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Tranquil ceremony for Dimpy and James

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The Earl Burns Japanese Garden at CSULB was the perfect shady and tranquil spot to have an outdoor ceremony and reception on a hot Southern California afternoon.

Per their website:

“The intimate perfection of the Japanese Garden in Long Beach creates a romantic setting for weddings, receptions, photo sessions, memorial services, parties, and many special events. The site’s privacy and impeccably maintained grounds attract discerning couples seeking a unique outdoor setting for their wedding or reception. Surrounded by tall trees, the elegant 1.3 acre garden features a lush green landscape, the perfect foil for the gracefully arched bridge, shimmering koi pond, and sparkling waterfalls. Our garden can accommodate up to 200 guests for a ceremony and up to 150 for a wedding and reception.”

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A Three Digit Temperature Wedding at Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

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Congratulations to Leslie Hurley & Jeff Kock on their August 15, 2015 wedding at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  It was a beautiful day in the mountains, although we had three digit temperature (a little hot around the collar).  No one seemed to complain as they all enjoyed the ceremony.  We added the Hand Fasting for a personal touch.  The setting was beautiful with the mountains all around us and the lake in the background.  My best goes out to the happy couple.

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Weddings up and down the coast from Malibu to Del Mar. 

It is a good thing that I drive a Prius. I put a lot of miles on my car going from Wedding to Wedding  this weekend I had weddings all over the place and it was a blast. From a simple beach wedding to a wedding at our new wedding chapel to the beautifully designed weddings I did it all.

Beach weddings on the beach or overlooking the water, are very special to me. And when I get an opportunity to do one that makes me very happy. When I’m surrounded by trees and laughter that makes me very happy. So being the guy who does weddings in Southern California, I’m a happy guy.

Here’s some pictures from the wedding as I did this weekend  and a couple testimonials.

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Leo Carrillo Beach

Calamigos Ranch


Our new chapel


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Beautiful Ceremony at Crescent Bay Park

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Cathy and Marc met first in high school decades ago, but didn’t really know each other well and definitely didn’t keep in touch.  Yet thanks to the miracle of social media they reconnected on a high school Facebook group and kindled an unexpected romance!

It didn’t take too long to realize that this was a gift from God!  Both Cathy and Marc are strong in their faith and deepened their relationship by going to church together.  It was important that their marriage be blessed and officiated by a Christian pastor.

That’s where I came in!  What a joy it was to get to know the couple and hear their professions of love for one another, their journey to get where they are today and their excitement about their lives to come.

On Saturday August 8 we gathered in beautiful Laguna Beach, Crescent Bay Park. They booked one of Great Officiants beach weddings so the set up was entirely taken care of and it looked incredible.  It seemed God had arranged the perfect day with the deep blues and greens of the ocean, a lighter blue sky, and the sun high above casting sparkles upon the ocean below! It was perhaps one of the most gorgeous sites for a wedding I have ever seen!

The couple was beautiful as well, I could see their glow of excitement, the look of love in their eyes, and the joy that emanated from them!  Surrounded by about 40 of their friends and family, they said “I do” and vowed to hold one another’s hand through the journey of life that lies ahead.  The sand ceremony was particularly fitting as we stood on the cliff high above a sandy beach and imagined all the sands of the world.  These particular sands representing the two of them, all that they are, have been and who they will be. As they poured them together they symbolized pouring themselves into their marriage, and the unexpected beautiful design that was created reminded them of the unexpected beauty they will find in their marriage.

It was a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple!  I look forward to returning to Crescent Bay Point Park in gorgeous Laguna Beach to witness more weddings– this spot is one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen!  Blessings to Catherine and Marc!  

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An amazing wedding with a dip at the end !

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Roger officiated a really wonderful wedding this last Saturday at the most amazing West Lake Village Inn.  This wedding was for Sergio & Laura, a really nice couple who were definitely there to have fun !!  Sergio was so smooth that right after Roger announces them husband and wife, Sergio dips Laura for the perfect kiss !!

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Oh my God! We are not really married???


27 years ago Dan and Christie got married at the Catholic Church. They live their life as a happily married couple had three kids and life is good.
They needed to get a copy of the marriage license for their new benefits. But when they went to the County Clerk to get it it turns out that their priest never filed the documents.

They set up an appointment at the Orange county clerks office to do a marriage by declaration.

And they figured what the heck it’s a perfect time to renew our vows.

So with that three children some parents and friends around them in front of the old courthouse in Santa Ana we did just that. I it was a wonderful heartfelt ceremony where I told  their story and incorporated their children. I did a ring warming ceremony where all of their guest touched the rings.

Call happiness abounded and now they are legally married.

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