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by Scott Johnson

Godwin Wedding on 5/25/19 at Nature’s Connection Place in Arlington, Wa

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The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

Living in the city can get a little tiresome after a while. You start to miss the trees, unpolluted streams, sounds of birds chirping and that whiff of newly-blossomed flowers. And then you start to imagine rolling fields of green, towering trees as far as the eye can see, only to be brought back to the reality that all that shade is from the skyscrapers, and all that noise is really just honking and people screaming. So if you want to get in touch with your natural side, Nature’s Connection Place is the exact wedding venue you need, as was discovered by the Godwins.

Even though it’s hardly an hour outside of Seattle, it really feels like some long-lost paradise untarnished by modern civilization. With little ponds, fountains, bridges and a serene sense of calmness, you get quite a bit of bonuses in your package. Access to the entire area, sound systems, tents, tables, attendants and dressing rooms, and the cleanup is included as well. That’s a pretty great deal!

The Godwin’s wedding got off to a gray and cloudy start, there would be rain to come later, but not quite yet to rain on this parade! If our drone footage doesn’t quite put into perspective the beauty of this place, perhaps you should hit up Google for more proof. As the day started rolling along, the ladies sipped some champagne while the guys threw back some beers.

Eventually the rain started to fall, but any Seattlite knows just how pleasant it can be when it’s already warm out. Clear umbrellas were provided to keep the rain off their heads, and soon it was time to get some group photos taken. Braving the rain, the ladies and gents looked superb in their deep red gowns and gray suits. The groom himself sported a darker suit and a bow tie, adding even more dapperness.

Emotional, heart-warming vows reduced the bride, groom and everyone else to a puddle of tears, and mentions of their grumpy cat brought everyone back from the brink. Hannah and TJ were ever-so ready to get hitched, and when the officiant finally gave them the magic words, they kissed and became husband and wife.

By the end of the ceremony, the sun had burnt enough of a hole in the clouds to let in some light. Retreating inside for some drinks and food, the newlyweds shared their first dance. With the rain gone, the cornhole boards were brought out, hot beverages were served and the partying began.

Once the sun had passed beyond the horizon, the dancing continued under twinkling lights. After the bouquet and garter toss, it was almost too dark to see. And so the newlyweds were sent off to start their life together as husband and wife.

Thank you again to Hannah and TJ for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their big day. We hope your first month of marriage has gone wonderfully!

Have any questions or comments? Leave them below and we will be sure to get to them!

Venue – Nature’s Connection Place

Photographer – Patrick Nied

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Sweet Sounds

Floral – Entirely Poshable

Catering – Maverick Catering

Coordination – Katie Koons

Stationary – Minted

Drone – Aaron Castillo

How did you guys meet?

Tinder

Tell us about the proposal!

TJ surprised me after first year law school finals with a trip to Maui. We had a wonderful week and planned to propose on a sunset dinner cruise. Unfortunately, the boat was not what he expected! It was a cloudy day and someone proposed behind us. TJ completely panicked! He rushed me off the boat and tried to find a place to propose on the beach, but the tide kicked in and the shore was rocky. He finally just flew his hands up and got down on one knee to propose.

Why did you choose your venue?

Maid of honor’s sister had a beautiful wedding there and wanted to recreate that feeling.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Moments of me getting ready, me and TJ, us with our families. TJ and I are a military couple and have not lived together in 2 years. We are looking forward to footage of us together because we don’t have much of it.

Hannah and TJ’s story in their own words:

Hannah and TJ met on a dating app in August of 2016 and had their first date at Lost Lake in Capitol Hill, Seattle. After a perfect date, TJ asked Hannah to be his girlfriend. After just three months of dating, TJ learned that he was being transferred to Seoul, South Korea for one year with the United States Army. Although the thought of TJ being out of the country for a year was daunting, they were determined to make the relationship work. For the next four months, Hannah and TJ made the most of their time together before TJ left for Korea. After TJ left in early March, it wasn’t until June that TJ and Hannah were reunited. Hannah lived in Seoul with TJ for two and half months until their time was cut short by the conflicts with North Korea and the United States in August. She flew home and soon adopted their cat, Kimchi, before beginning law school in September.

After TJ finished his time in South Korea, he flew home for a month-long vacation in Washington. To Hannah’s complete surprise, he told her that he had a weeklong vacation in Maui planned. At the end of an amazing week, TJ knelt down on one knee and proposed. As Hannah continued with law school, TJ began his Captain’s Career Course at Fort Lee in Richmond, VA. On April 12, 2018, Hannah and TJ were married in a courthouse in Winchester, Virginia.

In the autumn of 2018, Hannah began her second-year of law school and TJ was promoted to Captain and transferred to Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas to serve within the 3rd Calvary Regiment. As both Hannah and TJ work towards their admirable career goals, they look forward to their wedding day, a special day where they can reunite and share their love for each other in front of friends and family.

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by Scott Johnson

Flom Wedding on 2/23/18 at Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

Best Made Videos was great and easy to work with. Answered all of my questions and tailored my videos to exactly what I wanted. The day was a whirlwind for me so it was so nice to watch the beautiful highlight video and see details I missed. I highly recommend Reid and his team! I am so so happy to have these wonderful videos!”

Winter weddings can be tough here in the Pacific Northwest. On top of it already likely to be raining, this last year in particular also saw us inundated with an absurd amount of that fluffy white stuff that falls from the sky. At even the slightest whiff of snow, mass panic spreads throughout the reason and you best bet you want to avoid any roads…especially with hills. But at the same time, there’s nothing quite like a beautiful lodge such Mountain Springs blanketed in that fluffy snow. That’s what the Floms got on their wedding day.

Make no mistake, it was cold. The drone footage shows off a frozen pond and a winter wonderland for Sarah and Caleb to tie the knot in…literally. Seldom do we have outdoor weddings in the winter. Seldom do we actually have the bride and groom standing in the snow itself. But seldom do we meet families like the Floms, so we’re always willing cross things off our bucket list!

Staying inside the wood lodge for as long as possible, while also sipping away at whiskey, the morning flew by before it was time to head on out into the cold air for the first look. Looking regal in his uniform, Caleb waited for his bride on a snowy road, complete with a dusted wooden fence. Trying their best to look warm and cozy (while we were shivering ourselves), we had them walk around the area that feels like it would be thousands of miles from Seattle.

Not the have anyone else left out of the frigid fun, we got the rest of the party out for some group shots. As the snow started to whizz around, we headed back for a bit of a reprieve to let the snow die down. Soon enough it was time to hop in the sleigh…yes, you read that right…and head off to the wedding. Standing against the frozen pond, with the sleighs zipping across the fields behind them, it was really an unforgettable sight.

Once all was said and done, and following some lovely vows, the lovebirds finally got permission to kiss. So they did, and they all piled back into the sleigh for some warmer abodes. After we got inside, it was finally time to sign the paperwork to make this thing really official. A fire raging, tables set and the drinks flowing greeted the guests before the arrival of the newlyweds.

Delicious food warmed us even more, and soon it was time to open up the dance floor for a night of celebration. After the purple lights came on, and everyone got to their feet, it all flew by in such a wonderful blur of getting jiggy with it and happy memories.

Thank you again to Sarah and Caleb for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We absolutely loved it and hope your first two months have been going great! As always, if you have a question, comment or story to share, leave it below and we will gladly get back to you!

Photography – Arlene Chambers Photography

Videography – Best Made Videos®

Venue – Mountain Springs Lodge and Conference Center

Sweets – Simply Sweet Cupcakes

Dress – BHLDN, The Dress Theory

Boots – Hunter Boots

DJ – JMG Entertainment, LLC.

Flowers – Alexa Johnson

Drone – Aaron Castillo

Sarah and Caleb’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We met on a Bumble, the dating app. Our first date was at McMenamins Anderson School and it lasted 6 hours!

Tell us about the proposal!

My whole family went to Kauai last February to celebrate my parents’ 60th birthdays. While there Caleb proposed on the beach right after sunset. Somehow we were the only ones on the beach at that time!

Why did you choose your venue?

I have always wanted a snow/winter wedding and that venue had a perfect feel, plus it was one of the only ones that allowed outdoor snow ceremonies. I also loved how many people could stay onsite for the whole weekend.

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by Scott Johnson

Sheridan Wedding on 12/21/18 at Mountain Springs Lodge in Leavenworth, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“We love it!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!”

Located near the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, and nestled right in the Cascade Mountains, Mountain Springs Lodge is a stunningly gorgeous venue that takes quite a bit of time to get to–but it undoubtedly proves worth the wait! With dozens of local suggestions for cakes, florists, photographers and more, the Lodge also aims to source all of the food locally too. Worried about booze? They have got you covered on that too! No minimum order required!

Just four days before Christmas, the Sheridans wed up in the frigid cold mountains. Blanketed in snow and decked out for the holidays, the lodge looked so warm and inviting after a the long drive up into the white-capped mountains. A morning of keeping warm by sipping champagne and staying away from the snow allowed for a rather chilly first look outside.

We’re not quite sure where Allysa got the fortitude to stand outside in the wintery weather for their epic, snowy first look, but sure enough she trekked her way through the snow, sleeveless and all, to meet her groom. It was cold even for us, and we had jackets and boots!

I hate to say it, but this really was a white wedding with the stark white dress out amongst the soft, delicate snow. If that wasn’t cold enough for you, we were right on the shores of a lake with the wind whipping through the area. I’m getting shivers just watching the footage! But boy, what a beautiful location for a first look, accentuated perfectly by our soaring drone footage.

Soon the rest of the party headed outside. The boys looked warm but the snow proved a little tough to maintain a footing in. Even with fiery red dresses the ladies looked a little chilly, and there’s really no blaming them! Luckily, it was time to get married!

Inside in a vastly warmer ceremony space, the bride and groom met to be married with a nice big hearth staring at them from the other end of the aisle. The intimate space had Christmas trees, draped lights and more for a wholly magical ceremony.

The magic didn’t stop there, as the officiant finally declared the spell so to speak, and allowed the bride and groom to kiss, officially becoming husband and wife. But wait, there’s more! Following their ceremony, the newlyweds and pals headed outside for a sleigh ride through the winter wonderland!

Everyone else retired for some liquid warmth, patiently waiting in the cozy lodge for the return of the newlyweds for the reception. Once they arrived, the ceremony space was splendidly transformed into the reception area and soon the partying began. Cake and dancing prompted everyone to join in on the fun and keeping up the heat.

Thank you again to Allysa and Jake for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first month of marriage has been full of love and warmth! Have any questions or comments? Did you traipse through the snow on your wedding day? Let us know below!

Venue – Mountain Springs Lodge and Conference Center

Photographer – Rachel Howerton Photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – NW Audio

Hair – Lucy Rosario

Florist – Au Naturel, Patti Bosket

Catering – Mountain Springs Lodge and Conference Center

Drone – Aaron Castillo

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By Scott Johnson

Welcome back, folks to Round 2 of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! We have eight more wedding vows coming at you, so get the tissues, wipe off the makeup and buckle yourself in for some words of love!

Wilson Wedding

The Wilsons’ Wedding up at Radar Lake was touching for a number of reasons (one being that the bride’s uncle built the lake!) but their vows really crawled their way under our skin and made us feel all the love.

Mallory and Mike met in a magical little clearing at the edge of the lake, surrounded by dazzling lights and trees, and sealed the deal, but not without making us a little weepy first! Mike started out with the heavy-hitters, “Mallory, you’re my dream come true. I have loved you more and more every day since the moment I met you. I promise my love for you will grow every day as we grow old and wrinkly together.”

In response, Mallory brought out some knockouts of her own, “I’ve waited my whole life for you, this moment, this feeling. Every day that I wake up next to your smiling face, I fall more and more in love with you. I love who you are and who you’ve helped me become.” Not too long after that the emotions started to come out, so check it out for some tears!

Culpepper Wedding

The Culpeppers’ spectacular wedding at McCaw Hall is one of the highlights of our year, but the vows are just as grand. Stephen and Allyson met for an August wedding with tons of dancing, celebration and pure fun. Going first, Allyson goes through a series of funny moments and stories about her soon-to-be husband, “I will say your choice to channel Nacho Libre when we’re fighting is questionable, though, and it’s always really risky. With that said, it’s been ten years and whatever we’ve got going on here works.”

Stephen’s vows start off, like Allyson said…questionable…as he immediately goes in with, “You have been the most challenging, difficult, pressing, emotional, wonderful and genuinely happy part of my life. You have always been uniquely yourself and you follow your own code.” Lucky for them, they’re so good together. Not many bride’s would take to hearing “difficult and challenging” on their wedding day too keenly!

Shubha and Mike’s Wedding

A delightful Fremont wedding saw the union of Shubha and Mike in a warm, colorful ceremony. Bright sunny skies, a perfect summer day and rooftop venues made it a beauty! After hearing from the officiant and some friends and family, it was time for the two to share their vows. Simple, sweet and absolutely perfect, Shubha started out with “Mike, you’re my best friend and I’m so excited to call you my husband.” Shying away from heavy emotions, she finishes off with a simple promise to, “always love you, and I can’t wait for our next adventures together.”

Mike kept it short and sweet too, as this repeat ceremony (the two had already legally wed) inspired some recycled thoughts, “I can’t believe this day is finally here…again. I can’t believe I get to marry you…again. I promise to always love and cherish you…again.” Hey, we think it’s pretty rad and sweet, I don’t know about you!

Wetzler/Ashby Wedding

As cool as cucumbers, the Wetzler/Ashby wedding was a casual, laidback event that was perfectly suited to the bride and groom. Secluded up in the mountains at the Freestone Inn, their relaxing, carefree day still saw some lovely vows.  

Tricia went first with a series of lines that make us want to take notes, “There is no time or place that I feel as safe and content as I do in your arms. I feel like these vows are more than just a promise, but also an amazing privilege.” She goes on for a while more, so you have to check out the video for more!

Kent reciprocated with a story of their first meeting where Tricia told him, “I don’t need you,” and he goes on to prove just how much they need finally each other.

Bishbeat Wedding

We knew the vows for the Bishbeats were going to be amazing because they also created their own last name! Chloe starts right out with the emotion and the love, “Tyler, who knew that my mother was right the whole time she was teasing me for my teenage crush on you, and that you were my dream guy…” which then triggered all of the emotions.

Tyler, not to be outdone, began with “Chloe, it took about a week for my heart to figure out that you were the one for me,” and he does not let up until everyone is reduced to a puddle of tears!

Vladyka Wedding

The awesome Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club was the home of the Vladyka wedding where Alee and Alex delivered sweet vows that made us laugh and dab our eyes. Alee brought the jokes and the giggles, telling her husband, “It is so difficult to find a man like you because you’re so extraordinary, you have such a kind, innocent heart and that is one of the things that I love most about you.”

Alex wanted to take a trip down memory lane, reminding themselves of the time he tried to change a tire and then fast forwarding to today, where they are ready to embark on a new journey together as they look forward to all of the little, wonderful things awaiting them.

Duell Wedding

The Duell wedding was a fantastic June celebration of love and faith. Bethany and Nate tied the knot at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and exchanged wonderful vows. Going first with a classic, suave speech, Nate promises, “I will always trust and honor you. I will stay committed to you with unwavering support. I will have patience and understanding. I have nothing but unconditional for you every day and I will be a champion for you.”

Following suit, Bethany declares, “there are so many things about you that I love. Firstly, people just enjoy being around you, myself included. You bring a lightness and unfailing optimism, and a pure, natural joy to those around you.” It gets sweeter after that, but we’ll let you see for yourself!

Smith Wedding

The final wedding for today took us to the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club where we saw the Smiths get married! Tarissa and Ryan looked ravishing out on the links, and the excitement for the union was universal.

Ryan begins first, opening his heart to his bride, “Since the day I met you, you’ve changed my life and made me a better person. You bring out the best in me and you always keep me positive and stay by my side, even if I’m difficult.” That’s not even the half of it!

Tarissa’s vows are markedly more emotional, almost crying before she even starts, “Ryan, I first wanted to tell you how thankful I am that I’m to be marrying you today. Over these past four years you’ve made me feel like the luckiest person on the planet.” Oh boy, get the tissues!

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And that’s it for this installment of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! Check back in soon for our final seven Favorite Wedding Vows!

Want to share your own wedding vows? Send them our way and we’d love to feature them!

 

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome one and all to our final Favorites of 2018 countdown! You’ve seen our favorite new wedding venues, repeat wedding venues, indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, and now it’s time for the granddaddy of them all: Favorite Wedding Vows. In a year full of love and happiness, tears and laughter, we have boiled down our Top 24 Favorite Wedding Vows and are presenting them to you in three parts! So grab some tissues or prep your hankey, because the feels are coming! Let’s get the show on the road:

Spiziri Wedding

The wonderful early September Spiziri Wedding led us over to Chateau Lill in Woodinville. Though the sky was a little cloudy, it didn’t stop the vows from making this day so full of love and warmth. Remember when I said to have the tissues ready? Well, you might need one as soon as Christina begins her vows to Andrew. “Today is the best day. Ever. I get to marry my best friend. Since the day we met, there was only you. I was twenty-one. I thought I was a little crazy, but the more I got to know you, the more sure I became.”

She then goes into a storied history of their time together, the things they’ve done and will continue to do. But the line that sums things up pretty well for us is: “Even after seven years together, I cannot stop finding new reasons to love you every single day.” Hey, I’m not crying, you are!

Plummer Wedding

Over at our favorite misnomer farm, Dairyland, we saw the Plummers get married on a brisk October day. Both Ashley and Cole came ready with some poignant vows. Like others, Ashley’s vows detail their time together. Starting with their summer romance and how she didn’t know it would “grow into the lifelong love” she had always dreamed of. To really drive it home, she says “You have been the best person I could depend on during the best and most difficult moments of my life.”

Cole did not wait around to return some of his own emotion-stirring vows. Starting out with the basic truths, “I love you so much. You are my best friend and my soulmate. I must’ve hit the lottery when I found you, because you make me the luckiest man on earth.” You’re not gonna find too many people who disagree!

Leslie Wedding

The Semiahmoo Resort played host to the lovely Leslie Wedding in September. Their stunning waterfront ceremony also contained some truly inspiring vows that anybody can take lessons from. Brian started out first, essentially showering Lindsey with all of the amazing things she does and is, “I absolutely adore your playful spirit and the silliness you bring to our home. Thank you for embracing my weirdness and always allowing me to be myself. You bring optimism and positive energy into all that you do and that truly does motivate me.”

Not to be outdone, Lindsey brings out the emotion right away, “Brian, life is a funny thing, you can try to plan it and predict it, but it has its own agenda. As most people here can attest to, I am a planner. I tried to plan my future a long time ago, and life just laughed in my face and said, ‘we’ll see about that.’” Hey Lindsey, you available for coaching?

Grybos Wedding

One of our absolutely favorite stomping grounds, Salty’s, was an excellent venue for the Grybos’ wedding. Marcy and Mark were poised and ready, overlooking the Sound, to deliver their soul-stirring vows. Going first, Mark recalls meeting Marcy in Seoul, “Our road here wasn’t the easiest. With almost two years of long-distance we had to endure, the distance mattered little because what you meant to me was so much more. Every late night talking on the phone, all the times we had to say goodbye, it was all worth it.”

Mark goes on to really make us swoon, but you have to check out the video to find out what he says!

Snow Wedding

The Snow wedding took us down to the Inglewood Golf Club for a late-August ceremony. Starting right out with the humor, Sterling makes us all laugh, “Alright, I’m gonna try to get through this without crying, so bear with me here. From the first day I met you, I knew it was going to be special…” And he kept to his word! Imbuing it with love and laughter, it was a superb speech.

Genieve did not quite do so well on the emotion front, but nonetheless dazzled with some deep words, “Your heart is so pure, everything you do is with the best of intentions, not expecting anything in return. My heart is so full every chance I get to speak with you.” Oh boy, grab the tissues!

Lin Wedding

Over at the stellar Hollywood Schoolhouse, April and Tyson Lin got hitched. The tender ceremony which had the bride and groom looking doe-eyed at each other, even had the officiant getting in on the digs. April, going first, says “you truly are the best thing that has ever happened to me. You are my lover, my encourager, my provider and my best friend. I feel so blessed to have you as a life partner and husband.” She goes on to make a series of promises to her husband-to-be, only for Tyson with a sob-worthy speech.

“You have often heard me refer to our relationship as going up a mountain. We have climbed and grown together, we have experienced switch-backs, tougher trails, but most importantly we have pushed forward, persevered and experienced some beautiful destinations.” Cue the waterworks!

VanNieuwenhuise Wedding

The extravagant Thornewood Castle was the perfect destination for the VanNieuwenhuise wedding. Rhianna and Wes came ready to dazzle with their vows, but it’s Rhianna who really brought the emotion, “I choose you in friendship and in love, in strength and in weakness. I promise to love you faithfully in the good time and the bad. I vow to not to just grow old with you, but to grow with you.” Short, sweet and to the point, these two didn’t need long, storied history to get their messages across.

Bullard Wedding

Kimi and John’s regal wedding at the Woodmark Hotel came along with tons of laughter and tears. Kimi could hardly get going without the tears overwhelming her, “I feel not only protected but invincible in your presence.” That’s when the emotions started to flow, so let’s switch over to John who says, “You proudly tell family and friends that early on, you knew our relationship would amount to more than dating. You had it all figured out, well before I did, and were patiently waiting for me to grow up, sober up, and get down to business.” These two are just grand!

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And that’s it for the first installment of our Favorite Wedding Vows of 2018! I hope you’re not too sad because we have plenty more coming your way! Have your own wedding vows to share? Leave them below!

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Jaycee Brammer

Welcome everyone to another installment of your weird wedding news! We hope everyone is having a fantastic Holiday season and gearing up for a New Year–because we certainly are! To cap off 2018, we are bringing you just a few more stories! Let us go out with a bang!

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A quickie to get us started: comedian Dave Chappelle, who is often noted to hate taking fan photos, happened upon an Ohio Brewery during the engagement shoot for Thomas Saunders and Emily Eldridge.

Surprised the comedian showed up, but certainly not willing to interrupt the celebrity, the couple and photographer made their way outside for a few more photos. When Chappelle showed up outside, the couple went up to ask for a photo, only for him to politely decline. Shortly after (and after learning about Saunders’ military service) Chappelle made his way over to photobomb their shot!

https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending-now/family-dog-swallows-michigan-womans-wedding-ring/874426918

You might have used the excuse of “my dog ate my homework,” once or twice, but what about when your dog actually eats your wedding ring? An adorable little labradoodle by the name of Bella wound up with owner Cindy McCombs’ ring in her stomach, but was only discovered after being inadvertently waved down by a metal detector.

To avoid actually cutting Bella open (the dog had failed to produce the ring through induced vomiting) they were able to use a special forcep tool to retrieve the ring. Yes, the dog is ok so you do not need to worry!

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/stolen-wedding-dress-returned-to-newlyweds-after-anonymous-man-hears-their-pleas

Remember a few weeks ago about the story of the stolen wedding dress (yes, I know there are a lot of them) from the back seat of a car after it had been left there overnight to be taken to the cleaners? Well, good news has come out of the story as an anonymous man has returned the stolen dress!

The nameless man contacted Jessica Blackwell, who had gone viral in her attempts to get her dress back, and agreed to meet her to return the dress. It has not been announced whether the man in question is the actual thief, or if he had just come by the dress accidentally. Either way, a happy ending!

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a25228282/mandy-moore-wedding-dress/

Mandy Moore is everywhere again and it’s pretty fantastic! Starring on the heartbreaking and emotionally sadistic This Is Us, she makes us cry pretty much every week, but this time we can celebrate her wedding!

Marrying musician Taylor Goldsmith in a private ceremony in LA, the previously-married actress/musician wore a magical pink dress. Designed by Rodarte, the gown was created exclusively for her wedding day. Inspiring a “welcome, fashion-forward change to the super-traditional mix of this year’s celebrity wedding gowns,” she really made a statement and looked splendid as well! The small, 50-person wedding featured many of her costars and friends. Congrats!

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Back in November, a wedding in Vienna really stirred things up on the internet–at least for China. That’s probably a weird sentence to read, and that’s because this is an interesting story. Tiffany Tang Yan (a Chinese Actress) wed Luo Jin (another famous actor in China) in a luxurious and highly-anticipated wedding.

Igniting social media in a firestorm, the wedding was sponsored by a number of high-class brands. Along with it came the controversy that the wedding was more of a tourist attraction that highlighted expensive brands rather celebrating just the love of these two. The Vienna Tourism Board even posted on the internet that they had hoped the wedding would bring tourists to the city, which is absolutely absurd for a wedding!

What do you think? Is this too much?

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The final story this week might make you a little queasy. In the wonderful world of eBay purchases, you can find some pretty wild things. This week brings us the amazing prospect of owning 32-year-old cake!

That’s right! Fans of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson can literally buy some of their wedding cake. Described on eBay as “vintage condition,” it should certainly be noted that one should not eat it. The pictures hardly make it look edible as it is, almost like a bad coffee cake, but it does come in the original box. It sold for around $40.

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And there you have it! Check back in next time for some even stranger stories! Have a Happy New Year and stay safe!

As always, let us know if you come across and stories and we will be sure to feature them!

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by Scott Johnson

With our final installment of Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies, it’s an all-too blatant reminder that we were really blessed by the weather-gods this year, as we could go on and on about the outdoor weddings we saw until we’re blue in the face. Even the early Fall was rather unseasonably sunny, lasting fairly into October, allowing for some late-fall weddings with the leaves and trees all ablaze in orange and red. We still have seven weddings coming your way, so no more dilly-dallying!

Vladyka Wedding

At the end of June, we made our way to Port Orchard (which just happened to have a tornado hit there this past week) for the Vladyka Wedding. Hosted at the Trophy Lake Golf & Casting Club, we can’t help but think of what a catch Alee and Alex are for each other. A blanket of clouds covered the hot summer sun and still provided ample lighting on the warm day. The solemnity of the golf course helped keep the volume to a minimum and the happiness as high as possible.

The ceremony was held out by one of the water hazards (which the word hardly does it justice) with a little trellis constructed draped in a white cloth. The guys went jacketless, while the bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses while carrying a rainbow of a bouquet. Fortunately we didn’t hear anyone shout “fore,” only “I do…and you may kiss the bride.” That’s all that matters anyway!

Ta Wedding

The Bell Harbor International Conference Center is an utterly fantastic place to hold an indoor ceremony–and an even more epic place to have an outdoor one. On checkered cement landing, dozens of chairs and a long white carpet were laid, all leading up to the altar where the Tas met to be married. The key here is the backdrop: you get views of the Sound, the ferris wheel, Centurylink Field, and what else other than a cruise ship.

The imposing views made us fall in love with the venue, but ultimately allowed for a sweet, romantic and unforgettable wedding for Stephania and Jason Ta, even if it was a little cloudy.

Wurtz Wedding

2018 took us to some pretty surprising and amazing places, one of which was the entirely unexpected Ballard Locks, which for us was always just a place to field trip to during science class. For Jazmyn and Josh’s wedding, it was superbly sweet little gathering in the park near the water. With a balloon arch and just a small gathering of friends and family, the intimacy and peacefulness of the area provided such a pleasant experience. Wooden benches were brought over for the guests and flowers were strewn down the aisle. Without much hullabaloo, the ceremony was so delightful and full of love and humor.

We loved the excitement everyone shared for their big kiss at the end, even having party alarms going off because it certainly was that time!

May Wedding

With a name like Hidden Meadows, it’s almost guaranteed the place is going to be ridiculously pretty. Back in May, we were not let down by it in the slightest when we went over to Snohomish for the May wedding. This farm is such a delight, and definitely gave us an excellent outdoor ceremony, as we filled into the ceremony space and witnessed the marriage between Emily and Charlie.

Poised in front of a rustic, wooden gazebo, the bridesmaids and groomsmen slunk off to the sides while the officiant stood above and delivered the ceremony. Going jacketless for his wedding, Charlie looked sleek in his grey suit. Some overcast did not keep this day from being drop-dead gorgeous, and once the bride and groom said “I do” it was nothing but good times and happy memories from then onwards.

Wangopian Wedding

Just like the Bishbeats earlier, the Wangopians decided to combine their names rather than take one or simply hyphenate it, which to us is pretty freaking rad. But their wedding as a whole was even more spectacular than the idea of creating your own name. Heading off to Toledo, specifically to the super awesome Country N Lace, we really lucked out with some superb weather on the first day of September.

With the feeling like you just showed up at your old farmstead, we loved the peace and quiet that came along with being far away from the hubbub of the city.  The Wangopians’ wedding was held in a small patch of land surrounded by trees. The groom and groomsmen rocked jeans and tan jackets for a serious “Old West” vibe, while the bride wore a lovely gown as her party rocked pink dresses, jean jackets and cowboy boots. And just like horses back in the day, these two really got hitched!

Bullard Wedding

One of the nicest hotels in the region, The Woodmark Hotel proved to also be one of the nicest outdoor wedding venues for the Bullards. On a pleasant August day, we went over to Seattle’s little neighbor across Lake Washington, Kirkland, for a splendid wedding and reception. The luxurious hotel comes with tons of great amenities, but it also just is plain gorgeous.

The Bullards got married underneath a massive tent almost at water’s edge. Filled with dozens of their friends and family, it was a ceremony that left us doubling over in laughter while also wiping away the tears once the vows started to flow out. With the lake glimmering with the sun behind them, it was perfectly marvelous.

Park Wedding

At last we come to our final Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremony. The Parks got married just after the change of seasons in September, but they were still fortunate enough to receive the tail end of summer weather. Tucked away down by SeaTac airport, Cedarbrook Lodge is just so completely charming.

Simply take a look at the wedding altar, with a trellis adorned with plants and flowers, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen standing off to the side. Lovely maroon dresses for the ladies and proper suits for the men kept this a classy affair in the midst of a magical setting.

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And there you have it folks! Our Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018. We hope you enjoyed these as much as we did, and you probably are really missing out on the summer weather by this point. Check back soon for our final series: Favorite Wedding Vows

Oh, and bring the tissues.

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back for part two of our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018! In case you missed part one, all you have to do is click here! We have six more great indoor wedding ceremonies coming your way, so we hope you are just as excited as we are. This time around we have got a few churches, athletic clubs, and one of our favorite tree farms. Get ready for the conclusion, because here we go!

Thomas Wedding

Washington state really isn’t known for its magnificent churches, but the Thomases sure knew how to pick one for their wedding. The impressive New Hope Presbyterian Church is such an open and inviting space for faith and love. Their June wedding saw a touch of overcast, though that made for the perfect weather for the first look. Heading inside the church for the ceremony, the towering walls and intricate woodwork behind the altar make everything feel so small and inconsequential, but nonetheless creates a beautiful sight.

Dazzling colors on the bridesmaids contrasted the sleekness of the groomsmens suits, while the light pouring in from the windows. One of our new favorite officiants delivered a grand sermon, connecting the soon-to-be newlyweds lives with their love for god. Without any doubt in them whatsoever, he gave the words that finally let them become husband and wife. We can’t wait to come back for some more!

Kangiser Wedding

The Kangiser wedding back in May took us to another lovely church, this time St. Rita’s. A toasty spring day let us take some photos outside on the waterfront before we headed back to the the church for the ceremony. The minute you step inside the church it feels like you have been transported to Europe. A little steeple sits atop the church, with the bell ringing every so often. Purple floors and oak floors come together amongst religious icons and the Stations of the Cross. The delightful facade inspires the imagination with a glimpse of Italy.

The intimate environment was such a vast contrast to the Thomas’ wedding, but nonetheless allowed the Kangisers to share their love and faith with one another, sealing their union in front of their families and god.

Van Cise Wedding

You might think the Trinity Tree Farm (which you saw in our Favorite Repeat Wedding Venues) would make for a better outdoor venue, but the serene interior of their main house is so beautiful whether it is in the rain or the sun. The Van Cise Wedding was blessed with a sunny March day, which by all means is a rarity. The sun light everyone’s moods, and got the day off to a brisk start.

Set against the swinging doors that opened outwards into the almost-Spring weather, it was like getting married at home. Lining the venue with lilac dresses and charcoal suits, the bridal party looked stunning with the sloping backyard behind them.

Foster Wedding

Another wonderful trip to a sports facility (check out the other one below), this time to The Washington Athletic Club, completely dropped our jaws. Right near the Convention Center, the WAC is a splendid venue that proved even more amazing when the Fosters chose to have their wedding here. Inside, the wedding hall looks like a royal ball room. Decadent chandeliers hang from the ceiling, while a glimmering purple backdrop gives off a magical glow that adds even more to the wonder.

The Fosters poignantly emotional wedding (kicked off by the groom becoming entirely overwhelmed before his bride made her way down the aisle) was backed by a dozen candles and full of tear-jerking vows. Though there were stifled sobs, the emotion was nothing but pure elation. The two finally kissed and became one, and all was right.

McGee Wedding

The McGee wedding back in January led us down to our next-door neighbor, Portland, Oregon! More importantly–the Sentinel Hotel, which is widely considered as one of the best luxury hotels on the West Coast. With a variety of rooms to get married in, from a grand ballroom with Italian Renaissance Frescoes, sophisticated meeting halls, and lovely libraries, the amount of choice and frills you get with this place is absurd.

But it’s absolutely top-notch, and the McGees knew it. Choosing the grand ballroom, their big ceremony really was like royalty. A mixture of golds and whites, one would think that Prince Harry would stroll right in. Standing on a stage at the end of the hall, surrounded by their family and pure elegance, it was an unforgettable sight. And if you thought the wedding was something else, check out the reception!

Bricker Wedding

We loved getting to celebrate a wedding at the Bellevue Club, somewhere near and dear to our hearts, and the Brickers’ day was nothing short of exceptional. The awesome facility, which has undergone a fair share of changes over the last couple years, provides tons of great amenities and even better photoshoot locations.

Most importantly, the ceremony hall was a work of art: low-lit with a deep purple backdrop, mixed in with some wood tones, and it was truly something special. A ceremony full of laughter, love, and perhaps a little bit of gun-jumping finally let the Brickers become husband and wife. The following reception continued to prove how great the Bellevue Club is with a classy, sophisticated event space that made the newlyweds really out to be the royalty they are. Did I forget to mention the stellar food?

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That about wraps things up for our Favorite Indoor Wedding Ceremonies of 2018! If you have not already guessed, I will tell you that the next stop on our journey is going to be Favorite Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies. Be sure to check back in soon, we still have plenty of great content coming your way before the end of the year. As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please leave them below.

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

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“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!

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

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“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!

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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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