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by Scott Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Laura and James’ story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

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

Tell us about the proposal!

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

Why did you choose your venue?

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

What are you most excited to see in the video?

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

Anything else?

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

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by Scott Johnson

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to weddings: there’s nothing more fun and wild than having a wholly unique theme or venue. You’ve seen us talk about weddings at White Castle and Walmart before, you’ve also gotten to witness some spooky ones of our own. Today we come to you with three weddings that are equal parts bizarre, lucky, and entirely romantic. The simple truth is: as long as you’re with your significant other, have some rings and an officiant, and are willing to commit the rest of your life to that person, then you could have a wedding just about anywhere.

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Imagine you’re on a flight: it’s tight, cramped, there’s a baby crying and you still have three hours to go…wait, maybe imagine a different flight.

Just a few weeks ago, on Southwest Airlines from Vegas to Baltimore, a wedding was held before the flight landed! Talk about a different kind of mile-high club!

Michael and Renee, who reportedly met on Match.com about four years ago, both stood up near the end of their flight and proceeded to make their way to opposite sides of the plane. With Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in the background, Renee made her way down the aisle to Michael. That’s when the pilot came out to officiate! Though there weren’t any major celebrations onboard (not much room to dance), they were reportedly given a makeshift cake made out of various napkins, straws and toilet paper with words of advice from fellow passengers.

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

The next wedding we’ll be talking about might earn the record for fastest one ever planned—though there wasn’t entirely too much planning to go along with it. In North Carolina, high school sweethearts Nicole Atkinson and Wesley Bodenheimer, were perusing Facebook when they came across a post from Bella Collina, a fancy wedding venue, that was essentially auctioning off a wedding that had been cancelled just three days before the event.

Not wanting to lose out on the day, owner Joe Destafino decided to post the wedding slot on Facebook in hopes of some nibbles, though he seemed doubtful as it was literally three days away.

But then Atkinson and Bodenheimer messaged him and the rest was history: they got the wedding for half the price, along with the already-arranged DJ, Caterer, flowers and pretty much everything else. Talk about bargain shopping! The only downside is they had to plan everything else in a mere 48 hours, as they had already had a wedding planned for this coming November!

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

Our final wedding is rather bittersweet. On the day of their wedding, Matthew and Coral Denakis, a couple out of Maryland, a fire broke out inside their house during the wee hours of the morning. With most of the wedding party in their house, which amounted to almost twenty people, it was a miracle everyone got out unscathed. Matthew had his priorities set when he went for just the wedding rings (and his wallet)

Thankfully, the wedding dress had been stored safely and the two were officially married later that day. Claiming they wanted to turn a bad day into a good one, I think they honestly deserve a medal or something. Most people would be in a pretty bad mood if their house blew up, especially on their wedding day.

Know of any other bizarre weddings? Was yours even weirder? Let us know in the comments below and maybe you’ll be featured next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Wow! Time sure does fly by fast when you’re having a good time! Wedding videography is a year-round job, with its spikes during the spring and summer for obvious reasons (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) and we get to see a few just about every week of the year! One of the best things about our job is being able to see so much of our state. From stunning hotels, to accommodating athletic clubs, out to the fields and meadows and a few new locations that surely surprised us, 2018 has been a wonderful year so far.

Let’s break down our five favorite weddings of 2018 thus far!

Van Cise Wedding, 3/10, Trinity Tree Farm

Who would’ve thought that getting married at a Christmas Tree farm on the verge of Spring, with just little sproutlings popping up, would be such a wonderful idea? The Van Cise wedding took us out to Trinity Tree Farm near Issaquah for a day of fresh starts, new beginnings, and the decade-in-the-making marriage between Angelina and Taylor. What stands out most from the day, however, are the tear-inducing vows they share for each other that will surely make you cry, too.

Wurtz Wedding, 05/05, Ballard Locks

A new venue for us–and also one we never would’ve thought of–was the Ballard Locks. For those of you unfamiliar with Seattle, these water gates allow transportation to and from the ocean from Lake Union. For the Wurtz it was a gorgeous day, accented with our drone footage, that saw everyone looking spiffy in grey suits and lilac dresses. With a balloon arch in a little clearing, Jazmyn and Josh tied to knot in front of their friends and family in the most adorable fashion.

McGee Wedding, 01/28, Sentinel Hotel

Taking a road trip down to our southerly neighbor, Portland, is always a grand time, this time even more so. The so-called “Most Storied Hotel” and National Historic Landmark,The Sentinel, played host to the McGee’s truly spectacular wedding; a day of celebration, dancing and near-royalty decorations. After the satisfying crush of the ceremonial glass (and most importantly the kiss), Greg and Allie were officially married. All in all, it was one of the most unforgettable weddings we’ve been to in quite some time!

Foster Wedding, 02/17, Washington Athletic Club

The Fosters really lucked out with their February wedding, held at the Washington Athletic Club, as there was sun shining bright in the sky. Opting for drone footage, the beautiful Seattle waterfront was truly a marvel. Sipping mimosas, posing in front of the utterly sophisticated hallways and bookshelves of the Club, and looking dapper while doing so, occupied us for most of the morning. Failing to hold back his tears, Cory happily watched his wife-to-be walk down the aisle for a touching ceremony. However, it was the hilarious garter dance and the s’more bar, that really make this one stand out for us.

May Wedding, 05/06, Hidden Meadows

The May’s got married in May, which is certainly the easiest way to remember your anniversary, but their wedding as a whole already proved to be unforgettable. With perfectly warm weather, the outdoor ceremony which featured the bridesmaids and groomsmen rocking beige dresses and grey suits, was a lovely spectacle. With their union sealed, they officially kissed and become husband and wife. What we loved most were the photoshoots with the guys on the train tracks as they puffed on cigars like true gents.

And there you have it! Our Top 5 Weddings of 2018 (So Far!) Do you agree? If not, let us know which ones really deserved to be up here!

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By Scott Johnson

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After months of planning, speculation and anticipation Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedded on Saturday, officially becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While many of us were still asleep when it happened, I salute those who either stayed up late or got up early to witness the historical occasion, because it really takes a lot to get up early on a Saturday to watch a wedding in which most of us have no connection.

To those who waited to watch it after the fact (or if you decided to pay and watch it at a movie theater, which I guess is a thing) then you’re a lot like us on the West Coast. Alas, Royal Weddings are often the only international marriages we ever really care about, other than whatever “royalty” we wish to place on people like the Kardashians or other celebrities.

It seems like there are two distinct sides to every Royal Wedding: those who care…and those who don’t. On the one hand, especially for us in the wedding industry, marriage is a glorious celebration of love and happiness. Weddings themselves are, in a way, their own industry. From the cakes, dresses, decorations, venues, flowers, and just about everything else that goes into a wedding, there are often dozens, if not hundreds of people involved in one that isn’t even “Royal.” So when an honest-to-God Royal Wedding happens, you bet your butt that all of us in the industry stop and pay attention.

On the other hand, particularly for us who have no ties to Great Britain (nor live in any nation presided over by Elizabeth II), all this hullabaloo might just seem like far too much distraction from more important matters, especially when you realize that Harry and Meghan don’t hold any real claim to the throne, nor that Meghan won’t officially even be a “princess” (that right is held to blood-members of the family).

So this little recap is going to be geared towards that second group because those who already care about the wedding probably already watched it and ingested all of the minute details like it was their very own.

With everything kicking off in November, when Harry proposed to Meghan, it seems like the wedding has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Which, in some cases, is true. Taking less than six months to plan their wedding (We know; that sounds just as shocking to us because one would think Royal Weddings would take up to a year to plan), the day finally came. May 19, which in British history bears a grim reminder (it was the day Anne Boleyn was beheaded by Henry VIII, Harry’s ancestor), will hopefully now have much more happy connotations.

In leading up to the day, one thing caught my eye: the cake. With an estimated 200 lemons, 500 eggs, and an absolutely astonishing 40 pounds worth of butter, sugar and flour (each), you probably gained 10 pounds just reading all of that. Taking six bakers almost a week to craft this magnificent piece of art, they only had one shot at making it right, considering the astronomical amount of ingredients, so you can imagine the sheer pressure going into a single cake. What’s even more crazy is that the tradition isn’t even to have a cake. Rather, It’s to have a fruit cake. Some traditions we’re perfectly ok breaking.

Shortly before 10am, the first celebrity guests arrived at St. George’s Chapel (a break from the traditional Westminster Abbey). I’m not sure about you, but the person who arrived first is the one I bet anyone would die to have at their wedding: Oprah—freaking—Winfrey. Talk about a great wedding gift giver, huh? On that note, Meghan and Harry refused standard gifts (though Elizabeth gave them a “small” castle). Instead, they asked for donations to their favorite charities including Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Surfers Against Sewage, and Children’s HIV Association.

Along with Oprah, Idris Elba, James Blunt, George Clooney, the Beckham’s, and even Tom Hardy were in attendance. One of the biggest surprises, despite the star-studded guest list along with all the royalty, is that this wedding is actually smaller in comparison to previous Royal Weddings. For instance, Princess Diana had the most guests at a whopping 3,500. The next smallest was William and Kate’s with about half that at 1,900. Meghan and Harry didn’t even reach 1,000, instead opting for a much more manageable 600. Though, to most everybody else, that still seems like quite a lot. And you’re exactly right.

With the guest list this small, it’s easy to guess this was one of the lesser expensive ones as well. Diana’s, back in 1981, cost an astonishing $110 million while William and Kate’s was only $34 million. Meghan and Harry spent approximately $45 million. Again, that sounds like a lot because it is.

As the first hour of arrivals sped onwards, the rest of the family and friends made their way into the chapel. With a few last minute touches, Meghan arrived right at noon in her Givenchy dress designed by Clare Waight Keller. Footage showed Harry getting a little emotional upon the arrival of the love of his life.

A few minutes later, the bishop started the ceremony before asking the first important question of the evening “are there any reasons they can’t lawfully marry?” Michael Curry, the bishop from North Carolina, brought a certain amount of excitement to the wedding that nobody was expecting. Preaching one of the greatest sermons in probably all of wedding history, he was even able to toss in some MLK quotes. As the audience, and even William, stifled their laughter at the bombastic speech, it became even more clear that this whole thing came out of left field. Meghan, though, seemed to eat up every single minute of it.

Following the incredible speech, the Kingdom Choir performed an equally legendary rendition of Stand By Me. If that song got to you before, it will do so even more now. But after that came the vows, and then the long-awaited kiss; they were officially married and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As far as Royal Weddings go, we’d have to say this one was pretty grand. With the bride being American, it surely threw some of the British traditions for a loop—and we’re all for it! Surely, this wedding will be reminisced on with pride and happiness. Everything went off without a hitch, and it was the perfect ending to what could literally be a fairytale story.

Did you watch the wedding? Didn’t care to? Let us know in the comments below, we’d be happy to know!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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– Scott Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Scott Johnson

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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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