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by Scott Johnson

Anderson Wedding on 6/22/19 at Swiftwater Cellars at Suncadia

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

If ever there was something that goes well with most weddings, it would be wine. For toasting the bride and groom, to dancing with barrels in the welcoming cellar, to strolling grapevines for the first look, wine and weddings are almost synonymous. With Washington rising in the ranks of renowned wineries, we are more than happy to be visiting the up-and-coming vineyards for wedding days. For the Anderson’s big day, they sure picked a doozy! Swiftwater Cellars all the way over in Cle Elum.

This remarkable venue offers up several wedding locations and a flurry of amenities. Free rehearsal, uniformed staff, and a mobile bar are just a few to get you interested, and they can certainly accommodate a busload of guests. Just after the beginning of the Summer season, we were ready and eager to see the Andersons get married.

Adorable socks, fresh bubbly and a few snacks sped the morning along until the ladies and gents were all dressed. Be sure to watch until the end of the video if you want a good chuckle, it seems like Peter wasn’t too ready for that tequila!

Sporting a navy suit, the groom was flanked by an army of groomsmen in gray attire. Meanwhile, the ladies all rocked lovely pink dresses, which made for some great contrasting shots in the group photos.

A delightful first look overlooking the nearby golf courses saw Lauren and Peter just about bursting with emotion. The excitement and happiness that a wedding day brings is nothing to shy away from, you just have to embrace it! When the rest of the wedding party came out, you better bet the smiles did, too. After all the fun and “cheeses” had ended (at least for the time being) it was finally time to get hitched.

With a backdrop of a sprawling forest, the bride and groom met to be wed underneath a wooden altar. The ground leading up to it was filled with white chairs, and seated in them were loving family and friends. In a blink of the eye, the ceremony was coming to a finish and it was time to hear those magic words, “Peter, you may kiss your bride.” He listened.

After the sealing kiss, we ran off with the newlyweds for some golden hour shots of them along the golf course and surrounding hills. It was not nearly enough time before making our way back to the reception for dinner, cake, and pie! Wine and pie? Yes please! Unforgettable dances, particularly with Lauren and her father, helped burn off the calories. All focus was, as it should be, on the newlyweds. Smiles and laughter made the room come alive, and there was nary a dry eye when Peter and his mom shared their dance.

Thank you again to Peter and Lauren for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wonderful wedding day. We hope your first two months of marriage has been amazing! Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Swiftwater Cellars

Photographer – Adina Preston

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Pristine Entertainment

Florist – Where Style Blooms

How did you guys meet?

Blind Date

Tell us about the proposal!

Proposed outside next to a lake

Why did you choose your venue?

Half way for both families

What are you most excited to see in the video?

First look, vows, toasts, and everybody having a great time 🙂 

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by Scott Johnson

Mosley Wedding on 5/4/19 at Mountain View Venue in Port Angeles, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

While many may know May the Fourth as Star Wars Day, the Mosley’s will forever cherish it as their wedding day. We love any chance to get over to Port Angeles (and for all of you who haven’t made a weekend trip out there, you definitely need to). With Seattle far to the East, the peaceful tranquility of the area (particularly the Mountain View Venue) makes any wedding feel absolutely perfect.

The morning got off to a wonderful start as the ladies got ready in their lovely blue dresses. The natural beauty of the Olympics really made itself known from the minute we stepped onto the property. Breathtaking trees, particularly when the sun crept through the branches, made the little clearings feel like a fairy tale. It is here that the first look took place, and with some creative (and certainly improvised) “special effects” we got some dazzling blossom shots.

Soon enough, the bridal party made its way out to join the bride and groom. Looking all dapper with vestless suits, the boys tried to show-up the ladies but didn’t quite cut it. With plenty of fun poses to try out, they kept us busy until the wedding bells began to toll. Once everyone was bubbling over with laughter and good cheer, we knew it was just about ceremony time.

If the rest of the venue gave any indication of how gorgeous the actual altar was going to be, we would’ve thought it was impossible to get better. Nevertheless, the little clearing overlooking a farm in the distance, surrounded by mountains and towering trees, proved to be an utterly perfect location for Jason and Marie to tie the knot. Once the magic words were unleashed by the officiant, it was time for the two to kiss and make it official!

Retreating to some new areas around the estate, we got some intimate shots of the newlyweds amongst the unrelentingly beautiful greenery. While the kids concerned themselves with the finer things in life (meaning the wicked tire swing), and the rest of the party milled around, the newlyweds were signing their documents and getting ready for the reception. In other words, getting all the boring stuff out of the way!

The dazzling walls of lights in the reception hall made for a dream-like tapestry. As the dancing got underway, the newlyweds shared some special moments with their family before the rest of the gang hit the dance floor. As the day wore on, the sun began to plunge below the mountains, which meant it was time for our favorite golden hour shots. Moments like this really bring the day to a superb conclusion, as evidenced by the smiles on their faces.

Thank you again to Jason and Marie for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding day! We wish you nothing but the best of luck and happiness. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, leave them below! We are always looking to make improvements! See you all soon!

Venue – Mountain View Venue

Photographer – Adrien Craven Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Coordination – Vanessa Thompson

Makeup – iilya violet event artistry

Cake – That Takes The Cake

DJ – DJ RoBoTiX

Hair – Hair & Makeup by Jocelyn DeChenne

Dress – Black Diamond Bridal

Bartender – Pour Girls and Some Guys

How did you guys meet?

We met via Bumble and our first date was a hike up Pyramid Peak with my foster kiddo.  And our second date was a gruesome (for me) hike up Mt Baldy, Graywolf, and Tyler Peak.

Tell us about the proposal!

Sunset walk on the Beach at Salt Creek

Why did you choose your venue?

It was the biggest place we could find in the area and it has a pretty view.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

1st look; Jason Smiling; walking down the aisle; 1st dance, father bride dance; vows; father of the bride speech; parents at ceremony and reception

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by Scott Johnson

Gayle – Manson Wedding on 6/22/19 at Novelty Hill Januik Winery in Woodinville, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

What’s better than a wonderful wedding at the beginning of Summer? A wedding at a winery, in this case the Novelty Hill Januik Winery over in Woodinville. Certainly not our first time visiting this lovely estate, it’s important to note that they offer several packages for their weddings that feature different amenities. The unique concrete construction and iconic red translucent wall of the winery make a show-stopping venue perfect for any occasion, especially a wedding!

The Gayle-Manson wedding was greeted with some gray clouds early in the morning. Getting ready in the various spaces throughout the building, the boys hung out in the Cellar room sipping some fine wine and looking particularly stylish with their navy suits and red ties. The ladies matched the ties with their dresses, while the bride rocked some coral flowers in her hair.

After everyone had a few sips of their drinks, it was time to meet for the first look. In a little courtyard, the bride and groom shared some tender moments before we had them traipse around the winery. Posing in between the grapevines and train tracks (don’t worry they aren’t in use anymore), it was so sweet and romantic. As the clouds were burning off high above, it was a wonderfully warm day to be outside. Soon enough, it was time for group photos and everyone rolled on out with the biggest and best smiles.

And then it was time for the ceremony. We aren’t sure if the sun just knew when to pop through or what, but by the time it was good to go there were some streaks shining down from the clouds. Filling the adorable wedding courtyard, the guests lined the way in white seats while the bridal party made their way to the altar. Following Laura and Jeff’s vows, both of which breaking out the sobs ever so briefly, they were able to kiss and become husband and wife.

After the newlyweds retreated for some privacy, the guests did what any guests at a winery would do: drink wine and relax! The spacious, inviting winery felt like you were actually at a bar. Cornhole kept the competitive spirit alive and worked up appetites while the dining area was prepped. Once everyone was seated, the newlyweds made their triumphant return before mingling around all of the tables with their friends and family.

The party kicked into high gear after this, with cake-cutting and dancing to follow. A vivacious first dance left our jaws on the floor, but certainly also inspired everyone else to put their best moves out there. Once the twinkling lights came on it became a non-stop party until it was time to head outside for a few more private photos, capping off a wonderfully fantastic wedding day.

Thank you again to Jeff and Laura for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has gone magically.

Have any questions or comments? Leave them below!

Venue – Novelty Hill Januik Winery

Photography – Soper Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos®

Coordination – Pink Blossom Events

DJ – Seattle Parties

Bakery – Cubes

Why did you choose your venue?

We both love wine and often our vacations together center around wine so we knew we wanted to get married at a winery. We chose Novelty Hill Januik because of the beautiful and modern space.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Us and all of our guests having fun. We want this to be a joyous event, and while we hope for a romantic touch during the ceremony, I am not a very sappy person.

Anything else?

I really liked how a video I saw of yours used the couple’s vows as well as some music for the sound. 

Laura and Jeff’s story in their own words:

Important Dates

6.26.13 | First meeting

7.11.13 | First date

5.29.14 | Adopted Kessa (pup)

7.1.14 | Moved in together

10.23.16 | First international vacation (Iceland)

4.22.18 | Engaged

6.22.19 | Wedding date!

How we met

Jeff and Laura met in the summer of 2013 playing ultimate frisbee for a club team named Tugboat. They hit it off immediately at the first team meeting, bonding over their broken clavicle stories, and at the first tournament Jeff kept going out of his way to spend time with Laura. Only 15 days after their first meeting, Jeff and Laura went on their first date, and they have been inseparable since. Less than 1 year later they adopted their adorable dog Kessa and moved into their very own house, and now they are finally getting married!

And although Tugboat dissolved, Jeff and Laura continue their passion for ultimate frisbee together on club team Birdfruit. Chirp chirp!

The Proposal

It was their last day in France. Laura and Jeff had just spent a long weekend drinking wine and exploring the lovely vineyards and towns of Burgundy, France with Jeff’s college friend and their frisbee teammate, Peter Burrows. After spending the day biking to different domaines for wine tasting, Jeff told Laura that they should get dressed up for a fancy dinner. But first, Peter wanted to show them a nice view of Beaune, the town they were staying in. Little did Laura know that Jeff and Peter were planning something.

Clueless, Laura got dressed up in her best clothes and followed Jeff and Peter up a hill to a view of the vineyards and town of Beaune below. While Laura snapped a selfie with Jeff, Peter pretended to take a phone call and scurried away. Only seconds after this picture was taken, Jeff pulled a ring from his pocket and dropped to his knee.

Laura said yes! After peeking out from a bush a short distance away, Peter came running out with sparkling wine. They drank, laughed, snapped some pictures, and then headed out for their fancy dinner as a newly engaged couple (and Peter too).

Wedding Party

Maids of Honor

Lisa and Sarah Manson

Lisa is Laura’s older sister and Sarah is her younger sister. With less than 2 years between each age, they spent a lot of time together growing up. One year, all 3 of them were in high school at the same time! Somehow their dad survived 🙂

There can be no mistake that Lisa, Laura, and Sarah are sisters. If you can’t tell from their similar looks and mannerisms, you can certainly match their deep Manson voices. Lisa and Sarah both live in Los Angeles, and a friend of theirs once said upon meeting Laura for the first time that she was the link that connects them.

Bridesmaids

Ali Wismer

Ali and Laura met in high school and first got to know each other playing on the freshman softball team. Through their years in high school, Laura spent countless nights hanging out in Ali’s basement, and now always looks forward to seeing her when she returns to Cleveland for Christmas.

Katia Dubas

Katia was Laura’s first Seattle friend when she moved to the city in 2011. Katia worked with Laura at Boeing, and was so welcoming and friendly, they immediately started hanging out – holding girls’ nights and going on hikes in Cascades. Katia now lives in Carmel, IN with her husband and adorable baby boy, Teddy, but they still find plenty of opportunities to hang out. No distance can separate these two!

Anika Tuba

Anika joined Laura’s team at Boeing in 2012, and they quickly hit it off. Anika is always down for a happy hour or a weekend brunch, and has been a constant source of friendship in Seattle. She may be small, but Anika has a huge personality and is always so much fun to be around.

Best Man

Peter Burrows

Peter and Jeff met at Whitman College and became fast friends. They played on the Ultimate team, the Whitman Sweets, together before continuing on with various teams after college. Though Peter currently resides in France, that has only given Jeff an excuse to visit Europe. Peter was intimately involved in helping plan the proposal, even running up with a bottle of sparkling wine when it was complete.

Groomsmen

Raphael Miller

Jeff and Raphael met while working together at Getty Images. Raphael won’t back down from any competition, continuing to challenge Jeff in ping pong despite a winless record (though he’s getting better). Raphael ran the Tough Mudder with Jeff and Laura on a whim, even carrying Jeff on his back to help the team power through.

Ernesto Hernandez

Jeff and Ernesto also met while working at Getty Images. Ernesto helped mentor Jeff, becoming his “code whisperer”, and they became fast friends. They bonded over many Taco Tuesday happy hours while at Getty Images. They enjoy playing board games, though Ernesto still won’t let Jeff play dungeons and dragons with him.

Aaron Dubas

Jeff and Aaron met through his wife Katia. Aaron has been a constant source of intriguing conversation and friendship since they met. Though he and Katia moved to Carmel, IN, Jeff and Aaron stills find ample time to hang out when Aaron is back in Seattle for work.

Brian Percival

Brian was one of Jeff’s first friends at Whitman College. They met trying out for soccer freshman year, and continued to bond over their love of sports. Go Sounders, Seahawks, and Mariners! Though Brian no longer lives in Washington, they continue to keep in touch with a yearly fantasy baseball league.

Flower Girl

Kiwi

Little Alaskan Klee Kai, Kiwi, entered Laura and Jeff’s lives in September 2018. She is full of energy and loves to snuggle and play. She will be almost exactly 1 year old on the day of the wedding and can’t wait to meet everyone!

Ring Bearer

Kessa

We had planned for our adorable 10-year old dog, Kessa, to be our ring bearer, but after a short and unexpected battle with adenocarcinoma, Kessa passed away on September 7, 2018. Although she will no longer be a part of our wedding, she will forever live on in our hearts.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome everyone to another wonderful week of weird wedding news! With June in the rearview mirror we have officially arrived at summer and to even more weddings! The frigid winter seems so long ago, and now we can embrace the sun and warmth for a week before we start complaining about it being too hot! It’s time to get down to the updates, so let’s get cracking:

https://www.theknotnews.com/72-year-old-woman-rejected-proposals-37899?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190305.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Proposals are one of the most nerve-wracking moments in your life. You would think that by the time you are ready to actually get down on one knee, that your partner is as ready if not more so than you are. So what happens when they say no?

Colin Jones, who this year is 72, has asked his partner Pauline around forty times. Each time, he got a “no.” The two have been together since 1976, so the persistence certainly didn’t scare Pauline off. But what gives, Pauline?

Without revealing too much of the heart-wrenching story, Pauline’s health has taken a turn for the worse which prompted her to…flip the tables shall we say. Check out the article for the full tale!

https://www.brides.com/story/kate-middleton-prince-william-pda-ireland?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190305.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Well wouldn’t you know it, it’s time to talk about a royal couple again. This time it was Kate and William who made headlines for being a little more affectionate than what is perceived as normal.

While you might think they were full-on making out in public, the royal couple has a little bit more class than that. Back in March they were attending an event at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, where they were caught breeching each other’s personal bubbles for hands-on-backs and arms around waists. That might seem pretty tame to you, but for these two (and not newly weds Harry and Meghan) this is certainly fresh!

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/bride-baffles-guests-wedding-cost-14087002?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190305.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

For guests of any wedding, other than the ceremony itself, the reception (along with whatever delicious food) is going to be the most exciting part of the day. Whether you have giant banquet halls of food, or something a little more intimate, that dinner brings everyone together after the bride and groom get hitched.

One bride in England has decided that she needs to cut costs for her wedding, with the major cut coming in the food department. Meaning, she won’t have any. Her friend (who is also a bridesmaid) went to social media with her concerns. Primarily, because instead of food, the money went towards a bon fire, handmade items and other potentially superfluous purchases. It appears there will also be booze, which does not bode well for anybody drinking on an empty stomach…here’s to hoping they decided to pitch in a few more pennies.

https://www.who.com.au/married-at-first-sight-jules-spotted-wedding-dress-shopping?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190305.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Married at First Site is definitely an interesting social experiment. Putting together three random couples based on expert analysis, they agree to marry “at first sight.” So they marry the couples, send them on a honeymoon, and then move them into a house four eight weeks before deciding if they want to move on or not.

Well, one of these couples have gone the distance. Jules Robinson and Cameron Merchant are reportedly getting hitched “again,” but this time a little more real. Jules was seen shopping for dresses a few months ago, and the couple was also spotted checking out engagement rings. Best of wishes to them!

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/whistles-wedding-collection-2019-best-dresses_uk_5c7cee8ae4b0614614dc4213?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190305.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign&guccounter=1

For those of you living in the UK, Whistles (a wedding dress company) has started a new bridal collection with some solidly affordable dresses. For as low as 499 euros, you can get something beautiful and fitting. Of course, there are going to be far more expensive dresses, but if you fall between sizes 4 and 16, it might be worth your time to see what they have to offer!

Check out the article for some photos of the dresses, and keep a tight hold of your wallet!

https://www.elle.com/uk/fashion/a26616669/princess-eugenie-second-wedding-dress-grace-kelly-inspired/?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190305.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Guess what? Here’s another Royal Family article for you! This one focuses on Princess Eugenie. If you’re anything like me and have never heard of Princess Eugenie, well I’m sure glad I am not alone on this one. Her wedding to Jack Brooksbank was a lovely day as they tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last October, but now it’s her dress that is once again garnering attention. Coming from Elle, her dress is now on display at Windsor Castle in a special exhibition. She even recorded her own audio guide for it, and shares details about both dresses (the first one showed off her scoliosis scar, while the second was inspired by Grace Kelly’s attire in To Catch a Thief). Want to know more? Be sure to hit the link!

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/idris-elbas-story-about-prince-harry-asking-him-to-dj-the-royal-wedding-is-so-dang-chill-16341638

Idris Elba, or the man who was cast as The Gunslinger in The Dark Tower and should absolutely, 100% be the next James Bond, is essentially a gift that keeps on giving. Dishing out phenomenal performances at every turn, many were surprised to learn he was a wicked DJ as well (and plays one on Netflix).

He recently told Ellen DeGeneres the story of how Prince Harry asked him to DJ his wedding to Meghan Markle. Apparently the two had known each other from over the years, and at one party Harry popped the question to him, only to be met with skepticism and shock. Don’t forget, he also performed at Coachella, too!

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There you have it for this week! Be sure to check back soon as wedding season is taking over! If you have any stories or articles of your own to share, please do below!

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by Scott Johnson

Seattle is a that weird time of year where it can’t quite get over the hump into Spring/Summer. Gray days still dot our weekly forecast, but the sunnier days are staying brighter and warmer for much longer. This is good news for us since we will be spending most weekends outdoors and around weddings! We have some fun, exciting and helpful articles coming your way, though do be aware that this week gets a little bit violent! Buckle up!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6747069/Shortlist-revealed-Red7s-Best-Bridesmaid-2019.html?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190302.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

Now this story is pretty cool! Over in Britain, a competition has been running to find “Britain’s Best Bridesmaid.” After receiving over 500 submissions from brides ranting and raving about their bridesmaids, the competition has been narrowed down to a select 14!

These aren’t simple, “oh my bridesmaid was the best” stories. No, these are “one woman performed an emergency medical procedure–despite having no first-aid training–and managed to save the bride’s leg from being amputated” stories. So, if you don’t have one of those stories, chances are you won’t, well, stand a chance!

Check out the article for some of the other submissions!

https://www.brides.com/gallery/bridesmaid-proposal-gift-ideas?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190302.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

While we’re on the subject of bridesmaids, why not get some ideas for gifts to give them when you pop the question for them to be a part of your wedding? Thanks to Brides.com, there are twenty great gifts to choose from and inspire you.

A good portion of the ideas are “Bridesmaid Boxes” which house any number of fun treats and treasures. Some include mini bottles of champagne, a makeover-in-a-box, and even candles or bath salts. The possibilities are seemingly endless, and you can opt to make your own or choose one from dozens of companies!

https://www.iheart.com/content/2019-02-28-groom-chokes-and-throws-brides-ex-at-wedding/?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190302.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

I’m sure it crosses every bride or groom’s mind: what if my ex shows up? I would guess that the vast majority of weddings don’t have an ex showing on up, otherwise we would likely be talking about them more if they went viral! However, we have quite the tale for you…and it’s not what it seems.

Alex and Nick were in the middle of getting married when out of nowhere, Alex’s ex shows up to ruin the day. Nick, then furious, choke-slams the intruder through a table!

But what if I told you this was all staged?

It certainly was! Both bride and groom were in on it, yet nobody else was! Check out the video for some hilarity!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6754709/Bride-slams-bakery-sent-simple-two-tier-wedding-cake-minimal-decorations.html?utm_medium=40digest.7days3.20190302.carousel&utm_source=email&utm_content=&utm_campaign=campaign

We’re capping this week off with bridezillas…and cake! It’s a little bit of “best of both worlds” as a bride-to-be took to social media to bash a cake she had received from celebrity baker Jordan Rondel of The Caker. Posting, “this is the ugliest cake I’ve ever seen. I want a full refund.” Upset that she somehow received something less than what she paid for (she did go to a celebrity baker after all) the cake does look noticeably bare aside from some flowers tucked into its two layers.

Rondel later responded “I started The Caker in 2010 and to this day have never experienced anything quite like this.” Rondel eventually refunded the money to the upset customer. Now tell us, what are your thoughts on the cake?

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That about does it for this edition! Be sure to submit your own stories if you have some to share! We are always open to comments and suggestions, so leave them below!

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by Scott Johnson

Gaston Wedding on 1/19/19 at The Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

It has certainly been a chilly winter up here in the Pacific Northwest, though we don’t really have much room to complain this week when a good portion of the country is literally colder than Antarctica. A few weeks ago we made our way over to Bonney Lake, and specifically to Kelley Farm for the Gaston wedding. While we were blessed with a dry day, it didn’t help with the cold. Luckily, Kelley Farm is ready for whatever need with multiple ceremony locations (yes, there’s indoor ones for days just like this, and heated floors). Offering up several catering partners, enough space for more than three hundred people, and a curfew of midnight, The Kelley Farm really wants you to eat up and party the night away!

The Gastons were greeted with gray skies for their wedding, but some warming spirits were nearby to take away the biting cold. Looking especially dapper in grey suits with maroon vests and ties, the boys had some fun…horsing…around in front of the barn while the ladies were a little calmer in their warm dressing rooms. Once the room was just about bursting with excitement for the big day, it was time for the first look!

Greeting her groom outside the barn, the first look was so sweet. That wonderful mix of nervous and excited let the bashfulness shine through. We were able to walk around the farm with them as they posed along with the rustic setting, green trees and soothing gray skies. Eventually gathering again in front of the barn, this time with the rest of the bridal party, we got some wide shots of the massive group.

Soon enough, though probably not soon enough for the bride and groom, it was time for the wedding. As everyone filled the impressive wood barn, with twinkling lights and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the groom could hardly contain himself–especially when he saw his bride approaching.

Try to get through the vows and speeches read by their loved ones without crying–we dare you. A loving, spiritual ceremony saw the tying of the knot for Andrea and Jeffrey, and there was hardly a dry eye to be seen, especially for the bride and groom. With the magic words spoken by the officiant, there was only really one thing left to do: kiss and become husband and wife.

After a dip that probably gave Andrea whiplash, the newlyweds left the ceremony hall with their namesake song…from none other than Beauty and the Beast (hopefully it didn’t take you this long to recognize the name!)

The reception to follow was the cap to a spectacular day. Silly props for the photo booth provided plenty of smiles (though there were already plenty), as did the dozens of cupcakes. Eating turned into dancing, and then in the blink of an eye the night was over and it was time to head home.

Congratulations to Andrea and Jeffrey on your wedding and thank you again for choosing Best Made Videos® to film it! We hope the first few weeks have gone magically.

Have any questions or comments? You know what to do!

Venue – The Kelley Farm

Photography – Rebecca Jane Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos®

DJ – DW Entertainment

Coordination – Holcomb Weddings & Events

Flowers – The Enchanted Florist

Caterers – Snuffin’s Catering

Details – The Meaningful Details

Hair and Makeup – Korrine C. Makeup Artist & Esthetician

Cake – Celebrity Cake Studio

Chalk Art – Something to Chalk About

How did you guys meet?

Andrea took her brother out to a bar to celebrate his 21st birthday, albeit a little late, and to be his wingman. Jeff just so happened to go out to that same bar that night to hang out with friends. He was standing by the dance floor talking to people and he looked over Andrea’s direction several times and would smile at her. Though she had already noticed and would smile back, Andrea’s brother, Jacob, noticed that he kept smiling as well, and said loudly (so that Jeff heard) “Sis, that guy keeps smiling at you.” Andrea was pretty much obligated to talk to Jeff at that point, since he was standing there chuckling about what had just happened. From that moment on, Jeff never stopped talking to her and they fell madly in love.

Tell us about the proposal!

On February 19, 2018, Andrea and Jeff had decided that they wanted to do a family day. The activity that Jeff suggested was to go and paint ceramics in Gig Harbor down by the water. Jeff wanted everyone to dress up and he made Andrea change out of her comfy clothes and into something fancier. Andrea thought it was weird, but Jeff used Andrea’s love of taking pictures together as his reasoning. Jeff got Andrea’s friend Alisa to come along with her children and they all hung out and painted different ceramics. Jeff seemed quieter than normal and very antsy. As they were finishing up, Andrea’s parents called her, asking if they wanted to go to lunch. After Andrea agreed, Jeff told her that they first had to go to a look out point in the harbor to take their family picture first. What Andrea didn’t know is that Jeff had already asked her parents to meet them up at the lookout point and to put flowers on a bench that said “Andrea, For making me a Happy Man. Turn Around”. And there, as Andrea turned around while surrounded by her family, Jeffrey was already on one knee, holding open a box with a beautiful ring inside!

Why did you choose your venue?

We wanted a winter rustic wedding, and the barn at Kelley Farm was perfect! From the twinkly lights outside the barn to the beautiful chandeliers on the inside, and the huge barn doors, The Kelley Farm brought the perfect mixture of rustic elegance.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

The First Look and the groom’s face as the barn doors open.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome everyone! I hope the New Year is treating you all splendidly. If you were worried we would not have many stories to share with you, boy are you wrong! We will always fun new stories coming your way, even if we typically ask for more. So let us get down to another installment of Bizarre Wedding News. This week will make your blood boil a little, but also take you to a secret wedding and one of the most awesome bouquet tosses in the history of weddings. Are you ready?

https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/mika-brzezinski-and-joe-scarborough-secretly-got-married.html

You may have heard of Joe Scarborough (singer-songwriter) and Mika Brzezinski from their talk show, Morning Joe, on MSNBC, or you at least heard about Trump ragging on Mika’s plastic surgery. Nevertheless, the two secretly got married back in November, after having been engaged since May of 2017. Their romantic engagement in France prompted them to plan for a Nantucket wedding this past spring, though their plans appear to have been altered as they celebrated a secret wedding right before the holiday season.

While probably not our go-to for romantic destination, they held their small ceremony at the National Archives in DC right in front of the Bill of Rights and Constitution. If this was all a big ploy for an actual National Treasure heist, I would be pleasantly delighted, however it seems as though it was pretty quick before they headed off to Chez Billy Sud for the reception.

https://nypost.com/2018/11/06/woman-finds-her-diamond-before-proposal-and-ring-shames-herself/

Ready to get a little annoyed? Apologies in advance.

At the beginning of November, a soon-to-be engaged woman, who remains nameless, discovered that her boyfriend was getting ready to propose to her after discovering an engagement ring. As most people would silently celebrate with baited breath while their significant other carefully planned to pop the question, this girl instead went to a Facebook group where others post about silly engagement stuff.

Making fun of the ring herself, she also called on others to supply their own roasts, as well as advice on how to perhaps get her boyfriend to get her a better ring. By this point you’re probably thinking, “what a loser, he should dump her.”

Alas, as she has remained nameless there has been no follow up to her jerkery, though this is one engagement we really can’t get 100% behind! Who knows, maybe she was really just messing around?

https://www.insideedition.com/media/videos/man-proposes-bridesmaid-immediately-after-bouquet-toss-48783

In order to make up for that last downer, we are closing this week of with an awesome story about one of the funniest and adorable proposals ever. During a wedding, newlywed Natalie opted out of tossing her bouquet, and instead walked up to her friend Kirsty and simply handed it to her.

Why, you ask?

Because her boyfriend Joe was ready and waiting on one knee to pop the big question!

Unbelievable, right? Typically, the bouquet toss is a cute little ritual that many don’t put much faith into actually playing out its superstitions, but this time it did! And she said yes! Check out the video for yourself!

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There you have it for this week, folks! I hope you enjoyed these stories. Like I said earlier, if you have any you want to send our way, we’d love to have them! See you all next time.

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By Scott Johnson

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

Wilson Wedding

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

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

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

Culpepper Wedding

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

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

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding

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

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

Wetzler/Ashby Wedding

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

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

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

Bishbeat Wedding

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

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

Vladyka Wedding

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

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

Duell Wedding

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

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

Smith Wedding

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

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

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

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

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by Scott Johnson

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

Spiziri Wedding

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

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

Plummer Wedding

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

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

Leslie Wedding

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

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

Grybos Wedding

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

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

Snow Wedding

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

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

Lin Wedding

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

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

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding

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

Bullard Wedding

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

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

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by Scott Johnson

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

Vladyka Wedding

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

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

Ta Wedding

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

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

Wurtz Wedding

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

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

May Wedding

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

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

Wangopian Wedding

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

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

Bullard Wedding

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

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

Park Wedding

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

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

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

Oh, and bring the tissues.

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