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Woo hoo! We’re back for another week of Bizarre Wedding News! This time we’ve got some fun with dates, a few typos, a celebrity anniversary and wedding, so are you ready? August has been a fun and exciting month, what with toasty weather, bright skies (for the most part) and the unfortunate scent and sight of the dastardly forest fire smoke, though the last part really isn’t fun and exciting at all.

We love Ellen, and we also love Arrested Development, which makes the marriage between Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi so flipping wonderful. This year marks their tenth wedding anniversary. To commemorate the event, the Ellen DeGeneres Show shared a short video that contained footage of their wedding and celebration, and boy is it a tear jerker. So, be sure to have a few tissues (or a box) at the ready, when you watch it!

For some couples, wedding rings just aren’t nearly enough to immortalize the bond between spouses. You can name a star after your bride, or lock a padlock on a bridge in Paris.

Or you can get a tattoo.

But for the love of all that is good, please be sure to at least get the date right. As one newlywed man came to find out, most women are not ok if you get your wedding date tattooed incorrectly on your finger. It also probably doesn’t help that it took him about six weeks to realize the typo. Fortunately the bride wasn’t entirely too upset and actually saw a lot of humor in it, as her husband is a plasterer and would potentially lose any ring during work.

The good news is, he most likely has it fixed by now!

Did you feel anything different about August 18? A sort of calming in the air? A great surge of loving energy? Anything at all?

Well if you didn’t you’re perfectly ok, it’s just that it was a rather big deal in the wedding world. According to The Knot, there were at least 28,000 weddings planned for that day. Why? Because people are lazy and don’t want to remember dates, that’s why! What’s easier than saying 8/18/18? Well, sure, plenty of other dates, but I can already tell you that next year is going to be crazy in September with 9/19/19. Because after that, there’s no cool dates until 2/22/2022

Don’t believe us? We had two weddings on that day and we had been getting phone calls for reservations since as far back as 2016! Congrats Ally and Paul, and Mike and Mallory!

People are so weird when it comes to numbers, huh?

In one final celebrity-related wedding, rapper 2 Chainz got married this month to Kesha Ward. The wedding itself isn’t really what we’re here to talk about, but rather the groom’s traditional dance with his mom, which is absolutely, 100% adorable. Sharing their dance to Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go,” they both pull out their best moves to show everyone who’s boss. Don’t believe me? Watch the video and try not to dance along!


And there you have it for another great week of stories! As you already probably know, we are always looking for new stories and fun ideas to write about, so please let us know below if you have anything!

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by Scott Johnson

Well, well, well! Here we are once again for another rousing edition of Bizarre Wedding News, your routine update on the happenings in the big world of weddings. This week we have some rather exciting stories of heroism, bravery and a hopefully a little humor. Who knows what next week will bring?

We’ll get the more intense stuff out of the way first here. This one comes out of New Jersey, where just a week ago torrential downpours started a series of flash floods around northern New Jersey. Now we see a lot of rain here in Seattle (though as of recently that’s not the case), but this was enough to start washing cars off the road.

In one case, a newlywed couple’s car got completely taken over by water as the two scrambled onto the roof. Luckily, they were rescued a short time after by some daring police officers who rolled up in their Humvee. Social media rang in and congratulated the police, the newlyweds, and some made comments about how much of a blessing it is to have rain on your wedding day. One might think this is too much rain, and it probably is, so they should hopefully be blessed for a couple lifetimes.

There probably is something really prophetic to be said about this wedding. Everything just lined up perfectly. It was a beautiful day down in Alabama at Orange Beach. Zac and Cindy were just wrapping up tying the knot, sharing their first kiss, when suddenly cries for help started to ring out. Luckily, Zac is a former lifeguard, as well as a Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class, so what did he do? He ripped his shirt off and dove in to save the drowning man’s life. Though he suffered a bloody nose during the rescue mission, Zac made sure to keep his lovely new wife’s dress away from it.

This one comes to us from across the ocean. And it might be a little bit funny to some. A week ago in Gloucester, police foiled the attempted theft of a cell phone and purse. Early in the day, a woman’s phone and purse went missing. Security footage shows a man walking over, picking up the the items, and then retreating towards the hotel. When he was later identified as Peter Marfione, the police confronted him at his hotel room. He then lifted the mattress and revealed the stolen items, though his one continuous response to the police was “I’m sorry, thought it would be funny.”

And there you have it for this week of Bizarre Wedding News! We hope these stories helped boost your hump-day and will get you through the rest of the week.

If you find anything weird, that is also wedding related, please send it our way and we’ll be happy to feature it!

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back to yet another wonderful week of Bizarre Wedding News. Luckily there aren’t any tragedies this week unlike others, but we have three great stories coming your way that are surely going to get you laughing and smiling. Let’s get started shall we?

I know, I know, you’re just as tired about hearing of Meghan and Prince Harry as pretty much everyone else (at least in America), yet the two just keep on making wedding news (hey, if you have suggestions we’ll gladly take them) so we have to keep writing about them. Now it’s been a few months since the two tied the knot, which probably seems like some distant memory at this point, but just two weeks ago the two attended another wedding; this time for Harry’s friend who happens to be the godfather to Princess Charlotte.

You’re probably thinking, “well that’s cool, I guess,” but alas when you have some royalty attending your wedding, and you yourself are not royalty, people tend to pay more attention to them. With Meghan looking as stunning as ever, she quite stole the show for most of the day (as it also happened to be her birthday.) Check out the photos of the two at the event!

We all love dogs here at Best Made Videos®, especially Rosie who is not only the company mascot but also played a very important role in the founder’s wedding as well. Which is exactly why we adore the next two stories.

The first happened just a couple weeks ago at a wedding between Angie and Jayce Conway, who were just in the middle of delivering their vows when they got invaded by the “Best Boy,” Boone the dog. It all happened so fast: as the two were speaking, the six-year-old Lab bounded up to the altar and started rolling around on the ground in front of the bride and groom.

The photos are absolutely hysterical, the dog has his tongue all waggling around as if he’s looking for a nice scratch. I sure hope he got some good loving later, he must’ve really been upset that the attention wasn’t all on him!


The final story reminds us of a first look near and dear to our heart. Like our founder’s own first look, in which Rosie herself took center stage, Gia the puppy stole the spotlight from Danielle Brien and Christopher Lucca on their wedding day.

In a little prank coordinated by her husband-to-be and the photographer, Lori Ann Navarro, the adorable dog came bounding up to them when the two were leaving the church they had just wed in. Adorned in a gown and veil, it was an utterly hilarious moment that, based on the video, you can’t deny would’ve made you burst out laughing.


And there you have it for another edition of Bizarre Wedding News! We hope this week was a little more upbeat than the previous ones, but if you have found a story or even just a photo from a strange wedding, we’d love to see it! So drop it in the comments below!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – King 5 News / Narin Vann

Welcome back everyone: the weather has slightly cooled down (with forecasts of it heating up again,) Seafair is in full swing and anybody trying to get to downtown Bellevue is a fool because of the Art Fair. But we’ve got more Bizarre Wedding News Coming your way to keep you up to date and entertained with all the weird and wild happenings in the wide world of weddings.

You may remember our coverage of the latest Royal Wedding. If not, that’s because you probably tuned out all the noise just like most of Americans because, well, it doesn’t really matter much to us. But the aftermath of the wedding has been utterly adorable; and whether or not you watched the wedding itself, there’s no denying just how cute the couple is.

So much so, that a moment at the Sentebale polo match sparked quite a bit of laughter and memes. As Meghan and Harry attended the charity competition that helps benefit children affected by AIDs, in which the Duke of Cambridge himself participated and won, the Duchess presented the trophy to her husband’s winning team. Right after she handed the trophy to Nacho Figueras, the captain of the team, she stole a quick kiss from her hubbie. What happened next was a sincerely hilarious look fell over Figueras face as he looked like he was desperately reaching for Harry to take the trophy, thus interrupting the kiss.

He looked so downtrodden in his efforts for his good friend Harry to give him attention, that he later posted on Instagram a photo of the moment with the caption, “When you wished the trophy would turn into a violin. What an incredible love story.” At least he had a sense of humor!

Our next story is a little more of the sad side of things, though there is a silver lining!

Down in Diamondhead, Mississippi, newlyweds Chance and Katherine Stockstill decided that it would be safest to keep all of their wedding gifts in a storage unit until they were ready to move into their new home and life.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t actually the safest as Chance made a horrible discovery a couple weeks after their wedding: someone had cut their lock and stolen all of their presents. Luckily, security footage caught the robbery entirely on camera. With an estimated $2,000 in presents stolen, the hunt was on to find the culprit.

Without really expecting much, they posted the surveillance footage to social media. Before the day was over, they had received a tip from a stranger who thought they might know who had done the deed. They didn’t have a name, but they had an address.

With good graces on their side, an investigator tracked down the suspected thief, named William Smith, and found he was responsible for the crime. The downside is, they’ve only been able to find three of their wedding gifts. The bright side: justice was swift.

Our final story for the week hits a little closer to home–and this one we even have a personal connection to! A wedding down in Tenino, which is just south of Olympia, saw some of the funniest moments we’ve seen in a wedding all year!

Comedian, insurance agent and wedding officiant all wrapped up in one, Narin Vann (who we actually got to spend time with at the Wurtz’ wedding) was officiating a ceremony for Annette and Larry Reinier when he literally made them say out loud the lyrics to the iconic and masterclass “I Want It That Way.”

That wasn’t the only funny thing to happen: when they were taking the official photos for the day, he was off making friends with a goat. Stroll on over to his website to see where he proclaims himself “#GreatestMinisterOfAllTime,” as well as some gut-busting photos of him doing silly stuff on wedding days.


There you have it for another week of Bizarre Wedding News! We love bringing you all these strange and great stories, so if you ever find some please send them our way! We’d love any help we can get!

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by Scott Johnson

What wouldn’t be a week during wedding season without a couple of crazy stories from all over the country? With weddings happening each and every day, there’s no way of avoiding at least some strangeness. In recent weeks, you’ve seen some tragedy and triumph, as well as simply nature sneaking up on the bride and groom. This week brings some chaos, a happy return, and a surprise guest! Who could it be?

For those who live in the Seattle area and are suffering from this god awful heat wave, one must surely remember the awfulness of last year as it not only combined the heat, but also the smoke from the raging wildfires from around the state. It all was just miserable, so much so that you’d probably balk at the courage of these two newlyweds who got married in the line of a wildfire over in California.

Ellie and Taylor Denney, who had been planning their big day for quite some time, weren’t quite expecting what was coming over the hills towards them. Though they there was a wildfire raging, they didn’t think it would come so fast—or in the middle of their vows. During the ceremony, they received a mandatory evacuation notice. Instead of cutting their losses and running, they just cut it short—but still ran. Trimming off a major portion of the ceremony, they still got to tie the knot as the fire approached the river behind them.

While not the most “beautiful” wedding photos, they surely are distinct with smoke clouds billowing high behind them. Talk about a hot wedding!

Our business is weddings; more importantly wedding videos. We capture your big day and make sure you have memories to cherish for a lifetime. For one couple, their wedding footage had been sorely lost after their GoPro took an unexpected swim during a post-wedding vacation and never was to be found again…

That is until a year later when a good Samaritan by the name of Jeffrey Heim was diving and came upon the long-lost camera. Like pirate’s treasure, it was worth more than he could have expected—and after pleas on social media to find the owner, he finally tracked down Angel and Tim Wilson who just so happened to be getting ready to celebrate their one-year anniversary!

What’s important to note, at least from our side of things, is that these two were utterly creative in affixing the camera to their dog to be the “camera-dog.”

The last time you saw an unexpected wedding guest on this blog it was in the form of an Alaskan moose. Now, many of us would think that’s pretty cool. But for one Italian couple, Luca Schafer and Leticia Vera, they can say they got one of the greatest surprise wedding guests of all time: the freaking Pope!

That’s right: Pope Francis himself surprised a wedding taking place in the Vatican Gardens, in a little chapel known as the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians, and presided over the ceremony! To make it even more fun, only the bride and groom knew that he was going to be there! The other priests in attendance didn’t even know either!

Those in attendance say that the pope delivered a speech on the three verbs that would help them in their married life start, stop, and resume. Now how cool is that!?

This one is bound to make you chuckle. Pretend you’re about to have your first look. You’re dressed up perfectly, perhaps shaking just a little, and the excitement for what to rushing through your body at the speed of light. Well, imagine that when you finally see your bride to be it ends up being your future brother-in-law in the dress instead of your loving fiancé!

Husband and wife Val and Heidi had quite the prank for their wedding day, though Val knew nothing about it until it was too late. Photographer Nichole shared a story with POPSUGAR about dear friend Heidi pranking her husband-to-be at the very last minute on their wedding day.

After precise coordination and a little bit of luck, everything worked out that Val didn’t realize until Heidi…I mean Eric…reached him from behind. Heidi was able to spy in on the moment, and when the actual one happened, Val was rather suspicious and nearly thought it was her other brother this time around. Luckily it wasn’t, otherwise Val might have actually given up. Be sure to check the photos in the link for some big laughs!

We’re not the biggest fans of soccer (or football), but when a wedding decides to stream the World Cup at their wedding we can’t help but want to watch it with them. For Jenna and Mike Coysh, their wedding breakfast was taking place during the quarterfinal match with Sweden. Now, if you’ve never seen the English watch sports before, well…they get into it.

Which is why it was such a funny moment when, right as the newlyweds were about to cut their gorgeous cake…England scored a goal against Sweden. This cued a wave of applause and a minor pause in the breakfast for everyone to celebrate the goal before things died back down to celebrate the thing they were originally there for!


There you have it for this week in Bizarre Wedding News: if you spot anything strange or funny around the internet, shoot it our way and we’d love to feature it!

Even if you don’t, we’d still love to hear from you so leave us a comment or question below! See you all next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Over the years, we’ve seen some pretty strange things happen. While none of our stuff has gone viral for that matter, though in some regards that’s not always something beneficial, we do like to draw attention to the weird wedding mishaps that go on around the country. If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember last time featured a family whose house burned down on their wedding day, only to still get married for a happy ending. Luckily the stories this week don’t have any tragedy to them—though one could have very easily become tragic if it weren’t for but a few fast-thinking moments.

So let’s get down to it!

Imagine you’ve just gotten married: you’re full of happiness, excitement, and your heart is probably beating out of your chest. Well, for two newlyweds, they almost saw their future come crashing down—literally. Cheyenne and Lucas Kopeschka, who got married on June 30, were blissfully recounting their story for the wedding video being shot. Poised on a picnic table underneath a tree, the newlyweds heard a sudden crack and immediately glanced up to see a rather large tree branch falling towards them.

With quick thinking, the two dodged the branch and saved themselves (and the wedding day). Instead of opting for a more comfortable (and certainly safer location), the two decided to continue on with the video right where they had been sitting with the tree branch in full focus right in front of them. One has to wonder, if you make the case for bird poop landing on someone as “good luck,” couldn’t you say that this has blessed their love for a lifetime? No? Well we seem to think so!

Historically speaking, animals and weddings have really not gone together well. Those who follow us might remember a story about an owl “ring bearer” that got loose and caused some ruckus at a wedding. There’s also a joke to be made about “ring bears,” or dogs who try to do the duty and find themselves utterly distracted. All things considering, this one could’ve gone a whole lot worse.

On the same day as the previous wedding, Alan and Shandy Cuellar were exchanging their long-awaited vows at the Bayshore Clubhouse in Anchorage. With a gorgeous, romantic backdrop and a look of complete love in their eyes, they were photobombed by none other than a moose wandering into frame.

Completely enamored by the situation, the newlyweds were perfectly ok with being shown-up by a moose (it is Alaska after all), though there was a little bit of concern when the beast made its way closer to the guests. I don’t know about you, but Bullwinkle showing up at a wedding sounds pretty ok to me!


There you have it for this week’s strange wedding news! Thankfully there wasn’t anything too tragic this time!

Have you seen anything in the news that might interest us? Have a story of your own? Share it below and we’ll try to feature it! Thanks for reading!!

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by Scott Johnson

Thomas Wedding on 6/9/18 at Hilton Bellevue in Bellevue, Wa

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Not too long ago, we headed over to our hometown of Bellevue to film the Thomas’ wedding. Like Seattle, Bellevue doesn’t look like much of what it did ten years ago, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still the same great city! We love it because there’s so much to it: from the booming downtown area with luxurious malls and shopping centers, the entirely underrated Bellevue park, and many other great little nooks and crannies, it really makes us miss it!

The Thomas’ day got off to a great start. With a quiet morning to greet our bride and groom, makeup and attire came first. There was time for some prayer and definitely more than enough time to show off all the guys in the stunning suits. Before too long, Ash went off to meet his bride, Ruby, for their first look at Kubota Garden!

Down a little path, surrounded by flowers, trees, and a little pond, Ruby approached Ash from behind. Tucking her arms around him, he turned with the brightest smile you could imagine as he simply couldn’t help but stare. And boy were the pictures cute! We were able to get them roaming around the park, hand in hand, with nothing but excitement and happiness guiding their way. Sneaking kisses and looking just plain adorable, we could’ve spent hours outside with them…but then there couldn’t have been a wedding!

After the rest of the bridal party joined for some photos, it was finally time to head to the church for the big wedding! As everyone filed into the massive church, Ash looked ecstatic for his bride when she approached from down the aisle. After a wonderful ceremony, Ash and Ruby finally became husband and wife as they shared the kiss that sealed their vows.

Immediately following the wedding, there was plenty of time for family photos inside the church and bridal party photos at the nearby Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Some extra silly shots with the groomsmen and bridesmaids helped keep the spirits high and distract from the rumbling stomachs.

Not too long after it was time for the reception at Hilton Bellevue. The massive windows should be instantly recognizable to anyone from Bellevue, but the inside is what really takes the cake. Going all out on decorations, cake (an elegant, 4-tiered beauty), and the reception in general, it was a heck of a time celebrating with the newlyweds.

As the night went on, more photos were taken and the dance floor was set up. Following the bouquet toss, it was time for the dancing to begin. With everyone off their feet, dancing in unison, anybody watching the video should definitely be feeling a pang of jealousy; it was definitely a blast! But like all good things, it had to come to an end.

Thank you again to Ruby and Ash for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope your first few weeks as a married couple has gone splendidly!

Like always, if you have any questions or recommendations, please leave them below! We’d love to hear from you!

Venue / Caterer – Hilton Bellevue

Photography – Adina Preston Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos

Photo Booth – Seattle Facebooth

Flowers – Flora D’Amore

Cake – Cakes Are Fun

Audio/Visual – Live Oak AV

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Ruby and Ash’s Story in their own words:

Our Story

Ruby was always terrified of the thought that she wasn’t ready to get married, that she was too young, not prepared and wouldn’t find Mr. Right. It was Winter of 2016, Ruby and I were sitting in a restaurant (Italian of course; because if y’all didn’t know pasta, alfredo sauce and extra shrimp is Ruby’s food of choice), and she had just told me she was interested in meeting people. I was more than ecstatic because Ruby was READY. She had the degree, she had the job, she had the OK from her parents, she was of “marrying” age (as we call it in the Indian community) and now just needed one more thing, the biggest thing…she needed THE MAN. Both Ash and Ruby had tried meeting people through friends and dating websites, but had no luck until their mutual friend Dency messaged both Ash and Ruby about each other. Dency described Ash as “a guy who loves Jesus, has a fun personality and gets along with everybody” and Ruby “a girl who loves Jesus, is outgoing, and has a sweet and infectious personality.” A little about Ash…he’s basically a wannabe frat boy with that good melanin… but if you ask him he refers to himself as “having a body of a god and heart of lion” although the jury is still out on that.
From the beginning, Ash & Ruby both knew they wanted something serious and it’s amazing how God works in mysterious ways. Long distance was hard but that didn’t stop them from seeing each other every month…thanks to student loans. But that still wasn’t enough, they needed more ways to connect. To overcome the struggles of long-distance, FaceTime became their best friend, the only way they could feel like a normal couple. Their daily facetime calls also became the reason that all their friends made fun of them for leaving social events and hangouts early due to their time zone difference.
At the end of the day, Ash and Ruby are just down to earth, Jesus-loving, good people. They were meant for each other and no matter where life takes them; I know they’ll have fun doing the journey together. People always ask them at what point they knew that the other was the one; they both realized it wasn’t just one specific moment, but a slow accumulation of moments that led them to realize that God called them to be joined together as one. – Tina, Maid of Honor

Tell us about the proposal!

Ash proposed by setting up a fake dinner with a couple friends. He took me to the Great Wheel and acted as if we were meeting them there to ride it. They showed up with a couple flowers in their hand and another one of my friends (who wasn’t supposed to be there) popped up out of nowhere with flowers as well and a special memory from our relationship. At this point I knew what was happening. I started crying as he walked me down the pier and different friends handed me mementos from our relationship along with a flower. We ended up in a heart made of flower pedals where he got on a knee and proposed.

Wedding Party

Tina Rajan – Maid of Honor
Tina is my best friend. She’s the only one I know who would pick up my Face Time call even if she was in the shower. She is the most hilarious person on the planet, who always knows what to say/do to make any situation a million times better. There was no Ruby without Tina as a kid and that will probably be the case until we’re old and gray. I could not ask for a better best friend/maid of honor and am so happy she will be standing right by my side.

Sarita Harris – Bridesmaid
Sarita is my childhood best friend. We were inseparable as kids always crying our ways into sleepovers (mainly to my house LOL). We did everything together, like ride bikes, play with barbies, and eat out…all the time. Thank God we realized how great the gym was after all of that! I’m going to miss my workout partner. With that being said, I feel very fortunate to have Sarita stand with me on my wedding day!

Anita Thomas – Bridesmaid
Anita aka Nini, is my cousin-sister. I have looked up to her ever since I was a little girl. She has always been like an older sister to me; always giving the best advice on just about everything. I’m forever grateful for the way you pursued the relationship you have with me and I’m also forever grateful that you are type A and plan our cousin trips to a T (:P). I love you and am so happy to have you stand with me on my wedding day.

Gopika Madhavan – Bridesmaid
Gopika has been a close friend since our time spent at UW and I’m extremely grateful for the relationship that blossomed from it. She is one of the most loyal and loving people I know. I’ve learned so much from her and could honestly talk to her for hours on end about anything and everything. Our trip to San Fran will always be one of my favorite memories with you and I’m so glad we have it to look back on. I can’t wait to have you as my bridesmaid!

Rachel Flores – Bridesmaid
Rachel, aka my soul sister, is my high school bestie. She has one of the sweetest/kindest souls I know and I am forever grateful for all the fun times we had throughout our tween years going to Jonas brother concerts, random shopping trips after classes, and talking about our weddings, haha (it’s finally here). Your blossoming over the past few years has been one of the coolest things to witness. I admire you and your love for Jesus. I can’t wait to see you rock a saree and stand by my side on my wedding day!

Alyssa Fleming – Bridesmaid
Alyssa is one of my closest friends from Spokane. I’m not sure what I would have done without her there with me. She was also a youngin’ working on her Master’s degree at the same school I was attending and I felt like even though we came from two different worlds (her being from the country and me being from the city) we had a lot more in common than I thought. I value the friendship we have and feel extremely grateful to have had someone like you when I did! You’re the best, Lyss, can’t wait to have you as a bridesmaid.

Wesley Thomas – Best Man
Wesley is my younger and only brother. Although we grew up competing and fighting with each other in almost everything, I now greatly admire him and all the things he’s accomplished. He’s currently killing his intern year. He’s hard working, dedicated, loyal and always calls me out and pushes me to be a better person. I’m so proud to call you my best man.

Rubin Varghese – Groomsman
Rubin has been one of my best friends since undergrad. We were roommates through most of pharmacy and medical school. We both grew a lot spiritually and always pushed each other. I really admire his servant heart, his desire for missions and to provide healthcare to those less fortunate. I’m thankful that you’ll be standing with me.

Ruhan Philip – Groomsman
Although I have only known Ruhan for a few months, I have learned many things from him. Most importantly learning how to take care of his little sister. I really admire how much he cares for Ruby and his whole family. In this short time, he’s become someone I really look up to and hope to become more like. I am so glad that you’ll be standing up there with me and your sister.

Ligin Chandy – Groomsman
Ligin is my cousin and has been a close friend ever since he moved here. He is always down for an adventure or just to hang out and relax. We’ve gotten to share a lot and give each other a lot of advice over the years. One of the things I admire most about him is his loyalty to family and I hope to exemplify that. Its an honor to have you with me.

Dony Sebastian – Groomsman
Dony is my cousin and a close friend. He’s definitely one of the funniest guys I know and a go-to source for fashion advice. He is always helping out with something new at church. He’s also very loyal and loves helping out his friends no matter what the situation and I greatly admire that. Proud to have you by my side.

Jeremy Joseph – Groomsman
Jeremy is one of my close childhood friends. I have watched him grow from a clumsy kid to a still clumsy but incredibly talented man. He leads worship at my local church and we get to play music and sing together often. We also love to hang out and watch Thunder games together. His musical talent and his heart for God always inspire me. I’m so glad you’re gonna be up there with me.

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by Scott Johnson

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to weddings: there’s nothing more fun and wild than having a wholly unique theme or venue. You’ve seen us talk about weddings at White Castle and Walmart before, you’ve also gotten to witness some spooky ones of our own. Today we come to you with three weddings that are equal parts bizarre, lucky, and entirely romantic. The simple truth is: as long as you’re with your significant other, have some rings and an officiant, and are willing to commit the rest of your life to that person, then you could have a wedding just about anywhere.

Imagine you’re on a flight: it’s tight, cramped, there’s a baby crying and you still have three hours to go…wait, maybe imagine a different flight.

Just a few weeks ago, on Southwest Airlines from Vegas to Baltimore, a wedding was held before the flight landed! Talk about a different kind of mile-high club!

Michael and Renee, who reportedly met on about four years ago, both stood up near the end of their flight and proceeded to make their way to opposite sides of the plane. With Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in the background, Renee made her way down the aisle to Michael. That’s when the pilot came out to officiate! Though there weren’t any major celebrations onboard (not much room to dance), they were reportedly given a makeshift cake made out of various napkins, straws and toilet paper with words of advice from fellow passengers.

The next wedding we’ll be talking about might earn the record for fastest one ever planned—though there wasn’t entirely too much planning to go along with it. In North Carolina, high school sweethearts Nicole Atkinson and Wesley Bodenheimer, were perusing Facebook when they came across a post from Bella Collina, a fancy wedding venue, that was essentially auctioning off a wedding that had been cancelled just three days before the event.

Not wanting to lose out on the day, owner Joe Destafino decided to post the wedding slot on Facebook in hopes of some nibbles, though he seemed doubtful as it was literally three days away.

But then Atkinson and Bodenheimer messaged him and the rest was history: they got the wedding for half the price, along with the already-arranged DJ, Caterer, flowers and pretty much everything else. Talk about bargain shopping! The only downside is they had to plan everything else in a mere 48 hours, as they had already had a wedding planned for this coming November!

Our final wedding is rather bittersweet. On the day of their wedding, Matthew and Coral Denakis, a couple out of Maryland, a fire broke out inside their house during the wee hours of the morning. With most of the wedding party in their house, which amounted to almost twenty people, it was a miracle everyone got out unscathed. Matthew had his priorities set when he went for just the wedding rings (and his wallet)

Thankfully, the wedding dress had been stored safely and the two were officially married later that day. Claiming they wanted to turn a bad day into a good one, I think they honestly deserve a medal or something. Most people would be in a pretty bad mood if their house blew up, especially on their wedding day.


Know of any other bizarre weddings? Was yours even weirder? Let us know in the comments below and maybe you’ll be featured next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Game of Thrones, known for its sheer epicness, massive battles, and twisting story that has long-excited fans for the past twenty years, is also keenly known for its weddings. Although, for anybody who has actually seen the show, weddings aren’t really something to be excited about.

The Red and Purple weddings both saw bloodshed–or simply death in general–as some major characters have received the axe at what should be celebratory affairs. Suffice it to say, any other weddings to be held on the show were anxiety-inducing affairs with bated breath.

A short way through the second season, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) met the Wildling, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), in the frozen north. With constant heckling, Ygritte soon gets under Jon’s skin with her signature, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Well, without spoiling too much, the two eventually hit things off and get together…

And so they did in real life too, though in reality their love hopefully didn’t blossom in a cave unlike in the show. Keeping their relationship under pretty tight wraps, with a proposal back in September, the two have made fans gleeful with excitement about the on-screen romance blossoming off-screen, too. And what better way for the two to get married than to do it at a Scottish Castle (which just so happens to be owned by Rose’s family!)

Just this past Saturday, the two finally tied the knot (Jon Snow does know something, I guess) at Kirkton of Rayne Church, which is not too far from Wardhill Castle, with celebrations that also included a live performance from Mumford and Sons. Many of their Game of Thrones co-stars were also in attendance, including Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner (Arya and Sansa Stark), and a few others; it sure was a family reunion in a way!

It was said that many Game of Thrones fans made journeys to the estate to hopefully catch a glimpse of the awesomeness, but sadly all of them would have to use their imaginations. Those who were in attendance claim that the celebrations lasted until the early hours of the morning, which is not entirely surprising. And for those who were hoping that there would be some big betrayal, several backstabs, and potentially murder…you’ll be disappointed to know that there was nothing that really resembled Game of Thrones. Except maybe for the castle…but that’s it!

Some of the photos from their retreat to the car through confetti tossed by their friends and family, show pure jubilation (and maybe a little fear) from the newlyweds. All in all, it seems to have been a pretty spectacular day for the Game of Thrones stars. A Scottish castle, close friends and family, and a performance from one of the best bands on the planet sounds like a pretty grand day as is–but at a wedding to boot? Now that’s how you do it in style!

What do you think? Did Jon Snow make the right choice? Is Ygritte out of her mind for marrying the bastard Jon Snow? Let us know in the comments below!

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By Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Alexi Lubomirski

After months of planning, speculation and anticipation Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedded on Saturday, officially becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While many of us were still asleep when it happened, I salute those who either stayed up late or got up early to witness the historical occasion, because it really takes a lot to get up early on a Saturday to watch a wedding in which most of us have no connection.

To those who waited to watch it after the fact (or if you decided to pay and watch it at a movie theater, which I guess is a thing) then you’re a lot like us on the West Coast. Alas, Royal Weddings are often the only international marriages we ever really care about, other than whatever “royalty” we wish to place on people like the Kardashians or other celebrities.

It seems like there are two distinct sides to every Royal Wedding: those who care…and those who don’t. On the one hand, especially for us in the wedding industry, marriage is a glorious celebration of love and happiness. Weddings themselves are, in a way, their own industry. From the cakes, dresses, decorations, venues, flowers, and just about everything else that goes into a wedding, there are often dozens, if not hundreds of people involved in one that isn’t even “Royal.” So when an honest-to-God Royal Wedding happens, you bet your butt that all of us in the industry stop and pay attention.

On the other hand, particularly for us who have no ties to Great Britain (nor live in any nation presided over by Elizabeth II), all this hullabaloo might just seem like far too much distraction from more important matters, especially when you realize that Harry and Meghan don’t hold any real claim to the throne, nor that Meghan won’t officially even be a “princess” (that right is held to blood-members of the family).

So this little recap is going to be geared towards that second group because those who already care about the wedding probably already watched it and ingested all of the minute details like it was their very own.

With everything kicking off in November, when Harry proposed to Meghan, it seems like the wedding has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Which, in some cases, is true. Taking less than six months to plan their wedding (We know; that sounds just as shocking to us because one would think Royal Weddings would take up to a year to plan), the day finally came. May 19, which in British history bears a grim reminder (it was the day Anne Boleyn was beheaded by Henry VIII, Harry’s ancestor), will hopefully now have much more happy connotations.

In leading up to the day, one thing caught my eye: the cake. With an estimated 200 lemons, 500 eggs, and an absolutely astonishing 40 pounds worth of butter, sugar and flour (each), you probably gained 10 pounds just reading all of that. Taking six bakers almost a week to craft this magnificent piece of art, they only had one shot at making it right, considering the astronomical amount of ingredients, so you can imagine the sheer pressure going into a single cake. What’s even more crazy is that the tradition isn’t even to have a cake. Rather, It’s to have a fruit cake. Some traditions we’re perfectly ok breaking.

Shortly before 10am, the first celebrity guests arrived at St. George’s Chapel (a break from the traditional Westminster Abbey). I’m not sure about you, but the person who arrived first is the one I bet anyone would die to have at their wedding: Oprah—freaking—Winfrey. Talk about a great wedding gift giver, huh? On that note, Meghan and Harry refused standard gifts (though Elizabeth gave them a “small” castle). Instead, they asked for donations to their favorite charities including Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Surfers Against Sewage, and Children’s HIV Association.

Along with Oprah, Idris Elba, James Blunt, George Clooney, the Beckham’s, and even Tom Hardy were in attendance. One of the biggest surprises, despite the star-studded guest list along with all the royalty, is that this wedding is actually smaller in comparison to previous Royal Weddings. For instance, Princess Diana had the most guests at a whopping 3,500. The next smallest was William and Kate’s with about half that at 1,900. Meghan and Harry didn’t even reach 1,000, instead opting for a much more manageable 600. Though, to most everybody else, that still seems like quite a lot. And you’re exactly right.

With the guest list this small, it’s easy to guess this was one of the lesser expensive ones as well. Diana’s, back in 1981, cost an astonishing $110 million while William and Kate’s was only $34 million. Meghan and Harry spent approximately $45 million. Again, that sounds like a lot because it is.

As the first hour of arrivals sped onwards, the rest of the family and friends made their way into the chapel. With a few last minute touches, Meghan arrived right at noon in her Givenchy dress designed by Clare Waight Keller. Footage showed Harry getting a little emotional upon the arrival of the love of his life.

A few minutes later, the bishop started the ceremony before asking the first important question of the evening “are there any reasons they can’t lawfully marry?” Michael Curry, the bishop from North Carolina, brought a certain amount of excitement to the wedding that nobody was expecting. Preaching one of the greatest sermons in probably all of wedding history, he was even able to toss in some MLK quotes. As the audience, and even William, stifled their laughter at the bombastic speech, it became even more clear that this whole thing came out of left field. Meghan, though, seemed to eat up every single minute of it.

Following the incredible speech, the Kingdom Choir performed an equally legendary rendition of Stand By Me. If that song got to you before, it will do so even more now. But after that came the vows, and then the long-awaited kiss; they were officially married and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As far as Royal Weddings go, we’d have to say this one was pretty grand. With the bride being American, it surely threw some of the British traditions for a loop—and we’re all for it! Surely, this wedding will be reminisced on with pride and happiness. Everything went off without a hitch, and it was the perfect ending to what could literally be a fairytale story.

Did you watch the wedding? Didn’t care to? Let us know in the comments below, we’d be happy to know!

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