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Culpepper Wedding on 8/4/18 at McCaw Hall / MoPOP in Seattle, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

Anybody who has ever been to visit the Space Needle has surely at least seen McCaw Hall. Home to both the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, it is a classy venue for anything stage or theatrical, heck we even saw Conan O’Brien there once. But you probably would have never guessed it (nor did we) but you can even rent it out to host your own events—yes, that means your wedding.

The Culpeppers knew this, unlike a lot of other people, and boy did they pick an awesome place to hold their wedding. With a variety of rooms and areas to choose from, you can have your own “gala” of a wedding here and have their top of the line catering service dish you up some excellent food as well.

We were blessed with tons of sun at the beginning of the month, despite it being so flipping hot, so it was a wonderful August day for our soon-to-be-newlyweds. Stephen and Allyson got their morning started getting ready in McCaw Hall’s “press boxes” with their bridal parties. You could probably guess that the champagne and bubbly was flowing from the crack of dawn, but the spirits were already high regardless.

Once they were looking sharp and lovely, the bride and groom made their way outside…blindfolded…for their adorable first look near the iconic fountain. Getting a little silly feeling out for each other blindly, they couldn’t hardly contain themselves. Stripping off their shades, Steven turned to great his bride with such excitement you could almost taste it, though she almost immediately started to cry.

You can easily tell that these two are meant for each other. Their first look was just so sweet and fun to watch them walk around together and get even more silly. After everyone else joined in for photos it was time for the moment everyone was waiting for: the wedding itself!

In the gorgeous event space inside McCaw Hall, the two met at an altar surrounding by natural light and all whom they love. Though, it’s hard not to mention the groom’s entrance which, well, it takes the cake. Watch and you’ll understand.

With a series of funny, touching, and seriously sweet toasts and vows, you could tell these two were just ready for it to be over with and to be married! Well, after the officiant told them to, they kissed and boy were they married!

Heading over to MoPOP for their “La La Land” themed reception, these two really knew how to party. Rocking it out to their first dance, which looked like they had been practicing for since they had met (over 10 years ago…), it was enough to get everyone else into high gear for a roaring good time. With silly photos playing above of their illustrious pasts, the newlyweds seldom left each other’s sights as they laughed, giggled and had an all around marvelous time at their spectacular wedding.

Congrats again to Allyson and Stephen, and thank you for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your big day! It was a blast!

Comments? Questions? Go ahead and leave them below!

Venue – McCaw Hall / Museum of Pop Culture

Coordination – New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination

Photography – Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

Videography – Best Made Videos

DJ – Bamboo Beats DJ

Florist – Diamond Events and Floral

MUA – Erin Skipley

Allyson and Stephen’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

In high school through mutual friends—we went to different schools!

Tell us about the proposal!

It was our 10-year anniversary (Oct. 1) since we first started dating in high school, but we never really celebrated it, so the proposal was totally unexpected. Stephen said he wanted to take me to breakfast that Sunday morning, which is super weird for him to want to do. So we get ready and he ends up taking us NOT to all the cute brunch places around home, but to McDonald’s… Nothing wrong with that! Just weird that he seemed excited about it and talked it up.

Apparently there was a phase 2 after breakfast, and it was also a surprise. He said it had to do with the “theme of the day,” so I assumed fall was the theme, since I love the season. I guessed pumpkin patch, but we pulled up to our go-to movie theater. Again, nothing wrong with that… We LOVE the movies and go almost every week. But also again, it was just weird that we were going at 10am. And to watch “IT” the clown movie, which I’d already seen, but had been trying to persuade Stephen to watch.

Anyway, we’re in the theater and Stephen takes off to go to the bathroom. Both he and I hate watching previews and mostly always look down during that part. As I was looking down, I heard the theme song to “Drive” (the Ryan Gosling movie) playing, and I looked up to see the character with his scorpion jacket on screen. I immediately looked around to see where Stephen was because it’s one of his favorite movies and if there was a sequel, he’d want to know about it! But he wasn’t back yet.

The next trailer comes on, and there’s a baby on screen, and I look around for Stephen again because the baby looks like me and I wanted to validate that crazy coincidence with someone. The trailer goes on and now there’s another baby on screen… then these baby photos start flipping through the years getting older, and I realize it’s us—it’s me and Stephen throughout the years.

Long story short, Stephen made me a movie trailer! In it, he went around telling our immediate family about his plans to propose and the tagline was along the lines of, “This fall, he got the permission, now he just has to ask the question…” And he comes down the aisle—wearing the Drive movie jacket I had given him for his birthday (turns out it was him in the trailer!)—with the ring in hand. Popped the question, and I don’t remember 99% of the sweet stuff he said. 🙂

Why did you choose your venue?

Our love of movies and pop culture, and because we wanted a big enough space for a dance party.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Us and our guests having fun! Our reactions to things—people say we’re pretty expressive sometimes.

Anything else?

Stephen’s going to be dancing down the aisle at the ceremony, so we’ll see how embarrassing that turns out. Kidding. 😉 Thanks!

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by Scott Johnson

Wetzler – Ashby Wedding on 7/28/18 at Freestone Inn in Mazama, Wa

Music Courtesy of The Side Project – tspband.com and Mike Miller on vocals

“From a couple that originally wasn’t planning to have a videographer to now husband & wife that are SO incredibly thankful we decided to have Reid and Best Made Videos as part of our special day!  Our advice – definitely have a video done (it’s well worth the $$ spent) and make sure it’s Reid & Team that you use!

We could go on & on….but just as a glimpse – Reid was – without question – the most responsive vendor we worked with for our wedding.  He’s ‘on his game’ in all aspects and was always quick with his replies to what were probably very basic questions that we had or things that were on our video ‘wish list’.  Reid showed up (after a 4 hour drive to somewhere he’d never been) with energy, passion & enthusiasm.  He went right to work and captured some amazing footage!  He was personable, easy to have around, fun and worked seamlessly with our photographer (whom he had never met).  The musicians that we used also commented on how professional Reid was and how he really knew what he was doing to ensure he had the best quality audio.

In addition to some ‘bonus’ iPhone shots that he shared with us the day after our wedding – Reid also shared his ‘work in progress’ via Instagram in the days after the wedding and true to his word – 2 weeks later delivered AMAZING highlight & full ceremony videos.  His creative ability to capture our personalities and the ‘feeling’ of the day was truly unbelievable!!!  No surprise – we (and many of our guests) have watched the videos multiple times!

Thank you Reid, Jeff & the Best Made Videos Team!!!

To those future bride & grooms that aren’t quite sure – we will gladly try to convince you otherwise.  It really is a “must do” in our opinion!”

Tucked all the way up in the North Cascades, almost equidistant from both Spokane and Seattle, rests a string of towns along highway 20 that many might not realize are there. The long drive from either city is probably enough to discourage day-trippers from visiting this utterly gorgeous region of the state, but for those who decide to venture up there, they’re in for a wonderful treat.

So we headed off at the end of July to little Mazama, your last stop before the awesome town of Winthrop, but more specifically to the Freestone Inn. Capable of hosting 100 guests for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, and with alcohol and catering provided, this delightful wooden estate brings you out to the middle of nature for a quiet, serene wedding.

As delightful of a morning you could expect out in the mountains greeted Tricia and Kent on their big day. As we wandered around the scenic landscapes that only the North Cascades could provide, the day was as casual and more at ease than you could ever imagine. Forgoing traditional attire for Kent and his motley crew , it made things feel even more special because these two didn’t want all the glitz and glamour. Instead, it was just a delicate, loving day.

As the day moved towards the ceremony, it became even more apparent just how gorgeous this venue is. With the altar overlooking the lake and the hills in the distance, you could probably say this is one of our favorite vistas we’ve had the pleasure of seeing. It’s just a pity these past few weeks has seen the Canadian forest fires bringing in hazy clouds that only choke the purely natural beauty of this area.

Reciting beautiful, thoughtful vows to each other, Kent wasn’t the only person in the audience with tears in their eyes (I was as well! lol) Soon, the officiant gave the magic words to “seal it with a kiss,” and so they did.

Shortly after the ceremony we headed off towards the lake with the bridal party to snap some shots of the newlyweds and their closest friends. With a sky that might remind you of Montana, the magnificent valley felt so safe and comforting for our newlyweds. Retreating more into the woods, the two posed along babbling brooks and the towering trees before it was time for the reception.

Booze and food started coming out while the guests wandered the grounds and saw all of the beautiful sights . Following signing papers, cake-cutting and a little slow dance in front of the lake, it was time to keep the party going with everyone else. Dancing around like maniacs with the sun dwindling behind the hills, we were even able to convince the bride to hop on an inflatable duck and ride out into the water.

What a fun day with Tricia and Kent! We hope your first month of marriage has gone magically.

As always, we love to hear from you. So please let us know if you have any questions or comments and we’ll get to them!

Venue – Freestone Inn

Photographer – Autumn Pines Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

HMUA/ Flowers – Eleveight Salon

Invitations – Pink + Peach

Catering – Freestone Inn

Music – The Side Project

Tricia and Kent’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Online – Zoosk

Tell us about the proposal!

Typical Kent & Tricia (casual)….Kent had ring for several weeks and could not wait any longer.  Tricia wanted to move a table – Kent wanted to wait. Kent went out to his car – when he came back in Tricia said ‘can we please just move this table’ and Kent said ‘will you please marry me’ and pulled the ring out of his sweatshirt pocket.

Why did you choose your venue?

“Summer Camp” wedding feel – weekend event for guests – outdoors – nice weather – perfect size

What are you most excited to see in the video?

A few things that I think will be highlights – ceremony singer (Mike Miller); dogs at end of ceremony all walking out together; vows

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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?

https://www.popsugar.com/celebrity/Prince-Harry-Meghan-Markle-Friend-Wedding-2018-45129227

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!

https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/dog-photobombs-couples-wedding-429391

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!

https://www.insideedition.com/dog-wearing-wedding-dress-steals-show-during-her-owners-big-day-45724

 

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.

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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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Image Source: Dee and Kris Photography

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?

https://wtkr.com/2018/07/12/wedding-photographers-capture-couple-getting-married-during-wildfire/

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!

https://www.wfla.com/news/local-news/gainesville-couple-reunited-with-personal-photos-after-tampa-man-finds-gopro/1297311605

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.”

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/surprise-pope-francis-unexpectedly-celebrates-vatican-wedding-78791

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!?

https://www.popsugar.com/moms/photo-gallery/45061010/image/45061022/Bride-Sends-Brother-Her-First-Look-Wedding-Dress

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!

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/bride-grooms-big-moment-takes-12883363

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!

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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

Milner Wedding on 6/21/18 at The Finery on Camano Island

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“Best Made Wedding videos did an excellent job capturing all the special moments on our wedding day. The videographers (Reid and Matt) were professional, thoughtful and creative. They gave us moments of alone time throughout the day so that we could enjoy the moment with no one around. The videographer team captured and included every video shot of our elopement in the highlight video that we wanted. The process of booking, questionnaire, and payment was easy and convenient. The editing and artistic flow of the final highlight video is priceless. We are excited about the video we received and look forward to incorporating it into our anniversary celebration.”

This may come as quite a surprise—but we love weddings. I know, right? Would would’ve thought it? There’s nothing like a wedding, and we’re all for every single aspect. The atmosphere of a wedding is like electricity. There’s love and excitement, a dash of anxiousness, and the ubiquitous hope for everything to go absolutely according to plan. In many ways, a wedding is akin to a Broadway musical; there’s costume, makeup, a stage (of sorts), an audience and it has all been rehearsed.

But today isn’t about weddings; it’s about elopements. For many, the idea of an elopement has always been seeded in secrecy and a sort of “forbidden love.” Tales of young high schoolers escaping from the nightmare of life to just be together against the world come to mind, or a fair assortment of romantic comedies, yet they’re all wrong. In the scheme of things, especially for those who either don’t have a big enough family or simply don’t want to go about planning all of the hundreds of details for a wedding, elopements might actually be your ticket to happiness. With only the need for an officiant and some rings, elopements are easy and romantic; for some, they might even be more meaningful than weddings in certain ways.

The Milner’s Elopement, out on Camano Island at the delightful Finery, was as elegant and touching as any wedding we’ve witnessed this year. Getting ready together in the morning, the absence of groomsmen and bridesmaids meant that Laura and James helped one another get looking the absolute best. Now, how many of you married couples can say your partner helped you get dressed on your wedding day?

There was time for a first look out in the clearing, which gave us quite a few opportunities to get adorable photos of the two posing around the area. Sneaking kisses and looking longingly into each other’s eyes, the elopement couldn’t come fast enough!

With just the officiant, the two stood in front of each other for the ceremony. Reciting some tear-jerking vows, the two bared their hearts for each other, doling out emotional words of love and kindness. Going back into their history, the two were both weepy before it was even time to share their first kiss as husband and wife. Excited for the future, and with the hope of showing each other the love they both deserve every day, the officiant declared the two husband and wife. With a kiss, their love and union were sealed.

With the elopement, there was no massive amount of applause from the guests. But there didn’t need to be, the two were all they needed for each other to be absolutely happy. A little cake-cutting followed as they popped open a bottle of champagne, thus bringing the wonderful day to a close.

Thank you again to Laura and James for picking Best Made Videos to film their elopement! We hope your first few weeks of marriage are going spectacularly!

Have any questions or comments? Did you have an elopement? Let us know below!

Venue / Photography – The Finery

Videography – Best Made Videos

MUA – Pacific Brides

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

Laura and James’ story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We first met in pharmacy school when we were assigned to work together in the same group. Laura stood out to me when she proceeded to take over everyone’s part and complete the entire group project on her own. It was at that moment I knew I could completely relate to her views on group work as that same thought crossed my mind too. I knew that I had to get to know her more and find out what else we had in common.

Tell us about the proposal!

During our last year of pharmacy school, we were still trying to figure out what to do with our future. I knew whatever was ahead in my future, that I wanted her to be a part of it as well. I bought the ring a few months earlier and was planning for the perfect place to propose. After speaking with my brother, I made plans to come visit him in Dubai, take her to the Burj Khalifa and propose. When I asked her to come to Dubai with me during Christmas, she said she needed to go home and see her family during Christmas. I spent the next several weeks thinking about what other plans could possibly beat my original idea. Then one evening we were watching the movie Wedding Crashers and I kept thinking to myself, the two of us just had an incredibly good day. When you are in pharmacy school, trust me, those days are rare. We had a great day at school, enjoyed a nice dinner together and spent quality time watching a movie that we were both enjoying. When she got up to get ready for bed, I don’t know if it was the movie or not, but I kept thinking that I wanted to hold on to her forever. As she was getting ready for bed, I have do the same playful thing almost every night and take her spot in bed and she has to push me out of it so she can go to sleep. This time, I put the ring right next to me and as she tried pushing me she felt the box I had placed in the way. As soon as I saw her with that questioning look of what is that, I pulled out and opened the box and asked her to marry me.

Why did you choose your venue?

Our enthusiasm for Greek mythology helped guide us to a unique date on the summer solstice (June 21st). The summer solstice marks the start of the New Year according to some ancient Greek calendars. We wanted a place that could handle an outdoor wedding and accommodate the rain if needed. The Finery on Camano Island is a beautiful place to have an outdoor wedding, intimate experience and offers an elopement package which was perfect for our situation.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Happy, sweet moments of us together and separate; candid joyful emotion; capture the anticipation moments before the wedding. The first time we see each other after getting ready and us exchanging vows.

Anything else?

Collection of memories that we can share with each other and with our closest family and friends. Excited to see the surrounding scenery in which we are getting married as isolated scenic shots and distant shots of us outside (i.e. venue, ocean, trees, etc.)

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Photo Credit – Skylee Campbell/Facebook

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.

http://www.thisisinsider.com/southwest-airlines-wedding-airplane-2018-6

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 Match.com 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.

https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/triad-couple-gets-dream-wedding-48-hours-after-canceled-wedding-auctioned/83-566507529

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!

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/06/25/couple-escapes-house-fire-on-morning-wedding-it-was-nice-ending-to-rather-horrendous-beginning.html

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.

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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

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

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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Jewett Wedding on 8/12/17 at Seabrook, Wa

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“Reid and his videography crew were all very professional and punctual! His services are very reasonably priced and he works with you to figure out what the best package is for you specific event. When emailing him with questions he would always reply within an hour which was very helpful. Overall we had a great experience and received an amazing end product.”

Far to the west, at the very edge of our state right near the Olympic National Forest, you’ll find Pacific Beach. Just a little south from there lies Seabrook, our destination for today. When you get that far west the weather is a little more unpredictable. Ocean mists and fog roll in like the waves and meet the forest lining the beach. These aren’t the best shores for swimming or surfing, unless you like them frigidity (even during the summer) but they sure as heck make for excellent wedding venues.

A calm morning greeted our bride and groom who got all dressed up in quaint abodes, Julie donning sparkly silver sneakers and Taylor sporting a jacket-less tux with a grey/blue tie. After the two got ready, the bride and groom met for the first time on a secluded path behind the charming cottages where Tyler greeted Julie with a warm embrace.  Amazed by his bride, Tyler cannot take his eyes off of her—who could blame him?

With a great little town to pose as a backdrop for photos, the two walked around the area, their feet propelled by the excitement of what was to come. Making their way down to the shore, the soothing fog provided almost a safety blanket. It felt cozy, albeit a little chilly, but it is just part of the natural wonder of Washington and its visually stunning beaches. Heading back up into town, the bride and groom posed for photos with family and friends who were just as excited as they were for the big day.

The ceremony, held on the steps of Town Hall, was tender and sweet. The bridesmaids looked dazzling in their light blue dresses while the groomsmen simply wear shirts and slacks. No frills for these two who like to keep it simple, yet still stylish and personal. When it was time, the officiant—cracking a few jokes—let’s the two kiss (he claims it was his idea) and that was it!

After all the bureaucracy (paper signing), the wedding party headed to the reception where the bride and groom shared their first dance surrounded by all they love, sneaking in little kisses here and there. Soon after, the entire party got up and slow danced, holding their loved ones close. A simple cake cutting was no less adorable, and then the good music kicked in and got everyone shaking their booty—even the kids!

At the end of the day, the newlyweds were ushered off into their future with a barrage of bubbles blown by the guests. You see this a lot with sparklers, glow sticks and candles—though this one seems like one of the safest and funnest options! Thanks once again to Julie and Tyler for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope that the New Year is treating you right and that your six-month anniversary went well!

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– Scott Johnson

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Berry – Reich Wedding on 8/10/17 at Kitsap Memorial State Park

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Though it might be require a bit of traveling–if you’re coming from Seattle it means a ferry–Kitsap Memorial State Park is one of Washington’s many, many breathtaking parts and a constant reminder of the sheer natural beauty that the state has to offer. Located on Hood Canal, the 58-acre park just a short drive north of Poulsbo is the perfect destination for your wedding with almost 2,000 feet of shoreline. Even the Parks Department knows how beautiful and romantic it is for a wedding, with the opening description on their site reading, “Lovebirds, take heed!”

Bride and groom Kaylee and Conor thought this would be the perfect place for their wedding, and there’s really no questioning their decision especially when the weather behaved admirably–hardly a cloud in sight! Their day began as any would expect: the girls got ready, sipped champagne, did their hair, and bustled around with the urgency that the day required.

The boys…well…they played Mario Kart. Which to some might seem silly, but to others it is the perfect way to take the edge off of what is surely a high-stress day. But soon they got ready!

Conor struggled with his shoelaces quite a bit (remember this from our Favorite Wedding Video Surprises?) but he eventually got to be presentable for his bride who donned an open-back A-line gown. The adorable first look came next with their pearly whites shining with happiness. With the light creeping in through the trees, the photos and video we got were extraordinary, especially when everyone else got in on the fun and had a grand old time goofing around and making each other smile.

In a clearing in the woods, filled with dozens of white chairs, the bride and groom stood before their friends and family and tied the knot in a serene ceremony. With the officiant declaring them man and wife, she adds with a cute little whisper, “you can kiss,” before the two throw themselves at each other in a passionate embrace.

While the bride and groom took care of all of the official business, guests entertained themselves with bean bag toss, Giant Jenga, and barrels full of beverages! Cake cutting, dancing under twinkling lights in a gigantic wood cabin, and food came next. Be on the lookout for an adorable little boy strutting his best moves before he’s overtaken by the adults in the room when they started to really get into the party, even lifting up the groom in an almost unsafe fashion.

As the evening progressed, we headed outside with the newlyweds as they posed for more shots on the waterline. The sun was slowly creeping behind the hills in the distance, the perfect way to close out a day that couldn’t have gone any better. Thanks again to Conor and Kaylee for choosing Best Made Videos for their wedding ceremony. We hope your six-month anniversary goes swimmingly!

Did you like the video? Want to see something different than what we’re doing? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to get back to you!

– Scott Johnson

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