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By Scott Johnson

Even though we are on vacation in Hawaii, the world of Bizarre Wedding News never slows down. Although we are braving the rain inside today, the 70 degrees temperature is still a welcome respite from the 38 degrees that Seattle is currently experiencing. So, with everyone hopefully staying all warm and cozy inside under a blanket, it’s time to dive back into the wild world of weddings. Fair warning, things are going to get a little crazy!

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/g25719134/celebrity-weddings-2019/

We’ll get things started off with some of Emily Tannenbaum’s predictions for the biggest celebrity weddings of 2019. Coming from Cosmopolitan, some of the pics seem pretty obvious after 2018. Take for example Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas; an already big year for Turner with the end of Game of Thrones (as well as Dark Phoenix), the 2018 extravaganza of the other Jonas’ wedding needs to be topped in equal fashion.

Also predicted are Lady Gaga and Christian Carino (who got engaged back in October) as well as Super Bowl performer Travis Scott and fiancé Kyle Jenner. Tannenbaum predicts it to be a secret wedding as well!  

https://www.brides.com/story/karlie-kloss-shares-footage-wedding-day

Though they got married back in October (in their own secret wedding), supermodel Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner haven’t really let anyone else in on the magical day. That changed last month when Karlie posted a video on YouTube, “Year In Review,” which featured some glimpses of the wedding.

Without spoiling much, you get a wonderful sense of the happy day, as well as some of the prep work like dress shopping. Be sure to check out the video to see what was assuredly a magnificent day.

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/groom-in-china-to-sue-friends-over-wedding-day-hazing-that-sent-him-to-hospital-i-was-so-tortured

We’re going to take a break away from some of the more happy moments of weddings and turn to a rather intense tale of pre-ceremony hazing gone wrong. You might think this is some bizarre plot from a movie, but it isn’t and it’s very scary.

Before his wedding, 24-year-old Ai Guangtao was being “pranked” by friends, who while inked and being egged, was tied to a pole and beaten with a bamboo stick! To take things to an even more outrageous level—in his attempt to get away from his “friends,” Ai ran into oncoming traffic and was hit by a freaking car.

Naturally, this has left him pretty rattled, but to make things worse—the driver of the car is suing him personally for causing the wreck…so Ai is suing his friends in return! What fun!

In all seriousness, Ai actually had to be hospitalized for a fractured skull. The “friends” were able to raise some minor funds (about $875) to help pay. Though the ceremony was cancelled, they were supposedly “legally married” before! Best of wishes to the newlyweds, and here’s to hoping they get some retribution and justice!

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/funny-wedding-vows_n_5c2cfa06e4b08aaf7a95307c

Back to some more light-hearted material—we definitely need it now—this article delves into the funniest vows that officiants have ever heard. And by funny, it also means downright absurd. Rick Kaplowitz describes one occasion when he married to Pastafarians (yes, that is a religion) who celebrate September 19th as Talk Like a Pirate Day. Well, that just so happened to be their wedding day, so wouldn’t you know it they all spoke like pirates during their vows. Kaplowitz also says that they had “two short readings selected from “The Princess Bride.”

My other favorite one I read, though brief, is told by Harris Bloom, who tells the tale of a groom who “started to sing to his fiancé.” Not only that, but he “wanted her to join in!” Bloom described it as a “looooooong minute.” I don’t blame him!

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2019/01/07/anthony-desclafani-gets-married-shares-wedding-photo/2500291002/

Though much of the world is still lingering on the aftermath of the Super Bowl, a month ago in the baseball world, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Anthony Desclarafani got married. To commemorate the day, he went to none other than Twitter to share the blissful wedding day. Posting a picture, followed by the team’s page doing more of the same, some of his teammates made little jabs at him.

Tucker Barnhart, catcher for the Reds, chided, “it was very nice of you to throw a party this weekend for my birthday! You guys are the best!!!” Meanwhile, opposing pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Nick Wittgren, joked, “We try to clean up every now and again,” as he posted a photo with his wedding date. Congrats to the newlyweds!

https://www.wideopencountry.com/12-redneck-wedding-cakes/

As has been the tradition lately, we are closing this edition out with more wedding cake! This time, an article that delves into the idea of “redneck wedding cakes.” Now, the term redneck might be offensive to some, so we apologize to any of you offended. We didn’t write the article, after-all.

After seeing some of these cakes, you might actually be able to get behind some of these hilarious, yet truly creative delicacies. On one hand you have something adorable like the camouflage cake with the bride and groom fishing off the side. There’s a pun to be made somewhere here…

Another superbly cute cake titled “rustic tree,” is exactly that—a cake that looks like a tree. But what’s even more adorable is the initials of the bride and groom “carved” into the side! Don’t be shy to check out some more of these wonderful ideas!

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There you have it, folks! Check back in next week for some more wild wedding news! We hope you stay warm and endure the “supposedly” coming snow storm. Have a question? A story of your own to share? Leave it below!

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by Scott Johnson

Well wouldn’t you know it, Seattle finally got some snow! Which means, for anybody who lives here, that the city is pretty much shut down. It’s bad enough when it rains and people drive like maniacs, but when it snows, only the brave and capable should be out on the road. So while cars are slip-sliding all around the city, it’s time to get back into some weird and wild wedding news! This time around we’ve got more celebrity weddings, a touching reminder of a failed marriage and yes, you guessed it, cake to top it all off. Let’s get to it!

https://www.etonline.com/gwyneth-paltrow-hangs-a-christmas-stocking-for-ex-chris-martin-116182?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20181221.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

We were all deeply saddened when Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow ended their marriage back in 2014. Already re-married to Brad Falchuk (just this past September, actually), Gwyneth posted a photo on Instagram around Christmas time showing off her fireplace and stockings. There’s Brad, Gwyneth, Apple and Moses, but the noticeable inclusion is former hubbie Chris, who gets his own between their two two kids.

It might not be much, or leave you with a sense of warmth and happiness, but they are definitely getting along and remind us why they were so wonderful together in the first place!

https://people.com/tv/jensen-arnold-marries-high-school-sweetheart-winter-wedding/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190101.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

This wedding seems pretty timely as we’re in the midst of a snowstorm! Only two days after Christmas, So You Think You Can Dance finalist, Jensen Arnold, got hitched to her highschool sweetheart, Topher Hill. On a not-so-typical Thursday, the two met at the Salt Lake City Temple in Utah for their big day. Older sister Lindsay Arnold served as matron of honor and the bridesmaids rocked some lovely burgundy dresses.

Blanketed with snow, the pictures are marvelous. Though, they certainly make you want to grab for a coat. The ceremony was followed up by a reception at the Sleepy Ridge in Orem. Congrats to the newlyweds!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2018/12/27/hierarchy-celebrity-wedding-publicity-mileys-secret-ceremony-bachelor-party-sponsorships/?utm_term=.753675cfb45d

Aside from being a brilliant newspaper, the Washington Post also just published a great article on the “hierarchy” of celebrity weddings. Using the secretive Cyrus-Hemsworth wedding (their wedding was held during a holiday week with no warning) as a jumping-off point, they also mention Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough’s wedding before moving on to the Kloss/Kushner wedding which pretty much stuck to the same idea.

But then they move onto the more extravagant affairs, like the recent Jonas/Chopra wedding that featured sponsorship. Check out the article for more of what makes up the hierarchy!

https://www.vogue.com.au/brides/trends/are-these-the-most-ott-cake-trends-of-2018/image-gallery/bb5ce168fae2b4b082d1ac30743f615c?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190101.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign&pos=2

The time, care and artistry that goes into making a wedding cake is astounding–and the culture behind the cakes themselves is a little overwhelming. This article from Vogue takes a critical look at some of the trends from 2018 that we could do without in 2019, and certainly raises a few eyebrows at the same time.

Take for instance the “Wonky Cakes,” which look like someone got drunk, knocked your cake over, and reassembled it like Jenga. The article says “we get what you’re trying to do here,” but do they really? I mean sure it’s cutesy, but at a moment’s glance it just looks…wrong. Dig into the article for some more weird cakes!

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There you have it for this installment! We hope you cozy up and stay warm while we ride out this little cold snap. If you have suggestions for stories or articles, please let us know in the comments below!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Melinda Gates via Twitter

Welcome back everyone! Is every surviving the #snowmageddon outside? We got dumped on quite a bit overnight and are enjoying the beauty snowy sights from INSIDE! We’re glad to share some more stories with you from the weird world of weddings. This time around we’ve got cake, lost rings, some blood-boiling material and seriously sweet seniors. Buckle up, let’s ride!

https://www.businessinsider.com/worst-wedding-cake-horror-stories-2019-1?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190104.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign#the-statue-topper-was-way-too-big-1

We usually save cake for last, and don’t worry we will, but the first of two cake articles is actually a compilation of “wedding cake horror stories.” Brought to you by Business Insider, these stories will make you feel fortunate you got through your cake cutting with not only just the cake intact, but also your body and marriage.

The first story will have many of us who have worked customer service to chuckle and feel the exasperation. A wedding coordinator, just moments before the wedding started, was handed a rather large porcelain figurine (she estimates it weighed about three pounds) by the mother of the bride and asked to place it on to top the cake. Glancing over at the “petite cake,” the coordinator kne for certain placing the figuring on the cake would be a mistake, so she placed it off to the side.

Well, the mother of the bride was none too pleased, so she picked it up and placed it on the cake. Sure enough, just a few moments later, there was the sound of glass breaking. You can probably guess exactly what happened. Be sure to check out the other stories! They’re a hoot!

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/01/03/woman-finds-lost-wedding-ring-in-christmas-present/23632947/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190104.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

The holidays are a rather stressful time, would you not agree? Add on top of the cooking, shopping, preparation for those beloved in-laws, and everything else…losing your wedding ring…and then imagine how cheerful your holiday spirits are.

This happened to Joann Johnson, who lost her ring while shopping at walmart over at Port Orchard, our neighbor to the west.

It also happened to be her twentieth anniversary.

Well, the ring was found, but the story will surprise you. Shiloah Avery, opening up her brand new instant pot, found a bonus gift inside, too. A wedding ring.

Being a good samaritan, Shiloah immediately went to social media, only for it to come across Joann’s page. And wouldn’t you know it, she was able to get her ring back on Christmas day! TAlk about Christmas miracles! Be sure to check out the video for the full story and the moment she received her ring back!

https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/bride-angry-at-pregnant-bridesmaid?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190104.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

And now comes the time of week where we have to make your blood boil a little bit–but isn’t that natural when it comes to weddings? Get ready, this one is a doozy.

Originating from none other than Reddit, a bride posted, “long story short, I just found out that one of my bridesmaids will be 5-6 months pregnant on my wedding day.” Great, wonderful, happy news right? Surely since it’s her bridesmaid, she must be close, so she must be happy for her, right?

Wrong, because the bride follows up with, “This bridesmaid was also planning my super secret bachelorette party that I know no details of, but I’m assuming involved drinking that will probably either be changed or cancels.” Hold up, you think that because your bridesmaid can’t drink, she’ll put everyone else on the same prohibition? Come on.

There’s more, “Maybe I’m just thinking the worst here. But personally I think it’s wrong to get pregnant when you’re part of the bridal party and not tell the bride.” Hmm, yeah, nobody is really going to side with you on this one.

Reddit didn’t side with her either, with many calling her selfish and rude for not supporting her friend like she is her…by being her bridesmaid. Get over it, lady, there’s bigger fish to fry!

https://www.brides.com/story/husband-surprises-wife-67-years-new-engagement-ring?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190104.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

https://6abc.com/society/man-surprises-wife-of-67-years-with-new-engagement-ring/5003623/

This one will surely warm your heart after your blood has been boiling, because this is a wonderfully happy story. After being married for 67 years, a wife and her husband had moved to a nursing home. Recently, the wife had fallen, injuring her hand and preventing her from wearing her beloved engagement ring.

So she stashed them away, only to have them suddenly go missing. Luckily, she was married to the ultimate catch of a guy. So he went along with his daughter and picked out some new rings for his wife. Just before Christmas, he presented her with the rings and in a tear-jerking video, well, you can probably guess there were quite a few tears…happy ones, to be exact.

https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/watch-when-bill-gates-instantly-calculated-how-to-cut-his-wedding-cake-into-equal-slices-1971895

I told you we would finish with cake! And with a local legend, too. Yes, you are reading that right: this is about Bill and Melinda Gates’ wedding back in 1994.

On their 25th anniversary, Melinda shared a humorous video to Facebook that was taken at their wedding, with a caption, “We told you it was time to cut the cake. You thought that meant you needed to cut a slice for everyone and did some astonishingly quick math to calculate exactly how big…”

She also happened to “forget” that the middle was made of cardboard, so be sure to check out the hilarious video from one of the dorkiest rich guys on the planet.

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There you have it folks! Check back in next week for even more wild and wacky stories from the wedding world!

If you come across any of your own crazy stories, send them our way!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – White Castle, Facebook

Are you staying warm? Did you miss us?? We had a feeling, so we are back with some more crazy wedding news to take you away from all the messy political stuff and the Super Bowl whirlwind. Don’t worry, our stories can be equally as weird and wild, like heists, eye-color changes, and plenty of burgers. Yep, these are all wedding stories, so buckle in and get ready for the ride.

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/texas-couple-brings-wedding-party-to-whataburger-stages-second-ceremony-inside-restaurant

Weddings can be pretty draining, especially when you’re the bride, groom or part of the bridal party. Near the end of their wedding day, Jordan and Arianne Moore, as well as some of their friends, were still feeling pretty hungry. Once the rest of the party was wrapped up, they decided to hop on down to the local Whataburger for some grub.

The thing is: they didn’t have time to change their clothes. So they strolled on in with all of their wedding attire still on, only to have the restaurant play along. Take a look at the video of the two “walking down the aisle,” and note that the restaurant even gave them a lovely card. The bride’s sister posted the news to the internet and Twitter in hopes of scoring the newlyweds free burgers for a year–now that would have been a wedding present!

https://wkdd.iheart.com/featured/keith-and-tony/content/2019-01-16-bride-makes-bridesmaids-change-their-color-because-of-her-dress/?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190118.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Now we have had a lot of very disturbing stories come out lately about ridiculous bridezillas who supply their bridal parties with horrible tasks, unrealistic monetary requests, and sometimes lists of rules.

This new one fits right in, if not then it’s even weirder than you would want to believe. Recently, a woman posted on Facebook inquiring about a rather curious request: would it be alright to have her bridesmaids wear colored contacts so as to not “clash with her dress.”

That’s right: this lady wants her party to wear colored contacts to make sure their little eyes don’t match or clash with her dress. But don’t you worry: she promises to pay for any color…except blue. Check out the article for a few more bridezillas and dress mishaps!

https://www.eater.com/2019/1/16/18185132/white-castle-valentines-day-dinner-reservations

Well, this one is not entirely wedding related (though there certainly have been weddings involved before) but White Castle is now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day. We aren’t blessed with a chain up here (if you’re desperate, you can find their stuff in the frozen section) but it’s nice to think about all the happy couples making their way in for some burgers and fries.

You can find a full list of the restaurants allowing for reservations on Valentine’s Day through the link above, though the drive/flight probably won’t be worth it as you’re looking at Minnesota or Chicago for the closest branch.

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/arie-luyendyk-jr-lauren-burnhams-wedding-theme-was-your-favorite-high-school-movie-15831007?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190118.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Our final story this time focuses on the wedding of Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham. After proposing to Becca on The Bachelor, Arie shortly broke up with her and started pursuing the runner up, Lauren. Well, they are officially married and with it comes some stories about their ceremony.

Held in Hawaii just a few weeks ago, their wedding was actually a hugely inspired by…Twilight. Specifically Breaking Dawn. Now, most of us were done with Twilight about 8 years ago, but for whatever reason it keeps coming back. Nonetheless, in the case of this wedding, it worked in spades. Their lovely ceremony, surrounded by trees, adorable wooden chairs and all of their friends and family, was not without emotions as Ari immediately burst into tears when his bride approached. The two tied the knot and have been utterly ecstatic ever since! Congratulations!

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There you have it for this week. Check back in soon for some more wild stories. If you have any to share, please send them our way and we’ll give you a shoutout!

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by Scott Johnson

Gaston Wedding on 1/19/19 at The Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

It has certainly been a chilly winter up here in the Pacific Northwest, though we don’t really have much room to complain this week when a good portion of the country is literally colder than Antarctica. A few weeks ago we made our way over to Bonney Lake, and specifically to Kelley Farm for the Gaston wedding. While we were blessed with a dry day, it didn’t help with the cold. Luckily, Kelley Farm is ready for whatever need with multiple ceremony locations (yes, there’s indoor ones for days just like this, and heated floors). Offering up several catering partners, enough space for more than three hundred people, and a curfew of midnight, The Kelley Farm really wants you to eat up and party the night away!

The Gastons were greeted with gray skies for their wedding, but some warming spirits were nearby to take away the biting cold. Looking especially dapper in grey suits with maroon vests and ties, the boys had some fun…horsing…around in front of the barn while the ladies were a little calmer in their warm dressing rooms. Once the room was just about bursting with excitement for the big day, it was time for the first look!

Greeting her groom outside the barn, the first look was so sweet. That wonderful mix of nervous and excited let the bashfulness shine through. We were able to walk around the farm with them as they posed along with the rustic setting, green trees and soothing gray skies. Eventually gathering again in front of the barn, this time with the rest of the bridal party, we got some wide shots of the massive group.

Soon enough, though probably not soon enough for the bride and groom, it was time for the wedding. As everyone filled the impressive wood barn, with twinkling lights and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the groom could hardly contain himself–especially when he saw his bride approaching.

Try to get through the vows and speeches read by their loved ones without crying–we dare you. A loving, spiritual ceremony saw the tying of the knot for Andrea and Jeffrey, and there was hardly a dry eye to be seen, especially for the bride and groom. With the magic words spoken by the officiant, there was only really one thing left to do: kiss and become husband and wife.

After a dip that probably gave Andrea whiplash, the newlyweds left the ceremony hall with their namesake song…from none other than Beauty and the Beast (hopefully it didn’t take you this long to recognize the name!)

The reception to follow was the cap to a spectacular day. Silly props for the photo booth provided plenty of smiles (though there were already plenty), as did the dozens of cupcakes. Eating turned into dancing, and then in the blink of an eye the night was over and it was time to head home.

Congratulations to Andrea and Jeffrey on your wedding and thank you again for choosing Best Made Videos® to film it! We hope the first few weeks have gone magically.

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

Venue – The Kelley Farm

Photography – Rebecca Jane Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos®

DJ – DW Entertainment

Coordination – Holcomb Weddings & Events

Flowers – The Enchanted Florist

Caterers – Snuffin’s Catering

Details – The Meaningful Details

Hair and Makeup – Korrine C. Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Cake – Celebrity Cake Studio

Chalk Art – Something to Chalk About

How did you guys meet?

Andrea took her brother out to a bar to celebrate his 21st birthday, albeit a little late, and to be his wingman. Jeff just so happened to go out to that same bar that night to hang out with friends. He was standing by the dance floor talking to people and he looked over Andrea’s direction several times and would smile at her. Though she had already noticed and would smile back, Andrea’s brother, Jacob, noticed that he kept smiling as well, and said loudly (so that Jeff heard) “Sis, that guy keeps smiling at you.” Andrea was pretty much obligated to talk to Jeff at that point, since he was standing there chuckling about what had just happened. From that moment on, Jeff never stopped talking to her and they fell madly in love.

Tell us about the proposal!

On February 19, 2018, Andrea and Jeff had decided that they wanted to do a family day. The activity that Jeff suggested was to go and paint ceramics in Gig Harbor down by the water. Jeff wanted everyone to dress up and he made Andrea change out of her comfy clothes and into something fancier. Andrea thought it was weird, but Jeff used Andrea’s love of taking pictures together as his reasoning. Jeff got Andrea’s friend Alisa to come along with her children and they all hung out and painted different ceramics. Jeff seemed quieter than normal and very antsy. As they were finishing up, Andrea’s parents called her, asking if they wanted to go to lunch. After Andrea agreed, Jeff told her that they first had to go to a look out point in the harbor to take their family picture first. What Andrea didn’t know is that Jeff had already asked her parents to meet them up at the lookout point and to put flowers on a bench that said “Andrea, For making me a Happy Man. Turn Around”. And there, as Andrea turned around while surrounded by her family, Jeffrey was already on one knee, holding open a box with a beautiful ring inside!

Why did you choose your venue?

We wanted a winter rustic wedding, and the barn at Kelley Farm was perfect! From the twinkly lights outside the barn to the beautiful chandeliers on the inside, and the huge barn doors, The Kelley Farm brought the perfect mixture of rustic elegance.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

The First Look and the groom’s face as the barn doors open.

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