiziri Wedding

The Spiziri Wedding in September was not the sunniest day to begin with, but there was still just enough summer for the sun to burn away the clouds before showtime. The delectable Chateau Lill over in Woodinville provides ample locations for some seriously sweet shots. From the little vineyards cut across the estate to the massive white barn, and an almost Monet-like pond, the entire place feels more like someone uprooted a quaint Italian villa and plopped it just outside of Seattle.

The ceremony was held in a little clearing surrounded by towering trees, while white chairs were soon filled by loved ones and friends. Just through the trees you can see way off into the distance, making this wonderful venue feel even more secluded and personal. Once the officiant said those magic words, it was finally time for the Spiziris to officially become husband and wife.

Leslie Wedding

We loved getting to head up to Semiahmoo Resort for the Leslie wedding because of its perfect location looking out at the ocean, and just behind it the Canadian border. As picturesque as can be, the water lapped up onto the calm beaches while the gents were inside getting their virtual golf game on. Like the Spiziri Wedding just a week earlier, the ill-boding clouds of fall were certainly there early in the morning, but that would quickly change before the ceremony.

Out on the dock for both the first look and ceremony, the entire bay was just so serene. With plenty of romantic overlooks for us to plant the soon-to-be newlyweds, we were simply excited to see what the ceremony would look like out here. And boy, was it a beautiful occasion. With dozens of chairs and sprinkled flower petals, the bride and groom stood just over the water with their bridal parties looking exceptionally suave next to them. Though the wind picked up just a bit, we were happy to be blown away by the ceremony.

Grybos Wedding

With the exception of maybe about ten feet, getting married at Salty’s is almost entirely an indoor affair. But their absolutely perfect dock, that looks out across the Sound towards the towering Seattle skyline, makes it one of our most favorite locations to get wed in the city (and that’s not because our founder got married there). An early September wedding greeted us with some typical overcast, though we were able to get out before the clouds rolled in with the drone to catch some awesome footage of some blue skies.

The Grybos’ big day was such a blast. A lovely afternoon roaming around the docks and waterfront eventually led us back to the restaurant where the bride and groom met to be wed. With the clouds overhead, a certain calmness filled the bay that helped create such a wonderful vibe for the ceremony. Once all was said and done, we headed on inside until the late hours of the evening for some dancing, food and tons of celebration.

Burkenpas Wedding

Just a week earlier from our last wedding, we headed up to another familiar area: Lake Stevens. Though this ceremony was technically outdoor, the bride, groom and officiant were still under a little gazebo…so we will give them a pass since everyone else was basking in the summer sun. Take one look at the surrounding area, and you probably won’t have many complaints just like us. The Burkenpases headed out here for their fresh September wedding with the most optimum weather. Clear blue skies aside from a few patches of clouds allowed for the sun to shine bright down on this blessed day.

The bridesmaids rocked rich maroon dresses while the groomsmen sported slick looks with grey vests and matching maroon ties. The entire space where the ceremony was held was tastefully constructed. Lights string out from the middle of the gazebo in all different directions, making one wonder how magical a late-night wedding might look here.

Snow Wedding

One of the best things about golf courses is you can usually get married indoor or outdoor. A late August wedding almost guaranteed an outdoor ceremony, and we definitely were in luck when we showed up for the Snow wedding at Inglewood Golf Club up by Kenmore. Held in a clearing overlooking the course, right near the clubhouse, the ceremony was a lovely celebration of these two’s love. With a littering of trees, the fairways and fountains came together for a superb backdrop to the altar. The emotional groom is all you need to see to get an understanding of how wonderful the ceremony was: nothing but love.

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding

Daniel Day Lewis fans will recognize the Thornewood Castle over in Lakewood as the exterior to his mansion in There Will Be Blood. For the VanNieuwenhuises, it will forever be the place they wed and became husband and wife. The Tudor Gothic castle, slowly shipped from Europe to America, the 400 year old building is such a stunning sight. Day trips here are a must. But it’s the miraculous grounds that inspire such beauty. The stairs leading up to the fountain, lined by the bridal party with the bride and groom at the top, is something out of a wedding magazine.


That is it for this installment folks! We have two more coming your way, so be sure to check back in later. Did you get married outdoors? Have some photos to share? Leave them below!


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by Scott Johnson

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We interrupt our Favorites of 2018 Countdown to bring you some more wacky, wild and weird news from the wide world of weddings! That’s a lot of Ws! Here’s another; winter is finally here and it’s time to dive back into some crazy stories that have happened in the past few weeks. This time around we have cakes, clowns, clunking cars and a blast from the past with a little Jersey Shore reunion! Let’s get down to business:

Talk about making the best of a not-so-great situation! A newlywed couple were heading to their reception in Houston in absolute style: by riding in a 1966 Princess car, something you’d likely see the high rollers driving by in. As they were on the highway into Houston, their vintage car finally decided to show its age and crapped out on them!

But for all that could have been a horrible situation, the couple had their wedding photographer with them to do a little impromptu photoshoot! Along with a few members of the bridal party, the photographer took some shots of them while they waited for the mechanic to arrive. According to the bride, everything had been going perfectly up until that point. But, in a way, wasn’t this just perfect, too?

Here’s a couple of words we never thought would go together: drunken clown at a wedding. This isn’t some IT shenanigans gone bizarro, but rather a perfectly executed excuse to get a friend into his wedding after some “painful cuts” had to be made. Apparently, a friend of the groom had to be uninvited due to rising costs for the big day, so the groom asked him if he would “crash” the wedding as a drunken clown.

Getting into costume before the reception, the new Pennywise slugged down a couple drinks before making his way into the party. Almost thrown out by security, his identity was finally revealed and he soon joined in on the party!

I will be the first to admit that I have never actually seen any of the Jersey Shore, so forgive me if I am not an expert on all the members, though I do know Snooki showed up on WWE at some point or another.

Back in November, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino got married to his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Pesce. Held at The Legacy Castle, Lauren wore a lace gown while The Situation wore a typical black tux.

Also in attendance were some of their old pals from the show, including Snooki herself, JWoww, DJ Pauly D and more. Those who attended claim it was highly emotional and the reception featured tons of food. Congrats to the newlyweds!

Let’s cap this week off with some cake: and by cake, we mean some of the most amazing cakes you have ever seen. Buzzfeed recently published an article with fun facts about celebrity wedding cakes. Many of which are just so completely outrageous that you have to wonder if they’re fake: like Kaley Cuoco’s chandelier cake.

Another fun fact is David and Victoria Beckham cut their cake with a sword, which is pretty rad, and you can still buy part of Princess Diana’s cake for upwards of 700 euros. If you want to start feeling hungry, click on the link above to learn more about all of these crazy cakes!


And that about does it for this week folks! Check back in soon for the next installment of our Best of 2018 Wedding countdown!!!

If you ever find any weird wedding articles floating around, send them our way! We will gladly feature them!

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back for part two of our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018! In case you missed part one, all you have to do is click here! We have six more great indoor wedding ceremonies coming your way, so we hope you are just as excited as we are. This time around we have got a few churches, athletic clubs, and one of our favorite tree farms. Get ready for the conclusion, because here we go!

Thomas Wedding

Washington state really isn’t known for its magnificent churches, but the Thomases sure knew how to pick one for their wedding. The impressive New Hope Presbyterian Church is such an open and inviting space for faith and love. Their June wedding saw a touch of overcast, though that made for the perfect weather for the first look. Heading inside the church for the ceremony, the towering walls and intricate woodwork behind the altar make everything feel so small and inconsequential, but nonetheless creates a beautiful sight.

Dazzling colors on the bridesmaids contrasted the sleekness of the groomsmens suits, while the light pouring in from the windows. One of our new favorite officiants delivered a grand sermon, connecting the soon-to-be newlyweds lives with their love for god. Without any doubt in them whatsoever, he gave the words that finally let them become husband and wife. We can’t wait to come back for some more!

Kangiser Wedding

The Kangiser wedding back in May took us to another lovely church, this time St. Rita’s. A toasty spring day let us take some photos outside on the waterfront before we headed back to the the church for the ceremony. The minute you step inside the church it feels like you have been transported to Europe. A little steeple sits atop the church, with the bell ringing every so often. Purple floors and oak floors come together amongst religious icons and the Stations of the Cross. The delightful facade inspires the imagination with a glimpse of Italy.

The intimate environment was such a vast contrast to the Thomas’ wedding, but nonetheless allowed the Kangisers to share their love and faith with one another, sealing their union in front of their families and god.

Van Cise Wedding

You might think the Trinity Tree Farm (which you saw in our Favorite Repeat Wedding Venues) would make for a better outdoor venue, but the serene interior of their main house is so beautiful whether it is in the rain or the sun. The Van Cise Wedding was blessed with a sunny March day, which by all means is a rarity. The sun light everyone’s moods, and got the day off to a brisk start.

Set against the swinging doors that opened outwards into the almost-Spring weather, it was like getting married at home. Lining the venue with lilac dresses and charcoal suits, the bridal party looked stunning with the sloping backyard behind them.

Foster Wedding

Another wonderful trip to a sports facility (check out the other one below), this time to The Washington Athletic Club, completely dropped our jaws. Right near the Convention Center, the WAC is a splendid venue that proved even more amazing when the Fosters chose to have their wedding here. Inside, the wedding hall looks like a royal ball room. Decadent chandeliers hang from the ceiling, while a glimmering purple backdrop gives off a magical glow that adds even more to the wonder.

The Fosters poignantly emotional wedding (kicked off by the groom becoming entirely overwhelmed before his bride made her way down the aisle) was backed by a dozen candles and full of tear-jerking vows. Though there were stifled sobs, the emotion was nothing but pure elation. The two finally kissed and became one, and all was right.

McGee Wedding

The McGee wedding back in January led us down to our next-door neighbor, Portland, Oregon! More importantly–the Sentinel Hotel, which is widely considered as one of the best luxury hotels on the West Coast. With a variety of rooms to get married in, from a grand ballroom with Italian Renaissance Frescoes, sophisticated meeting halls, and lovely libraries, the amount of choice and frills you get with this place is absurd.

But it’s absolutely top-notch, and the McGees knew it. Choosing the grand ballroom, their big ceremony really was like royalty. A mixture of golds and whites, one would think that Prince Harry would stroll right in. Standing on a stage at the end of the hall, surrounded by their family and pure elegance, it was an unforgettable sight. And if you thought the wedding was something else, check out the reception!

Bricker Wedding

We loved getting to celebrate a wedding at the Bellevue Club, somewhere near and dear to our hearts, and the Brickers’ day was nothing short of exceptional. The awesome facility, which has undergone a fair share of changes over the last couple years, provides tons of great amenities and even better photoshoot locations.

Most importantly, the ceremony hall was a work of art: low-lit with a deep purple backdrop, mixed in with some wood tones, and it was truly something special. A ceremony full of laughter, love, and perhaps a little bit of gun-jumping finally let the Brickers become husband and wife. The following reception continued to prove how great the Bellevue Club is with a classy, sophisticated event space that made the newlyweds really out to be the royalty they are. Did I forget to mention the stellar food?


That about wraps things up for our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018! If you have not already guessed, I will tell you that the next stop on our journey is going to be Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. Be sure to check back in soon, we still have plenty of great content coming your way before the end of the year. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please leave them below.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome everyone for another installment of our Favorites of 2018 Countdown! We have already covered our favorite new and repeat venues, so now we are going to bring you our picks for Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies. Anybody who has ever set foot in the Pacific Northwest will know that rain is one of our worst enemies, and can prove to be wildly unpredictable. This results in a fair amount of indoor ceremonies, especially ones planned out years in advance, though I think our track record is holding strong on never having a wedding actually ruined by the rain.  

Without any further ado, let us get down to it and begin our countdown!

Plummer Wedding

Our first wedding comes from one of our favorite misnomers: Dairyland. We seriously hope they consider our idea to turn at least part of the farm into an amusement park, but for now we’ll settle for their awesome wedding barn. With a cold, gray day before us, we were more than ready to see the Plummers get hitched in a barn like the good ol’ days.

Providing ample space (I mean, it was originally meant for cows and horses, but don’t worry, they will not be apart of your wedding…unless you want them to be) the barn feels wholly inviting despite its previous function. A couple chandeliers and some strung-up lights illuminated the quaint interior, while some sun finally managed to break through the clouds and shine in through the window above where the bride and groom stood. The white paint with the dark brown wood really brings out some sharp contrasts in the design. After the wedding, the space was turned into a dance barn, with plenty of room to move around and swing the cake-cutting knife without hurting anyone!

Kirk Wedding

The Hotel Bellwether up in Bellingham already has become one of our Favorite New Wedding Venues of 2018 with its charming locale, stunning views and just great vibe in general. Nestled into a little bay up near the border of Canada, it really is an awesome place to just spend the day and hang out. But the Kirks held their big reception here, so we are fine with that, too. A fun morning posing around the are paved way for a sweet ceremony inside Assumption Church not too far away.

Simple and elegant, their ceremony filled the church with loved ones and friends. Creamy walls meeting some nice mahogany gave it a sleek and stylish feel. While the marble altar and stained glass windows were even more treats for the eyes. Flanked down the steps by their bridal party, the bride and groom sealed their union and became husband and wife.

Ohashi Wedding

Back at the Monte Cristo Ballroom (which you definitely saw in our Favorite Repeat Wedding Venues list), the Ohashi’s had such a spectacular wedding inside on a cloudy August day. Stepping into the marbled atrium, encircled with a balcony for onlookers to view from above, you get a sense that this building should have significantly more historical value than it does. Almost like a courthouse, but certainly whole lot more fun than one, the building provides plenty of places for photos and gatherings. The first look led us up to the balcony where the soon to be newlyweds could peer down to where they would shortly be wed.

A lovely purple theme led to some really visually appealing contrasts between the whites of the chairs and walls and the marble floor. The ceremony was one fit for royalty, and shortly after the space was transformed into its true function: a ballroom. The day sped on by, with the lights turning way down low, as everyone helped keep the room moving with dancing and celebration.

Culpepper Wedding

We were really excited to head down to McCaw Hall and MoPOP for the Culpepper wedding. If it surprises you that you can get married there, well you certainly can. And boy what a wedding it was! Flustered emotions and a sense of pure excitement led the bride and groom to the stage, where the bridal party stood waiting just off to the side. A lovely white curtain backed the soon-to-be newlyweds as they delivered tear-inducing vows that left everyone with wet eyes.

During their first look, we even got to go exploring around the building, especially into the theater. But the main entry hall served as the venue, and with tons of light streaking in through the massive windows, there was no way this wasn’t going to be a joyous occasion. Just wait until the groom makes his approach down the aisle for a rip-roaring good time!

Duell Wedding

Rounding out the first part of our countdown is the Duell Wedding. Back in June, right before the seasons switched from Spring to Summer, we saw the marriage between Bethany and Nate at St. Benedict’s up by Wallingford. A dazzling first look at Greenlake Park out in the sun (complete with a wide array of goofy poses, some of which we’d never seen before) led way for a tender, traditional Catholic ceremony inside the stunning church. It really was one of those days you wished you could somehow take the roof off the church and let the light and sun pour in.

Filling out the pews with their loved ones, the wedding was a beautiful celebration of love and god, and certainly left a few misty eyes. Once all was said and done, the newlyweds retreated down the aisle for some photos with the family and priest–oh and of course to sign and make their marriage legally official.


And there you have it for the first part of our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018. Check back in later to see the rest of the indoor wedding ceremonies that really stood out to us this year. Was your wedding indoors? Care to send some photos or maybe a video? We will gladly showcase it along with others! See you soon!

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By Scott Johnson

Welcome back everyone! We apologize for interrupting the Favorites of 2018 countdown, but we just had to share some more weird stories from the world of weddings! Never fear, the countdown will be continuing shortly, but in the meantime we have some tragic, happy, bizarre and sad stories coming your way. Get cozy, ‘cause here we go!

In recent weeks, you’ve seen the immense pressure that bridesmaids have to face (heck, some even have to compete for the coveted role). Well, a new article has compiled some truly strange requests bridesmaids have had to fulfill for their bride(zillas).

From the minor (like having to act and dance like a robot in a themed-wedding) to the more extreme of dishing out upwards of $4,000, these stories will really make your blood boil and rethink how you treat your own bridal party members. One story even has a groomzilla, which you don’t always get to hear about! My personal favorite is the one where the bridesmaid had to plan the bachelorette party and had to buy a ton of penis-themed items, even cookie cutters. See goes on to say “I’m just glad I wasn’t living with my parents at the time!”

The recent Camp Fire in California wreaked havoc on much of the state and has since claimed the lives of at least 29 people. One family, however, has found a little shred of hope in the rubble. Jake Olsen, who had to flee with his family and leave everything behind, returned to check out the damage.

His wife had left her wedding ring on the counter in the rush of things, so he promised her he would try and find it. Upon arrival, the entire house was gone. Nevertheless, he started digging. Sure, enough, buried right around where the kitchen counter was, he found the ring.

So while he and his family might not have a home any longer, they still have each other and their love. Sometimes things really turn out with a silver-lining…or in this case gold.

We keep running into stories like this and it’s starting to become a bit of a downer. Back in November, yet another wedding dress was stolen out of a car. Jessica Blackwell, who was already married at this time, was hoping to pass the dress down to her daughters. She had left the dress in the car overnight, with the idea that her husband would take it to the cleaner, only to find that it was missing in the morning. Married for just a few months, this is surely devastating, but we’re glad that she was able to have it for her own wedding! She is now asking everyone to watch out for it, and has learned her mistake to never leave anything valuable in her car.

The topic of bridesmaids is an ever-evolving myriad of dresses, responsibilities and bouquets. An article in The Atlantic digs deep into the wedding staple, exploring just how out of control it has become. They say that there is now an average of five bridesmaids per wedding, which was up from four just a decade ago. It goes on to note that other countries seldom have more than three, and some don’t even have one.

The author of the article goes on to explain that things have gotten way out of hand just in regards to “aesthetically pleasing photos and a tidy, recessional, couples typically choose the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen.” The issue then, is that the brides often invite exorbitant amounts of people, meaning they far outnumber groomsmen. It then mentions same-sex weddings and after that everything becomes co-ed on both sides of the aisle.

If that isn’t enough to make your head spin on the subject, just remember that you don’t actually need anyone other than a maid of honor and best man, so don’t stress yourself out too much!

Ben and Michael’s perfectly colorful wedding has caught the attention of the internet. An article from Pop Sugar details their adorable wedding, which featured their very own “love-story playlist” that features a couple songs from Lady Gaga like “LoveGame” and “You and I,” along with the Glee cover of “Don’t Stop Believing,” and most importantly, “Rainbow” by Kesha. It’s this last song that has the biggest impact, because their bridesmaids’ dresses were dyed to look each like a color of the rainbow, resulting in a dazzling display of beauty and love.

The article features more photos from their wedding, but just from the cover photo it looks truly spectacular.

This last story is not about the beginning of a marriage–it’s about the end. And boy does it end in a bang…literally. A 43-year-old divorcee by the name of Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler decided to celebrate the end of her marriage by literally blowing up her wedding dress.

As opposed to just tossing it in the trash or lighting it on fire, it was rigged with 20 pounds of Tannerite, which is used as an exploding target. So, her dad and brother-in-law thought this would be a pretty grand idea. Luckily they happened to have a friend who is a bomb tech so this whole thing could come together, and sure enough Kimberly hit her mark on the first shot, obliterating her marriage. That being said, there were reports that the explosion could be felt for fifteen miles! That’s a big one.


And there you have it for another week of Bizarre Wedding News! As you all well know by now, we are always looking for stories to share with you so please leave them below if you come across any! See you all next time.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back everyone to the next installment of our Favorites of 2018 Countdown! This time around is our Favorite Repeat Wedding Venues: places we went to multiple times this year. Who would have thought we would be hitting up these places so many times? But they sure made their impression on us! Ballrooms, golf courses, conference centers and more are coming your way, so let us dive right on in!

Indian Summer Golf and Country Club

I have said it before, and I will most definitely keep saying it: golf courses are one of the best venues for a wedding. Architectured landscapes, peace and quiet, and usually a large enough clubhouse for your entire party all make these atypical venues such a pleasure to visit. Down near Olympia, the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club was so popular, we went twice within a month.

The Middleton Wedding at the end of May was such a gorgeous day from start to finish. Toasty weather, vibrant green grass and a sun that made our job so much easier really made for a superb wedding. The Smith Wedding, just a few weeks later, was not quite as sunny but nevertheless ended up being a perfect day. With so many places to snap photos of our bridal parties, we could walk around the course for hours and never get tired. Inside for the reception, both weddings really got into the swing of things. The hall, which seems big enough to fit hundreds of people, proved to be the perfect place to dance the night away!

Bell Harbor International Conference Center

I know, I know. You are probably thinking, “A conference center? Who would want to get married there?”

Let me tell you something: these places are fantastic. Especially the Bell Harbor International Confer Center.

Think about it this way: say you have hundreds of people to invite. Most places are going to be iffy about letting that many people come storming on in. But a conference center, somewhere that’s used to that volume of people, can surely accommodate the quantity.

Did I mention it’s also simply stunning? Well, it is!

Take a look at its panoramic views of the harbor, city skyline, and the mountains way across the water and you’ll be treated to a feast for the eyes. Did you need space? They have over 96,000 square feet of it!

Two weddings took us there this year. The Ta wedding back in May was a touch cloudy, but the outdoor wedding against the harbor (with cruise ship backdrop and all) was touching and sweet. Once he headed on back in for the reception, the hall was so spectacularly designed and beautiful. With tons of room for dancing, it proved to be the perfect venue.

Elaine and Aaron’s September wedding was held indoor, but we certainly made them walk around the waterfront enough! The indoor venue was intimate enough for the ceremony, but big enough to fit everyone. Hopefully this has been enough to remove any doubts about Conference Centers!

Trinity Tree Farm

Trinity Tree Farm serves one very important purpose during this time of year: Christmas Trees. But for much of the other parts of the year, it serves as a great venue for events and weddings. Poised on a hill overlooking Issaquah, with exceptional views of the mountains to boot, it’s a lovely location for some peace and quiet. With the Barn and the Lodge as their two venues (and with capacities of up to 150 people) they offer tons of amenities including lawn games, s’mores, and the option to hire your own food trucks.

The Van Cise and Wolff/DeChant weddings brought us over here within a month of each other. One right before Spring began and the other shortly after. Both of the weddings, and the farm itself, were teeming with new life and excitement for the future.

Early in March, as the trees were only about three feet high when Taylor and Angelina wed. The grounds themselves were so full of light and beauty, but it’s the Lodge that truly makes everyone feel right at home. It’s there that the Van Cises tied the knot, overlooking the backyard area in such a lovely ceremony. The Wolff/DeChant wedding followed suit, but they were not nearly as lucky with the weather as the Van Cises’. The gray overcast day still proved to be such a wonderful occasion.

Monte Cristo Ballroom

It feels like we’ve been going to the Monte Cristo Ballroom forever! Certainly one of our favorite stomping grounds, this Everett establishment has played host to hundreds of weddings and other events. Their “no package” deal, which, essentially means you get everything, is an absolutely crazy good idea. They even offer the wedding dress. Along with servers, bartenders and more, they are ready to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible.

Which is probably why the Cordovas and Ohashis had such stellar celebrations for their weddings here. Lovely marbled floors and stark white pillars fill the atrium where weddings are held. It doesn’t take too much effort, and soon the wedding hall is turned into the ballroom proper, with a balcony for those too tired to dance to watch from.

For both weddings, held almost exactly four months apart, the venue did their best to ensure a fun filled day. Hey, when you get married in a ballroom, they dancing should never stop!

Salty’s on Alki

Our final venue is one that holds significant value Best Made Videos®. It is where our founder got married two years ago. We were fortunate enough to get to go here twice this year–with its imposing views of not only the Sound, but Seattle as well, Salty’s inspires romance and beauty on its waterfront perch.

A late July wedding for the Eisenhauers, and a smart decision in opting for the drone package, exemplifies just how gorgeous the area can be for a wedding. While the Eisenhauers got married in a church, their first look (as with any first look at Salty’s) took place on the docks overlooking the Sound with Seattle soaring in the distance, followed by their reception in the great hall underneath the restaurant.

The Grybos spent their entire day galavanting around the area. An early September wedding, with surprisingly clear skies (that later made way for overcast clouds) allowed for some great shots, especially during the first look and group photos. Boisterous, romantic, and beautiful to say the least, both weddings reminded us of the magnificent power of Salty’s.


Thus concludes our favorite Repeat Wedding Venues of 2018. We hope you enjoyed visiting these wedding venues as much as we have. Perhaps you might consider getting married at one of these great venues! Have any questions or comments? Leave them below! See you soon for our next Favorites of 2018!

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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!


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?


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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