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by Scott Johnson

Flom Wedding on 2/23/18 at Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

Best Made Videos was great and easy to work with. Answered all of my questions and tailored my videos to exactly what I wanted. The day was a whirlwind for me so it was so nice to watch the beautiful highlight video and see details I missed. I highly recommend Reid and his team! I am so so happy to have these wonderful videos!”

Winter weddings can be tough here in the Pacific Northwest. On top of it already likely to be raining, this last year in particular also saw us inundated with an absurd amount of that fluffy white stuff that falls from the sky. At even the slightest whiff of snow, mass panic spreads throughout the reason and you best bet you want to avoid any roads…especially with hills. But at the same time, there’s nothing quite like a beautiful lodge such Mountain Springs blanketed in that fluffy snow. That’s what the Floms got on their wedding day.

Make no mistake, it was cold. The drone footage shows off a frozen pond and a winter wonderland for Sarah and Caleb to tie the knot in…literally. Seldom do we have outdoor weddings in the winter. Seldom do we actually have the bride and groom standing in the snow itself. But seldom do we meet families like the Floms, so we’re always willing cross things off our bucket list!

Staying inside the wood lodge for as long as possible, while also sipping away at whiskey, the morning flew by before it was time to head on out into the cold air for the first look. Looking regal in his uniform, Caleb waited for his bride on a snowy road, complete with a dusted wooden fence. Trying their best to look warm and cozy (while we were shivering ourselves), we had them walk around the area that feels like it would be thousands of miles from Seattle.

Not the have anyone else left out of the frigid fun, we got the rest of the party out for some group shots. As the snow started to whizz around, we headed back for a bit of a reprieve to let the snow die down. Soon enough it was time to hop in the sleigh…yes, you read that right…and head off to the wedding. Standing against the frozen pond, with the sleighs zipping across the fields behind them, it was really an unforgettable sight.

Once all was said and done, and following some lovely vows, the lovebirds finally got permission to kiss. So they did, and they all piled back into the sleigh for some warmer abodes. After we got inside, it was finally time to sign the paperwork to make this thing really official. A fire raging, tables set and the drinks flowing greeted the guests before the arrival of the newlyweds.

Delicious food warmed us even more, and soon it was time to open up the dance floor for a night of celebration. After the purple lights came on, and everyone got to their feet, it all flew by in such a wonderful blur of getting jiggy with it and happy memories.

Thank you again to Sarah and Caleb for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We absolutely loved it and hope your first two months have been going great! As always, if you have a question, comment or story to share, leave it below and we will gladly get back to you!

Photography – Arlene Chambers Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos®

Venue – Mountain Springs Lodge and Conference Center

Sweets – Simply Sweet Cupcakes

Dress – BHLDN, The Dress Theory

Boots – Hunter Boots

DJ – JMG Entertainment, LLC.

Flowers – Alexa Johnson

Drone – Aaron Castillo

Sarah and Caleb’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met on a Bumble, the dating app. Our first date was at McMenamins Anderson School and it lasted 6 hours!

Tell us about the proposal!

My whole family went to Kauai last February to celebrate my parents’ 60th birthdays. While there Caleb proposed on the beach right after sunset. Somehow we were the only ones on the beach at that time!

Why did you choose your venue?

I have always wanted a snow/winter wedding and that venue had a perfect feel, plus it was one of the only ones that allowed outdoor snow ceremonies. I also loved how many people could stay onsite for the whole weekend.

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by Scott Johnson

Hello everyone! It’s TGIF so why not treat yourself to some more Bizarre Wedding News and get yourself ready for the weekend? This time around we’ve got some bridezillas, “naked brides,” and last but not least–cake! Let’s get going!

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If you haven’t heard of PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (commonly known as PUBG), Fortnite, Apex Legends, or even Tetris 99, well, they’re the big new commotion in the video game world. Battle Royales as they are called, it’s essentially The Hunger Games, but in video game format. They have reached some heights in terms of popularity, that now couples are having pre-wedding shoots themed after their favorite battle royales.

If you are reading this and happen to live in Mumbai, then there’s a photographer there for you who will help you get the shots done. Doing a test shot for Aakash B. Jain, the photos made their way to the internet and exploded in popularity. Be sure to check out the article for the awesome pics!

https://kprcradio.iheart.com/featured/walton-and-johnson/content/2019-01-24-new-fashion-trend-naked-brides-see-through-wedding-dresses/?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190125.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Assuming you read the intro, you probably skimmed to find this article, you silly pervs. Alas, there isn’t actually any nudity here, rather a new wedding trend known as the “see-through” dress. The article describes them as “mostly sheer, with skin-toned lining and strategically placed lace decorations.” Judging by the video, these dresses make quite the statement. Not sure how they will talk off in some of the cooler climates, especially if your big day ends up being cloudy. Though you can’t deny they all look phenomenal! Check out the link for a quick video!

https://www.heart.co.uk/lifestyle/weddings/bridezilla-bridesmaid-hair-dye/?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190125.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

We love hearing about bridezillas, mostly because they are often so unreal in their absurdity that it feels like like a highly-entertaining fictional tale than anything. But boy are they real, and this one is quite shocking. In case you didn’t know, there’s many pages dedicated to wedding-shaming, which is just dumb if you think about it.

One bride went on to comment about one of her bridesmaid’s “awful orange red hair,” and even went to claim that she would ruin all of their shared photos. You’d be surprised at how many defenders the bridezilla has–so now we pose the question to you: do you ask your bride to change their hair or accept them for who they are?

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/650996/tips-bridesmaid-dresses-formality-compared-wedding-dress?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190125.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

More fashion talk, this time for the bridesmaids. Martha Stewart Weddings poses the question, “should your bridesmaids’ gowns be as formal as your wedding dress?” Aleesha Thomas gets to the bottom of it by simply saying “it all depends on your preference,” and then digs into some more of the specifics you should follow in case you still can’t decide.

The three major tips she has are, “choose styles that are as or less formal,” “when in doubt, choose the same fabric,” and “remember that the length of the dresses makes a difference.” Along with the explanations she provides, these three tips will surely help you when it comes to making a decision!

https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/01/wedding-gift-ideas-registry-crowdfunding-house-down-payment/581005/?utm_medium=10today.ad1.20190123.421.1&utm_source=email&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=10-for-today—4.0-styling

With millennials now entering into married life more and more frequently, and considering the state of affairs for the generation in terms of jobs and the economy, it’s no surprise we have stricter marrying habits and ultimately longer-lasting marriages. Do you really need fancy silverware that you use once a year anymore? What about fancy bedding, towels, an expensive toaster and all of the other stereotypical wedding gifts? Sure, you may need some, but what you probably really need is somewhere to put it all…like a house.

Which is exactly what Armand Lebrilla and Stephanie Cuellar decided to do when they got married back in August. They went to Honeyfund, which is typically used for honeymoons, but asked for money for a down payment instead. It makes sense: if people are already dropping hundreds of dollars for wedding gifts, at least have it be something truly useful! Though they didn’t actually make enough for their down payment, they now have enough in savings to work more towards owning a home in the future.

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/nation-world/national/article224894275.html?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190125.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

This story is about none other than the “Ace of Cakes” himself, Duff Goldman, who just got married to Johnna Colbry back in January. I do warn you, this could make some vegetarians and vegans a little queasy:

While the dinosaurs in the background might be enough to make you turn your head, it’s the cakes that get the real scrutiny–particularly the meat one.

Yep. A meat cake.

Perhaps it’s best for Goldman to describe it in his own words, “The bottom tier is meatballs, the second tier is meatloaf, third tier is lamb shawarma, and the top tier is scrapple.” Feeling appetised yet? Well, the icing is also mashed potatoes…and the flowers are bacon. No, I am not lying. To…top…it all off, they converted a chocolate fountain into a gravy fountain. So there you go. Meat cake. Sound tasty or not?

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That’s all for this time, everyone!  If you have any questions, comments or would like to share some stories of your own, please drop them below and we will be glad to feature them! See you all next time.

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by Scott Johnson

Smith Wedding on 3/2/19 at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“The best videographer around!

I’ve been thinking about what to say…. Reid and his partner Matt were so amazing to work with and really on top of everything. They were there from the start to the end of the day, capturing all of the most important parts. He got the video to me in a week…. I was planning on at least waiting a month for the video. But apparently they are over achievers. Haha.

But honestly. I really felt like they enjoyed the day almost as much as we did. They laughed with us and shared all the important moments with us. My now husband has brain cancer and this wedding was planned in a month, and these guys gave their whole Saturday away to document our day.

I can’t say enough nice things about them. Obviously the fact that they donated their services to a family they didn’t know but just came across their story, says a lot about the kind of people they are. I really enjoyed working with them and honestly having this video to look back on whenever I want really just makes the whole thing that much more special.

Thank you Reid and Matt. From my entire family to yours, thank you…. when I say I’ve watched the video probably 3-5 times a day since you sent it to me on Saturday is not an exaggeration…”

It’s been a while since we got to head out to Snohomish, particularly the Hidden Meadows wedding venue! So we were pretty thrilled for the Smith’s big wedding day at the beginning of March. This 350-guest venue is breathtaking all around. From the rustic charm to the sprawling fields and everything in between, we will never get tired of coming here. You can even get views of Mt. Pilchuck as you stroll around the patio, or simply rest by the fire pit and enjoy the summer sky.

Every wedding is special, no doubt about it. It’s one of the happiest days of anyone’s life, and you get to share it with your partner who feels just the same way, as well as your family and friends. Then you have weddings like the Smiths’ where everything comes together in such a profound way that you wonder if maybe fate really does exist.

For those interested in the full, unabridged story of their storied romance, trials and tribulations and uncompromising love for each other, all you gotta do is click here to read Dan Manning’s account of the day.  Three years ago in February, Josh and Erin met on a dating site. An “instant connection,” is putting it lightly, and within the year they were already living together with Josh’s (technically now their) kids, and planning for the future. Only to have December 2016 roll around with Josh ending up in the hospital due to a seizure and eventual cancer diagnosis.

They removed the tumor shortly after, but then he was diagnosed with Grade 3 Anaplastic astrocytoma brain cancer. After a year of treatment, Erin wound up pregnant (despite being told it was highly unlikely) and gave birth to a boy in May 2018. This past January rolled around, and another diagnosis revealed the cancer was back and he had about a year to live. Like all awesome moms, Erin’s came over and gifted Josh her own ring to propose to Erin with, and within the day they were engaged. This has all the makings for a hopelessly romantic and heart-swooning movie, even more so once you see the final decisions for the big day!

So, Erin went to the internet to post about their story in hopes that there would be some charitable organizations that would help them tie the knot. Sure enough, they rounded up all of the necessary vendors and got ready for their wedding day with only several weeks notice. Be sure to check out Dan Manning’s account of the day himself before reading on to ours. Sometimes things are just meant to happen the way they are, and everything about this day reads perfection, as you will shortly find out!

A brisk March morning greeted us along with fog rolling in over the fields. Nestled up inside, avoiding the chill, the ladies and gents spent the morning getting all done up. The boys were rocking some lovely maroon vests and ties, while the bridal party some sparkly dresses with matching maroon bottoms.

As the morning progressed, it soon became time for the lovely first look between Erin and Josh. Meeting underneath a wooden covering with curtains tied to the sides and little chandeliers hanging, Erin approached Josh and soon they were all over each other with excitement.

We led them around the farm, posing in fields and by barns, looking as loving and ready as ever to be married. The lighting was so unique while we were out there and we loved every minute of it. We could tell they were getting antsy to get to the major part of the day, so we squeezed in a few group shots and then headed inside for the ceremony!

It was readily apparent that this ceremony was going to be just so wonderful. As the officiant began, he goes “welcome and thank you all for joining us for joyous occasion as my first time as a wedding officiant…possibly my last.” What followed was a series of lovely stories about their meeting, their love for each other and all the things they want to do together. At one point, Erin promises to “be less stubborn than the day I was before,” to which Josh retorted, “that would be nice.”

With everyone laughing, loving and ready for these two to finally tie the knot, it was just up to the officiant to give the magic words for these two to become husband and wife. Once it finally happened, there was hardly a dry eye in the room…and the two kissed and became one. Knowing full well the story behind it all, that kiss meant more to them than anything else in the world.

Taking some time just to themselves, the rest of the group headed over to the reception hall for some finger foods and libations. Once the newlyweds rolled on in, it was time to get the party started. Once the lights dimmed down, the music started bumping and got everyone to their feet. A night of celebrating life, love and happiness followed. Everyone is in the highest of spirits and wanting to groove their way onto the dance floor.

With just a little bit of sunlight left, we went outside for some tremendous twilight hour shots of the newlyweds, eager to begin this brand new chapter of their life.

Thank you again to Erin and Josh for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first few weeks have been utterly magical and wish you nothing but love and happiness. Have a question or comment? Leave it below!

Photography – Dan Manning Photography

Photography – Jennifer Tai

Wedding Planners – Unforgettable Wedding and Events

Videography – Best Made Videos®

Venue – Hidden Meadows

Desserts – Lady Yum

Cake – Cakes by Day

Photo Booth – Frozen Sentiments

Catering – Wich Came First

Hair – Elle Marie Hair Studio

Makeup – Shannon Mercil Makeup Artistry

DJ – Otto-Matic Mobile Music

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By Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – INSTAFOODIETWINS/Instagram

Welcome everyone to a brand new week of Bizarre Wedding News. As we barrel towards the 2019 wedding season, prepping along the way for all the spectacular ceremonies we are bound to witness, we still have to make time to keep you all informed about the wild world of weddings! This week we’ve got some new life, weird piercings, a French wedding–and yes, cake. Be ready: this week might make your skin crawl a little.

https://www.etonline.com/celebrity-wedding-planner-david-tutera-welcomes-baby-girl-with-husband-joey-toth-118089?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190125.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

While this doesn’t have anything to do with a wedding ceremony perse, celebrity wedding planner David Tutera, and his husband Joey Troth, just had a baby girl last month through a surrogate. Her name is Stella Toth-Tutera. David already has one child from a previous marriage, Cielo, who is five-years-old. If the name Tutera is at all familiar, it might be because back in 2013, he broke up with his ex, Ryan Jurica, who he had hired another surrogate for that would eventually produce twins. The controversy arose from the fact that the two were going to raise the fraternal twins separately.

Nonetheless, congratulations are in order for the happy couple!

https://www.brides.com/story/a-romantic-wedding-at-a-chateau-in-the-south-of-france?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190123.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

One of Brides.com best publications is their “Wedding of the Day,” and their one for January 22 is quite the doozy! Following Caroline and Courtney, two Australian nurses who had met in 2011 and started dating in 2013. Back in 2017, Courtney asked Caroline to marry her in a romantic little picnic at the beach.

With Caroline being Irish, they thought they should at least get married in Europe. They had decided the “high chance of rain eliminated Ireland,” as an option, but they finally landed on the highly luxurious South of France. To be exact, the Chateau De Robernier. The 16th century venue is just drop-dead amazing. It really feels like royalty based simply on the pictures, though we can hardly imagine what it must have been like getting to walk the grounds! Check out the article for a full breakdown of the day!

https://johnjayandrich.iheart.com/content/2019-01-22-are-engagement-ring-piercings-the-new-wedding-trend/?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190123.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Brace yourselves, things are about to get weird. A new trend known as Finger Piercings is slowly taking over and making its way for the wedding industry. Instead of popping a ring on your finger, you can get it embedded in your skin just below the surface. These have been around for a while, and practically speaking they aren’t too favorable considering how easy it can be for it to get caught on something, and well…you know. The article states that “the ring finger takes roughly a year to maybe accept the embedded ring.” That’s right. Your body might not even accept it. Remember our article last time about smoke bombs at weddings? Add this one to the list of no-thank-yous.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/8250341/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-cake-mrkipling-lemonade-elderflower-slices/?utm_medium=40digest.7days2.20190123.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

With that out of the way, there’s no better way to wrap up the week than to talk even more about the Royal Wedding between Meghan and Harry. More specifically, however, about their cake. Noted for not sticking with tradition, the Royal couple chose a three-tier sponge cake (though “simple” it actually cost around 50,000 euros), which consisted of Lemon and Elderberry.

For those who didn’t get a seat at the wedding (or those unwilling to pay for the slices from eBay), you can now buy the uniquely flavored cakes in the form of Mr. Kiplings slices. Note, however, that this is “lemonade” and not simply lemon. For being on the cheap, you really do get to taste royalty…but only if you live in England or want to have some imported over here.

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That does it for this weeks folks! Hopefully the cake made up for the nasty piercings. As always, if you have anything you want to share or see, let us know and we will make it happen!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Matias Ezcurra – @nvmauimedia

Welcome back everyone for some more Bizarre Wedding News! The clocks have changed, the sun has returned and we are almost out of this miserable winter! This time around we’ve got some celebrity news, memorable movie wedding dresses, and a certain trend that really should not be sticking around. Buckle in and get ready!

https://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/arie-luyendyk-jr-lauren-burnhams-wedding-rings-details/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190115.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

We had already covered the Luyendyk/Burnham wedding about a month ago, but more details are emerging from their wonderful Hawaiian ceremony. First and foremost: their rings were designed by the renowned Neil Lane. The bride’s was a “handmade platinum eternity band set with almost 35 French cut diamonds down the center and surrounded on all three sides with over 200 smaller round diamonds” Talk about a sparkly ring! The groom’s wasn’t nearly as glamorous, but fancy nonetheless, it was just a simple rose gold band “fused with platinum.”

Some other fun details include the fact that the Bachelor host himself, Chris Harrison, officiated the ceremony. After such a controversial season on the show, Harrison surely was hoping for just a little more–alas, it never came. And the two are happily married now!

https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/g25883487/iconic-movie-wedding-dresses/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190115.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign&slide=3

We’re big movie fans here at Best Made Videos®, so surely there would come a time when we talk about bridal gowns featured in the most famous movies of all time. This article from Elle does an excellent job of covering the many decades of film.

First and foremost, the dresses from Frankenstein and, well, Bride of Frankenstein, give us the 1930s black-and-white feels with both being made by Vera West. Jump ahead four years and things have gone full Technicolor with Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind rocking a Walter Plunkett gown. Some more familiar faces in the article like Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor, remind us of all the wonderful movies we have gotten over the years. Don’t forget to check out 1987 for The Princess Bride, and all the way up to the most recent film on the list: Sex and the City starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Now it’s time to go back and rewatch all these classics!

https://www.marthastewartweddings.com/650588/etiquette-guest-arriving-after-ceremony-starts?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190115.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

The article title is really a question, “What should a guest do If he or she arrives after the ceremony has started?” Well, the easy and totally not smart-alec answer to that question is: never be late for a wedding. These things are planned out months, and sometimes years in advance, so it should be pretty easy to get there on time.

However, if you must be late, the article provides the proper etiquette to use to not embarrass yourself, or ruin the ceremony. The first tip is pretty self-explanatory, and considering you are already late, you don’t need to “plan ahead” anymore. The next tip is to find an usher to try and guide you into the ceremony, which blends into the third tip, “enter unnoticed.” Of course, once you do get in, “act like it didn’t happen,” because if nobody saw, nobody needs to know and get upset! And you’ll keep all your credibility. Win-win for everyone!

https://www.mamamia.com.au/2019-wedding-trends/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190115.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

We have seen a lot of crazy things at weddings. From gruesome (yet delicious) cakes, to animals showing up for some photobombing all the way to exes barging in to ruin the day. This trend, we can thankfully say we have never experienced–and if this article is any indicator, we never will.

According to Pinterest and their “biggest wedding trends for 2019,” none other than…smoke bombs make the list. At first, this might seem really dazzling and unique. What says JUST MARRIED like popping off some emergency smoke bombs to illuminate your photos with colorful smoke and chemicals. You wouldn’t believe it, but “according to Pinterest, searches for smoke bomb photography are up by 436%.While they are technically, ‘safe grenades,’ you really have to ask yourself a good hard question: do you really want “bombs” or “grenades” anywhere near your big day? If the answer is yes, please be careful and have a couple of fire extinguishers on hand. If the answer is no, good for you. Seriously.

https://www.brides.com/story/american-wedding-study-how-much-average-wedding-2018-cost?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190115.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

As 2018 was officially wrapped up, the big numbers started to roll in for the average costs of weddings last year. It must’ve been a year of some truly spectacular weddings, because the average cost hopped up around $17k from 2017. That cost right there is enough for a car: 2017’s average was $27k, which means 2018 was $44k. Now that is a lot.

The article dives into where all of this money goes. Basically, couples aren’t paying more for new trends or anything like that; rather, they are just dropping more money on weddings as a whole. According to the article, the wedding cake, favors, rehearsal dinner and more all remained the in terms of proportion, while the most major differences occurred on the jewelry side of things.

With all this money flying around, someone has to be paying for it. And according to the article, it’s the parents who get hit with the bill more often than not. And there’s even been a large increase in the amount of parents who do. In 2018 alone, 42% of married couples had their parents pay for the wedding. For comparison, in 2017, about half the couples asked claimed to have paid in full for their wedding. Either way, 2019 is going to be an interesting year for sure!

That’s it for this week! We hope you have been left informed and entertained! If you have any stories to share, please leave them below!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Andy Wills, Facebook

Welcome back everyone to another wonderful edition of Bizarre Wedding News. For first time readers: this is our chance to share all of the crazy and weird shenanigans that go on in the world of weddings. As such, these stories range from hilarious to tragic, as well as informative and inspirational. This week we have a pretty good balance, so let’s dive right in!

https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/family-heartbroken-after-camera-containing-pictures-of-couple-s-wedding-stolen/902560716

We will get the tragic news out of the way first. This story comes out of North Carolina, where a thief broke into a photographer’s car and took more than just a camera.

The camera itself contained a memory card that held the footage from a couple’s wedding just a month ago. With everyone horribly sad about this stupid thief’s actions, Will Brank, the photographer, doesn’t even want his camera back–if only the thief would share the photos online for the bride and groom to cherish forever.

Like many situations like this, internet posts have gone out to see if the thief might actually have a bit of a heart. Alas, like we have come to learn, they do not. And so this couple still remains without their wedding footage. We hope it is found soon!

https://abc30.com/society/6-year-old-does-the-floss-during-parents-wedding;-lands-on-afv/5071938/

Flossing has really become the greatest new thing since sliced-bread. And by flossing, I do not mean the action that would make your dentist happy (though people really should be flossing more). No, I mean the dance that has seen celebrities and regular people alike making waves on the internet by busting out their moves. During one wedding ceremony, the son of the bride and groom in question started to just rock on out with some flossing.

Though he eventually stopped, he snuck in a quick dab as well. The video has gained such traction that it actually appeared on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Whether you love it or hate it, flossing is here to stay for the time being.

https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/duchess-meghans-half-brother-thomas-markle-jr-is-engaged/

Some big news from one of our favorite Royal couples: Duchess Meghan’s half-brother is now engaged–and he wants his sis and her hubby (meaning Prince Harry) to come along for the wedding. Fortunately this probably won’t cause as much hullabaloo as their own wedding, but whenever you have royalty involved–things can get pretty ritzy before you know it.

Alas, the US Weekly article does indeed state that he is actually “estranged” from Meghan, however Thomas Markle believes that the wedding could reunite the two families once again. The end of the article goes on to rehash all of the bad blood between Meghan and the rest of her families. I would make the bet that they don’t attend. What do you think?

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/groomsman-caught-checking-out-friends-new-bride-in-cheeky-wedding-photo

Our final story this week is a quick one–but one to surely make you chuckle. A wedding in England featured a truly hilarious group photo following the ceremony. In the photo, the newlyweds stand beaming with excitement along with most of their bridal party. However, one friend, appears to be staring down the bride’s dress with an utmost silly look on his face. He later admitted that he had perhaps dranken a little and thought it would be a fun way to “wind them all up.”

It certainly did, as both the newlyweds chided he was an A-hole, though they also saw just how funny it was in the scheme of things.

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There you have it folks! Check back in next time for some more crazy news! As always, let us know if you have any stories of your own to share!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – James Day Photography/Vision Australia

Welcome all of you popsicles to another installment of Bizarre Wedding News! As many of us have learned (or been reminded), we Seattleites really don’t mesh well when the white flakes start falling from the sky. After a few weeks of being buried in snow, the sun is finally back out and it’s time to return to life as normal. Luckily, we have more stories to share with you to keep you entertained and warm during our attempts to get out of the slush and nastiness. Let’s not waste anymore time and get down to it!

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We’ll start this week with a look at all of the wedding trends predicted to no longer be trendy in 2019; don’t worry, we’ll get to the new trends later! Justine Schwartz of She Finds predicts a total of 19 trends to fall by the wayside this year, and some are pretty surprising. For one, she thinks that the legendary alcohol-driven bachelorette parties are a thing of the past, instead to be replaced by workouts and other physically-engaging activities.

Another shocker: Men will now be attending bridesmaids parties. According to wedding photographer Kaitlin Cooper, “Millenials have been shaking up the wedding industry, and there has been a rise in the number of weddings where men are a part of the bride’s entourage. They’re called bridesmen.” Check out the article for even more trends!

https://nypost.com/2019/01/09/wedding-ring-lost-45-years-ago-found-in-car-engine/?utm_campaign=partnerfeed&utm_medium=syndicated&utm_source=flipboard

The next story is entirely improbable, yet it happened nonetheless. Imagine losing something as small as a ring for 45 years. You’re likely to never see it again, and by about ten years in you should have probably moved on to a new ring, though certainly not a new spouse!

Well, one day Iowan Will Frye was taking apart an old car for spare parts, when he came across a diamond ring in one of the pistons. Shocking, right? Yeah, we think so too. So, Frye gave the original owner a call who happens to remember losing it back in the 60s. There’s even more emotion to the story, but I’m not gonna spoil it for you!

https://www.mamamia.com.au/steph-agnew-blind-bride-wedding-james-day/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190111.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

This is such an amazing story here, and certainly might require some tissues before we’re done!

James Day, a wedding photographer out of Sydney, was asked to photograph the wedding of Steph Agnew and Rob Campbell back in 2018. The thing is, Steph cannot see due to Cone-Rod Dystrophy, and has been unable to see for four years. She describes it as watching an “old TV you’re trying to tune in and you get the fuzziness of the black, white and grey.” Needless to say, she was pretty hopeless that she would be able to “see” her wedding day.

Then came Dave. A little collaboration, a pinch of creativity, and a whole lot of love–and they were able to create a “fully tactile, immersive wedding album of sorts.” The “photos” are mind-blowing, and certainly make you wish you could touch them yourselves. Be sure to check out the article for this groundbreaking idea!

https://www.womangettingmarried.com/10-major-wedding-trends-to-watch-for-in-2019/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190108.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

So you want new trends for 2019, huh? Well here we go! Coming from Woman Getting Married, the article outlines the hot trends for this year, including minimalist designs, au naturel appearances, and cutting the cord…er, power cords…on all electronics during ceremonies!

Though it should be noted, they declare that deep colors (like purple and burgundy) will remain in while the previous article says they’re on the way out!

Fan of copper decorations? Well they’re going to be big this year, too! Don’t forget about all of the new creative food displays, too, like the Soft Pretzel one pictured in the article!

Click the link to get more ideas for your wedding!

https://www.sfgate.com/art/article/Photo-of-two-California-grooms-named-one-of-the-13515168.php?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190110.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign#item-85307-tbla-5

Did you know that there is an “International Wedding Photographer of the Year Contest”? You do now! And just last month, they announced the winners. One photo in particular garnered a lot of intention: two grooms stand in the shadows, only half of their faces are lit, as bushes rise up behind them. It is a serene, breathtaking photo that won the Black and White category. You can thank Chris Glenn for snapping the stunning shot!

Click through the rest of the photos at the top of the page to see some truly unforgettable images!

https://www.hellomagazine.com/brides/gallery/2019010866364/supermarket-wedding-cakes-marks-and-spencer-waitrose/1/?utm_medium=40digest.prsonly.20190110.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Guess what? We are ending yet another article on the best theme possible: wedding cake! This article comes out of the UK, so it does not apply to us a whole lot, but in regards to weddings as a whole it could help you make decision-making a little easier!

The article digs into, well, the best supermarkets for you to buy your wedding cake if you don’t want to dish out hundreds of dollars for something you hardly get to eat. Typically going for around $400-$500 here in the states, over in the UK these cakes can all be purchased for less than 250 euros (about $283 USD).

For instance, traditional cakes can be found at Mark & Spencer for around 200 euros, while the Fiona Cairns (who created William and Kate’s cake) goods go for around the same. These cakes can serve upwards of 100 people. Mark & Spencer also offers the opportunity to build your own cake, including the cake itself, frosting, jams, etc. This can range from 5 to 50 euros, so that will really cut the cost!

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There you have it! We hope everyone endures the cold and stays safe on the roads. Feel free to leave us a story of your own below! Catch you all next time!

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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!

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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!

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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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