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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!

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by Scott Johnson

Wow! Time sure does fly by fast when you’re having a good time! Wedding videography is a year-round job, with its spikes during the spring and summer for obvious reasons (at least here in the Pacific Northwest) and we get to see a few just about every week of the year! One of the best things about our job is being able to see so much of our state. From stunning hotels, to accommodating athletic clubs, out to the fields and meadows and a few new locations that surely surprised us, 2018 has been a wonderful year so far.

Let’s break down our five favorite weddings of 2018 thus far!

Van Cise Wedding, 3/10, Trinity Tree Farm

Who would’ve thought that getting married at a Christmas Tree farm on the verge of Spring, with just little sproutlings popping up, would be such a wonderful idea? The Van Cise wedding took us out to Trinity Tree Farm near Issaquah for a day of fresh starts, new beginnings, and the decade-in-the-making marriage between Angelina and Taylor. What stands out most from the day, however, are the tear-inducing vows they share for each other that will surely make you cry, too.

Wurtz Wedding, 05/05, Ballard Locks

A new venue for us–and also one we never would’ve thought of–was the Ballard Locks. For those of you unfamiliar with Seattle, these water gates allow transportation to and from the ocean from Lake Union. For the Wurtz it was a gorgeous day, accented with our drone footage, that saw everyone looking spiffy in grey suits and lilac dresses. With a balloon arch in a little clearing, Jazmyn and Josh tied to knot in front of their friends and family in the most adorable fashion.

McGee Wedding, 01/28, Sentinel Hotel

Taking a road trip down to our southerly neighbor, Portland, is always a grand time, this time even more so. The so-called “Most Storied Hotel” and National Historic Landmark,The Sentinel, played host to the McGee’s truly spectacular wedding; a day of celebration, dancing and near-royalty decorations. After the satisfying crush of the ceremonial glass (and most importantly the kiss), Greg and Allie were officially married. All in all, it was one of the most unforgettable weddings we’ve been to in quite some time!

Foster Wedding, 02/17, Washington Athletic Club

The Fosters really lucked out with their February wedding, held at the Washington Athletic Club, as there was sun shining bright in the sky. Opting for drone footage, the beautiful Seattle waterfront was truly a marvel. Sipping mimosas, posing in front of the utterly sophisticated hallways and bookshelves of the Club, and looking dapper while doing so, occupied us for most of the morning. Failing to hold back his tears, Cory happily watched his wife-to-be walk down the aisle for a touching ceremony. However, it was the hilarious garter dance and the s’more bar, that really make this one stand out for us.

May Wedding, 05/06, Hidden Meadows

The May’s got married in May, which is certainly the easiest way to remember your anniversary, but their wedding as a whole already proved to be unforgettable. With perfectly warm weather, the outdoor ceremony which featured the bridesmaids and groomsmen rocking beige dresses and grey suits, was a lovely spectacle. With their union sealed, they officially kissed and become husband and wife. What we loved most were the photoshoots with the guys on the train tracks as they puffed on cigars like true gents.

And there you have it! Our Top 5 Weddings of 2018 (So Far!) Do you agree? If not, let us know which ones really deserved to be up here!

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by Scott Johnson

When you picture weddings, you probably imagine them in a church with everyone dressed in their nicest formal attire, a serenading violin or harp playing the Bridal Chorus, a white gown and tuxedo, and a reception decked with flowers and gourmet food. We adore tradition, but we also love to see the sheer creativity the bride and groom put into their special day.

Every couple has a “thing.” Whether it is sharing a deep passion for a football team, an obsession with Star Wars, or just simply a favorite restaurant, these commonalities help make some for of the best weddings. Which is exactly why we love the story of Skylain and Jeffery Clarke who enjoy Taco Bell so much, they took their wedding photos inside the very restaurant the two spent many-a-afternoon in. Silly? Definitely. Queso-y? Sí, señor. But there’s no denying the smiles on their faces in the photos.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/see-taco-bell-themed-wedding-photo-shoot-172419216.html

With that in mind, we dug through our video archives to find our own favorite themed weddings. Check out the videos below!

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Pablo Wedding, 08/05/17, Cedar Springs

There’s something special about a bride and groom honoring their roots, like how Kaleena and Tim paid tribute to their Hawaiian heritage at their gorgeous wedding at Cedar Springs. Adorned with nut Lei’s the groomsman looked extra classy, while the bridal party stunned with flower ones. The massive bouquet of tropical flowers also added a sentimental touch to the ceremony, while traditional luau dancers graced the reception as family and friends joined along. Weddings like this remind us that home is never really that far away when you’re with family.

Morrison Wedding, 12/31/16, Embassy Suites

To some, the When of a wedding is more important than the Where. Sure a New Year’s Eve wedding might not be the most original idea out there, but the significance of ringing in a new year with a new chapter in life is tough to beat. Plus, you can’t really hate the idea of having to party until midnight, can you? Bride and groom Andrea and Gus certainly made a spectacular bash of it all as their reception wasted no time in getting the fun started to carry them all to the end of the year and the start of something new and wonderful.

Faber Wedding, 07/09/15, Robinswood House

Who said weddings needed to be super serious affairs? The Faber Wedding is all about the child at heart, as its theme is a combination of superheroes, Legos, and boardgames. Cupcakes garnished with dice, copies of Cranium and Taboo set up on tables, and a simple cake topped by Lego Spiderman and Mary Jane Watson say everything you need to know about the bride and groom. Sure it’s a little childish, but isn’t that how love’s supposed to make you feel? Kelly and Adam certainly think so.

Iffrig Wedding, 06/26/16, Manresa Castle

Save for Disneyland/World, it’s a little tough finding castles here in America. Luckily, for those in the Pacific Northwest, Port Townsend, WA, has one right out of a fairytale. And like a childhood dream come true, bride and groom Anna and Curt had their “happily ever after” wedding held at an honest-to-god castle, complete with a tiara, glass slippers, and a dress to rival Cinderella’s. I guess some fairytales weddings are real.

Stephens Wedding, 09/17/17, Sorrento Hotel

Ashley and Rajeev’s wedding is a beautiful union of not only two people, but two different cultures. By all accounts, the ceremony was as formal and traditional as one could expect until the groom places the traditional Hindu Bindi on his bride’s forehead just as they are about to kiss. There’s slow dancing and photos to follow, but as the reception kicks off Rajeev and Ashley arrive decked out in Hindi attire. Then, like a scene out of a Bollywood film, dancers arrive and perform routines for the guests and bride and groom. It’s a blast of energy that could get a stone’s foot tapping (seriously, watch the video), but more importantly it is the combining of two worlds.

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Themed weddings reveal a lot about who the bride and groom are, even the tiniest details can add both significance and fun to the special day. Just the date of the wedding alone can say something to the nature of the couple. Let us know of any fun or unique themes we can pass on below!

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Morrison Wedding on 12/31/16 at The Embassy Suites in Portland, Oregon

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Who knew you could have so much fun working!  On New Year’s Eve no less!!!  Andrea and Gus threw was has to be one of the greatest New Year’s Eve parties of all time, and then two people happened to get married!

A truly sophisticated black tie affair in Downtown Portland at the beautiful Embassy Suites brought together family and friends for a night of celebrating and love.  Andrea and Gus filled a room with joy and laughter as they stood in front of their closest friends to tie the knot and become husband and wife.  Touching, personal vows along with some beautiful imagery captured in the lobby make this a fun and unique wedding video.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen were at the top of their game keeping the couple laughing all night, while the families of both Andrea and Gus were able to celebrate and take in all the fun that the night had to offer.

Working alongside the fantastic Kayley Hoddick was an added pleasure as we were able to capture and showcase the love and care that Andrea and Gus have for each other.  Do yourselves a favor and watch this video and experience all of the fun!  This party is one that I won’t soon forget!

Photography – Kayley Hoddick

Venue – Embassy Suites Downtown Portland

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