Get to Know Your Wedding Pro Podcast Directory
Below is a complete directory of all of the past episodes of our podcast,
Get to know your wedding pro, a podcast by best made videos®
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 1 (Reid Johnson, Best Made Videos®)
Bio - Reid, the owner of Best Made Videos® is an Emmy nominated photojournalist / videographer with over 10 years of videography experience. Born and raised in Seattle he traveled east to Spokane, Washington to go to college. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Videography, he spent the next 8 years working for local NBC and FOX news affiliates in California and Washington.
In 2013 he decided to launch Best Made Videos® so he could focus more time on developing relationships with his clients and sharing their positive stories with the world. He has a long standing relationship with the Better Business Bureau, and has produced marketing videos for them as well as many local companies throughout the Pacific Northwest including Seattle Magazine and Blackpoint-IT. He lives in West Seattle, Wa. with his wife Dorothy (see our wedding video here) and 5 year old Dachshund Rosie.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 2 (Alan Chitlik, Puget Sound DJ)
Bio - I’ve been passionate about music my entire life. Always “THAT GUY” – making mix tapes, going to concerts and spending my spare time (and money) collecting music.
So in 1997, when my friend Annie’s wedding DJ cancelled three days before her wedding (!), she asked if I could take that musical knowledge and rescue her. I gulped a bit (well, really gulped a lot), but immediately agreed. The night turned out great. The music played. People danced. And a new era of my life began.
I began to DJ many of my friends’ weddings. It was the most rewarding thing I’d ever done. I loved it so much that I left my corporate job in 2004. Ever since, DJing has been my profession and my passion.
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I was a newspaper reporter in my 20s. I covered everything from murder trials to county fair to billion-dollar financial transactions. The common thread in EVERY story, though, was that I listened intently so I could accurately report what people said. The skills from that experience still help me today. As we plan, I ask a lot of questions and actively listen to fully understand what people want from their events. Sometimes, good questions help me extract the perfect piece of information to introduce a member of the wedding party. Other times, I’ll interview a couple and include their own story in their own words in a unique first dance.
Bring on Seattle
Later, I spent a decade in the corporate world at the “Redmond Software Giant.” I ran all sorts of large events, including one with then-CEO Steve Ballmer as the featured speaker. I flew across the country doing software demos in front of passionate groups of users, which helped me hone my speaking skills.
Today, as an MC, I guide the evening with an unobtrusive touch. Guests will know what’s going on. What’s coming up. Who’s about to give a toast. They won’t miss ANY of your special moments. I bring the humor, but steer well clear of “Cheesy DJ” territory.
It often feels to me like the rest of my life was building up to prepare me for this career. I feel so fortunate that the things I’ve done have come together and fit so well. The big hug at the end of the night from a couple who just had an amazing wedding is incredibly satisfying.
I live in the Green Lake area of Seattle with my incredible wife Sarah and our 12-year-old twins, Jake and Lauren (collectively referred to as “The Tornados.”) So yes, both personally and professionally, I most certainly rock the minivan.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 3 (Stephanie Skeffington., Seattle Flashing Lights Photography
Bio - Oh hello! I am Stephanie, the owner and lead photographer of Seattle Flashing Lights Photography, where I get to create amazing photos of amazing people and places!
My journey has been a bit of a winding path, and it has been filled with awesome adventures. I started my “career” studying to become a pilot (which I am – commercially rated and everything!)…so of course it would make sense that my logical steps would be from piloting to photography (I joke that I am actually making my way through the alphabet backwards…next, pharmaceuticals then onto Petroleum Control Panel Operator)…but the truth is my passion for photography has been brewing since as early as I can remember. I got my first camera at age 8 and started taking pictures of everything I could and submitting my work to local competitions. I continued to upgrade my equipment and my skills taking classes, researching new techniques and working hard in the field practicing different styles. Photography is freeing to me, allowing me to catch moments in time, the truest emotions, the feelings of this world and tell stories without words. It has brought me to some incredible places and has introduced me to even more incredible people – I truly love every second that I am behind my lenses! Fun facts about me:
I am originally from Western Washington and my heart will always be in Seattle no matter where I go
I fell in-love with my college crush and we have been married for almost 6 years, he is really rad y’all!
Matt & Steph on their 5th anniversary in Australia!
My puppy Nola is a scruffy terrier mix who I love an embarrassingly large amount (I sing to her all the time and have roughly 53 adorably dorky nicknames for her)
I lived in Prescott, AZ for about 5 years and also spent a summer abroad living in Paris, both were huge inspirations to my landscape and architecture photography styles
Travel is my other passion and luckily gets to go hand in hand with my photography! I have been to every continent outside of Antarctica (which is totally on my list!) and over 30 countries and counting
12 Apostles South Australia
I am an avid connoisseur of pizza and wine, often times enjoying both together
I tear up at every wedding I photograph, I am a huge fan of L.O.V.E.
OUR PROMISE TO YOU!
I work with an amazing team of photographers that add so much creative talent, visual artistry and personality to our company! Our team is some of the best in the business and our top two focus areas are providing aw-inspiring, creatively artistic photos that you will always be excited about and offering top notch customer service! We promise to do our best to be flexible and easy going, while always giving you what YOU want through our creative stylings and working to achieve YOUR desired results in end products. Our customers inspire us and we always want you to walk away happy and will do everything we can to make that happen! Our ideal clients are ones who trust our creative minds, love adventure, aren’t afraid to get dirty for the perfect shot and have a great time with us!
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 4 (Heather and Ryan, Events by Heather and Ryan)
Bio - We are a husband and wife wedding photography studio based in the Seattle area. We also service the island of Hawaii with an office on the Big Island. Our studio provides creative and affordable wedding photography for our couples. Since 2007, we’ve personally photographed over 500 weddings around the area and around the world – and we bring that experience to every wedding we photograph.
Wedding planning is the single biggest planning event that most of us will undertake. And your wedding photographer is one of the most important vendor choices you’ll choose. Events by Heather & Ryan has become one of the most sought after wedding photography studios in the area. We specialize in high quality and affordable wedding photography and videography services. Our team uses a documentary style, story telling approach to every wedding. Effectively understanding your vision and is key to getting the best wedding photographs. Your wedding day is the story of your lives, and our goal is to capture and tell that story in a way that expresses emotion and and detail. Just as photojournalism tells a story – documentary photography takes those same images and brings life to them and explains the story leading up to them in pictures. The end result allows you to not only look at your pictures, but the essence captivates your imagination and allows you to relive your wedding through our photographs.
By selecting our studio for your wedding, our goal isn’t to simply take pictures at your wedding. There are hundreds of photographers out there with varying degrees of professionalism ranging from amateur to professional who can do the same job for you without the personal attention. Our goal and process is more refined. Our ambition is to discover and understand your vision and expectations for your wedding photographs. Knowing what’s important to you and how you want your story told is paramount. The key to creating prized and cherished wedding photographs lies in knowing how you want to remember your wedding. And the answer to that question is different and unique with every couple we meet and for every wedding we photograph. It’s not the “what” question we want to answer. It’s the “why”. But in the end, it’s these kinds of details that ensure you’ll be happy with the high quality and personalized service we provide to you. The better we know you, the better we’ll be able to photograph your wedding. And in the end, our pictures will speak for themselves and you’re going to love what we give you.
Now for the fun stuff. As your photographer, your experience with us doesn’t start or end the day of your wedding. We’ll get to know you before the wedding, starting with the day we first meet. We’ll be with you during your entire wedding and reception, capturing the most important – the most intimate moments for you so you can relive them years from now. We’ll then carefully cull through, categorize and process each photograph through a vigorous post-production process. The final photographs we provide to you will be unique and exclusive of each other. Each photograph tells its own story, and our mission is to uncover that story for you.
We hope that your first encounter with our studio is only the beginning. We’d like to develop a lifetime relationship with you so we can be your photographer of choice for the events in life that come along later, like pregnancies, anniversaries, newborn and infants, boudoir (for those special occasions) and more. Our studio proudly offers family portrait photography as well. If you’re looking for amazing wedding photography, then look no further. Heather & Ryan provide Seattle and the Puget Sound area with the best wedding photography in the area. Whether you’re having a small get together or a large 200+ guest wedding, we offer a unique approach that blends creative elements with the best experience designed to match your personality. As you know, no two weddings are alike. Your wedding day is the first chapter in the story of your lives together…and our job is to capture every aspect of your wedding day, from your interaction together down to the details and everything in between. In the end, you’re left with something magical that can forever be cherished.
If you’d like to meet us up close and in person, or if you have questions about what our studio can do for you, please call or email us for more information. We’d love to sit down over coffee to discuss your wedding or other photography goals. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you like our work and you’ll love what we can do for you.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 5 (Danielle Yellam, VANity Photo Bus)
Bio - Our story is simple... I'm Danielle and my brother Michael and I have a passion for unique and original ideas! Together with his wife and their kids we turned our really cute 1959 VW van into a beautiful photo bus. We have had so much positive feedback and feel that VANity is the perfect compliment to ANY modern wedding, party or social event! To the hundreds of people we have met and connected with, thank you for making VANity Photo Bus a hit! We can't wait to see you at all of our events this year!
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 6 (Claire Fernandez, Party on the Rocks)
Bio - Claire has been working in the event industry for four years as a Lead Hostess for The Invisible Hostess and a Bartender for the past two years. She is excited to form lasting relationships with clients and help fulfill their party needs!
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 7 (Angela Strecker, Blue Wings Events)
Bio - Angela is authentic and honest plus with over 18 years of event management experience she brings knowledge, problem solving skills, emotional stability, and consistent service to all her clients. These advantages are all applied to situations in which she needs to resolve tasks and issues on event day, calm a mother, gently guide and counsel a couple, deal with vendor issues and sometimes be the mediator among guests and hosts!
Angela enjoys coffee, reading the morning paper and spending time with family and friends along with cool mornings out on the lake fishing with her dad.
For Angela her ownership into Blue Wings Events is not a hobby or side-job, but a full-time career, commitment, and dream.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 8 (Melissa Reiner, Hey Sweets)
Bio - Hey Sweets is owned and operated by Melissa Reiner and started back in 2013. My love for party planning and baking turned into a great business venture. There have been a few bumps in the road, but that has only pushed me to reach for higher goals.
I was born and raised in Monroe, WA. My family has a long history of farming in Monroe. My dad was raised on a dairy farm and his uncle Frank used to deliver bread to the people of Monroe. My mom was raised on a Chicken farm in the Maltby area. My husband's family raise Black Angus cattle. I have a passion for small towns and strive to use quality ingredients in my desserts.
I married my best friend back in 2000. We have 2 amazing boys that keep me busy when I am not baking. Hey Sweets has allowed me to stay home and raise my boys while still perusing my passion to bake.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 9 (Yasmin Shirdel, Samila Boutique)
Bio - How it all began...
Samila Adabi, a former Miss Iran Pageant runner up, had plenty of upbringing in custom tailoring and experience with formal wear. Her mother, was the premier dress maker for the elite in Iran. Over time, she developed an exquisite eye for colors and styles and a sure sense for what many women desired. In 1995, Samila opened her first boutique in Bellevue. As early as 1997, the Seattle times recognized Samila Boutique as “top 5 woman’s apparel boutiques in Seattle”. From the 2000’s, Samila used her experience and style to solidify herself as the go to fashion expert and the destination store in the Northwest for Woman’s formal dresses; dressing woman for the Oscars, Grammy’s, Inauguration balls and much more.
In 2009, Samila’s daughter Yasmin Shirdel, followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, becoming the lead stylist and buyer of the Redmond boutique. Shortly thereafter, the boutique was moved into a larger 3,300 square foot showroom. In addition, a collection of couture dresses were hand selected and brought in from designer showrooms all over the world, Samila & Yasmin designed their own line of dresses called Samila Designs and the boutique launched a new website and marketing campaigns in all social media platforms, bringing Samila Boutique into the homes of all the Women of the Northwest.
As of recently, Samila boutique has been featured on King 5 news morning show and the Seattle times for their formal wear expertise. It has also cemented itself as the destination for formal wear in the entire Northwest, showcasing over 5,000 unique dresses in the Redmond, Washington, showroom. Special occasions we dress for are: Prom,Galas, Homecoming, Military Balls, Second Wedding, Cocktail dresses, Wedding guest, winter formals, Cruises, holiday Parties, Pageants, Tolo and much more!
We have designed and built a brand new bridal suite, to showcase our three new Bridal collections and our off the rack bridal selection. We will be featuring: Morilee, Madison James and Casablanca bridal!
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 10 (Taryn Holmstrom, Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals)
Bio - Hi, I’m Taryn, Owner of Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals. In 2009 my husband proposed to me at Rosario Beach here in the Northwest and the planning process began. At this time, I was Special Education Teacher, a career I loved and saw myself pursuing. During the planning process I found this new creative outlet, designing my wedding. Seven months later the wedding took place, and what a beautiful event it was. After our wedding, I realized how much I loved the whole process and started Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals that summer. A few years later, we had our first son. I realized I wanted to find a way to be more involved in his life and made the difficult decision to give up my teaching contract to stay home with him. It was the best decision I could have made. Here I am today, a mom of two young boys (Mason and Liam) finding the balance between running this thriving business, being the best domestic engineer I can be, and enjoying those special moments with my family. Every day I wake up and have to pinch myself. Is this really my life? I can’t believe that I get to spend my days playing with my children and helping people create beautiful and meaningful events. We are so blessed!
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 11 (Dan Manning, Dan Manning Photography)
Bio - Dan Manning is a wedding and portrait photographer based in historic downtown Snohomish. Dan worked as one of two photographers for a large Fortune 500 company before pursuing portrait and wedding photography full time. He loves documenting people's love stories and capturing their connection. Dan utilizes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest to create timeless images.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 12 (Candi Block, Thrifty Events and Yeti Yard Games)
Bio - I'm Candi Block, founder of Block Weddings & Events and creator of the online wedding planning course for couples, Wedding Building Blocks. I began this journey a few years ago with a little nudge from my sister and friends. I've always enjoyed event planning, but I honestly thought that everyone did. When my younger sister, Kelli, and I were planning my older sister's bridal and baby showers, Kelli confessed how much she hated event planning. I was surprised since I thought we both were having a good time planning out the invitations, looking over excel spreadsheets of RSVP responses and timelines, and decorating the venues together. Turns out, it was just me having fun, but I accepted her disdain and moved on. It wasn't until about a year later when a colleague and friend also pointed out that my enthusiasm for event planning was a bit higher than most, and I realized then that I should pursue this passion.
Couples are excited to plan their weddings, but not everyone has a background in event planning. The good news is that it's a skill that can be learned. My passion is to share my industry knowledge, organizational skills, and event planning experience with those that are eager for guidance.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 13 (Torry Wahl, Raise A Glass Wedding and Event Planning)
Bio - Hello, my names Torry! I was raised in the shadow of Mt. Pilchuck, in Lake Stevens, Washington. This offered the quintessential Pacific Northwest childhood, which is reflected in my business aesthetic and personal style.
Upon graduating from Central Washington University with a degree in Psychology and Family Studies, I felt the pull to build my adult life back where I began.
When not working to make your wedding everything you have dreamed of, I am reading, baking, trying all the delicious restaurants and soaking up the minutes with friends, family and my two trusted pups.
Planning a wedding can often times be fun, exciting and stressful. Raise a Glass emphasizes making memories, having fun and providing couples with a stress free day. Based out of Snohomish, WA I offer full, partial and Day Of Coordinating services at an affordable cost.
My goal is that while I personally handle all the details behind the scene, participants can be completely submersed in their day. Raise a Glass offers clients peace of mind so they can optimize their time relaxing, socializing and enjoying the moment. I love the challenge of working with a vast range of budgets, styles and locations; fill out the contact form below and we can start the exciting journey of making your dream wedding a reality.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 14 (Rev. Ray Van Winkle, Rev Ray Van Winkle and Associates)
Bio - A Seattle "native" since 1982, Ray has been involved in the wedding industry most of his life, running a small catering company with his wife Stephanie, and later working for her floral design business. He credits her with seeing within him the potential to be a great wedding officiant.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 15 (Tony Schwartz, Tony Schwartz MC and DJ)
Bio - Me In A Nutshell: Sports, comedy, coffee, music, and entrepreneurship define me. During the week, I hustle hard and stay pretty quiet. But on weekends, I play quite loud.
My DJ career started at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. I earned my stripes DJing in fraternity basements, at house parties, and playing the opening set at local dive bars and “nightclubs” that were more like “Applebee’s, but with a dance floor.” Eventually, I graduated college and moved to the Seattle nightlife scene, where I quickly realized I hated DJing nightclubs.
But I loved to DJ, and I loved to perform in front of others.
So, while working in finance during the week, I booked private events for the weekend: school dances, birthday parties, corporate galas, holiday parties, and weddings. Of all the private events I played at, only weddings allowed me to DJ an open-format style with a license to mix creatively. Mastering “The Art of the Wedding DJ” became my obsession. I learned everything I could about planning awesome wedding receptions, how to be an event director and host, developed my Master of Ceremonies philosophy and style, and honed in my DJ skills.
I had found my niche, my passion, and the one thing that I looked forward to every weekend. And, I wanted to be really, really, really good at it.
While it was seemingly unfortunate at the time, I was told in 2009 by the company I worked for that they couldn’t offer me a permanent position after my temp-to-hire contract was up. So, I decided to take a risk and see if I could do what many said I couldn’t: make it as a full-time, professional DJ.
It was the best decision I ever made.
Fast forward to today: I have DJ’d at weddings up and down the West Coast, as well as shared the same stage with some pretty big names in the music industry. I’ve DJed for crowds up to 25,000 people, and I founded two more companies in the private events space: PLAY Event Rentals and The Puget Sound Photo Booth Co. My current aspirations are to DJ weddings and private events around the country and the world, as well as become the official tour DJ for one of my favorite country music artists.
Seriously, I can’t believe that I get to call this a career. I’m truly blessed, completely grateful, honestly humbled, and totally thankful for all of the opportunities that DJing has brought me, as well as the experiences I’ve lived and people I’ve met.
I’m thankful to even be considered as your Wedding MC & DJ. If you like my mixes, if you enjoy watching my videos below, and if you want to create magic at the biggest party you will ever host, I would love to be your Master of Ceremonies & DJ.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 16 (Korrine Claxton Korrine C Makeup Artist and Esthetician)
Bio - Hello thank you for stopping by! I have been a professional makeup artist and licensed Esthetician since 2007. My background in skin care has really helped me be a better artist to my clients. I am able to give my clients a beautiful look without masking your natural beauty. We are all not made the same and I love enhancing each individuals special features.
As your makeup artist my goal is to create a look that will be timeless. I don't just apply your makeup I am there for you every step of the way. Not only do I want you to be able to look at your pictures and remember how gorgeous you looked, but I also want you to remember how stress free your morning was and how much fun you had just being able to sip on mimosa's and hang out with your family and friends on your special day.
When I am not working you will find me hanging out with my kids and husband we love going for drives and exploring Washington. I love Zumba! Don't be surprised if you have music playing while I am doing your makeup that I start dancing or singing, I don't do it on purpose, I just can't help myself. I love antique stores there is something about seeing chippy furniture that I find soothing, my house has made a home for many chippy furniture. To read more about me please go to my blog.
I look forward to working with you!
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 17 (Jessica Vann-Campbell, Jessica Vann-Campbell Flowers)
Bio - I fell in love with all things floral twenty years ago when my aunt taught me how to arrange flowers and I've been working with couples to make their wedding flowers both beautiful and affordable ever since!
I love creative additions to bouquets like fresh cotton or family heirlooms like a grandmother's brooch or the lace from a mother's dress. I am driven by a passion to provide a stress-free experience for all the couples I work with- many whom have also become friends.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 18 (Jen Owens, Jen Leslie Events)
Bio - Hello! I’m Jen, owner and lead designer at Jen Leslie Events. For me, event planning is a blend of skill and passion — I spent over 7 years as a corporate event planner, and as I turned my attention to weddings and special events, I was blown away by how much I enjoy combining my knack for organization with my love of creativity and design. With a strong network of trusted vendors in place from the very beginning, I’m proud to say we’ve built a reputation for serving our clients well. See our work here!
In my downtime, I enjoy hosting dinner parties with my husband, watching my son Blake discover the world, snuggling with our schnoodle Sage, traveling the world (South Africa is next on our list), discovering new red wines, and soaking up the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 19 (Stefanie Wright, Forever Events)
Bio - Planning a special event can be overwhelming! As a Certified Event Specialist I love helping my clients make each event memorable and unique - without the stress of having to worry about the details on the day.
Every event is special to the people planning it, and the guests experiencing it. Over the past twelve years I have been able to turn my creative flair and passion for parties into a career with surprises around every corner. I have helped plan small gatherings and large galas - from graduation parties to Hollywood charity auctions to outdoor garden weddings in a rainstorm! Each event has been memorable in its own way, and I enjoy learning something new from each client or couple I work with.
I would love to bring your wedding or special event vision to life, and help you make memories that will last Forever.
~I have a new man in my life, he calls me Mom! My husband and I were delighted to welcome our first baby in the fall of 2014, and are enjoying the new adventure of being parents to our sweet baby boy.
~I love the sun! My hubby and I moved to Washington in 2009 after living in Southern California for over ten years. Born & raised in Las Vegas, I am a desert girl at heart and soak up the elusive summer sun whenever I get the chance.
~I love animals! As a family we enjoy taking our beagle Cooper to the dog park, and chatting with our sassy cockateil SunnyBird.
~I love Halloween! It is definitely my favorite holiday, and I spend most of October volunteering for a charity haunted house and transforming my own home into a full blown walk through haunt.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 20 (Holly Goodman, Sablewood Paper Company)
Bio - Hi! I'm Holly, the calligrapher/designer/all-hats-wearing creative force behind Sablewood Paper Company.
Sablewood Paper Company is a custom wedding stationery and graphic design studio, specializing in wedding paper goods, wood signage, and small business branding. I work with brides who are looking for a sophisticated look for their wedding stationery, bespoke design, or something utterly unique. And with over 7 years in the graphic design industry, I'm able to create compelling brands and branding packages that stand out among the crowd.
It's important to me that you feel as comfortable with me as possible, so I'm going to give you a crash course on me:
I love movie scores and musicals. That's what I'm listening to 80% of the time.
My husband and I dated briefly in high school and didn't see each other for almost ten years. We reunited when I moved back to my hometown and we've been inseparable ever since.
I was raised a dog-lover, but I was gifted a kitten in college and I've been a cat person ever since. That kitten found his person in my dad so he lives at his house, but I have two fur babies with my husband now.
My favorite place in the world is Venice. Second favorite is my bed. (I'm kind of kidding about the second one.)
I really enjoy a warm cup of tea with honey.
My house is covered in books. I'm mostly into fiction and any series/trilogies, but I have been known to fall for one-off novels.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 21 (Ben Lucas, NOM Creative)
Bio - I'm Ben Lucas, a Seattle based commercial portrait and wedding photographer. I studied photography at the University of Washington, and have been in business for the last 8 years.
Early in my career, I worked with modeling agencies and casting directors learning everything about how our bodies work: posing, angles, micro-expressions. My shooting approach is very direct, taking that extra second to raise a good photo up to extraordinary. You're going to get the same detailed attention as the movie stars because you deserve it. Together, we'll make your Hollywood moment. Every photo that leaves my studio is going to be magazine cover quality. If you are looking for breathtaking artwork that will get people talking, then you've come to the right place.
My free time usually consists of going to the theater or snuggling my 120lb lap-dog, Bjørn. Thanks for visiting and I look forward to working with you.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 22 (Matthew Pacheco, Pacheco's Weddings and Events)
Bio - I first started out as a car detailing/house cleaning company based out of Federal Way. After several months of “hustling” and trying to make something happen I finally gave up because it wasn’t lucrative. It felt like I hit a wall and was convinced that all my motives for attaining success were wrong. One was that I kept myself busy in order to avoid the hard things in life – like my family. I became more self-aware during this season and decided to shift to weddings and events because of an opportunity I had to clean up after a friend’s wedding. I chose this as my niche. Once this process took place I became more focused to my vision as opposed to desperately trying to make something happen. Pacheco’s Weddings and Events represents a business functioning from a state of peace as opposed to corrupt morals and selfish ambition.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 23 (Meredith Mckee Ruth, Meredith McKee Photography)
Bio - Hello! I’m so glad you’re here! I am a wedding & lifestyle photographer based in Seattle, Washington (but I love to travel!) My style is true-to-life, bright & cheerful. I delight in natural lighting & creative composition and I love love. I believe that marriage is awesome, and I think it’s pretty cool that I get to capture people on the happiest days of their lives as my career.
My husband, Kevin, & I met volunteering in New Orleans back in 2010. I was head over heels for the guy and we married in our college town of Charlottesville, Virginia four years later. We decided to start an epic adventure together and moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in 2012 and are loving every minute of it.
We can most likely be found hitting up a brewery in Ballard with our puppy, Lemon*, or cooking up a meal with How I Met Your Mother playing in the background. Travel has been a part of our relationship from the start and we love exploring cultures near and far. Kevin and I are avid Sounders fans, snowboarders & amateur car-campers.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 24 (Rebecca Grant, New Creations Weddings)
Bio - Rebecca Grant
Principal Planner / Owner
Attended University of Hawaii's Travel Industry Management course specializing in Wedding Planning & Coordination.
Worked under one of the best wedding planners in Hawaii.
Seattle's only wedding planner specializing in Asian and Pacific Islander weddings (Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Korean, Vietnamese and Samoan).
Lives in Snohomish on a mini farm (11 chickens, 3 bee hives, 2 golden retrievers, 2 cats and a leased horse).
Favorite part of the wedding day: Watching the brides reaction when she sees herself in the mirror for the first time.
Can often find her in the garden on days off.
Is double-jointed in both thumbs and can bend them behind her hands.
Can recreate almost any animal noise to the point where animals come over.
Has driven a race car and Lamborghini (she has a bit of a lead foot).
She does not like coffee even though her husband works for Starbucks. Bring her a hot cocoa any day!
Married since 2010.
Favorite ice cream- peanut butter and chocolate ice cream from Baskin Robbins.
She laughs at her own jokes.
Has never been to a Hawks game, but watches almost every game. Would LOVE to go to a game!
Former Chapter Director for Wedding Network USA.
Venues she's dying to work at!
The Corson Building
The Admiral's House
Bella Luna Farms
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 25 (Markie Jones & Tiffany Matthews, Wink Wedding Collective)
Bio - Hey there! We are Markie and Tiffany, the co-founders and dreamers behind Wink Wedding Collective. If you're here, you're likely a couple who loves to have fun, and you want something more out of your wedding photography. While you know you'll need the "grandma portraits", you definitely want photos that are a little more out of the box and speak to your creative nature. We'd love to help you craft a wedding day full of smiles, laughter and maybe a few bad dad jokes along the way.
Believe it or not, I have a quiet personality that makes me perfect for blending into the background of your wedding day. 99% of the time, you won’t even know I’m there, I swear I’m furniture, but I love bringing a creative spin to your wedding memories. Pulling from my bag of tricks (including copper pipes, crystals and random fallen leaves) I strive to bring the extra oomphf to your magical memories.
My other titles: Technology Guru | Viking Wrangler | Expert Reflector holder | Whimsical Word Person
4 things you should probably already know about me:
I can likely drink my own weight in PSL
I love to snuggle with my two kids, dogs and fiance
I wholeheartedly believe binge watching Netflix in leggings should be a sport
If you find me an epic location, I’m willing to drive hours for it
Markie will tell you, I’m our Type A organized brain. I pride myself on keeping the photography during your wedding day running seamlessly with a photographic brain that allows me to remember the shot list without looking at it. I strive to always be on time or 30 minutes early, and my goal is to pump out those family formals at an incredible speed so you can spend time snuggling with your new hubby.
Markie also calls me the: Marketing Mastermind | Top Shelf Reacher | Organization Guru | Rowdy Guest Bouncer
4 things to know about Me:
I enjoy a stiff drink and excellent Cabaret
My weeknights are spent wrangling 6 children and a super hot husband
Markie is amazed at my ability to always finds the best quilts at the thrift shop
I try to be witty and quick on my feet, and I love a good dad joke
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 26 (Jennifer Vandeventer, Elements NW Events & Weddings)
Bio - Elements NW Events & Weddings, LLC is an award-winning event production and wedding planning company owned and managed by Jennifer Vandeventer in the South Puget Sound area. It was voted Couple’s Choice by Wedding Wire from 2014-2018 and placed second in King 5’s Best of Western Washington competition. Elements NW Events & Weddings, LLC specializes in business events, community events, fundraisers, social events, and personalized weddings.
Meet the Owner
Jennifer Vandeventer ~ Founder. Principle Planner. Creative Strategist.
Areas of Expertise: Event Production, Styling, Visual Presentation, Marketing Strategy, Project Management, Team Building & Management
Jennifer created the company with a strong commitment to ethical practices, fair pricing and strong desire to help people do more for less while achieving event success. Years later those values are still at the core of the company. With a background in marketing and advertising, it’s no surprise that Jennifer found her calling in creating an event planning company. Her career path provided her with the opportunity to work within multiple industries and learn a new level of event production. Jennifer’s skills and talent are only rivaled by the praise from her clients, which is evident by their testimonials. Jennifer has coordinated numerous events over the past 25 years. She has been through the planning process of events and weddings countless times, giving her experience that’s greatly valued when helping office staff plan events and brides-to-be plan their big day.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 27 (Juliet Horton, Everly)
Bio - Inspired by a love of glamorous parties and an obsession with efficiency, Juliet founded Everly to make wedding planning substantially easier so couples could get back to the rest of their lives. She believes every couple can have an amazing wedding without having to dedicate their lives to planning it.
Prior to founding Everly, Juliet spent years in the banking industry, where she developed a love for Excel and meticulous attention to detail, and in the tech industry, to which she attributes her enthusiasm for the customer experience.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She lives in Seattle.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 28 (Reneille Velez, Cake & Lace Events)
Bio - Hi, I'm Reneille and I'm your future best friend - oops, I mean, event planner! As passionate as I am about event planning, I'm even more passionate around making sure your day is nothing short of perfection. I am a full service event planner and designer, allowing my creativity and experience with modern communication and technology to deliver the most seamless planning experience to our clients. As I am available for service all over Washington and destination events, I'm also very flexible and easy to reach.
With an iPhone and tablet glued to my hip, I can promise nothing less than ultra-fast response time paired with an eye for elegant execution. My background of 11+ years specializes in sales, project management and event planning for large corporations in multiple industries. I am used to a fast paced environment, organizing vendors/contracts and providing the best customer experience in the market.
Let me run around in heels planning your big day - you go get married!
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 29 (Lessie McFarlane, Lessie Blue Photography)
Bio - They say, if you love your work, you don’t work a day! This is because you find passion in what you do, and then it becomes your bread and butter! That statement couldn't be more truer for me… My goal is to photograph stories of love that reflect real, deep, and intimate moments. Real love truly inspires me. It moves me and allows me to dig deep into my soul to capture all the love that transpires throughout your wedding day.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 30 (Jaeda Reed, Jaeda Reed Photography)
Bio - At my heart I'm a creator, and have always felt a strong pull from artistic vocations. I graduated in 2013 from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and have found that my background in the traditional arts lends a unique artistry to my photographic work. My goal is to help you capture your moments as more than just memories, but as beautiful works of art.
I currently live in Pierce County with a wonderful fiancé, two Corgis, five fish, and one tortoise.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 31 (Jamie Buckley, Jamie Buckley Photography)
Bio - I am Jamie, originally from Glasgow, Scotland I currently reside in Seattle, Washington with my husband and our pitbull, Loki. I've lived in Seattle for three years now and there's no place in the world I'd rather be. Surrounded by stunning landscapes and a gorgeous city skyline, I'm constantly inspired to create beautiful images.
I picked up my first "real" camera over a decade ago in the summer of 2007. I had birthday money that needed to be spent and my husband suggested I buy a camera. I'd always been creative but I'd never considered photography before that moment. Needless to say, my life changed forever the day I purchased my Canon Powershot S3.
Over the next few years I took ALL THE PHOTOS, then someone said I should try shooting people. Finally in 2014, I took the plunge and I haven't looked back since.
Four years later and I am more in love with photography than ever. It's such a delight to capture precious moments for people day in, day out. There's honestly nothing I'd rather be doing in life.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 32 (Lori Losee, Elegant Affairs)
Bio - Elegant Affairs was launched in 2005 by Lori Losee. Lori realized her love for event planning at a young age. This love was further solidified when she became a member of the Alpha Phi sorority at Washington State University. It was that time that Lori was able to get her feet wet by planning charity and social events. Lori graduated from WSU with a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism. She worked in the newspaper world for four years before she began her new career in event planning.
It was after planning her own wedding to her college sweetheart in 2003, she realized that her heart was really in the wedding industry and Elegant Affairs was born. Her family has expanded to include her sons Grant and Jackson.
Lori brings a unique mix of business savvy and creative vision that has consistently translated to flawless, stylish and memorable events. Her passion for weddings, attention to detail, and all around people skills, makes her the perfect addition to any couple's planning experience!
Fun Facts about me:
~I am the 1988 Hula Hoop Champion at the Puyallup Fair
~I love Disneyland, like almost an unhealthy obsession! I have never been to Disneyworld though.
~I have never had a sip of coffee (and yes I know I live in Starbucks home country)
Why do I love Weddings?
What don't I love about weddings? I still remember the first wedding I went to as a child and saw just how much fun they are. Then planning my own wedding to now help over 200 couples plan their big day makes me giddy. I am such a wedding nerd its not even funny. I love seeing my couples come together as one and join their families and friends and have a great party to celebrate.
Favorite Part of Wedding Planning?
Really getting to know my couples and growing our relationship even beyond wedding day and calling them my friends. I have been to countless baby showers and birthday parties and even Girls' Nights. Truly I have been blessed with the most amazing couples over the past 12 years.
Favorite Part of Wedding Day?
It has to be when I reveal the "reception" room to my couple for the first time, just them two. I love seeing all of the emotion when everything has come together. Lots of tears, smiles, laughter, thank yous and hugs. It just reminds me just how much I love my job.
Favorite Part of My Own Wedding Day?
Oh there were so many. One that really stands out is before I walked down the aisle, I got to talk to my grandfather who couldn't travel from Eastern Washington to my wedding and he told me good luck and that he loved me (and coming from this man he never shared his feelings so this was huge) and that was the first tear I shed that beautiful yet extremely hot June day.
What song did you walk down the aisle to?
I walked down to Canon in D. I learned how to play this song on the piano when I was younger and always knew I would walk down the aisle to this song. For my wedding there were four songs that I need to have at my wedding. The other three were All I Ask of You from The Phantom of the Opera and Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof (this song was always sung at my parents wedding) and Ave Maria.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 33 (Chris Beck, Chinook Photography)
Originally from Alaska Chris is one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the Pacific Northwest and Canadian Rockies. In 2014 Chris' photos made Cosmopolitans list of top 14 Wedding Photographers in the World. Chris runs 2 photography studios, one in Seattle, Washington and the other from Bragg Creek, Alberta.
Chris' style has been described as "landscape infused". Blending the best of the natural surroundings and thriving in any conditions, Chris' goal is to deliver jaw dropping images to clients to cherish for a lifetime.
Chris is a proud member of Professional Photographers of America, and Professional Wedding Photographers of Canada. When not taking photos for clients you can find Chris traveling teaching photography. Chris has taught photography classes to other photographers as a guide through Alaskan Photography Tours and Canon USA.
When not traveling shooting weddings or teaching other photographers you can find him in the backcountry photographing wildlife in the Canadian Rockies and Alaska. Chris lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta with his wife and 2 dogs.
Chris' work has been published in numerous publications to include Backpacker Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Seattle Bride and Groom, Alaska Bride and Groom, The Knot, UK Daily, Huffington Post, and Cosmopolitan.
In 2014 Chris' photos made Cosmopolitans list of top 14 Wedding Photographers in the World.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 34 (Jen Lagers, Jen Lagers Makeup, Hair, Styling)
Bio - Jen is a luxury licensed, Seattle makeup and hair artist, recognized for illuminating her client’s natural beauty for over 12 years. She takes pride in enhancing her client’s best features while creating a look that is tailored to their personality, lifestyle, and vision. Featured in print, television, and even the stages of fashion runway shows, Jen’s work has been celebrated globally.
She specializes in beauty, fashion, lifestyle, editorial, commercial, film and video production, celebrity, runway, and wedding makeup artistry. Jen is also available for red carpet, special events, and makeup lessons.
On her down time, Jen loves to enjoy the Seattle outdoors by kayaking or hiking with her family and their two-year old lab, Griffey. Jen loves the opportunity to travel around the world and considers France her second home.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 35 (Jessica Heriot, Jessica Heriot Photography)
Bio - HI THERE. I’M JESSICA…but most of my friends call me Jes. When I meet you, I’m probably going to give you a hug. I can’t help it, I’m a hugger. I’m seriously addicted to coffee and sparkling water. I could also probably eat chips and guacamole for lunch everyday because… guacamole. I love exploring the outdoors, as I am and always will be a PNW girl at heart.
What you may want to know about the photographer part of me… I’m a girl that loves to capture moments. All the silly, playful, intimate and REAL moments that make you YOU. I’d love to hear about your photo inquiry.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 36 (Katrina Allen, Love Booms Wedding and Event Design)
Bio - Love Blooms offers the convenience of many vendors within one company. We can virtually do it all. We offer event design, full service coordination, wedding planning, custom floral to fit your budget and theme, chalkboard art, décor rentals and full installation set up and teardown. Our goal is help you achieve your every wedding dream while making the planning process stress free. You can chose to hire us for all or just one! Whatever your need we are here to help!
We care about quality customer service and work with every client to ensure their dream becomes reality. Love Blooms is based in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area and thrives on attention to detail and creativity. We provide quality services for a fraction of the cost.
Get to Know Your Wedding Pro - Episode 37 (Markie Jones, Markie Jones Photography)
Bio - Hi there brides! I'm Markie and I'm guessing you're here because you're looking for a Tacoma, Olympia or Seattle Wedding photographer! If you're a little on the off beat side, or just love to wear your Uggs year round (no judgement here!) you're in the right place! My work has been seen on Offbeat Bride, Zola, Aisle Memories and Pretty Pear Bride! While I'm a PNW girl at heart, I love being able to travel and no distance is too far!
I'm blessed to be able to do what I love, and I love what I do! Planning a wedding is stressful and every bride needs a confidant and to be able to have someone to reach out to each step of the way.