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by Scott Johnson

Grybos Wedding on 9/9/18 at Salty’s in West Seattle

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“REID was awesome, timely, talented, and extremely easy to work with…He captured all the important moments of our big day. HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM AND BEST MADE VIDEOS.”

As summer slowly made its way to the bitter end, though some remnants still remained into October, we headed off to one of the most significant (and frequented) venues for us in the region. We’ve seen quite a few weddings at Salty’s on Alki (heck, we even had one of our own there, too), so going back there feels, well, like going home. If there’s anything that quickly becomes apparent about Salty’s, it’s the scenic view it boasts of Seattle’s waterfront.

Being the sharp thinkers that they are, the Grybos’ opted for our drone package which let us see the entire bay on the day of their wedding.

The blue sky was so vibrant and beautiful for the big day and the drone captured the entire area with such pristine clarity, it was the perfect way to start a Seattle wedding video for a bride and groom that now call California home.

Kicking off the day with makeup and apparel, the ladies and gents got to looking their absolute best. With as picturesque of a first-look spot as any, Mark stood waiting at the end of the dock waiting for his bride to approach. Like a sailor looking off towards the bright unknown, he anxiously waited for Marcy to come from behind. Turning to greet his bride, the two embraced at the edge of the dock as we started to snap away with the magnificent city we all call home rising up behind them.

The rest of the bridal party made their way out for group photos before splitting off into the guys and girls respectively. Everyone brought their best poses to display, with more than enough chuckles to keep the smiles glued to their faces.

Lining the lower walkway at Salty’s, there was nary a dry eye as Marcy walked down the aisle to meet her groom. Once again, with the city as their backdrop, Marcy and Mark were together—this time to get hitched. Following a series of poignant vows and declarations of love, and enough emotion to make Marcy regret not going first with her vows, they placed the rings on their fingers and sealed it with a kiss that was nothing but pure passion.

With some family photos and paperwork to follow, it was time for everyone else to head on in to get some refreshments. As the light outside slowly disappeared, the reception hall at Salty’s came alive with flashing cameras and twinkling lights. The dance floor opened up for their first dance and before we knew it, everyone else was getting into the dancing spirit.

What a perfect (if you exclude the first attempt at the bouquet toss) day for the Grybos’! We want to thank Marcy and Mark once again for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding. We hope your first two months being married has been magical!

Have a question or concern? Let us know in the comments below!

Ceremony & Reception Site – Salty’s on Alki Beach

Day of Coordinator – Wedding Events by Athena

Photographer – Andrew Tat Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ/MC – Love’s Events

Photo Booth – Seattle Facebooth

How did you guys meet?

We met in Seoul Korea, while he was living abroad and I was traveling abroad.

Why did you choose your venue?

We love the view of ALKI BEACH, so Salty’s was a no brainer 🙂

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Excited to see our wedding day play out from different angles, seeing the small details all the way to the bigger moments. We also would love to see our friends and family (all our wedding guests) also included in the video, even if it’s just for a few seconds/clips here and there 🙂 Plus the beautiful skyline of Seattle from Salty’s vantage view point.

Mark and Marcy’s story in their own words:

Our story is quite unique in how we met… They say people find love when they’re not looking for it or when they least expect it. But in our case, we ended up falling in love while living halfway across the world from each other.

It all started a few years ago… At the time, Mark was living abroad in Seoul, South Korea working as an English teacher at CRADA International Academy. Meanwhile I was in the midst of traveling across Asia, visiting my relatives in the Philippines and exploring Korea and Japan. I had planned on spending a few days in Seoul to visit my old high school friend Meghan. It must’ve been fate, luck, or simply good karma, since Meghan just so happened to be teaching at CRADA alongside Mark. Ultimately it was through Meghan’s excellent matchmaking skills that I was able to meet the love of my life that fateful night in Seoul. Hence “Seoul-Mates” 🙂

They say timing is everything when it comes to finding love. I never expected anything serious to come from our short encounter with each other. But the next few days we spent exploring Korea together made such a lasting impression on me. Over the next 22 months or so, we constantly found ourselves texting and communicating almost every single day. Mark would keep me company on the phone while I drove home from work every morning (I work graveyard shift, and am usually super sleepy on my drive home) He would stay up until 3am (Korea time) making sure I made it home safely on my long drive. I somehow knew at this point that I was hopelessly and madly in love with this guy.  A year after Korea, we met up again in Thailand, where Mark officially asked me to be his girlfriend. Later on, Mark decided to make the “big move” and relocated from his home in Colorado to be with me in California. I was beyond ecstatic for us to finally start our lives together.

The long distance was finally over!!

MARK’S PROPOSAL STORY
Maui, Hawaii

There is a certain point in every relationship where you wake up, you look at your significant other lying there next to you, and you come to a realization… You realize that you could wake up a thousand more times and you’ll still only want to see their face each and every morning. You’ll realize that the time you spend just lying around in bed is more special than anything else. You’ll realize that your life is no longer an “I” or a “me”, but an “us” and a “we” You’ll realize that… this is the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.  So one morning, I woke up and I just knew…She was the one for me.

They say Hawaii is one of the most romantic places in the world, so in Dec 2017, we booked a trip to paradise for Marcy’s 30th birthday. It was on the beautiful island of Maui that I planned to pop the question. On that faithful day, we ventured the ‘Road to Hana’ a long, windy, narrow road that made Marcy extremely carsick and nauseas. After a fun day of sight seeing and adventure, we finally arrived to Haleakala National Park where we hiked the Pipiwai Trail. The hike took us past several waterfalls, pools, and a massive bamboo forest, all culminating at Waimoku Falls: a stunning 400-foot waterfall. As we were hiking up to see this massive waterfall, another group of hikers encouraged us to go past the “Do Not Trespass” sign in order to see the full view. Usually we aren’t ones to break the rules, but I knew this was the time and the place.

Once we reached the bottom of the waterfall, I had Marcy stand atop a rock while I set up the camera and tripod to take a self timed photo of us. In reality, I was framing the scene so I could record that faithful moment. Luckily she was too distracted by the breathtaking waterfall to even notice me getting the ring out of our backpack. I ran up next to her, dropped down on one knee, gave her a short speech, and said the four biggest and most important words of my life.

“Will you marry me?”

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by Scott Johnson

Ohashi Wedding on 8/26/18 at The Monte Cristo Ballroom in Everett, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“Reid is seriously the best! Both times we met (consultation and wedding day) he was upbeat, friendly, and showed a creative and authentic approach to his work. We both loved his ideas for showcasing our perfect day and are beyond thrilled with the results. Reid (and his fellow videographer) captured our magical day with everything we wanted. They were up for anything and good with improvising when needed. They were willing to help out with non videographer related things when needed (we had a speaker issue during dinner and announcements) and were very communicative throughout the entire process even post wedding (Reid is super quick to respond via email and social media). Thank you Reid and Best Made Videos for the amazing video! We will cherish it forever :)”

Seattle’s northern neighbor, Everett, is by no means a fun city to try and get to or from during the week. Horrendous traffic issues plague everyone on that I5 corridor during their weekly commutes–but on weekends, this rising city is definitely a great place to visit. Heading on up there at the end of August, we got to film a wedding at one of our favorite stomping grounds: Monte Cristo Ballroom!

As opposed to giving multiple options for your big day, Monte Cristo Ballroom simply gives you everything–and we mean everything. The full day of service, multiple rooms, a DJ for 7 hours, a photo booth, lighting, beer/wine and so much more. It also feels sleek and elegant, and it’s especially great for those opting to not risk an outdoor wedding. For ease of planning and removing stress, they certainly know how to make things just perfect!

The Ohashi’s wedding day was peacefully overcast, almost like a tease for fall. This prompted some Starbucks and a fittingly indoor wedding. Once the guys were all decked out in their grey vests, they popped the bubbly to celebrate…before switching on sports to kill the time. The ladies didn’t quite have such relaxations, but the hard work showed in spades.

After a morning of preparation and anticipation, bride Kaytie went to meet groom Ryan for their first look. Out on the street corner, Ryan stood anxiously waiting his bride-to-be. What he didn’t see (but now can) was that Kaytie was giving him silly faces and looks from behind! Upon turning around, Ryan embraced Kaytie with a cute little kiss. We got some more shots of the two roaming the area before we got the rest of the bridal party to join in on the fun.

It was time to make our way inside the Ballroom. With stark white/cream walls, marble floors and a backdrop adorned with a beautiful array of flowers, the venue itself feels like a palace instead of a ballroom. Following a touching ceremony, delivered by an exhilarating officiant, Kaytie and Ryan were finally able to seal their union with a kiss. The confetti started to fly and it was all like a fairy tale. The Ohashis were official.

Family photos followed as the two stood right where they had been married, but this time with their families right next to them. Arriving to the reception hall with applause, the rest of the evening started to fly by. Cutting their enviable cake, sharing their first dance as husband and wife, and getting the party started, Kaytie and Ryan were in a state of pure bliss.

Soon, the ballroom was being used for the exact purpose it was built for: dancing! The night sped by in a flicker of lights and camera flashes, and music that never seemed to end. Thank you again to Kaytie and Ryan for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding, we hope your two month anniversary goes splendidly!

Have a question? A burning comment? Leave it below and we’ll get back to you!

Venue – Monte Cristo Ballroom

Photographer – Jill Most

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Florals – JNJ Floral

MUA/Hair – Sarah Ren Makeup Artistry and Hair

Ryan and Kaytie’s story in their own words:

Ryan and Kaytie met through Match.com. Our Match profiles showed we have a lot in common and Ryan made the first move in reaching out to Kaytie for a first date. Ryan and Kaytie met in Auburn on June 20, 2016 at a sushi/teriyaki restaurant. Ryan and Kaytie talked a lot during dinner about Disney, Aladdin, and the Flash and Arrow TV shows. This led to a second date to see Finding Dory which led to more movie and dinner dates after work for us. The third date was a bowling alley in which Ryan really showed Kaytie no mercy. Ryan and Kaytie shared their first kiss and Kaytie was a good sport about Ryan’s lack of explaining his bowling background before the date.

In August 2016 Kaytie invited Ryan to go with her to New York, our first trip together. It was hot and humid but we really got to know each other while sight seeing and eating delicious New York pizza. After that we went on trips every month: Ryan’s Spartan race in Lake Tahoe in which Kaytie spent 6-7 hours watching and supporting Ryan throughout his race; we went to Las Vegas for a Korean concert in which only Kaytie actually attended; in January we went to Disneyland and California Adventure for Kaytie’s birthday (Ryan’s birthday and Christmas present for Kaytie); we went to Reno with Ryan’s family for the Superbowl; Ryan and Kaytie met Tom Felton at Comic Con in Seattle and the cast of Once Upon a Time in Canada; we went to Long Beach for Ryan’s birthday (Kaytie’s surprise birthday present for Ryan); and Disneyland and California Adventure again for Ryan and Kaytie’s one year anniversary. Ryan proposed first thing in the morning on our one year anniversary and Kaytie said “of course”. Ryan gave Kaytie a ring with little mickey mouses on it as a placeholder for the engagement ring so she could choose her own engagement ring. They ended the night with a fancy dinner at California Adventure and watching the World of Color show.

Who made the first move? How?

Ryan made the first move when he emailed Kaytie on Match.com

Who’s going to take out the trash?

We both take out the trash equally.

What was your most memorable date?

All of them!

What’s your favorite activity together?

Taking naps, watching tv, and cooking together.

Where are you going for your honeymoon?

Disney World

What’s the best meal you have eaten together?

Any when we’re together!

What’s the most memorable trip you have taken together?

Tie between our first trip together (New York) and our latest trip to Disneyland when we got engaged!

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by Scott Johnson

Snow Wedding on 8/31/18 at The Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“We absolutely love it!!! So much went over my head that day, and I’m so glad you were there to capture all of the important moments we missed that day! THANK YOU!!! I cannot stress enough how important it is to hire a videographer for your big day!! There is so much that goes over your head that day and to have a video of it to see afterwards is the best gift! All the details we had missed were all captured (and the drone addition was perfection!) We could not have asked for a better videographer! Reid is prompt, efficient, detail-oriented and overall just a nice guy! It was fun to work with him and his assistant. I would highly recommend him and hope to have him capture future festivities! Thanks Reid, you’re the best!!”

Golf is either one of the best things you’ll ever do, or a dreadfully miserable experience that you wish could stop. You can have totally great days, or you can slice a ball into the trees after an immaculate drive and completely ruin it.

But when you get married at a golf course? It’s going to be the best darn day of your life. The last day of August took us up to the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, which is tucked away beyond the northernmost point of Lake Washington. In case you didn’t already know, we love golf courses and the peace they bring to a wedding day.

We were greeted with mostly clear skies and just a hint of Fall in the air. The Snow wedding got its start off bright and early with some celebratory shots, followed by beer, all made complete by some really fantastic, traditional Vietnamese wedding attire. Following the formal gift exchange between the bridesmaids and groomsmen, it was time for the first ceremony inside the event center, where ceremonial tea was served to both sides of the family before everyone headed outside for some group photos.

The bright reds, pinks and whites of the clothes really popped against the greenery of the golf course, but the attire would change to something a little less colorful yet nonetheless suave. Some more drinking occurred, while the ladies put the finishing touches on Genieve. Pausing for some prayers before Sterling made his epic walk down the aisle, the big moment was quickly approaching.

Beaming with a smile worth a million bucks, Sterling stood waiting for his bride at the end of the aisle. The ceremony itself was a beautiful, touching events for everyone. Heartfelt vows flowed out of the bride and groom as they professed their love for one another and prepared for this brand new journey they were about to embark on. And with a kiss it became official. Just like that.

Some group photos immediately followed the ceremony while the rest of the guests headed off to get the party started, though perhaps the real party was with all of the bridesmaids and groomsmen having a ball of a time working up some crazy poses. The wide open spaces of the golf course helped us squeeze everyone into frame, while the clear skies gave us all the warmth and light we needed.

The inside of the reception hall was a almost like a church with high ceilings and windows letting in just enough light. A magical evening kept the already great day going as the dancing gave everyone a second-wind to keep the party continuing even as the lights slowly faded away. As the day came to an end, we got some private shots of Genieve and Sterling out alone on the golf course, just the newlyweds, ready for whatever was to come.

Thank you again to Genieve and Sterling for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your wedding! We hope you’re having a splendid first couple months together.

Have a question? Need to get something off your chest? Let us know below!

Venue – Inglewood Golf Club – IGC

Photographer – Mariah Capili Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Florist – Distinctive Design Florist

Caterer – Inglewood Golf Club – IGC

Genieve and Sterling’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met through a mutual friend for a going away party; out dancing at a nightclub. We became great friends fairly quickly and feelings grew, and the rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal!

Sterling made reservations for dinner at the Space Needle for my birthday! It was so beautiful & the food was delicious. He was getting a little ansy towards the end of dinner, and had left me for a good ten minutes saying he needed to use the “bathroom”. He finally comes back and says “Sorry I had to wash my hands.” I responded, “for ten minutes?” Then that very moment, the waitress brought a fancy dessert which ended up having the ring on top! It was so special. The waitress recorded the whole proposal for us and the other customers were cheering and clapping! Then he took me down to where our closest family & friends were waiting to congratulate us. I was overwhelmed with joy!

Why did you choose your venue?

Originally I wanted a venue with a water view, but stumbled across IGC on my venue search and fell in love. The scenery is beautiful and so well kept for being around so long. And Sterling found out later that he had his prom there!

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Sterling is excited for the Drone feature! And I am so excited to just see the overall video and how you’ll put it together. Your work is amazing!

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by Scott Johnson

Wilson Wedding on 8/18/18 at Radar Lake in Woodinville, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“Best Made Videos did an amazing job of catching all the important parts of our day. The footage looks so professional and they were really quick to provide clips and edit the final video. I also really enjoy the shout outs and footage they show on IG and social media so frequently, it shows they really card about and connect with clients/friends. The final highlight video was exactly what we were looking for, and I would recommend Best Made Videos to anyone out there in need, wedding or not!  Exceptional job Reid and team! Book soon!!!”

You’d think here in the Pacific Northwest that there’d be tons of lakes for all your water-sports needs. Alas, back in the 70s, it was decided there wasn’t. So a guy by the name of Herb O’Brien decided to turn a plot of land into a manmade lake up by Woodinville. We all know it now by the name Radar Lake (it was bought out by Radar Electric only a few years after, thereby getting its name), but many probably don’t know the true story behind it!

Bride and groom Mike and Mallory opted for our drone package, so it was awesome being able to get to the lake and shoot some footage from high above. Typically we’ve gotten to look at the city from the waterfront, but never have we really gotten to go this far out into nature with our drones. With plenty of space, little hideaways enclosed by trunks and dazzling views of the sun streaking in through the towering trees, it felt almost like a fairytale.

Once the bride and groom had their first look, the rest of the crew came out and we galavanted all throughout the fields and docks. The bridal party was in high spirits as we had them pose, laugh and smile around the area. The lake might be manmade, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful, especially with the natural serenity of everything else.

Soon enough it was time for the ceremony. With stringed lights covering the trees, draping down over their heads, Mike and Mallory met at the altar. As the officiant delivered a heartfelt speech about the little moments, and how love is different for everyone, the excitement for their new journey in life was palpable. Mike and Mallory both delivered some touching vows themselves; it’s certainly tough to not get swept up in them! And then he declared them husband and wife with a quote from Dumbledore!

There was some paperwork to do, while everyone waited patiently for pizza made right there at the wedding. After everyone had their pie, it was time for the cake! Some cuteness during the cake-cutting definitely inspires some smiles and then they hopped on the dance floor for their first dance.

After the sun went down, the lights came on and the party was only just getting started. Luckily, before it was too dark, we were able to go out with the newlyweds to snap some more shots of them at twilight. I know it’s already been said, but this place was really simply magical. Dancing and general silliness kept the night going. Check the dance moves for some inspiration for your next wedding! Soon enough, it was too late to keep the party going and time for the bride and groom to begin their new lives together as husband and wife.

Thank you again to Mike and Mallory for choosing Best Made Videos®! We had a blast up and we hope you have had a wonderful first month of marriage. Now comes the time where I once again ask for any suggestions or recommendations for our next article! So leave any ideas below!

Venue – Radar Lake

Photographer – Kyle Lim

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – DJ Frisky Fingers

Caterer – Slide Thru Food Truck and Fire Dog Pizza

Florist – Down to Earth Florist

Invitations – Evolution Press

Invite Design – HausDivided

Rentals – CORT Party Rentals and Luxury Restroom Trailers

Cake – BAKED.

Hair – Kristin Shea

MUA – Bethany Yackel Beauty

Tux – Tuxedo Club

Drone – Aaron Castillo

Mike and Mallory’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met at a pot shop in SODO, down the street from my job at the time – Mike was managing the shop and watched me come in via the camera in the back office and rushed out to help me every single time for a year straight before approaching me. It wasn’t until I started working there to make some extra money over the summer that he finally asked me to hang out.

Tell us about the proposal!

Proposal was done in the exact same spot we’re doing the ceremony.  He asked me to go for a walk to smoke a joint as soon as it was dusk. When we approached a particular cluster of trees, the lights came on and we were surrounded by a ton of white Christmas lights as he got down on one knee and said “You know I love you more than anything, will you spend forever with me?”  This was August 26, 2017.

Why did you choose your venue?

His aunt’s home, private lake built by his uncle Herb O’Brien who passed a few years ago. He is the founder of O’Brien Waterskis, this is a lake built specifically for his family and the pros to practice, as well as to host dealer days for water sport companies all over the nation.  It’s a beautiful spot, local, private and a perfect way to have Herb spend it by our side. We also loved the fact that we could have the wedding in a place that is close to our hearts and in the same exact location as the unforgettable proposal. This is a truly heartfelt place, and his aunt will not be able to reside here forever.  We are so incredibly lucky to be able to share this special place.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Vows that I’m sure we’ll be blacked out for, and walking back down the aisle together as one.  Dancing and seeing our guests have a great time, and a drone shot of the beautiful 120 acre spot are also a must.

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by Scott Johnson

Wurtz Wedding on 5/5/18 at The Ballard Locks in Seattle, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“Reid and crew are flat-out exceptional (all our thanks and due credit to Jeff and Matt, too!). From the onset, Reid is no stranger to carrying himself and the tight communication with such poise, confidence and excellence. He takes extra weight off your shoulders that you didn’t even know existed until you endure and share an immense gratitude for vendors/partners like Reid that allow such finesse during Wedding planning; the type that will never be taken for granted but all-the-more appreciated in the final product and keepsakes, thereafter. Not once did we ever feel concerned that our voices weren’t being heard or that our feedback was being compromised. Reid has this get-it-done mentality that is exciting to witness and see translated in his quality of work. We were, first, referred Best Made Video’s way by an old colleague in the Marketing Media/Production industry and deservingly so. We had a very unique Same-Day edit vision and, not only was Reid up for the challenge but, Best Made Videos over-delivered and exceeded our expectations. The entire process is set-up for success. I recall our Day-Of Coordinator assuring us that he “knows what he is doing” when sharing and reviewing that our Videographer contract was good-to-go. During the morning of our Getting Ready phase, he showed up to the Bridal Party location ready, enthusiastic as ever and took control of all the timing that he had to work with. Not in the least bit of the over-bearing type but the kind where you truly don’t know how the Day-Of is going to go until you are fully immersed in it and it is happening (you can only bake in slots of timeframes to a point) and Reid got the job done with intended shots while paying great attention to each and every little detail that could possibly be captured. He did so in such a refined and encouraging way. Another family friend asked post-wedding if we had a personal relationship with Reid just by the embracing way we were able to hug it all out at the conclusion of the crazy, wild, fun and beautiful day’s filming but I firmly believe his natural passion in this business has the tendency to reflect in this way. Without a shadow of a doubt, take on Reid and his team if even slightly considering. The new Mr. & Mrs. Wurtz have the utmost respect and admiration for the level of service exemplified here. The highest of recommends we are able to give. There are not enough thanks in the world to convey how much Best Made Videos truly completed our day!”

After what seemed like a never-ending winter, complete with bitter cold and ceaseless rain, us here in Seattle have been treated to a warm and sunny spring time–even if it was a little late to get into motion. With days reaching the 70s, we are officially in Wedding Season, and along with it a whole new batch of wonderfully bright and toasty outdoor ceremonies. For the Wurtz Wedding, we got a chance to head somewhere we’ve never been before–at least not while on a school field trip–the Ballard Locks.

Acting as the ebb and flow between the Pacific Ocean and Salmon Bay, which bleeds into Lake Union and Washington, the Locks are in many ways a poignant reminder of what marriage is: the meeting of two worlds.

Clear skies mean drone footage, and boy did we capture some wonderful shots of the waterways. But the day got started in a quaint little Queen Anne neighborhood, with the sun streaking in through the windows. Grey suits and lilac dresses adorned the bridesmaids and groomsmen, while the maid of honor wore peach. Goofing around beforehand, the guys got in a quick workout session to be extra ready for the wedding.

Once everyone was ready to go, we headed off to the Locks for some pre-wedding shenanigans. Hopping around the hills with the groomsmen, the boys were having quite a blast coming up with new and unique poses.

As everyone showed up for the wedding, which was held in a little grove between two towering trees and a balloon arch, the Josh beamed with excitement as he saw his bride Jasmyn approaching down the aisle. As they delivered supportive, emotional vows, their love rang true. And then, with a kiss, they were officially husband and wife.

Heading off for some private time, and to cuddle their kitty, we got some shots of the newlyweds wandering around the neighborhood looking stylish and cute amongst some of their favorite stomping grounds. Stopping for some celebratory drinks and more group photos (this time overlooking the Space Needle from the north), the group was full of jubilation.

When it was time to head to the reception, the newlyweds emerged into the beautiful event space with a roar of applause. Opting for a same-day edit, we were able to compile a quick video of the events of the day so far for the guests at the reception. Modern technology allows for a lot of cool things, and the Wurtz’ really took advantage of all that we offer!

Taking their first dances, it was an absolutely gorgeous time with wall-to-wall windows illuminating the space along with some beautiful chandeliers. After cutting their cake, it was time to dance the night away. Getting everyone in on the action took some time, but once everyone was on their feet the night zipped by with all the guests having a grand time celebrating.

Thank you again to Jazmyn and Josh for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We really appreciate you being adventurous and taking a shot with some of our specialty packages!

As always, if you like what you saw or have a question, don’t hesitate to let us know below!

Venue – Hiram M. Chittenden Locks – Ballard Locks, China Harbor Restaurant – 中國海景
Photographer – William James Photography
Videographer – Best Made Videos
Drone – David Owen Hawxhurst
Dress – MeaMarie Bridal Atelier
Day of Coordinator – Carol Gavhane
Designer – Rodney Bamboa
Decor – Danielle Edvalds
Officiant – Narin Vann
Emcee – Luke Anderson
Hair – Gather, the salon
MUA – Jane So
Transportation – Butler Events
Florist – Golden Bow Gifts
DJ – Tyler Steckler

Jazmyn and Josh’s Story in their own words:

High school sweethearts. Different high schools, though, everyone at Bothell High believed Josh was enrolled as a fellow Blue Train Cougar. Some still do. Would like to think that it then manifested itself into the life – or, shall we say,  Crimson – blood line that we were fortunate enough to shed and share as WSU Cougars.

Met through Ricky McDonald; being Jazmyn’s best friend, first (in Junior High after their St. Luke and St. Markian ties), then becoming tied at the hip with Josh during the height of their Meadowdale Maverick days. Young Jazz clearly had no idea what she was in for when Ricky insisted that he had a good guy he thought she should fancy meeting.

Hot Tub Official. One, fine evening, four friends casually got together on a weeknight after school in the Summer of ’06. Giddy, naturally, one of Jazmyn’s girlfriends “suggested” she needed to quench her thirst by grabbing a soda inside, whereby Ricky followed suit in getting whatever hint Jazmyn didn’t see coming (she swears she is, otherwise, really on-point when it comes to paying attention to details but all of that can tend to go out the window when emotions come into play). Sitting a cute, arm’s-length distance apart in the awesome hot tub set-up his family had in their backyard – the, ultimate, cool factor for any high schooler – sweet, little Josh then got up the courage to ask Jazz to be his girlfriend.

The rest is history still in the making.

It even comes full circle. Hawaii makes the dream work. Not even a year after being together, Josh and Jazz had the tremendous opportunity of joining the Sanchez family for a memorable vacation in Kona. Fast-forward to present day, November 2017 where Josh executed an astounding, full-blown proposal on the beaches of Maui. Even surprised Jazmyn by flying her mom out for this special, momentous occasion; capturing incredible, behind-the-scenes footage – giving paparazzi a run for their money – of the bended-knee moment from an overlooking balcony.

Why so long to tie the knot?

Why not? Agreeing that there was no rush from the onset or, at least, knowing we, both, wanted to feel in a good place before this part of our journey. No one can ever really produce or anticipate the best timing but we would like to think we created a loving, trusting, encouraging and promising foundation that can only continue to grow and thrive from here. Learning how to love ourselves, first, before tackling on the wants, needs and desires of the other really lends itself to how special this relationship is. Now, we couldn’t see it any other way and only want to bring out the best in each other and our loved ones. We are thrilled to solidify our courtship in marriage with you, all, come 05.05.2018!

Going on 12 Years strong, together.

Why did you choose your venue?

After experiencing some of the most serene, extravagant and beautiful wedding venues that the Pacific Northwest had to offer, we couldn’t help but admire how accommodating China Harbor’s staff and personnel were in advising and curating a hard-to-beat Reception package for us in the heart of the city. 5 is the Bride’s favorite number (soccer number growing up) and May 5th happened to land on a Saturday which makes it easy to always remember such a joyous, momentous occasion (plus, all-the-more reasons for the bride’s select liquor choice: Tequila!). Its gorgeous backdrop overlooking SLU during an unpredictable Seattle weather timeframe with easy access for close friends and family that have shared 12-some years together with was just right. As for the ceremony, Ballard is home to the soon-to-be newlyweds first “Seattle” residency and after Trooper Bowser mentioned that anyone can get married at the Locks for free with a suggested grounds-keeping donation (while the couple went jogging one, fine Summer), it clicked and lined up perfectly.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

A collation of all the wonderful memories we will get to continue to share with each other and our closest loved ones as a testament to all that our relationship stands for and will continue to thrive from.

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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

Best Made Videos – Home Page

Best Made Videos – Blog

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

Best Made Videos – Blog

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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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