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Good Luck Sun on a Rainy Day at El Adobe in San Clemente

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I woke Friday morning  on May 15 to a wet world with the rain still pouring.  California is thirsty and we've all been praying for rain, but I winced thinking that the rain might destroy Traci and Steve's wedding plans.  They were set to be married outside that evening in the beautiful courtyard of El Adobe Restaurant a classic old restaurant and building in the quaint town of San Clemente.  We spoke mid-morning about an alternate plan, should the rain keep up, thankfully the restaurant could set up inside if need be.  Still, I knew Traci envisioned saying her "I do"s outside and I was feeling worried for her.

Wouldn't you know it, the sun creeped out mid afternoon and by 5pm when I arrived at the location there wasn't a cloud in the sky!  El Adobe was the perfect spot for their ceremony and reception as they celebrated their Mexican roots with a fabulously themed wedding.  Midway through the ceremony I quoted the Song of Solomon, "Lo, the winter is past!  The rains are over and gone!"  It seemed like the scripture was written just for them!  

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All was perfect, the sunshine, the dress, Steve's fabulous black and white patent leather shoes, the kids, and the love!  They decided to include Steve's boys in the service by incorporating the sand ceremony.  I love this element and especially loved it at their wedding.  Like life,it was a bit messy, but all four of them poured their sands together creating something beautiful.  That's what marriage is all about— being able to laugh through the messy parts and ultimately experience the beauty of what you have created together!

They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck.  I don't think Traci and Steve needed it: they are perfectly matched. They both put family first, value and enjoy the other, and cherish their relationship and the love they share.  If you ask me, the rain simply showered them with blessings, and then the sun came out and brightly shined upon them!

What a joy to get to know this couple, experience their dedication to family, and one another, and witness their love as they professed it before their friends and family!

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Sunshine Was Invited And Welcomed!

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With rain predicted for much of the weekend and Roger’s wedding being outside at the L.A. Arboretum, the bride & groom Erich & Rebecca were very nervous with no back up plan…… But while getting sprinkles while Roger drove to the ceremony, the sunshine came through that afternoon and gave its best performance for a perfect wedding! Roger didn’t do so bad either!
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A Modern Hindu Ceremony

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A MODERN STYLE CEREMONY. WHILE KEEPING MANY TRADITIONS AND CULTURAL ASPECTS, IT IS STILL CONCISE

A BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN SHAADI MODERN FUSION, PERFORMED BY A PUNDIT

Namaste! We now offer Modern Hindu Ceremonies! Performed by a fresh, young, pundit, we create a fusion of American and traditional Hindu cultures into a beautiful and efficient ceremony. During the ceremony we perform these traditional customs:

A Prayer to Ganesh marking the entrance of the bride

Mangalsutras (prayer to Mars)

Custom I dos

Brahma Vivaah (giving away the bride)

Custom Vows

Mangalsutra and Ring Exchange

Vivaah Homa (Fire Blessing)

Saptapadi (Seven Steps)

All of these traditions performed in 30 to 45 minutes! With many customizations to please all cultures and requests, we are more than happy to perform your Hindu Wedding Ceremony.

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Octavio performs a ceremony a the Women’s 20th Century Club in Eagle Rock

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Suzette and Harold's wedding took place at Women's 20th Century Club in Eagle Rock.

We met in 2014 and since worked together to create the perfect ceremony for them. It is never too soon to book your officiant! The outcome was a bilingual nondenominational ceremony but we included the coin tradition and the mothers Rose presentation.

I also helped the couple in lining up the bridal party and how everything was going to play out throughout the ceremony. They all acted like pros!

I have a special place in my heart for this couple because they are just so genuinely sweet! They are the kind of people that as soon as you meet them you kind of want to be like them!  Their families are equally amazing too!

Suzette and Harold I wish you both all the blessings in the world, all my love, and my best wishes always!

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A Lovely Wedding in the Lovely Rolling Hills Estates in Palos Verdes

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Taylor and Alex had their wedding in the lovely Rolling Hills Estates in Palos Verdes and everyone was in attendance, even several peacocks showing off their plumage. The peacocks also showed their enthusiasm and support by squawking throughout the ceremony. This also could have been because it's their mating season. Taylor was pretty darn nervous before the ceremony but her lovely sister Jill was right on cue, with perfectly timed witty jokes to lighten the mood. When I found out the mother of the Groom, Sonia, was from my neck of the woods in Texas, I felt right at home. Once the ceremony was over, Taylor showed off her silly side by taking a picture as the minister as if she was marrying Alex and I. There couldn't have been a more unique ceremony with such personality!
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A Walk on Beach Ceremony in Long Beach

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Yolanda & Arturo's wedding took place at 69th Pl. in Long Beach. They had a pretty big bridal party So they requested that I help them with the rehearsal. We did the rehearsal a week before their wedding, practiced it a few times, and the result was beautiful and very formal!

They did not have a beach set up but still wanted it to look as formal as possible. It was Yolanda's idea to make a heart on the sand with Rose petals so that they would stand inside the heart. I did this right before we begin the ceremony. They also brought their own radio so that I could control the processional and recessional music.

We performed a Catholic light ceremony in Spanish with the traditions of the coins and Lasso.

Having done a rehearsal really helped us in making their wedding very beautiful and traditional! Even though it is an extra fee for the rehearsal if you don't have awedding planner we can really help you achieve a very beautiful formal wedding ceremony.

Yolanda and Arturo have been together for many years and it really was about time for them to tie the knot as the love they have for one another is not only obvious but extraordinarily beautiful!

Yolanda and Arturo I wish you both and your kids all the blessings in the world and my best wishes always!

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