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by Scott Johnson

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

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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.

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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

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back for Part Two of our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies! While we are enduring the rain and cold creeping over our state, let us take a trip back to some warmer, happier times and visit some more outdoor weddings! This installment is going to take us to man-made lakes, golf courses, a secluded inn and even a few more farms thrown into the mix. No more talking, let us get back to the countdown!

Wilson Wedding

The Wilson wedding was particularly special because Radar Lake was actually made by Mallory Wilson’s uncle, Herb O’Brien, back in the 70s. It was one of the first ever man-made lakes created for the express purpose of water sports, and has proven to be tons of fun ever since. Check out the drone footage to get an idea of the awesomeness that Radar Lake has to offer.  Unfortunately Herb passed away in 2012, so this wedding holds extra sentimental meaning.

This purely magical day was blessed with exceptional weather and a breathtaking venue. In a clearing near the head of the lake, trees were littered with string lights and dozens of chairs were brought in to witness this fairytale occasion. With the hot summer sun filtering through the branches and leaves, we could not help but fall in love too with such a wonderful day.

Jackson Wedding

Faberfarm is like someone took a midwest farm and planted it right about an hour north of Seattle. The landscape that surrounds the farm makes you think of a simpler time where you could ride your horse for miles and miles. Held out in a patch of land just before the actual farming grounds begin, the ceremony was simple and sweet. Wood chairs were brought out for the family and friends to sit, while the groomsmen and bridesmaids flanked the altar.

With everyone looking superb, especially the groomsmen in their jacketless vests and the bridesmaids in neutral pinks and beiges, it was time to get hitched. And what a splendid ceremony it was for the Jacksons who are now celebrating their four month anniversary!

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding

The Fremont Foundry has quickly become one of our favorite spots in the city, not only because it’s near the Troll and Theo Chocolate Factory. Though you might not expect it from its exterior, the Foundry is stunning on the inside, but particularly the rooftop where the ceremony was held.

Shubha and Mike’s August wedding was a celebration of two worlds meeting, as well as two loves finally becoming one. With lovely Hindi attire, the bride and groom dazzled in a variety of reds and creams. The rooftop, overlooking the central part of Fremont, also offers glimpses of the Aurora bridge in the distance and is a perfectly intimate environment for city lovers to get married in peace and quiet. After the ceremony, the rooftop also provided the perfect place for a reception on such a perfect summer night!

Wetzler/Ashby Wedding

All the way up in the tiny town of Mazama is the Freestone Inn where we saw the Wetzler/Ashby wedding. This charming venue is about as far away from a major city as we have ever been for a ceremony. Breathtaking views of the surrounding Cascades and a lazy lake made for one heck of a backdrop where the bride and groom met in one of the most casual weddings we have witnessed.

The groom rocked just a short sleeve shirt and khakis, while the bride wore a beautiful wedding dress. The groomsmen and bridesmaids also shied away from formality and looked lovely in casual attire. Who needs all the sophistication when you are surrounded by loved ones? The following reception let everyone get up to their own shenanigans as an awesome band (The Side Project) belted out renditions of some of our favorite songs. Be sure to check out the video for some post-wedding rubber ducky action in the lake and scenic forest photoshoots!

Giandomenico Wedding

It did not cross our minds when we went to the Camas Meadows Golf Course that it would be like watching a wedding in someone’s backyard. A literal stone’s throw away from Oregon, Camas is right along the Columbia River and is assuredly a gorgeous venue. The quaint ceremony at the course was held at a gazebo with the audience sitting under a tent.

The bridesmaids stunned in lavender gowns, while the gents sported grey suits for a great contrast. The spiritual and all-too emotional wedding saw the Giandomenicos open themselves up to each other, their loved ones and to God. By the end, the tears were starting to trickle out, but not too long after the officiant gave the words for the two to kiss finally becoming man and wife.

Bishbeat Wedding

The final wedding for this installment was the Bishbeat wedding, which was super unique in that these two created their own last names! That is right: Chloe Beaty and Tyler Bishton got married and combined them! But we are not here for their names: we are here for their outdoor ceremony at Genesis Farm and Gardens! This sweet venue in Enumclaw proved to be utterly perfect for their wedding. So full of emotion, particularly once Chloe started reciting her vows, the two joked around like the best friends they are.

Taking it to the extra mile, doves were released at the end of the ceremony! You thought that only happened in the movies, didn’t you? It was so poignant and infectious that we could not help but get swept up too! The following reception kept on the bliss for a spectacular rest of the afternoon.

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That is it for this installment! Be sure to check back in shortly for the final entry in our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. If you got married outdoors, indoors, or anywhere in general, we would really love to see your pics so send them our way!

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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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