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by Scott Johnson

Deciding on who is going to officiate your wedding is as major of a decision as any when it comes to your big day. It can be as easy as hiring your religious community leader to head up the ceremony—especially if you’re getting married in your house of worship. But anybody can take the necessary steps to officiate weddings, as it is increasingly easy to become ordained on the Internet.

Just a few weeks ago, actor Arrow actor Colton Haynes tied the knot with Jeff Leatham, the Four Seasons Hotel floral designer, in a Palm Springs ceremony officiated by none other than Kris Jenner. The two, who have been “Instagram Official” since February, know quite a few famous people, as Melanie Griffith, Cher, and Serena Williams all helped out with the star-studded engagement back in March. You can learn more about their relationship here.

Though none of our weddings featured celebrities of this caliber, it nonetheless made us wonder who our favorite officiants were. So we’ve compiled a list of the best!

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Vera Wedding, 08/04/17, Russell’s Loft, Rev. Ray Van Winkle

A Seattleite since 1982, Rev. Ray Van Winkle is the owner and primary officiant at Seattle’s Best Officiants. Sincere, sweet, and with some excellently timed humor, Van Winkle has made a life out of weddings. His officiating of the Vera Wedding in August 2017 ranks as one of our favorites thanks to his touching words issued to Alex and Mathew right before their “kiss seals a promise.” The officiant is much like a master of ceremonies, so in many ways it’s important to find one that best matches the personality and attitude of the wedding, we think Mathew and Alex chose marvelously.

Balsoma Wedding, 04/29/17, Great Hall at Greenlake, Huey Yu

Depending on who your best friend is, they could play a very important role in your wedding day—especially if they’re not already your maid of honor or best man. For the Balsoma wedding, groom Dominick chose his long-time friend Huey Yu to serve as officiant of the ceremony. While this may not be as “formal” as other weddings go, it is a special day meant to be shared among friends and family, so why not let some of them in on the action? Having a close friend adds a personal touch, especially if the history is long and poignant. They know you better than anybody else, so why not let them be the guide to your new union?

Wagner Wedding, and Ko Wedding, Chaplain Dale

Like Rev. Ray Van Winkle, Chaplain Dale (real name Dale Amundsen) is a career officiant. According to his website, he has conducted almost 3,000 weddings, loves doing weddings in “unusual locations” and has a passion for working with the couple to guarantee the perfect day. We’ve seen his work at three different weddings and have no doubt he’s the real deal.

At the Wagner and Ko weddings Dale offered words of love and encouragement, while still maintaining the confidence of a seasoned officiant. He’s calm and knows how to react to the soaring emotions with wit and authenticity, asking in both weddings, “you ready for this?” This breaks the high-flying emotions just enough to allow for a heartfelt kiss as the bride and groom seal the deal.

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Whether you go the religious, seasoned or personal, picking the right officiant is certainly a decision that should feel right for both the bride and groom. Whoever you pick will be the one who ushers in a whole new era in your life and they will have a deeply profound effect on the entire day as a whole. Let us know which route you went with your officiant, we’d love to hear if it was the right choice!

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by Scott Johnson

Biggest Cry Babies:

Say what you will about Barack Obama and his politics, but regardless of how you vote, there’s no way you can deny the love he has for his wife, Michelle. Over eight years, Barack and Michelle were as much as a dynamic duo as Barack and Joe Biden (who has been led to tears by Obama’s words, too) and their marriage is—quite frankly—relationship goals.

Their love is so legendary it even inspired a movie called Southside with You, which follows them on their first date back in the 80s. Over the years he was in office, he would frequently speak about Michelle in the most endearing ways. Even in this video— which is less than two minutes long—he describes how much he has adored her for over 25 years and completely loses it. Calling her his best friend and describing her impact on America, he makes himself cry, he makes Michelle cry, and then even his daughter Malia sheds a tear.

Oh, and he makes all of us cry, too.

Just last month, on their 25th anniversary, he popped up on screen during a conference in Philadelphia that Michelle was attending for a sugary sweet message to his loving wife. He showers her with affection and words of love, calling her an “extraordinary partner” and a “saintly, wonderful, patient person.” Michelle teared up, obviously.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/barack-obama-crashes-michelles-conference-appearance-with-surprise-anniversary-video/article/2636451

Everyone wants someone who talks to him or her like Barack talks to Michelle, and even more they want someone who cries when they talk about how much they love their partner. We’ve witnessed such couples, so we dug through our backlog of tear-jerking videos and found what we like to call our “Favorite Cry Babies.”

Pack some tissues, things are gonna get wet and weepy.

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Soni Wedding, 08/31/17, The Golf Club at Newcastle

The Soni wedding was full of emotions throughout the entire day. The first look started it all as Christina and Tanuj met on the spectacular vantage point overlooking the course and outlying areas. When she approaches, his mouth drops open as his hands rush to his face. They embrace and some tears start to shed—and all he can do is look at her.

The tears didn’t stop there. Christina couldn’t keep the tears from falling during her vows, either. Tanuj kept it together pretty well during his, though, but right near the end he starts to choke up as she looked longingly in his eyes. While this wasn’t a completely emotional outburst, we just like the way his jaw drops like a sack of potatoes when he sees her for the first time—there’s no beating that.

Mortega Wedding, 08/26/17, Kitsap Conference Center

Although EJ is more widely known as “Magic Mike” from his reception dance moves for wife Jessica, he also takes the prize of biggest crybaby. Neither EJ nor his wife can keep straight faces in their vows as they both bawl their eyes out. The struggle was real, but so was the love.

Jessica loses it first. Talking about being each other’s biggest critics, she can hardly get the words out as the emotions overtake her. Then EJ tries to get going but he is left completely speechless as the officiant reassures him it’s ok. Even though he has the words written out, it’s a trek just to speak them. Pausing after almost every sentence, his love for her is so overwhelming that he can’t even talk about it. We think that’s pretty darn wonderful.

Robak Wedding, 05/12/17, The Canal

Seconds into the Robak wedding video, it’s clear that Brett is a total mess. Trying to play it off as silly, he clears his throat and shuffles around uncomfortably before beginning his vows as his voice begins to crack and he takes increasingly large breaks—at one point he even requests some liquid courage. Tears fill his eyes as he powers through the speech with the determination of a teenager getting through their first in-class speech. Fanning himself with the words helped a little bit, but he just keeps the tears coming. It’s truly inspiring his love for her, and then Katie starts to lose it too.

But then Katie starts her vows—and oh man. She lasts a little longer, but then the sobs start as the two fall into total messes for each other. That’s what we love—because they love each other.

Williams Wedding, 07/01/16, DeLille Cellars

Crying isn’t something to be ashamed of, especially at weddings. They aren’t happy tears—not in the slightest. Even the very founder of Best Made Videos shed some tears at his wedding, though he’d never show any of the proof. It’s a highly emotional day in terms of the commitment and love alone, but add in the stress and everything and for some it’s just too overwhelming.

Jeff Williams caught the feels right when his bride-to-be Megan strutted down the aisle. A fun and easy-going photo shoot prior to the ceremony had Jeff in good spirits, but the second he got to the altar and saw his lady walking towards him, the tears started to flow. During the vows, Megan started to weep, too, so at least he wasn’t alone.

Leaoa Wedding, 11/04/16, Emerald Queen Casino Ballroom

As Tautalafua stood regal in a white tuxedo on the altar, waiting with his family for his bride to walk down the aisle, you might be intimidated by his size and stern look. You probably wouldn’t want to pick a fight with him based on his appearance, but in actuality he was suppressing some pretty powerful emotions. He is, after all, just a big teddy bear.

He was already getting emotional as the music started to play, but as his wife walked through the doors he tried as hard as he could to keep a straight face. The closer she got, the harder it became for him to not lose it. Then you realize she’s starting to lose it, too. The kiss changed everything though, as the tears faded away into smiles.

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Doing ok? Good. The only tears we like to talk about are the happy ones, and we’ve seen nothing but them at all of our weddings we’ve shot. Did you completely lose it at your wedding? Have a funny story? Let us know below!

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by Scott Johnson

Favorite Surprises:

The longer and bigger a wedding is–both in terms of the event itself and simply just planning it–the more opportunity there is for a surprise. Of course, all surprises can range from delightful to just plain horrible. No, none of our brides and grooms have ever not shown up to the altar, so we take that as plus, but there’s still plenty of moments that have surprised us.

With the release of Stephen King’s It in theaters a few months ago, clowns are on the rise, as is ever-apparent in Jesse McLaren’s engagement photos he took for his sister. In a cute (or subtly terrifying) move, he snuck in Photoshopped Pennywise the Dancing Clown into every one of her photos. The result is a sinister surprise for his sister—and luckily one he can easily remedy when she finally discovers the twisted clown leering at her and her loving fiancé. See the photos for yourself below.

http://q13fox.com/2017/10/25/brother-photoshops-clown-from-it-into-sisters-engagement-photos/

Here are some of the best surprises from our own wedding videos:

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Wagner Wedding, 07/15/17, Craven Farms

The biggest surprise any wedding day could bring is the bride or groom not showing up. As stated before, this has never happened at one of our weddings, but that doesn’t stop the groomsmen from not poking a little fun at the groom prior to the ceremony. Everyone knows of Runaway Bride, Run Fatboy Run, and every other movie where one of the two parties makes a fast getaway before they tie the knot, so perhaps it isn’t always best to make comments on the day of the wedding to the groom. Luckily as you can see in the video, he takes the jokes in stride and the bride did indeed show up.

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

Weddings are stressful; no doubt about it. That stress can seep into even the easiest tasks—like tying your shoe. If this is your biggest issue of the day, it’s pretty safe to say you got off easy. But for the groom, the simple task was a bit of a struggle even with a few sessions of Mario Kart to ease his nerves, though we can’t really blame him because for one it is the biggest day of his life, and two—nobody really likes those thin, wonky laces, do they?

Watch the video if you need a quick chuckle, or some empathy if you’ve ever been in the same situation.

Forney Wedding, 06/18/16, Chambers Bay Golf Course

There’s a lot of work going into getting the bride all made-up for her big day. Hair, nails, eyebrows, make up, the dress, and teeth all need to be attended to, which makes it all the more easy to forget about the little things—like a retainer. Just as she’s ready to open up her dazzling jewelry, bride Elizabeth’s friend reminds her that she still has her retainer in her mouth, to which Elizabeth responds with glee and humor as she urged us to keep it in our video.

So we did.

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

Even though the wedding dress is the most important piece of attire in the ceremony, the groom still has his own suit to worry about—and you know how guys are. Thankfully, groom Adam has a thing for perfection as evident by our video of him picking and plucking with a lint roller at the sleeve and cuff of his jacket to get it just right. It takes a certain amount of dedication—or fear of snarky comments from his bride—to get this level of grooming from a man. At the very least, it shows that he loves his bride-to-be dearly and wants to dress to impress.

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Sometimes cute, always unpredictable, surprises don’t all have to be bad. Whatever the case may be; we just hope that it’s for the best and on video. Share your own surprising wedding moments below!

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by Scott Johnson

When you picture weddings, you probably imagine them in a church with everyone dressed in their nicest formal attire, a serenading violin or harp playing the Bridal Chorus, a white gown and tuxedo, and a reception decked with flowers and gourmet food. We adore tradition, but we also love to see the sheer creativity the bride and groom put into their special day.

Every couple has a “thing.” Whether it is sharing a deep passion for a football team, an obsession with Star Wars, or just simply a favorite restaurant, these commonalities help make some for of the best weddings. Which is exactly why we love the story of Skylain and Jeffery Clarke who enjoy Taco Bell so much, they took their wedding photos inside the very restaurant the two spent many-a-afternoon in. Silly? Definitely. Queso-y? Sí, señor. But there’s no denying the smiles on their faces in the photos.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/see-taco-bell-themed-wedding-photo-shoot-172419216.html

With that in mind, we dug through our video archives to find our own favorite themed weddings. Check out the videos below!

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Pablo Wedding, 08/05/17, Cedar Springs

There’s something special about a bride and groom honoring their roots, like how Kaleena and Tim paid tribute to their Hawaiian heritage at their gorgeous wedding at Cedar Springs. Adorned with nut Lei’s the groomsman looked extra classy, while the bridal party stunned with flower ones. The massive bouquet of tropical flowers also added a sentimental touch to the ceremony, while traditional luau dancers graced the reception as family and friends joined along. Weddings like this remind us that home is never really that far away when you’re with family.

Morrison Wedding, 12/31/16, Embassy Suites

To some, the When of a wedding is more important than the Where. Sure a New Year’s Eve wedding might not be the most original idea out there, but the significance of ringing in a new year with a new chapter in life is tough to beat. Plus, you can’t really hate the idea of having to party until midnight, can you? Bride and groom Andrea and Gus certainly made a spectacular bash of it all as their reception wasted no time in getting the fun started to carry them all to the end of the year and the start of something new and wonderful.

Faber Wedding, 07/09/15, Robinswood House

Who said weddings needed to be super serious affairs? The Faber Wedding is all about the child at heart, as its theme is a combination of superheroes, Legos, and boardgames. Cupcakes garnished with dice, copies of Cranium and Taboo set up on tables, and a simple cake topped by Lego Spiderman and Mary Jane Watson say everything you need to know about the bride and groom. Sure it’s a little childish, but isn’t that how love’s supposed to make you feel? Kelly and Adam certainly think so.

Iffrig Wedding, 06/26/16, Manresa Castle

Save for Disneyland/World, it’s a little tough finding castles here in America. Luckily, for those in the Pacific Northwest, Port Townsend, WA, has one right out of a fairytale. And like a childhood dream come true, bride and groom Anna and Curt had their “happily ever after” wedding held at an honest-to-god castle, complete with a tiara, glass slippers, and a dress to rival Cinderella’s. I guess some fairytales weddings are real.

Stephens Wedding, 09/17/17, Sorrento Hotel

Ashley and Rajeev’s wedding is a beautiful union of not only two people, but two different cultures. By all accounts, the ceremony was as formal and traditional as one could expect until the groom places the traditional Hindu Bindi on his bride’s forehead just as they are about to kiss. There’s slow dancing and photos to follow, but as the reception kicks off Rajeev and Ashley arrive decked out in Hindi attire. Then, like a scene out of a Bollywood film, dancers arrive and perform routines for the guests and bride and groom. It’s a blast of energy that could get a stone’s foot tapping (seriously, watch the video), but more importantly it is the combining of two worlds.

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Themed weddings reveal a lot about who the bride and groom are, even the tiniest details can add both significance and fun to the special day. Just the date of the wedding alone can say something to the nature of the couple. Let us know of any fun or unique themes we can pass on below!

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by Scott Johnson

You’d think that at a celebrity wedding the most talked about factors would be the vows, the guests, or even the after-party. But at his recent wedding, rapper Gucci Mane aimed to make the biggest moment the cake cutting. Picture this: a $75,000, 10-foot tall cake decked out in 2,500 Swarovski crystals, 8,500 handmade sugar flowers, and made up of five flavors including red velvet, amaretto, carrot, banana nut and Jamaican rum. Surely that’s enough to talk about, right? Wrong: Gucci and his bride Keyshia Ka’oir took it a step further and decided that the best tool to cut this magnificent beast of a cake was an actual, honest-to-god sword. Check out the video for yourself below!

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8006709/gucci-mane-wedding-video-keyshia-kaoir-cake-sword

This got us thinking: what are our favorite cake-cutting wedding videos we’ve done? So we’ve compiled a list of the best and sweetest ones yet!

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Mead Wedding, 10/21/17, Melrose Market Studios

Dakota and Taylor’s tearful union is one of our favorite vow exchanges as there wasn’t a single dry eye in the room. Their vows for each other touched everyone deeply—watch the video and try not the cry—but their cake cutting, shows their complete adorableness. The initial cut by Dakota has a piece fall off as she gives a shocked glance to the videographer while Taylor stands there with mouth agape. As Taylor delicately—and then not so delicately—shoves the piece of cake into Dakota’s mouth, she recoils and then preps for her turn. But right as she’s about to go in for the shot, Taylor grabs her hand and does the deed for her, ruining her attempts to smear his face with cake as he caps it off with a “oh shucks” shrug. The two go in for a kiss, only for him to nearly spit his cake into Dakota’s mouth. It’s romantic, silly, and completely genuine. There’s no denying the love between the bride and groom.

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

While this wedding alone would…take the cake…for being one of our spookiest videos, RaKayla and Juan’s wedding also has one of the best wedding cakes ever. Rife with spell books, zombie babies, decorative skulls, animatronic hands and a black bridal gown, it’s not entirely surprising the bride and groom’s cake would be out of the norm as far as weddings go. The three-tiered cake, which looks like sewn-up flesh with blood ready to ooze out, is literally butchered by the bride and groom as they plunge the knife right into the top of the cake. Indeed, even the insides look like blood and guts, and what follows is one of the most adorable—yet slightly creepy—food fights we have ever seen as they smear the innards all over each other. Let us know what you think of the video: sweetly sick, or sickly sweet?

Mallum Wedding, 02/26/16, Bainbridge Island

A picturesque wedding on the quaint Bainbridge Island is any videographer’s dream. The little town has some of the best venues for weddings in the region, mainly due to the breathtaking view of Seattle off in the distance. Though it was raining on their wedding day, it certainly didn’t damper any attitudes as bride and groom Danjuma and Tade were all smiles under the cover of their families’ umbrellas. Inside for the reception awaited a dove white, three-tiered cake contrasted by a lovely baby blue color scheme. When it’s time for their first bite, the bride and groom look as if they’re testing each other as if they’re afraid to go first, but it’s Danjuma who makes the first move and sticks it in Tade’s mouth, who reciprocates with a much more delicate face-smearing. And of course there’s the kiss that makes it all so much better.

Smith Wedding, 02/26/17, Rose Hill Community Center

You might find yourself dabbing your eyes at the tearful vows between bride and groom Ariella and Evan, but it’s the sweet and adorable cake cutting that gets to us. After delicately cutting the cake together, it looks as though Evan is going to carefully give a hesitant and curiously suspicious Ariella a hand-fed piece before he decides to shove it right in her mouth and smear it all over her face. The force-feeding is followed by a sweet kiss and a joke from Evan as they continue to cut their lovely three-tiered cake garnished by flowers. It’s silly wedding moments like these that are followed by sweetness that touch our heart. Plus, who doesn’t want cake on their face?

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Cake is amazing on its own, but when you have two people who love each other so deeply that they don’t mind it getting smeared on their face in front of everyone they love—then that’s something truly special. These are our favorite cake cutting wedding videos. What are some of yours?

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