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by Scott Johnson

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

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“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

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

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

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

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

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!

Have any questions? Got a story to tell us? Please share below!

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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Moriarty Wedding on 8/19/17 at The Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, Wa

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“Reid and team did a wonderful job capturing our special day! The highlight video did an exceptional job taking in the true essence of the moment. I highly recommend Best Made Videos to anyone who wants to relive their wedding day over and over. Thank you!”

Seattle’s waterfront is one of the most gorgeous in the world. There’s nothing sweeter than spending a day walking on the piers, visiting the great little stores like Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and tracing the dozens of ferries as they head out into the Sound and beyond. Have any doubts? Just watch the exemplary drone footage (say, that looks pretty familiar, doesn’t it?) that kicks off the Moriarty’s big wedding day!

A sophisticated day for sure—certainly underscored by the early-morning whiskey sipping with all the guys already decked to the nines in their tuxedos—the Moriarty’s decided to have an indoor wedding despite the weather being as clear as could be. Bride and Groom Sasha and Shane wed at the Four Seasons Hotel, just a block away from the world famous Pike Place Fish Market. Their first look, inside the hotel, was simply adorable. In front of a massive window, Sasha came up to Shane who greeted his bride-to-be with excitement and awe. We followed them around the hotel as they took photos both inside and out, the love in the air was palpable.

Soon we headed to a nearby rooftop where the true beauty of the city exploded out from behind—the Space Needle, the Sound, and Queen Anne rising to the north. You really cannot ask for better weather in Seattle—it was unreal. After swinging by EMP for some more fun photos, pictures continued back at the Four Seasons with the bridal party and the family until it was finally time to head inside for the ceremony. Signing the wedding book, guests were greeted by a live quartet playing classical music.

The ceremony, as formal as you’d want it to be with the signature wedding march playing, was pristine and joyous, with white flowers and curtains that perfectly contrasted with the stark black of the tuxedos. With absolute glee, the bride and groom finally sealed the bond with a kiss. They headed off to sign the papers while everyone helped themselves to a beer or two.

Following the cake cutting—with a cake that was almost too gorgeous to ruin—the event space was transformed to a purple that would make the Huskies jealous with the help of dozens of lights that provided the dancers with what they needed to dance into the wee hours of the morning. Everyone had a ball, shimmying and shaking their booties until they couldn’t go on. As everyone kept on dancing, the newly weds made their way outside one last time before the sun set off behind the Olympics in the west. Standing against the glistening sky, the bride and groom shared one last kiss before heading back inside to finish the night off strong.

Thanks again to Sasha and Shane for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope your first six months as a married couple have gone as great as possible. Let us know below if you have any comments or suggestions, we’re always looking to improve!

– Scott Johnson

Photography – Azzura

Venue – Four Seasons Seattle

DJ – Chris Graves

Wedding Planner – Perfectly Posh Events

Beauty – Bridal Beauty Agency, Sorrida Salon

Entertainment – Puget Sound Strings

Photo Booth – 321 FOTO | photo booth rentals

Favors – Lady Yum

Flowers – Flora Nova Design

Rentals and Decor – CORT Party Rental, Sweet n Design, Creative Ice, Prop Gallery Events

Stationary – Songbird Paperie

Transportation – British Motor Coach, Seattle STS Town car, Inc

Best Made Videos – Home Page

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Davis Elopement on 8/6/17 in the Quinault Rainforest

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“Reid was a pleasure to work with during the entire process; he was friendly, prompt, and thorough. We are unbelievably grateful for all of the amazing footage he captured. We were also amazed by how quickly he was able to put together such a beautiful video. I would definitely recommend Best Made Videos”

There’s something about the Pacific Northwest that calls out to the nature lovers, even those who prefer Birkenstocks and wool socks to hiking boots. From its expansive wildlife–bears, wolves, salmon, orca whales, and relentless squirrel population–to its near-constant rainfall, and all of the waterfalls, mountains and forests you could ever imagine, it’s no surprise that outdoor megastore REI was founded in the city almost a century ago.

But it’s also no surprise, as least when it comes to weddings, that the foreboding dreariness and dampness of the region sends couples indoors or undercover in order to tie the knot. Though the summer does indeed offer far more sun than the rest of the year, these days are always going to be a gamble, especially when it can transition from rain storms to clear skies in the matter of minutes and then back again another half dozen times throughout the day. When we say that Seattle weather is bipolar, we absolutely mean it.

Today’s video isn’t your typical wedding at a typical venue with the typical accoutrements–this is far and away the most simple yet elegantly assembled elopements we’ve ever had the honor of filming. On a misty day in August, Ashleigh and Malick trekked their way into towering Quinault Rainforest (famous for its “Valley of the Giants,” which boasts six of the largest trees in the country and world) to elope.There were no guests, no altar, no nothing–it was almost as barebones it could’ve been aside from an utterly adorable first look and officiant of the ceremony.

It’s becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst younger couples who don’t want all the pomp and circumstance, to simply elope. There’s significantly less planning (still even less than our Surprise Wedding videos), it’s deeply personal, and it saves on tons of money. Due to their increasing popularity, we’re proud to offer a special package for elopements–prices start at just $1000 and include two videographers and edited highlights and your ceremony video.

Malik, who in his vows reveals his deep, undying love for Ashleigh, opens his heart to her as he describes how she came into his life and “wrote her name on every page.” A year earlier he had left for boot camp, but they met on this day deep in the woods to establish their bond for life. Amongst the giant trees and the creeping mist, they tied the knot and walked off into the future together, even if he might have to be apart to serve his country.

All in all, Malik and Ashleigh’s went off without a hitch. While it may not appeal to everyone, elopements are often a better choice for people who either don’t have the money or simply don’t want an extravagant event. Nevertheless, there’s no way to deny that these two have something special going on. Thanks again to Ashleigh and Malik for choosing Best Made Videos to film their ceremony, we wish you all the best!

Did you elope? Have a super private ceremony? How did that go for you? Let us know below!

– Scott Johnson

 

 

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by Scott Johnson

Technology is getting pretty wild these days, especially drones. For a while, they were commonly associated with people doing stupid things with them—like the guy who flew one into the Space Needle—but now they’re being incorporated by cinematographers and videographers (like Best Made Videos) to add even more ways to shoot your wedding day. Though it isn’t cheap—some services charge several thousand dollars per wedding due to tech costs, the need for a trained pilot, and all the FAA regulations—it is becoming increasingly more accessible for a lower fee.

CNBC published an article in October digging into these new high tech weddings which include digital mapping, augmented reality photo booths, and other cutting edge technology to add an extra-geeky flair to your ceremony. And to think, all of this has become a reality within this century alone. What a time to be alive.

We here at Best Made Videos like to be with the times and have on staff our very own drone pilot, so here are some of our favorite drone-shot weddings!

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Salama Wedding, 05/29/17, Fairmont Olympic Hotel

From the opening minutes of the video it’s easy to tell the amazing benefits of drone photography as ours soars across the Sound towards the Ferris Wheel down on the piers. Before drones, you’d have to hire a helicopter to do this sort of thing, but with the advancements in technology, it’s so easy and adds such a cinematic feel to just about any video. Later on, a bird’s eye view of the the breathtaking St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Seattle, will leave you stunned as it rises over its towering domes.

Moriarty Wedding, 08/19/17, Four Seasons Hotel

Just like the Salama wedding, the Moriarty’s video opens with a stunning shot of the city with the drone flying in over the water. For those who call Seattle home, this is an iconic shot. For those who love their home, this might just be the best way to open the video, especially if it’s the city where the bride and groom met. Using drones in the city is tricky, but here it shows the beauty and size of the city before it settles in on something a little more intimate.

Apigo Wedding, 08/27/16, Des Moines Yacht Club

Sweeping shots of beaches filled with driftwood and choppy water on a typical grey Pacific Northwest day opens up the Apigo Wedding out in Des Moines. Like the other videos, and in movies themselves, it helps serve as an establishing shot. You know exactly where it is, and it’s so beautiful to watch. Later on, as the wedding party poses for photos, the drone soars over for a high angle shot that wouldn’t have been possible with something like a helicopter. Drone shots like this are excellent reminders of ways to get massive wedding parties all into one shot while still looking sleek and formal.

Get Hitched, Give Hope – Highlight Video

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As drones become more accessible to more people, instead of just a rich techie’s hobby, it’s important to weigh the benefits of using one to enhance your wedding day. Here at Best Made Videos, we offer a drone package with a minimum of 2 hours at a rate of $200 per. For more information, please contact us directly for inquiries, if not let us know if and how you used drones to upgrade your own wedding!

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