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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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“Absolutely amazing! I reached out to several companies but Reid was more than responsive and flexible and made me feel really good about working with him and his company. I HIGHLY recommend them, they came prepared with ideas for great videos and had an incredible response time from day one. Stop looking for a videographer and just call/email Reid with Best Made Videos. You won’t be disappointed!”

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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