Buddhist wedding

Octavio performs a ceremony at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel

Sofia and Christopher got married at the Knott's Berry Farm hotel in Buena Park. For their ceremony we combined our Buddhist ceremony with a few characteristics of our Catholic ceremony. They wanted something along the spiritual lines to represent them so I changed the words of our Buddhist ceremony to make no reference to that religion and make it more spiritual.

The few Catholic characteristics that we incorporated in the ceremony were 1st Corinthians, John chapter 4: 7-12, and a wedding prayer towards the end of the ceremony before the closing comments. I always tell my couples they don't need to stick to the ceremonies that we have predesigned even though they are all absolutely beautiful! They are more than welcome ask me to combine different portions of different ceremonies in order to customize their own and represent them the best way possible.

I truly enjoyed officiating Christopher and Sofia's ceremony and it was such an honor for me to do so! We were in touch constantly along the way until the morning of their ceremony when Chris and I texted each other back-and-forth. I was so excited for them I couldn't wait to see them!

Christopher and Sofia I wish you all the best in this new journey you have both embarked on. My best wishes and all the blessings in the world to you guys!!!

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Earl Burn Miller Japanese Garden is the perfect the site for a Buddhist-inspired wedding ceremony!

Amidst the serenity of waterfalls, lush greenery, koi and lily pads in full bloom, Abe & Sarah made the vow to practice the Five Awarenesses and Compassion, and thus became husband and wife according to Buddhist tradition before their family and friends from all over the country.

 

And as the wedding rituals of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh were creatively woven together by Great Officiant Priscilla with traditional ceremony elements such as the community vow, remembrances and ring exchange, it was clear to everyone present how the couple’s spiritual practice is integral to their daily urban life.

So Abe & Sarah’s life-long spiritual partnership was honored and celebrated with elegance and with grace, through their incense offerings to the Buddha; being annointed with lotus oil and the sound of the tibetan singing bowl; many bows and of course, “Namaste!”

 

 

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