September 2018 Newsletter
Greetings everyone! Reid here with Best Made Videos®. August started with a BANG over at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, Wa where we got to film the wedding of Kimi and John. Although the forecast called for rain in the area, these two lucked out with blue skies all day and a sunset to absolutely die for. Deep, personal vows, a funny bridal party and touching moments with family and friends makes this a unique and personalized wedding video. I just sent them over their edited videos and can't wait to hear their feedback, definitely one of my favorite weddings of the season so far!!!
Dorothy and I took a road trip to Entiat, Wa to the lake/river cabin of her good friend Lacy. The fires were still burning and caused there to be a ton of smoke in the air. Making it difficult to breath and even harder to see, it really is a reminder of how devastating the fires can be in our region, and throughout the rest of the country. I snapped this cute photo of Rosie near the water waiting for Dorothy to return from paddle-boarding, and I couldn't wait to share it.
Dorothy and I spent a night out on the town in downtown Seattle for the annual Weddingwire Networking Night. This particular event took place at Block 41, a fantastic spot I had never heard of before. Right off of 2nd ave (and across the street from Mama's Cantina where we had our first date) this is a great spot, perfect for any wedding or live event that you might want to hold. It was great connecting with fellow vendors like Ben Luca (of NOM Creative who is going to be on our Get to Know Your Wedding Pro podcast in a few weeks) and hearing from Alan Berg, one of Weddingwire's premier public speakers.
Dorothy and I spent a rare Sunday off and went down to Bumbershoot at the Seattle Center to enjoy bands like Portugal. The Man and Bishop Briggs. I hadn't been to the festival since High School, and Dorothy believes the last time she attended was in college. It was very interesting to see how far the festival has grown and evolved over the years and to see all of the large names that were stopping by to perform!
I got to spend a fun night down at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Wa with one of my favorite wedding photography teams, Rebecca Jane Photography for the wedding of Rhianna and Wes. These two amazing people have had their wedding on the books for almost a year I believe. Despite the fact that Wes had broken his foot the week before the wedding in a motorcycle accident, it was all smiles between these two throughout their entire wedding day. I can't wait to finish editing their video once I wrap up this newsletter!
I spent an early Saturday morning filming with Cory Foster, one of my former wedding clients. Cory is a fitness expert and nutrition coach, and makes a living transforming people and helping them live better and healthier lives. It's great to keep connecting with Cory on video projects and getting to see how much his business has grown even since his wedding to Kristi in February - https://vimeo.com/256824724
Last week I got to head over to Sammamish, Wa to film an event for one of my long-time clients, the Vedic Cultural Center. Their mission statement (according to their website) is "To provide an excellent facility for the greater Seattle community to participate in cultural events, seminars, exhibits and festivals that help preserve and promote the traditional Vedic arts, cuisine, music, dance, drama, literature and languages." This yearly festival, which I hadn't had the chance to film before was the Sri Krishna Janmastami Celebration which is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. This was such a fun and unique opportunity and something I never would have gotten to experience otherwise!
Trisha and Kent had one of the most personal and joy-filled weddings I have gotten to experience in recent memory. Taking place at the Freestone Inn in Mazama, Washington, these two had a fantastic day from top to bottom. Beautiful details, fun getting ready moments (including Kent crying...) and more has cemented this as one of my favorite days of the season, and certainly worth the 4+ hour drive to get there! lol Do yourself a favor and check out this amazing wedding highlight video!
Shubha and Mike got married at the Fremont Foundry in Seattle in a one-of-a-kind celebration that melded two families and two cultures together. Performing two first looks, having their siblings officiate their wedding ceremony and reciting personal vows to each other, these two took every opportunity they could to create the wedding day of their dreams. I was so glad that we could be there to help capture it!
Ally and Paul had a wedding day three years in the making. Having caught the garter and bouquet at another wedding of mine over 3 years ago (Emily and Sean), I knew this day was destined to come. How fitting that their wedding day took place on 8/18/18, which is a one in a lifetime date! Working alongside the phenomenal Sarah Harris Photography, these two had the PERFECT wedding day from top to bottom, and I'm so glad they will have this video to cherish always!!
At the same time as Ally and Paul's 8/18 wedding, Mike and Mallory were getting married at her Uncle Herb's estate, over on Radar Lake in Woodinville, Wa. Here's a little history of the property courtesy of Wikipedia - "Radar Lake is located in Woodinville, Washington and is one of the first man-made lakes built specifically for water sports. The land it is built on was initially bought and developed by water sports innovator Herb O'Brien in 1972. O'Brien, drawing from his water sport experiences as a young man, envisioned Radar Lake to be an isolated and private area where enthusiasts could come and enjoy not only the thrill of the sport but also the pristine natural environment. In 1976, the property was bought by Seattle based owner of Radar Electric, now Radar Inc.,Wilbur McPherson who gave it its current name in honor of his company." This was another awesome wedding, from the awesome drone shots that open the video through all of the fun dancing and shenanigans that happened during their reception. Check out their wedding highlight video to experience all the beauty of the property, their day, and most importantly their love!!!
We released a ton of new episodes of our podcast "Get to Know Your Wedding Pro" this month including interviews with Korrine Claxton of Korrine C. Makeup Artist and Esthetician, Jessica Vann-Campbell of Jessica Vann-Campbell Flowers, Jen Owens of Jen Leslie Events and Stefanie Wright of Forever Events.
Check out the entire podcast feed on: www.soundcloud.com/bestmadevideos. And please let me know if there is anybody that you would like to hear from in an upcoming wedding vendor interview!
Monthly Videography Tip!
Find cool places to do detail shots!!!
I love me some wedding dress shots, it's one of my favorite parts of any wedding video, so I'm always looking for new and creative ways to display and capture the wedding dress. This particular shot was from Country and Lace, a new and upcoming wedding venue down in Toledo, Washington. As you arrive on the property you are greeted with an awesome windmill, which was the perfect spot to hang one of Krystal's THREE wedding dresses that she had for her wedding day (she had a separate dress for her tea ceremony and one for the reception). It's little things like this that allow me to grow my creativity and to always try to see things in a new way. I hope you enjoy!!!
My job wouldn't be complete without including a nice image of ROSIE! Rosie was hanging out in her bed the other day and I thought I would snap a little iPhone pic! Love that little friend...
Thank you all for checking out our monthly newsletter! September is shaping up to be another exciting month. We have a wedding today/yesterday (depending on when this gets sent out) at Salty's in West Seattle with Marcy and Mark. Next weekend we are up at Semiahmoo with Lindsey and Brian before wrapping up the month in Bellingham for the wedding of Aaron and Maria. As always, thanks again for your support, I'm off to edit some more wedding videos and to update our blog. Have a good one!