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A Great Wedding at Luminarias in Monterey Park

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Congratulations to Elena Leon & Erin Higgs on their June 27, 2015 wedding at the Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park, CA.  It was a great day for a wedding with Erin and groomsman all “decked out” in their kilts.  A traditional entrance and a “piping” close with the Bagpipes leading the recessional.

From Luminarias' website:

"Feel on top of the world in beautiful San Gabriel Valley where the 710/10 freeway's meet, Luminarias restaurant shines brightly on the hilliside of Monterey Park with striking views, a tropical atmosphere, glamorous event spaces, unrivaled service, traditional Mexican dining and all-inclusive planning."

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Stephanie and Erick tied the knot at Twin Oaks House & Gardens in San Marcos

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Stephanie and Erick tied the knot at Twin Oaks House & Gardens in San Marcos. This venue is now officially on my top five list due to its breathtakingly gorgeous gardens, pathways, fountains, and all around vintage look!

Erick & Stephanie are just so sweet! I fell in love with them from the moment we met a year before their wedding! I designed a Spanish Catholic ceremony with the Mothers Rose presentation, the lasso ritual, and the coin ceremony. Like most couples they were a little nervous before the ceremony since it was going to be a bit longer than usual and they didn't want to have to memorize anything. I eased their nerves by telling them that there was absolutely nothing they needed to memorize or remember as I would walk them and guide them throughout the entire ceremony step-by-step. At the end they were so happy and grateful and thanked me for making it so easy for them.

It was truly a blessing for me to be able to officiate their wedding ceremony! Erick and Stephanie I wish you both nothing but love and all the blessings in the world! Thank you so much for giving me the honor of officiating your wedding! God bless you guys!

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Octavio Performs a Wedding at Disneyland Hotel’s Rose Court Garden

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Carrie & Fernando's wedding took place at Disneyland Hotel's Rose Court Garden. This venue is absolutely beautiful as you can see from the picture. Even though it was a hot day the ceremony took place inside the gazebo so the couple and I were not hot at all and there was a very nice breeze.

We did our "My Favorite" ceremony with a few catholic characteristics added to it such as 1st Corinthians, John 4: 7-12, and A wedding prayer at the end. We also added the sand ceremony but instead of using sand I customized that tradition and rewrote it to make it for a Lego heart. The couple built a red Lego heart with their initials in white. We separated the heart in half and when we got to that portion of the ceremony instead of pouring their sands into the main container the united the heart making it complete which symbolized that uniting their lives completes both of their hearts.

This was truly a beautiful ceremony and I love when my couples get creative with different traditions and add-ins that we can provide. Carrie & Fernando I wish you guys nothing but love in all the blessings in the world! Keep letting your inner childs come out and play!

 

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A Contemporary Church in Etiwanda Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga

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Diego and Milly's wedding took place inside a beautiful contemporary church located in Etiwanda Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga. We met about a week before their wedding and they originally wanted a Spanish ceremony. But during our meeting I learned that the reason they wanted a Spanish ceremony was because, like most couples, they did not know exactly how a bilingual ceremony would come out.

Most of my couples think that in bilingual ceremonies I repeat everything in both languages. This would be extremely repetitive and monotonous. The way I do bilingual ceremonies is by saying one or two paragraphs in English and the following one or two in Spanish without losing meaning or symbolism behind the message and also making everything flow evenly. Once I explain this to all my couples 99.9% of the time they decide to go with the bilingual ceremony.

This was the case with Diego and Milly. The end result was our "My Favorite" ceremony bilingual. It was very beautiful and not too long or too short!

Diego and Milly, thank you for granting me the honor of officiating your wedding ceremony! You guys are amazing! I wish you both nothing but love in all the blessings in the world!

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A Great Wedding at a Great Venue: The Reef in Long Beach

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Elena and Ruben's wedding took place at The Reef in Long Beach. This is a great venue because the rooftop deck has a beautiful Long Beach skyline backdrop along with the bay and all the sailboats.

Their processional and recessional was wonderful because instead of having groomsmen and bridesmaids it was composed of all the kids in their family including Elana's kids. To top off this cuteness they were all dressed up in early 1900s attire! They were too cute to handle and so adorable!

We incorporated The lasso ritual and the sand ceremony. In their sand ceremony instead of having to individual containers representing the groom and bride we had six individual containers of sand representing the happy couple and the bride's four children. Like I've said in the past we can customize any and all of our ceremonies in add-ins to fit your wants and needs.

This was truly a beautiful ceremony and a day to remember! Elena & Ruben I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you lots of hugs!!!

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A Gorgeous Evening at the Japanese Gardens in Long Beach

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June 19 was a gorgeous evening for the Ondo wedding at the Japanese Gardens in Long Beach.

Many happy tears were shed by the blissful couple, standing atop a bridge in the midst of family and friends.

The groom during the 13 coins ceremony evoked much laughter; and the Unity candle (set a little too deep in a glass jar) provided a small amount of struggle, but a great many heartfelt emotional moments.

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A beautiful Wedding at Adamson House in Malibu

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Rev. Ralph was delighted to officiate for the wedding of Noa and Ryan, on Saturday, June 20.  It was a beautiful afternoon at the Adamson House in Malibu, as the happy couple tied the knot amid an exuberant gathering of family and friends.  An especially touching moment was when they read their own personal vows to each other – there were lots of smiles and a few hankies visible in the crowd!  

The wedding planner was Erica España of Twine Events (http://twineevents.com) and the DJ was Omead of Dashing Events (http://www.dashingevents.com)

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