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by Scott Johnson

Welcome one and all to our final Favorites of 2018 countdown! You’ve seen our favorite new wedding venues, repeat wedding venues, indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, and now it’s time for the granddaddy of them all: Favorite Wedding Vows. In a year full of love and happiness, tears and laughter, we have boiled down our Top 24 Favorite Wedding Vows and are presenting them to you in three parts! So grab some tissues or prep your hankey, because the feels are coming! Let’s get the show on the road:

Spiziri Wedding

The wonderful early September Spiziri Wedding led us over to Chateau Lill in Woodinville. Though the sky was a little cloudy, it didn’t stop the vows from making this day so full of love and warmth. Remember when I said to have the tissues ready? Well, you might need one as soon as Christina begins her vows to Andrew. “Today is the best day. Ever. I get to marry my best friend. Since the day we met, there was only you. I was twenty-one. I thought I was a little crazy, but the more I got to know you, the more sure I became.”

She then goes into a storied history of their time together, the things they’ve done and will continue to do. But the line that sums things up pretty well for us is: “Even after seven years together, I cannot stop finding new reasons to love you every single day.” Hey, I’m not crying, you are!

Plummer Wedding

Over at our favorite misnomer farm, Dairyland, we saw the Plummers get married on a brisk October day. Both Ashley and Cole came ready with some poignant vows. Like others, Ashley’s vows detail their time together. Starting with their summer romance and how she didn’t know it would “grow into the lifelong love” she had always dreamed of. To really drive it home, she says “You have been the best person I could depend on during the best and most difficult moments of my life.”

Cole did not wait around to return some of his own emotion-stirring vows. Starting out with the basic truths, “I love you so much. You are my best friend and my soulmate. I must’ve hit the lottery when I found you, because you make me the luckiest man on earth.” You’re not gonna find too many people who disagree!

Leslie Wedding

The Semiahmoo Resort played host to the lovely Leslie Wedding in September. Their stunning waterfront ceremony also contained some truly inspiring vows that anybody can take lessons from. Brian started out first, essentially showering Lindsey with all of the amazing things she does and is, “I absolutely adore your playful spirit and the silliness you bring to our home. Thank you for embracing my weirdness and always allowing me to be myself. You bring optimism and positive energy into all that you do and that truly does motivate me.”

Not to be outdone, Lindsey brings out the emotion right away, “Brian, life is a funny thing, you can try to plan it and predict it, but it has its own agenda. As most people here can attest to, I am a planner. I tried to plan my future a long time ago, and life just laughed in my face and said, ‘we’ll see about that.’” Hey Lindsey, you available for coaching?

Grybos Wedding

One of our absolutely favorite stomping grounds, Salty’s, was an excellent venue for the Grybos’ wedding. Marcy and Mark were poised and ready, overlooking the Sound, to deliver their soul-stirring vows. Going first, Mark recalls meeting Marcy in Seoul, “Our road here wasn’t the easiest. With almost two years of long-distance we had to endure, the distance mattered little because what you meant to me was so much more. Every late night talking on the phone, all the times we had to say goodbye, it was all worth it.”

Mark goes on to really make us swoon, but you have to check out the video to find out what he says!

Snow Wedding

The Snow wedding took us down to the Inglewood Golf Club for a late-August ceremony. Starting right out with the humor, Sterling makes us all laugh, “Alright, I’m gonna try to get through this without crying, so bear with me here. From the first day I met you, I knew it was going to be special…” And he kept to his word! Imbuing it with love and laughter, it was a superb speech.

Genieve did not quite do so well on the emotion front, but nonetheless dazzled with some deep words, “Your heart is so pure, everything you do is with the best of intentions, not expecting anything in return. My heart is so full every chance I get to speak with you.” Oh boy, grab the tissues!

Lin Wedding

Over at the stellar Hollywood Schoolhouse, April and Tyson Lin got hitched. The tender ceremony which had the bride and groom looking doe-eyed at each other, even had the officiant getting in on the digs. April, going first, says “you truly are the best thing that has ever happened to me. You are my lover, my encourager, my provider and my best friend. I feel so blessed to have you as a life partner and husband.” She goes on to make a series of promises to her husband-to-be, only for Tyson with a sob-worthy speech.

“You have often heard me refer to our relationship as going up a mountain. We have climbed and grown together, we have experienced switch-backs, tougher trails, but most importantly we have pushed forward, persevered and experienced some beautiful destinations.” Cue the waterworks!

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding

The extravagant Thornewood Castle was the perfect destination for the VanNieuwenhuise wedding. Rhianna and Wes came ready to dazzle with their vows, but it’s Rhianna who really brought the emotion, “I choose you in friendship and in love, in strength and in weakness. I promise to love you faithfully in the good time and the bad. I vow to not to just grow old with you, but to grow with you.” Short, sweet and to the point, these two didn’t need long, storied history to get their messages across.

Bullard Wedding

Kimi and John’s regal wedding at the Woodmark Hotel came along with tons of laughter and tears. Kimi could hardly get going without the tears overwhelming her, “I feel not only protected but invincible in your presence.” That’s when the emotions started to flow, so let’s switch over to John who says, “You proudly tell family and friends that early on, you knew our relationship would amount to more than dating. You had it all figured out, well before I did, and were patiently waiting for me to grow up, sober up, and get down to business.” These two are just grand!

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And that’s it for the first installment of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! I hope you’re not too sad because we have plenty more coming your way! Have your own wedding vows to share? Leave them below!

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By Scott Johnson

Each year, a clandestine meeting is held between members of the Pantone Color Institute and representatives from other country’s color standard groups. They debate for two days and ultimately come to a decision on what is going to be the next “Color of the Year.” This has been going on for the past twenty years.

I promise you I am not making this up. There really are groups of people who decide on which color is going to be everywhere for the next year. 2018’s color happened to be Ultra Violet.

As bizarre and overly-secretive as it seems, the amount of influence Pantone’s Color of the Year has is outrageous. Not even out for a month, their color for 2019, officially known as “PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral” has already made waves across multiple industries–including weddings.

Described by Pantone as “vibrant, yet mellow” Living Coral “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” And by all means, the color does look quite lovely and inviting. Their reasoning behind choosing the color ties into the overabundance of social media and digital technology in our lives, and Living Coral “welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.”

Pantone Color Institute’s vice president, Laurie Pressman, goes further into detail about the importance of Living Coral, “It is a color we see in nature. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, it is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of nature’s color and serves as a source of sustenance and shelter to sea life.”

We can’t help but agree, it really does bring a great sense of spirit and vivaciousness. Their unveiling also came along with an installation at the conference that showed how a normal living room can feature some shades of the color. Take a look at the photos yourself to get a real sense of the color!

And wouldn’t you know it, there’s already been articles published on how to incorporate this lovely color into your weddings. Coming from Glamour, the article digs into little ways to mix Living Coral into almost every aspect of your big day.

The easiest way is for your bridesmaids to rock the color in their dresses. Warm up a winter wedding or go along with the season for a Spring or Summer ceremony. Even better, have the gents sport some coral ties to really liven up the classic formal look.

They also think that tossing just a few coral flowers into your bouquet will do wonders for the color pallet. Along with other greens, reds and whites, it is a feast for your eyes!

As we officially enter 2019, we are really excited to see just how often Living Coral appears in the weddings we visit–or just in general. Do you like the color? Think you’re going to incorporate it into your big day? Let us know in the comments below!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Jaycee Brammer

Welcome everyone to another installment of your weird wedding news! We hope everyone is having a fantastic Holiday season and gearing up for a New Year–because we certainly are! To cap off 2018, we are bringing you just a few more stories! Let us go out with a bang!

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A quickie to get us started: comedian Dave Chappelle, who is often noted to hate taking fan photos, happened upon an Ohio Brewery during the engagement shoot for Thomas Saunders and Emily Eldridge.

Surprised the comedian showed up, but certainly not willing to interrupt the celebrity, the couple and photographer made their way outside for a few more photos. When Chappelle showed up outside, the couple went up to ask for a photo, only for him to politely decline. Shortly after (and after learning about Saunders’ military service) Chappelle made his way over to photobomb their shot!

https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending-now/family-dog-swallows-michigan-womans-wedding-ring/874426918

You might have used the excuse of “my dog ate my homework,” once or twice, but what about when your dog actually eats your wedding ring? An adorable little labradoodle by the name of Bella wound up with owner Cindy McCombs’ ring in her stomach, but was only discovered after being inadvertently waved down by a metal detector.

To avoid actually cutting Bella open (the dog had failed to produce the ring through induced vomiting) they were able to use a special forcep tool to retrieve the ring. Yes, the dog is ok so you do not need to worry!

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/stolen-wedding-dress-returned-to-newlyweds-after-anonymous-man-hears-their-pleas

Remember a few weeks ago about the story of the stolen wedding dress (yes, I know there are a lot of them) from the back seat of a car after it had been left there overnight to be taken to the cleaners? Well, good news has come out of the story as an anonymous man has returned the stolen dress!

The nameless man contacted Jessica Blackwell, who had gone viral in her attempts to get her dress back, and agreed to meet her to return the dress. It has not been announced whether the man in question is the actual thief, or if he had just come by the dress accidentally. Either way, a happy ending!

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a25228282/mandy-moore-wedding-dress/

Mandy Moore is everywhere again and it’s pretty fantastic! Starring on the heartbreaking and emotionally sadistic This Is Us, she makes us cry pretty much every week, but this time we can celebrate her wedding!

Marrying musician Taylor Goldsmith in a private ceremony in LA, the previously-married actress/musician wore a magical pink dress. Designed by Rodarte, the gown was created exclusively for her wedding day. Inspiring a “welcome, fashion-forward change to the super-traditional mix of this year’s celebrity wedding gowns,” she really made a statement and looked splendid as well! The small, 50-person wedding featured many of her costars and friends. Congrats!

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Back in November, a wedding in Vienna really stirred things up on the internet–at least for China. That’s probably a weird sentence to read, and that’s because this is an interesting story. Tiffany Tang Yan (a Chinese Actress) wed Luo Jin (another famous actor in China) in a luxurious and highly-anticipated wedding.

Igniting social media in a firestorm, the wedding was sponsored by a number of high-class brands. Along with it came the controversy that the wedding was more of a tourist attraction that highlighted expensive brands rather celebrating just the love of these two. The Vienna Tourism Board even posted on the internet that they had hoped the wedding would bring tourists to the city, which is absolutely absurd for a wedding!

What do you think? Is this too much?

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The final story this week might make you a little queasy. In the wonderful world of eBay purchases, you can find some pretty wild things. This week brings us the amazing prospect of owning 32-year-old cake!

That’s right! Fans of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson can literally buy some of their wedding cake. Described on eBay as “vintage condition,” it should certainly be noted that one should not eat it. The pictures hardly make it look edible as it is, almost like a bad coffee cake, but it does come in the original box. It sold for around $40.

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And there you have it! Check back in next time for some even stranger stories! Have a Happy New Year and stay safe!

As always, let us know if you come across and stories and we will be sure to feature them!

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by Scott Johnson

With our final installment of Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies, it’s an all-too blatant reminder that we were really blessed by the weather-gods this year, as we could go on and on about the outdoor weddings we saw until we’re blue in the face. Even the early Fall was rather unseasonably sunny, lasting fairly into October, allowing for some late-fall weddings with the leaves and trees all ablaze in orange and red. We still have seven weddings coming your way, so no more dilly-dallying!

Vladyka Wedding

At the end of June, we made our way to Port Orchard (which just happened to have a tornado hit there this past week) for the Vladyka Wedding. Hosted at the Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club, we can’t help but think of what a catch Alee and Alex are for each other. A blanket of clouds covered the hot summer sun and still provided ample lighting on the warm day. The solemnity of the golf course helped keep the volume to a minimum and the happiness as high as possible.

The ceremony was held out by one of the water hazards (which the word hardly does it justice) with a little trellis constructed draped in a white cloth. The guys went jacketless, while the bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses while carrying a rainbow of a bouquet. Fortunately we didn’t hear anyone shout “fore,” only “I do…and you may kiss the bride.” That’s all that matters anyway!

Ta Wedding

The Bell Harbor International Conference Center is an utterly fantastic place to hold an indoor ceremony–and an even more epic place to have an outdoor one. On checkered cement landing, dozens of chairs and a long white carpet were laid, all leading up to the altar where the Tas met to be married. The key here is the backdrop: you get views of the Sound, the ferris wheel, Centurylink Field, and what else other than a cruise ship.

The imposing views made us fall in love with the venue, but ultimately allowed for a sweet, romantic and unforgettable wedding for Stephania and Jason Ta, even if it was a little cloudy.

Wurtz Wedding

2018 took us to some pretty surprising and amazing places, one of which was the entirely unexpected Ballard Locks, which for us was always just a place to field trip to during science class. For Jazmyn and Josh’s wedding, it was superbly sweet little gathering in the park near the water. With a balloon arch and just a small gathering of friends and family, the intimacy and peacefulness of the area provided such a pleasant experience. Wooden benches were brought over for the guests and flowers were strewn down the aisle. Without much hullabaloo, the ceremony was so delightful and full of love and humor.

We loved the excitement everyone shared for their big kiss at the end, even having party alarms going off because it certainly was that time!

May Wedding

With a name like Hidden Meadows, it’s almost guaranteed the place is going to be ridiculously pretty. Back in May, we were not let down by it in the slightest when we went over to Snohomish for the May wedding. This farm is such a delight, and definitely gave us an excellent outdoor ceremony, as we filled into the ceremony space and witnessed the marriage between Emily and Charlie.

Poised in front of a rustic, wooden gazebo, the bridesmaids and groomsmen slunk off to the sides while the officiant stood above and delivered the ceremony. Going jacketless for his wedding, Charlie looked sleek in his grey suit. Some overcast did not keep this day from being drop-dead gorgeous, and once the bride and groom said “I do” it was nothing but good times and happy memories from then onwards.

Wangopian Wedding

Just like the Bishbeats earlier, the Wangopians decided to combine their names rather than take one or simply hyphenate it, which to us is pretty freaking rad. But their wedding as a whole was even more spectacular than the idea of creating your own name. Heading off to Toledo, specifically to the super awesome Country N Lace, we really lucked out with some superb weather on the first day of September.

With the feeling like you just showed up at your old farmstead, we loved the peace and quiet that came along with being far away from the hubbub of the city.  The Wangopians’ wedding was held in a small patch of land surrounded by trees. The groom and groomsmen rocked jeans and tan jackets for a serious “Old West” vibe, while the bride wore a lovely gown as her party rocked pink dresses, jean jackets and cowboy boots. And just like horses back in the day, these two really got hitched!

Bullard Wedding

One of the nicest hotels in the region, The Woodmark Hotel proved to also be one of the nicest outdoor wedding venues for the Bullards. On a pleasant August day, we went over to Seattle’s little neighbor across Lake Washington, Kirkland, for a splendid wedding and reception. The luxurious hotel comes with tons of great amenities, but it also just is plain gorgeous.

The Bullards got married underneath a massive tent almost at water’s edge. Filled with dozens of their friends and family, it was a ceremony that left us doubling over in laughter while also wiping away the tears once the vows started to flow out. With the lake glimmering with the sun behind them, it was perfectly marvelous.

Park Wedding

At last we come to our final Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremony. The Parks got married just after the change of seasons in September, but they were still fortunate enough to receive the tail end of summer weather. Tucked away down by SeaTac airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is just so completely charming.

Simply take a look at the wedding altar, with a trellis adorned with plants and flowers, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen standing off to the side. Lovely maroon dresses for the ladies and proper suits for the men kept this a classy affair in the midst of a magical setting.

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And there you have it folks! Our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018. We hope you enjoyed these as much as we did, and you probably are really missing out on the summer weather by this point. Check back soon for our final series: Favorite Wedding Vows

Oh, and bring the tissues.

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Tomas Ramos

We interrupt our Favorites of 2018 Countdown to bring you some more wacky, wild and weird news from the wide world of weddings! That’s a lot of Ws! Here’s another; winter is finally here and it’s time to dive back into some crazy stories that have happened in the past few weeks. This time around we have cakes, clowns, clunking cars and a blast from the past with a little Jersey Shore reunion! Let’s get down to business:

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/newlyweds-photographed-on-highway-after-car-breaks-down-heading-to-reception

Talk about making the best of a not-so-great situation! A newlywed couple were heading to their reception in Houston in absolute style: by riding in a 1966 Princess car, something you’d likely see the high rollers driving by in. As they were on the highway into Houston, their vintage car finally decided to show its age and crapped out on them!

But for all that could have been a horrible situation, the couple had their wedding photographer with them to do a little impromptu photoshoot! Along with a few members of the bridal party, the photographer took some shots of them while they waited for the mechanic to arrive. According to the bride, everything had been going perfectly up until that point. But, in a way, wasn’t this just perfect, too?

https://whdh.com/news/drunken-clown-a-hit-at-couples-wedding/

Here’s a couple of words we never thought would go together: drunken clown at a wedding. This isn’t some IT shenanigans gone bizarro, but rather a perfectly executed excuse to get a friend into his wedding after some “painful cuts” had to be made. Apparently, a friend of the groom had to be uninvited due to rising costs for the big day, so the groom asked him if he would “crash” the wedding as a drunken clown.

Getting into costume before the reception, the new Pennywise slugged down a couple drinks before making his way into the party. Almost thrown out by security, his identity was finally revealed and he soon joined in on the party!

https://www.eonline.com/news/983155/all-the-details-on-mike-the-situation-sorrentino-s-wedding

I will be the first to admit that I have never actually seen any of the Jersey Shore, so forgive me if I am not an expert on all the members, though I do know Snooki showed up on WWE at some point or another.

Back in November, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino got married to his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Pesce. Held at The Legacy Castle, Lauren wore a lace gown while The Situation wore a typical black tux.

Also in attendance were some of their old pals from the show, including Snooki herself, JWoww, DJ Pauly D and more. Those who attended claim it was highly emotional and the reception featured tons of food. Congrats to the newlyweds!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/benhenry/celebrity-wedding-cakes

Let’s cap this week off with some cake: and by cake, we mean some of the most amazing cakes you have ever seen. Buzzfeed recently published an article with fun facts about celebrity wedding cakes. Many of which are just so completely outrageous that you have to wonder if they’re fake: like Kaley Cuoco’s chandelier cake.

Another fun fact is David and Victoria Beckham cut their cake with a sword, which is pretty rad, and you can still buy part of Princess Diana’s cake for upwards of 700 euros. If you want to start feeling hungry, click on the link above to learn more about all of these crazy cakes!

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And that about does it for this week folks! Check back in soon for the next installment of our Best of 2018 Wedding countdown!!!

If you ever find any weird wedding articles floating around, send them our way! We will gladly feature them!

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back for part two of our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018! In case you missed part one, all you have to do is click here! We have six more great indoor wedding ceremonies coming your way, so we hope you are just as excited as we are. This time around we have got a few churches, athletic clubs, and one of our favorite tree farms. Get ready for the conclusion, because here we go!

Thomas Wedding

Washington state really isn’t known for its magnificent churches, but the Thomases sure knew how to pick one for their wedding. The impressive New Hope Presbyterian Church is such an open and inviting space for faith and love. Their June wedding saw a touch of overcast, though that made for the perfect weather for the first look. Heading inside the church for the ceremony, the towering walls and intricate woodwork behind the altar make everything feel so small and inconsequential, but nonetheless creates a beautiful sight.

Dazzling colors on the bridesmaids contrasted the sleekness of the groomsmens suits, while the light pouring in from the windows. One of our new favorite officiants delivered a grand sermon, connecting the soon-to-be newlyweds lives with their love for god. Without any doubt in them whatsoever, he gave the words that finally let them become husband and wife. We can’t wait to come back for some more!

Kangiser Wedding

The Kangiser wedding back in May took us to another lovely church, this time St. Rita’s. A toasty spring day let us take some photos outside on the waterfront before we headed back to the the church for the ceremony. The minute you step inside the church it feels like you have been transported to Europe. A little steeple sits atop the church, with the bell ringing every so often. Purple floors and oak floors come together amongst religious icons and the Stations of the Cross. The delightful facade inspires the imagination with a glimpse of Italy.

The intimate environment was such a vast contrast to the Thomas’ wedding, but nonetheless allowed the Kangisers to share their love and faith with one another, sealing their union in front of their families and god.

Van Cise Wedding

You might think the Trinity Tree Farm (which you saw in our Favorite Repeat Wedding Venues) would make for a better outdoor venue, but the serene interior of their main house is so beautiful whether it is in the rain or the sun. The Van Cise Wedding was blessed with a sunny March day, which by all means is a rarity. The sun light everyone’s moods, and got the day off to a brisk start.

Set against the swinging doors that opened outwards into the almost-Spring weather, it was like getting married at home. Lining the venue with lilac dresses and charcoal suits, the bridal party looked stunning with the sloping backyard behind them.

Foster Wedding

Another wonderful trip to a sports facility (check out the other one below), this time to The Washington Athletic Club, completely dropped our jaws. Right near the Convention Center, the WAC is a splendid venue that proved even more amazing when the Fosters chose to have their wedding here. Inside, the wedding hall looks like a royal ball room. Decadent chandeliers hang from the ceiling, while a glimmering purple backdrop gives off a magical glow that adds even more to the wonder.

The Fosters poignantly emotional wedding (kicked off by the groom becoming entirely overwhelmed before his bride made her way down the aisle) was backed by a dozen candles and full of tear-jerking vows. Though there were stifled sobs, the emotion was nothing but pure elation. The two finally kissed and became one, and all was right.

McGee Wedding

The McGee wedding back in January led us down to our next-door neighbor, Portland, Oregon! More importantly–the Sentinel Hotel, which is widely considered as one of the best luxury hotels on the West Coast. With a variety of rooms to get married in, from a grand ballroom with Italian Renaissance Frescoes, sophisticated meeting halls, and lovely libraries, the amount of choice and frills you get with this place is absurd.

But it’s absolutely top-notch, and the McGees knew it. Choosing the grand ballroom, their big ceremony really was like royalty. A mixture of golds and whites, one would think that Prince Harry would stroll right in. Standing on a stage at the end of the hall, surrounded by their family and pure elegance, it was an unforgettable sight. And if you thought the wedding was something else, check out the reception!

Bricker Wedding

We loved getting to celebrate a wedding at the Bellevue Club, somewhere near and dear to our hearts, and the Brickers’ day was nothing short of exceptional. The awesome facility, which has undergone a fair share of changes over the last couple years, provides tons of great amenities and even better photoshoot locations.

Most importantly, the ceremony hall was a work of art: low-lit with a deep purple backdrop, mixed in with some wood tones, and it was truly something special. A ceremony full of laughter, love, and perhaps a little bit of gun-jumping finally let the Brickers become husband and wife. The following reception continued to prove how great the Bellevue Club is with a classy, sophisticated event space that made the newlyweds really out to be the royalty they are. Did I forget to mention the stellar food?

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That about wraps things up for our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018! If you have not already guessed, I will tell you that the next stop on our journey is going to be Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. Be sure to check back in soon, we still have plenty of great content coming your way before the end of the year. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please leave them below.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome everyone for another installment of our Favorites of 2018 Countdown! We have already covered our favorite new and repeat venues, so now we are going to bring you our picks for Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies. Anybody who has ever set foot in the Pacific Northwest will know that rain is one of our worst enemies, and can prove to be wildly unpredictable. This results in a fair amount of indoor ceremonies, especially ones planned out years in advance, though I think our track record is holding strong on never having a wedding actually ruined by the rain.  

Without any further ado, let us get down to it and begin our countdown!

Plummer Wedding

Our first wedding comes from one of our favorite misnomers: Dairyland. We seriously hope they consider our idea to turn at least part of the farm into an amusement park, but for now we’ll settle for their awesome wedding barn. With a cold, gray day before us, we were more than ready to see the Plummers get hitched in a barn like the good ol’ days.

Providing ample space (I mean, it was originally meant for cows and horses, but don’t worry, they will not be apart of your wedding…unless you want them to be) the barn feels wholly inviting despite its previous function. A couple chandeliers and some strung-up lights illuminated the quaint interior, while some sun finally managed to break through the clouds and shine in through the window above where the bride and groom stood. The white paint with the dark brown wood really brings out some sharp contrasts in the design. After the wedding, the space was turned into a dance barn, with plenty of room to move around and swing the cake-cutting knife without hurting anyone!

Kirk Wedding

The Hotel Bellwether up in Bellingham already has become one of our Favorite New Wedding Venues of 2018 with its charming locale, stunning views and just great vibe in general. Nestled into a little bay up near the border of Canada, it really is an awesome place to just spend the day and hang out. But the Kirks held their big reception here, so we are fine with that, too. A fun morning posing around the are paved way for a sweet ceremony inside Assumption Church not too far away.

Simple and elegant, their ceremony filled the church with loved ones and friends. Creamy walls meeting some nice mahogany gave it a sleek and stylish feel. While the marble altar and stained glass windows were even more treats for the eyes. Flanked down the steps by their bridal party, the bride and groom sealed their union and became husband and wife.

Ohashi Wedding

Back at the Monte Cristo Ballroom (which you definitely saw in our Favorite Repeat Wedding Venues list), the Ohashi’s had such a spectacular wedding inside on a cloudy August day. Stepping into the marbled atrium, encircled with a balcony for onlookers to view from above, you get a sense that this building should have significantly more historical value than it does. Almost like a courthouse, but certainly whole lot more fun than one, the building provides plenty of places for photos and gatherings. The first look led us up to the balcony where the soon to be newlyweds could peer down to where they would shortly be wed.

A lovely purple theme led to some really visually appealing contrasts between the whites of the chairs and walls and the marble floor. The ceremony was one fit for royalty, and shortly after the space was transformed into its true function: a ballroom. The day sped on by, with the lights turning way down low, as everyone helped keep the room moving with dancing and celebration.

Culpepper Wedding

We were really excited to head down to McCaw Hall and MoPOP for the Culpepper wedding. If it surprises you that you can get married there, well you certainly can. And boy what a wedding it was! Flustered emotions and a sense of pure excitement led the bride and groom to the stage, where the bridal party stood waiting just off to the side. A lovely white curtain backed the soon-to-be newlyweds as they delivered tear-inducing vows that left everyone with wet eyes.

During their first look, we even got to go exploring around the building, especially into the theater. But the main entry hall served as the venue, and with tons of light streaking in through the massive windows, there was no way this wasn’t going to be a joyous occasion. Just wait until the groom makes his approach down the aisle for a rip-roaring good time!

Duell Wedding

Rounding out the first part of our countdown is the Duell Wedding. Back in June, right before the seasons switched from Spring to Summer, we saw the marriage between Bethany and Nate at St. Benedict’s up by Wallingford. A dazzling first look at Greenlake Park out in the sun (complete with a wide array of goofy poses, some of which we’d never seen before) led way for a tender, traditional Catholic ceremony inside the stunning church. It really was one of those days you wished you could somehow take the roof off the church and let the light and sun pour in.

Filling out the pews with their loved ones, the wedding was a beautiful celebration of love and god, and certainly left a few misty eyes. Once all was said and done, the newlyweds retreated down the aisle for some photos with the family and priest–oh and of course to sign and make their marriage legally official.

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And there you have it for the first part of our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018. Check back in later to see the rest of the indoor wedding ceremonies that really stood out to us this year. Was your wedding indoors? Care to send some photos or maybe a video? We will gladly showcase it along with others! See you soon!

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By Scott Johnson

Welcome back everyone! We apologize for interrupting the Favorites of 2018 countdown, but we just had to share some more weird stories from the world of weddings! Never fear, the countdown will be continuing shortly, but in the meantime we have some tragic, happy, bizarre and sad stories coming your way. Get cozy, ‘cause here we go!

https://vixolt.com/10-women-reveal-the-weirdest-things-they-were-asked-to-do-as-bridesmaids/?utm_medium=40digest.ad25.20181109.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

In recent weeks, you’ve seen the immense pressure that bridesmaids have to face (heck, some even have to compete for the coveted role). Well, a new article has compiled some truly strange requests bridesmaids have had to fulfill for their bride(zillas).

From the minor (like having to act and dance like a robot in a themed-wedding) to the more extreme of dishing out upwards of $4,000, these stories will really make your blood boil and rethink how you treat your own bridal party members. One story even has a groomzilla, which you don’t always get to hear about! My personal favorite is the one where the bridesmaid had to plan the bachelorette party and had to buy a ton of penis-themed items, even cookie cutters. See goes on to say “I’m just glad I wasn’t living with my parents at the time!”

https://www.foxnews.com/us/california-game-warden-finds-wifes-wedding-ring-in-ashes-at-home-destroyed-by-camp-fire

The recent Camp Fire in California wreaked havoc on much of the state and has since claimed the lives of at least 29 people. One family, however, has found a little shred of hope in the rubble. Jake Olsen, who had to flee with his family and leave everything behind, returned to check out the damage.

His wife had left her wedding ring on the counter in the rush of things, so he promised her he would try and find it. Upon arrival, the entire house was gone. Nevertheless, he started digging. Sure, enough, buried right around where the kitchen counter was, he found the ring.

So while he and his family might not have a home any longer, they still have each other and their love. Sometimes things really turn out with a silver-lining…or in this case gold.

https://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/indianapolis/southwest-side/wedding-dress-stolen-from-car-at-apartment-complex

We keep running into stories like this and it’s starting to become a bit of a downer. Back in November, yet another wedding dress was stolen out of a car. Jessica Blackwell, who was already married at this time, was hoping to pass the dress down to her daughters. She had left the dress in the car overnight, with the idea that her husband would take it to the cleaner, only to find that it was missing in the morning. Married for just a few months, this is surely devastating, but we’re glad that she was able to have it for her own wedding! She is now asking everyone to watch out for it, and has learned her mistake to never leave anything valuable in her car.

https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/11/american-weddings-bridesmaids/575404/?utm_medium=40digest.ad25.20181110.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

The topic of bridesmaids is an ever-evolving myriad of dresses, responsibilities and bouquets. An article in The Atlantic digs deep into the wedding staple, exploring just how out of control it has become. They say that there is now an average of five bridesmaids per wedding, which was up from four just a decade ago. It goes on to note that other countries seldom have more than three, and some don’t even have one.

The author of the article goes on to explain that things have gotten way out of hand just in regards to “aesthetically pleasing photos and a tidy, recessional, couples typically choose the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen.” The issue then, is that the brides often invite exorbitant amounts of people, meaning they far outnumber groomsmen. It then mentions same-sex weddings and after that everything becomes co-ed on both sides of the aisle.

If that isn’t enough to make your head spin on the subject, just remember that you don’t actually need anyone other than a maid of honor and best man, so don’t stress yourself out too much!

https://www.popsugar.com/love/Wedding-Bridesmaids-Rainbow-Dresses-45470458?utm_medium=40digest.ad25.20181113.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Ben and Michael’s perfectly colorful wedding has caught the attention of the internet. An article from Pop Sugar details their adorable wedding, which featured their very own “love-story playlist” that features a couple songs from Lady Gaga like “LoveGame” and “You and I,” along with the Glee cover of “Don’t Stop Believing,” and most importantly, “Rainbow” by Kesha. It’s this last song that has the biggest impact, because their bridesmaids’ dresses were dyed to look each like a color of the rainbow, resulting in a dazzling display of beauty and love.

The article features more photos from their wedding, but just from the cover photo it looks truly spectacular.

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/texas-womans-divorce-ends-in-explosion-felt-15-miles-away

This last story is not about the beginning of a marriage–it’s about the end. And boy does it end in a bang…literally. A 43-year-old divorcee by the name of Kimberly Santleben-Stiteler decided to celebrate the end of her marriage by literally blowing up her wedding dress.

As opposed to just tossing it in the trash or lighting it on fire, it was rigged with 20 pounds of Tannerite, which is used as an exploding target. So, her dad and brother-in-law thought this would be a pretty grand idea. Luckily they happened to have a friend who is a bomb tech so this whole thing could come together, and sure enough Kimberly hit her mark on the first shot, obliterating her marriage. That being said, there were reports that the explosion could be felt for fifteen miles! That’s a big one.

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And there you have it for another week of Bizarre Wedding News! As you all well know by now, we are always looking for stories to share with you so please leave them below if you come across any! See you all next time.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to the conclusion of our Favorite New (for us) Wedding Venues of 2018! These places are venues we have never been to before, and they certainly left an impression on us. We hope they leave on on you, too! Be sure to check out the previous installment so you don’t miss out on any great venues! Let’s get to the finish:

Freestone Inn

If you’re up for a drive (albeit an utterly gorgeous one) then you might find yourself winding through the mountain passes on your way to one of the quaintest little venues we’ve found in a long time: Freestone Inn. About 15 miles west of the awesome town of Winthrop, you’re pretty much up there in the mountains far away from any real civilization.

While it may not offer dozens of cool perks like more urban venues, the selling point is the breathtaking views and the complete sense of solitude. Even the little ponds and lakes hardly move out here, and sometimes all you can hear is the sound of the wind. The Wetzler/Ashby wedding took great advantage of this places beauty, especially with an end-of-July wedding. Even the interiors go above and beyond to look spectacular. Have a bunch of kids to take care of? There’s a pool to keep them distracted and an outdoor spa for any honeymooners who want to stick around up here.

Carleton Farms

One of the newer wedding venues we’ve been to, Carleton Farms built their “Wedding Barn” just a few years back in 2014. A quick drive from Everett, or a not-so-quick one from Seattle, and you’ll find yourself in the Snohomish Valley. With the promise a friendly staff, picturesque vistas, and “real bathrooms,” this place has all the charm and style you’d want from a wedding venue. Brides get their own A/C cooled room, while the rest of the farm itself is pretty enough to warrant a day-trip. Their ability to always accommodate at least 150 is perfect for anybody who wants to invite their whole family and then some.

Kyrsten and Karsten lucked out with a pristine September morning for their wedding. Foosball and the calmness of the farm helped ease the nerves. Look no further than the outdoor wedding site with a sprawling backdrop and you’ll know within seconds that you’d want to get married here too. Big blue skies on a day like this really help contrast the greens and the browns of the farm, making it one of our favorite new venues.

Hilton Bellevue

We grew up not too far from Hilton Bellevue, the classy hotel just on the outskirts of downtown Bellevue. Hidden off the freeway, right near the renowned Bellevue Athletic Club, it is such a distinct building to drive past that you can’t help but stare. The slanted windows stand out like a sore thumb, but they also make you wonder what’s behind them. Well, a fabulous reception venue, that’s what!

No, seriously. Directly behind the windows is a 240-capacity ballroom, along with two other locations to wed or receive. With tons of selections for decorations, linens, champagne toasts, and a selection of amazing foods, there is no shortage of great amenities offered. Though, be warned, their food list is as bottomless as you would want your stomach to be once you see all their great choices. Chicken and Waffle bites, anyone?

The Thomas’ reception here was an absolute blast. Filling out the entire event space, there was room for a photo booth, dozens of tables and a even a stage with a dancefloor at its feet. That came to some good use once everyone started dancing!

Tibbetts Creek Manor

Not too far at all from Issaquah’s great shopping center and downtown area is a secluded wedding venue that feels almost like a home away from home. The darling grounds, which cover around three acres, also features a picture-perfect creek that really ties everything together.

The Hines’ wedding back in May was partially overcast, so the couple opted for covered wedding underneath a tent. The day went by in a flash, and after the ceremony everyone retreated inside to the reception center. A sizable dance floor and plenty of tables kept everyone busy mingling and rocking out to the music.

Able to host between 130 and 175 people depending on the season, Tibbetts Creek Manor really can handle it all! The charming area in which it inhabits is so full of splendid natural light and spots to take photos, we can’t help but want to come back!

Faberfarm

The Jacksons’ wedding at Faberfarm is one of those occasions that makes us want to get back to a more rustic lifestyle. Situated in the peaceful city of Mount Vernon, the minute you step onto the farm it’s like you are nowhere near Seattle or any civilization at all. With a loving sense of community and togetherness, Faberfarm teams up with neighboring farms to help source any produce or flowers for any of you veggie lovers out there. Why have produce flown or drove in when you can have it right out of the ground?

Offering up multiple ceremony locations, as well as catering and everything else, the real selling point is its sheer beauty. There is so much to see at every corner of the land; from its wide open vistas, the surrounding farms and the rolling fields, who wouldn’t want to get married in such a romantic place?

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And there you have it folks: our Favorite New (for us) Wedding Venues of 2018! We hope these have inspired you to visit them, or even get married there yourself!

Have any questions? Want to share your own venue? Please leave them below!

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Bricker Wedding on 10/13/18 at The Bellevue Club in Bellevue, Wa

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The Bellevue Club holds a special place in our hearts here at Best Made Videos®. We grew up coming to swim here, play basketball and attend camps. Since then, the Bellevue Club has been reshaped and renovated to become quite magnificent with 200,000 of athletic facilities, a luxury hotel and spa, and several restaurants that have to-die-for food. But it’s the Olympic Ballroom that takes centerstage with its sophisticated design, giving the impression of true class. Did I mention the menu of caramelized apples and gorgonzola? Filet Mignon? Mini grilled cheese sandwiches? Now my stomach is grumbling…

The Bricker wedding in the middle of October was blessed with unseasonably sunny skies. A morning of board games, makeup and throwing back a couple cold ones eased everyone into the groove, though the emotions were already started to peek through as evidence by Kendall. A first look along a wooden walkway showed off Donald’s dapper white suit, and soon the two were exploring the peaceful little area behind the Club.

It was such a great day to be exploring outside, especially with the leaves scattered across the ground and the multitude of colors in the trees. The boys got up to some literal horseplay, while the ladies looked like knockouts in their black gowns. Eventually we made our way back around to the entrance for some family photos–only for it to be time for the ceremony.

Back inside, the bride and groom met at the altar flanked by their parties. The intimate space was still big enough to fit all the guests, while the officiant delivered some truly inspiring words of wisdom. With some moist eyes in the room, the bride and groom officially kissed and became husband and wife.

Making their way to sip some champagne and take care of bureaucracy, the bride and groom posed for some portraits in the utterly suave backrooms. Everyone else filed into the reception hall, lit by neon purple lights, for some refreshments before the true celebration started. Soon, the newlyweds emerged and the lights dimmed way down for their first dance.

And then in the blink of an eye, the lights started flashing and soon everyone was joining in on the fun. A photo booth with extremely silly masks and costumes provided some…unforgettable…memories for those not wanting to shake their booties. Serving its purpose to a T, the Olympic Ballroom was such a blast to spend time in, and definitely provided more than enough space for everyone at the wedding.

Decadent cakes and pastries helped give some energy to those too tired from dancing, and a hilarious garter and bouquet toss helped pave way for who might be getting wed next! Eventually, the night had to come to a close, but that only means it’s just the beginning of something new and special.

Thank you again to Kendall and Donald for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first two months have gone by wonderfully. Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Bellevue Club Hotel

Photographer – Jenny Storment Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Florals – Cugini Florists & Fine Gifts

Hair / MUA – Pacific Artistry

Desserts – Chef Anne Marie

Kendall and Donald’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We were next door neighbors in college at Central Washington University!

Tell us about the proposal!

Donald and I went to London for the weekend and he proposed to me on a boat, on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. It was very romantic!

Why did you choose your venue?

We like the ability of the venue to alter lighting to fit the mood, the space for holding a cocktail hour, and the size of the ballroom. the hotel/club is awesome because there are also activities for guests and wedding party that are staying. outside offers good photo opportunities as well.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Everyone having a great time and Donald and I looking happy and in love!

Wedding Party

Cassie Cabuag – Maid of Honor

I met Cassie at a college party 10 years ago in October. The two of us had the biggest hair in the room and it was love at first sight. She has been my soulmate ever since (yes, I can have two) and she actually introduced me to 3 of my bridesmaids. She lights up any room she walks into and always has a smile on her face. Cassie has been such an amazing and supportive friend over the years, cheering Donald and I on in absolutely everything we do, and I am so fortunate to have her as my Maid of Honor.

Terris Bricker – Bridesmaid

Terris is my future sister-in-law (even though we already tell everyone we are sisters) and has basically been the sister I never had. This girl has a heart the size of Texas, which is suiting as that is where she was born and raised. She is tough as nails and the girl that I want by my side in any sort of crisis situation, which believe it or not, we have encountered together before! One of our favorite hobbies include sipping red wine and watching reality TV, at which point she responds to Terri Jo. I am so thrilled that she also became part of the Bricker family!

Kari Edwards – Bridesmaid

I met Kari at CWU and she has remained one of my closest friends ever since. We have an incredible amount of common interests, including our passions for health, fitness, and nutrition, and the names of our first cars! I was so thankful to have her in all of my classes, as well as cramming for finals at the library until 2 am, sharing a table and a bag of Sour Patch Kids. From Ellensburg to Seattle to Scottsdale, I have loved living and laughing in all these places with Kari by my side.

Whitney Lawrence – Bridesmaid

I also met Whitney at CWU! No matter what, she never fails to put a smile on my face and keep me laughing at all times. She is always up for an adventure and makes any of our boring situations more fun by simply being herself. She actually got me my first job in Arizona and is responsible for many of the fun memories I have of Scottsdale. Together we share a love for fashion, travel, and baked goods that others will never understand. I am so lucky to have her by my side on our big day!

Nina Lucason – Bridesmaid

Nina is another girlfriend from Central and I am so lucky to have her. After the group moved on from Ellensburg, all we had left was Wing Central, the Starlight, and each other. We have shared so many memories together including hot-rodding around town in her Slug Bug (formerly known as the Lovebug), long-boarding, and too many sleepovers in my 350-square-foot studio apartment. Nina marches to the beat of her own drum, and fortunately I get to march with her, as she also lives in Dallas.

Ryan Orphan – Best Man

Having known Ryan since kindergarten, he easily qualifies as one of my oldest friends. Since then, we have attended the same elementary, junior high, high school, and university. After serving in the US Army, Ryan and his wife Mikayla moved to Honolulu, HI where he is a student teacher and enroute to becoming a high school math teacher.

Alex Bricker – Groomsman

I could not be more excited to have my brother by my side on my wedding day. His wife Terris will be one of the bridesmaids, their daughter Weslynn will be our flower girl, and their son Gunner our ring bearer; a true family affair. After serving in the US Marine Corps (and a tour in Afghanistan), Alex and Terris moved to Charleston SC where Alex joined the city of Charleston’s police force. Alex and Terris will soon be even closer to us in Texas, as Alex will be joining the Rockwall County Sheriff’s department this summer.

Trevor Swynenburg – Groomsman

Trevor and I have been beer drinking buddies for almost seven years now, and I am excited he will be joining me as a groomsman. Trevor is one of the funniest people I know, and I am fortunate to not only get to call him my brother-in-law, but also a friend. Trevor is a driving instructor and supervisor at Pierce Transit.

Tyler Vlasak – Groomsman

Tyler has been a good friend since high school and we lived together before I moved to Arizona. As roommates, we solidified our friendship by “customizing” air hockey tables, arguing politics, and using trigonometry to find the optimal TV placement. Tyler is a Seattle-area real estate agent.

Dan Ottenad – Groomsman

Dan has been one of my best friends since seventh grade when he was the “new kid” at Lakeridge. We attended the same schools all the way through university and I can’t imagine not having Dan alongside to celebrate my wedding. Dan is also one of my primary golf buddies, and I’d like to think my career record against him is close to even. When you see Dan at the wedding be sure to congratulate him, as he and Kristen will be getting married just four weeks prior to Kendall and I! Dan is a talented graphic designer and web developer.

Andy Schwartz – Groomsman

I have known Andy since high school, when he still went by his old nickname of “Smiley” (I’m not sure I knew his real name until junior year!). Despite my moving south, Andy has remained one of my best friends and I am grateful for the times when we can get together in Arizona and Seattle. Andy is a manager at a marketing firm in Seattle.

Alex Gatlin – Groomsman

Alex is another groomsman I’ve known since elementary school. He taught me to snowboard, and we’ve spent plenty of time together tracking fresh snow in the Alpental backcountry. Alex is an award winning artist and works as a graphic designer. He and his wife Erika recently welcomed a baby boy!

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