Royal Wedding Roundup

By Scott Johnson

Photo Credit – Alexi Lubomirski

After months of planning, speculation and anticipation Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedded on Saturday, officially becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While many of us were still asleep when it happened, I salute those who either stayed up late or got up early to witness the historical occasion, because it really takes a lot to get up early on a Saturday to watch a wedding in which most of us have no connection.

To those who waited to watch it after the fact (or if you decided to pay and watch it at a movie theater, which I guess is a thing) then you’re a lot like us on the West Coast. Alas, Royal Weddings are often the only international marriages we ever really care about, other than whatever “royalty” we wish to place on people like the Kardashians or other celebrities.

It seems like there are two distinct sides to every Royal Wedding: those who care…and those who don’t. On the one hand, especially for us in the wedding industry, marriage is a glorious celebration of love and happiness. Weddings themselves are, in a way, their own industry. From the cakes, dresses, decorations, venues, flowers, and just about everything else that goes into a wedding, there are often dozens, if not hundreds of people involved in one that isn’t even “Royal.” So when an honest-to-God Royal Wedding happens, you bet your butt that all of us in the industry stop and pay attention.

On the other hand, particularly for us who have no ties to Great Britain (nor live in any nation presided over by Elizabeth II), all this hullabaloo might just seem like far too much distraction from more important matters, especially when you realize that Harry and Meghan don’t hold any real claim to the throne, nor that Meghan won’t officially even be a “princess” (that right is held to blood-members of the family).

So this little recap is going to be geared towards that second group because those who already care about the wedding probably already watched it and ingested all of the minute details like it was their very own.

With everything kicking off in November, when Harry proposed to Meghan, it seems like the wedding has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Which, in some cases, is true. Taking less than six months to plan their wedding (We know; that sounds just as shocking to us because one would think Royal Weddings would take up to a year to plan), the day finally came. May 19, which in British history bears a grim reminder (it was the day Anne Boleyn was beheaded by Henry VIII, Harry’s ancestor), will hopefully now have much more happy connotations.

In leading up to the day, one thing caught my eye: the cake. With an estimated 200 lemons, 500 eggs, and an absolutely astonishing 40 pounds worth of butter, sugar and flour (each), you probably gained 10 pounds just reading all of that. Taking six bakers almost a week to craft this magnificent piece of art, they only had one shot at making it right, considering the astronomical amount of ingredients, so you can imagine the sheer pressure going into a single cake. What’s even more crazy is that the tradition isn’t even to have a cake. Rather, It’s to have a fruit cake. Some traditions we’re perfectly ok breaking.

Shortly before 10am, the first celebrity guests arrived at St. George’s Chapel (a break from the traditional Westminster Abbey). I’m not sure about you, but the person who arrived first is the one I bet anyone would die to have at their wedding: Oprah—freaking—Winfrey. Talk about a great wedding gift giver, huh? On that note, Meghan and Harry refused standard gifts (though Elizabeth gave them a “small” castle). Instead, they asked for donations to their favorite charities including Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Surfers Against Sewage, and Children’s HIV Association.

Along with Oprah, Idris Elba, James Blunt, George Clooney, the Beckham’s, and even Tom Hardy were in attendance. One of the biggest surprises, despite the star-studded guest list along with all the royalty, is that this wedding is actually smaller in comparison to previous Royal Weddings. For instance, Princess Diana had the most guests at a whopping 3,500. The next smallest was William and Kate’s with about half that at 1,900. Meghan and Harry didn’t even reach 1,000, instead opting for a much more manageable 600. Though, to most everybody else, that still seems like quite a lot. And you’re exactly right.

With the guest list this small, it’s easy to guess this was one of the lesser expensive ones as well. Diana’s, back in 1981, cost an astonishing $110 million while William and Kate’s was only $34 million. Meghan and Harry spent approximately $45 million. Again, that sounds like a lot because it is.

As the first hour of arrivals sped onwards, the rest of the family and friends made their way into the chapel. With a few last minute touches, Meghan arrived right at noon in her Givenchy dress designed by Clare Waight Keller. Footage showed Harry getting a little emotional upon the arrival of the love of his life.

A few minutes later, the bishop started the ceremony before asking the first important question of the evening “are there any reasons they can’t lawfully marry?” Michael Curry, the bishop from North Carolina, brought a certain amount of excitement to the wedding that nobody was expecting. Preaching one of the greatest sermons in probably all of wedding history, he was even able to toss in some MLK quotes. As the audience, and even William, stifled their laughter at the bombastic speech, it became even more clear that this whole thing came out of left field. Meghan, though, seemed to eat up every single minute of it.

Following the incredible speech, the Kingdom Choir performed an equally legendary rendition of Stand By Me. If that song got to you before, it will do so even more now. But after that came the vows, and then the long-awaited kiss; they were officially married and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

As far as Royal Weddings go, we’d have to say this one was pretty grand. With the bride being American, it surely threw some of the British traditions for a loop—and we’re all for it! Surely, this wedding will be reminisced on with pride and happiness. Everything went off without a hitch, and it was the perfect ending to what could literally be a fairytale story.

Did you watch the wedding? Didn’t care to? Let us know in the comments below, we’d be happy to know!

Van Cise Wedding Video

by Scott Johnson

Van Cise Wedding on 3/10/18 at Trinity Tree Farm in Issaquah, Wa

Music licensed from -
Song Freedom - songfreedom.com

A quick drive out of Seattle, though that really depends on what time of day you depart, lies the town of Issaquah that serves as one of the last few bastions before entering into Snoqualmie Pass along I-90. A little further south, just outside of town, you’ll find Trinity Tree Farm. When they’re not basking in the warm summer sun hosting weddings and events, they’re setting up shop to sell their own Christmas Trees come winter. With the ability to host up to 150 guests, and featuring stunning views of some of the state’s most beautiful mountains, this little nugget of land really brings you into nature.

With all the quiet of being out in the country, the Van Cise Wedding day got off to a quaint beginning. Despite having plenty to do to get ready, there was still enough time to get in a couple rounds of foosball and pool. The day kept on going before it was eventually time to meet for an utterly adorable first look.

Meeting out amongst the baby Christmas trees (it is March, after all), their fully blossomed love stood tall. With sunlight blasting through the trees, we found a wonderful little clearing to have everyone pose for group photos. Silliness and happiness ensued as the entire bridal party made their way out to make it special, though at one moment Taylor decided to play a prank and run off out of the area. He came back though, don’t worry.

When it was finally time to get hitched, a moment the bride and groom had been waiting over a decade for, everyone filed into the hall decked out with dangling lights and a chandelier. Eagerness overtook Taylor before the guests could give away Angelina, but then a heartwarming and tear-producing ceremony followed and officially sealed their storied love.

While the guests headed onto snacks, the newlyweds went back out to the fields where the sun had set, resulting in more romantic lighting. After some time, they decided to head back to the reception to greet all of their guests. With a mouth-watering assortment of desserts and food, they cut into their cake and kicked off the rest of the festivities.

Dancing followed with the lights twinkling high above, and then everyone else got onto the floor (even the babies and stuffed animals). There were some seriously impressive moves to be seen that night, and nobody was afraid to show off even their wildest moves.

To cap off a stellar day, the newlyweds were sent off in a tunnel of sparklers with all of their guests wishing them well. Hopping in a fancy car, the two drove off into the night and towards new beginnings.

Thank you again to Angelina and Taylor for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope the first few months of marriage has been nothing but happiness and joy.

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Venue - Trinity Tree Farm

Photographer - Erin and Ryan Button

Floral - From the Ground Up Floral

Caterer - Jacks BBQ

Bar - Bartenders Extraordinaire

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Angelina and Taylor's story in their own words:

Our Story

The Meet Cute

Angelina and Taylor met in middle school when they first "dated", which mostly consisted of holding hands between passing periods and him walking her home from school. They would periodically keep in touch throughout high school and college, usually prompted by Angelina's mom asking how "that Taylor Van Cise boy is doing", but didn't truly find their way back into each other's lives until shortly after Angelina's father had passed away. Taylor reached out to Angelina to offer comfort as well as reconnect and from then on they've been inseparable.

The Proposal

Unbeknownst to Angelina, family, and friends...Taylor had been planning the proposal for months. He had sought out a jeweler to create a custom engagement ring and had also discovered Angelina's Pinterest page to help in that endeavor. For the actual proposal Taylor had planned to go to ZooLights at Woodland Park Zoo and have a private meeting with Santa where coworkers would be arranged to photograph the event. But then the zoo caught on fire, setting everything back. Forced to course correct, Taylor then planned to go to Flaming Geyser State Park where their first date (this time around at least) had been and have another coworker kayak down the river to photograph him popping the question. But then the park was partially closed for construction, the ring wasn't done, and the weather also prevented kayak photography from being possible.

Then, on the night of December 22nd, Angelina and Taylor made their way to ZooLights at Woodland Park.The zoo that night ended up being too crowded and Taylor wasn't able to find a suitable moment or spot to ask while they were there. When they were on their way home, they decided to stop at Coulon Park to see the light display there as well. After arriving and taking in the lights for a while, and at the urging of Angelina who wore the incorrect shoes for extended periods of walking, they found a bench to sit and chat. Taylor began talking about how sometimes when he makes plans things tend to go awry because he seems to aim too grand. Then he asked Angelina if she would like to help him plan things forever. And eventually, through ugly-girl-crying, she said yes.

They then discovered, after announcing their engagement to parents and family, that it turns out that without even trying Taylor managed to plan and carry out the perfect proposal. Taylor's parents had gotten engaged at Woodland Park Zoo, while Angelina's had gotten engaged at Coulon Park.

Why did you choose your venue?

We both love the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and felt that the whole venue showcased that perfectly. The Lodge is also one of our favorite architecture and design styles so it seemed like the obvious choice. On top of all of that we love Christmas so the fact that it’s a functioning Christmas tree Farm was a really fun addition.

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Being able to see the first look and us exchanging vows, we’ll both be living those moments but being able to go back and rewatch them will allow us to revisit those moments.

Foster Wedding Video

by Scott Johnson

Foster Wedding on 2/17/18 at The Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, Wa

Music licensed from -
The Music Bed - themusicbed.com

“My husband and I were on the fence on booking a videographer for our wedding. When we came across Reid with Best Made Videos, we knew it was worth the investment. Never have I been more thankful to have our video. It takes us right back to our magical day, and makes us cry every time we watch it! Photos are great, but having a video captures it ALL. Reid and his team were professional and fun to work with on the day of—capturing every detail that we could possibly want. The quality we received is way more than other videographers we researched. Invest in the video for your wedding—I promise you will thank yourself later!”

There’s nothing like the Seattle waterfront on a bright, sunny day. Especially in the middle of February, a notoriously grim and cold month for the residents of the city. With steam rising from underground and rooftops, the sun glistening across the water illuminating the great ferris wheel, you can’t help but marvel at the beauty that is the city. On days like this, we really got lucky with our drone footage, a service we’re more than happy to provide for clients looking to add a little extra something to their video.

The Fosters decided to go all out with their wedding, hosted at the utterly regal and extravagant Washington Athletic Club, and the results were extraordinary. As the quiet morning got off to a start, the Kristi and Cory got ready with their respective parties. Drinking mimosas and champagne, the ladies were bubbling with excitement as the bride adorned her almost-royal dress. The groom, on the other hand, sported a dapper bow tie and a stunning black tuxedo.

Posing for photos in the elegant book rooms and sitting areas of the club, it really felt like we were at some fancy politician’s wedding, but alas we were not! While the girls were looking classy and sophisticated inside, the guys headed outside to pose in front of the building. More akin to secret agents, they all looked as suave as can be, though the coolness was eventually supplanted by a hearty dose of silliness.

Before too long, the guests lined up for the wedding inside the Athletic Club. A purple backdrop flanked the altar, providing a wonderful ambiance to the room. Before the bride headed down the aisle—and especially so when she did—our lucky groom could not hold back the tears. With sheer emotional coursing through him, the excitement and happiness he had was billowing out in joyous tears. After a series of vows that left us both laughing and crying, they finally sealed the vow with a kiss and became husband and wife.

Heading back to sign paperwork and posing for their first photos as a married couple, Kristi and Cory celebrated the initial moments of their marriage surrounded by all of their loved ones. When it was time to head back to the reception, a massive room lit by the same purple lights, the newlyweds cut their massive four-tiered cake before entering the dance floor for a splendid first dance. An utterly riotous garter dance was also to be had, as is evidence by the end of our video!

With a montage of photos playing behind them, it was a supremely romantic evening. As the dancing continued and the night wore on, everyone got off their feet for some slow dances before the music really got hopping. A photo-booth provided more opportunities to savor memories, and a s’more bar proved to be an excellent idea for a wedding (come on, who doesn’t like s’mores?)

After a while, we stepped outside to get a few shots of the newlyweds as they walked around the outside of the building. It was the perfect end to the evening.

Thanks again to Cory and Kristi for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! As per usual, let us know if you have any questions or comments!

Venue - Washington Athletic Club

Photographer - Julianna J Photography

Videographer - Best Made Videos

Planning - Clutch Events

Cake - The SweetSide

DJ - Kryspin

Hair - Off White Hair & Makeup

MUA - Glam Life Beauty

Florist - Bloomed Out Floral Design

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Kristi and Cory's story in their own words:

Our story begins at the gym, as cliché as it sounds, I was Kristi's trainer and she was my client. It actually allowed us to get to know each other for months as we built a friendship that was to become the foundation of our relationship down the road.

One evening, we met up at the same winery to listen to live music. A few glasses of wine and one cheese platter later we realized it was 2am. The conversation was so good that we hadn't noticed that we were the only two people left. After a slow stroll to the parking lot and a hug goodbye, we both floated away with smiles.

We learned that we both had grown up in the very same neighborhood, had gone to the same schools a couple years apart, went to the same orthodontist, the same summer camp, we had both grown up fishing and camping, we both adored our family dogs, and we were both nuts about fall weather and Christmas time. If you said pumpkin spice latte in the mirror three times, Kristi would appear as a true Seattle girl. We were made from the exact same "stuff". I thought matches like this only happened in the movies.

After telling my parents about her, they wanted to meet her. I brought her over one evening and they hit it off. I had never seen my parents so happy. While the three family dogs wrestled for who got to sit in her lap, I built a fire out in the backyard and we made S'mores with Reese’s peanut butter cups inside. Except that I forgot to take off her wrapper…so her first bite was a mouthful of paper! We laughed about it the whole night as we sat on the back porch swing under a clear summer night’s sky, the dogs laying over our feet, the wood of the fire popping in the background. It was perfect. I knew that very night that we were meant to be soulmates.

For 10 months I planned carefully for the day. I wanted it to be a day to remember like no other. At 3:30am we woke up to catch a sunrise hike at Mt. Si; I had made breakfast for us to eat at the top. After a strenuous morning of hiking, I had scheduled a couple’s massage at our favorite spa. We went home to spend the afternoon Netflixing our favorite shows, then headed up to Crystal Mountain for an early dinner date. I had a hidden photographer at the top of the gondola waiting to capture us as we disembarked. I flashed a quick smile to the camera in excitement that after 10 months of planning, she still had no idea that she was only steps away from receiving the most anticipated question in life.

As we approached the top looking over Mt. Rainier, we stopped at a table showcasing her favorite Lilies. As I picked up the flowers, she gave me the most puzzled expression like, “Um, you should put those back!” She thought they were part of the restaurants display. I smiled and dropped down to one knee. The realization of what was coming finally hit her. Then I asked, and well…you know the rest.

McGee Wedding Video

by Scott Johnson

McGee Wedding on 1/28/18 at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Oregon

Music licensed from –
The Music Bed – themusicbed.com

While we absolutely adore our home state of Washington, we are not solely limited to it for your wedding needs! Just a few months ago we headed on down to Portland (which is almost on Washington soil) for a lavish wedding at one of the most iconic hotels on the West Coast.

Described as “Portland’s Most Storied Hotel,” The Sentinel boasts quite the list of amenities. From a curated art collection, to Jake’s Grill and Jackknife (considered some of Portland’s most prestigious restaurants), and some of the finest decor you’ve seen. Built over a hundred years ago, independent film fans might just recognize it from Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix.

For the McGee wedding, the bride and groom headed to the National Historic Landmark at the end of this past January. Polishing his shoes, the groom looked and felt ready for the big day. Sporting a salmon bowtie, he beamed with excitement for what was to come. On the ladies’ side of things, the feelings were also quite mutual as hair was done with nothing but happiness.

As the guys posed for photos in the library, it felt sufficiently sophisticated. Some silliness, some sweetness and a whole lot of smiles left us all excited for the ceremony. When the ladies got together, it was much of the same story.

Entering into the throne room wedding hall, Greg made his way down the aisle along with his parents. In a room fit for a royal wedding, all adorned in gold with a chandelier hanging from high up, the ecstatic groom watched his bride Allie come down the aisle with the exact look you would expect to see from someone about to marry the love of their life. After a splendid traditional Jewish ceremony, Greg crunched the ceremonial glass that signifies the union and went in for a romantic kiss.

Posing as a big group and family, the spirits were as high as could be. Making their way to the regal dining hall for the reception, wine and beer were poured to get everyone into a celebratory mood. Following the ceremony we were able to follow the newlyweds around the insanely gorgeous building. Little hallways, grand windows, and distinguished libraries added a classy touch to the photos.

Heading back in to their guests, the dancing started as purple lights lit up the hall. Slow dances started with all of the couples before the tempo picked up and everyone else got onto the dance floor (even the children) for what was an utterly unforgettable evening.

Retiring outside for just a few more shots, we got the bride and groom at night in the city, luckily without rain, as they held each other tightly.

Thanks again to Allie and Greg for picking Best Made Videos for filming their wedding! Congratulations on your almost-six month anniversary!

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Allie and Greg’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet?

Greg and I met at Shade and Monique Kelly’s wedding at Rancho San Antonio on June 28th, 2014. Shade had been telling me about Greg for months, waiting patiently to introduce us. As I write this I realize that I have never asked Greg if Shade told him about me before the wedding. Shortly after dinner he waved me over and said, “Allie, this is Greg, Greg, this is Allie.” He abruptly walked away leaving us alone and laughing. We spent the rest of the wedding getting to know each other, celebrating our friends and eating candy!

The following Friday Greg drove down to Santa Monica and took me out. It took less than the car ride to the restaurant for us to know that this was only the beginning. 
We have been inseparable ever since.

Why did you choose your venue?

We needed an indoor venue for a winter wedding and The Sentinel offers a beautiful indoor setting.  

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Our wedding day!  Everyone says it ends up being a big blur so I am excited to have more than still photos to remember the love, joy and fun of the day.

Venue - Sentinel Hotel

Photographer - Powers Studios

Planner - Gratitude Event Planning

Cake - Laurie Clarke Cakes

Catering - Sentinel Hotel

DJ - Paradox DJs

Florist - Flowers by Riley

Hair and Make up - Nancy Martinez

Rabbi - Rabbi Brian

Dance Floor - Barclay Event Rentals

Photo Booth - Portland Photo Party

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Gallo Wedding Video

By Scott Johnson

Gallo Wedding on 1/13/18 at Lake Union Cafe in Seattle, Wa

Music licensed from -
The Music Bed - themusicbed.com
Song Freedom - songfreedom.com

A quiet winter day in Seattle led us down to the Lake Union Cafe for the marriage of Allison and Evan. The deceptively little, yet staggeringly pretty space which can fit up to 100 guests, quickly became one of the more memorable venues we’ve been to in recent months. For the minimal price of $10,000, you can have an all-inclusive wedding featuring food, alcohol, and decorations along with cupcakes and a full service staff. On top of all of that, the venue itself is a feast for the eyes with gorgeous architecture and tons of space for everyone.

As the guys sat around playing board games, waiting their turns to get ready, the ladies got started bright and early with hair and makeup. Popping champagne (after a little bit of a tussle with the bottle), the bridal party got underway with getting dressed in elegant black gowns and popping red shoes.

While the guys finally got ready (there would be more games to come later) the ladies headed up to Seattle’s iconic Volunteer Park for some photos around the area. Braving the cold, we followed them around the park (avoiding the soggy ground), capturing their blissful smiles as they all eagerly anticipated the rest of the afternoon.

Filing in for the ceremony, the venue sparkled and glistened with gold and white, amplified by the abundance of mirrors in the room for an all-around dazzling space to have a wedding. For such an unassuming venue, there’s sure a heck of a lot of beauty going on inside. As the officiant declared Allison and Evan husband and wife, the two kissed before triumphantly walking back down the aisle, sneaking one more in before they headed off to sign the paperwork.

Following the ceremony, as the guests filled into the reception area sipping on beer and wine, the newlyweds posed for photos inside while we waited. As the newlyweds signed the wall inside the restaurant, forever (or at least until the building gets destroyed) signifying their union, their happiness became more apparent than ever. Since we didn’t get to do a first look with them, we followed the bride and groom outside into the streetlight-illuminated streets. The quaint little neighborhood, almost directly underneath I-5, was perfectly lit for our couple as they strolled the pavement before heading back inside.

As the guests surrounded the dance floor, Evan and Allison took to their parents for the traditional dances before having their first dance as a married couple. And then everyone else joined in on the fun and the strobe lights kicked up and scattered colors all over the room.

Eventually the lights had to be turned down, which in a Seattle winter is a little too early if you ask us, but the evening was nevertheless a wonderful occasion. Thank you again to Allison and Greg for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope you are enjoying the first few months of marriage.

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Venue, Caterer, Cake, Coordination - Lake Union Cafe

Photographer - David Volpone

DJ - Sounds Unlimited

Floral - LUC Custom Florals

Officiant - Reverend Dayna Reid

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Allison and Evan’s story in their own words:

The Day They Met

In fall of 2011, Allison had an interview for a tour guide job at Case Western Reserve University. She was hired on the spot, and the supervisor told her she could have a private tour with a current tour guide that day to learn what to say to prospective families on a tour. The supervisor walked up to the front desk and spoke with the guide for a few minutes, then came back and informed Allison that there was only one person working right now. She said he needed to stay at the desk to cover any walk-ins, but she said he could give her a tour on the map and just tell her what to say, as if they were walking around campus. Allison agreed anxiously, excited for her new job! Allison walked up to the desk, and Evan introduced himself and confirmed that he would be giving her a tour on the map. As Evan started to go through the tour, Allison began to feel that Evan was acting as though she had never stepped foot on the campus before today. He was giving her directions from one part of the campus to another, as though she planned to walk around and see the campus for the first time after they talked. At some point, Allison stopped him and said "You do know I go here, right?" Evan had thought that Allison was a prospective student, as the supervisor had only told him to give someone a tour on the map, not that she was a new hire. The two of them had a good laugh and immediately bonded over the miscommunication. After Evan's shift, he took Allison on a real private tour. After she was hired, Allison picked up a weekly shift that happened to overlap with one of Evan's shifts. It wasn't a specified tour time, so they spent an hour every week together, waiting for walk-in tour requests, and they quickly became close friends. It wasn't long until they officially started dating on January 13, 2012.

The Proposal

As a college graduation gift for Evan and Allison, Evan's parents (Jim and Laura Gallo) took the two of them to Disney World for a well-deserved vacation. On the night of June 2, 2014, after the parents went to bed, Evan and Allison decided to take a walk on the boardwalk. They walked to a bench at the end of the boardwalk and sat together, looking out across the water toward the beautifully-lit World Showcase. Evan said to Allison, as he had many times before, "You know, I want to spend the rest of my life with you." Allison responded, as she had many times before, "Yeah? Me, too." Though this exchange was certainly not the first of its kind, this time, Evan continued. He responded with, "Well...that's convenient," and pulled out a jewelry box. Inside the box was a ring Evan had designed with inherited diamonds from his mom's original engagement ring. He specifically had it designed so there would be no prongs to catch on Allison's gloves at work. The newly engaged couple stopped at a grocery store along the boardwalk, picked up some champagne to bring back to the room, and celebrated with Evan's parents.

The Family Jewels

On the wedding day, Allison will be wearing a custom-made double pendant necklace crafted with 2 very special diamonds. One of the diamonds is from Allison's maternal grandmother's engagement ring. The other diamond was a gift from Allison's father (Dean Luoma) to her mother (Patty Luoma) on their first Christmas together, after they had only been dating for 1 month. The diamonds have been set in white gold to match Allison's engagement and wedding bands. The wedding band also has 3 smaller diamonds taken from Allison's maternal grandmother's engagement ring.

Why did you choose your venue?:

We saw really great reviews all over the internet for the Lake Union Cafe. Evan and I decided we had to check it out. We walked in, took one look around, and Evan saw my face and said "We're putting down a deposit today, aren't we?" The venue is just absolutely gorgeous. It has an antique look about it and just feels warm and loved (like it isn't brand new, but that makes it even more beautiful).

What are you most excited to see in the video?:

Allison: I just want a video that will capture the memories of the day. I want to remember the fun the girls had getting ready, the beautiful venue, all of our loved ones being together to celebrate with us and the fun they had, etc.

Evan: I am excited to see the reception. I feel like it'll be a blur for us, and we won't remember much. Probably the one thing I really want to see is the first dance.