Hotel Wedding

Congratulations to Frances Chang & John Diao on their Saturday, June 3, 2017 wedding at The Regency in Glendale, CA

Congratulations to Frances Chang & John Diao on their Saturday, June 3, 2017 wedding at The Regency in Glendale, CA.  It was a beautiful “no frills” indoor ceremony, eloquently done.  The cocktail hour began immediately after the ceremony as the bride and groom exited the ceremony with their guests to the reception area.  They took a few photos and guests were seated at their tables, where each table was already preset with a spread of hour’dourves and appetizers.

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Cindy & Chris wedding on 27 May 2017

Cindy and Chris chose to have their wedding at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. This is a beautiful venue with views of the harbor, the downtown skyline and the bow & side profile of
the RMS Queen Mary. They chose a wonderful Latin band, which provided beautiful music during the ceremony and a wonderful salsa feel to the cocktail hour after the ceremony.

A beautiful start to a happy life together, in the company of friends, soft ocean breezes and a relaxed yet elegant setting.

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Karina and Danny Samret’s Wedding on 12 May 2017 took place at Santa Monica Beach, near the Casa Del Sol Hotel.

Karina and Danny Samret’s Wedding on 12 May 2017 took place at Santa Monica Beach, near the Casa Del Sol Hotel. Santa Monica offers a very broad and sandy beach, with classic life guard huts flying the American flag. The adjacent park offers ample and inexpensive parking for guests as well as restroom facilities.

The casual beach feel is refreshing and you can usually count on a pleasant ocean breeze and sea air to cheer spirits. Many swank hotels and restaurants are mere steps from the beach and offer wonderful venues for your wedding reception.

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Krista and Kelley’s Wedding: April 29, 2017 Hotel Laguna

Instead of April showers, Krista and Kelley were blessed with sunshine and clear skies, on their wedding day in Laguna Beach.  On the sands of Hotel Laguna, their friends and family traveled from the hot desert of Arizona to the ocean breeze of Southern California, to witness this lovely couple say, “I do.”    Everything was perfect –from the bride’s gorgeous dress and bouquet, to the beautifully decorated arch, the DJ’s music and the wedding coordinator’s attention to detail – our only fear was the rising tide!  But thanks to Hotel Laguna staff for digging a trench and creating a berm we made it through the ceremony without anyone floating away!  We even had an unexpected guest –a sea lion swam up to observe the couple exchange their vows!

It was a real joy to stand with Krista and Kelley and their family as they professed their love and vowed to be in relationship with one another as long as they both shall live.  Cherishing the love God has given them to nurture and sustain, it’s clear that Krista and Kelley will undoubtedly be blessed in their marriage as they begin their lives together as husband and wife.

Congratulations to this special couple!  What an incredibly beautiful wedding!  May your marriage continue to be filled with beauty and love!

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Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna

Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna.  And on Sunday April 30 it all happened! — string quartet, exquisite attire, cherished guests and a ceremony conducted by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.  Gary’s voice was strong enough to be heard over waves and beach-goers, and with his counsel with the bride and groom at his Costa Mesa home providing momentous and memorable words worth hearing, the event fulfilled all the couple’s expectations and more!  When he offered the prayer of blessing, the waves didn’t pipe down, but the beach-goers did.  There was plenty of inspiration for everyone.

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It was a gorgeous oceanfront wedding for the ages! Joelle and John Paul showed how to pull off a large family wedding with panache and grace

It was a gorgeous oceanfront wedding for the ages! Joelle and John Paul showed how to pull off a large family wedding with panache and grace. Their choice of the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort was an unexpected surprise – a venue with tantalizing fountains across a wide plaza that faces the Pacific, elevated above the seaside, offering views like no other.

What a terrific place to stand with my back to the waves while John Paul was greeted with wide applause (and boistrous cheering from friends) as soon as he appeared. It may have been a bit of a walk “down the aisle” for Joelle, but she took advantage of the fountain court to it’s fullest effect, her stunning gown flowing gracefully as the string section played a cool arrangement of U2’s “With Or Without You” from The Joshua Tree album. What a novel and inspired choice of song.

The best parts of this wedding came from the audience responses.  Their cheers, laughs, and enthusiasm made it a remarkable day. The new camara drones were able to soar high above the entire crowd and grasp the fully gorgeousness of the view, the romance, the sweep of it all.  Without any doubt, Joelle and John Paul are destined for an equally romantic life together – and Clifford was deeply proud to have been part of it.  Thanks so much to the newly extended Sazon family for all their love and acknowledgment! 

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Last weekend was busy with two intimate and unique ceremonies that I will always remember.

Redondo Beach was the setting for the wedding of Karl and Cathy Aldridge. Close friends and family gathered at the Portofino hotel. The most touching moments aside from the love the ride and grok clearly displayed was the affection their wedding party had for them.

Congrats Karl and Cathy!

A small cadre of family and friends gathered at the home of the neighbor of wedding couple Doug and Truc for a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony that preceded the vow exchange.

The bride and groom presented gifts to each other’s parents who then blessed the union with the receipt of tea and wine.

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