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Gorgeous Gardens Gala

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The ceremony at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge on May 21 could not have taking place in a more idyllic setting. This was no traditional wedding as the bride Patricia Renick, resplendent in sparkling lavender, and groom Keith Hasday, looking somehow both formal and casual, entered in front of their 160 guests with no bridesmaids or groomsmen. No one gave away the pride, as the emphasis was all about joining  families. This ceremony was a simple fun celebration of their love in front of their 7 children, two of whom came up and gave very heartfelt readings, and heartily involving their family and friends, including about 80 who had flown out from New York. Everyone was treated to a glass of delicious wine prior to the ceremony and even better champagne after the ceremony, for a receiving line in the gardens accompanied  buy music provided buy a dual flown in  from Mexico for the occasion.
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One of Roger’s Top Five Weddings !!

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When you have a fun loving couple that wants a great love story written for their wedding, a fantastic wedding coordinator (with Sweet Events By Anh) and 200 plus guests that are there to have fun at the Venue by Three Petals, watch out !  Roger pulled out all the stops for this wonderful couple and it turned out to be one of Roger’s top five weddings….  Here’s what Kim had to say.

Hi Roger,

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for the best, hilarious and memorable ceremony!!!  Beyond perfect and above all expectations. You killed it!

Jerry’s reaction to you saying Sierra is here was PRICELESS! 

All of our guests were laughing, crying, and coming up to us afterwards saying we had the best officiant. Even Jerry said he can do this wedding thing all over again as it really was our best day ever! 

Million thanks!

XOXO,
Kim & Jerry

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As You Wish

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The Diamond Bar Golf Course was beautifully decorated on May 20, for the wedding of Joe Gotti and Leah DeMarco.  But nobody except the bride and groom themselves expected the ceremony to be led by the Impressive Clergyman from “The Princess Bride.” In fact, references to the movie embellished the whole ceremony where parallels arose in telling the guests this adventurous couple’s own unique love story, evoking much laughter but also bringing many poignant tears. The couple even invented a new Unity ceremony, the Unity Cocktail, which they shared immediately before the vows. 
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Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water in Seal Beach

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The weekend was cloudy, the May Gray was in full effect. The day of the ceremony, the clouds cleared, and the sun was shining, only to be clouded by the smoke of the fire at the end of the Seal Beach Pier. By the time of the ceremony, the haze was gone, and there was a cool breeze through the air.

Firefighters work to put out a fire at the end of the Seal Beach Pier on Friday morning.  The fire damaged the pier and destroyed the former site of Ruby's restaurant which closed in 2013.  ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Slug: sealbeachpier.fire.0520.jag, Day: Friday, May 20, 2016 (5/20/16), Time: 7:33:15 AM, Location:  Seal Beach, California - Seal Beach Pier Fire - JEFF GRITCHEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Alexa and William were so in love, that the fire and passion in their hearts burned brighter than that fire, and they continued on with a beautiful walk on ceremony in Seal Beach.

I convinced them to get married not only toes in the sand, but toes in the water. We stood at the edge of the waves. With the water softly kissing our ankles, I performed a beautiful ceremony for the couple and their two guests.

They incorporated a sand ceremony, which turned out amazing. I had placed some sand from the beach to immortalize that moment, that spot, forever.

I told them, if the clouds or smoke of trouble hides the sun in their lives, they can always remember it’s still there. As long as they have that burning fire of passion in their heart, they lives will be filled with joy.

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The nuptials of Kaitlin and Robert took place on May 7, 2016

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Rev. Ralph was delighted to preside over the nuptials of Kaitlin and Robert, which took place on May 7, 2016, “way out in the boondocks” at the beautiful Hartley Botanica in Somis (Ventura County) CA.  (http://hartleybotanica.com/weddings/)  The threat of rain never materialized, and the wedding was filled with love and laughter.  
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Congratulations to Carrie Barlow & Dr. Shawn Kaye on their May 14, 2016 wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, CA

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Congratulations to Carrie Barlow & Dr. Shawn Kaye on their May 14, 2016 wedding at the Aliso Viejo Country Club in Aliso Viejo, CA.  Double congratulations were in order as Shawn completed medical school at UCI and will receive his degree next week.  In addition to their wonderful life that lies ahead, Shawn will begin his residency at Stanford University.  It was the perfect day for a wedding with over 180 “on time” guests.  The ceremony went as planned with no delays or “glitches” of any kind, thanks to the great coordination of all the vendors and people involved with the execution of the ceremony.  What a team!  Everyone walked away with a smile on their face.  My best to Dr. Shawn and Nurse Carrie who pledge “to strive to make the world around them a better place!”

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From Nashville,Tennessee to Malibu, California

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Woody performed a beautiful walk on ceremony in Malibu for this wonderful couple.

They are originally from California, so they traveled all the way from Nashville to get married, toes in the sand, at Point Dume.

With the waves crashing along the rocks, and the cliff as a backdrop, the couple exchanged vows and i dos.

They had a couple’s rose exchange, a perfect first gift for their married life together.

Lana Farfan from Caught in the Moment Photography captured this beautiful moment.

(photo credit Lana Farfan, Caught in the Moment Photography)

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