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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

Venue – Seabrook

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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!

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by Scott Johnson

When you picture weddings, you probably imagine them in a church with everyone dressed in their nicest formal attire, a serenading violin or harp playing the Bridal Chorus, a white gown and tuxedo, and a reception decked with flowers and gourmet food. We adore tradition, but we also love to see the sheer creativity the bride and groom put into their special day.

Every couple has a “thing.” Whether it is sharing a deep passion for a football team, an obsession with Star Wars, or just simply a favorite restaurant, these commonalities help make some for of the best weddings. Which is exactly why we love the story of Skylain and Jeffery Clarke who enjoy Taco Bell so much, they took their wedding photos inside the very restaurant the two spent many-a-afternoon in. Silly? Definitely. Queso-y? Sí, señor. But there’s no denying the smiles on their faces in the photos.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/see-taco-bell-themed-wedding-photo-shoot-172419216.html

With that in mind, we dug through our video archives to find our own favorite themed weddings. Check out the videos below!

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Pablo Wedding, 08/05/17, Cedar Springs

There’s something special about a bride and groom honoring their roots, like how Kaleena and Tim paid tribute to their Hawaiian heritage at their gorgeous wedding at Cedar Springs. Adorned with nut Lei’s the groomsman looked extra classy, while the bridal party stunned with flower ones. The massive bouquet of tropical flowers also added a sentimental touch to the ceremony, while traditional luau dancers graced the reception as family and friends joined along. Weddings like this remind us that home is never really that far away when you’re with family.

Morrison Wedding, 12/31/16, Embassy Suites

To some, the When of a wedding is more important than the Where. Sure a New Year’s Eve wedding might not be the most original idea out there, but the significance of ringing in a new year with a new chapter in life is tough to beat. Plus, you can’t really hate the idea of having to party until midnight, can you? Bride and groom Andrea and Gus certainly made a spectacular bash of it all as their reception wasted no time in getting the fun started to carry them all to the end of the year and the start of something new and wonderful.

Faber Wedding, 07/09/15, Robinswood House

Who said weddings needed to be super serious affairs? The Faber Wedding is all about the child at heart, as its theme is a combination of superheroes, Legos, and boardgames. Cupcakes garnished with dice, copies of Cranium and Taboo set up on tables, and a simple cake topped by Lego Spiderman and Mary Jane Watson say everything you need to know about the bride and groom. Sure it’s a little childish, but isn’t that how love’s supposed to make you feel? Kelly and Adam certainly think so.

Iffrig Wedding, 06/26/16, Manresa Castle

Save for Disneyland/World, it’s a little tough finding castles here in America. Luckily, for those in the Pacific Northwest, Port Townsend, WA, has one right out of a fairytale. And like a childhood dream come true, bride and groom Anna and Curt had their “happily ever after” wedding held at an honest-to-god castle, complete with a tiara, glass slippers, and a dress to rival Cinderella’s. I guess some fairytales weddings are real.

Stephens Wedding, 09/17/17, Sorrento Hotel

Ashley and Rajeev’s wedding is a beautiful union of not only two people, but two different cultures. By all accounts, the ceremony was as formal and traditional as one could expect until the groom places the traditional Hindu Bindi on his bride’s forehead just as they are about to kiss. There’s slow dancing and photos to follow, but as the reception kicks off Rajeev and Ashley arrive decked out in Hindi attire. Then, like a scene out of a Bollywood film, dancers arrive and perform routines for the guests and bride and groom. It’s a blast of energy that could get a stone’s foot tapping (seriously, watch the video), but more importantly it is the combining of two worlds.

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Themed weddings reveal a lot about who the bride and groom are, even the tiniest details can add both significance and fun to the special day. Just the date of the wedding alone can say something to the nature of the couple. Let us know of any fun or unique themes we can pass on below!

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Morrison Wedding on 12/31/16 at The Embassy Suites in Portland, Oregon

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“Absolutely amazing! I reached out to several companies but Reid was more than responsive and flexible and made me feel really good about working with him and his company. I HIGHLY recommend them, they came prepared with ideas for great videos and had an incredible response time from day one. Stop looking for a videographer and just call/email Reid with Best Made Videos. You won’t be disappointed!”

Who knew you could have so much fun working!  On New Year’s Eve no less!!!  Andrea and Gus threw was has to be one of the greatest New Year’s Eve parties of all time, and then two people happened to get married!

A truly sophisticated black tie affair in Downtown Portland at the beautiful Embassy Suites brought together family and friends for a night of celebrating and love.  Andrea and Gus filled a room with joy and laughter as they stood in front of their closest friends to tie the knot and become husband and wife.  Touching, personal vows along with some beautiful imagery captured in the lobby make this a fun and unique wedding video.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen were at the top of their game keeping the couple laughing all night, while the families of both Andrea and Gus were able to celebrate and take in all the fun that the night had to offer.

Working alongside the fantastic Kayley Hoddick was an added pleasure as we were able to capture and showcase the love and care that Andrea and Gus have for each other.  Do yourselves a favor and watch this video and experience all of the fun!  This party is one that I won’t soon forget!

Photography – Kayley Hoddick

Venue – Embassy Suites Downtown Portland

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Carreño Wedding on 1/2/16 at Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, in Oaxaca, Mexico

Reid traveled to Oaxaca to film our wedding. He is professional, personable, easy going, and truly seems to enjoy his work, which is awesome! He didn’t speak much Spanish, but it wasn’t a problem at all. He collaborated well with our Spanish speaking-photographer and the rest of our wedding team. Reid took the time to ask us what it is we wanted to make sure was captured in our video, but we really didn’t know, so we did not give him much to go on, but Reid took it in stride and produced an incredibly unique and special final product. He went above and beyond our expectations. He recorded original music and captured some of the most beautiful shots of Oaxaca we had ever seen! Everyone who has seen the final video has complimented the quality of the videography and the amazing editing. I cannot recommend Reid highly enough.” – Rory C.

What a one-of-a-kind wedding to get to experience and video firsthand.  A beautiful city, amazing couple and such rich traditions (including a parade through the streets of town) I was honored to get to take part in such an incredible day.

The bride is a childhood friend of my fiance so when she told us, over a year ago, about her plans to wed her husband Guillermo in the town of Oaxaca, Mexico (where he is originally from) the dream in my mind was always to shoot their wedding video.  Little did I know the logistical issues that would arise in trying to travel down to Mexico with the proper insurance in place on all the gear that I would need to take with me.  Long story short after numerous phone calls and insurance quotes, I was finally able to find the proper endorsements to cover my equipment and we were on the plane headed to beautiful Oaxaca.

The actual wedding day was a whirlwind affair, but one that truly pops on video.  The church itself where they go married, Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán is without a doubt the most beautiful venue I’ve ever filmed a wedding ceremony.  Sitting in the center of town, it’s a draw to both locals and tourists alike who come to marvel at the beautiful architecture both inside and out.  Even the hotel the bride got ready at just a few blocks away has such beautiful colors on the outside, that it allowed us  to get some beautiful shots of the dress and shoes in the great Oaxaca sunlight.  The photographer Alfonso who I worked alongside during the wedding day spoke of the “Oaxaca sky.”  I came to understand it as the bright blue combined with a few small vivid clouds, and I tried my best to capture glimpses of it throughout the day.

Following the ceremony we were treated to one of the most memorable experiences I will ever have in my life, as the whole town basically ambushed the bridal party as they left the church.  Pouring shots of Mexcal and lighting off fireworks, they accompanied the bride and groom on a parade from the church to the reception.  The bride had met her husband while studying abroad in Oaxaca, so it only made sense to hold the reception at the same school she worked at many years ago.  It was a perfect end to a fantastic day and I feel so blessed and fortunate that I was able to capture it and bring it to you now.

Photographer – Alfonso Gaitan

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