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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back for Part Two of our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies! While we are enduring the rain and cold creeping over our state, let us take a trip back to some warmer, happier times and visit some more outdoor weddings! This installment is going to take us to man-made lakes, golf courses, a secluded inn and even a few more farms thrown into the mix. No more talking, let us get back to the countdown!

Wilson Wedding

The Wilson wedding was particularly special because Radar Lake was actually made by Mallory Wilson’s uncle, Herb O’Brien, back in the 70s. It was one of the first ever man-made lakes created for the express purpose of water sports, and has proven to be tons of fun ever since. Check out the drone footage to get an idea of the awesomeness that Radar Lake has to offer.  Unfortunately Herb passed away in 2012, so this wedding holds extra sentimental meaning.

This purely magical day was blessed with exceptional weather and a breathtaking venue. In a clearing near the head of the lake, trees were littered with string lights and dozens of chairs were brought in to witness this fairytale occasion. With the hot summer sun filtering through the branches and leaves, we could not help but fall in love too with such a wonderful day.

Jackson Wedding

Faberfarm is like someone took a midwest farm and planted it right about an hour north of Seattle. The landscape that surrounds the farm makes you think of a simpler time where you could ride your horse for miles and miles. Held out in a patch of land just before the actual farming grounds begin, the ceremony was simple and sweet. Wood chairs were brought out for the family and friends to sit, while the groomsmen and bridesmaids flanked the altar.

With everyone looking superb, especially the groomsmen in their jacketless vests and the bridesmaids in neutral pinks and beiges, it was time to get hitched. And what a splendid ceremony it was for the Jacksons who are now celebrating their four month anniversary!

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding

The Fremont Foundry has quickly become one of our favorite spots in the city, not only because it’s near the Troll and Theo Chocolate Factory. Though you might not expect it from its exterior, the Foundry is stunning on the inside, but particularly the rooftop where the ceremony was held.

Shubha and Mike’s August wedding was a celebration of two worlds meeting, as well as two loves finally becoming one. With lovely Hindi attire, the bride and groom dazzled in a variety of reds and creams. The rooftop, overlooking the central part of Fremont, also offers glimpses of the Aurora bridge in the distance and is a perfectly intimate environment for city lovers to get married in peace and quiet. After the ceremony, the rooftop also provided the perfect place for a reception on such a perfect summer night!

Wetzler/Ashby Wedding

All the way up in the tiny town of Mazama is the Freestone Inn where we saw the Wetzler/Ashby wedding. This charming venue is about as far away from a major city as we have ever been for a ceremony. Breathtaking views of the surrounding Cascades and a lazy lake made for one heck of a backdrop where the bride and groom met in one of the most casual weddings we have witnessed.

The groom rocked just a short sleeve shirt and khakis, while the bride wore a beautiful wedding dress. The groomsmen and bridesmaids also shied away from formality and looked lovely in casual attire. Who needs all the sophistication when you are surrounded by loved ones? The following reception let everyone get up to their own shenanigans as an awesome band (The Side Project) belted out renditions of some of our favorite songs. Be sure to check out the video for some post-wedding rubber ducky action in the lake and scenic forest photoshoots!

Giandomenico Wedding

It did not cross our minds when we went to the Camas Meadows Golf Course that it would be like watching a wedding in someone’s backyard. A literal stone’s throw away from Oregon, Camas is right along the Columbia River and is assuredly a gorgeous venue. The quaint ceremony at the course was held at a gazebo with the audience sitting under a tent.

The bridesmaids stunned in lavender gowns, while the gents sported grey suits for a great contrast. The spiritual and all-too emotional wedding saw the Giandomenicos open themselves up to each other, their loved ones and to God. By the end, the tears were starting to trickle out, but not too long after the officiant gave the words for the two to kiss finally becoming man and wife.

Bishbeat Wedding

The final wedding for this installment was the Bishbeat wedding, which was super unique in that these two created their own last names! That is right: Chloe Beaty and Tyler Bishton got married and combined them! But we are not here for their names: we are here for their outdoor ceremony at Genesis Farm and Gardens! This sweet venue in Enumclaw proved to be utterly perfect for their wedding. So full of emotion, particularly once Chloe started reciting her vows, the two joked around like the best friends they are.

Taking it to the extra mile, doves were released at the end of the ceremony! You thought that only happened in the movies, didn’t you? It was so poignant and infectious that we could not help but get swept up too! The following reception kept on the bliss for a spectacular rest of the afternoon.


That is it for this installment! Be sure to check back in shortly for the final entry in our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. If you got married outdoors, indoors, or anywhere in general, we would really love to see your pics so send them our way!

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By Scott Johnson

As any resident or visitor to the Pacific Northwest knows far too well, we get quite a lot of rain up here. While this in itself only really adds a little more wetness and misery to any task you need to do, when it comes to weddings it is a much bigger ordeal. Which is why between the months of October and March, there really aren’t too many great days to have outdoor weddings. Sometimes we get lucky, sometimes we don’t, but we have never had any rain ruin a day thus far (knock on wood). If you have been following our Favorites of 2018 Countdown, then you will probably guess the natural progression from Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies is Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. And with that, we can begin!

Spiziri Wedding

The Spiziri Wedding in September was not the sunniest day to begin with, but there was still just enough summer for the sun to burn away the clouds before showtime. The delectable Chateau Lill over in Woodinville provides ample locations for some seriously sweet shots. From the little vineyards cut across the estate to the massive white barn, and an almost Monet-like pond, the entire place feels more like someone uprooted a quaint Italian villa and plopped it just outside of Seattle.

The ceremony was held in a little clearing surrounded by towering trees, while white chairs were soon filled by loved ones and friends. Just through the trees you can see way off into the distance, making this wonderful venue feel even more secluded and personal. Once the officiant said those magic words, it was finally time for the Spiziris to officially become husband and wife.

Leslie Wedding

We loved getting to head up to Semiahmoo Resort for the Leslie wedding because of its perfect location looking out at the ocean, and just behind it the Canadian border. As picturesque as can be, the water lapped up onto the calm beaches while the gents were inside getting their virtual golf game on. Like the Spiziri Wedding just a week earlier, the ill-boding clouds of fall were certainly there early in the morning, but that would quickly change before the ceremony.

Out on the dock for both the first look and ceremony, the entire bay was just so serene. With plenty of romantic overlooks for us to plant the soon-to-be newlyweds, we were simply excited to see what the ceremony would look like out here. And boy, was it a beautiful occasion. With dozens of chairs and sprinkled flower petals, the bride and groom stood just over the water with their bridal parties looking exceptionally suave next to them. Though the wind picked up just a bit, we were happy to be blown away by the ceremony.

Grybos Wedding

With the exception of maybe about ten feet, getting married at Salty’s is almost entirely an indoor affair. But their absolutely perfect dock, that looks out across the Sound towards the towering Seattle skyline, makes it one of our most favorite locations to get wed in the city (and that’s not because our founder got married there). An early September wedding greeted us with some typical overcast, though we were able to get out before the clouds rolled in with the drone to catch some awesome footage of some blue skies.

The Grybos’ big day was such a blast. A lovely afternoon roaming around the docks and waterfront eventually led us back to the restaurant where the bride and groom met to be wed. With the clouds overhead, a certain calmness filled the bay that helped create such a wonderful vibe for the ceremony. Once all was said and done, we headed on inside until the late hours of the evening for some dancing, food and tons of celebration.

Burkenpas Wedding

Just a week earlier from our last wedding, we headed up to another familiar area: Lake Stevens. Though this ceremony was technically outdoor, the bride, groom and officiant were still under a little gazebo…so we will give them a pass since everyone else was basking in the summer sun. Take one look at the surrounding area, and you probably won’t have many complaints just like us. The Burkenpases headed out here for their fresh September wedding with the most optimum weather. Clear blue skies aside from a few patches of clouds allowed for the sun to shine bright down on this blessed day.

The bridesmaids rocked rich maroon dresses while the groomsmen sported slick looks with grey vests and matching maroon ties. The entire space where the ceremony was held was tastefully constructed. Lights string out from the middle of the gazebo in all different directions, making one wonder how magical a late-night wedding might look here.

Snow Wedding

One of the best things about golf courses is you can usually get married indoor or outdoor. A late August wedding almost guaranteed an outdoor ceremony, and we definitely were in luck when we showed up for the Snow wedding at Inglewood Golf Club up by Kenmore. Held in a clearing overlooking the course, right near the clubhouse, the ceremony was a lovely celebration of these two’s love. With a littering of trees, the fairways and fountains came together for a superb backdrop to the altar. The emotional groom is all you need to see to get an understanding of how wonderful the ceremony was: nothing but love.

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding

Daniel Day Lewis fans will recognize the Thornewood Castle over in Lakewood as the exterior to his mansion in There Will Be Blood. For the VanNieuwenhuises, it will forever be the place they wed and became husband and wife. The Tudor Gothic castle, slowly shipped from Europe to America, the 400 year old building is such a stunning sight. Day trips here are a must. But it’s the miraculous grounds that inspire such beauty. The stairs leading up to the fountain, lined by the bridal party with the bride and groom at the top, is something out of a wedding magazine.


That is it for this installment folks! We have two more coming your way, so be sure to check back in later. Did you get married outdoors? Have some photos to share? Leave them below!


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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:

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?

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!

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!

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!


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?


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.


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!

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!”

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.


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 everyone to the next installment of our Favorites of 2018 Countdown! This time around is our Favorite Repeat Wedding Venues: places we went to multiple times this year. Who would have thought we would be hitting up these places so many times? But they sure made their impression on us! Ballrooms, golf courses, conference centers and more are coming your way, so let us dive right on in!

Indian Summer Golf and Country Club

I have said it before, and I will most definitely keep saying it: golf courses are one of the best venues for a wedding. Architectured landscapes, peace and quiet, and usually a large enough clubhouse for your entire party all make these atypical venues such a pleasure to visit. Down near Olympia, the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club was so popular, we went twice within a month.

The Middleton Wedding at the end of May was such a gorgeous day from start to finish. Toasty weather, vibrant green grass and a sun that made our job so much easier really made for a superb wedding. The Smith Wedding, just a few weeks later, was not quite as sunny but nevertheless ended up being a perfect day. With so many places to snap photos of our bridal parties, we could walk around the course for hours and never get tired. Inside for the reception, both weddings really got into the swing of things. The hall, which seems big enough to fit hundreds of people, proved to be the perfect place to dance the night away!

Bell Harbor International Conference Center

I know, I know. You are probably thinking, “A conference center? Who would want to get married there?”

Let me tell you something: these places are fantastic. Especially the Bell Harbor International Confer Center.

Think about it this way: say you have hundreds of people to invite. Most places are going to be iffy about letting that many people come storming on in. But a conference center, somewhere that’s used to that volume of people, can surely accommodate the quantity.

Did I mention it’s also simply stunning? Well, it is!

Take a look at its panoramic views of the harbor, city skyline, and the mountains way across the water and you’ll be treated to a feast for the eyes. Did you need space? They have over 96,000 square feet of it!

Two weddings took us there this year. The Ta wedding back in May was a touch cloudy, but the outdoor wedding against the harbor (with cruise ship backdrop and all) was touching and sweet. Once he headed on back in for the reception, the hall was so spectacularly designed and beautiful. With tons of room for dancing, it proved to be the perfect venue.

Elaine and Aaron’s September wedding was held indoor, but we certainly made them walk around the waterfront enough! The indoor venue was intimate enough for the ceremony, but big enough to fit everyone. Hopefully this has been enough to remove any doubts about Conference Centers!

Trinity Tree Farm

Trinity Tree Farm serves one very important purpose during this time of year: Christmas Trees. But for much of the other parts of the year, it serves as a great venue for events and weddings. Poised on a hill overlooking Issaquah, with exceptional views of the mountains to boot, it’s a lovely location for some peace and quiet. With the Barn and the Lodge as their two venues (and with capacities of up to 150 people) they offer tons of amenities including lawn games, s’mores, and the option to hire your own food trucks.

The Van Cise and Wolff/DeChant weddings brought us over here within a month of each other. One right before Spring began and the other shortly after. Both of the weddings, and the farm itself, were teeming with new life and excitement for the future.

Early in March, as the trees were only about three feet high when Taylor and Angelina wed. The grounds themselves were so full of light and beauty, but it’s the Lodge that truly makes everyone feel right at home. It’s there that the Van Cises tied the knot, overlooking the backyard area in such a lovely ceremony. The Wolff/DeChant wedding followed suit, but they were not nearly as lucky with the weather as the Van Cises’. The gray overcast day still proved to be such a wonderful occasion.

Monte Cristo Ballroom

It feels like we’ve been going to the Monte Cristo Ballroom forever! Certainly one of our favorite stomping grounds, this Everett establishment has played host to hundreds of weddings and other events. Their “no package” deal, which, essentially means you get everything, is an absolutely crazy good idea. They even offer the wedding dress. Along with servers, bartenders and more, they are ready to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible.

Which is probably why the Cordovas and Ohashis had such stellar celebrations for their weddings here. Lovely marbled floors and stark white pillars fill the atrium where weddings are held. It doesn’t take too much effort, and soon the wedding hall is turned into the ballroom proper, with a balcony for those too tired to dance to watch from.

For both weddings, held almost exactly four months apart, the venue did their best to ensure a fun filled day. Hey, when you get married in a ballroom, they dancing should never stop!

Salty’s on Alki

Our final venue is one that holds significant value Best Made Videos®. It is where our founder got married two years ago. We were fortunate enough to get to go here twice this year–with its imposing views of not only the Sound, but Seattle as well, Salty’s inspires romance and beauty on its waterfront perch.

A late July wedding for the Eisenhauers, and a smart decision in opting for the drone package, exemplifies just how gorgeous the area can be for a wedding. While the Eisenhauers got married in a church, their first look (as with any first look at Salty’s) took place on the docks overlooking the Sound with Seattle soaring in the distance, followed by their reception in the great hall underneath the restaurant.

The Grybos spent their entire day galavanting around the area. An early September wedding, with surprisingly clear skies (that later made way for overcast clouds) allowed for some great shots, especially during the first look and group photos. Boisterous, romantic, and beautiful to say the least, both weddings reminded us of the magnificent power of Salty’s.


Thus concludes our favorite Repeat Wedding Venues of 2018. We hope you enjoyed visiting these wedding venues as much as we have. Perhaps you might consider getting married at one of these great venues! Have any questions or comments? Leave them below! See you soon for our next Favorites of 2018!

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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!


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?


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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by Scott Johnson

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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by Scott Johnson

Welcome one and all to our month-long countdown of our Favorites of 2018. Over the course of December, we will be listing our Favorite Wedding Venues, Vows, Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies and more. Our first countdown is a list of our Favorite Venues we visited for the first time this year, Let’s get the show started with part one, of our Favorite New Wedding Venues (for us)!

Hotel Bellwether

Far too many people associate Bellingham with its connection to Western Washington University. Others simply know it as one of the last stops before we get to our neighbor to the north. But for those who want to try it as a vacation spot, boy is Hotel Bellwether a prime place to change your mind. The luxury hotel, which boasts views of not only Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands, but also the Cascades. There’s even a Canine Concierge.

The Kirk wedding at the end of September took us to the hotel for a splendid day of love and celebration. After holding their actual wedding ceremony at the nearby Assumption Church, the Kirks headed over to the hotel for the reception. With tons of beautiful spots to photograph the newlyweds and their friends, the waterfront hotel is a magnificent sight. A bevy of wedding rooms can accommodate as few as 14 or up to 250 guests. Catering comes included too, with a hand-picked menu that features a Roasted Pork Loin and Risotto Forester.

Semiahmoo Resort

Even closer to the Canadian border than Bellingham, Blaine also features an incredibly charming, and deeply underappreciated hotel called Semiahmoo Resort. Take a look at the Leslie wedding for all the great things you need to know about the resort. There’s virtual golf, beautifully decorated interiors, a quaint dock perfect for ceremonies, and a stunning waterfront.

The Leslies had such a gorgeous wedding. Following them around the area would have been more than enough for us, but the rest of the resort and grounds are to die for. Views of the ocean and mountain mean you’re just right at home in Washington, while the hotel itself can hold up to 400 guests. An all-inclusive wedding package includes many of the basics, but you can throw on additional enhancements like specialty cocktails and even a bonfire.

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

Tucked in Magnolia’s Discovery Park, poised on top of a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, is the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. A wildly spacious, architecturally stunning building that can host hundreds of people for any kind of event–especially weddings. At once an undeniably crucial place for Native families, it also brings together people who want to be together for life.

For your big day, you get 25 banquet tables, 250 chairs, and a kitchen where you can hire your own caterer to make all the delicious foods for you wedding. The Spampanis’ big wedding day saw the reception held at Daybreak. Its structure and exterior paintings immediately make you want to take a closer look, and then you go inside and find it to be open and inviting. Its surrounding area, though, is what really takes the cake. Just take a look at the sunset shots we got of the two at the end!

Lake Union Cafe

While the name itself should not give you any pause as to where it is, we never actually have been requested to shoot a wedding here! And, being such a Seattle Spot, they come prepared for rain. Their standard package includes buffets, fresh baked rolls, fruits and veggies, professional event staff and more. You can also tack on candles, in-house bar access and even plated dinners rather than buffet.

They also offer an outdoor wedding venue at Fairview Park, though they are fully aware of the weather and can easily switch things to the indoor venue at a moment’s notice.

The Gallos’ January wedding, right in the prime of winter, was made a spectacular day as we avoided rain and snow (the second one is pretty easy). After a morning of patrolling Volunteer Park for their first look, it was the Lake Union Cafe that saw, well, the “union” of these two love birds. As regal as any hotel, with gold decorations, tons of candles and about a hundred mirrors, it really is surprising how little we have seen this place! The dance floor itself is something not to be missed!

The Woodmark Hotel

If you’re looking for one of the best hotels in the area, look no further than the Woodmark in Kirkland. While not getting nearly as much love as Seattle or Bellevue, Kirkland is a lovely town that boasts an even lovelier waterfront. Rated as one of the Ten Best Resort Hotels in the West, the Woodmark offers more things than you probably care to think about. From its exemplary location right on Lake Washington, peering across to Seattle, down to the awesome fact that you can even stay there after the wedding and have your honeymoon as well, it’s such an awesome place. Oh, and there’s even a boat that takes you out around the harbor.

The Bullards had a spectacular wedding day here in the middle of August. Their first look is one of our favorites of the year as well, taking place inside the hotel with the regal architecture and a sense of sophistication. Even the exterior is unreal, with a long dock for our newlyweds to walk down and a view of Seattle that will make you want to sit for a while. With as luxurious as the hotel is, you bet your bottom they’re willing to go above and beyond for all of your wedding needs.


And there you have it for the first part of our Favorite New (for us) Wedding Venues! Check back in later for the final five. Want to share with us where you got married? Would you want to do it somewhere else if you had the chance to do it again? Let us know in the comments below!

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