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Calamigos’s Ranch was the perfect venue for Golan and Tannia

Calamigos’s Ranch was the perfect venue for Golan and Tannia

After meeting the couple at the venue during one of the many shows Great Officiants attend, I was fortunate enough to meet them there.  When I asked who was doing performing their wedding, the said that they were looking for a rabbi who would be willing to marry an interfaith couple.  It wasn’t too difficult for us to bond within minutes.

The fun thing about their wedding was a friend of theirs was asked to speak the Spanish parts of the prayers and other important elements.  I was able to send him the English and we had a trilingual ceremony.

Being that Tannia was from Mexico and Golan, from Israel, you would think it was difficult to see the two families meld into one.

Here is a neat preview video right before the ceremony:

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Congratulations to Chalon Kashey & Jacob Park on their March 18, 2017 wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

Congratulations to Chalon Kashey & Jacob Park on their March 18, 2017 wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  It was an ideal day for a wedding at the Inn!  It was a simple, “no frills” but classy ceremony with the organist opening the ceremony and the bride’s entry and the DJ closing with the recessional.  The bride and groom sealed their kiss with their signature shot (straight up)!  Their personal vows were heartfelt and touching  I wish them both the best on the beginning of a wonderful journey together!

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Roger had the honor of marrying Ryan & Lindsey this last weekend at a oh-so-amazing Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach

Roger had the honor of marrying Ryan & Lindsey this last weekend at a oh-so-amazing Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach.  Not only is this wedding venue an extraordinary location right in the middle of Laguna Beach, but the entire staff is so accommodating and friendly.  Now this was not to be a large wedding because Ryan and Lindsey were flying in from out of town for the wedding.  So with maybe a handful of guests and the wonderful guitar music of John Scott Evans, Roger chose not to use the supplied microphone and really bring the intimacy in to the ceremony.  So just the music, Roger’s voice and the crashing of the waves were all the guests heard and it was fantastic.  Intimate and simplistic……..

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Congratulations to Renee Yip & Ken Chen on their March 11, 2017 wedding at the Hilton Universal City in Universal City, CA

Congratulations to Renee Yip & Ken Chen on their March 11, 2017 wedding at the Hilton Universal City in Universal City, CA.  It was a beautiful day for a ceremony on the rooftop terrace overlooking the city.  The string quartet added an eloquent touch for an already “classy” ceremony.  The “Ave Maria” during the Rose Presentation to Renee and Ken’s moms was a great choice.  Planner Jackie Tan and her team did a great job putting everything together with perfection.  My best to the newlyweds!

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Congratulations to Kristie Beckman & Thomas Rinehart on their March 5, 2017 wedding at The Mitten Building in Redlands, CA

Congratulations to Kristie Beckman & Thomas Rinehart on their March 5, 2017 wedding at The Mitten Building in Redlands, CA.  The ceremony went exactly as planned with the “nervous ” groom managing to get through the ceremony in one piece!  He was breathing so heavy, we couldn’t keep the candles lit.  Kristie’s entrance was great as she entered right on queue with the Bagpipes.  They added the Sand Ceremony to the traditional ceremony for the perfect personal ceremony.  My best to the happy couple!

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Woody recently had the privilege of performing Laura and John’s wedding ceremony at the famed Castle Green

Woody’s Dream Team hits it out of the park AGAIN! Woody recently had the privilege of performing Laura and John’s wedding ceremony at the famed Castle Green. Castle Green was one of the locations for the recent film LIVE BY NIGHT starring Ben Afflick.

Woody started with a “Princess Bride” opening, he then performed one of his inter-denominational ceremonies, and then capped it all off with the Breaking of the Glass.

Woody’s Dream Team included: Dior Chase from Castle Green (castlegreen.com), Wedding Coordinator Samantha Sisk from La Bella Dia Weddings and Events (LaBellaDia.com), DJ KEELEZ (djkeelez.com), Marcia from McCann Florist (mccannflorist.com), Joe Arias from Pac Man Photography (JoeAriasFilms@gmail.com), and Mike Faulkner from Simply Elegant Catering (simplyelegantcateringinc.com).

With the help of his Dream Team, Woody garnered yet another 5 Star Review.

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Congratulations to Natalie Rajasinghe & David Richards on their February 19, 2017 wedding at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA

Congratulations to Natalie Rajasinghe & David Richards on their February 19, 2017 wedding at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA.  Well, the weather sure had everyone guessing these past few days — Is the ceremony outside?  Do we setup inside?  Do we build an arc?  The coordinator Jenna decided not to build the arc but to prepare for an indoor ceremony if needed and we both agreed to allow for a possible late start.  But, no rain fell on Natalie and David’s happiest day of their lives or their 220+ guests.  AND, the ceremony started at the designated start time, precisely!  Their personal vows were heartfelt and very touching and the readings by Michael and Brian were inspirational.  David got through the roller coaster ride and Natalie agreed to eat all her food (had to be there to understand)!  After the ceremony, MANY family photos were taken.  My very best to Natalie and David for a great life together!

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