Harry Potter Themed Wedding Ceremony at Rancho Las Lomas

The bride Marissa Loves Harry Potter so we designed a cool themed wedding together at Rancho Las Lomas.

They also love Disney and Star Wars. so I integrated that into the ceremony as well.

I created this Magic Potion Unity Ceremony where they poured 2 different colored potions into this funky looking tree trunk from the forbidden forest and if smoke arose from it (which it did cause it was packed with dry ice) then their love was true.

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The Star Wars reference came when He said "I Love You" and She said "I know"

They did some repeated vows then they read their own vows to each other which they put into frames (per my suggestion.)

For the I do's I unsheathed my sword and had them swear upon the sword.

The rings were in a bag marked coal and I said that di the pressure of their upcoming marriage the coal has turned into diamonds.

They did a Ribbon Tying portion during where each of their wedding party tied bands around their wrists representing each of the houses of Hogwarts. I explained the attributes of each house as they were tied.

Hufflepuff hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty

Ravenclaw intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit

Slytherin ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness

Gryffindor courage, bravery, nerve and chivalry

I took some quotes from the movie and created the following which I read to them.

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Remember that Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

So In your dreams, enter a world that’s entirely our own. You start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of love.

It is your choice… that show what you truly are

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. So always make a difference and never neglect one another.

But there is something that matters even more, its believing in yourself.

Because the truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution.

Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what you are now, If they can do it, why not you?

I closed the ceremony with my own version of Disneyisms

and then he kissed her with a dip.

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Hawaiian and Filipino style wedding ceremony brings the spirit of aloha to this couple and their family

First off I got to tell you how much I love doing weddings at Yamashiro in Hollywood. as the preferred wedding officiant at that venue I love to get to work with the couples they send me.
Today Alfeo and Farrah had me bring aspects of the Hawaiian and Philippine cultures together.

Starting with me lighting a memorial candle to represent the brides mother; I then welcomed the guests.

The processional began and all were in place. They exchanged the beautiful shell and kakui nut necklaces. Then they passed roses to their mothers and grandmothers.
Their sponsors placed the veil and cord upon them while I explained their significance. Then exchanged the aras coins.

After their vows, I do's and ring exchange the did a unity candle ceremony filled by a prayer.

It was a beautiful light hearted wedding ceremony and they couldn't be happier.

We are pictured here "Throwing the Shaka" a hawaiian tradition showing approval and thanks.

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What have I done that is trendsetting?

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What have I done that is trendsetting?
Throughout the years I have amassed a lot of knowledge and created many different sides of my business.
Each one of these on their own is not necessarily trendsetting but together these 10 parts in my opinion exemplify what a professional in the wedding industry is all about.

1. When same-sex marriage was in its infancy I was one of the first to get on board and rally behind it's legalization and once legal showing others how to work with these amazing couples.

2. Creating the largest wedding officiant company in the area and offering a variety of styles and believe systems two couples across the Southern California area.

3. Having over 1000 online reviews and teaching wedding professionals how to get these reviews themselves. According to Wedding Wire we have more reviews than any wedding related business in the Southern California area.

4. Creating a style of ceremony unlike ceremonies of the past. Most of the ceremonies over the years have been dull and boring with my creative approach to the wedding ceremony process I have enlightened couples enabling them to have a ceremony unlike any other they or their guests have ever been to.

5 By owning the only 24 hour wedding chapel in Southern California I have enabled couples to avoid having to make that crazy drive to Las Vegas. We also issue the marriage license so couples can avoid standing in line at the County Clerk.

6. Successfully performing over 1000 ceremonies each year within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura counties is pretty impressive.

7. Serving on on 2 ABC boards.

8. Being a featured speaker at the Wedding MBA and various wedding networking groups.

9. Mentoring new people in the industry to help them understand the industry so they can thrive.

10. Ordaining many of the venue managers I work with so they have a backup in the event the officiant is a no show.

Yes I know I'm goofy and do things completely differently than everyone else and have my own style but that is what makes me special that is what makes me stand out among others. Not everybody gets me and not everybody understands or likes my style. That's okay I don't expect to be loved by everyone. But for the couples who I serve for the 50+ venues Who have me on their preferred vendor list and for the other vendors who I work with and thrive with….. they get me and that's good enough for me.

I am proud to be this years trendsetter of the year.

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Ingenuity And Two Complete Strangers Save the Ceremony !

Roger married wonderful couple Joel & Tatiana this last weekend.  The plan was for them to get married on the sand in Ventura.  They had chosen a beach spot for their wedding next to the Cliff House Inn where they were having their reception.  Everything was turning out perfect.  All there guests were on time, the weather was now sunny and warm….. a perfect day for a wedding….. except for one thing….all the storms we have been having the last couple of weeks virtually washed away any of the beach areas next to the Cliff House Inn.  There was no way to have their beach wedding like they so hoped for….. So Roger and the groom did a little reconnaissance and found a small beach access point….. but in order to use the pathway to the beach, we needed to get permission from a sweet older couple that lived there. So that is indeed what we did !  This grandma who was washing down her porch listened to our story and immediately said yes ! “get your wedding party over here so this couple can have their beach wedding" !! And this is exactly what we did! The husband even helped organize parking down by their home!!  The wedding went off without a hitch all because of two loving, complete strangers that came to the rescue. It was a great wedding and a great day!!

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Octavio has a bilingual wedding in a restaurant, and a beautiful wedding on a beach

Paulo & Flor's ceremony and reception took place at Luminarias in Monterey Park. It was a beautiful day and the weather was exceptional, not too cold and not too hot. This venue is very popular as it has two different areas were ceremonies can take place plus you can have your reception there as well. On weekends and holidays they have a brunch going on so there is wonderful smell of food in the air.

Paulo and Flor asked me to do a Catholic Lite ceremony in Spanish with the vows, I do's, and ring exchange in English. They also incorporated the mothers rose presentation.

It all came out beautifully. 

Flor and Paulo thank you for choosing me as your officiant. I'm honored to have officiated your wedding and I wish you all the blessings and love in the world!

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Damone and Angie had their wedding ceremony at El Matador Beach in Malibu. Even though the tide was high we were holdin' on and dear Blondie (sun) was shining behind us.

It was a beautiful afternoon! We incorporated the sand ceremony, lasso ritual, and coins into our Catholic Lite ceremony. Since they didn't have a setup they asked friends to hold the glass container while they poured the sand into it. This is a great way to include  loved ones into the ceremony by giving them a "part" in your ceremony.

Damone & Angie, it was an honor to be chosen to officiate your wedding!!! Thank you so much! I wish you all the blessings in the World!

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Wine Box Love Letter and Red Velvet Cake Mix. A cool twist on a new tradition.

I have done many wine box and love letter ceremonies in the past this one is a cool little option.
At Tim and Jeff's wedding today at Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach they are doing something special.

They are placing a bottle of wine to love letters they wrote to each other and a box of red velvet cake mix.
This way on their first anniversary they can open the box, read the love letters and bake some red velvet cupcakes.

I love it when couples do creative things like this.

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Happy couple and their baby get married at Aliso Viejo County Club watch the video

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9th grade sweethearts Ashley and Michael got married. They came in from South Dakota to marry at Aliso Viejo County Club to be near their family. With baby Brody in tow, they exchanged vows and had a blast.

The video below is by Justin at MarmoFilms@gmail.com