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A Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions with Woody at the Oviatt Penthouse

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Woody recently had the honor of officiating the wedding ceremony of Dominique and Elvin at the historic art deco Oviatt Penthouse which opened in 1928 and has since been renovated to it’s original charm. At one time, this was the tallest building in Los Angeles. As you can see from the photos, this is no longer the case.

Woody’s ceremony included the couple’s courtship story, a Hand Blessing, as well as he Bride and Groom doing their own vows which made each other tear up, as well as Woody and the Guests. To add to this was a string quartet which included two of Elvin’s Friends from work.

The photo of Woody and our couple after the ceremony show the emotion exhaustion of the ceremony. A Guest said to Woody afterwards: “Your ceremony was like a roller coaster…….I laughed, I cried, and then I wanted to do it all over again.”

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This Wedding Was A Perfect Design………..

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Scott & Jairo wanted to get married and wanted to do it absolutely right !  They started out with a fantastic wedding coordinator, Kayla Ton, one of Roger’s favorites (kaylavie.com) who helped them plan the perfect wedding.  First they picked the amazing and beautiful Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood and then Kayla told them that if they wanted to have an amazing ceremony, there is only one wedding officiant she recommends and that’s Roger Lundblade.  And Roger lived up to the recommendation !  This wedding ceremony was one of Roger’s top three weddings ever out of the many hundreds of weddings he’s done!  There were tears and laughter and more tears and laughter !!!  Seriously….not only did Roger know when to pause and hold for dramatic moments, but also had to hold for applause breaks….. APPLAUSE BREAKS !!……at a wedding !!!  This was over the top fantastic !!   Scott & Jairo are now Roger’s newest BFF !!
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Peter & Karissa got hitched at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, one of my favorite venues #spindoza2016

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Awesome awesome awesome couple!!! They were so funny from the minute we met. I was entertained by their wit all the way!

Peter & Karissa got hitched at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, one of my favorite venues. From the staff, to the scenic  backdrops the location provides, this place is excellent for weddings and events.

We did a fully bilingual wedding ceremony. I had Karissa do her vows, I do’s, and ring exchange in Spanish and Peter’s in English. When my couples are able to do this it makes the ceremony more balanced, not having more English than Spanish or vice versa.

We also performed the Lasso and Coin ceremonies, a.k.a. Lazo y Arras. We also, to keep the ceremony well balanced, did the coin ceremony in Spanish and the Lasso ceremony in English.

You know you’ve reached a certain level of expertise when one of my groomsmen was also a groomsman at a wedding I officiated a year before! And we were both so happy to be able to do this once again!!!

For more pictures of this beautiful wedding you may search #spindoza2016 on Instagram!

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Wedding at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles

I love doing weddings at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles.

 It is a beautiful historic building off of Wilshire Boulevard. Inside it’s many halls lies gorgeous banquet, party and ceremony rooms. The lush interior gardens tie it all together to make it a beautiful space.

Having done several weddings and attended many parties there I know how cool it can be.

 At the wedding today Annie and been tied the knot. They met in Alabama in college and tried to have a long distance relationship but realized they needed to be together. They did a special type of sand ceremony during their wedding. There were four bottles of sand. The first bottle was poured my one set of parents  and then the other set of parents poured the rest. The next bottle was poured by me to represent the rest of their family and friends. The final two bottles were poured by each of them joining their life together.

They even brought their dogs and dressed them up.

 At the end of the ceremony when he dipped her and gave her a kiss all of their guest screamed with delight.

Then my favorite part at the end was getting the red envelope.

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How to do a unity candle at an outdoor wedding ceremony.


How to do a unity candle ceremony outside.

The unity candle is a tried and true addition to many wedding ceremony. It can be beautiful and it can also be terrible. By following a few simple rules you can prevent that part of your ceremony from as we say fizzling out.

If you’re doing a unity candle indoors there’s never usually an issue and you can use any type or shape of candles.  When you light the candle outdoors, it presents several obstacles to take into consideration:

1. The wind is not your friend.

Even the slightest breeze can snuff out the most robust flame.

2.The lighter is not your friend.

Try to use hurricane style candle holders as they block the wind in most cases. Instead of a lighter which never works properly when you wanted to, put a small votive candle in a holder and light the outer candles off of that during the ceremony.

Put the unity candle at the very end of the ceremony this way if it does blow out it’s not out for a long time.

Keep a lighter handy as back up. Make sure that no decorations are placed directly above the candles as they could catch fire.

In the event that you feel that it may be too windy switch to a sand blending ceremony or other type of unity celebration.

With proper planning and precautions, a unity candle celebration can be one of the highlights of the ceremony and if done wrong it will definitely be something that everyone will remember.

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Congratulations to Arlene Howard and Frank Olivas on their January 16, 2016 wedding in Riverside, CA

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Congratulations to Arlene Howard and Frank Olivas on their January 16, 2016 wedding in Riverside, CA.  It was a relatively small wedding in a private home in Riverside on a beautiful California afternoon.  The guests were very comfortable and settled in and enjoyed the ceremony and “down home” food, drink and music.  Everyone was in the “party mode” from the moment they arrived!  My best goes out to the happy couple and the new Olivas family.

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This Wedding Was Undercover !

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Roger’s wedding this last weekend was top secret !!!  Sort of……. Roger was marrying a really great couple Alonso & Suparsri who wanted a fun and romantic wedding especially since most of their guests were pretty serious people…… You see, both Alonso and Suparsri work for the FBI and so did most of their guests!!  So Roger pulled out all the stops and gave them a wedding ceremony to remember !  There were tears and laughter and not an arrest in the house !  It was perfect !

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