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Sand Ceremony on the beach for 2 Ladies from Colorado. 

 Tana and Lynn came out from Colorado to get married on our Southern California beaches. From the moment we started chatting with them I knew that this was a wedding that I was going to love. Their personalities were so fantastic and they were so in love with one another.

I recommended one of my favorite beaches little Corona Del Mar.  We found a perfect little spot and surrounded by their family we began the ceremony with their toes in the sand inside the heart that I drew.

They prepared their own vows for each other and in one of their vows she said that her partner was a ray of sunshine. So knowing that this couple was very playful and their family so wonderful I had everybody saying “You are my Sunshine” during the ceremony. They loved it!

They brought their own bottle for the sand ceremony and we have everybody there scoop some sand from the beach and saw the bottom of the bottle and then they blended the colored sand on top of it.

The ceremony ended with a wonderful kiss and hugs from their family.

They are big fans of Egyptology and behind them the rock looks like the Sphinx so they were very happy.

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A Very Touching Wedding !!

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Roger officiated a very touching wedding for Adam & Kristi this last weekend.  It was at the beautiful Middle Ranch in Sylmar.  As Roger was standing with the groom at the alter, Roger could hear Adam quietly crying waiting for his bride.  It was the most touching thing and Roger had to take a quick pic of the moment….  An amazing, wonderful day !
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A Perfect Family

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Erica & Leticia tied the knot at 72nd Pl. in Long Beach. They chose one of our beach packages and the set up is absolutely beautiful! Even though it was a rainy day in Southern California it did not stop us from having a beautiful ceremony.

The beautiful couple lives in Texas therefore we were never able to meet in person while working together to design the perfect ceremony for them. We originally had a FaceTime meeting and then after that were in constant communication over texts, emails, and phone calls. The end result was a bilingual ceremony with our sand ceremony and also a necklace and ring presentation for Leticia's son, Gabriel, symbolizing how important he is to both of them and how much they love him! Gabriel also participated in the sand ceremony so instead of having two individual containers of sand we had three, representing each of them.

I also said some words paying respect Leticia's parents who are no longer with us but were there in spirit. This was followed by a brief moment of silence in honor to them. Since they were not present Leticia decided to present Erica's parents with roses and a handkerchief representing the love and appreciation she has for them.

I customized their ceremony to represent the beautiful couple and their son to a T. It was truly a very personal and unique ceremony!

Leticia, Erica, and Gabriel I wish you all nothing but love and all the blessings in the world! Thank you for giving me the honor of officiating a beautiful ceremony for such an amazing love story!

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Wedding at Lawry’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Why Love is like Prime Rib.

We are performing a wedding at Lawry's in Beverly Hills.

I wrote a cool reading to include into the ceremony on "Why Love is like Prime Rib".

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Love is like Prime Rib

Love is tender

Some people like their love well done

But it is rare when you find the one that makes the cut.

It has to be well seasoned

Perfectly Aged

In its prime

Sometimes you have bone to pick with each other

Sometimes there is no bones about it.

Sometimes it can get spicy and saucy

Sometimes it stews in its own juice

It always puts a smile on people’s faces when they see it

When you have many options to choose from love never a bad choice

and you order it for the rest of your life

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A Great View at the Pomona Valley Mining Co.

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Congratulations to Sarah Amarin & Peter Cruz on their July 12, 2015 wedding at the Pomona Mining Company in Pomona, CA.  It was a great day in Pomona with a wonderful view high above the hilltop.  The ceremony started on time and went exactly as planned.  The bride and groom were  great sports and supporters of my humor and seriousness, which were appropriately infused in the ceremony; making guests laugh, feel engaged and emotionally moved.  My very best to the happy couple!

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Ooops we forgot the marriage license…what can we do??

 

 
So what happens if a couple shows up to their wedding without their marriage license? 

Strangely this happens all the time. 

They either got it and left it at home or completely neglected to get prior to the ceremony. 

We try to remind our couples to make sure they bring it to the wedding but as the saying goes "shit happens"

The answer is the couple cannot be legally married without a marriage license present. If the Officiant performs the wedding ceremony without a valid marriage license they have committed a misdemeanor.

So what can be done?

The couple will have to have a commitment ceremony in this case. We have forms for them to sign explaining that they do not have a valid marriage license and therefore cannot be legally married but we will perform a commitment ceremony but without the words …married …husband ….wife. At the end we pronounce them partners for life. 

If we don't have that for present without our smart phones and have them acknowledge on video that they understand it will only be a commitment ceremony. 

We then perform the ceremony as a commitment ceremony and for the most part none of their guests know the difference.

A couple of them need to set an appointment with us to sign the actual document. Unfortunately that document cannot be backdated. It has to be signed on the date is presented.

The reason why we are such sticklers on this is because it is a living breathing legal document. It is a partnership agreement between two people and therefore must be adhered to in the strictest sense of the law so there is never any issue that can come up at a future date. We do this for our protection and the couples.

So what happens if the officiant goes ahead and performs the ceremony without a license present? 

Well the marriage license police are not going to arrest them. But if it's one of my officiant's they will lose their position. It's not worth jeopardizing the couples legal status and the officiant's ability to perform ceremonies just to have it say a certain date.

When this happens I tell couples well now you have two wedding dates the one where you had your party and the one you were legally married. Now you have to buy each other two gifts.

So if you are coordinator or an officiant or a venue manager, make sure you remind your couples to have their marriage license present on the wedding day this way you will avoid any challenges.

I feel so bad when I tell a couple I'm sorry I can't legally marry you today. It breaks their heart but I know I've reminded them multiple times and by their error it is something I cannot resolve. But I always make the best of the situation. 

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Bel Air Bay Club Wedding. 

 

 
I love doing weddings at Bel Air Bay club in Pacific Palisades. It's such a beautiful location.

Today I did a filipino style wedding for Rhosemarie  & Daniel   

In addition to doing the cord, Veil and coins we also did the unity candle and threw in a couple prayers.  

  With a huge wedding party and tons of sponsors the processional to quite a while. 

The cake was awesome and table centerpieces were beautiful. Each table was different and creative.

  

  
  
  
 
The couple was very happy and so were  their guests. 

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