Church wedding

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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Sarah Makes Another Connection, at the Immanuel Presbyterian Historic Church in Hollywood

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From the moment I spoke on the phone with Leslie I knew there was a connection.  She was looking for a pastor to marry her and her fiance and wanted not simply to focus on the party part of her wedding, but the sacred part of the ceremony.  This was the day she had dreamed about, this was the day she waited her whole life to experience — she wanted her ceremony to reflect her and her faith, but also respect where her fiance was coming from, and do do so in a way that honored the sanctity of their union.  The thoughtfulness and seriousness she put into choosing her officiant told me a lot about the person she is.

By the time I met her and Marco I could tell that both of them are incredibly thoughtful people who are intentional about their relationship and the way they relate to one another.  We spent an extra long time getting to know one another but the hours flew by because the conversation was so easy and natural.  I was impressed with their care for one another and their mature way of approaching their relationship.

Marco's first words to Leslie were "You have my complete and undivided attention" and it is clear that he meant it then and now.  

They were married on Saturday, June 6th in the beautiful historic church, Immanuel Presbyterian in Hollywood.  The bridal party processed in to the organ playing the Beatles' "All You Need is Love" an interesting juxtaposition of the 200 year old sanctuary and its sacred instrument with the classic Beatles.  It was perfect!  Marco is a music connoisseur and their choice of song certainly fit the two of them!

The couple chose to write their own vows, each with a substantial preamble.  Each soliloquy was perfect engaging every attendee while also written explicitly for the other.  I have never heard such eloquence from a bride and groom! 

Their attention to detail demonstrated itself throughout the service in everything from their attendants' attire, to music, decor, ring exchange and of course those articulate love inspired vows!

It was a real joy to preside over Leslie and Marco's service. They are a special couple with an incredible connection to one another and the people who surround them with love.  Congratulations Marco and Leslie!

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Octavio had a three-fer at the end of September

1. Angelica & David got married at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. I had officiated there once before and it is my favorite place for weddings. 

 

When we met they didn't have a venue so I suggested they contact Esther Manilla, the church's coordinator, and they did.

 

When the doors opened for Angelica and the organ started playing, it was extremely hard to hold back my tears. The feeling was overwhelming and so powerful!!!!

 

Angelica and David have been together for many years so it was about time for them to tie the Knott. I am honored to have been chosen to officiate their wedding and know their marriage will be for life!

 

David & Angelica, I wish you all the Blessings in the World!!!

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2. Paulina & George tied the Knott at a beautiful home in Yorba Linda. I had a chance to socialize with their families and friends before we started the ceremony. It's always more fun once we've all gotten to know each other a bit.

 

Paulina & George both looked radiant!!! They chose to do our popular "Mothers Rose Presentation" which was the only Spanish portion of the ceremony. I'm very close to my mother so this add-in is one of my favorites.

 

George & Paulina, thank you for giving me the gift of officiating your wedding ceremony! I wish you all the Blessings in the World!!!!

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3. Jason & Aimee tied the Knott at The Hurst Ranch in West Covina. This location is very rustic and resembles a Western movie set.

 

Jason and Aimee chose our Spiritual ceremony which is similar to the Buddhist ceremony but with several twists of course, and not mentioning the religion.

 

This ceremony went great with not only the couple but also the venue. It was a perfect balance where elegance and class met rustic and vintage. Very beautiful!!!

 

Jason & Aimee, thank you so much for giving me the honor of officiating your wedding ceremony.

 

I wish you all the Blessings in the World!!!! 

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Great Officiant Octavio has been BUSY!

 Octavio gave us the following info on his amazing weddings!

Amy & Martin got married at Monterey Hill Restaurant on their beautiful outdoor deck overlooking the hills that surround it. They did an extraordinary job decorating and the coordinator at the restaurant was great as well.  Though Octavio didn’t get a chance to meet Amy in-person before the ceremony, Amy was very involved in designing the ceremony with him, it felt like they had known each other for years.  Martin was a very sweet man, easy to talk to, and great energy.  Both families were very funny and kind!

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Arely & Martin got married at a club called InCahoots in Fullerton.  They transformed the entire night club into a beautiful ceremony/wedding reception venue.  It was a great idea to have their ceremony and reception at a nightclub because many systems needed like sound, lighting, bar, and kitchen are already there so it takes much less planning than having it somewhere else.

They both looked amazing and Martin wore a beautiful Mariachi outfit that looked awesome.  You could see the love and respect they each had for one another and their culture.  I truly enjoyed being a part of their special day.

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Anna & Eric got married at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.  WOW!  If you haven’t seen this place, you must!  It is impressive, out of this world, gorgeous, incredibly big, with organ pipes all throughout the church and stained glass in every window.  Anna and Eric knew what they wanted and were more involved in designing their ceremony, among everything else, than anyone I’ve ever worked with.  I wish I could officiate every one of my weddings at this church.  They allow non-denominational Officiants to perform wedding there, which is rare. Anna & Eric, thank you for being such a wonderful couple and giving me the honor to officiate your beautiful wedding!

We received the following letter from Anna & Eric after the ceremony:

We’re here in Cancun, Mexico enjoying our honeymoon. Thank you for this beautiful email to us. Eric and I were very pleased with your service, professionalism and care. You went above and beyond to make our special day just perfect. Everyone raved how wonderful you were and how beautiful the ceremony was. 

 I’ll definitely be recommending you to our family and friends for future weddings. As for the church, this gorgeous haven was the right place for us. We felt the wonderful vibrations and felt in love with the organ, service and unique look inside the church. 

 Thanks again. 🙂

From Octavio: I wish each couple the best of luck and all the blessings in the World!!!

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Here is the Church, open the doors and Ralph WOWS all the people!

Cecilia & Dieveem were married by Reverend Ralph in the quiet contemporary elegance of La Mirada Presbyterian Church. The traditional Christian ceremony was attended by about 200 family members and friends.

With a seminary degree and 22 years experience in ministry, 12 as a United Methodist Pastor, Ralph is well qualified to do a wonderful Ceremony for you!

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