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by Scott Johnson

Welcome one and all to our month-long countdown of our Favorites of 2018. Over the course of December, we will be listing our Favorite Wedding Venues, Vows, Indoor and Outdoor Ceremonies and more. Our first countdown is a list of our Favorite Venues we visited for the first time this year, Let’s get the show started with part one, of our Favorite New Wedding Venues (for us)!

Hotel Bellwether

Far too many people associate Bellingham with its connection to Western Washington University. Others simply know it as one of the last stops before we get to our neighbor to the north. But for those who want to try it as a vacation spot, boy is Hotel Bellwether a prime place to change your mind. The luxury hotel, which boasts views of not only Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands, but also the Cascades. There’s even a Canine Concierge.

The Kirk wedding at the end of September took us to the hotel for a splendid day of love and celebration. After holding their actual wedding ceremony at the nearby Assumption Church, the Kirks headed over to the hotel for the reception. With tons of beautiful spots to photograph the newlyweds and their friends, the waterfront hotel is a magnificent sight. A bevy of wedding rooms can accommodate as few as 14 or up to 250 guests. Catering comes included too, with a hand-picked menu that features a Roasted Pork Loin and Risotto Forester.

Semiahmoo Resort

Even closer to the Canadian border than Bellingham, Blaine also features an incredibly charming, and deeply underappreciated hotel called Semiahmoo Resort. Take a look at the Leslie wedding for all the great things you need to know about the resort. There’s virtual golf, beautifully decorated interiors, a quaint dock perfect for ceremonies, and a stunning waterfront.

The Leslies had such a gorgeous wedding. Following them around the area would have been more than enough for us, but the rest of the resort and grounds are to die for. Views of the ocean and mountain mean you’re just right at home in Washington, while the hotel itself can hold up to 400 guests. An all-inclusive wedding package includes many of the basics, but you can throw on additional enhancements like specialty cocktails and even a bonfire.

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

Tucked in Magnolia’s Discovery Park, poised on top of a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound, is the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. A wildly spacious, architecturally stunning building that can host hundreds of people for any kind of event–especially weddings. At once an undeniably crucial place for Native families, it also brings together people who want to be together for life.

For your big day, you get 25 banquet tables, 250 chairs, and a kitchen where you can hire your own caterer to make all the delicious foods for you wedding. The Spampanis’ big wedding day saw the reception held at Daybreak. Its structure and exterior paintings immediately make you want to take a closer look, and then you go inside and find it to be open and inviting. Its surrounding area, though, is what really takes the cake. Just take a look at the sunset shots we got of the two at the end!

Lake Union Cafe

While the name itself should not give you any pause as to where it is, we never actually have been requested to shoot a wedding here! And, being such a Seattle Spot, they come prepared for rain. Their standard package includes buffets, fresh baked rolls, fruits and veggies, professional event staff and more. You can also tack on candles, in-house bar access and even plated dinners rather than buffet.

They also offer an outdoor wedding venue at Fairview Park, though they are fully aware of the weather and can easily switch things to the indoor venue at a moment’s notice.

The Gallos’ January wedding, right in the prime of winter, was made a spectacular day as we avoided rain and snow (the second one is pretty easy). After a morning of patrolling Volunteer Park for their first look, it was the Lake Union Cafe that saw, well, the “union” of these two love birds. As regal as any hotel, with gold decorations, tons of candles and about a hundred mirrors, it really is surprising how little we have seen this place! The dance floor itself is something not to be missed!

The Woodmark Hotel

If you’re looking for one of the best hotels in the area, look no further than the Woodmark in Kirkland. While not getting nearly as much love as Seattle or Bellevue, Kirkland is a lovely town that boasts an even lovelier waterfront. Rated as one of the Ten Best Resort Hotels in the West, the Woodmark offers more things than you probably care to think about. From its exemplary location right on Lake Washington, peering across to Seattle, down to the awesome fact that you can even stay there after the wedding and have your honeymoon as well, it’s such an awesome place. Oh, and there’s even a boat that takes you out around the harbor.

The Bullards had a spectacular wedding day here in the middle of August. Their first look is one of our favorites of the year as well, taking place inside the hotel with the regal architecture and a sense of sophistication. Even the exterior is unreal, with a long dock for our newlyweds to walk down and a view of Seattle that will make you want to sit for a while. With as luxurious as the hotel is, you bet your bottom they’re willing to go above and beyond for all of your wedding needs.

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And there you have it for the first part of our Favorite New (for us) Wedding Venues! Check back in later for the final five. Want to share with us where you got married? Would you want to do it somewhere else if you had the chance to do it again? Let us know in the comments below!

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by Scott Johnson

Spiziri Wedding on 9/8/18 at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Wa

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Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

When you think of wine country, you think of Bordeaux in France, or Tuscany in Italy. Heck, you might even just think of Napa. But for us Washingtonians (who have, in recent years, gotten quite good at this wine game), we don’t need to venture very far at all, depending on which side of the state your own. For those of us on the west side, look no further than just a few miles out of Seattle–Woodinville to be exact–and you’ll be off sipping fancy wines by afternoon!

But even more wonderful than having a bevy of wine for your wedding, Washington’s own wine country is just as beautiful as any other in the world–and it’s also as peaceful and quaint. Probably even more so without all the tourists. The Spiziri’s landed on DeLille Cellars for their big day, an adorable vineyard that even has its own herd of sheep and alpaca. Just across the way from Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, we love this area for visits and weddings alike.

Some cloudy skies got us started off, though there were some shades of blue tucked in between the whites and the grays. The peaceful interior soothed the anxieties that come about with as much stress that a day like today brings. With such luck, once everyone was ready, so was the sun ready to pop its head out for the first look.

Around a charming little fountain, Andrew stood waiting for his bride. Some onlookers watched with glee as Christina came from behind. With a perfect kiss, it was off to take these two around the area. Posing amongst the grapes, barn and pond, it was such a sweet and serene time with these two as they eagerly smiled and posed anywhere we told them to.

By the time it was ready to get hitched, the sun really roasted some gray away as it started to light up the vineyard with its warm light. As everyone gathered in a clearing for the ceremony, the bride made her way to her fiance. Delivering heartwarming–and certainly tear-jerking–vows, the bride and groom shared their love for one another and everyone they knew. With just a few utterly magical words, they finally had permission to do what they’d been waiting so long to do: kiss and seal their union.

Traipsing around the area once again, it was time to get some even more romantic shots now with the sun high in the sky. Complete with a pond, the vineyard really goes above and beyond to give you plenty of picture-perfect locations. Heading back to the reception tent, pumping up the music even as they arrived, it was definitely time for celebration.

After the cake and food had all been absorbed into bellies, there was still plenty of time left to dance the night away. To leave in utmost style, the newlyweds made their way out with a flurry of sparklers to one heck of a ride, ready for their new lives.

Thank you again Christina and Andrew for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope you’ve had an excellent three months already!

Have any questions or comments? You know what to do!

Venue – DeLille Cellars

Photographer – Carol Harrold

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Intergral DJs

Flowers, Catering, Coordination – Blue Ribbon 

Transportation – British Motor Coach

Andrew and Christina’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Christina and I met while she was in town looking for apartments before she moved up here and we attended a party at a mutual friends apartment. It was a pre-party for a concert at the home of someone she went to college with and that I knew through work.

Tell us about the proposal!

We were planning a vacation to somewhere with a beach and i convinced Christina to upgrade our plans to Maui. She agreed as long as I planned it which was perfect. After a long day of stops along the road to Hana we had dinner at Mamas Fish House just in time for the sunset. After dinner we walked out front to their private beach where I proposed under the lit tiki torches.

Why did you choose your venue?

Our close friends got married here and suggested it to us. After taking a tour it was an instant winner.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

I think we’re mainly interested in two aspects:
1) Having a video to capture the ceremony and speeches so we can send them to family members who are unable to make it

2) Capturing the beauty of the venue so we can always remember how special it was

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by Scott Johnson

Welcome back one and all for another wonderful edition of Bizarre Wedding News. If you’re unfamiliar with the routine, every so often we deliver to you a variety of stories from the wacky world of weddings. Sometimes funny, other times sad, and certainly always informative, these stories are meant to entertain and educate. This week we’ve got four great stories coming your way. There are twists, turns…and tattoos? Yes, you read that right, so let’s get down to it!

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Let’s start with the weird stuff first: generally speaking, the only names or dates you want permanently emblazoned on your body should be either your parents or kids. Unless, if you’re lucky to meet your absolute soulmate. Nobody wants to have to wear the name of an ex around on them forever, but if that’s your thing, then hey good for you.

Just like us regular people, celebrities do this too. Take the Beckhams’ tattoos (yes, they have multiple). David has Victoria and “99” on his hand, as it was the year they were married. He also has a bouquet of roses on his arm for their anniversary. To take it one step further, they both got matching tattoos for their sixth anniversary that read “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Now that’s pretty sweet.

A few others like Beyonce and Jay-Z are shared, theirs being “IV” for their shared birthday numbers. They did this in lieu of getting rings, which is super cool, though we hope their marriage is going a little better now…

Though they aren’t quite married yet, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got perhaps the most odd tattoos of the bunch: matching Vegemite Jars. Hers is on her arm, while his got put on his ankle. Whatever makes you happy, I guess!

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This next story is quite the tale. A Michigan-based photographer by the name of Matthew Dippel was taking photos in Yosemite National Park in early October when he snapped an absolutely breathtaking shot of one of the most iconic overlooks. In terms of basic photo appreciation alone it’s borderline a masterpiece, but when you look closer…you see someone popping the question to their significant other. You can make out a little silhouette of a man on a knee with his girl looking like she’s just saying yes.

Well, Matthew came home and posted the photo to social media, and the hunt for these two lovebirds began. After thousands of shares, and dozens of fakers claiming they were the couple, about three weeks later he was put in touch with Charlie Bear and his fiance Melissa. After providing him with cold, hard proof, Dippel exploded with excitement at the luck of finding them. Apparently it was also the “second proposal” but we have a feeling they’ll say it was the only one!

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Remember a few weeks ago about the bridezilla who had the ridiculous list of demands that included an expensive gift, dress codes, and the silly notion that nobody was allowed to talk to the bride?

Well we have another one of those stories and it’s just as bad. Someone posted to reddit about how their sister was getting engaged and the bride was going to have a “Battle Royale” for her bridal party to see who would become the four bridesmaids, so as to not have to make another decision. Along with this demand came requirements “to secure your spot in our wedding party, the following things will be required: a promise to host a party (must be coupled) at a venue other than someone’s house. Your wedding gift must be cash/check of at least $500. You must buy me or [her partner] a “day of gift” of at least $100”

As you can tell, you probably don’t want to be at the wedding. Because on top of those gifts, she is also demanding that there be shower/party gifts as well. Oh, and don’t forget about the contract you have to sign that will hold you legally and fiscally responsible if you drop the ball. Basically, if you sign that thing, expect to lose about $600 or more. Sounds like a blast, right?

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Sometimes you just need to end on a sad note for the best impact, and this one is pretty heartbreaking. Some Canadian treasure hunters (yup, you heard that right) from the Calgary Metal Detecting Club were searching around a lake when something made Paul go right to the bottom. He came up with a wedding ring, engraved with names and a date. So, like any good Samaritan, he set off to find the owners.

A few stops and a post on social media later, and it only took an hour for them to find the family of the ring. But, with great sadness, both husband and wife, Palma and Karl, had died just a few years ago. Luckily, Paul was able to make contact with the son’s and grandkids of Karl and Palma so he could return the ring.

It turns out that Karl had lost the ring twenty years prior after a day at the lake, and it supposedly had left him haunted for years until his eventual death. Alas, Paul and the family were able to meet and lay the ring on the gravestone, finally getting some sense of closure.

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And there you have it for another week of fun, sad, and informative wedding news! We hope you have enjoyed your time as much as we did! Please let us know if you have any stories that you would like to share and we will gladly feature them! Just leave them below and we will get to them. See you next time!

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by Scott Johnson

Park Wedding on 9/22/18 at Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle, Wa

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Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“Couldn’t be happier with Best Made Videos! Reid and Jeff were awesome to work with day of and brought great energy to the day. Reid was super responsive throughout and delivered amazing work quicker than expected! Do not make the mistake of not having a videographer for your wedding. We initially didn’t plan on having one, but it was the best decision we made to book; the videos and moments captured allows you to look back and re-live all the wonderful memories of your big day. Best Made Videos is highly recommended and offers amazing value!”

Almost directly next to SeaTac Airport lies Cedarbrook Lodge. You’d imagine it might not be the quietest of venues, but you will certainly be surprised. With an indoor venue, as well as a beautiful exterior one, you won’t have to worry about anything coming from the sky–whether it be noise or rain. With capacities of up to 200, you can surely invite everyone to come–but maybe not those pesky aunts and uncles.There’s also the magnificent Copperleaf Restaurant for food, as well as a handpicked menu for weddings.

There was some blue peaking out of the clouds in the fresh new season of Fall. The spirits were high from the get-go with tons of laughing and fun in simply getting ready. Everyone was beaming with smiles as they fixed their ties and hair, while imagining what lies ahead. Though there were some struggles getting the jacket on, it was a boisterously good time. Some singing and dancing bided the time before an adorable first look.

Meeting on a little wooden walkway, enclosed by greenery, Andrew had one of those “million buck” smiles on his face while Katie approached from behind. Teasing each other just a tad, the two were eager beavers as we walked them around the area, snapping photos with the Fall sunlight sneaking through the leaves. As soon as everyone gathered out on the grass for group photos, it felt like the sun came blasting on through. Looking awesome in contrasting blue suits and deep red dresses, the ladies and gents got in on the fun poses with some we’ve never seen before!

After a few more sweet and hilarious photos, it was the moment we had all been waiting for: the wedding. Lucky enough to be outside in the spacious and welcoming ceremony venue, the sun really burnt away the clouds to illuminate the little enclosed space. A spiritual, loving and simply stunning ceremony finally saw the union of Andrew and Katie as they officially became husband and wife.

Retreating inside for some decadent food and plenty of fun, the reception was a sophisticated affair with no shortage of good times. With wine and beer flowing, everyone was feeling ready for some celebration. A beast of a three-tier cake was soon cut into, enjoying some sweets and an already splendid day. Then came the dancing. With the lights dimmed down low, the newlyweds embraced each other closely as they swayed on the dance floor.

After the bouquet and garter toss, the strobe lights flicked on and soon it was one massive dance party. With everyone celebrating the new love of Andrew and Katie, it was only fitting for their send off to be done with dozens of sparklers as they headed off to start their brand new life together.

Thank you again to Andrew and Katie for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding. We hope your first two months together have been incredible. Have a burning question or comment that you need to get off your chest? Leave it below!

Venue – Cedarbrook Lodge

Photographer – Paul Maranan

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Day of Coordinator – Sprinkled in Seattle

DJ – DJ Rocryte

Florals – Alice’s Floral Designs

Photo Booth – The SnapBar

How did you guys meet?

Through a mutual friend. First met at the gym and worked out our legs together for three hours trying to impress each other. We were very, very sore after!

Tell us about the proposal!

I proposed to Katie the night of her cousin’s wedding. The wedding was in Woodinville and I booked us a suite at the Willow’s Lodge next door. The staff there decorated the rooms with candles, rose petals, etc. and when we came back to the room, I proposed to her.

Why did you choose your venue?

I used to work at Cedarbrook and love the feel of the place.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Seeing our friends and family, dances, things that we won’t be able to see due to being too busy, first look, sparkler send off, etc.

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by Scott Johnson

Plummer Wedding on 10/20/18 at Dairyland in Snohomish, Wa

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Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

“Reid this was absolutely beautiful!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Reid was absolutely amazing! He was on top of everything, checking in as the day got closer and making sure to get as many details about us as possible. He was so great to work with and made everything so easy for me and my husband. I am so happy with everything he did for us and I still look back at our highlight video and tear up, so does my husband!! I highly recommend using this company!”

October (as with most of the Fall here in the Pacific Northwest) was unseasonably nice. It appears the weather gods are being nice to us for just a little bit before we probably get slammed with relentless rain from December onwards. But this wonderful October day took us out to our favorite venue with the most misleading name: Dairyland. I’ve said it before and I will (begrudgingly) say it again: Dairyland is not a cow-themed amusement park, as much as it should be. Hopefully the Plummers knew this before their big day!

We headed off to Snohomish for the wedding of Ashley and Cole, a summer romance that went the distance. While not as immaculately bright and cheery as one would like it (that’s asking for a lot in October), there was not a drop of rain to be seen or felt. We were even able to get out in the early morning and sip some beers and drinks in between getting ready and snapping photos.

Looking quite schnazzy in slate gray suits, the boys posed around the wooden structures around the farm. The ladies, on the other hand, stood out vibrantly against the grays and the browns in their red dresses. As smiles slowly became permanently fixed to their faces, it seemed just about time to go tie the knot!

Inside a charming barn space, with vaulted ceilings strung up with lights and chandeliers, it was wedding o’clock. Getting hit with a wave of emotion as he saw his bride approaching down the aisle, Cole looked like one happy fellow who was about to embark on a lifetime of even more happiness. Sharing their hearts with one another, as well as digging at each other’s sports teams, the happy bride and groom very quickly became husband and wife.

And with massive applause they exited out of the building to go do some of the bureaucratic stuff. Almost as if the weather knew that great happiness took place, we were greeted with a breathtaking afternoon bright with sun that brought out all of the Fall colors in such wonderful light. We got a chance to follow around the newlyweds as they wandered through the flowers and pastures of the ranch, though they would eventually have to be getting back.

The reception hall space at Dairyland is so inviting. With stark-white wood and the dazzling lights, it’s a romantic mixture of rustic and elegant, new, old and beautiful all in one. The dancing got off to a roaring start as the guests could barely stay seated any longer. A potentially dangerous start to the cake-cutting didn’t see any fingers go missing, but then it was back to more dancing with the boys really getting into it.

The night rushed by in the blink of an eye after that. It was such a wonderful time to be had with the Plummers. Thank you again to Cole and Ashley for picking Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first two months being married has been splendid!

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Venue – Dairyland

Photographer – Rachel Howerton

Videographer – Best Made Videos

DJ – Melody Music

Catering – Java Haus Cafe and Catering

How did you guys meet?

We met at a cabin in Entiat, Washington on Memorial Day Weekend in 2011.  We both had several mutual friends there and we just started talking, but didn’t pursue anything until a couple weeks later.

Tell us about the proposal!

We went to Las Vegas with my parents for a weekend trip!  He wanted to meet up with my parents and do something fun, so we met in front of the Bellagio fountain.  He had read that they put on a cool show a couple of times a night, and little did I know what he was planning.  After talking to my dad as we got there (asking for his blessing) right after the show started he got down on one knee and proposed!  Of course I cried…but it meant more to me than I could have imagined because my dad passed away a couple of months after from cancer.  It was so special that he could be there for that moment.

Why did you choose your venue?

Who doesn’t love a beautiful white barn??  We loved the casual yet elegant rustic theme that Dairyland presented and we were so excited to be able to decorate it how we wanted.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

The vows..and I am just so excited to marry Cole that it will be amazing to just relive our special day and watch us celebrate love with our friends and family.

Anything else?

I can’t wait!!

Ashley and Cole’s story in their own words:

Cole and I met through mutual friends, during a weekend we were both just planning to have a good time over in Lake Chelan.  At first we were just friends, but naturally clicked and not long after started hanging out more. It was one of the best summers I had ever had, only to have it end by me having to go off to school at WSU (Go Cougs!).  Several trips back home and visits we realized we were “doing the damn thing” and made it official! Luckily we only had to do long distance that first year because he joined me at school the next 2 years!

Once school was over we moved back home and in with our parents (not for long).  We had to learn what real adulting was and find jobs and figure out our next steps in life.  Finally we figured it out and moved in together and things have been great ever since! We have grown quite a bit, we have an adorable dog Cooper and two dorky yet devilish cats.  We have done home improvements, taken trips and vacations together, bought cars, experienced real life obstacles and loved each other even when we were angry with each other.

Like every relationship we have had our ups and downs but in the end it has made us stronger as individuals and as a couple and the future looks so bright!  

In September 2017 we went on a vacation with my parents to Sin City, VEGAS BABY!  This actually was the first time either of us had been since turning the legal drinking age.  It did not disappoint. We battled the crazy cigarette smoke, loud casinos, 100+ degree weather, and realized to walk the strip took forever with all of the people.  This was a special trip for me because earlier that year my dad had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Stomach cancer, so this was one of our last family trips. My parents showed us how to play blackjack at the table and I got to sit right next to my dad and soak up all of the fun and laughter (and losing money).  We also got to walk down to the Bellagio fountain where my life changed forever. As we were watching the fountain show I glanced over at my mom who was tearing up while Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on” was playing and I assumed it was due to my dad’s situation. So naturally I start tearing up while trying to tell myself it is a fun and happy trip and to not be sad.  Next thing I know Cole takes my hand and gets down on one knee…if I wasn’t crying before I sure was now! The euphoria I was feeling was indescribable. To be able to share that special moment in front of my parents, especially my dad, was something I will forever be thankful for.

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by Scott Johnson

Cochran Wedding on 9/29/18 at Overlake Golf and Country Club in Bellevue, Wa

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Across Lake Washington, tucked in Medina right near Bill Gates’ house, is one of the nicest country clubs in America. It also boasts some of the highest paying members thanks to a good majority of the patrons being Microsoft employees in the nearby neighborhoods. We used to spend many a summer in the pool here (and even shared pool toys with the Gates kids once), but this Fall we got to see it in an entirely different and magical way.

Going hand-in-hand with our love of golf courses and their absurd serenity, Overlake’s prime location makes it wonderfully peaceful even though it’s just a few minutes from Downtown Bellevue. And with the season just having changed, the Fall leaves brought out a bevy of beautiful colors from the hundreds of trees dotting the course and surrounding hills.

A morning of shenanigans while getting ready, and plenty of bubbly, got the group feeling excited and prepared for the big day. Meeting for their first look outside the entrance, Mary and Dan were so charmed and eager to get the rest of the day going. We got some shots of them out on the course, luckily there wasn’t a “fore!” to be heard, and the two looked utterly stylish together. The rest of the bridal party came out. The guys rocked gray suits and red ties while the ladies stunned lavender gowns.

Filing in underneath a tent on the grounds, the guests and Dan waited patiently for Mary to come down the aisle. Bursting with excitement, Dan took his bride-to-be and the ceremony began. With sweetly sincere vows that recounted their near misses and eventual union, there were hardly any dry eyes to be seen. And then when all was said and done, there was just one more thing needed: the kiss.

The guests returned to the reception area for some corn hole and beverages, while Dan and Mary looked on from above. Enjoying a few moments just to themselves before the reception, the newlyweds eventually showed up for the party of a lifetime. Their awesome cake, with lifelike sculptures on top, was soon cut and eaten. And then it was time for the dancing. What a show was put on for everyone with some pretty impressive moves.

A live band kept the music going and did more than enough to get everyone in the mood for dancing. Half-concert, half-wedding, the entire afternoon and evening was a sheer blast. As the day finally wore to the end, and the band was finishing up their last set, the newlyweds and some pals made their way up on stage to have a bit of their own show.

After a day of love, music, celebration and more, it was finally time to turn on the lights and head off to a new future. Thank you again to Dan and Mary for picking Best Made Videos® to film their big day. We hope your first two months together have been as grand as your wedding day.

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Venue – Overlake Country Club

Photographer – Maurice Photo

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

Band – Hit Machine

Florals – Fena Flowers

Paper Goods – Perfect Press

Wedding Signs – Chalk Boss

Bar Rentals – Happy Hour Bar Rentals

Mary and Dan’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Fate brought us together at a small school in Angola, Indiana.  There was not much in Angola except our newly found companionship. We quickly became inseparable, but knew we were going our separate ways.  We both transferred to finish school and started careers in different cities (halfway across the country). Fate once again brought us together in a bar in Portland, Oregon.  Mary was visiting with a couple friends while still living in the midwest and Dan was living out in Seattle. After four months, we decided we didn’t want to spend another day apart.  On February 2nd, 2014 we officially took the plunge and started a life together in Kirkland, Washington.

Tell us about the proposal!

Dan made it official by proposing on the 4th of July under the fireworks in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Brought Mary up to a balcony, just the two of them and proposed under the fireworks.

Why did you choose your venue?

Members at the club, love outdoors, golf, activities, special place to us. Plus it’s beautiful!

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Special moments captured between the two of us and amongst our family and friends. Hoping this will help us relive these special moments for the rest of our lives!

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by Scott Johnson

Leslie Wedding on 9/15/18 at The Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Wa

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“I wish all my vendors were a fraction as responsive as Reid was. At all hours of the day, he’d always write back within minutes! It was nice to feel heard and not be anxious about waiting days for a response. We were lucky enough to get a bit of a deal for his services after attending Weddings in Woodinville and really appreciated the fact that he was willing to include his 2-hour travel time to and from our venue in his overall package pricing.

Reid arrived early on our wedding day and didn’t waste a second getting to work. I really appreciated his attention to detail. He would stop a shot to fix my hair or someone’s posture. Having his second shooter there was a huge help. Reid was incredibly professional throughout this whole process and you can tell what a hard worker he is.”

The final weeks of wedding season here in the Pacific Northwest treated us to an awesome new venue! The Semiahmoo Resort features a number of our favorite things in a wedding venue. For one, it has a golf course, which already brings a sense of calmness to your big day. They can handle quite the sizable number of guests: upwards of 400 to be exact. All the chairs are provided, as is the majority of other accoutrements like linens, a full day of service, and a team of people to help make your day perfect. You can also opt for a bonfire—s’mores and all!

The Leslie wedding happened just a week before the change of seasons. Luckily for us, the sun was burning off the clouds by the time we were up and ready. The morning lurched by, with everyone getting ready to look their utmost best (check out the groom in a sharp navy suit). A break for some virtual golf and general relaxation helped ease any nerves for the big day. Once everyone was ready—it was time to go have that First Look.

Perched at the end of a wide dock that juts out into the Sound—and pretty much looks right over into Canada—our groom stood ready and waiting for his bride. Coming from behind, with some gray clouds dotting the sky, the Lindsey still shined radiantly even if it was a little overcast. They walked around the docks for a bit while we got some romantic shots of them, before returning to some cute little cutouts (constructed by the bride’s father) for staged shots. The rest of their friends and family came for group photos down by the water. The sun was really burning through the clouds now, lighting our way for hilarious photos. After everyone had great time laughing and horsing around, there was little else to do than, well, get married!

Meeting on yet another dock, this time they had already seen each other and were there for one thing and one thing only. Their vows came out in a series of choked words and sniffles, but those are the best kind of vows—they show the truest love. Flanked by groomsmen in gray and bridesmaids in pink, Brian and Lindsey at least could do what they had been waiting all day for: kissing to seal their union.

With a roar of applause they retreated down the aisle to go sip some celebratory bubbly and sign all the boring paperwork. Everyone else made their way to the reception hall where they had their own libations. Underneath the reception tent, family and friends filed in for the main celebration. Food and cake filled everyone’s bellies. So much so that they immediately start dancing it off.

As quick as lightning, it seemed, the sun had gone down and we were left with just the lights in the tent to show the way for those dancing. The night wore on with tons of dancing, photos and the sense of new beginnings.

Thank you again to Brian and Lindsey for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding. We hope your first two months have been grand!

Have any burning questions or comments? Drop them below!

Venue – Semiahmoo Resort

Photographer – Amelia Soper photography

Videographer – Best Made Videos

Planner – Gather Events

Linens – BBJ Linen

Rentals – CORT Party RentalSweet Buffet LadyWander Event Rental

Bakery – DashofSalt

Florals – Erin Land

Bride / Bridesmaid Fashion – I Do BridalThe Wedding Bell

Catering – Semiahmoo Resort

Beauty – Jan Schumacher

DJ – Whatcom Sound

How did you guys meet?

We met online dating

Tell us about the proposal!

The proposal was at Kerry Park in downtown Seattle. We then went out to a private dinner at Canlis and I surprised her with all our friends waiting at a bar to congratulate us afterwards.

Why did you choose your venue?

It can hold all our guests, and a good place to have a weekend wedding. Very beautiful scenery.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Our Ceremony, Vows, etc.

Lindsey and Brian’s story in their own words:

OUR STORY

We were both looking for each other for a long time and had both given up some hope of finding our forever love. Luckily fate (and the internet) brought us together and our story began over fish cocktails and failed attempts at parking elusion. It didn’t take long for both of us to realize that this was the real deal and that everything just made sense when we (and Bella!) were together. Despite having food poisoning, Brian confessed his love on a weekend getaway to Leavenworth filled with matching onesie pajamas and hilarious snowmobiling adventures. We have since shared unforgettable memories, a ton of laughter and more love for each other than either ever thought possible. We are SO grateful to have found our counterparts and could not be more excited to share our eternal commitment to one another surrounded by all of you. Thank you for supporting us throughout our individual (not-so-pretty) journeys leading up to this point and for cheering us on as we begin this happy chapter together! Let’s CELEBRATE!

WEDDING PARTY

BRYAN HOUGHTON

man of honor

“What’s a Man of Honor?” you might ask. To that I answer, “Have you not seen the movie with Patrick Dempsey?” But seriously, let me answer a few questions for you: yes, I have a Man of Honor. Yes, he will be standing on my side of the altar. No, he will not be wearing a dress (though I think he secretly wants to!). He’s my brother-from-another-mother, though my mom quasi-adopted him and he calls her mom too, so even closer than that! Our friendship began back in high school when I’d always give him a hard time for his curly locks and daily beanie and somehow grew stronger as I went to college and he went into the Navy (forced to cut that hair – yes!). Somewhere along our journey of hours-long phone calls, shared hopeless romanticism, salsa dancing, insane laughter, sad tears, dating advice, and his ability to bring out the weirdest in me, he became my ‘bestest’ friend. He’s also my harshest critic, especially when it comes to my dating life, so it meant the world that he loved and accepted Brian almost immediately and now loves to say, “don’t ruin this for me!”  I can think of no one better to be standing next to me and am so grateful for the friendship and support he’s given me all these years.

PATRICK LESLIE

best man

My older brother Patrick is a great friend and confidant, always willing to share advice and his experiences with me; for that I am extremely grateful. I have fond memories of wonderful summer vacations as kids in Oregon, playing golf and riding bikes in Sunriver. Camping at Banks Lake, visiting family on the East Coast and in California.  As adults we had lots of fun when I would visit him at Central, on hikes together, enjoying good meals and great wine. I also treasure the time we went to the Cayman Islands together and am so glad we made it back alive after all of Patrick’s driving on the other side of the road. Patrick has been so welcoming to Lindsey and I am very thankful and honored that he has agreed to be my Best Man.

MICHELLE FOX

bridesmaid

I am so grateful this woman came into my life! I honestly believe my life would be so different if she hadn’t agreed to be my roommate freshman year of college. I’m pretty sure I would still be super shy with zero girl friends if it weren’t for her magnetic likeability bringing others into my fold that year. I will always have such fond memories of our “FRIENDS” dates, her lumpy pillow, our sweet dance moves, our awesome road trip from San Diego, and so much laughter – you just can’t help but be in a good mood around this gal. It was so validating when she told me how much she loved Brian after meeting him for the first time (I think she loves him more than me now!), and she’s been my rock throughout this planning process. Her friendship means the world to me and I’m so happy she’ll be sharing our special day with us!

KELLY GUEVARA

bridesmaid

I’ve never met someone as sassyingly-sweet as Kelly G! You can always count on her to tell you like it is, and can honestly count on her for anything at all. Though I’m pretty positive she loves animals way more than she loves humans, I’m so grateful I made the cut. 🙂 Kelly and I went to the same high school, but didn’t become friends until college (thanks to Michelle, of course). I was lucky enough to live with her for my last two years at WSU, where we shared tons of fun shenanigans with our neighbors, forced game nights (we all loved them and she hated them), and an unforgettable sleepless/delirious 12-hour road trip to Coeur d’Alene the week of winter finals (always a good idea). Whether it’s guy advice, animal care advice, or anything in-between, I can always count on her to have the right and honest answer. Brian and I love spending time with her and her boyfriend (also Brian – never confusing) and look forward to many more years of fun and friendship together!

BRITTANY WILLIAMS

bridesmaid

I met Brittany at my first job out of college. She was so sweet and likeable, and with all the bonding experiences at that job, it was hard not be become fast friends! She’s always been the best at making sure our group gets together on a regular basis, which I’m so thankful for. I’ve treasured our Bachelor/Bachelorette nights through the years, the trip we took down to Corvallis (I’ll never forget The Peacock!), and now the nights I get to look forward to our murder mystery boxes! I loved getting to experience her relationship with Dave grow and was honored to be a bridesmaid in their wedding a few years ago. They were always so welcoming to me and invested in my dating life.  I’m so glad she’ll now be in our wedding and we can continue our friendship with our growing families!

AMI VINSON

bridesmaid

I also met Ami at my first job out of college. Actually, I met her while LOOKING for that job! I was at a tradeshow and she was the first person who looked friendly and un-intimidating. It turns out her company was hiring – it’s crazy to think she was there at the tipping point of the start of my career. Her loyalty is unwavering (as seen by the fact that she’s still with that company), her sense of humor always weirdly enjoyable, and her home-making talents enviable. I too was a bridesmaid in her wedding and honored that she’ll be one in ours – especially since she will have just had a baby about a month prior! I can’t wait to watch her family continue to grow and have her teach me all the tricks of motherhood and photo-worthy cupcake baking.

ANDREW DORTCH

groomsman

Andrew and I have known each other since 1st grade and have been friends ever since. Growing up together we spent many nights playing Super Nintendo in his parent’s playroom, countless hours jumping on the trampoline, became masters at the art of professional wrestling and practiced for years to become professional roller-bladers (we are going Pro any day now). As adults we have shared a love of the Snoqualmie River, Red Dwarf, Rainier Beer, and lady Northwest! We have always kept in touch no matter the distance and maintained a wonderful friendship over the past 25 years. Andrew’s wife Shay is also a great friend of mine and am so lucky to have them both in my life. I was a groomsman in Andrew’s wedding and am so glad he has agreed to take part in our wedding.

DARA SADRI

groomsman

Dara and I met in 6th grade – we actually competed against each other in wrestling (our weight class at the time was 78lbs!) We became friends then but became very close in High School and have remained so ever since. Dara is a person I lean on for advice and insights in all matters. He is always willing to offer his help and give me honest feedback (whether I want to hear the truth or not) which I truly appreciate. I am so honored to be godfather to his daughter Sloan; I truly adore his family and wife Leah, who has also become a great friend of mine.  Dara and I have gone on many vacations to Vancouver BC and share a love of great meals spread out over many hours. I am honored that he will be a groomsman in our wedding and am so thankful to have him as my brother and friend.

NICK PATTY

groomsman

Nick Patty and I have been friends for over 29 years; we attended Eastside Christian School for preschool.  Growing up we spent many hours watching professional wrestling of the early 90’s together, terrorizing Play Space and his mom driving us around in the “Patty Wagon”. Nick’s family has always referred to me as Brian the Lion, which was a tribute to a bike I rode that had training wheels on it. In middle school and high school we hung out after school together on a daily basis. Nick would vacation with my family as kids, playing golf and spending time biking and adventuring in Oregon. I have always enjoyed Nick’s incredible sense of humor, his calm demeanor and fun spirit. Whenever I get to spend time with Nick these days I am so thankful for the experiences and laughs we share. So grateful to have Nick’s friendship and for him to be a groomsman in our wedding.

RYAN BRENNAN

groomsman

Ryan was the first friend I ever had, we met before I turned 3 years old. Growing up his family lived 100 yards away and we spent vast amounts of our time together building forts and running around in the wooded area that was between our homes. As kids I fondly remember the Lego towns we would build in his family’s playroom. Ryan and I played many sports together, most notably competing in wrestling. As adults we have always remained very close friends speaking on the phone at least weekly. Ryan is the most loyal person I know, willing to help out any of his friends no matter the time or place. I have always admired his charming nature and ability to make a new friend or strike up a conversation in any environment. I am honored to have become friends with his wife Kaytlyn and to have been a groomsman in their wedding. Ryan’s suggestion that I attempt to participate in online dating led to me meeting Lindsey and he has been so welcoming and kind to her from the very beginning. I am so thrilled he will be a part of our special day!

LINDA HALVERSON

mother of the bride

My mother has ALWAYS been there for me. Even if I’m on the other side of the globe, she’s always told me that if I ever needed a ride home, she’d fly there to drive me, and she meant it. I’m not sure there’s a mother out there who has ever loved her children more. She was the reading time mom in kindergarten, the snack mom every year I was ever in school, the room mom, the chaperone for every trip, and still the type of mom who will drive an hour out of her way just to drop off soup when I’m sick. I love her and appreciate her more than I can ever express. I don’t know how I would have survived without having her to call time after time crying over the latest disaster date or terrible breakup. Thanks for keeping me sane, Mom, and for continually reminding me what to hold out for. I’m so excited to share this joyous day with you. He was well worth the wait!

GREG HALVERSON

father of the bride

I have so much to thank my dad for. He’s worked so hard for our family my whole life, and even in retirement is still working hard! He set the standard early on that it was never an option to slack off, to be loyal, to be honest, and to do the right thing. I’m so thankful to have grown up with these values. I love how he didn’t want to have a little girl because he didn’t know what to do with her, but I fondly remember how he’d dry my hair, give me a horsey-back ride, or let me sit on his lap (I still do that sometimes). As much as my mom has been dying for me to find my mate, I think he’s secretly wanted it just as badly. Thanks, Dad for always supporting me through the tough times and seeing it through to walk me down the aisle!

MICHELLE LESLIE

mother of the groom

My mother has been such a wonderful part of my life, she has truly shaped me to be the person that I am today. We have always had a very close bond and I am so lucky to have her presence in my life. Mom you have always made sure I didn’t let the little things in life slip through the cracks. I am inspired and proud of all the time and effort you donate to people in need, specifically your service to the food bank and the after school program for children in Tucson, and the animal shelter in King County. Thank you for always being willing to talk about anything that may come up in life; it is so comforting to have your wisdom at my disposal. Thank you for welcoming Lindsey into our family, she and I both love you very much!

ED LESLIE

father of the groom

Thank you Dad for leading by example and always being a strong presence in my life. Some of my fondest memories growing up with you is learning to play baseball in the front yard, our downstairs sleepovers and our trips to Orcas Island. I owe you a million times over for all the effort and time you have put in to provide a great life for our family. Thank you for encouraging me to finish college and still supporting me when I decided to be a surf bum in San Diego for a few years :). I have always felt a sense of comfort in my life knowing sound advice, your love and support were always only a phone call away. Thank you for just being the person that you are Dad, I love you.

TANNER HALVERSON

ring bearer

Lindsey’s 6-year-old nephew Tanner (son of brother Jeff and sister-in-law Jessica) has coined his duty “Prince Boy”. He’s also the one to thank for her nick-name, “Zee”, as he couldn’t say “Lindsey” as a baby. This child is full of light and so much sweetness – one hug from him and your heart will melt. We can only imagine his ninja-dance moves getting the party started!

HALLEE HALVERSON

flower girl

Watch out for this one – Lindsey’s gorgeous 4-year-old niece will steal your heart with one bat of her luscious lashes and then make you work for her love! She is beyond adorable and it’s so fun to watch her go from playing girly-girl dress-up games to rough-and-tumbling in the dirt with her brother Tanner. Let’s just hope she keeps her flower girl dress clean long enough to get down the aisle. 😉

TRAVIS BIRSE

officiant

Lindsey is so grateful for one of her longest-standing friendships with this guy. Travis has a heart of gold and has been such a wonderful confidant through the years. We have created a wonderful couples friendship with him and his wife, Annie, bonding over the campfire, our love of the outdoors, dogs, and guitar. When it came time to pick our officiant, we decided that having a friend marry us would be much more meaningful than a stranger. It was a light-bulb moment when we thought of Travis for the job – we’re sure his mixture of romanticism and humor will be the perfect fit to guide our ceremony along and are so glad he’s up to the task!

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by Scott Johnson

Kirk Wedding on 9/29/18 at Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, Wa

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

“Incredible quality, great communication, and treasured keepsake for our big day!

Working with Reid at Best Made Video’s was one of the best decisions we made! We are so thankful we have a video of this amazing day in our lives. They say time flies when you’re having fun and that is so true. With Reid capturing this day for us, we’re able to see those special moments with our family and friends again. We also get to see some of the moments we missed like the reactions during the ceremony, all our guests mingling during cocktail hour, watching our first dance, and late-night dance battles. One of my bridemaids literally said “That is the best wedding video I have EVER seen!” A family member also told me within seconds of watching the video they were overcome with emotion in their heart. 

Reid doesn’t just put a bunch of video clips and music together he does an incredible job telling the story of the greatest day of our lives.
A very important thing too, is how easy it is to work with Reid. He reached out to us to check-in and was very responsive to all our questions. We were able to “meet” with him over Facetime when we were first looking for a videographer. Our wedding was in Bellingham, several miles north of Seattle where Reid is based, but he did an excellent job communicating with our wedding coordinator and photographer so that we didn’t have to worry about timelines. Everything flowed well that day and Reid and his assistant Jeff did a great job capturing moments between us, our wedding party, and family and friends. Reid is such a friendly and easy-going person with a lot of skill that it felt very natural to have him around to capture the day. 

But it doesn’t end there! Reid did an excellent job communicating and getting clips and the final video edit to us quickly. He continues to be excited for us and celebrate our special day with thoughtful posts and messages. That is something we really appreciate since he was so close to us all day for this tremendous life event. We highly recommend working with and getting to know Reid!”

Click here to watch their video testimonial!!!

Perfectly situated on Bellingham Bay, Hotel Bellwether is one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier luxury hotels. You can see beauty in almost any direction—to the easy is Mt. Baker, while to the west lies the Bay and the San Juan Islands. Those familiar with geography know that you’re also just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Canadian border.

Right at the end of September, it was time for the Kirk wedding. The seasons had just changed, but the unseasonably nice Pacific Northwest (that’s still rearing its beautiful head this week) gave us a magical sunrise to start our day. Nina and Aaron spent the morning gearing up for what will become the most unforgettable day of their life. With views of the bay to add to the splendor, it was almost too distracting to not just sit and watch the waves come rolling in.

The excitement for the day to come was apparent just from the infectious smile Nina had on her face the entire day. We headed off to the church bright and early—there was no making these two wait any longer. Seeing his bride approach, Aaron looked like he just realized he’s the luckiest dude alive. After a traditional ceremony, the two sealed the union with a kiss before they exited the church to their loving families with the church bells signaling the big moment.

Posing for some group shots outside the breathtaking church, the clouds had just started to roll in—though there wasn’t any rain for today! Then we made our way to the hotel, where we got the newlyweds to pose on the lighthouse structure overlooking the bay. The rest of the gang got in on the fun too, with the ladies popping in red dresses and the guys looking suave in traditional black suits.

The reception got off to a great start with none other than wine and beer to get everyone in a celebrating mood. Adorable Lego topped their wedding cake, and the white/gold decor of the reception area made it feel like a royal wedding.

After their family and friends gave their toasts, featuring charming and touching stories about the meeting of the bride and groom, there was so much emotion that it had to be eased with the cake cutting! First dances followed, with the bride and groom not taking their eyes off another for hardly a second.

The day bled into twilight, and the light’s started to come on to illuminate the dance floor. After all the traditions were done, the night flew by with dancing, laughing and celebrating the love of the two newlyweds who brought all these people together. Be sure to stay tuned until the very end of the video for a phenomenal post-credits scene of a particular wedding guest getting down (and dirty?) on the dance floor!

Thank you again to Aaron and Nina for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope your first two months have been wonderful!

Have a question or comment? Drop it below!

Venue – Bellwether Hotel

Photographer – Sarah Postma

Videographer – Best Made Videos®

Wedding Coordinator – Zeina Evans, Ever After Events

Hair – Erika M

MUA – Elizabeth Marie

Catering – Hotel Bellwether

How did you guys meet?

We both moved to Washington from Michigan around the same time but didn’t meet until a few years later at a bbq at the local climbing gym. We were introduced by mutual friends and Aaron used the good old-fashioned telephone to call the next day to ask Nina on a date to the outdoor summer concert series “Downtown Sounds”

Tell us about the proposal!

Nina and Aaron were out for a dinner date and to watch a musical about fairy tales, which Aaron’s parents bought tickets for Nina’s birthday a few months earlier. After watching the musical “Into the Woods” Nina turned around to find Aaron down on one knee. She very happily accepted!

Why did you choose your venue?

Accomodations for bride/groom and guests walking distance from reception. On the water and beautiful views of Bellingham Bay.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Seeing us enjoy the day with each other, our close friends/family, and seeing our guests have a good time in the beautiful setting of the Pacific Northwest.

Nina and Aaron’s story in their own words:

It was July 2015. Nina was volunteering at a BBQ at one her favorite places in town, the local climbing gym. Aaron had skipped an outdoors trip he was planning for that weekend. Instead, he decided to join his friends who were on their way to the climbing gym.

Aaron and Nina were introduced by mutual friends. They were surprised to find out they knew so many of the same people but had never met. They were even more surprised, and excited, to learn they had both moved over 2,000 miles away from their home state of Michigan to Bellingham, WA. They spent the rest of the evening talking about climbing, soccer, and Michigan vs. Michigan State.

The next day, Aaron called Nina and asked her if she would like to go to an outdoor summer concert that week. Nina happily accepted and the rest, like Aaron’s college major, is history.

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by Scott Johnson

Just when you think you are never going to hear from us again, we are here to pull you back in! That’s right! It’s time for another installment of our continuing series of weird, informative, bizarre and lovable wedding stories from around the world. The Wedding industry never ceases to amaze us (this week there is a story about new bar that opened up that is entirely wedding themed), so we love to keep sharing these stories with all of you. Buckle in folks, we’ve got 5 stories coming your way!

https://www.today.com/popculture/george-w-bush-photobombs-sweet-photo-barbara-bush-s-wedding-t139747

We’ll start off this week with something light and from a familiar face who somehow keeps popping up and making us laugh (quite literally, actually). I am talking about none other than Former President George W. Bush. Say what you will about his time in office, but post-presidency life for the big W. has proven to be pretty hilarious, particularly his public appearances. Remember him struggling with his poncho?

Well, on the day of his daughter, Barbara Bush’s, wedding, he just so happened to be in the exactly right place at the right time. As Jenna Bush Hager was trying to get a lovely shot with her twin, the former president sensed his particular set of skills would be useful in this moment, so he, well, jumped for it. And the results are rather magical: a photobomb with the former president looking his usual goofy self, celebrating the wedding of his daughter. Hey, he is a happy guy, you cannot deny him that!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/going-out-guide/wp/2018/10/12/this-new-14th-street-bar-is-like-a-wedding-pinterest-board-come-to-life/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a3a57fb2931c

On top of the countless books, movies, television shows and magazines dedicated to weddings and all the elements that go into one, we now have a bar that caters to those who love weddings and want to get drunk at a place that looks an awful lot like Paris or Vegas all rolled into one.

If this sounds crazy, it’s because it kind of is. But it also sounds pretty awesome at the same time. Called “Destination Wedding” this new bar in D.C. features a variety of alcoves and nooks, each with a particular famous wedding destination. Two writers went in as a “his-and-hers” combo to cover the place and came out describing it like a “real-life wedding board on Pinterest.” Now, I have never been on Pinterest, nor do I ever plan on it either, but I do know that their wedding boards can be quite…excessive…so this place must be really catered to the wedding-lovers.

Ultimately, the writers feel like it’s a little too much of a gimmick as there really is only a niche audience who would want to go there. Alas, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a cool place to stop for a drink or two—and it’s weddings, so we will gladly stop by if we’re ever in the area.

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/10/watch_a_disney_star_give_new_meaning_to_fairytale.html

This story here goes out to all the Disney lovers. Imagine you’re at your wedding reception. You just got married to the love of your life and then…all of a sudden…Jodi Benson (the voice of Ariel from The Little Mermaid) comes out and sings “Part of your World.” You’d probably go pretty ballistic, as does Disney super-fan Kyrsten Green in the video following her marriage to Chris Rowe back in September.

A rarity for Benson, she claims to have only ever sung at her own family’s weddings, probably because now everyone wants her to come. Just for one song. Please? Anyway, the video of the big surprise has already racked up around 7 million views.

https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/10/bride.html

We need to transition over to some more serious stuff now—but I promise we have something great for the final article. About a month ago, an article came out of Oregon that highlighted over 300 angry brides who have been trying to locate a man who has failed to give them their wedding videos. Like a ghost, Tregg Istre disappeared after running a rather successful company that received rather great reviews. Known as 63 Films & Photography, the business now boasts an F rating on the Better Business Bureau page for very good reason.

A few months after he filmed their wedding, Emily Youngblutt called Istre up to see where the video was—and he assured her she would get it. But she didn’t. The company has completely dodged all inquiries, and has left over 300 women without their wedding tapes. Nevertheless, many of the brides still remain happy that they are married—they just would like the product they coughed up so much money for.

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/this-gritty-wedding-cake-is-the-most-philadelphia-thing-since-rocky-and-cheez-whiz

The Philadelphia Flyers recently unveiled quite the mascot: Gritty. An orange, Muppet looking thing that looks like it got lost somewhere between Sesame Street and the barber shop. Since then, he has, for obvious reasons, taken the internet by storm.

His arrival has been so impactful, that even weddings are starting to feature him—right…on…their…cakes. That’s right, an article came out last month that featured a Gritty cake, crafted by Kia’s Cakes & Cafe, that was eaten at a wedding. Sure, orange wedding cakes might not be the most…normal. But you can’t deny the love for the Flyers (or just Gritty in general).

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And there you have it folks, another week of fun wedding news As always, we are happy to take any articles and suggestions you find in your internet browsing. Heck, we might even give you a shoutout! Leave questions or comments below!

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By Scott Johnson

Wolff / DeChant Wedding on 4/14/18 at Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah, Wa

Music licensed from –
Song Freedom – songfreedom.com

Right now, Trinity Tree Farm probably looks a little different than it did when we visited it back in April. The Christmas Tree Farm/Wedding Venue is a rare example of a place that brings extravagant cheer for two entirely different reasons. As a wedding venue, their 40-acre plot of land near Issaquah features a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier and a sense of peace only a short way from the city. It can also host upwards of 150 people in both indoor and outdoor venues. What’s even cooler is you can hire your own food trucks to come. Plus there’s games like pool and shuffleboard already set up.

Back in April, we were met with some typical Seattle spring rain, which helped add to an aura of coziness as everyone was getting ready inside. Luckily, the bride and groom opted for the indoor ceremony. There wasn’t going to be any raining on this parade. The interior at the farm feels like home, which really ties things together nicely.

Meeting for their first look inside the house, Anna and Sebastian shared a kiss before we walked them around what covered areas we could to prevent them from getting drenched in the rain. Nevertheless, the photos were charming and sweet—who needs sunny skies when you live in Seattle? The rest of the party joined in for some photos and everyone got in the mood for some really funny group shots that had not only them laughing, but us too!

Everyone soon filed into the venue for the wedding, and when Anna walked down the aisle, the excitement on Sebastian’s face was worth a million bucks. After the officiant delivered their legendary history of how they came to this moment, she declared them “partners in life,” before finally letting them kiss and become just that.

And then it was time for food and wine. With the fireplace warming the cold guests, and the booze flowing to warm their spirits, we gave the newlyweds an umbrella and had them walk around the grounds together, trying our hardest to prevent any water getting on their rocking digs. Soon they returned to the reception hall with lights draped across the vaulted ceiling—purely magic.

The rest of the afternoon flew by with the bride and groom making sure to meet and greet everyone there. Soon, it was time for dancing and even more celebrating, especially when the lights started to dim and the sun disappeared. Illuminated by sparkling lights and the occasional cellphone flash, the dancing went on for what felt like hours. At the end of the night, the newlyweds were sent off with a forest of sparklers held by their loved ones.

Thank you again to Anna and Sebastian for choosing Best Made Videos® to film their wedding! We hope you have a splendid 7 month anniversary.

I know you’ve probably heard us ask it a thousand times, but: Do you have a question? Possibly a comment? Well, leave it below and we will get back to you!

Venue – Trinity Free Farm

Photography – Ryan Flynn

Videography – Best Made Videos®

DJ – Mark Ingam

Music – Triforce String Quartet

Florals – Designs by Courtney

Rentals – Vintage Ambiance

Catering – Sunshine Catering

Cakes – Jamie Louks

Stationary – Minted and Basic Invite

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