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By Scott Johnson

Lebel Wedding on 5/25/19 at Saint Alphonsus Church in Seattle, Wa

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Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

It’s always wonderful to see bride and grooms get married in a church. What used to be almost entirely the norm has fallen by the wayside over the past few decades with more and more bridal parties opting for destination weddings, specialized venues or even backyards. We were lucky enough to get to see the Lebel wedding at St. Alphonsus right at the start of this year’s wedding season.

In order to get your ceremony here, you must complete a pretty standard Catholic preparatory checklist including being a member for at least three months of the Parish, attending catechesis programs and meetings with the pastor, as well as a few other items that all relate displaying your love for each other, your shared faith, and devotion to God and the community.

Having gotten through the extra hoops in order to get wed at Saint Alphonsus, it was officially time for the big day! We were ready and raring to get this wedding season off to a stupendous start. After a chilling winter that left us snowbound, the spring sun felt amazing.

A group of experienced friends helped Edwin get ready for his big day. There were no tutorials for tie-tying, or how to get the pocket square just right. No, these guys were ready to send their buddy down the aisle. We were fortunate to get some shots of these dapper dudes overlooking Seattle before it was time to bring out the ladies.

Not to be seen before the wedding, Edwin eagerly awaited his bride, Diahann, as she approached from down the aisle. Looking jubilant as can be, Edwin was more than ready for this moment. Meeting in front of the pastor, the two opened themselves up before God, their family and friends. After a wholly spiritual sermon from the priest, the soon-to-be newlyweds exchanged their rings, signed the official documents and became husband and wife!

As their loved ones applauded, they made their way down the aisle before returning a brief moment later for some greetings and massive group photos. Eventually, everyone made their way to the reception space decked out with tables, balloons and plenty of food. A lovely cake proved for what will likely be one of our picks for Best Cake Cuttings of 2019, as the smiles and excitement filled their faces.

Soon enough it was time to dance and boogie. The wood floors were cleared of tables so that the guests could start shaking their booties. After a lot of fun dancing around, we headed off with just the bride and groom to catch some photos of the two with the slowly setting sun in the background. What a wonderful afternoon with such amazing people!

Thank you again to Diahann and Edwin for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding day! We hope your first four months as a married couple have been splendid! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please send them our way! We love hearing from all of our readers!

How did you guys meet?

We met at Catholic Match online late in August 2017. We struck up a friendship and met in person on October 7 2017.  We officially had our relationship on November 24 , 2017 (day after thanksgiving) 

Venue – Saint Alphonsus Church

Photographer – Michael Curtis

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Seattle DJ Services

Catering – Act 3 Catering

Tell us about the proposal!

Edwin came up to see Denden on January 18, 2018 in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  Together we went to visit St Anne’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford and Ed proposed to Denden. 

Why did you choose your venue?

We are both devout Catholics and wants a traditional-based marriage. 

What are you most excited to see in the video?

The whole wedding ceremony with the choir. 🙂 

Anything else?

To have all the guests in the video so we would be able to review who attended the wedding. 

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back everyone for your favorite weird, wedding world updates! With summer on its last legs before the leaves start to change and the rain begins to fall every day, we are trying to squeeze in as many wonderful outdoor weddings as we can. Nevertheless, we want to keep you informed on all-things wedding, so here is your weekly helping of Bizarre Wedding News! This week we have got feuding sisters, ideas for wedding planners, cake and more! Buckle up!

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/2105821/wedding-planner-approved-favor-ideas

Martha Stewart Weddings takes no time in stating a cold, hard truth: “Wedding favors are a lovely thought, but they’re often hit or miss.” What should you get for your guests, when in reality the favors are often unwanted or simply thrown out? Some wedding planners have offered up a few tips on what you can do should you choose to do it.

The first tip is to give it some thought: “Thoughtful favors are a win every time” claims Deanna Nash. But what if you can’t think of anything? How about food? Everyone loves food, especially after a night of drinking and dancing. Still, Nash says to go thoughtful with the food rather than fancy. A few more tips include buying local and donating to a good cause instead. What did you give as wedding favors?

https://www.boredpanda.com/pregnant-sister-family-pressure-bride-wedding-venue

The first of two Reddit-based stories today comes from user “paperweightfairy.” She and her fiance had booked their wedding venue quite a ways down the road (three years engaged). Yet as life would have it, her sister got pregnant. Why this matters is about to become abundantly clear: the sister wanted to get hitched and have her sister and future-brother-in-law give up their venue for her. Why? Because of the stress of getting pregnant and feeling the pressure to get married. What is the craziest is her family started to take the pregnant sister’s side and began badgering the other sister into giving up the venue.

There have not been too many updates since then, though the mom of the sisters apparently called the fiance’s parents to harass them as well. What a family!

https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/wedding-guest-steals-the-spotlight-in-low-cut-dress-050845475.html

And now for other Reddit story: This time, a photo was posted to the r/Trashy page (where gross, inappropriate and, well, trashy images and videos are posted) that showed a smiling, happy wedding party. The thing is, the girl standing next to the bride is wearing a rather deep-cut dress. The post pertaining to the photo is “When you just have to steal the spotlight.” As it was the internet, lots of people decided to share their opinion. There were some clear disapproval, and others in support. But then someone actually claimed they knew the bride and the people in the photo, and that the bride herself approved of the dress.

To cap it all off, the group in the photo caught wind of all the hullabaloo and posted more photos of the wedding to prove everyone was in good spirits. What do you think about the dress?

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/bride-groom-wedding-cake-fail-disaster

Our last story for the week is about our favorite wedding tradition: cake. Except this time, we come to you with what is being called a “disaster.” A photo that popped up on Instagram (the famous That’s It I’m Wedding Shaming page to be exact) that showed a three tiered cake, but the cake looks somewhat like worn-out luggage, with a blaring drizzle of icing that anyone passing by would recognize as, well, poop.

It is certainly one of the most…interesting…wedding cakes we have seen, but the bride and groom in question have received quite the roasting from the internet. Not quite sure what the idea was here, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t excrement-based.

There you have it for this week. Be sure to keep an eye out for the final batch of our summer weddings as we head into Autumn. Have a story to share? You know what to do!

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by Scott Johnson

Anderson Wedding on 6/22/19 at Swiftwater Cellars at Suncadia

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The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

If ever there was something that goes well with most weddings, it would be wine. For toasting the bride and groom, to dancing with barrels in the welcoming cellar, to strolling grapevines for the first look, wine and weddings are almost synonymous. With Washington rising in the ranks of renowned wineries, we are more than happy to be visiting the up-and-coming vineyards for wedding days. For the Anderson’s big day, they sure picked a doozy! Swiftwater Cellars all the way over in Cle Elum.

This remarkable venue offers up several wedding locations and a flurry of amenities. Free rehearsal, uniformed staff, and a mobile bar are just a few to get you interested, and they can certainly accommodate a busload of guests. Just after the beginning of the Summer season, we were ready and eager to see the Andersons get married.

Adorable socks, fresh bubbly and a few snacks sped the morning along until the ladies and gents were all dressed. Be sure to watch until the end of the video if you want a good chuckle, it seems like Peter wasn’t too ready for that tequila!

Sporting a navy suit, the groom was flanked by an army of groomsmen in gray attire. Meanwhile, the ladies all rocked lovely pink dresses, which made for some great contrasting shots in the group photos.

A delightful first look overlooking the nearby golf courses saw Lauren and Peter just about bursting with emotion. The excitement and happiness that a wedding day brings is nothing to shy away from, you just have to embrace it! When the rest of the wedding party came out, you better bet the smiles did, too. After all the fun and “cheeses” had ended (at least for the time being) it was finally time to get hitched.

With a backdrop of a sprawling forest, the bride and groom met to be wed underneath a wooden altar. The ground leading up to it was filled with white chairs, and seated in them were loving family and friends. In a blink of the eye, the ceremony was coming to a finish and it was time to hear those magic words, “Peter, you may kiss your bride.” He listened.

After the sealing kiss, we ran off with the newlyweds for some golden hour shots of them along the golf course and surrounding hills. It was not nearly enough time before making our way back to the reception for dinner, cake, and pie! Wine and pie? Yes please! Unforgettable dances, particularly with Lauren and her father, helped burn off the calories. All focus was, as it should be, on the newlyweds. Smiles and laughter made the room come alive, and there was nary a dry eye when Peter and his mom shared their dance.

Thank you again to Peter and Lauren for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wonderful wedding day. We hope your first two months of marriage has been amazing! Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Swiftwater Cellars

Photographer – Adina Preston

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Pristine Entertainment

Florist – Where Style Blooms

How did you guys meet?

Blind Date

Tell us about the proposal!

Proposed outside next to a lake

Why did you choose your venue?

Half way for both families

What are you most excited to see in the video?

First look, vows, toasts, and everybody having a great time 🙂 

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