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By Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Alexi Lubomirski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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by Scott Johnson

Van Cise Wedding on 3/10/18 at Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah, Wa

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A quick drive out of Seattle, though that really depends on what time of day you depart, lies the town of Issaquah that serves as one of the last few bastions before entering into Snoqualmie Pass along I-90. A little further south, just outside of town, you’ll find Trinity Tree Farm. When they’re not basking in the warm summer sun hosting weddings and events, they’re setting up shop to sell their own Christmas Trees come winter. With the ability to host up to 150 guests, and featuring stunning views of some of the state’s most beautiful mountains, this little nugget of land really brings you into nature.

With all the quiet of being out in the country, the Van Cise Wedding day got off to a quaint beginning. Despite having plenty to do to get ready, there was still enough time to get in a couple rounds of foosball and pool. The day kept on going before it was eventually time to meet for an utterly adorable first look.

Meeting out amongst the baby Christmas trees (it is March, after all), their fully blossomed love stood tall. With sunlight blasting through the trees, we found a wonderful little clearing to have everyone pose for group photos. Silliness and happiness ensued as the entire bridal party made their way out to make it special, though at one moment Taylor decided to play a prank and run off out of the area. He came back though, don’t worry.

When it was finally time to get hitched, a moment the bride and groom had been waiting over a decade for, everyone filed into the hall decked out with dangling lights and a chandelier. Eagerness overtook Taylor before the guests could give away Angelina, but then a heartwarming and tear-producing ceremony followed and officially sealed their storied love.

While the guests headed onto snacks, the newlyweds went back out to the fields where the sun had set, resulting in more romantic lighting. After some time, they decided to head back to the reception to greet all of their guests. With a mouth-watering assortment of desserts and food, they cut into their cake and kicked off the rest of the festivities.

Dancing followed with the lights twinkling high above, and then everyone else got onto the floor (even the babies and stuffed animals). There were some seriously impressive moves to be seen that night, and nobody was afraid to show off even their wildest moves.

To cap off a stellar day, the newlyweds were sent off in a tunnel of sparklers with all of their guests wishing them well. Hopping in a fancy car, the two drove off into the night and towards new beginnings.

Thank you again to Angelina and Taylor for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope the first few months of marriage has been nothing but happiness and joy.

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Venue – Trinity Tree Farm

Photographer – Erin and Ryan Button

Floral – From the Ground Up Floral

Caterer – Jacks BBQ

Bar – Bartenders Extraordinaire

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Angelina and Taylor’s story in their own words:

Our Story

The Meet Cute

Angelina and Taylor met in middle school when they first “dated”, which mostly consisted of holding hands between passing periods and him walking her home from school. They would periodically keep in touch throughout high school and college, usually prompted by Angelina’s mom asking how “that Taylor Van Cise boy is doing”, but didn’t truly find their way back into each other’s lives until shortly after Angelina’s father had passed away. Taylor reached out to Angelina to offer comfort as well as reconnect and from then on they’ve been inseparable.

The Proposal

Unbeknownst to Angelina, family, and friends…Taylor had been planning the proposal for months. He had sought out a jeweler to create a custom engagement ring and had also discovered Angelina’s Pinterest page to help in that endeavor. For the actual proposal Taylor had planned to go to ZooLights at Woodland Park Zoo and have a private meeting with Santa where coworkers would be arranged to photograph the event. But then the zoo caught on fire, setting everything back. Forced to course correct, Taylor then planned to go to Flaming Geyser State Park where their first date (this time around at least) had been and have another coworker kayak down the river to photograph him popping the question. But then the park was partially closed for construction, the ring wasn’t done, and the weather also prevented kayak photography from being possible.

Then, on the night of December 22nd, Angelina and Taylor made their way to ZooLights at Woodland Park.The zoo that night ended up being too crowded and Taylor wasn’t able to find a suitable moment or spot to ask while they were there. When they were on their way home, they decided to stop at Coulon Park to see the light display there as well. After arriving and taking in the lights for a while, and at the urging of Angelina who wore the incorrect shoes for extended periods of walking, they found a bench to sit and chat. Taylor began talking about how sometimes when he makes plans things tend to go awry because he seems to aim too grand. Then he asked Angelina if she would like to help him plan things forever. And eventually, through ugly-girl-crying, she said yes.

They then discovered, after announcing their engagement to parents and family, that it turns out that without even trying Taylor managed to plan and carry out the perfect proposal. Taylor’s parents had gotten engaged at Woodland Park Zoo, while Angelina’s had gotten engaged at Coulon Park.

Why did you choose your venue?

We both love the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and felt that the whole venue showcased that perfectly. The Lodge is also one of our favorite architecture and design styles so it seemed like the obvious choice. On top of all of that we love Christmas so the fact that it’s a functioning Christmas tree Farm was a really fun addition.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Being able to see the first look and us exchanging vows, we’ll both be living those moments but being able to go back and rewatch them will allow us to revisit those moments.

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by Scott Johnson

Foster Wedding on 2/17/18 at The Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, Wa

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“My husband and I were on the fence on booking a videographer for our wedding. When we came across Reid with Best Made Videos, we knew it was worth the investment. Never have I been more thankful to have our video. It takes us right back to our magical day, and makes us cry every time we watch it! Photos are great, but having a video captures it ALL. Reid and his team were professional and fun to work with on the day of—capturing every detail that we could possibly want. The quality we received is way more than other videographers we researched. Invest in the video for your wedding—I promise you will thank yourself later!”

There’s nothing like the Seattle waterfront on a bright, sunny day. Especially in the middle of February, a notoriously grim and cold month for the residents of the city. With steam rising from underground and rooftops, the sun glistening across the water illuminating the great ferris wheel, you can’t help but marvel at the beauty that is the city. On days like this, we really got lucky with our drone footage, a service we’re more than happy to provide for clients looking to add a little extra something to their video.

The Fosters decided to go all out with their wedding, hosted at the utterly regal and extravagant Washington Athletic Club, and the results were extraordinary. As the quiet morning got off to a start, the Kristi and Cory got ready with their respective parties. Drinking mimosas and champagne, the ladies were bubbling with excitement as the bride adorned her almost-royal dress. The groom, on the other hand, sported a dapper bow tie and a stunning black tuxedo.

Posing for photos in the elegant book rooms and sitting areas of the club, it really felt like we were at some fancy politician’s wedding, but alas we were not! While the girls were looking classy and sophisticated inside, the guys headed outside to pose in front of the building. More akin to secret agents, they all looked as suave as can be, though the coolness was eventually supplanted by a hearty dose of silliness.

Before too long, the guests lined up for the wedding inside the Athletic Club. A purple backdrop flanked the altar, providing a wonderful ambiance to the room. Before the bride headed down the aisle—and especially so when she did—our lucky groom could not hold back the tears. With sheer emotional coursing through him, the excitement and happiness he had was billowing out in joyous tears. After a series of vows that left us both laughing and crying, they finally sealed the vow with a kiss and became husband and wife.

Heading back to sign paperwork and posing for their first photos as a married couple, Kristi and Cory celebrated the initial moments of their marriage surrounded by all of their loved ones. When it was time to head back to the reception, a massive room lit by the same purple lights, the newlyweds cut their massive four-tiered cake before entering the dance floor for a splendid first dance. An utterly riotous garter dance was also to be had, as is evidence by the end of our video!

With a montage of photos playing behind them, it was a supremely romantic evening. As the dancing continued and the night wore on, everyone got off their feet for some slow dances before the music really got hopping. A photo-booth provided more opportunities to savor memories, and a s’more bar proved to be an excellent idea for a wedding (come on, who doesn’t like s’mores?)

After a while, we stepped outside to get a few shots of the newlyweds as they walked around the outside of the building. It was the perfect end to the evening.

Thanks again to Cory and Kristi for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! As per usual, let us know if you have any questions or comments!

Venue – Washington Athletic Club

Photographer – Julianna J Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Planning – Clutch Events

Cake – The SweetSide

DJ – Kryspin

Hair – Off White Hair & Makeup

MUA – Glam Life Beauty

Florist – Bloomed Out Floral Design

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Kristi and Cory’s story in their own words:

Our story begins at the gym, as cliché as it sounds, I was Kristi’s trainer and she was my client. It actually allowed us to get to know each other for months as we built a friendship that was to become the foundation of our relationship down the road.

One evening, we met up at the same winery to listen to live music. A few glasses of wine and one cheese platter later we realized it was 2am. The conversation was so good that we hadn’t noticed that we were the only two people left. After a slow stroll to the parking lot and a hug goodbye, we both floated away with smiles.

We learned that we both had grown up in the very same neighborhood, had gone to the same schools a couple years apart, went to the same orthodontist, the same summer camp, we had both grown up fishing and camping, we both adored our family dogs, and we were both nuts about fall weather and Christmas time. If you said pumpkin spice latte in the mirror three times, Kristi would appear as a true Seattle girl. We were made from the exact same “stuff”. I thought matches like this only happened in the movies.

After telling my parents about her, they wanted to meet her. I brought her over one evening and they hit it off. I had never seen my parents so happy. While the three family dogs wrestled for who got to sit in her lap, I built a fire out in the backyard and we made S’mores with Reese’s peanut butter cups inside. Except that I forgot to take off her wrapper…so her first bite was a mouthful of paper! We laughed about it the whole night as we sat on the back porch swing under a clear summer night’s sky, the dogs laying over our feet, the wood of the fire popping in the background. It was perfect. I knew that very night that we were meant to be soulmates.

For 10 months I planned carefully for the day. I wanted it to be a day to remember like no other. At 3:30am we woke up to catch a sunrise hike at Mt. Si; I had made breakfast for us to eat at the top. After a strenuous morning of hiking, I had scheduled a couple’s massage at our favorite spa. We went home to spend the afternoon Netflixing our favorite shows, then headed up to Crystal Mountain for an early dinner date. I had a hidden photographer at the top of the gondola waiting to capture us as we disembarked. I flashed a quick smile to the camera in excitement that after 10 months of planning, she still had no idea that she was only steps away from receiving the most anticipated question in life.

As we approached the top looking over Mt. Rainier, we stopped at a table showcasing her favorite Lilies. As I picked up the flowers, she gave me the most puzzled expression like, “Um, you should put those back!” She thought they were part of the restaurants display. I smiled and dropped down to one knee. The realization of what was coming finally hit her. Then I asked, and well…you know the rest.

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by Scott Johnson

McGee Wedding on 1/28/18 at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon

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While we absolutely adore our home state of Washington, we are not solely limited to it for your wedding needs! Just a few months ago we headed on down to Portland (which is almost on Washington soil) for a lavish wedding at one of the most iconic hotels on the West Coast.

Described as “Portland’s Most Storied Hotel,” The Sentinel boasts quite the list of amenities. From a curated art collection, to Jake’s Grill and Jackknife (considered some of Portland’s most prestigious restaurants), and some of the finest decor you’ve seen. Built over a hundred years ago, independent film fans might just recognize it from Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix.

For the McGee wedding, the bride and groom headed to the National Historic Landmark at the end of this past January. Polishing his shoes, the groom looked and felt ready for the big day. Sporting a salmon bowtie, he beamed with excitement for what was to come. On the ladies’ side of things, the feelings were also quite mutual as hair was done with nothing but happiness.

As the guys posed for photos in the library, it felt sufficiently sophisticated. Some silliness, some sweetness and a whole lot of smiles left us all excited for the ceremony. When the ladies got together, it was much of the same story.

Entering into the throne room wedding hall, Greg made his way down the aisle along with his parents. In a room fit for a royal wedding, all adorned in gold with a chandelier hanging from high up, the ecstatic groom watched his bride Allie come down the aisle with the exact look you would expect to see from someone about to marry the love of their life. After a splendid traditional Jewish ceremony, Greg crunched the ceremonial glass that signifies the union and went in for a romantic kiss.

Posing as a big group and family, the spirits were as high as could be. Making their way to the regal dining hall for the reception, wine and beer were poured to get everyone into a celebratory mood. Following the ceremony we were able to follow the newlyweds around the insanely gorgeous building. Little hallways, grand windows, and distinguished libraries added a classy touch to the photos.

Heading back in to their guests, the dancing started as purple lights lit up the hall. Slow dances started with all of the couples before the tempo picked up and everyone else got onto the dance floor (even the children) for what was an utterly unforgettable evening.

Retiring outside for just a few more shots, we got the bride and groom at night in the city, luckily without rain, as they held each other tightly.

Thanks again to Allie and Greg for picking Best Made Videos for filming their wedding! Congratulations on your almost-six month anniversary!

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Allie and Greg’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Greg and I met at Shade and Monique Kelly’s wedding at Rancho San Antonio on June 28th, 2014. Shade had been telling me about Greg for months, waiting patiently to introduce us. As I write this I realize that I have never asked Greg if Shade told him about me before the wedding. Shortly after dinner he waved me over and said, “Allie, this is Greg, Greg, this is Allie.” He abruptly walked away leaving us alone and laughing. We spent the rest of the wedding getting to know each other, celebrating our friends and eating candy!

The following Friday Greg drove down to Santa Monica and took me out. It took less than the car ride to the restaurant for us to know that this was only the beginning.
We have been inseparable ever since.

Why did you choose your venue?

We needed an indoor venue for a winter wedding and The Sentinel offers a beautiful indoor setting.  

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Our wedding day!  Everyone says it ends up being a big blur so I am excited to have more than still photos to remember the love, joy and fun of the day.

Venue – Sentinel Hotel

Photographer – Powers Studios

Planner – Gratitude Event Planning

Cake – Laurie Clarke Cakes

Catering – Sentinel Hotel

DJ – Paradox DJs

Florist – Flowers by Riley

Hair and Make up – Nancy Martinez

Rabbi – Rabbi Brian

Dance Floor – Barclay Event Rentals

Photo Booth – Portland Photo Party

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By Scott Johnson

Gallo Wedding on 1/13/18 at Lake Union Cafe in Seattle, Wa

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A quiet winter day in Seattle led us down to the Lake Union Cafe for the marriage of Allison and Evan. The deceptively little, yet staggeringly pretty space which can fit up to 100 guests, quickly became one of the more memorable venues we’ve been to in recent months. For the minimal price of $10,000, you can have an all-inclusive wedding featuring food, alcohol, and decorations along with cupcakes and a full service staff. On top of all of that, the venue itself is a feast for the eyes with gorgeous architecture and tons of space for everyone.

As the guys sat around playing board games, waiting their turns to get ready, the ladies got started bright and early with hair and makeup. Popping champagne (after a little bit of a tussle with the bottle), the bridal party got underway with getting dressed in elegant black gowns and popping red shoes.

While the guys finally got ready (there would be more games to come later) the ladies headed up to Seattle’s iconic Volunteer Park for some photos around the area. Braving the cold, we followed them around the park (avoiding the soggy ground), capturing their blissful smiles as they all eagerly anticipated the rest of the afternoon.

Filing in for the ceremony, the venue sparkled and glistened with gold and white, amplified by the abundance of mirrors in the room for an all-around dazzling space to have a wedding. For such an unassuming venue, there’s sure a heck of a lot of beauty going on inside. As the officiant declared Allison and Evan husband and wife, the two kissed before triumphantly walking back down the aisle, sneaking one more in before they headed off to sign the paperwork.

Following the ceremony, as the guests filled into the reception area sipping on beer and wine, the newlyweds posed for photos inside while we waited. As the newlyweds signed the wall inside the restaurant, forever (or at least until the building gets destroyed) signifying their union, their happiness became more apparent than ever. Since we didn’t get to do a first look with them, we followed the bride and groom outside into the streetlight-illuminated streets. The quaint little neighborhood, almost directly underneath I-5, was perfectly lit for our couple as they strolled the pavement before heading back inside.

As the guests surrounded the dance floor, Evan and Allison took to their parents for the traditional dances before having their first dance as a married couple. And then everyone else joined in on the fun and the strobe lights kicked up and scattered colors all over the room.

Eventually the lights had to be turned down, which in a Seattle winter is a little too early if you ask us, but the evening was nevertheless a wonderful occasion. Thank you again to Allison and Greg for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope you are enjoying the first few months of marriage.

As per usual, if you have any questions or comments please share them below! Any feedback would help us out immensely!

Venue, Caterer, Cake, Coordination – Lake Union Cafe

Photographer – David Volpone

DJ – Sounds Unlimited

Floral – LUC Custom Florals

Officiant – Reverend Dayna Reid

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Allison and Evan’s story in their own words:

The Day They Met

In fall of 2011, Allison had an interview for a tour guide job at Case Western Reserve University. She was hired on the spot, and the supervisor told her she could have a private tour with a current tour guide that day to learn what to say to prospective families on a tour. The supervisor walked up to the front desk and spoke with the guide for a few minutes, then came back and informed Allison that there was only one person working right now. She said he needed to stay at the desk to cover any walk-ins, but she said he could give her a tour on the map and just tell her what to say, as if they were walking around campus. Allison agreed anxiously, excited for her new job! Allison walked up to the desk, and Evan introduced himself and confirmed that he would be giving her a tour on the map. As Evan started to go through the tour, Allison began to feel that Evan was acting as though she had never stepped foot on the campus before today. He was giving her directions from one part of the campus to another, as though she planned to walk around and see the campus for the first time after they talked. At some point, Allison stopped him and said “You do know I go here, right?” Evan had thought that Allison was a prospective student, as the supervisor had only told him to give someone a tour on the map, not that she was a new hire. The two of them had a good laugh and immediately bonded over the miscommunication. After Evan’s shift, he took Allison on a real private tour. After she was hired, Allison picked up a weekly shift that happened to overlap with one of Evan’s shifts. It wasn’t a specified tour time, so they spent an hour every week together, waiting for walk-in tour requests, and they quickly became close friends. It wasn’t long until they officially started dating on January 13, 2012.

The Proposal

As a college graduation gift for Evan and Allison, Evan’s parents (Jim and Laura Gallo) took the two of them to Disney World for a well-deserved vacation. On the night of June 2, 2014, after the parents went to bed, Evan and Allison decided to take a walk on the boardwalk. They walked to a bench at the end of the boardwalk and sat together, looking out across the water toward the beautifully-lit World Showcase. Evan said to Allison, as he had many times before, “You know, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” Allison responded, as she had many times before, “Yeah? Me, too.” Though this exchange was certainly not the first of its kind, this time, Evan continued. He responded with, “Well…that’s convenient,” and pulled out a jewelry box. Inside the box was a ring Evan had designed with inherited diamonds from his mom’s original engagement ring. He specifically had it designed so there would be no prongs to catch on Allison’s gloves at work. The newly engaged couple stopped at a grocery store along the boardwalk, picked up some champagne to bring back to the room, and celebrated with Evan’s parents.

The Family Jewels

On the wedding day, Allison will be wearing a custom-made double pendant necklace crafted with 2 very special diamonds. One of the diamonds is from Allison’s maternal grandmother’s engagement ring. The other diamond was a gift from Allison’s father (Dean Luoma) to her mother (Patty Luoma) on their first Christmas together, after they had only been dating for 1 month. The diamonds have been set in white gold to match Allison’s engagement and wedding bands. The wedding band also has 3 smaller diamonds taken from Allison’s maternal grandmother’s engagement ring.

Why did you choose your venue?:

We saw really great reviews all over the internet for the Lake Union Cafe. Evan and I decided we had to check it out. We walked in, took one look around, and Evan saw my face and said “We’re putting down a deposit today, aren’t we?” The venue is just absolutely gorgeous. It has an antique look about it and just feels warm and loved (like it isn’t brand new, but that makes it even more beautiful).

What are you most excited to see in the video?:

Allison: I just want a video that will capture the memories of the day. I want to remember the fun the girls had getting ready, the beautiful venue, all of our loved ones being together to celebrate with us and the fun they had, etc.

Evan: I am excited to see the reception. I feel like it’ll be a blur for us, and we won’t remember much. Probably the one thing I really want to see is the first dance.

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by Scott Johnson

Phillips Wedding on 12/31/17 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, Wa

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Seattle has one of the most recognizable skylines. Looking eastward from Puget Sound, tourists and residents can catch a glimpse at the towering buildings from one of the iconic ferries and tour boats that dot the bay on a sunny afternoon. As the city rises higher and higher, starting with the now-famous Ferris Wheel and peaking with the monumental Columbia Tower, the sun streaks across the windows of the glass buildings and creates an awe-inspiring sight. Head just a little bit north and you can get a stunning view of the Space Needle.

Opting for our Drone Package (yes, we do indeed do that in case you don’t remember), the Phillips Wedding occured on the final day of 2017. As has become a popular trend in recent years, New Years Eve Weddings are the perfect way to celebrate the new year with entirely new beginnings and paths in life.

A dazzling winter day, a rarity for Seattle, greeted the bride and groom as they spent the day getting made-up to look like royalty. Celebratory shots (except for the kids, who drank water) and some video games and candy had all the guys in good moods. The ladies looked like they were arriving for an awards show, with sparkling beige dresses fit for the Oscars.

As this wedding was late at night, our photos of the bride and groom on the roof were illuminated by the city rather than the sun, providing us with some wonderful shots of the group along with the city that never really sleeps. With the ferris wheel glowing in the background, it was simply a marvellous night to be in Seattle.

A luxurious venue for the wedding, The Four Seasons looks and feels like it was tailor-made for those wanting something a little extra for their big day. With an absolutely decadent altar, and space enough to fit just about everyone you want there, it is a stately room that will surely be unforgettable for anyone lucky enough to catch a wedding there. Once the ceremony started, we were treated to some wild dance moves by Ryan who came down the altar strutting moves we’re far too afraid to try.

What followed was a tender, heartfelt ceremony that ended with the all-too-wonderful kiss that sealed the union between these two. The amount of excitement these two shared was absolutely palpable, especially when you see the two essentially dance their way back down the aisle.

Some twilight shots of the two, their families and Seattle really brought the evening together before it was time for the entire bridal party to shimmy and shake their way back into the reception as they got everyone hopping, dancing, and skipping around in excitement. Like a flash mob, the entire group seemed in on the idea.

With such a fun day and an even more wonderful way to ring in the New Year, it was sad to see the day (and year) come to an end, though it was done so with as much flair and love as one could possibly ever imagine. Thanks again to Ryan and Fadhila for choosing Best Made Videos for filming their wedding! We hope the first five months of your married life have been blessed!

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Venue –  The Four Seasons

Photographer – Emazing Photography

DJ – H206 Events

Floral – Seattle Floral Design

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Ryan and Fadhila’s Story in their own words:

Fadhila’s version (The right version)

I have known Ryan since I was in the 7th grade. He used to always walk to my house and we would sit on my porch for hours talking (don’t tell my mom). See back then he was actually like really sprung and wanted more than a friendship 🙂

Fast-forward to my senior year in college. Ryan was in town for Winter Break. We all went out to celebrate a mutual friend’s birthday for dinner (Red Robin at South Center used to be the spot). The party then proceeded to the friend’s house for a game night. You can say I was “flirting” with Ryan at the party & looking through his phone. Can you believe he let me do that?? This is probably where Ryan will have a different version then me. When it was time for me to leave Ryan wanted to leave as well. He walked me to my car & we said good night. Just as I was about to pull away in my car, Ryan pulled up next to me. He asked for my phone number (Ryan, yes you did, & Ryland Brown is my witness.) We actually went on our first date the next day to one of my girlfriend’s house to watch the Rose Bowl (USC vs Mich 2004). After that date at my friend’s house you could say I was sort of hooked on Ryan. I use to drive through blizzards (literally) just to spend a weekend with him at his college Eastern Washington University .

We started dating through our early 20’s & now we are in our mid 30’s. I was there for his very first game as a Lion, and his last. He was there when I first started my career job & has supported me in every way. We have two beautiful boys together & I look forward to being Mrs. Phillips & finally sharing the same last names as all my Boys.

The Proposal

We normally go out to Christmas Brunch every year (a tradition my mom started when I was little girl.) This time we planned on doing something different. We decided to host Christmas dinner at our house. After we ate I went upstairs & got my robe so I can get comfortable. Ryan, had ask me to get up because he wanted to say a speech in front of everyone. So, I took my robe off (eye roll) and joined him & our boys in our living room. He started off by thanking everyone for joining us for dinner. Ryan went on about our families, and all the support throughout the years. He, then looked at me and thanked me for being in his life and being his best friend. I kind of have to admit most of what he said to me before the actual proposal is a blur. I remember him getting on his one knee and proposing. Completely took me off guard & I was so floored that I couldn’t stop crying. I kept asking him if he was serious & I forgot to give him an answer. I finally said, “Yes” but couldn’t stop crying. The proposal was absolutely perfect. What meant the most to me that night is he did it in front of our Boys -which made it even more special. It was the best day ever – (besides giving birth to our boys.) I will forever cherish this moment in my heart.

Ryan’s Version

This fairy tale started back in 7th grade when Ryan attended a middle school dance at St. Therese school. Being the dancer Ryan was and currently is he crossed paths with this young lady named Fadhila Davis that caught his attention immediately. Intrigued by Fadhila, Ryan was trying to get her attention as much as possible with dance moves, and so forth but to no avail. Ryan pursued Fadhila for the next year with phone calls, frequent visits to her house (just sitting on her porch of course lol) because Ryan’s mom worked a block away at Bailey Gatzert elementary school. Nevertheless, Fadhila wouldn’t take him seriously, and only seen Ryan as “The Homie”. They started to lose connection after 8th grade even though Fadhila was at Garfield high school and Ryan was attending the PRESTIGIOUS FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL. With the two schools being rivals the two individuals still didn’t cross paths often.

As time progressed and college came about in 2003 Ryan decided to come home from school on break. Ryan and a couple of his friends got invited to a birthday get together at Red Robin. They decided to attend the event and low and behold Fadhila was there also. Still looking good as ever she caught Ryan’s attention again, but Ryan refused to relive 8th grade. So, Ryan said hi and kept things to a distance but boy did times change. Fadhila saw Ryan and said, “Oh I was tripping I got to have him.” With that said throughout the course of the night Fadhila pursued Ryan like a mouse tracking cheese. Fadhila began to flirt and play the high school games such as eye contact, Lil kid hitting, and best of all playing in Ryan’s phone. She was persistent in wanting to create conversation, but Ryan was definitely flattered and interested. By the end of the night Fadhila followed Ryan outside as he was leaving and they exchanged numbers.

That night they never knew there relationship would blossom into something magical. They now share a beautiful family with two kids (Ryan and Braylen), and a lifetime memories to reminisce about and gain. She had his heart in 7th grade and he stole hers in 2003. Now in 2017 they will make it official before God that their relationship and bond will last a lifetime.

Wedding Party Bios:

Jennifer Simmons – Matron of Honor

I met Jen when I was 17 yrs old working at Bebe. Or friendship quickly formed & deepened into the relationship it is today. Words can’t describe how much she means to me & the bond that we share. She has help shaped me into becoming the women I am today. We have so many memories together that can never be replaced. Jen was there when I first started dating Ryan. Her love and support has been very instrumental throughout the whole journey of Ryan & my relationship. We have survived some tough journeys together called “life” & been through a few sad roads. But, no matter what she has always stood by me. Jen has a strong bond with our boys & was even in the room when little Ryan was born. I love this women beyond words and I am very thankful she is in my life. I love you Jen!!!

Jamael Fischer – Matron of Honor

Jamael & I first met while I was working at Bebe and she was working at BcBg. We always remained friends throughout the years but it wasn’t until a few years ago our friendship grew into a beautiful friendship. Jamael has been my strength on so many different levels and I could not imagine my life without her. Jamael is an amazing women, wife, mother, and friend. She goes out of her way to open her home & always goes the extra mile to ensures everyone is taken care of. She always puts others before herself & I admire & respect her for doing so. What I love about Jamael is she challenges me on all levels & always keeps it real which in turns helps me become the women I am. Jamael is very involved in my daily life & she loves our Boys like they were hers. My love for her is very deep & I am beyond blessed she is in my life. I pray and thank God everyday for our friendship. I love you JamJam!!!

Tanida Aye – Bridesmaid

Interesting enough I met Tanida while I was a freshman at the UW. We met through a mutual friend but at the time I had no idea she was best friends with Jamael. 6 degrees of separation is a testimony to be true. Fast-forward to a few years ago & I was reintroduced to Tanida through Jamael. What I cherish about our friendship is the spiritual bond that we share. Tanida has helped guide & advise me through many things from a spiritual angle and she prays for me when my spirit is weak. Tanida is an incredible God loving women she even teaches sometimes at our bible study on Wednesday nights. Tanida has a very huge heart, is always there when I need her, & I can depend on her for anything . I most admire about Tanida is she’s always there to have a helping hand and never expecting anyting in return. Not a day goes by that we don’t call and check on one another. I love her to the moon and back & couldn’t imagine my life without her. I love you Gu!!!

Danielle Evans – Bridesmaid

Danielle & I go way back to when I was a little girl. “Nana” and I are deeper then just friends she is absolutely family to me. We have been there for each other for all the milestones of our lives. Our families spend every Thanksgiving & Christmas together. I admire the women that she is & I have always looked up to her. Her love for her family runs deep & that shows through the amazing mother she is. I am honored to be the God Mother of her daughter Zelie! Danielle & I share a relationship that can never be broken. I look forward to the future with her & watching our kids grow together just as we did. I love you Nana!!!!

Joy Laohaprasit – Bridesmaid

Oh My! Joy is my “British Bell” because we secretly wish we lived in England during the Period Times. When we first met we instantly connected. Joy is the only person who I can watch Downton Abbey reruns with over & over – no one but Joy can understand how important this is to me. We have shared many nights over English Tea Time. Joy fills my life with happiness, grace, and JOY! and, she’s the sweetest person you will ever meet. Joy means the world to me & I treasure our friendship. I look forward to sharing the next chapters of our lives together. I love you Joy!!!

Asha Carter – Bridesmaid

Some friends come and go while others remain in your life throughout the years. I met Asha when I was 8 years old running track for SCAA. We have lots of memories growing up together during our adolescent years. It wasn’t until Asha moved back to Seattle from her college years that our friendship grew into a deeper level. We started bonding over our love of sports & the rest is history. Our families have watched many football games together & we have created memories for a lifetime. Asha is my go to girl when it comes to any breaking news with sports & she’s always up for a good discussion. We have so much in common from fashion, sports, & especially our love for family. Asha is a very loyal, caring, trustworthy, and devoted friend. She’s a Phenomenal women & incredible mother. I am a very lucky women to have her in my life & I love her to pieces. Trust me when I say, I look forward to the Gigi/ BrayBray chronicles coming our way! Watching these two grow up together is going to be a lot of fun! I love you Asha!!!

Eric Metcalf – Best Man

Eric Q. Metcalf aka “E” aka “E-Met” aka “Two-One”, I have had the pleasure of knowing all my life. Besides sharing a lot of the same interest, this man has been a brother/cousin, friend and role model for me since day one. His presence and value in my life could never be discounted or downgraded. I used to try and emulate everything about him. Instead of laughing or making fun of me, he took it as a tool to teach me lessons and give me the wisdom needed to transform me to being a great man and father. He instilled values and principles in me that real men need to have in order to appreciate truesuccess and happiness. He’s a BEST MAN for all those reasons and more. #LIFERS

Alonzo Gilbert – Best Man

My guy Alonzo Ray Gilbert II aka “Zo” aka “Bear” aka “Fall asleep anywhere”, has been my boy for over 20 years. When we first met at the prestigious Franklin High School, we had a connection that I knew would last and build into a lifetime friendship. He’s seen the bad, the good and the ugly, but he’s never judged or left me stranded. He’s been a best friend to me through it all,and continues to do so. He will forever be my extended family and my brother. #LIFERS

Steve Banks – Groomsman

Alfred Steven Banks aka “Banks” aka “loyalty” aka “Big Bro”, has been a major influence and “Go to Guy”for me for quite some time now. Our instant connection which formed into a big brother/ Lil brother relationship has been a major blessing to me and my family’s lives. His loyalty as well as support will forever be the example of what a brother/friend really is. He’s a true LIFER to the fullest. #LIFERS

Loyal Allen – Groomsman

Loyal Andrio Allen aka “LA” aka “Dance Fever” aka “Tapeworm”, I have known since seven years old. He’s actually been the same size since seven years old as well. Lol. But my guy LA has been my dog since the beginning of time. His love and support for me and my family go unparalleled. Besides us tearing up a dance floor we connect in holding each other to a standard where we will be viewed as successful men as well as second to none. True lifer indeed. #LIFERS

Brandon Gibson – Groomsman

Brandon Lewis Gibson aka “BG” aka B-Gibs” aka “Shoe Problem” has been my Lil Cuddy forever. He went from the scronny kid we picked on to a grown successful man. Both of us have encountered our own individual success, but we never lost sight of who we are or what family is and what it stands for. We continuously support each other in more ways than one just off family values alone. Sometimes that gets forgotten with success,but we choose to be living examples of how people become successful together without the hate.We always stayed faithful to the motto. #LIFERS

Ulysses Cox – Groomsman

Ulysses Tee Cox aka “Tee” aka “TC” aka “Pretty Tee” is my big brother. He has been an influence on me from jump. I used to try and dress like him, wear his clothes and try and be like him just in general. But it didn’t work. Lol. It got me in trouble by him and my mom countless times. By messing up his clothes and other things I won’t mention I got plenty of whoopens throughout the process. But through it all he always led me to believe without saying it, “it’s okay to be yourself, You don’t have to be like me,” Those type of values have created the man you see today and I’m forever grateful for him showing me that light at an early age and throughout time. #LIFERS

Ryland Brown – Groomsman

Ryland Wales Brown aka “Brown” aka “Point Guard” aka “One Egg” has been my guy for years. Brown has always been dependable, loyal, supportive and consistent since we met. We went from young guys playing video games at my house until 4am. All the way to being successful men with family values while supporting one another through everything. His love for my kids and wanting what’s best for them is priceless. He has supported me throughout my career as well as my relationship. Those long talks, and him just being there to listen has been monumental for me and that’s enough in itself. #LIFERS

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by Scott Johnson

Morris Wedding on 6/17/17 at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wa

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“Best day of my life!”

Like two lovers intertwined by fate, we found ourselves once again at the fabled Golf Club at Newcastle. Unlike a few of our last posts, this time we were able to get it on a warm spring day just on the verge of becoming summer. For a reminder, or if you’re just joining us for the first time, the Golf Club is one of our most frequent stomping grounds. Perched on a lofty hill, the prestige golf course caters to sightseers and golfers alike. With all of the accouterments of the finest wedding venues in the land, there’s really no surprise why we keep coming back—and we’re more than happy to!

Early morning beer and wine greeted the bride and groom as they began the momentous task of getting ready for their wedding. As William and Whitlee looked spiffy in their wardrobes, the guys rocked grey vests and suits while the bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses. More drinks followed, if only to ease the high stress atmosphere so commonly associated with wedding days.

Meeting for their first look, the look of pure emotion on Whitlee’s face was worth a million bucks. To our great happiness, the Golf Club boasts some of the prettiest views and backdrops we’ve ever seen, so the shots we got of the two as they walked around hand-in-hand were simply marvelous. Radiant smiles shone bright as we even got them in front of a little waterfall! After the two of them had time just by themselves, the rest of the party headed on out to the mounds to get some group photos against the misty background.

As everyone gathered for the ceremony, the altar looked out across the region offering up one of the most gorgeous setups we’ve seen for a wedding. Once the vows started, it became all too clear just how many powerful emotions these two share for each other. William’s vows inspired both riotous laughter and his happy tears as he listed off his flaws that the two now have a lifetime to work on. Finishing up his speech with one last chuckle, he held the microphone for Whitlee as she almost immediately bursted into tears. Sobbing throughout her vows, she eventually exclaims “I just love him.” Not too long after, the two spoke the magic words, the officiant told them to kiss, and all at once they were married.

After the tears were dried, everyone made their way to the reception where they were greeted with drinks, food, and eventually the newlyweds as they made their arrival following the document signing. A night of vivacious celebration followed; the DJ cranked up the tunes and everyone got to dancing and having fun. To cap off an already wonderful day, the guests sent off the newlyweds with a sparkler tunnel.

Thank you again to Whitlee and William for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope the first year of your marriage has been filled with as much happiness and joy as your big day was.

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Venue/Catering – The Golf Club at Newcastle

Photography – Arlene Chambers Photography

Wedding Coordinator – Janine / J9Bing

Florist – Janine / J9Bing

Cake Artist – Jeannie Kehn

DJ – Tim Humphrey / Ideal Entertainment

Hair – Obadiah Hair Salon

Bridesmaids Gowns – David’s Bridal

Suits – Men’s Wearhouse

Officiant – Don Kersey

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Groshong Wedding on 9/9/17 at Swiftwater Cellars at Suncadia

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“Reid and Best Made Videos were wonderful! For the entire year leading up to the wedding, Reid was responsive and professional. On the day of our wedding, he brought a level of energy and enthusiasm that added to our special day. We absolutely love our wedding video. He captured the funniest and most intimate moments of our wedding. Within the first 24 hours of receiving the video, we watched it about 10 times and look forward to watching it many more times in the years to come. Hiring a videographer and hiring Reid, was one of the best decisions we made while planning our wedding. Thank you so much Best Made Videos!”

Anybody who has ever headed out on I-90 on their way to the Gorge, Ellensburg, or eastward in general would have surely passed by Suncadia and Swiftwater Cellars, though you just probably didn’t realize it. Tucked away off the highway, right near the Cascade Mountains, lies the winery which boasts an upscale restaurant and some of the finest wines you’re likely to ever try. With seating for hundreds, meals prepared by the Executive Chef and enough breathtaking views, it’s a surprise we haven’t come here more for weddings!

Back in September, we headed off there for the Groshong Wedding. A quiet day, just at the end of summer when it’s still warm enough to be outside, the morning got off to a smooth start aside from the bane of all man’s existence: tie-tying. Once all of the men were ready, they took some celebratory shots to ease the pressure.

Way out in the country, up against what many might consider a cliche barn, the bride and groom met for their serene first look. While the ground may not have been too favorable for the bride in her heels, the look on Ryan’s face when he saw Rachel was more than enough to make up for the inconvenience. Sharing a kiss and looking with nothing but pure elation into each other’s eyes, they gave us some absolutely magical shots.

Soon everyone joined in, and we were able to fit all twenty-plus people into one frame. The ladies looked spellbinding in their ruby and peach dresses while the gents looked suave as can be with their suits. Though Ryan was almost dropped for the sake of a photo, the spirits continued to grow throughout the day. There’s nothing like a few funny poses to take the edge off of things. There’s also nothing quite like the sight of Ryan and Rachel wandering from the woods in a sweeping meadow.

Once it was time for the ceremony, and the adorable little girls filled the aisle with flowers (one dropped her basket, resulting in the first tears of the day), the look on Ryan’s face as he saw his bride approaching said it all. After a series of heartwarming speeches, vows, and the magical words spoken by the officiant, Ryan and Rachel–with a kiss–were officially husband and wife.

After just a few more photos, it was time to head off to the reception inside the cellars proper. Underneath the building, sprawling tables filled the space. Stomachs were ready for some delicious food and boy was it ever tasty. After their first dances, the night kicked into high gear as the guests made their way to the dance floor to finish off the night on a high note. The party went on and on, though it had to end eventually.

Thanks again to bride and groom Rachel and Ryan for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We’re a little late, but happy six-month anniversary!

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Venue/Catering – Swiftwater Cellars

Planning and Floral – Jen Leslie Events

Photographer – Stephanie Cristalli Photography

Paper Goods – Pink and Peach

Hair and MUA – Shaiann Jackman

DJ – Lucky 7 Mobile DJ

Cake/Desserts – Baked Custom Cakes

Transportation – Wenatchee Valley Shuttle

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Dubei Wedding on 11/12/17 at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wa

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Whether it is a bright, clear sunny day reaching towards the 80s or a foggy, dreary morning in the low 40s, The Golf Club at Newcastle ceaselessly surprises us. With its imposing views, the rolling mounds of the course, and a stately venue for weddings, there’s simply no reason not to make the quick drive up the hill to catch a glimpse at majesty. As such, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that it is booked often year-round for weddings, like the Dubei’s in the middle of November.

Despite the typical Seattle overcast, and just a shimmer of fog, the views from the Golf Club on the Dubei’s wedding day were mostly unimpeded. The day started out as they usually do–getting hair done, primping and priming, and waiting anxiously for what is to come.  It was a calm morning, long before the even the most ambitious of golfers dared to brave the cold outside.

Looking dashing in his tux and leather shoes, Laurentiu waited for his bride-to-be overlooking the course and region beyond. As Monica approached from behind, with a gorgeous bouquet of reds and pinks, she tapped her groom on the shoulder. With excitement and glee in their eyes, we were able to capture some wonderful shots of them and their family. The varying greys of the sky really brought some great contrast for the shots making us wonder if the weather was all that bad after all.

Heading off to the church where they were to be married, ceremony saw the two sitting on the altar as they waited to deliver the words that would seal their union and make them one. All at once, the two kissed and became husband and wife. They headed back down the aisle for some more pictures and greetings before finally heading back up to the Golf Club for the reception.

With a five-tiered cake, beautiful banquet tables with reds and purples, and the ever-present sense of god and faith, the reception was a joyous celebration of these two newlyweds. With enough food and good cheer to go around, it simply was one of those days that you didn’t want to end. After everyone got their fill, the two cut the cake.

A little later on, we got to walk around the course some more with the newlyweds. Posing for just a few more photos and shots, they walked arm-in-arm, finally married and happy as can be. And then, walking off, it was easy to know that these two were set for life.

Thanks again to Monica and Laurentiu for choosing Best Made Videos to shoot their wedding! We also want to wish you a happy six-month anniversary! We hope you have been as blissful as your wedding day was.

It probably goes without saying at this point, but I’ll say it anyway: if you have any questions or comments please leave them below! We’d love to hear from all of you on what we can do better.

Venue – The Golf Club at Newcastle

Photographer – Betty Globa

Floral/Design – Monica’s Ideal Design

Hair and Makeup – Natalie Kalini

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Madabhushi Wedding on 12/23/17 at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wa

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“There cannot be a better videographer than Reid. He’s fun, very friendly, very very good at what he does and fast! Our videos were all delivered in less than a week and they had a cinematic quality to them. He even guided our photographer to good shots and made sure every person was all smiles all the time. He was punctual and responded to our emails in minutes if not a few hours. Totally worth it!”

It was the day before Christmas Eve, and something strange happened: there were bright, sunny, clear skies. Now for those not familiar with the Pacific Northwest, in the period of time between the end of September and approximately the middle of April (sometimes sooner, sometimes later), there is an overabundance of grey, cloudy skies and dreadful rain that chills you to the bone. Oh, and wind. You can’t forget about the biting wind. But for the Madabhushi’s this wonderfully sunny (but cold) day didn’t rain on anybody’s parade; certainly not their wedding!

Though the wedding wasn’t held outside (you’d have to be pretty bold to attempt an outdoor wedding in December in the Pacific Northwest), it was still full of good times and a resounding sense of togetherness. As the two parties got ready, their attire was simple yet suave. Standard tuxedos with maroon ties (and a bowtie for the groom) accentuated the lovely red gowns worn by the bridesmaids. Looking like a group of sophisticated buddies, the groom’s side posed outside and got up to some shenanigans while the bride shared some tenderly sweet moments with her party and family.

Once it was time to head off to the church, Ani and the boys got up to some more silliness before making their way inside for the wedding. With red and white petals lining the aisles, and big bouquets flanking the altar, it was a magical entrance for the bride as she walked towards her groom. Having skipped over the first look, the look on Ani’s face as his bride-to-be approached said everything and more as he wiped tears from his face. After a god-filled ceremony, with each opening themselves up to each other and the lord, the two sealed their vows with a kiss and become husband and wife.

With the sun still high in the sky, the newlyweds and their guests headed off to Inglewood Golf Course for the reception. You could never tell from the video (we could tell from the cold) but it was certainly the first week of winter. With such fortunate weather, there was no doubt that we followed the bride and groom around the golf course as we got sweeping shots of lush green and fountains, and the two of them just dancing alone. Their solidarity didn’t last long—those darn family members!—but it made for some truly sweet shots.

The reception to follow was as elegant as can be, with the event space serving perfectly for the guests. Tons of food, drinks, and celebrating ushered these two into a new era in their life. With adorable kids hitting the dance floor, there was no way that nobody else wouldn’t hop to their feet. And then at last, the winter sun set and the newlyweds made their way out into the night as they headed off down the road to an entirely new adventure.

Thank you again to Ani and Pearl for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We’re so happy it was sunny for your big day and we hope you’re first year of marriage is going great.

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Pearl and Ani’s Story in their own words:

How We Met

Ani and I both attended a bible study in Seattle, and Ani gave rides to a few of us who didn’t have cars. About twice a month since October 2015, I tagged along with him and we started to talk to each other. We talked about where we were from and how God saved us from our old lives. Ani’s testimony was very beautiful and he was keen to know mine. He asked if we could talk more about my salvation story over coffee but since neither of us drank coffee, we agreed to meet for bubble tea.

Our first date was at Wow Bubble Tea in the U-District where we sat many feet across each other and it still cracks me up to think about how formal we were. We got tea and Ani then displayed the most wonderful gesture. He asked if he could pray for our time. Stunned as I was, I said yes.

Here is my journal entry from that day: “It’s at this point that my admiration for him shot sky high. He thanked God for our time, that we would respect and honor each other with our words, that Jesus would be the center of our conversation and that we would be quick to hear and slow to speak. I was brimming with joy, the joy you have when you know you’re around someone who puts God first in their life.”

We had an interesting first date. I thought he was handsome and very mature. He wasn’t fooling around and I knew what he was looking for – a pursuit towards marriage. I knew what I had to do. I had to let my intentions be known.

For our second date, we met for deep dish pizza at Delfino’s in University Village – a place that will always be close to our hearts because of how amazing it was to walk in the light of knowing our intentions towards each other. I wrote him a letter spelling out all my intentions, that I would only date him if it was with marriage in mind, that he should ask my dad for permission to court me (even adding my dad’s phone number to do so), objections my parents would raise, and so on. Soon after, I got Ani to read the letter over dinner and he told me that he had come prepared to talk about the very same things. That remains one of the most special memories I share with Ani.

And so began our story, saying yes to wanting to honor God and the authorities over our lives. Along the way, I said yes when he asked me to marry him. Lord willing, we shall top it off with “I do’s” very soon. I’m ecstatic that I get to marry my best friend. We’re simply two people in need of God’s grace every single day, wanting to stand by each other and show the love and kingdom of Christ in everything we do to the people around us. With Christ, we’ll be able to do just that.

The Proposal

Pearl and I started planning our wedding in July. Our whole season of dating until then was with one goal – to honor our Lord Jesus at all times as we prepared to be married one day. I ordered a ring that month with the help of her mom who assisted me with picking something that Pearl would like. I obviously couldn’t wait to put the ring on her finger since the day it was in my hands. I dreamt of the day that I would ask her the somewhat rhetorical question as to whether she would marry me.

My parents and I went on a trip to the east coast in August. Pearl was aware of this trip, so we stopped by Philadelphia on the way to Washington D.C. and spent half a day with her. Pearl was under the impression that my parents and I were going to visit a few more places and return back to the west coast together.

On August 19th, I dropped my parents off at the New Jersey airport so that they could return. Pearl had no idea that I wasn’t leaving until the next day. In the meantime, Pearl’s cousin Alex, his wife Christina, and her sister Sherine took Pearl to Longwood Gardens in Downtown Philadelphia under the pretense of a dinner. I drove my rental car from the airport to the gardens, changed my attire, and waited at a spot that was scouted out earlier by Alex and Christina.

The rest is history!

Venue – Inglewood Golf Club

Photographer – Bellagalla

DJ – Karan Chainani

Flowers – The Pink Peony

Coordination – Anila Idicula

Caterer – Taste of India

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