Manheim Wedding Video

Manheim Wedding on 10/28/17 at AXIS Pioneer Square in Seattle, Wa

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Over in the historic Pioneer Square district, which during the early days of Seattle (particularly the Gold Rush) became Seattle’s first “downtown,” you’ll find a competition between new and old. Between the Seattle Weekly building churning out its paper every week, the nearby International District, or the growth of new buildings and businesses, it’s a constant battle that has ultimately shaped the neighborhood into one of Seattle’s most distinct and exciting. In the heart of the area likes AXIS, an event space inside the 130-year-old Globe Building that captures the spirit of the neighborhood while also providing all of the elements for a perfect wedding.

Just shy of Halloween, the Manheim’s gathered in Pioneer Square on the same day as the annual “Thrill the World,” a gathering of people who want to bust out their best Michael Jackson impersonations. But while the spookiness was going on outside, there was a little more tranquility inside. As zombies filled the streets (and later posed with the bride and groom), Danica and Phil got ready in significantly calmer and less scary environments. If it was scary for them, we would have never known the better.

Meeting up on the streets for their First Look, Danica arrived to greet her groom as Phil’s bashfulness overtook him upon seeing her in her wedding dress. The fall leaves and natural color of the season really helped accentuate the more industrial feel of Pioneer Square. The browns and the oranges all melded together to really give the impression of being in the past. But with a sleek suit and a gorgeous dress, the bride and groom stood out against it all as they headed towards something new.

Posing with family, fending off zombies, and smiling all the while made for a blast out on the streets. Before they were overtaken with the hordes, the bride and groom headed inside to be married. Against the backdrop of old brick and mortar, surrounded by dazzling lights and flowers, Danica and Phil recited vows from their hearts as they opened up in front of one another and their families. Planting a smooch right on his bride, the two were officially married (right after they signed the books.)

With the event space open up to everyone, dinner was served as the newly weds made the rounds to visit their guests. Photo booths provided entertainment for the kids (but mostly adults) and supplied everlasting memories of an already unforgettable day. Eventually the lights dimmed to a warm purple, and everyone got on their feet to dance. Note the impromptu get-down to “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, it happened to make our Favorite Wedding Reception Moments!

Thanks again to Danica and Philip for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was truly a spectacular day full of love and happiness. We hope that your first year of marriage is going terrifically.

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– Scott Johnson

Venue – AXIS Pioneer Square

Photographer – Berty Mandagie

HMU – Alanda Seifert

Planner – Wedding Wise

Floral – En Fleur Floral

Rentals – CORT Party Rentals

Caterer – Ravishing Radish

DJ – Kris McCoskery

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Schroeder Wedding Video

Schroeder Wedding on 10/14/17 at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wa

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“Omg that was INCREDIBLE!!!  I’m speechless!!! Thank you so much for creating this, you captured everything so beautifully!!!  Wow truly my dream wedding video.”

October is a decidedly different time for a wedding, especially in the Pacific Northwest. The vibrant, lush greens that fill the forests with life and vivacity are replaced by orangish, yellow hues that signal the change in the season. As a result, many of the venues that we see at peak wedding season are sometimes unrecognizable, but that doesn’t mean they don’t retain their charm and beauty. Take the Golf Club at Newcastle for example; during the summer it is buzzing with golfers and sightseers alike. During the Fall, offseason golfers still dot the fairways, but the crisper weather brings a more relaxing aura and falling leaves drop from the trees that line the driveway up to the golf club.

The Schroeder’s wedding got off to your usual Pacific Northwest fall start. Grey clouds filled the skies while everyone got ready in the toasty interiors. A sparkly white wedding dress worn by Elizabeth was gorgeously contrasted by the even sparklier golden ones worn by her entourage of bridesmaids. Greeting her groom out on the back overlook for the First Look, Elizabeth looked spellbinding in her dress as the skies cleared enough to catch a glimpse of Seattle. With exuberant emotion, William turned around to greet his bride as they embraced.

Looking more like a movie premiere and less of a wedding, the entire bridal party lined up for photos as the men stunned in matching tuxedos across from the already dazzling ladies. Everyone put on their best smiles as they endured the chilly, windy peaks up on Newcastle. The effort was worth it, as evidence by the video (which even includes an instant replay!), with the vast region crawling out behind them and beyond. We followed the happy couple around the grounds some more as they posed in cute, adorable ways. Family photos followed afterwards, but before too long, it was time to head back inside for the wedding ceremony!

A stately event room, full of magnificent flowers and grand windows, served just superbly for the wedding. As the ceremony got going, it was abundantly clear the love these two share for each other, with both bride and groom reducing to tears before they could even kiss. The excitement and joy was almost palpable, and then—when the words were announced—the two brought it in for a passionate, swooning kiss.

As they headed off to sign the business and sip on champagne, the guests got a chance to explore the sprawling golf course and take in the sweeping vistas. Celebrations began almost immediately with celebratory drinks on the mounds that overlooked the region. We could’ve spent all week with the two as they roamed around the property as newlyweds, but we had to get back inside for the reception!

After cutting into their pristine cake, the two shared their first dance which was capped off by the lowest of dips. Following the dance with their parents, everyone else hopped onto the dance floor, from babies to grandparents, and got to working their booties. With it being fall, the sun disappeared pretty early, but the party kept on going! Before it was too late, we got a chance to head back outside with the newlyweds for a few more shots. The sun had lowered to a glistening yellow and orange, rather than the reds and pinks so synonymous with summer, which lit the two in just the right way.

Thanks again to William and Elizabeth for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope that your first year has been filled with happiness and love!

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– Scott Johnson

Venue – The Golf Club at Newcastle

Photographer – Jen and Jody Photography

Floral – Seattle Floral Design

Cake – Sweet Themes Bakery

Photo Booth – Fun Frames Photo Booth

MUA – Flawless Beauty Bars – Seattle

DJ – Landmark DJ

Dress – Bellevue Bridal Boutique

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Tsoulouhas Wedding Video

Tsoulouhas Wedding on 8/19/17 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, Wa

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“Great experience with Best Made Videos! I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a high-quality videographer. They’re very professional in the quality of service that they provide and work with you to make sure your needs are met. Would definitely work with them again!”

Partway through the blistering, smokey month of August we made our way once again to the gorgeous St. Demetrios Orthodox Church for the Tsoulouhas Wedding. With clear skies, nary a few stray clouds and smoke plumes that billowed in from the wildfires, the sky was as blue as the waters of Mykonos. At once the “oldest” Greek Orthodox congregation in Seattle, St. Demetrios isn’t necessarily all that “old,” having just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2012. Designed by Paul Thiry, the church is a gorgeous fixture to the Montlake community with annual festivals and bazaars that celebrate the Greek community in Seattle.

As both parties got ready—Georgia at Pan Pacific Hotel and Gianni at a private residence—it became abundantly clear that these families were massive. Each party crammed into a tight space—both featured wine or some other form of alcohol—and got to looking their absolute best with a little help from just about everyone. Photos with the family were taken at both locations with the bride and her entourage stunning pedestrians as they walked down the street outside the hotel. Gianni looked dapper in a bow tie and navy blue jacket.

While the families filled the pews, the light streamed in through the stained glass windows to create a myriad of colors. The equally gorgeous interiors are a sight to behold thanks to its icon paintings and dazzling chandeliers. Once the church was filled, it was time to get the ceremony going. In keeping with tradition, there was no First Look as has become the new trend among younger generations, so the look on Gianni’s face as Georgia came walking down the aisle was completely, 100% genuine. Once the chanting started, the bride came strolling in as family and friends looked on from all directions. What followed was a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. With all of its own rituals and symbolism, it’s a far cry from most weddings we get to see. So for us, it’s always a wonderful, humbling experience to witness a different culture’s own customs and we hope it is for you too!

With the vow-sealing kiss, the two were officially married. Stopping for hugs and handshakes back down the aisle, the newlyweds retreated to the back as they mingled with their bridal party before taking more photos inside the church. Since there was no First Look, we headed out to the church grounds to take some private photos with the newlyweds as they basked in the sun and glow of just being married. And then it was time for the reception!

Filling out the gigantic event space, and leaving special extra room for the traditional Greek dancing, the whole reception was beautiful melding of families, cultures, song and dance, and good spirits. There’s something about the dancing at Greek weddings that inspires the sense of togetherness—and we are always excited to come back for more!

We want to thank Georgia and Gianni for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope your first year as a married couple has gone superbly. Please comment below if you have any questions or recommendations!

– Scott Johnson

Venue – St. Demetrios

Photographer – Alante Photography

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Mead Wedding Video

Mead Wedding on 10/21/17 at Melrose Market Studios in Seattle, Wa

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“We both love it so much! Thank you for perfectly capturing our day!”

Described as “industrial-chic,” Melrose Market Studios has quickly become one of the hottest venues on Capitol Hill, just shy of downtown. The nearly century old building, recently refurbished, hosts restaurants, shops, and–most importantly–weddings. Capable of holding up to 250 people, the old brick-and-mortar is infused with metal framing and wood to present a distinct old-meets-new type of vibe which is pretty darn perfect for a wedding ceremony.

On a crisp and drizzly October morning, just a week before Halloween, bride and groom Dakota and Taylor got ready at the luxurious Hotel Sorrento for their wedding. Sipping ciders and brightening the October drear with tons of pink and color, Dakota and her bridal party were full of energy and good cheer. Not to be outdone by the boys, Taylor and his pals looked dapper in their scarlet ties as they made their way out front for some sophisticated yet goofy photos, exchanging fake punches and sticking their tongues out at each other. At one point they were even able to pick up the groom himself.

The rest of the family soon came out, after all the bridesmaids donned their deep red dresses, and under the cover of umbrellas and awnings the family got all of their photos taken. Before we realized it, it was time to head on over to the Melrose Market Studios for the wedding itself.

Under the sparkling lights hung from the metal work, the bride and groom met at the altar. With the aisle lined by vibrant yellow candles and the altar backed by a massive wreath of white, red and green, it was a simple yet elegant setup. Delivering personal and heartfelt vows that recounted their history, starting way back under the friday night lights on the football field, their love had finally come full circle as they became man and wife.

A quick jaunt down the road after the wedding saw Dakota and Taylor heading towards the I5 overpass, just down Pike street, as the newly weds posed for photos overlooking the freeway near those giant, mysterious columns. The rain didn’t slow them down, nor did it damper their happiness.

Following the ceremony, which seemed to have crammed the space to its limits, the lights dimmed to near darkness as the newlyweds took the spotlight for their first dance. With a short reprieve for the cake-cutting (which happened to make our cut of Best Cake Cuttings as Taylor shoved a slice in Dakota’s mouth and then playing a little “see-food”) followed by a riotous garter dance, the alcohol started flowing and everyone got in the mood to celebrate. Even the kids got on the dance floor and hogged the space from the adults, but mostly everyone just hopped around under the twinkling, swirling lights that illuminated the dark, gloomy October night that was anything but.

Thank you again to Dakota and Taylor for picking Best Made Videos to shoot your wedding! We’re glad the rain didn’t ruin your “parade,” and hope that married life is treating you spectacularly!

Let us know in the comments below if you have any recommendations or suggestions, we’re always looking to get better!

– Scott Johnson

Venue - Melrose Market Studios

Videographer - Best Made Videos

Photographer - Rachel Howerton Photography

DJ - Otto-Matic Mobile Music

Bridal Gown - Laineemeg Bridal

Hair Stylist - Olive and Opal

Makeup Artist - Posh Styling

Bridesmaids Gowns - AZAZIE

Groomsmen Attire - Macy's

Florist - Dakota’s Grandmother

Planner - All Tied Up Wedding and Event Design

Cake - Jenny Cookies Bake Shop

Catering - Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events

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Stephens Wedding Video

Stephens Wedding on 9/17/17 at Hotel Sorrento in Seattle, Wa

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“Yay!!! Thank you so much Reid!!”

Anybody who has ever spent time on Madison right near I5 and St. James Cathedral–whether making their way downtown or up towards Capitol Hill–will surely recognize the regal Hotel Sorrento perched on the north side of the road. Opened in 1909, the website explains that its very first guests were prospectors with heavy pockets after striking rich in the Gold Rush. Back then, the prime position on First Hill would’ve surely featured some spectacular sights, only for a century of construction and development to obscure them.

But despite the city aging around it, Hotel Sorrento is nevertheless an icon, and a perfect wedding venue at that. On one of the last remaining days of summer, Ashley and Rajeev turned the hotel into a meeting of worlds and cultures. Essentially a two-parter wedding, the day started out with a pretty standard ceremony. Ashley and Rajeev exchanged vows in a solemn ceremony surrounded by everyone they love wearing traditional attire. Partway through the ceremony, Rajeev, in connection to his Hindu roots, places the Bindi on Ashley’s forehead, symbolizing marriage and life-long commitment, before sealing the deal with a kiss.

Shortly after the wedding ceremony, Rajeev and Ashley returned for their first dance. In the Penthouse Foyer, family and friends soon joined in on the fun. Though it didn’t last too long, once the dancing was done, the two families headed outside to pose for photos around the legendary hotel. Silliness was to be had as they headed up to the roof for some awesome views of Downtown Seattle. But then everything changed.

The newly weds returned inside to the reception–but this time they took things to an even higher gear. Emerging through the double doors wearing ceremonial Hindi attire, bride and groom Ashley and Rajeev arrived for “Part 2.” Almost as if they flipped a switch, the formal, by-the-books wedding day soon became something akin to a Bollywood movie complete with live dancers, performances, and garbs that showed every color of the rainbow. That’s right: a crew of dancers showed up busting out some gravity-defying moves that both entranced and excited everyone in attendance.

After the troupe finished their routine, the rest of the guests got in on the energy as it fueled them like a shot of espresso. It’s rare at weddings where you get such thrilling moments, but this wedding was particularly special in that it was two worlds and cultures becoming one. Tradition met diversity, East met West, and love found its equal. More than just the ceremony itself “marriage” is, by definition, simply the “combination or mixture of two or more elements,” and if this wedding wasn’t that–I don’t know what is!

Thanks again to Rajeev and Ashley for choosing Best Made Videos to film their special day! We don’t get to see many weddings like it, so it was particularly meaningful to us that we got to film it and share it with the world! Happy six months of marriage!

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– Scott Johnson

Venue – Hotel Sorrento

Photographer – Chris Carino

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