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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!

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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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by Scott Johnson

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


Owl Ring Bearer Attacks Audience

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

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

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

Killer Clown” Photobombing

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

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

Dad Trolls Daughter With Sign at Proposal

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

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


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

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By Scott Johnson

Every year, dozens of celebrities get married in extravagant bashes that put most common weddings to shame. As you’ve seen in our other articles, some even cut their cake with a sword and other over-the-top flourishes that demonstrate the wealth of the bride and groom. Of course, not all of these multi-million dollar affairs end like the fairy tales do—some lead to heartbreaking divorces that cost the couple even more money.

A few recent articles highlighted the biggest celebrity weddings of 2017, while another took a look at the most expensive weddings that ended in divorce. While that makes us very sad to think about—we want nothing but lifetime’s of happiness for our clients and every married couple—it does go to show that sometimes a simple wedding can prevent regret later on.

As part of our Wedding News Roundup, we love to dig into these articles, so before we turn the page on 2017 entirely, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest celebrity wedding headlines of the year!


Biggest Celebrity Weddings of 2017

As previously mentioned (and featured in our Favorite Wedding Cake Cutting Moments article) Gucci Mane’s wedding to Keyshia Ka’oir was a…sharp…affair with his sword-sliced cake-cutting ceremony. The wedding, which totaled an impressive $1.7 million, was held in Miami just this past October. Be sure to check check out that article for more pics of the sword and shin-dig!

It’s been a few years since that whole “Let It Go” song completely ruined (or revolutionized, depending on who you ask) airwaves, and even shorter since John Travolta completely butchered Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars. But, thankfully, Travolta wasn’t in attendance at Menzel’s September wedding or we have no idea who would’ve gotten married to who. The acclaimed singer married now-husband Aaron Lohr. Boy, Travolta would’ve been in trouble if he officiated.

This one is pretty exciting, Julia Stiles (who is no stranger to Seattle for anyone who has watched the immeasurable classic 10 Things I Hate About You), actually got married husband Preston J. Cook right here on a beach in Seattle during a private ceremony! Seattle seems to be pretty low in high-profile wedding planning, so we’ll take this one as a win!

While you can catch both of them starring in The Disaster Artist right now, Dave Franco and Alison Brie (who stars in the stellar Glow on Netflix) tied the knot in a “low-key top secret” wedding back in March. What started out to be a big year for Franco keeps getting bigger as his latest movie is receiving rave reviews. Hopefully his brother, James, wasn’t still in his Tommy Wiseau character for the ceremony.

Fans of Game of Thrones and now Aquaman will be saddened to know that Khal Drogo himself, Jason Momoa, is no longer on the market. The hulk of a man who won over the Queen of Dragons and now wields the mighty Trident in the DCEU films, married his partner of 10 years, Lisa Bonet, back in October! I’m sorry he’ll never be able to tell you, “you are the moon of my life.”

2016 proved to be a devastating year for actor-comedian Patton Oswalt who tragically lost his wife. 2017, however, was a complete 180 for him. Marrying partner Meredith Salenger just last month, Patton proves that you can always find happiness.

Most Expensive Weddings that Ended in Divorce:

A lot of these might confuse some of the younger audiences, especially those who can’t imagine a world where Brad Pitt married Jennifer Aniston. But this did happen back in 2000 and cost a reported $1 million. Supposedly featuring tons of flowers, several bands and a freaking fireworks display, it’s no surprise they racked up such a high tab. Unfortunately, just five years later the two divorced right around the time Pitt starred in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with future ex-wife Jolie. Hmm.

Eddie Murphy sure isn’t a name you hear about very often anymore, especially after the slide into the crapper that the Shrek franchise took (and is still taking, supposedly with another sequel incoming) but in the early 90s he was at the top of his game. So much so, that his marriage to Nicole Mitchell cost an astounding $1.5 million. With 500 guests, an estimated $25,000 just on the cake, you’d think it was royalty getting married. Twelve years later, divorce was filed for with the finalization coming in 2006.

Oh Tommy boy, how we loved seeing you hop up and down on Oprah’s couch and profess your undying love for Katie Holmes. The action hero who never rests, Tom Cruise isn’t everyone’s cup of tea—what with all the scientology and all—but you can’t deny him his taste. For one, who doesn’t love Katie Holmes? And two: he and Katie got married in a castle! Back in 2006, the two got married for a staggering $3 million. Maybe all of these action movies are just him paying off his debts?

There’s a lot of money flying around on this one. The not-so-happily-ever-after of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries began with a ring that was almost as much as Tom’s wedding! Just four months later, the two were primed and ready to go with a $10 MILLION wedding that hosted over 450 guests in 2011. They say money can buy you everything—but that doesn’t equate to a happy marriage. Kris and Rob separated 72 days later with a divorce to come shortly after. But what does it matter? She was always meant for Yeezy.

Few weddings surpass the $10 million mark, though many of us could probably think of far better ways to spend that kind of money. Prince Williams and Kate Middleton’s lavish affair is the most recent costly wedding at $34 million, and they’re still going strong!


That’s it for this week’s Wedding News Roundup. If there are any topics or subjects you would like us to cover, drop us a comment below. Hope you all have a great week, see y’all next time!

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by Scott Johnson

The wedding industry is in a constant state of evolution that never seems to slow down. Every week, thousands of people—from athletes, to celebrities, and even royalty—get engaged or tie the knot. In trying to keep up with the trends, we are introducing a new series to fill you in on fun current events in the wide world of weddings. We hope this will be as informative as it is fun as we dig into celebrity weddings, funny videos and more.


Mike Leach’s Hilarious 3-Minute Wedding Rant

While many might already know of the Cougar’s repeated loss to the Huskies—it was the Apple Cup, after all—what they probably didn’t catch was Cougar’s head coach Mike Leach deliver something in the same caliber of a standup routine to a reporter who was getting ready to tie the knot. In a hilarious three-minute-long rant, he declares that they’d already “lost” the reporter to it, and that he should’ve “come to” him sooner.

It doesn’t stop there, “my wisdom would be you have to stay out of the way. I wish you a very happy marriage and I’m sure you will have one, but I’m just telling you, when it comes to marriage—women lose their mind.” He then goes on to explain that just about every “female relative will lose their mind,” and then they’re “going to barrage you with constant questions.” To which Leach says simply one answer, “I don’t care,” but that isn’t “satisfactory at all, and you’re going to get caught in a Catch-22.”

He continues to have a conversation as both man and woman:

W: “Well I want you to be a part of this too, so what color invitations?”

M: “Alright, the blue ones.”

W: “Well I kinda like the tan ones”

M: “Ok, the tan ones then.”

W: “Well you’re just saying that because you want this over with.”

So on and so forth…sounds familiar, right?

Anyway, check out the video: it’s hilarious. Maybe the loss means he should quit his job and do standup.

Edwin Encarnacion Marries Karen Yapoort 

MLB player Edwin Encarnacion might be a free-agent for the Indians, but—depending on who you ask—he might not be considered a “free-man” any longer as he tied the knot with Karen Yapoort down in the Dominican Republic. Described by teammate Carlos Santana as, “Wedding of the Year,” the lavish wedding—which you can see in Instagram posts and videos—featured a band, tons of cake and goodies, beautiful decorations, and a celebration really solidify it as one of coolest shindigs of the entire year.

Also in attendance—baseball fans will really be jealous, here—were legends such as Albert Pujols and David Ortiz. It certainly seems like Encarnacion really hit a grand slam with this one, and we do hope the best for the new union.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Engaged

It’s not too often that royalty makes the headlines–as of late it has been more about the the adorable children, Charlotte and George, of Prince William and Kate–but just this past weekend Prince Harry proposed to American girlfriend and Suits actress Meghan Markle over a roast chicken dinner at his home in London. The couple, who fell in love and maintained a long-distance relationship, are set to marry in the spring.

While old traditions would have prevented this–Markle has already been married before–the 2005 wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla began a push to move traditions into the 21st century. As said in The Daily Telegraph, “such a sentence could simply not have been written a generation ago.” It is said that Markle bonded immediately with the family, the dogs, and with becoming royalty–all after being set up on a blind date.

Congrats to the happy couple!


Stay tuned with us in the coming weeks—we have some big new things coming your way as we finish off the year and head into another one full of love and weddings.

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