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Madabhushi Wedding on 12/23/17 at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wa

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“There cannot be a better videographer than Reid. He’s fun, very friendly, very very good at what he does and fast! Our videos were all delivered in less than a week and they had a cinematic quality to them. He even guided our photographer to good shots and made sure every person was all smiles all the time. He was punctual and responded to our emails in minutes if not a few hours. Totally worth it!”

It was the day before Christmas Eve, and something strange happened: there were bright, sunny, clear skies. Now for those not familiar with the Pacific Northwest, in the period of time between the end of September and approximately the middle of April (sometimes sooner, sometimes later), there is an overabundance of grey, cloudy skies and dreadful rain that chills you to the bone. Oh, and wind. You can’t forget about the biting wind. But for the Madabhushi’s this wonderfully sunny (but cold) day didn’t rain on anybody’s parade; certainly not their wedding!

Though the wedding wasn’t held outside (you’d have to be pretty bold to attempt an outdoor wedding in December in the Pacific Northwest), it was still full of good times and a resounding sense of togetherness. As the two parties got ready, their attire was simple yet suave. Standard tuxedos with maroon ties (and a bowtie for the groom) accentuated the lovely red gowns worn by the bridesmaids. Looking like a group of sophisticated buddies, the groom’s side posed outside and got up to some shenanigans while the bride shared some tenderly sweet moments with her party and family.

Once it was time to head off to the church, Ani and the boys got up to some more silliness before making their way inside for the wedding. With red and white petals lining the aisles, and big bouquets flanking the altar, it was a magical entrance for the bride as she walked towards her groom. Having skipped over the first look, the look on Ani’s face as his bride-to-be approached said everything and more as he wiped tears from his face. After a god-filled ceremony, with each opening themselves up to each other and the lord, the two sealed their vows with a kiss and become husband and wife.

With the sun still high in the sky, the newlyweds and their guests headed off to Inglewood Golf Course for the reception. You could never tell from the video (we could tell from the cold) but it was certainly the first week of winter. With such fortunate weather, there was no doubt that we followed the bride and groom around the golf course as we got sweeping shots of lush green and fountains, and the two of them just dancing alone. Their solidarity didn’t last long—those darn family members!—but it made for some truly sweet shots.

The reception to follow was as elegant as can be, with the event space serving perfectly for the guests. Tons of food, drinks, and celebrating ushered these two into a new era in their life. With adorable kids hitting the dance floor, there was no way that nobody else wouldn’t hop to their feet. And then at last, the winter sun set and the newlyweds made their way out into the night as they headed off down the road to an entirely new adventure.

Thank you again to Ani and Pearl for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We’re so happy it was sunny for your big day and we hope you’re first year of marriage is going great.

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Pearl and Ani’s Story in their own words:

How We Met

Ani and I both attended a bible study in Seattle, and Ani gave rides to a few of us who didn’t have cars. About twice a month since October 2015, I tagged along with him and we started to talk to each other. We talked about where we were from and how God saved us from our old lives. Ani’s testimony was very beautiful and he was keen to know mine. He asked if we could talk more about my salvation story over coffee but since neither of us drank coffee, we agreed to meet for bubble tea.

Our first date was at Wow Bubble Tea in the U-District where we sat many feet across each other and it still cracks me up to think about how formal we were. We got tea and Ani then displayed the most wonderful gesture. He asked if he could pray for our time. Stunned as I was, I said yes.

Here is my journal entry from that day: “It’s at this point that my admiration for him shot sky high. He thanked God for our time, that we would respect and honor each other with our words, that Jesus would be the center of our conversation and that we would be quick to hear and slow to speak. I was brimming with joy, the joy you have when you know you’re around someone who puts God first in their life.”

We had an interesting first date. I thought he was handsome and very mature. He wasn’t fooling around and I knew what he was looking for – a pursuit towards marriage. I knew what I had to do. I had to let my intentions be known.

For our second date, we met for deep dish pizza at Delfino’s in University Village – a place that will always be close to our hearts because of how amazing it was to walk in the light of knowing our intentions towards each other. I wrote him a letter spelling out all my intentions, that I would only date him if it was with marriage in mind, that he should ask my dad for permission to court me (even adding my dad’s phone number to do so), objections my parents would raise, and so on. Soon after, I got Ani to read the letter over dinner and he told me that he had come prepared to talk about the very same things. That remains one of the most special memories I share with Ani.

And so began our story, saying yes to wanting to honor God and the authorities over our lives. Along the way, I said yes when he asked me to marry him. Lord willing, we shall top it off with “I do’s” very soon. I’m ecstatic that I get to marry my best friend. We’re simply two people in need of God’s grace every single day, wanting to stand by each other and show the love and kingdom of Christ in everything we do to the people around us. With Christ, we’ll be able to do just that.

The Proposal

Pearl and I started planning our wedding in July. Our whole season of dating until then was with one goal – to honor our Lord Jesus at all times as we prepared to be married one day. I ordered a ring that month with the help of her mom who assisted me with picking something that Pearl would like. I obviously couldn’t wait to put the ring on her finger since the day it was in my hands. I dreamt of the day that I would ask her the somewhat rhetorical question as to whether she would marry me.

My parents and I went on a trip to the east coast in August. Pearl was aware of this trip, so we stopped by Philadelphia on the way to Washington D.C. and spent half a day with her. Pearl was under the impression that my parents and I were going to visit a few more places and return back to the west coast together.

On August 19th, I dropped my parents off at the New Jersey airport so that they could return. Pearl had no idea that I wasn’t leaving until the next day. In the meantime, Pearl’s cousin Alex, his wife Christina, and her sister Sherine took Pearl to Longwood Gardens in Downtown Philadelphia under the pretense of a dinner. I drove my rental car from the airport to the gardens, changed my attire, and waited at a spot that was scouted out earlier by Alex and Christina.

The rest is history!

Venue – Inglewood Golf Club

Photographer – Bellagalla

DJ – Karan Chainani

Flowers – The Pink Peony

Coordination – Anila Idicula

Caterer – Taste of India

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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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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to another rousing edition of Wedding News Roundup! Every so often, we pick up on the latest and greatest in the wild world of weddings. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always filled with love, these stories remind us of all of the wonderful weirdness that can spring forth from weddings. We’ve got three stories coming at you this week, so let’s get started!

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Owl Ring Bearer Attacks Audience

Coming from the Nerdist, this story is actually quite a hoot. Back in March, Jeni Arrowsmith and Mark Wood got married at Peckforton Castle in Northwest England–which, in many regards, already makes for a great wedding because who wouldn’t want to get married in a castle?

Yet instead of sticking to your regular options when it comes to ring-bearing (typically an adorable little kid, a dog, or the best man), these two thought that having an honest-to-god owl would be the most perfect idea. I’m sure things went well in rehearsal, probably because there wasn’t nearly the same amount of people, but for the real deal it got a little freaked. Hesitant to leave the handler’s arm, the owl finally zipped down the aisle and landed on the groom. Within seconds, the owl had lost its cool and proceeded to swoop towards the audience, resulting in a large amount of gasps, laughter and one man even falling out of his chair.

But wait: there’s even a video! Check the link and witness the hilarity ensue!

Killer Clown” Photobombing

In the past, we’ve seen some pretty hilarious wedding photos and the silly things friends and family do to make them even more special. Remember Pennywise getting photoshopped into some shots? Well, this one takes it even further. Vincent Alexander found it to be a pretty humorous idea to have his brother dress up in a sinister clown costume and stand behind him and his wife, Manda. He then got the approval of the photographer, who assisted him in keeping it an absolute secret from Manda, who discovered the surprise a full year later on their first anniversary as a married couple.

Vincent even filmed her reaction of receiving the photo, to which Manda was pleasantly surprised with. Don’t worry, they still took some lovely photos that totally make up for the terrifying clown in just the one. Be sure to check the link for all of the photos and reaction video!

Dad Trolls Daughter With Sign at Proposal

The etiquette of asking a father for permission to marry his daughter feels as old as weddings themselves. Though times have changed and the idea of “giving away a daughter” feels a little antiquated by today’s standards, parents should always be a part of the picture in a wedding, though when it comes to proposals perhaps not always.

That didn’t stop Jake Barron, father to Allison, from pulling off a hilarious prank at his daughter’s engagement to Levi Bliss. While the future son-in-law was quite close to Allison’s father, often hanging out together without Allison in tow, Jake found it to be a funny idea to show up at the proposal with a sign reading “Say No.” Of course it was all one big joke, but as he stood up on the hill with the sign there’s no way you can’t laugh when you hear the story. You might even cry a little. Read the article to see the sign for yourself!

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And there you have it! Check back later for more Wedding News Roundup. As always, if you have a story you’d like to share or found a funny article we could feature later on, please drop us a comment below! We’d really appreciate it!

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Beard Wedding on 11/18/17 at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Wa

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Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“Great Job Reid! It looks great we just got done watching it.  Thanks again!”

A short 10-minute drive outside of Snohomish, Hidden Meadows (which just celebrated its 10th anniversary last year) inspires a whole slew of images with its name. Quaint and serene, the former dairy farm that once held hundreds of cows became a wedding venue after the dairy industry took a downturn and the owners decided to switch to sod, only to have leftover buildings. With the ability to accommodate 350 guests, mountain views, and plenty of space to relax and hang out, Hidden Meadows is a picturesque landscape that cultivates a sense of togetherness even out in the open fields.

On a damp November day, a few days shy of Thanksgiving, the Beards met to be married. Rustic doesn’t even do it justice–this place still feels like a working farm, even if it is purely a wedding venue. As Tyler and the boys got married, they drank shots to warm themselves from the Autumn chill, all while looking snappy in great vests and blue shirts.

Foregoing a first look, the two sides of the wedding went outside and posed for photos prior to the ceremony. The boys were goofy and itching with excitement as they stuck their tongues out and posed around the venue. Angalisa and the ladies (rocking light grey dresses) wandered around the barns and fields as the lush green landscapes after fresh rainfall made their attire pop.

Heading inside for the wedding, Tyler stood patiently at the altar waiting for the first glimpse of his bride. The gorgeous interior with wood beams and columns proved to be the perfect place for the ceremony, with plenty of seats for every guest as they filled the space to the wall. With heartfelt vows, resulting in quite a few tears (including the bride herself!), the bride and groom became husband and wife with a passionate kiss. The relief and joy on their faces says it all, these two are meant to be.

Following the ceremony, the two parties finally joined for some more photos around the grounds. The newlyweds then made their way out into the sprawling fields, the grey skies balancing the vibrant green grass, and the two looked extraordinary with the sun creeping through the darkening clouds. Returning for the reception, they got to cut their cake and eat it too!

After enjoying their first dance, lit bit dangling lights, the rest of the guests came on out to keep the party going. The garter and bouquet toss (complete with instant replay) gave some guests renewed hope for their future vows while the rest of the friends and family got out and busted a move. Eventually, the twinkling lights and the music had to be turned down and the day came to an end, but that didn’t stop the newlyweds from really shaking their booties!

Thanks again to Angalisa and Tyler for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was a glorious day! We hope everything is going great for you two!

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Venue – Hidden Meadows

Photographer – Rebekah Jule Photography

DJ – Blue Beatz Entertainment

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Reilly Wedding on 9/16/17 at Bellaflora Farms in Walla Walla, Wa

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“WOW!! Love this!”

Nearly on the border of Oregon, Walla Walla (both a county and city) has become quite popular in recent years. Thanks to the booming Washington Wine trade, the region has been flourishing thanks to out-of-towners wanting their own taste of wine country without trekking all the way to California.

Just a short drive out of the city, Bellaflora Farms is a 25 acre wedding venue that features gardens, tree swings, and breathtaking views of the hills and woods beyond. For those wanting the pinnacle of idyllic, look no further than this enchanting setting.

A sunny September day, just on the eve of Autumn, greeted the bride and groom as they got ready in separate abodes. Nick and his buddies got exchanged gifts and got all groomed, fancy socks included. While Andreea got her hair done, the boys struggled with the fine arts of tie-tying and pocket square accessorizing.

Arriving at the farm, the two met for their first look against a long white fence. Twirling his bride around, Nick looked the undeniably ecstatic. The two then headed off around the venue, finding nothing but solitude as they swung on the tree swing and wandered into the woods beyond. With the sun high in the sky, it looked like pure bliss as the rays streaked in through the leaves. Some weddings are like fairy tales afterall! The rest of the bridal party joined them, with the bridesmaids rocking baby blue dresses and the guys sporting just shirts and ties. After all of the wacky poses we put them through, it was time for the ceremony!

Underneath a trellis adorned with snaking leaves, Nick stood waiting for his bride. As the ring bear(er)–yes, that is someone in a bear suit) brings up the two key elements, it’s perfectly understandable to sneak a chuckle. With thunderous applause, the two sealed their vows with a kiss and proceeded to sign the paperwork while the guests mingled and sipped drinks. Following some shots with the family, the bride and groom rejoined the party and arrived for the reception. Once the sun went away, we headed inside for their first dance in a stark white barn. Soon everyone joined in on the fun, dancing and having a grand time, soaking up the few final moments of summer like they were gold.

Earlier on, we went out into the fields with the newlyweds as they posed in the nothingness around them. Aside from some trees and a barn in the distance, there wasn’t anything else but the bride and groom, getting ready to walk on down a new road of life together. With a sparkler send-off, the two ended their wedding day with just another quick jaunt through them for good measure.

Thanks again to Andreea and Nick for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope the first year of marriage has gone wonderfully. Happy six month anniversary!

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Venue – Bellaflora Farms

Photographer – HeartsFoto

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Kahlon Wedding on 5/27/17 in Seattle, Wa

A big, beautiful May wedding saw the marriage of Kuljit and Amanpreet in a traditional Sikh wedding ceremony. A rarity for us, we were treated to a wondrous day full of color, music and a massive celebration the likes we hardly ever get to see. The day started off early with the bride and groom getting adorned in bangles and other jewelry. Donning a pink dastar, the groom looked slick with a contrasting beige and white suit. As the rest of the family joined in, it was only a small taste at the massive size of the wedding to come.

As they headed off to their ceremony, a prayer in the parking lot and some last minute touches made sure that everyone was ready to go. Entering the building, guests were greeted with food as they took their seats against the wall while the groom and his family made their way to the altar. Soon, the bride entered and sat cross-legged next to her groom. Surrounded on the floor by their family, the whole of the wedding was unlike anything we’d ever seen before.

Placing the ring on his bride’s finger, Amanpreet accepts gifts from family as they give him food and money. Those unfamiliar with Sikh weddings will surely find this to be a mesmerizingly beautiful experience. As the gifts and family kept coming, the newly weds smiled with happiness at the life they were about to begin together. Eventually, all the gifts stopped flowing but the food sure didn’t. We followed the newlyweds outside around the area as they posed amongst the trees on the bright spring day. The pinks and whites popping out against the lush green, the two looked the peak of blissful.

Heading back home for a quick pitstop and some more tradition, it wasn’t too long before we all left again to head to the reception. In a gorgeous event space, the lights flickered with every color and extravagant tables with sparking cloths welcomed the bride and groom who immediately went to cut the cake. Every member of the family had a chance to feed the bride and groom cake before Kuljit and Amanpreet began their first dance in front of everyone.

Not long after, the entire building was hopping with music and the sounds of clomping feet. A slightly higher angle reveals the large amount of people busting their moves on the dance floor. Check out the groom as he finally comes out of his shell and really starts pulling out the moves!

Thank you again to Kuljit and Amanpreet for choosing Best Made Videos to film their ceremony! It was truly an honor getting to witness a Sikh wedding, and we hope that everyone who watches this can truly appreciate the powerful, family-bound traditions that come along with one. We only hope that it isn’t our last! What a blast it was!

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Venue – Punjabi Palace

Photographer – Events by Heather and Ryan

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Gichaya Wedding on 7/29/17 at STAR Center in Tacoma, Wa

Music courtesy of Alice Kimanzi and Ruth Wamuyu

Located in South Tacoma, STAR Center, an athletics and activities facility that covers a whopping 32,000 square-feet, may not appear to be your typical wedding venue. With bright gold and red paneling on the outside, it looks a little out of place surrounded by green trees and grass. But on the inside awaits everything soon-to-be newlyweds need: an events hall that holds at least 300 people and a wedding studio that can seat up to 130. Decked in white drapes and golden candlesticks, the space is perfect for a wedding.

Nearing the last day of July, Nyokabi and Karogo tied the knot after a three-year-long courtship that was all started by a loving aunt who set the two up—though not without a long hesitation from Karogo who took weeks to call up his future wife.

Getting ready for their big day, the bride and groom spent several hours prepping to look their very best. On Nyokabi’s side, she and her bridesmaids got all made up to look like royalty, sporting stunning yellow dresses (matched perfectly by the gents’ bow ties) that looked even more dazzling once they stepped out into the sun. Before heading off to the venue, what seemed like every member of Nyokabi’s family filled the hallways of where she was getting ready for a send-off that rivals those at the end of the wedding itself! They even draped a ceremonial rug down the stairs all the way to the car.

The boys looked equally as suave. Rocking purple suits (accented by the yellow ties) made for quite the appealing color combination. Strutting their stuff down the hallways, they played along with all of the silliness we asked from them. Heading into the “Voyage Studio” for the ceremony, their families filled just about every seat. Offsetting the white decorations with the purple and yellow made this such a vibrant experience, kudos on the decision!

After sealing their union with a kiss, the newlyweds made their way down the aisle as man and wife, busting out their dance moves that gave a little teaser of what was to come later at the reception all while beaming from ear to ear. The reception to follow saw a wonderful selection of foods to snack on and plenty of activities for the younger kids.

Posing outside for some more photos, the entire bridal party was just a sheer blast to hang out with as they tried to continually one-up the previous pose. Though it was the bride and groom who undeniably looked happiest with adorable, almost bashful smiles. Eventually they made their way back inside to get the dancing started. Complete with rehearsed moves, little routines and even a smoke machine (courtesy of Crimson Haze), the partying went on for hours.

Thanks again to Karogo and Nyokabi for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was such a blast being able to spend the day with your families. We hope the first year of your marriage is going wonderfully!

As always, let us know below if you have any questions or comments!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – STAR Center

Photographer – Lazzat Photography

DJ – Lighting / Smoke Machine

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to our series of Favorite Wedding Portraits! Ever since we got into the business, we have had the privilege of capturing some truly elegant, romantic, and sincere moments throughout your wedding day. Most importantly–aside from the wedding itself–are the wedding portraits you take following the ceremony. This is the first time you pose for photos as newlyweds and as such it is one of the most special times in your life–so you gotta make it memorable!

As we discussed yesterday, some couples have opted out of scenic venues and breathtaking landscapes in favor of more personal locales. Walmart and Target have already played host to weddings and portraits, but did you know that one couple just got married inside the iconic White Castle? Though many of us up in the Pacific Northwest haven’t had the opportunity to try some of those legendary sliders, the restaurant chain held a contest that would let one happy couple get married at the Las Vegas branch. Adam and Whitney were said happy couple as they discovered the contest while celebrating their engagement in Tennessee.

Considered a “Royal Wedding,” the couple received a lavish wedding provided by the restaurant and even were treated to music, floral arrangements, and one monster of a wedding cake made out to look like a cheeseburger. It’s also important to note that in the last ten years, over 75 couples have been married inside a White Castle. So, you know, that’s always and option–and we’d be glad to shoot it!

Anyway, I’m getting hungry now so here’s the rest of our countdown for our Favorite Wedding Portraits!

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Losic Wedding, 03/31/17, The Golf Club at Newcastle

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we love going to the Golf Club at Newcacstle. You don’t need to know the difference between your irons, nor do you need to be Tiger Woods in order to enjoy the sweeping views of King County and beyond. Though we’ve shot a number of weddings (and a proposal) at the venue, the Losic Wedding is our favorite example of the majesty bestowed upon you once you reach the the viewing platforms. Following a storybook wedding, we wandered around the area with Danijela and Fedja as they planted kisses on one another in front of the staggering clubhouse. Shortly after, the newly weds wandered out onto the mounds overlooking Seattle, and though it was slightly overcast, the city peered out from behind the mist. Sure it’s great to see Seattle soaked with sun instead of rain, but that’s not really Seattle, now is it?

Vega Wedding, 10/29/16, Huber’s Gasthaus

Aside from already making our Best Themed Weddings, the Vega Halloween Wedding is simply one of the coolest ones we’ve had the pleasure of shooting. Just two days shy of the spookiest day of the year, the couple (dressed in all black) met down in Olympia for a seriously freaky wedding featuring a gruesome cake, terrifying decorations and an all around ghoul time. Anybody raised in the Pacific Northwest knows October is already creepy enough, especially with the sun setting so early (or never even coming out at all). When it was time to do the wedding portraits, we followed the newly weds out to a fittingly abandoned field that felt ripped out of a horror movie. Posing underneath grey skies, with a little bit of mist rolling in, and the trees dotted with reds and oranges, even Morticia and Gomez would be filled with jealousy upon the sight of these photos. Not all wedding photos need to be drenched in sunlight.

Berry-Reich Wedding, 08/10/17, Kitsap Memorial State Park

With an already sumptuous First Look that showed Kaylee and Conor posing underneath the towering trees of Kitsap Memorial State park, one would think there would be no way in topping the beauty. Yet, sure enough, there was. Following a fairytale wedding in the woods, the newlyweds made their way down to the waterfront right at sunset, the perfect golden hour. With the sun slowly descending behind the hills in the distance, the two were bubbly and smiling, planting kiss after kiss on one another as their big day came to an end. Walking up back into the woods with Conor holding Kaylee, nothing could have been more romantic.

Ainsley Wedding, 08/20/16, Axis Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square, especially during the summer, is a spectacular place to spend an afternoon. Free art galleries, century-old architecture and cobbled streets provide a significantly different vibe than the rest of the city. When the sun comes out, you may even see a wedding like the Ainsley’s that fills the streets with loving family members. On one of the many side-streets that criss-cross the neighborhood, the Ainsley’s tied the knot. Following their ceremony, we followed them around the area which was surprisingly empty for the weather that day–but that made it all the more special. Posing in front of the brick buildings and along roads under construction, it was the perfect meeting of old and new.

McDonald Wedding, 10/02/16, Monte Cristo Ballroom

Just a few blocks away from the waterfront in Everett, the Monte Cristo Ballroom offers up a regal venue for partners who want to get married indoors like a prince and princess. The marbled floors and dove white columns provide a touch of sophistication that one normally wouldn’t find in an outdoor venue. With their first look outside, Drew and Briannah posed against the buildings classical architecture before heading around to the more modern parts of the area. Following the ceremony, we headed outside once again to capture them in the street as the sun set perfectly down the road over the harbor. A splendid ending to a beautiful day.

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And there you have it! Ten of our favorite Wedding Portraits! Thanks again to all of the newly weds featured in the countdown for choosing us to film their weddings and letting us share their special day with everyone!  Be sure to check back later in the year when we will update our blog with even MORE of our favorite wedding portrait moments.

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by Scott Johnson

So it’s your big wedding day. You’re decked to the nines, you’ve been dieting and working out for weeks, and you’ve just married the partner of your dreams. Glowing with happiness and looking the best you probably will in your entire life, only one question remains: where do you wish to immortalize this momentous day? Most couples simply choose do it where the wedding was shot, as just about every wedding venue offers beautiful architecture or scenery in which to take your portraits as a married couple.

But then there are those like the Sablan’s, who are such huge Target shoppers that they wanted their wedding portraits to be taken inside their favorite stomping ground! Unlike the couple who got married inside a Walmart, which is an entirely different story, the Sablan’s held their ceremony elsewhere before heading on over to the superstore for some romantic, adorable photos throughout the frozen-foods section and elsewhere. It just goes to show that sometimes the most resonant moments in a relationship, like a weekly trip to Target, often start without much thought at all—until you realize the depth of the love and connection they share.

Believe it or not, but we unfortunately have not had the honor of being able to shoot such iconic photos in any superstore. Boring, right?

Despite the massive disappointment, we have still seen our fair share of wedding portraits that hopefully make up for the legendary photos of the Sablan’s. Ultimately, we got to thinking about what are our own favorites, so we scoured our archives and picked out the best ten that we’ve shot! Without further ado, here is the first part of our Best Wedding Portraits video series.

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Reilly Wedding, 09/16/17, Bellaflora Farms

A gorgeous wedding down in Walla Walla led us to the discovery of Bellaflora Farms–an enchanting landscape that certainly looks like it’s right out of a fairytale. Drooping leaves, a romantic manor, and the last lights of summer creeping in through the leaves makes this place absolutely spellbinding. For the Reilly’s wedding portraits, we followed them out to the fields down the road following their ceremony. With the wheat fields stretching out in the background, and the rolling hills slowly rising up, the two danced in an almost barren landscape. It’s just them, the world and the setting summer sun illuminating the approaching grey clouds. The pure isolation out here was spectacular, seldom do we get this few of interruptions–nor the views!

Moriarty Wedding, 08/19/17, The Four Seasons Hotel

You may recognize the opening footage of the Moriarty’s wedding from our Favorite Drone Footage weddings. The camera swoops in over the Sound and enters the city from up high. Anybody who has ever visited Seattle will undoubtedly recognize the waterfront and skyline that makes Seattle so iconic, especially now with the Ferris Wheel perched on the pier. Following their ceremony, Sasha and Shane made their way up to the famous Four Seasons pool deck for an awe-inspiring view of Puget Sound. With ferries dotting the water and the sun glistening as it dipped below the Olympics, there’s really no beating a sight like this.

Chan-Hayashi Wedding, 07/29/17, The Seattle Tennis Club

You’d probably never think that an athletic club would be the premium location to shoot your wedding portraits—but you also probably haven’t seen the Seattle Tennis Club. Situation right at the edge of Lake Washington near Madison Park, the stunning facility offers breathtaking views of the water as well as Bellevue to the east. While it might seem more romantic—and certainly more popular—to pose for photos looking across the Sound towards the Olympics, many forget (except Rebecca and Justin) that towering far to the south behind Lake Washington is none other than Mt. Rainier. As the two posed with the water gently lapping up on shore, they peered off into the distance and to the mountain that is so symbolic of everything Washington.

Nelson Wedding, 07/01/17, Chihuly Garden and Glass

Perhaps the most renowned and recognizable Seattle artist that is still living, simply hearing the name Dale Chihuly instantly brings to mind dazzling glass sculptures featuring pretty much every color of the rainbow in mind-melding shapes and designs. Almost directly underneath the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is a hotspot for art lovers and tourists alike—and also those who are seeking a gorgeous spot for their wedding ceremony, something not nearly enough people are aware of. Which is exactly what makes the Nelson’s so far ahead of the curve. On the first day of July, the two met to be married surrounded by the ones they love and breathtaking artwork. Following the ceremony, the newly weds met underneath warping lights of every hue before taking a stroll through the museum proper. With almost alien-like designs, Chihuly’s sculptures proved to be the perfect backdrop for the bride and groom, inspiring both fascination and love.

Pearman Wedding, 04/22/17, The Landing at Tyee

Out of all of Seattle’s waters, Lake Union is often the most unrecognized. Sure there’s Lake Washington, the Sound, and some consider Lake Stevens up there, but Lake Union (despite getting prime attention in Sleepless in Seattle) is the forgotten one of the bunch. The Pearman’s wedding, held at the Landing at Tyee, reminded all of us of its breathtaking beauty, especially at sunset. Following an unforgettable ceremony, the bride and groom headed on down to the waterfront. Posing on the docks with Rachel’s massive veil billowing in the wind, the sun streaked through the clouds and reflected off the water, creating a golden aura that highlighted the newly weds from behind.

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That concludes part one of our Favorite Wedding Portraits! We hope you enjoyed all of the beautiful footage of newly weds sharing their first few moments together in pure happiness. Check back in later for part two of the series as we count down some of our favorite portraits of the last few years!

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Manheim Wedding on 10/28/17 at AXIS Pioneer Square in Seattle, Wa

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Over in the historic Pioneer Square district, which during the early days of Seattle (particularly the Gold Rush) became Seattle’s first “downtown,” you’ll find a competition between new and old. Between the Seattle Weekly building churning out its paper every week, the nearby International District, or the growth of new buildings and businesses, it’s a constant battle that has ultimately shaped the neighborhood into one of Seattle’s most distinct and exciting. In the heart of the area likes AXIS, an event space inside the 130-year-old Globe Building that captures the spirit of the neighborhood while also providing all of the elements for a perfect wedding.

Just shy of Halloween, the Manheim’s gathered in Pioneer Square on the same day as the annual “Thrill the World,” a gathering of people who want to bust out their best Michael Jackson impersonations. But while the spookiness was going on outside, there was a little more tranquility inside. As zombies filled the streets (and later posed with the bride and groom), Danica and Phil got ready in significantly calmer and less scary environments. If it was scary for them, we would have never known the better.

Meeting up on the streets for their First Look, Danica arrived to greet her groom as Phil’s bashfulness overtook him upon seeing her in her wedding dress. The fall leaves and natural color of the season really helped accentuate the more industrial feel of Pioneer Square. The browns and the oranges all melded together to really give the impression of being in the past. But with a sleek suit and a gorgeous dress, the bride and groom stood out against it all as they headed towards something new.

Posing with family, fending off zombies, and smiling all the while made for a blast out on the streets. Before they were overtaken with the hordes, the bride and groom headed inside to be married. Against the backdrop of old brick and mortar, surrounded by dazzling lights and flowers, Danica and Phil recited vows from their hearts as they opened up in front of one another and their families. Planting a smooch right on his bride, the two were officially married (right after they signed the books.)

With the event space open up to everyone, dinner was served as the newly weds made the rounds to visit their guests. Photo booths provided entertainment for the kids (but mostly adults) and supplied everlasting memories of an already unforgettable day. Eventually the lights dimmed to a warm purple, and everyone got on their feet to dance. Note the impromptu get-down to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, it happened to make our Favorite Wedding Reception Moments!

Thanks again to Danica and Philip for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was truly a spectacular day full of love and happiness. We hope that your first year of marriage is going terrifically.

Have any concerns? Want to see something different? Let us know in the comments below; we are always looking to improve!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – AXIS Pioneer Square

Photographer – Berty Mandagie

HMU – Alanda Seifert

Planner – Wedding Wise

Floral – En Fleur Floral

Rentals – CORT Party Rentals

Caterer – Ravishing Radish

DJ – Kris McCoskery

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