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By Scott Johnson

Hyland Wedding on 7/6/19 at Pickering Barn in Issaquah, Wa

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“Amazing Videographer. Reid is awesome! He was upbeat and engaged with us throughout the whole process. Before, during, and after our wedding he was very personable and easy to work with. On top of all that, the quality of his work is excellent. We absolutely love our video!!! It is beyond perfect! We also got the raw footage which is filled with valuable memories. We HIGHLY recommend using Reid as your videographer!! You won’t be disappointed!”

The first creeping chills of fall have arrived. Gone are the pleasant morning strolls and here come those miserable departures from your cozy bed. Hopefully without making the transition between seasons more bitter, we come to you today with one of our weddings from the beginning of July. Back when the weather was still warm, we met for the Hyland wedding, which saw the union of Blake and John.

What made things even more awesome was the venue: Pickering Barn. With shocking proximity to the Issaquah Costco, this great, centralized venue can fit up to 350 people. With options for both interior and exterior weddings, you can get hitched here any time of year, though only if you are willing to endure the cold.

Blake and John both had lively mornings as their parties got all made up for the day. Crews tackled the barn to get it looking spiffy for the bride and groom, and before too long everything was ready for the first look. Meeting outside of Pickering Barn (note that they got married in the Hay Barn), the bride and groom looked splendid for their first look. The bright summer sun made everything that much better, especially when we made our way into the greenery to let the sun streak through the leaves.

Once we had enough shots of this adorable couple, it was time for some group photos. Rocking grey suits, the groomsmen looked grand next to the lovely ladies in light blue. For some reason, the boys just couldn’t keep their super stern faces for too long as they soon reduced to chuckles and smiles.

Gathering in the massive hay barn is a sight to behold. The massive wood wall towers over the altar, while the wonderful colors of the dresses and suits flank along the sides to create a nice contrast. After committing to each other, and to God, John and Blake became husband and wife. A kiss sealed the deal, and they made their way back down the aisle.

We ran off with the newlyweds to catch some blissful photos of the two. Strolling through gardens alive with flowers, they twirled and smiled like they were the only two on the planet. While the guests entertained themselves with cornhole and some drinks, Blake and John enjoyed just a bit more solace before arriving for the reception.

With food and drinks ready to go, the partying got off to a quick start. The evening made way into the cake cutting and first dance, with Blake looking utterly delighted with her new husband’s dance moves. In a flash, it was time for the bouquet and garter toss, only for more dancing to take the night away.

Congratulations to Blake and John for almost three months of marriage! Thank you once again for choosing Best Made Videos® to film your big day. We hope you have been having a superb time.

Have any questions? Comments? Leave them below and we will be happy to get back to you!

Venue – Pickering Barn

Photography – Tiffany Rosendahl

Videography – Best Made Videos

Catering – Snuffin’s Catering

Dress – I Do Bridal

Blake and John’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

I was down in Tacoma for the PBR with a friend and we decided to check out the country bar, Steel Creek, Saturday night. John was there with a buddy and wife.  He was shy so he had his buddy’s wife come bump into me and ask if I could help her find her husband (they were standing 10 feet away). Eventually she said “Oh, there they are!” and asked if my friend and I wanted to hang out. That’s when I met John :).  We got to talking and he bought me a shot of my favorite whiskey and taught me how to line dance and two-step. I gave him my number and he ended up buying a ticket to the PBR the next day and came all the way back down to Tacoma from Silverdale to watch the bullriders and hang out with my friend and me. The rest is history. 🙂 ((We go to PBR every year now)).

Tell us about the proposal!

My mom, my sister, and I went to a Mariner’s game on Friday night. John was supposed to go too, but told me he had to go away for the weekend for work. (He was in the USCG, so that was common). I was bummed but I was used to it. We got home from the game and my mom and sister decided they wanted to try this new brunch place out in the Richmond Beach area in the morning, and of course I wanted to go.  So we wake up and get ready and head to the café, and my dad called. He was at Richmond Beach Park taking pictures (also a very common thing, even though it was raining). He called and asked if we were at the restaurant yet, because he spotted some orcas and said we should come down to see them. I love whales, so of course I wanted to go down and see them before brunch. We got down there and my dad told me they were feeding and he thinks they moved north. He told me I might be able to see them if I walked down a little ways.  As I was walking down towards the water I noticed a glass bottle with sand, shells, and a picture of John and me in it. I said “What the hell? That’s John and me” and then looked up to see him coming up the beach from around the corner. He came up to me, got down on one knee, pulled out a ring, and asked me to marry him and I said YES. His family had driven up from California, so we all celebrated with some champagne. Definitely, completely and totally surprised me! Also, I still have yet to see any orcas in the Puget Sound. 🙂

Why did you choose your venue?

We were looking for a barn and this was the first place we looked and we loved it. We booked it right then and there. 

What are you most excited to see in the video?

I’m really excited to be able to watch and re-live the memories from the day.  I know it’s all going to be a blur and go by so fast. I’m also glad we’re going to have it for our kids to watch in the future. I’ve watched my parents wedding video a few times and it’s cool to see relatives, like my grandpa, who I never got the chance to meet. 

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by Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – NBC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Welcome everyone to another installment of Bizarre Wedding News! I hope everyone had a wonderful and reflective Memorial Day weekend. This week we have a few fun stories including some new forms of bridezillas, catching up with a handful of celebrities, and some tragic news about missing wedding videos. Get ready, here we go!

Another horrendous story of a production company failing to deliver the goods, this time in Florida. IT has now been over a year since Melissa got married in St. Augustine, and the only taste of her big day she’s received is a three-minute teaser trailer. She paid $800 for that, as well as the rest of the footage, but Kevin Remington of Collab-Creation Films has yet to hear back from him.

Spamming him with emails over the course of a few months, she has never heard back from him. Action News Jax also got in on the investigation and discovered that the company is indeed closed and that several reviews on have all but confirmed what was suspected: this guy was a no-good fraud. But they also started contacting Kevin’s family…which is where things get crazy. Read the article for the shocking conclusion!

Bridezillas run rampant all the time. Not all brides end up turning into one, however the ones who do usually end up with quite the tale about their demeanor. This week will definitely ruffle some feathers and might make you question your own ethics and morality.

In the ever-heated subject of veganism, many people just try to keep to themselves about their eating habits and not force them upon others. One bride, however, posted to a vegan Facebook group about how she was going to require all of her wedding guests to eat from a vegan menu at her wedding. Normally, this may not be a huge issue. There are plenty of delicious vegan foods (many of which people like me can’t eat because I’m allergic to soy, nuts and legumes, but that’s neither here nor there), but it’s how she doubled-down on the claim that made her an enemy,

In an attempt to give contect, she claimed “some family members were told they are not invited to my wedding because we don’t want to host murderers. Our wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives.” Her mother and two cousins were then barred from the wedding. Vegans and vegetarians out there, do you share this sentiment? Or do you want your guests to eat meat and other animal products at your wedding?

Most people really don’t want their exes around in general. There is probably a good reason you broke up, after all, but if you can stand each other’s presences, then more power to you!

But a wedding is the one place you typically don’t want anyone around with romantic history. surveyed several people whose exes actually ended up at their weddings and the reasons will surprise you.

Sometimes people get lucky, like Tami, who claims that “you don’t have to hate an ex when the relationship is over.” Her ex was always a better friend than a lover, so they just stayed that way without any bumps or pain!

Another one was more pre-emptive than anything, Raquel claims that “I just felt like if my ex was going to be at my wedding, I didn’t want to have anxiety about him showing up unexpectedly or crashing the party.” So she invited him, and he respectfully declined! Sometimes things do work out ok!

After her spree of Oscar-nominated movies, Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t quite been making the same waves as before. But that’s about to change as she got engaged back at the beginning of February. After a brief fling with director Darren Aronofsky, Lawrence is now engaged to art dealer Cooke Maroney. The engagement is news in itself, but the ring on her finger should be sending the Breaking News alerts out.

The ring made its first public appearance at Dior’s Paris Fashion Show (Lawrence herself is signed by Dior) and boy is the thing is massive. When you look at the giant emerald-cut diamond, you’ll notice it’s hardly being supported by the tiny band around her finger. No word has been announced about the date for the wedding, but you can bet we will be covering it when it happens!

Glee star Lea Michele has been engaged for over a year now to AYR president Zandy Reich, and you can bet the musical actress is ecstatic for just about every aspect of the wedding…but particularly the food. She was quoted in PureWow as saying, “On Sunday, I requested for a bagel bar with every kind of bagel and every kind of spread and Bloody Marys.” Her hubbie-to-be, a Philadelphia-native, had some food ideas for himself, asking for a Philly cheesesteak bar.

She then corrected herself saying that she really is excited to being around “everyone I love. All together, everyone that’s there with me and Zandy.” Either way, we’re excited to see this wedding happen! Check back in later to when it happens for more coverage!


There you have it for this week! We hope you enjoy the incoming warm weather as well as all of the other weddings we are going to cover! Check back in each week for more coverage of the biggest celebrity weddings and Bizarre Wedding News! As always, if you have a question or concern, leave it below!

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