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by Scott Johnson

Welcome everyone to the beginning of the end of our Summer Wedding Season. As we creep our way into the month of August, we only have about 6 weeks left of Summer! Of course we will have some wonderful Fall weddings later on, dazzling us with the oranges and browns of the leaves, but for now let’s just soak up the last bit of summer and get ready for some more Bizarre Wedding News. This week we have some dresses, news about JFK Jr., nudity, and Arthur? Guess you will just have to find out! Let’s begin:

https://www.jacarandafm.com/shows/breakfast-martin-bester/crude-or-funny-man-strips-his-wife-their-wedding/

Now I don’t know about you, but I have never heard of a wedding that got so rowdy and out of control that someone got naked–let alone the groom. Well that is exactly what happened back in May as a video posted to Jacaranda FM shows a groom stripping (along with a groomsmen) and getting wild for his newly-wed wife. While on the one hand we must praise this man for his bravery and talent, the other hand must also question whether this was exactly the best place to do it–I mean, the honeymoon was surely just a few hours off…

Anyway, check out the video and let us know: if your new spouse decided to drop to their skivvies, would you be mad? Or would you join them?

https://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/cheryl-burke-gets-married-in-romona-keveza-wedding-dress-pic/

Fans of Boy Meets World will undoubtedly recognize a name out of this article. Dancing with the Stars pro, Cheryl Burke, got hitched to Matthew Lawrence (Jack Hunter in BMW) back in May. Their San Diego wedding was held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, and saw the bride wearing a “structured silk crepe gown that featured a scalloped sweetheart neckline.” There were also “Swarovski crystal buttons along the “cathedral-length, six-foot train.”

For more details about their grand wedding, be sure to hit the link!

https://www.newsweek.com/alabama-public-television-refuses-air-gay-wedding-episode-arthur-1431132

If ever you thought there would be a controversial television program, the least likely one you would consider was probably Arthur. Well, back in May, Alabama Public Television decided to bar an episode of the delightful children’s program from airing. Why, you ask? Because it had one of the long-time staples of the show, Mr. Ratburn (the teacher), get married to his boyfriend.

What was titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” was cut out of the state’s programming and has yet to see the light of day there (unless, you know, you go on the internet). It’s wild to think that in this day and age there would be such an uproar over a kid’s show, but then again, people are going to be very upset when that Baby Shark show gets going.

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There you have it for this week! We hope you have been entertained and well-informed about some of the weirdness going on in the wedding world! As always, if you have any questions or would like to share your own story, leave it below!

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by Scott Johnson

Mosley Wedding on 5/4/19 at Mountain View Venue in Port Angeles, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

While many may know May the Fourth as Star Wars Day, the Mosley’s will forever cherish it as their wedding day. We love any chance to get over to Port Angeles (and for all of you who haven’t made a weekend trip out there, you definitely need to). With Seattle far to the East, the peaceful tranquility of the area (particularly the Mountain View Venue) makes any wedding feel absolutely perfect.

The morning got off to a wonderful start as the ladies got ready in their lovely blue dresses. The natural beauty of the Olympics really made itself known from the minute we stepped onto the property. Breathtaking trees, particularly when the sun crept through the branches, made the little clearings feel like a fairy tale. It is here that the first look took place, and with some creative (and certainly improvised) “special effects” we got some dazzling blossom shots.

Soon enough, the bridal party made its way out to join the bride and groom. Looking all dapper with vestless suits, the boys tried to show-up the ladies but didn’t quite cut it. With plenty of fun poses to try out, they kept us busy until the wedding bells began to toll. Once everyone was bubbling over with laughter and good cheer, we knew it was just about ceremony time.

If the rest of the venue gave any indication of how gorgeous the actual altar was going to be, we would’ve thought it was impossible to get better. Nevertheless, the little clearing overlooking a farm in the distance, surrounded by mountains and towering trees, proved to be an utterly perfect location for Jason and Marie to tie the knot. Once the magic words were unleashed by the officiant, it was time for the two to kiss and make it official!

Retreating to some new areas around the estate, we got some intimate shots of the newlyweds amongst the unrelentingly beautiful greenery. While the kids concerned themselves with the finer things in life (meaning the wicked tire swing), and the rest of the party milled around, the newlyweds were signing their documents and getting ready for the reception. In other words, getting all the boring stuff out of the way!

The dazzling walls of lights in the reception hall made for a dream-like tapestry. As the dancing got underway, the newlyweds shared some special moments with their family before the rest of the gang hit the dance floor. As the day wore on, the sun began to plunge below the mountains, which meant it was time for our favorite golden hour shots. Moments like this really bring the day to a superb conclusion, as evidenced by the smiles on their faces.

Thank you again to Jason and Marie for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding day! We wish you nothing but the best of luck and happiness. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, leave them below! We are always looking to make improvements! See you all soon!

Venue – Mountain View Venue

Photographer – Adrien Craven Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Coordination – Vanessa Thompson

Makeup – iilya violet event artistry

Cake – That Takes The Cake

DJ – DJ RoBoTiX

Hair – Hair & Makeup by Jocelyn DeChenne

Dress – Black Diamond Bridal

Bartender – Pour Girls and Some Guys

How did you guys meet?

We met via Bumble and our first date was a hike up Pyramid Peak with my foster kiddo.  And our second date was a gruesome (for me) hike up Mt Baldy, Graywolf, and Tyler Peak.

Tell us about the proposal!

Sunset walk on the Beach at Salt Creek

Why did you choose your venue?

It was the biggest place we could find in the area and it has a pretty view.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

1st look; Jason Smiling; walking down the aisle; 1st dance, father bride dance; vows; father of the bride speech; parents at ceremony and reception

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by Scott Johnson

Gayle – Manson Wedding on 6/22/19 at Novelty Hill Januik Winery in Woodinville, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

What’s better than a wonderful wedding at the beginning of Summer? A wedding at a winery, in this case the Novelty Hill Januik Winery over in Woodinville. Certainly not our first time visiting this lovely estate, it’s important to note that they offer several packages for their weddings that feature different amenities. The unique concrete construction and iconic red translucent wall of the winery make a show-stopping venue perfect for any occasion, especially a wedding!

The Gayle-Manson wedding was greeted with some gray clouds early in the morning. Getting ready in the various spaces throughout the building, the boys hung out in the Cellar room sipping some fine wine and looking particularly stylish with their navy suits and red ties. The ladies matched the ties with their dresses, while the bride rocked some coral flowers in her hair.

After everyone had a few sips of their drinks, it was time to meet for the first look. In a little courtyard, the bride and groom shared some tender moments before we had them traipse around the winery. Posing in between the grapevines and train tracks (don’t worry they aren’t in use anymore), it was so sweet and romantic. As the clouds were burning off high above, it was a wonderfully warm day to be outside. Soon enough, it was time for group photos and everyone rolled on out with the biggest and best smiles.

And then it was time for the ceremony. We aren’t sure if the sun just knew when to pop through or what, but by the time it was good to go there were some streaks shining down from the clouds. Filling the adorable wedding courtyard, the guests lined the way in white seats while the bridal party made their way to the altar. Following Laura and Jeff’s vows, both of which breaking out the sobs ever so briefly, they were able to kiss and become husband and wife.

After the newlyweds retreated for some privacy, the guests did what any guests at a winery would do: drink wine and relax! The spacious, inviting winery felt like you were actually at a bar. Cornhole kept the competitive spirit alive and worked up appetites while the dining area was prepped. Once everyone was seated, the newlyweds made their triumphant return before mingling around all of the tables with their friends and family.

The party kicked into high gear after this, with cake-cutting and dancing to follow. A vivacious first dance left our jaws on the floor, but certainly also inspired everyone else to put their best moves out there. Once the twinkling lights came on it became a non-stop party until it was time to head outside for a few more private photos, capping off a wonderfully fantastic wedding day.

Thank you again to Jeff and Laura for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has gone magically.

Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Novelty Hill Januik Winery

Photography – Soper Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos®

Coordination – Pink Blossom Events

DJ – Seattle Parties

Bakery – Cubes

Why did you choose your venue?

We both love wine and often our vacations together center around wine so we knew we wanted to get married at a winery. We chose Novelty Hill Januik because of the beautiful and modern space.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Us and all of our guests having fun. We want this to be a joyous event, and while we hope for a romantic touch during the ceremony, I am not a very sappy person.

Anything else?

I really liked how a video I saw of yours used the couple’s vows as well as some music for the sound. 

Laura and Jeff’s story in their own words:

Important Dates

6.26.13 | First meeting

7.11.13 | First date

5.29.14 | Adopted Kessa (pup)

7.1.14 | Moved in together

10.23.16 | First international vacation (Iceland)

4.22.18 | Engaged

6.22.19 | Wedding date!

How we met

Jeff and Laura met in the summer of 2013 playing ultimate frisbee for a club team named Tugboat. They hit it off immediately at the first team meeting, bonding over their broken clavicle stories, and at the first tournament Jeff kept going out of his way to spend time with Laura. Only 15 days after their first meeting, Jeff and Laura went on their first date, and they have been inseparable since. Less than 1 year later they adopted their adorable dog Kessa and moved into their very own house, and now they are finally getting married!

And although Tugboat dissolved, Jeff and Laura continue their passion for ultimate frisbee together on club team Birdfruit. Chirp chirp!

The Proposal

It was their last day in France. Laura and Jeff had just spent a long weekend drinking wine and exploring the lovely vineyards and towns of Burgundy, France with Jeff’s college friend and their frisbee teammate, Peter Burrows. After spending the day biking to different domaines for wine tasting, Jeff told Laura that they should get dressed up for a fancy dinner. But first, Peter wanted to show them a nice view of Beaune, the town they were staying in. Little did Laura know that Jeff and Peter were planning something.

Clueless, Laura got dressed up in her best clothes and followed Jeff and Peter up a hill to a view of the vineyards and town of Beaune below. While Laura snapped a selfie with Jeff, Peter pretended to take a phone call and scurried away. Only seconds after this picture was taken, Jeff pulled a ring from his pocket and dropped to his knee.

Laura said yes! After peeking out from a bush a short distance away, Peter came running out with sparkling wine. They drank, laughed, snapped some pictures, and then headed out for their fancy dinner as a newly engaged couple (and Peter too).

Wedding Party

Maids of Honor

Lisa and Sarah Manson

Lisa is Laura’s older sister and Sarah is her younger sister. With less than 2 years between each age, they spent a lot of time together growing up. One year, all 3 of them were in high school at the same time! Somehow their dad survived 🙂

There can be no mistake that Lisa, Laura, and Sarah are sisters. If you can’t tell from their similar looks and mannerisms, you can certainly match their deep Manson voices. Lisa and Sarah both live in Los Angeles, and a friend of theirs once said upon meeting Laura for the first time that she was the link that connects them.

Bridesmaids

Ali Wismer

Ali and Laura met in high school and first got to know each other playing on the freshman softball team. Through their years in high school, Laura spent countless nights hanging out in Ali’s basement, and now always looks forward to seeing her when she returns to Cleveland for Christmas.

Katia Dubas

Katia was Laura’s first Seattle friend when she moved to the city in 2011. Katia worked with Laura at Boeing, and was so welcoming and friendly, they immediately started hanging out – holding girls’ nights and going on hikes in Cascades. Katia now lives in Carmel, IN with her husband and adorable baby boy, Teddy, but they still find plenty of opportunities to hang out. No distance can separate these two!

Anika Tuba

Anika joined Laura’s team at Boeing in 2012, and they quickly hit it off. Anika is always down for a happy hour or a weekend brunch, and has been a constant source of friendship in Seattle. She may be small, but Anika has a huge personality and is always so much fun to be around.

Best Man

Peter Burrows

Peter and Jeff met at Whitman College and became fast friends. They played on the Ultimate team, the Whitman Sweets, together before continuing on with various teams after college. Though Peter currently resides in France, that has only given Jeff an excuse to visit Europe. Peter was intimately involved in helping plan the proposal, even running up with a bottle of sparkling wine when it was complete.

Groomsmen

Raphael Miller

Jeff and Raphael met while working together at Getty Images. Raphael won’t back down from any competition, continuing to challenge Jeff in ping pong despite a winless record (though he’s getting better). Raphael ran the Tough Mudder with Jeff and Laura on a whim, even carrying Jeff on his back to help the team power through.

Ernesto Hernandez

Jeff and Ernesto also met while working at Getty Images. Ernesto helped mentor Jeff, becoming his “code whisperer”, and they became fast friends. They bonded over many Taco Tuesday happy hours while at Getty Images. They enjoy playing board games, though Ernesto still won’t let Jeff play dungeons and dragons with him.

Aaron Dubas

Jeff and Aaron met through his wife Katia. Aaron has been a constant source of intriguing conversation and friendship since they met. Though he and Katia moved to Carmel, IN, Jeff and Aaron stills find ample time to hang out when Aaron is back in Seattle for work.

Brian Percival

Brian was one of Jeff’s first friends at Whitman College. They met trying out for soccer freshman year, and continued to bond over their love of sports. Go Sounders, Seahawks, and Mariners! Though Brian no longer lives in Washington, they continue to keep in touch with a yearly fantasy baseball league.

Flower Girl

Kiwi

Little Alaskan Klee Kai, Kiwi, entered Laura and Jeff’s lives in September 2018. She is full of energy and loves to snuggle and play. She will be almost exactly 1 year old on the day of the wedding and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Ring Bearer

Kessa

We had planned for our adorable 10-year old dog, Kessa, to be our ring bearer, but after a short and unexpected battle with adenocarcinoma, Kessa passed away on September 7, 2018. Although she will no longer be a part of our wedding, she will forever live on in our hearts.

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