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By Scott Johnson

Welcome back, folks to Round 2 of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! We have eight more wedding vows coming at you, so get the tissues, wipe off the makeup and buckle yourself in for some words of love!

Wilson Wedding

The Wilsons’ Wedding up at Radar Lake was touching for a number of reasons (one being that the bride’s uncle built the lake!) but their vows really crawled their way under our skin and made us feel all the love.

Mallory and Mike met in a magical little clearing at the edge of the lake, surrounded by dazzling lights and trees, and sealed the deal, but not without making us a little weepy first! Mike started out with the heavy-hitters, “Mallory, you’re my dream come true. I have loved you more and more every day since the moment I met you. I promise my love for you will grow every day as we grow old and wrinkly together.”

In response, Mallory brought out some knockouts of her own, “I’ve waited my whole life for you, this moment, this feeling. Every day that I wake up next to your smiling face, I fall more and more in love with you. I love who you are and who you’ve helped me become.” Not too long after that the emotions started to come out, so check it out for some tears!

Culpepper Wedding

The Culpeppers’ spectacular wedding at McCaw Hall is one of the highlights of our year, but the vows are just as grand. Stephen and Allyson met for an August wedding with tons of dancing, celebration and pure fun. Going first, Allyson goes through a series of funny moments and stories about her soon-to-be husband, “I will say your choice to channel Nacho Libre when we’re fighting is questionable, though, and it’s always really risky. With that said, it’s been ten years and whatever we’ve got going on here works.”

Stephen’s vows start off, like Allyson said…questionable…as he immediately goes in with, “You have been the most challenging, difficult, pressing, emotional, wonderful and genuinely happy part of my life. You have always been uniquely yourself and you follow your own code.” Lucky for them, they’re so good together. Not many bride’s would take to hearing “difficult and challenging” on their wedding day too keenly!

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding

A delightful Fremont wedding saw the union of Shubha and Mike in a warm, colorful ceremony. Bright sunny skies, a perfect summer day and rooftop venues made it a beauty! After hearing from the officiant and some friends and family, it was time for the two to share their vows. Simple, sweet and absolutely perfect, Shubha started out with “Mike, you’re my best friend and I’m so excited to call you my husband.” Shying away from heavy emotions, she finishes off with a simple promise to, “always love you, and I can’t wait for our next adventures together.”

Mike kept it short and sweet too, as this repeat ceremony (the two had already legally wed) inspired some recycled thoughts, “I can’t believe this day is finally here…again. I can’t believe I get to marry you…again. I promise to always love and cherish you…again.” Hey, we think it’s pretty rad and sweet, I don’t know about you!

Wetzler/Ashby Wedding

As cool as cucumbers, the Wetzler/Ashby wedding was a casual, laidback event that was perfectly suited to the bride and groom. Secluded up in the mountains at the Freestone Inn, their relaxing, carefree day still saw some lovely vows.  

Tricia went first with a series of lines that make us want to take notes, “There is no time or place that I feel as safe and content as I do in your arms. I feel like these vows are more than just a promise, but also an amazing privilege.” She goes on for a while more, so you have to check out the video for more!

Kent reciprocated with a story of their first meeting where Tricia told him, “I don’t need you,” and he goes on to prove just how much they need finally each other.

Bishbeat Wedding

We knew the vows for the Bishbeats were going to be amazing because they also created their own last name! Chloe starts right out with the emotion and the love, “Tyler, who knew that my mother was right the whole time she was teasing me for my teenage crush on you, and that you were my dream guy…” which then triggered all of the emotions.

Tyler, not to be outdone, began with “Chloe, it took about a week for my heart to figure out that you were the one for me,” and he does not let up until everyone is reduced to a puddle of tears!

Vladyka Wedding

The awesome Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club was the home of the Vladyka wedding where Alee and Alex delivered sweet vows that made us laugh and dab our eyes. Alee brought the jokes and the giggles, telling her husband, “It is so difficult to find a man like you because you’re so extraordinary, you have such a kind, innocent heart and that is one of the things that I love most about you.”

Alex wanted to take a trip down memory lane, reminding themselves of the time he tried to change a tire and then fast forwarding to today, where they are ready to embark on a new journey together as they look forward to all of the little, wonderful things awaiting them.

Duell Wedding

The Duell wedding was a fantastic June celebration of love and faith. Bethany and Nate tied the knot at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and exchanged wonderful vows. Going first with a classic, suave speech, Nate promises, “I will always trust and honor you. I will stay committed to you with unwavering support. I will have patience and understanding. I have nothing but unconditional for you every day and I will be a champion for you.”

Following suit, Bethany declares, “there are so many things about you that I love. Firstly, people just enjoy being around you, myself included. You bring a lightness and unfailing optimism, and a pure, natural joy to those around you.” It gets sweeter after that, but we’ll let you see for yourself!

Smith Wedding

The final wedding for today took us to the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club where we saw the Smiths get married! Tarissa and Ryan looked ravishing out on the links, and the excitement for the union was universal.

Ryan begins first, opening his heart to his bride, “Since the day I met you, you’ve changed my life and made me a better person. You bring out the best in me and you always keep me positive and stay by my side, even if I’m difficult.” That’s not even the half of it!

Tarissa’s vows are markedly more emotional, almost crying before she even starts, “Ryan, I first wanted to tell you how thankful I am that I’m to be marrying you today. Over these past four years you’ve made me feel like the luckiest person on the planet.” Oh boy, get the tissues!

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And that’s it for this installment of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! Check back in soon for our final seven Favorite Wedding Vows!

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by Scott Johnson

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

Spiziri Wedding

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

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

Plummer Wedding

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

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

Leslie Wedding

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

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

Grybos Wedding

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

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

Snow Wedding

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

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

Lin Wedding

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

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

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding

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

Bullard Wedding

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

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

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by Scott Johnson

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

Vladyka Wedding

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

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

Ta Wedding

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

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

Wurtz Wedding

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

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

May Wedding

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

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

Wangopian Wedding

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

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

Bullard Wedding

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

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

Park Wedding

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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

Thomas Wedding

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

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

Kangiser Wedding

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

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

Van Cise Wedding

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

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

Foster Wedding

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

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

McGee Wedding

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

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

Bricker Wedding

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

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

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

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by Scott Johnson

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

Freestone Inn

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

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

Carleton Farms

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

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

Hilton Bellevue

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

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

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

Tibbetts Creek Manor

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

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

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

Faberfarm

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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by Scott Johnson

Wow! Time sure does fly by fast when you’re having a good time! Wedding videography is a year-round job, with its spikes during the spring and summer for obvious reasons (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) and we get to see a few just about every week of the year! One of the best things about our job is being able to see so much of our state. From stunning hotels, to accommodating athletic clubs, out to the fields and meadows and a few new locations that surely surprised us, 2018 has been a wonderful year so far.

Let’s break down our five favorite weddings of 2018 thus far!

Van Cise Wedding, 3/10, Trinity Tree Farm

Who would’ve thought that getting married at a Christmas Tree farm on the verge of Spring, with just little sproutlings popping up, would be such a wonderful idea? The Van Cise wedding took us out to Trinity Tree Farm near Issaquah for a day of fresh starts, new beginnings, and the decade-in-the-making marriage between Angelina and Taylor. What stands out most from the day, however, are the tear-inducing vows they share for each other that will surely make you cry, too.

Wurtz Wedding, 05/05, Ballard Locks

A new venue for us–and also one we never would’ve thought of–was the Ballard Locks. For those of you unfamiliar with Seattle, these water gates allow transportation to and from the ocean from Lake Union. For the Wurtz it was a gorgeous day, accented with our drone footage, that saw everyone looking spiffy in grey suits and lilac dresses. With a balloon arch in a little clearing, Jazmyn and Josh tied to knot in front of their friends and family in the most adorable fashion.

McGee Wedding, 01/28, Sentinel Hotel

Taking a road trip down to our southerly neighbor, Portland, is always a grand time, this time even more so. The so-called “Most Storied Hotel” and National Historic Landmark,The Sentinel, played host to the McGee’s truly spectacular wedding; a day of celebration, dancing and near-royalty decorations. After the satisfying crush of the ceremonial glass (and most importantly the kiss), Greg and Allie were officially married. All in all, it was one of the most unforgettable weddings we’ve been to in quite some time!

Foster Wedding, 02/17, Washington Athletic Club

The Fosters really lucked out with their February wedding, held at the Washington Athletic Club, as there was sun shining bright in the sky. Opting for drone footage, the beautiful Seattle waterfront was truly a marvel. Sipping mimosas, posing in front of the utterly sophisticated hallways and bookshelves of the Club, and looking dapper while doing so, occupied us for most of the morning. Failing to hold back his tears, Cory happily watched his wife-to-be walk down the aisle for a touching ceremony. However, it was the hilarious garter dance and the s’more bar, that really make this one stand out for us.

May Wedding, 05/06, Hidden Meadows

The May’s got married in May, which is certainly the easiest way to remember your anniversary, but their wedding as a whole already proved to be unforgettable. With perfectly warm weather, the outdoor ceremony which featured the bridesmaids and groomsmen rocking beige dresses and grey suits, was a lovely spectacle. With their union sealed, they officially kissed and become husband and wife. What we loved most were the photoshoots with the guys on the train tracks as they puffed on cigars like true gents.

And there you have it! Our Top 5 Weddings of 2018 (So Far!) Do you agree? If not, let us know which ones really deserved to be up here!

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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.

Have any questions or suggestions on what we should do next? Ask us below!

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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!

Have any questions or comments? Want tips and tricks to capture your own footage? Drop us a comment below and we’d be happy to help!

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