Monthly Archive: December 2014

Amazing Review! Our Presiding Wedding Officiant Alan Katz Goes Above and Beyond.

THIS REVIEW WAS JUST POSTED ON WEDDING WIRE.

If you really want to know what couples think about what we do…this review is it.

 

jodie said…
I used great officiants to help find my pastor for my wedding and with the first conversation I was love struck!!!! My officiant was Alan Katz and let me say when he says he will make your wedding spectacular he isn't lying! Lets start with the basics… Informative and punctual- check! Comforting and comical- check! Stands out- check! Goes above and beyond- definite check! Now not only did Alan do HIS part, he took over some others as well. First of all I was late, then my sound equipment vendors never showed, AND my team was having trouble with the ceremony set up. Alan stepped right in before my emotions got the better of me… calmed me down, helped me with some much needed breathing exercises, and proceeded to his car for his bluetooth sound speakers, after that he began assisting (or should I say heading) the prep and setup of tables and decor, and then he relaxed my guests with some jokes (who not to mention had been waiting at my outdoors venue for just under 2hours!). He was all that I could have imagined. He was so clever and witty that I forgot about the chaos just 20 minutes prior. I am not exaggerating any details! Honestly I am understating all that he actually did for time sake. You will not regret having Alan as your officiant. If you are looking for that additional spark in your wedding, he's your guy. Trust me!!! Hope this helps you brides-to-be

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A Beautiful California Sunset Beach wedding

Roger married an wonderful couple Jason & Christi from Michigan who were out vacationing in Newport Beach with their three children.  They had planned this holiday vacation a while ago and decided to make the trip really special and get married on the beach at sunset in Corona Del Mar!   It was only going to be the five of them at the ceremony plus the officiant and the photographer.  So a very small and intimate wedding……one of Roger’s favorites!!!  And we couldn’t have asked for anything better!  The weather was perfect, the timing was great and an added plus, the photographer was one of Great Officiants and Roger’s favorites, Michelle Lacson of Michelle Lacson Photography.  "When I saw her there, I knew we were in good hands”!  

A wonderful wedding for a great family!

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Themed wedding ceremony dressed as Marilyn Monroe

I get a lot of crazy requests every day. When Philip and Catherine came into my office to work on designing their ceremony it was just going to be a typical Fun and Romantic Ceremonies like I always do. The wedding was taking place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. They were doing a Hollywood theme.

After discussing some ideas I threw out as kind of a joke how about if I do addressed as Marilyn Monroe. They loved the idea they wanted to do something to blow away their guests and it did just that.

Nobody knew about it except the couple and I.
So when I strolled down the aisle dressed as Marilyn singing “I want to be loved by you” acappella everybody’s job dropped.

The ceremony content was like typical wording but it gave special meaning dressed as I was.

When it was time for the ring exchange I sang “diamonds are a girls best friend” and stroll through the guests.

At the end of the ceremony they gave each other beautiful kiss and went out for pictures. I then went to the cocktail party and mixed and mingled with the guests so they could get pictures with me.

I’ve then strolled across the street to the Chinese theater and had my picture taken in front of the Marilyn handprints and footprints.

After I got changed and visited the couple and they were all smiles saying that I was a big hit and that all their guests loved it.

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Here is an awesome video of this performance:

Videography Credit: Jason Silzle
Dove Weddings
(949) 689-3683
www.dove-weddings.com

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Exchange of Wedding Garlands a highlight of this ceremony.

Today's ceremony between Jessica and Phu had many different things incorporated into the ceremony at the Muckenthaler.

In addition to the traditional vows, I do's and ring exchange we added a couple prayers.
They also read some personal comments to each other about their relationship and then exchanged these beautiful garlands.

The garlands represented strength and beauty. The string is the cord that holds them together the beauty of the flowers that adorn them.
I related that to their relationship as their love for each other is the string that will hold their beautiful relationship together.

The ceremony closed with a beautiful kiss and the recessional back down the aisle.

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Helping A Very Nervous Groom……..

Roger's wedding this last weekend at the beautiful Los Verdes Golf Course went off without a hitch and that is because both Roger and the groom did their homework!!  You see, the groom, Yodai who is a professional baseball player in Japan, speaks hardly any english and his bride Shani really wanted them to recite their vows….. in English!!  So Roger not only sent the vows ahead of time to Yodai in Japan before their wedding day, but arrived very early for the ceremony so he and Yodai could practice, practice and practice!!!  And Yodai did great !  Not one mistake!  It was a wonderful ceremony and Roger got to tell their love story about how two people from two different worlds and 6000 miles apart met and fell in love.  Let’s just say there were tears of joy that day.

Shani was so happy that she sent Roger these kind words.

"Thank you so much Roger for yesterday!  It was such a beautiful wedding and you wrote our story so perfectly.  Everyone was telling me how funny and great the officiant was. Everyone really loved you and so did Yodai and I. You really set the tone of the entire wedding and it was so much fun and the energy was amazing. Thank you so much. You're the best and we're really glad that you were the one to marry us. "
Shani and Yodai

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Harry Potter Themed Wedding Ceremony at Rancho Las Lomas

The bride Marissa Loves Harry Potter so we designed a cool themed wedding together at Rancho Las Lomas.

They also love Disney and Star Wars. so I integrated that into the ceremony as well.

I created this Magic Potion Unity Ceremony where they poured 2 different colored potions into this funky looking tree trunk from the forbidden forest and if smoke arose from it (which it did cause it was packed with dry ice) then their love was true.

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The Star Wars reference came when He said "I Love You" and She said "I know"

They did some repeated vows then they read their own vows to each other which they put into frames (per my suggestion.)

For the I do's I unsheathed my sword and had them swear upon the sword.

The rings were in a bag marked coal and I said that di the pressure of their upcoming marriage the coal has turned into diamonds.

They did a Ribbon Tying portion during where each of their wedding party tied bands around their wrists representing each of the houses of Hogwarts. I explained the attributes of each house as they were tied.

Hufflepuff hard work, patience, justice, and loyalty

Ravenclaw intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit

Slytherin ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness

Gryffindor courage, bravery, nerve and chivalry

I took some quotes from the movie and created the following which I read to them.

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Remember that Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

So In your dreams, enter a world that’s entirely our own. You start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

When you have seen as much of life as I have, you will not underestimate the power of love.

It is your choice… that show what you truly are

Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike. So always make a difference and never neglect one another.

But there is something that matters even more, its believing in yourself.

Because the truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with caution.

Every great wizard in history has started out as nothing more than what you are now, If they can do it, why not you?

I closed the ceremony with my own version of Disneyisms

and then he kissed her with a dip.

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Hawaiian and Filipino style wedding ceremony brings the spirit of aloha to this couple and their family

First off I got to tell you how much I love doing weddings at Yamashiro in Hollywood. as the preferred wedding officiant at that venue I love to get to work with the couples they send me.
Today Alfeo and Farrah had me bring aspects of the Hawaiian and Philippine cultures together.

Starting with me lighting a memorial candle to represent the brides mother; I then welcomed the guests.

The processional began and all were in place. They exchanged the beautiful shell and kakui nut necklaces. Then they passed roses to their mothers and grandmothers.
Their sponsors placed the veil and cord upon them while I explained their significance. Then exchanged the aras coins.

After their vows, I do's and ring exchange the did a unity candle ceremony filled by a prayer.

It was a beautiful light hearted wedding ceremony and they couldn't be happier.

We are pictured here "Throwing the Shaka" a hawaiian tradition showing approval and thanks.

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