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

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“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

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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

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

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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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