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by Scott Johnson

What wouldn’t be a week during wedding season without a couple of crazy stories from all over the country? With weddings happening each and every day, there’s no way of avoiding at least some strangeness. In recent weeks, you’ve seen some tragedy and triumph, as well as simply nature sneaking up on the bride and groom. This week brings some chaos, a happy return, and a surprise guest! Who could it be?

https://wtkr.com/2018/07/12/wedding-photographers-capture-couple-getting-married-during-wildfire/

For those who live in the Seattle area and are suffering from this god awful heat wave, one must surely remember the awfulness of last year as it not only combined the heat, but also the smoke from the raging wildfires from around the state. It all was just miserable, so much so that you’d probably balk at the courage of these two newlyweds who got married in the line of a wildfire over in California.

Ellie and Taylor Denney, who had been planning their big day for quite some time, weren’t quite expecting what was coming over the hills towards them. Though they there was a wildfire raging, they didn’t think it would come so fast—or in the middle of their vows. During the ceremony, they received a mandatory evacuation notice. Instead of cutting their losses and running, they just cut it short—but still ran. Trimming off a major portion of the ceremony, they still got to tie the knot as the fire approached the river behind them.

While not the most “beautiful” wedding photos, they surely are distinct with smoke clouds billowing high behind them. Talk about a hot wedding!

https://www.wfla.com/news/local-news/gainesville-couple-reunited-with-personal-photos-after-tampa-man-finds-gopro/1297311605

Our business is weddings; more importantly wedding videos. We capture your big day and make sure you have memories to cherish for a lifetime. For one couple, their wedding footage had been sorely lost after their GoPro took an unexpected swim during a post-wedding vacation and never was to be found again…

That is until a year later when a good Samaritan by the name of Jeffrey Heim was diving and came upon the long-lost camera. Like pirate’s treasure, it was worth more than he could have expected—and after pleas on social media to find the owner, he finally tracked down Angel and Tim Wilson who just so happened to be getting ready to celebrate their one-year anniversary!

What’s important to note, at least from our side of things, is that these two were utterly creative in affixing the camera to their dog to be the “camera-dog.”

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/surprise-pope-francis-unexpectedly-celebrates-vatican-wedding-78791

The last time you saw an unexpected wedding guest on this blog it was in the form of an Alaskan moose. Now, many of us would think that’s pretty cool. But for one Italian couple, Luca Schafer and Leticia Vera, they can say they got one of the greatest surprise wedding guests of all time: the freaking Pope!

That’s right: Pope Francis himself surprised a wedding taking place in the Vatican Gardens, in a little chapel known as the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians, and presided over the ceremony! To make it even more fun, only the bride and groom knew that he was going to be there! The other priests in attendance didn’t even know either!

Those in attendance say that the pope delivered a speech on the three verbs that would help them in their married life start, stop, and resume. Now how cool is that!?

https://www.popsugar.com/moms/photo-gallery/45061010/image/45061022/Bride-Sends-Brother-Her-First-Look-Wedding-Dress

This one is bound to make you chuckle. Pretend you’re about to have your first look. You’re dressed up perfectly, perhaps shaking just a little, and the excitement for what to rushing through your body at the speed of light. Well, imagine that when you finally see your bride to be it ends up being your future brother-in-law in the dress instead of your loving fiancé!

Husband and wife Val and Heidi had quite the prank for their wedding day, though Val knew nothing about it until it was too late. Photographer Nichole shared a story with POPSUGAR about dear friend Heidi pranking her husband-to-be at the very last minute on their wedding day.

After precise coordination and a little bit of luck, everything worked out that Val didn’t realize until Heidi…I mean Eric…reached him from behind. Heidi was able to spy in on the moment, and when the actual one happened, Val was rather suspicious and nearly thought it was her other brother this time around. Luckily it wasn’t, otherwise Val might have actually given up. Be sure to check the photos in the link for some big laughs!

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/bride-grooms-big-moment-takes-12883363

We’re not the biggest fans of soccer (or football), but when a wedding decides to stream the World Cup at their wedding we can’t help but want to watch it with them. For Jenna and Mike Coysh, their wedding breakfast was taking place during the quarterfinal match with Sweden. Now, if you’ve never seen the English watch sports before, well…they get into it.

Which is why it was such a funny moment when, right as the newlyweds were about to cut their gorgeous cake…England scored a goal against Sweden. This cued a wave of applause and a minor pause in the breakfast for everyone to celebrate the goal before things died back down to celebrate the thing they were originally there for!

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There you have it for this week in Bizarre Wedding News: if you spot anything strange or funny around the internet, shoot it our way and we’d love to feature it!

Even if you don’t, we’d still love to hear from you so leave us a comment or question below! See you all next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Milner Wedding on 6/21/18 at The Finery on Camano Island

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“Best Made Wedding videos did an excellent job capturing all the special moments on our wedding day. The videographers (Reid and Matt) were professional, thoughtful and creative. They gave us moments of alone time throughout the day so that we could enjoy the moment with no one around. The videographer team captured and included every video shot of our elopement in the highlight video that we wanted. The process of booking, questionnaire, and payment was easy and convenient. The editing and artistic flow of the final highlight video is priceless. We are excited about the video we received and look forward to incorporating it into our anniversary celebration.”

This may come as quite a surprise—but we love weddings. I know, right? Would would’ve thought it? There’s nothing like a wedding, and we’re all for every single aspect. The atmosphere of a wedding is like electricity. There’s love and excitement, a dash of anxiousness, and the ubiquitous hope for everything to go absolutely according to plan. In many ways, a wedding is akin to a Broadway musical; there’s costume, makeup, a stage (of sorts), an audience and it has all been rehearsed.

But today isn’t about weddings; it’s about elopements. For many, the idea of an elopement has always been seeded in secrecy and a sort of “forbidden love.” Tales of young high schoolers escaping from the nightmare of life to just be together against the world come to mind, or a fair assortment of romantic comedies, yet they’re all wrong. In the scheme of things, especially for those who either don’t have a big enough family or simply don’t want to go about planning all of the hundreds of details for a wedding, elopements might actually be your ticket to happiness. With only the need for an officiant and some rings, elopements are easy and romantic; for some, they might even be more meaningful than weddings in certain ways.

The Milner’s Elopement, out on Camano Island at the delightful Finery, was as elegant and touching as any wedding we’ve witnessed this year. Getting ready together in the morning, the absence of groomsmen and bridesmaids meant that Laura and James helped one another get looking the absolute best. Now, how many of you married couples can say your partner helped you get dressed on your wedding day?

There was time for a first look out in the clearing, which gave us quite a few opportunities to get adorable photos of the two posing around the area. Sneaking kisses and looking longingly into each other’s eyes, the elopement couldn’t come fast enough!

With just the officiant, the two stood in front of each other for the ceremony. Reciting some tear-jerking vows, the two bared their hearts for each other, doling out emotional words of love and kindness. Going back into their history, the two were both weepy before it was even time to share their first kiss as husband and wife. Excited for the future, and with the hope of showing each other the love they both deserve every day, the officiant declared the two husband and wife. With a kiss, their love and union were sealed.

With the elopement, there was no massive amount of applause from the guests. But there didn’t need to be, the two were all they needed for each other to be absolutely happy. A little cake-cutting followed as they popped open a bottle of champagne, thus bringing the wonderful day to a close.

Thank you again to Laura and James for picking Best Made Videos to film their elopement! We hope your first few weeks of marriage are going spectacularly!

Have any questions or comments? Did you have an elopement? Let us know below!

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Laura and James’ story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

We first met in pharmacy school when we were assigned to work together in the same group. Laura stood out to me when she proceeded to take over everyone’s part and complete the entire group project on her own. It was at that moment I knew I could completely relate to her views on group work as that same thought crossed my mind too. I knew that I had to get to know her more and find out what else we had in common.

Tell us about the proposal!

During our last year of pharmacy school, we were still trying to figure out what to do with our future. I knew whatever was ahead in my future, that I wanted her to be a part of it as well. I bought the ring a few months earlier and was planning for the perfect place to propose. After speaking with my brother, I made plans to come visit him in Dubai, take her to the Burj Khalifa and propose. When I asked her to come to Dubai with me during Christmas, she said she needed to go home and see her family during Christmas. I spent the next several weeks thinking about what other plans could possibly beat my original idea. Then one evening we were watching the movie Wedding Crashers and I kept thinking to myself, the two of us just had an incredibly good day. When you are in pharmacy school, trust me, those days are rare. We had a great day at school, enjoyed a nice dinner together and spent quality time watching a movie that we were both enjoying. When she got up to get ready for bed, I don’t know if it was the movie or not, but I kept thinking that I wanted to hold on to her forever. As she was getting ready for bed, I have do the same playful thing almost every night and take her spot in bed and she has to push me out of it so she can go to sleep. This time, I put the ring right next to me and as she tried pushing me she felt the box I had placed in the way. As soon as I saw her with that questioning look of what is that, I pulled out and opened the box and asked her to marry me.

Why did you choose your venue?

Our enthusiasm for Greek mythology helped guide us to a unique date on the summer solstice (June 21st). The summer solstice marks the start of the New Year according to some ancient Greek calendars. We wanted a place that could handle an outdoor wedding and accommodate the rain if needed. The Finery on Camano Island is a beautiful place to have an outdoor wedding, intimate experience and offers an elopement package which was perfect for our situation.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Happy, sweet moments of us together and separate; candid joyful emotion; capture the anticipation moments before the wedding. The first time we see each other after getting ready and us exchanging vows.

Anything else?

Collection of memories that we can share with each other and with our closest family and friends. Excited to see the surrounding scenery in which we are getting married as isolated scenic shots and distant shots of us outside (i.e. venue, ocean, trees, etc.)

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by Scott Johnson

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to weddings: there’s nothing more fun and wild than having a wholly unique theme or venue. You’ve seen us talk about weddings at White Castle and Walmart before, you’ve also gotten to witness some spooky ones of our own. Today we come to you with three weddings that are equal parts bizarre, lucky, and entirely romantic. The simple truth is: as long as you’re with your significant other, have some rings and an officiant, and are willing to commit the rest of your life to that person, then you could have a wedding just about anywhere.

http://www.thisisinsider.com/southwest-airlines-wedding-airplane-2018-6

Imagine you’re on a flight: it’s tight, cramped, there’s a baby crying and you still have three hours to go…wait, maybe imagine a different flight.

Just a few weeks ago, on Southwest Airlines from Vegas to Baltimore, a wedding was held before the flight landed! Talk about a different kind of mile-high club!

Michael and Renee, who reportedly met on Match.com about four years ago, both stood up near the end of their flight and proceeded to make their way to opposite sides of the plane. With Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” in the background, Renee made her way down the aisle to Michael. That’s when the pilot came out to officiate! Though there weren’t any major celebrations onboard (not much room to dance), they were reportedly given a makeshift cake made out of various napkins, straws and toilet paper with words of advice from fellow passengers.

https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/triad-couple-gets-dream-wedding-48-hours-after-canceled-wedding-auctioned/83-566507529

The next wedding we’ll be talking about might earn the record for fastest one ever planned—though there wasn’t entirely too much planning to go along with it. In North Carolina, high school sweethearts Nicole Atkinson and Wesley Bodenheimer, were perusing Facebook when they came across a post from Bella Collina, a fancy wedding venue, that was essentially auctioning off a wedding that had been cancelled just three days before the event.

Not wanting to lose out on the day, owner Joe Destafino decided to post the wedding slot on Facebook in hopes of some nibbles, though he seemed doubtful as it was literally three days away.

But then Atkinson and Bodenheimer messaged him and the rest was history: they got the wedding for half the price, along with the already-arranged DJ, Caterer, flowers and pretty much everything else. Talk about bargain shopping! The only downside is they had to plan everything else in a mere 48 hours, as they had already had a wedding planned for this coming November!

http://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/2018/06/25/couple-escapes-house-fire-on-morning-wedding-it-was-nice-ending-to-rather-horrendous-beginning.html

Our final wedding is rather bittersweet. On the day of their wedding, Matthew and Coral Denakis, a couple out of Maryland, a fire broke out inside their house during the wee hours of the morning. With most of the wedding party in their house, which amounted to almost twenty people, it was a miracle everyone got out unscathed. Matthew had his priorities set when he went for just the wedding rings (and his wallet)

Thankfully, the wedding dress had been stored safely and the two were officially married later that day. Claiming they wanted to turn a bad day into a good one, I think they honestly deserve a medal or something. Most people would be in a pretty bad mood if their house blew up, especially on their wedding day.

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Know of any other bizarre weddings? Was yours even weirder? Let us know in the comments below and maybe you’ll be featured next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Soliman Wedding on 12/15/17 in Downtown Seattle

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“We worked with Reid (with his assistant Matt) from Best Made Videos and they were absolutely amazing! They truly captured the best moments in the highlights reel, and the turnaround time was unreal. We got everything back in less than two weeks. We also really appreciated the responsiveness to our questions and quick ability to adapt when plans were changing down to the last few days of planning. We definitely recommend Best Made Videos for their quality work!”

The week before Christmas in Seattle is often a dark, rainy and bitterly miserable time. The season is just about to change, the days have gotten shorter (and will continue to do so with the winter solstice) and us Seattleites begin to mourn the loss of the sun until it pops its head out again come March (if we’re lucky). While the day started out with a touch of sunlight peeking through the grey clouds, the Soliman’s big day didn’t need a lucky break of sun in December to get all the warmth and happiness they deserve.

The day got off to a pleasant start with the bride and groom getting ready in separate abodes. A quiet morning, Stacey and Richard started to look as suave and elegant as can be. Hanging out with cats (four of them) was more than plenty to calm any flaring nerves. Once they were all dressed, the future newlyweds met on a rooftop almost directly under the Space Needle for their first look.

As Richard turns around to greet his bride, they play a cute little game before they embrace in a hug. Holding each other and shining near-blinding smiles, the two looked absolutely adorable looking out towards Queen Anne and the EMP Museum. Once the groomsmen joined along, there was no stopping the laughter and smiles. We even got a new pose: Richard acted like he was falling over the edge, which we have never seen before! We also got a chance to shoot them outside the world-famous EMP museum, which gave us all some really incredible shots with the wholly unique architecture and designs.

Before too long it was time to head inside for the wedding at the Courthouse. Posing against a corner window, with the backdrop of the city, the Sound and all the way down to the south, it was a gorgeous setting for a winter wedding in Seattle. Following the absolutely heart-touching wedding, which saw the bride bursting into tears during her vows, everyone was treated to a gigantic dinner of Chinese food. Taking up the entire event space in the restaurant, there was plenty of room for dancing and mingling, which began the moment everyone got there. A riotous garter dance led into a sweet cake-cutting, followed by the couple’s first dance. A live DJ performed a variety of songs, even a personal version of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” that seemed to be, well, perfect for the occasion.

Eventually the lights dimmed low and the strobes and flashing lights came on, bringing everyone out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. What followed was a massive dance celebration that provided the newlywed with a lifetime of memories.

We want to thank Stacey and Richard for choosing Best Made Videos for filming their wonderful wedding ceremony! Congratulations on a happy four months and here’s to many more!

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below and we’ll get to them as soon as possible!

Stacy and Richard’s story in their own words:

Stacey’s Perspective:

It was just another day. I had just printed off some sheets of a report from the library (it was 75 free sheets a week so who wouldn’t do this??) and was headed back home when I ran into Richard. It was SO random, because this was the library right by my house… and Richard lived 30 minutes away. That was the last place I expected to run into him. After that awkward encounter, I started messaging him on the (now-dead) social media platform MySpace.

Richard’s Perspective:

Looking back, I don’t think I would have had that fateful run-in with Stacey at the library had my car not broken down (which caused me to have to get a loaner car, which led to a stop at the library after a couple of practice rounds to get used to it). Just like Stacey, I thought it was the most random occurrence, but turned out to be oh so wonderful, since that’s when we started talking. By the way, what’s MySpace?

The Proposal:

The last quarter of 2016 was tough for us and the time around the holidays wasn’t any better… In attempts to cheer ourselves up we attended a Christmas Day improv show by Unexpected Productions down at the Pike Place Market. We laughed until we cried along with maybe 20 other people (yes, there are other people who watch improv comedy shows Christmas night) that night.

Before heading home, we stopped by my friend’s place to check in with the cat. We stopped by the rooftop to throw away the cat litter and enjoy the view overlooking the area by Smith Tower. We had an ordinary conversation like we do most days…

Then Richard brings up going to grad school- mind you, we had recently bought a house and a car. How could he do this to me? What was he thinking?

“I was working on this paper about set theory to get into the math program.” What? “Wait, think back to your abstract algebra class,” he explained. “You know, I was writing about set theory, group theory, and…”

“Ring theory,” as he pulled out a ring.

“Stacey, will you marry me?”

I was so mad I almost threw him off the roof! After I calmed down a bit, he asked me again. Of course, I said, “Yes.”

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