Monthly Archive: July 2013

This Wedding Ceremony was a slam Dunk!

Alex and Nazarena were married in the mountains above Santa Barbara on July 27th.  He is playing Professional Basketball for Milan in Italy and she is from Milan.  During the ceremony she proudly proclaimed his amazing Basketball Stats in her vows!  She believes in his game, and they both believe in their love for each other!

 

Congratulations Alex and Nazarena

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Roger Does Double Duty At His San Pedro Wedding

Sometimes Officiants are needed to play the role of friend, advisor, and, in a pinch, even play the part of wedding coordinator when things don’t go quite as a couple hopes.  We’re always happy to lend a helping hand any way we can.  For Roger’s wedding at the Whalers Walk in San Pedro a new role had to be taken on.

All was great except for one thing: the groom was incredibly nervous.  Roger calmed him on more than one occasion before the ceremony started.  Finally Roger reminded him that he had nothing to worry about, because he was standing with the woman he loved and, bonus, he had Roger there as his “wingman”.  Well, evidently that did the trick because after that the wedding went off without a hitch and the groom didn’t pass out.  All was good!

Roger has now requested that his business cards read: Roger, Great Officiant/Great Wingman.

Roger San Pedro

 

Here’s the nice note from the couple thanking Roger:
Roger,
We cant thank you enough for officiating our ceremony! Everyone present couldn’t stop commenting on how touching and fun the ceremony was. And thank you for being my wingman through it all!
Highest praises to you and the work you do. We will spread the good word far and wide!

Thanks again,
Mike and Angela

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DELIUS RESTAURANT IN LONG BEACH HOSTS SURPRISE COMMITMENT CEREMONY SATURDAY NIGHT!

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DELIUS RESTAURANT IN LONG BEACH HOSTS SURPRISE COMMITMENT CEREMONY SATURDAY NIGHT!

 

So you know you want to marry the love of your life, and you know you want it to be a low key, no stress situation!  But you can’t quite figure out when, where or how…  OK then.  How about making it a surprise?

 

And so it was that this gorgeous bride rallied their inner circle of loved ones; secretly flew some of them in from lands afar; made all the arrangements; and invited her fiance to share a fancy dinner with her at their favorite place!

 

Oh yea.  And a few weeks prior, she hired Great Officiant Pris Munson to co-create a short & sweet custom ceremony with her that included tender promises, a family vow with their four children, and a personalized telling of their unique love story!

 

Voila!  Goal accomplished.  Beautifully… and with ease and grace!

 

Universal timing was in fine display that night, because as Pris was sitting in the lobby waiting for her cue from the bride to enter the private dining room, she and her beloved walked out together… alone.

 

So in that perfectly orchestrated private moment Pris stood up, and the bride without skipping a beat, greeted her warmly with a hug, and said to her man, “I’d like you to meet my friend Pris.  Do you know what she does for a living?  She’s a wedding officiant!  So what do you think? Shall we do it?  Like, right now?”

 

To which he replied without skipping a beat, “Well, OK!  Yes, of course!” with a great big smile on his face!

 

And so, they entered the room; Pris introduced herself and announced what was going to be taking place before dinner (because most of the guests didn’t know either!); everyone cheered; and the 10 minute ceremony began!.

 

Now that is a night to remember!

 

 

 

 

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A Very Special Wedding at Serendipity Garden Weddings

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It was a hot one in Oak Glen at Serendipity Garden Weddings for Nick & Rachael’s wedding yesterday!

Almost 10 years ago, Nick’s uncle Chris – one of my best friends, was my first wedding ever. It was so cool to keep it in the family.

As dog lovers and owners, I created a custom ceremony for them. I found this perfect poem to incorporate into the ceremony for them –

“Falling in love is like owning a dog,” by Taylor Mali

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.

It was a great day and I was thrilled to be a part of their union as a pack.

– Alan

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Freddie Boo was the ring bearer.

Roger did a great backyard wedding and the dog  Freddie Boo was the ring bearer.

After the wedding they sent Roger this nice email.

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Dear Roger,

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We can’t tell you how happy we are with the ceremony!  You are totally responsible for setting the tone for what all of our guests called “the best wedding they’ve ever been to!”
We are eternally grateful to you and your passion for making our special day that much more special!
You made our dream come true!
Mad love,
Becks and Ash

 

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Aloha Wedding to 2 Awesome Men

It was such a joy and honor to be a part of Michael and Martin’s love story. I performed the Hawaiian Wedding Ceremony in Pasadena on Saturday June 13, 2013 in a beautiful backyard. The couple gave their entire guests a shell necklace from Hawaii as seen in the picture. It was requested that I wear my black robe for all the lawyers in the audience.  

 It was exciting to finally give this couple full legal recognition for their commitment of several years.

 

 

 

 

Comments from the couple below:

 

Wow,,, what a great day we had.   You made it so special and everything went off perfectly.   We were very lucky to find you.

Martin

 

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Reverend Ralph Learns Something at His Weekend Ceremony!

Ralph July 2013

 

by Rev. Ralph

The wedding of Nina & Mo was great fun!  In addition to my part of the ceremony, there was a Persian ceremony, in which the bride is asked three times if she will accept the groom as her husband.  The first two times she doesn’t respond, then finally she says “yes.”  I was told she’s supposed to play hard-to-get. It is always enjoyable to be able to participate in a moment like this, and take it as something to know for the future.  It was another most wonderful Great Officiant ceremony!

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