Hotel Wedding

Rev. Ralph was delighted to perform the wedding ceremony for Clare & Josh at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach

Rev. Ralph was delighted to perform the wedding ceremony for Clare & Josh at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach.  The date, April 21, 2017, was clear and beautiful, the location was picturesque, the guests were in a festive mood, and the bride and groom were composed and confident!  Assisting very professionally were guitarist/singer Wise (wise100doors@gmail.com) and coordinator Ida Gardner (ida@idagardnerevents.com).  All in all, a perfect day!

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600 Wedding Guests And Only 100 Were Invited…….

Roger had the honor of marrying Ruben & Vanessa this last Saturday at the always amazing Ayres Hotel in Hawthorne.  This particular Ayres hotel has an amazing central courtyard with beautiful trees and wonderful acoustics for the ceremony.  The staff and venue coordinator are always spot on and always willing to go the extra mile to help out…..except there was nothing they could do this last Saturday to ask the extra 500 or so uninvited wedding guests to leave the ceremony….. Not that there was anything anyone could do………you see, a swarm of over 500 bees had decided about a hour before the ceremony, to make their new home right in the tree over the alter !!  The group decision was to still have the ceremony where it was at but not to make any quick movements…. and it worked out perfectly !  Not one person got stung or even bothered !  I guess Roger’s ceremony went over well with the bees too, not one of them complained.  And as you can imagine, it gave Roger some really great material for fun comments throughout the ceremony !!

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Roger had the honor of marrying Ryan & Lindsey this last weekend at a oh-so-amazing Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach

Roger had the honor of marrying Ryan & Lindsey this last weekend at a oh-so-amazing Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach.  Not only is this wedding venue an extraordinary location right in the middle of Laguna Beach, but the entire staff is so accommodating and friendly.  Now this was not to be a large wedding because Ryan and Lindsey were flying in from out of town for the wedding.  So with maybe a handful of guests and the wonderful guitar music of John Scott Evans, Roger chose not to use the supplied microphone and really bring the intimacy in to the ceremony.  So just the music, Roger’s voice and the crashing of the waves were all the guests heard and it was fantastic.  Intimate and simplistic……..

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Congratulations to Renee Yip & Ken Chen on their March 11, 2017 wedding at the Hilton Universal City in Universal City, CA

Congratulations to Renee Yip & Ken Chen on their March 11, 2017 wedding at the Hilton Universal City in Universal City, CA.  It was a beautiful day for a ceremony on the rooftop terrace overlooking the city.  The string quartet added an eloquent touch for an already “classy” ceremony.  The “Ave Maria” during the Rose Presentation to Renee and Ken’s moms was a great choice.  Planner Jackie Tan and her team did a great job putting everything together with perfection.  My best to the newlyweds!

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Rabbi Barry Saves the Day at the Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon

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As I reached for my cell phone, noticing the call was from Alan Katz and Great Officiants, I knew there was a Jewish or Interfaith couple needing a rabbi.  It was Alan but to my surprise, he wanted to know if I was available in five days for the wedding.  I was and took down the information and within 20 minutes fell in love this couple and took away a tremendous amount of stress.
It was at the last minute, their original rabbi took ill and had to bail.  Apparently, he didn’t have a network of rabbis to rely on in such a situation.  It was fortuitous that Juan and Alexia called Great Officiants.  Within minutes, their problem for finding an Interfaith Rabbi was solved.
Alexia and Juan’s venue was, Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon.  And as the 20 guests were arriving, I had a chance to meet the family and get a feel that this was a fun loving group.  Being the location, the guests’ love for the couple or any number of idyllic reasons, the ceremony was fun, tender and filled with a message of how to succeed in in marriage in today’s crazy world.
In the ceremony, we combined Mexican Catholic and Jewish Traditions.  Best of all was the Benediction, where the couple was wrapped in a tallit as well as having their godparents place the Lasso around their shoulders at the same time.  Both traditions represent the bond that unites the two of them, Soul.
Over all, no one would have known that I didn’t know them but for a few days.  And that’s the way it should always be.

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Leslie & Arnie had a exquisite Wedding, on the water at the Portofino Hotel & Marina

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Wow! Leslie & Arnie had a exquisite Wedding, on the water at the Portofino Hotel & Marina with a ton of friends & family that Love them so much! With the help of an amazing Event Coordinator, Caroline Cervantes…everything was perfect. The Bride & Groom decided to have a Sand, Chord & Veil & Coin Ceremony. It was an honor to preform their Wedding.

Congratulations to the both of them…best wishes!🙏

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Congratulations to Kathleen Rivera & Tommy Zecena on their October 15, 2016 wedding at the Avenue of The Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA

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Congratulations to Kathleen Rivera & Tommy Zecena on their October 15, 2016 wedding at the Avenue of The Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA.  It was a beautiful October day in southern California with the perfect blend of weather and guests for a perfect wedding!  The ceremony started on time with the bride making the l o n g walk down the path from the opposite side of the lake to the ceremony site, slowly making her way to the aisle, for another journey to her waiting groom and officiant!  We quickly got into a meaningful ceremony with inspiring words and humor with a beautiful lake and fountain in the background.  My best to the happy couple as they begin their journey together!
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