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by Scott Johnson

Wurtz Wedding on 5/5/18 at The Ballard Locks in Seattle, Wa

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“Reid and crew are flat-out exceptional (all our thanks and due credit to Jeff and Matt, too!). From the onset, Reid is no stranger to carrying himself and the tight communication with such poise, confidence and excellence. He takes extra weight off your shoulders that you didn’t even know existed until you endure and share an immense gratitude for vendors/partners like Reid that allow such finesse during Wedding planning; the type that will never be taken for granted but all-the-more appreciated in the final product and keepsakes, thereafter. Not once did we ever feel concerned that our voices weren’t being heard or that our feedback was being compromised. Reid has this get-it-done mentality that is exciting to witness and see translated in his quality of work. We were, first, referred Best Made Video’s way by an old colleague in the Marketing Media/Production industry and deservingly so. We had a very unique Same-Day edit vision and, not only was Reid up for the challenge but, Best Made Videos over-delivered and exceeded our expectations. The entire process is set-up for success. I recall our Day-Of Coordinator assuring us that he “knows what he is doing” when sharing and reviewing that our Videographer contract was good-to-go. During the morning of our Getting Ready phase, he showed up to the Bridal Party location ready, enthusiastic as ever and took control of all the timing that he had to work with. Not in the least bit of the over-bearing type but the kind where you truly don’t know how the Day-Of is going to go until you are fully immersed in it and it is happening (you can only bake in slots of timeframes to a point) and Reid got the job done with intended shots while paying great attention to each and every little detail that could possibly be captured. He did so in such a refined and encouraging way. Another family friend asked post-wedding if we had a personal relationship with Reid just by the embracing way we were able to hug it all out at the conclusion of the crazy, wild, fun and beautiful day’s filming but I firmly believe his natural passion in this business has the tendency to reflect in this way. Without a shadow of a doubt, take on Reid and his team if even slightly considering. The new Mr. & Mrs. Wurtz have the utmost respect and admiration for the level of service exemplified here. The highest of recommends we are able to give. There are not enough thanks in the world to convey how much Best Made Videos truly completed our day!”

After what seemed like a never-ending winter, complete with bitter cold and ceaseless rain, us here in Seattle have been treated to a warm and sunny spring time–even if it was a little late to get into motion. With days reaching the 70s, we are officially in Wedding Season, and along with it a whole new batch of wonderfully bright and toasty outdoor ceremonies. For the Wurtz Wedding, we got a chance to head somewhere we’ve never been before–at least not while on a school field trip–the Ballard Locks.

Acting as the ebb and flow between the Pacific Ocean and Salmon Bay, which bleeds into Lake Union and Washington, the Locks are in many ways a poignant reminder of what marriage is: the meeting of two worlds.

Clear skies mean drone footage, and boy did we capture some wonderful shots of the waterways. But the day got started in a quaint little Queen Anne neighborhood, with the sun streaking in through the windows. Grey suits and lilac dresses adorned the bridesmaids and groomsmen, while the maid of honor wore peach. Goofing around beforehand, the guys got in a quick workout session to be extra ready for the wedding.

Once everyone was ready to go, we headed off to the Locks for some pre-wedding shenanigans. Hopping around the hills with the groomsmen, the boys were having quite a blast coming up with new and unique poses.

As everyone showed up for the wedding, which was held in a little grove between two towering trees and a balloon arch, the Josh beamed with excitement as he saw his bride Jasmyn approaching down the aisle. As they delivered supportive, emotional vows, their love rang true. And then, with a kiss, they were officially husband and wife.

Heading off for some private time, and to cuddle their kitty, we got some shots of the newlyweds wandering around the neighborhood looking stylish and cute amongst some of their favorite stomping grounds. Stopping for some celebratory drinks and more group photos (this time overlooking the Space Needle from the north), the group was full of jubilation.

When it was time to head to the reception, the newlyweds emerged into the beautiful event space with a roar of applause. Opting for a same-day edit, we were able to compile a quick video of the events of the day so far for the guests at the reception. Modern technology allows for a lot of cool things, and the Wurtz’ really took advantage of all that we offer!

Taking their first dances, it was an absolutely gorgeous time with wall-to-wall windows illuminating the space along with some beautiful chandeliers. After cutting their cake, it was time to dance the night away. Getting everyone in on the action took some time, but once everyone was on their feet the night zipped by with all the guests having a grand time celebrating.

Thank you again to Jazmyn and Josh for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We really appreciate you being adventurous and taking a shot with some of our specialty packages!

As always, if you like what you saw or have a question, don’t hesitate to let us know below!

Venue – Hiram M. Chittenden Locks – Ballard Locks, China Harbor Restaurant – 中國海景
Photographer – William James Photography
Videographer – Best Made Videos
Drone – David Owen Hawxhurst
Dress – MeaMarie Bridal Atelier
Day of Coordinator – Carol Gavhane
Designer – Rodney Bamboa
Decor – Danielle Edvalds
Officiant – Narin Vann
Emcee – Luke Anderson
Hair – Gather, the salon
MUA – Jane So
Transportation – Butler Events
Florist – Golden Bow Gifts
DJ – Tyler Steckler

Jazmyn and Josh’s Story in their own words:

High school sweethearts. Different high schools, though, everyone at Bothell High believed Josh was enrolled as a fellow Blue Train Cougar. Some still do. Would like to think that it then manifested itself into the life – or, shall we say,  Crimson – blood line that we were fortunate enough to shed and share as WSU Cougars.

Met through Ricky McDonald; being Jazmyn’s best friend, first (in Junior High after their St. Luke and St. Markian ties), then becoming tied at the hip with Josh during the height of their Meadowdale Maverick days. Young Jazz clearly had no idea what she was in for when Ricky insisted that he had a good guy he thought she should fancy meeting.

Hot Tub Official. One, fine evening, four friends casually got together on a weeknight after school in the Summer of ’06. Giddy, naturally, one of Jazmyn’s girlfriends “suggested” she needed to quench her thirst by grabbing a soda inside, whereby Ricky followed suit in getting whatever hint Jazmyn didn’t see coming (she swears she is, otherwise, really on-point when it comes to paying attention to details but all of that can tend to go out the window when emotions come into play). Sitting a cute, arm’s-length distance apart in the awesome hot tub set-up his family had in their backyard – the, ultimate, cool factor for any high schooler – sweet, little Josh then got up the courage to ask Jazz to be his girlfriend.

The rest is history still in the making.

It even comes full circle. Hawaii makes the dream work. Not even a year after being together, Josh and Jazz had the tremendous opportunity of joining the Sanchez family for a memorable vacation in Kona. Fast-forward to present day, November 2017 where Josh executed an astounding, full-blown proposal on the beaches of Maui. Even surprised Jazmyn by flying her mom out for this special, momentous occasion; capturing incredible, behind-the-scenes footage – giving paparazzi a run for their money – of the bended-knee moment from an overlooking balcony.

Why so long to tie the knot?

Why not? Agreeing that there was no rush from the onset or, at least, knowing we, both, wanted to feel in a good place before this part of our journey. No one can ever really produce or anticipate the best timing but we would like to think we created a loving, trusting, encouraging and promising foundation that can only continue to grow and thrive from here. Learning how to love ourselves, first, before tackling on the wants, needs and desires of the other really lends itself to how special this relationship is. Now, we couldn’t see it any other way and only want to bring out the best in each other and our loved ones. We are thrilled to solidify our courtship in marriage with you, all, come 05.05.2018!

Going on 12 Years strong, together.

Why did you choose your venue?

After experiencing some of the most serene, extravagant and beautiful wedding venues that the Pacific Northwest had to offer, we couldn’t help but admire how accommodating China Harbor’s staff and personnel were in advising and curating a hard-to-beat Reception package for us in the heart of the city. 5 is the Bride’s favorite number (soccer number growing up) and May 5th happened to land on a Saturday which makes it easy to always remember such a joyous, momentous occasion (plus, all-the-more reasons for the bride’s select liquor choice: Tequila!). Its gorgeous backdrop overlooking SLU during an unpredictable Seattle weather timeframe with easy access for close friends and family that have shared 12-some years together with was just right. As for the ceremony, Ballard is home to the soon-to-be newlyweds first “Seattle” residency and after Trooper Bowser mentioned that anyone can get married at the Locks for free with a suggested grounds-keeping donation (while the couple went jogging one, fine Summer), it clicked and lined up perfectly.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

A collation of all the wonderful memories we will get to continue to share with each other and our closest loved ones as a testament to all that our relationship stands for and will continue to thrive from.

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by Scott Johnson

Soliman Wedding on 12/15/17 in Downtown Seattle

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“We worked with Reid (with his assistant Matt) from Best Made Videos and they were absolutely amazing! They truly captured the best moments in the highlights reel, and the turnaround time was unreal. We got everything back in less than two weeks. We also really appreciated the responsiveness to our questions and quick ability to adapt when plans were changing down to the last few days of planning. We definitely recommend Best Made Videos for their quality work!”

The week before Christmas in Seattle is often a dark, rainy and bitterly miserable time. The season is just about to change, the days have gotten shorter (and will continue to do so with the winter solstice) and us Seattleites begin to mourn the loss of the sun until it pops its head out again come March (if we’re lucky). While the day started out with a touch of sunlight peeking through the grey clouds, the Soliman’s big day didn’t need a lucky break of sun in December to get all the warmth and happiness they deserve.

The day got off to a pleasant start with the bride and groom getting ready in separate abodes. A quiet morning, Stacey and Richard started to look as suave and elegant as can be. Hanging out with cats (four of them) was more than plenty to calm any flaring nerves. Once they were all dressed, the future newlyweds met on a rooftop almost directly under the Space Needle for their first look.

As Richard turns around to greet his bride, they play a cute little game before they embrace in a hug. Holding each other and shining near-blinding smiles, the two looked absolutely adorable looking out towards Queen Anne and the EMP Museum. Once the groomsmen joined along, there was no stopping the laughter and smiles. We even got a new pose: Richard acted like he was falling over the edge, which we have never seen before! We also got a chance to shoot them outside the world-famous EMP museum, which gave us all some really incredible shots with the wholly unique architecture and designs.

Before too long it was time to head inside for the wedding at the Courthouse. Posing against a corner window, with the backdrop of the city, the Sound and all the way down to the south, it was a gorgeous setting for a winter wedding in Seattle. Following the absolutely heart-touching wedding, which saw the bride bursting into tears during her vows, everyone was treated to a gigantic dinner of Chinese food. Taking up the entire event space in the restaurant, there was plenty of room for dancing and mingling, which began the moment everyone got there. A riotous garter dance led into a sweet cake-cutting, followed by the couple’s first dance. A live DJ performed a variety of songs, even a personal version of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” that seemed to be, well, perfect for the occasion.

Eventually the lights dimmed low and the strobes and flashing lights came on, bringing everyone out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. What followed was a massive dance celebration that provided the newlywed with a lifetime of memories.

We want to thank Stacey and Richard for choosing Best Made Videos for filming their wonderful wedding ceremony! Congratulations on a happy four months and here’s to many more!

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below and we’ll get to them as soon as possible!

Stacy and Richard’s story in their own words:

Stacey’s Perspective:

It was just another day. I had just printed off some sheets of a report from the library (it was 75 free sheets a week so who wouldn’t do this??) and was headed back home when I ran into Richard. It was SO random, because this was the library right by my house… and Richard lived 30 minutes away. That was the last place I expected to run into him. After that awkward encounter, I started messaging him on the (now-dead) social media platform MySpace.

Richard’s Perspective:

Looking back, I don’t think I would have had that fateful run-in with Stacey at the library had my car not broken down (which caused me to have to get a loaner car, which led to a stop at the library after a couple of practice rounds to get used to it). Just like Stacey, I thought it was the most random occurrence, but turned out to be oh so wonderful, since that’s when we started talking. By the way, what’s MySpace?

The Proposal:

The last quarter of 2016 was tough for us and the time around the holidays wasn’t any better… In attempts to cheer ourselves up we attended a Christmas Day improv show by Unexpected Productions down at the Pike Place Market. We laughed until we cried along with maybe 20 other people (yes, there are other people who watch improv comedy shows Christmas night) that night.

Before heading home, we stopped by my friend’s place to check in with the cat. We stopped by the rooftop to throw away the cat litter and enjoy the view overlooking the area by Smith Tower. We had an ordinary conversation like we do most days…

Then Richard brings up going to grad school- mind you, we had recently bought a house and a car. How could he do this to me? What was he thinking?

“I was working on this paper about set theory to get into the math program.” What? “Wait, think back to your abstract algebra class,” he explained. “You know, I was writing about set theory, group theory, and…”

“Ring theory,” as he pulled out a ring.

“Stacey, will you marry me?”

I was so mad I almost threw him off the roof! After I calmed down a bit, he asked me again. Of course, I said, “Yes.”

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Jewett Wedding on 8/12/17 at Seabrook, Wa

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“Reid and his videography crew were all very professional and punctual! His services are very reasonably priced and he works with you to figure out what the best package is for you specific event. When emailing him with questions he would always reply within an hour which was very helpful. Overall we had a great experience and received an amazing end product.”

Far to the west, at the very edge of our state right near the Olympic National Forest, you’ll find Pacific Beach. Just a little south from there lies Seabrook, our destination for today. When you get that far west the weather is a little more unpredictable. Ocean mists and fog roll in like the waves and meet the forest lining the beach. These aren’t the best shores for swimming or surfing, unless you like them frigidity (even during the summer) but they sure as heck make for excellent wedding venues.

A calm morning greeted our bride and groom who got all dressed up in quaint abodes, Julie donning sparkly silver sneakers and Taylor sporting a jacket-less tux with a grey/blue tie. After the two got ready, the bride and groom met for the first time on a secluded path behind the charming cottages where Tyler greeted Julie with a warm embrace.  Amazed by his bride, Tyler cannot take his eyes off of her—who could blame him?

With a great little town to pose as a backdrop for photos, the two walked around the area, their feet propelled by the excitement of what was to come. Making their way down to the shore, the soothing fog provided almost a safety blanket. It felt cozy, albeit a little chilly, but it is just part of the natural wonder of Washington and its visually stunning beaches. Heading back up into town, the bride and groom posed for photos with family and friends who were just as excited as they were for the big day.

The ceremony, held on the steps of Town Hall, was tender and sweet. The bridesmaids looked dazzling in their light blue dresses while the groomsmen simply wear shirts and slacks. No frills for these two who like to keep it simple, yet still stylish and personal. When it was time, the officiant—cracking a few jokes—let’s the two kiss (he claims it was his idea) and that was it!

After all the bureaucracy (paper signing), the wedding party headed to the reception where the bride and groom shared their first dance surrounded by all they love, sneaking in little kisses here and there. Soon after, the entire party got up and slow danced, holding their loved ones close. A simple cake cutting was no less adorable, and then the good music kicked in and got everyone shaking their booty—even the kids!

At the end of the day, the newlyweds were ushered off into their future with a barrage of bubbles blown by the guests. You see this a lot with sparklers, glow sticks and candles—though this one seems like one of the safest and funnest options! Thanks once again to Julie and Tyler for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope that the New Year is treating you right and that your six-month anniversary went well!

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– Scott Johnson

Venue – Seabrook

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Davis Elopement on 8/6/17 in the Quinault Rainforest

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“Reid was a pleasure to work with during the entire process; he was friendly, prompt, and thorough. We are unbelievably grateful for all of the amazing footage he captured. We were also amazed by how quickly he was able to put together such a beautiful video. I would definitely recommend Best Made Videos”

There’s something about the Pacific Northwest that calls out to the nature lovers, even those who prefer Birkenstocks and wool socks to hiking boots. From its expansive wildlife–bears, wolves, salmon, orca whales, and relentless squirrel population–to its near-constant rainfall, and all of the waterfalls, mountains and forests you could ever imagine, it’s no surprise that outdoor megastore REI was founded in the city almost a century ago.

But it’s also no surprise, as least when it comes to weddings, that the foreboding dreariness and dampness of the region sends couples indoors or undercover in order to tie the knot. Though the summer does indeed offer far more sun than the rest of the year, these days are always going to be a gamble, especially when it can transition from rain storms to clear skies in the matter of minutes and then back again another half dozen times throughout the day. When we say that Seattle weather is bipolar, we absolutely mean it.

Today’s video isn’t your typical wedding at a typical venue with the typical accoutrements–this is far and away the most simple yet elegantly assembled elopements we’ve ever had the honor of filming. On a misty day in August, Ashleigh and Malick trekked their way into towering Quinault Rainforest (famous for its “Valley of the Giants,” which boasts six of the largest trees in the country and world) to elope.There were no guests, no altar, no nothing–it was almost as barebones it could’ve been aside from an utterly adorable first look and officiant of the ceremony.

It’s becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst younger couples who don’t want all the pomp and circumstance, to simply elope. There’s significantly less planning (still even less than our Surprise Wedding videos), it’s deeply personal, and it saves on tons of money. Due to their increasing popularity, we’re proud to offer a special package for elopements–prices start at just $1000 and include two videographers and edited highlights and your ceremony video.

Malik, who in his vows reveals his deep, undying love for Ashleigh, opens his heart to her as he describes how she came into his life and “wrote her name on every page.” A year earlier he had left for boot camp, but they met on this day deep in the woods to establish their bond for life. Amongst the giant trees and the creeping mist, they tied the knot and walked off into the future together, even if he might have to be apart to serve his country.

All in all, Malik and Ashleigh’s went off without a hitch. While it may not appeal to everyone, elopements are often a better choice for people who either don’t have the money or simply don’t want an extravagant event. Nevertheless, there’s no way to deny that these two have something special going on. Thanks again to Ashleigh and Malik for choosing Best Made Videos to film their ceremony, we wish you all the best!

Did you elope? Have a super private ceremony? How did that go for you? Let us know below!

– Scott Johnson

 

 

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