Sand ceremony

Easter Bunny shows up at wedding at Point Dume in Malibu Beach Wedding

Joey and Gustavo wanted to get married on Easter Sunday so i dad to bring along my bunny head.

I didn’t wear it for the ceremony only for pictures after. It made for a great laugh.

They chose Point Dume in Malibu. I was all ready to walk out onto the beach when their friend pointed to the top of the cliffs and said the wedding is up there. I was not ready for that as I was ready to be barefoot on the beach. SO I put on my dress shoes and trecked up the hill.

It was worth every gasp when i got up there. The view is amazing

They decorated the area with wild flowers and draping and the grooms walked down the gauntlet of friends to the end of the path to where I was waiting.

They did a beautiful Sand Ceremony blending their lives together.

After it was all done they had a big kiss and got tons of pictures with their family and friends.

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A Padua Hills Theater Wedding is out of the box fun. 

In doing weddings all over Southern California I get to go to a lot of amazing places. From backyards to ballrooms I’ve seen it all. 


One of my favorite places is the Padua Hills Theater. It has a beautiful ceremony site surrounded by trees and is very picturesque.
 After the ceremony all the guest or ushered to the back patio for a giant group shot.

 Then it’s off for appetizers and drinks before heading into the beautiful ballroom.

 My couple today Jamison and Rachel had a very fun ceremony with their own vows and a sand ceremony.

So many guests after the ceremony told me what a pleasure it was to see a ceremony that was fun and not boring.

I told them “that’s how I roll”.

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The Fly Boy, The Russian Bride, and the Barefoot Officiant, Malibu Beach Wedding

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Olesya and Anthony got married in front of the Sunset Restaurant in Malibu. In addition to performing the ceremony they also enlisted our beach division to design and set up a most beautiful arch. The arch was a four post bamboo arch covered with both white and sheer Tiffany blue drapes adorned with starfish and flowers.

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The ceremony was a combination of a Hawaiian style ceremony, and a traditional style ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, the conch shell was blown, the couples said their vows and did a beautiful sand ceremony at the end. The bridesmaids were beautiful and dressed to the nines. The guests thouroughly enjoyed the ceremony, and then went off to their reception.

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The rain had cleared up right before the ceremony, so they had the toes in the sand expereience they wanted. With beautiful clouds in the sky, the sun shining, we congratulate this happy and beautiful couple.
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Good Luck Sun on a Rainy Day at El Adobe in San Clemente

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I woke Friday morning  on May 15 to a wet world with the rain still pouring.  California is thirsty and we've all been praying for rain, but I winced thinking that the rain might destroy Traci and Steve's wedding plans.  They were set to be married outside that evening in the beautiful courtyard of El Adobe Restaurant a classic old restaurant and building in the quaint town of San Clemente.  We spoke mid-morning about an alternate plan, should the rain keep up, thankfully the restaurant could set up inside if need be.  Still, I knew Traci envisioned saying her "I do"s outside and I was feeling worried for her.

Wouldn't you know it, the sun creeped out mid afternoon and by 5pm when I arrived at the location there wasn't a cloud in the sky!  El Adobe was the perfect spot for their ceremony and reception as they celebrated their Mexican roots with a fabulously themed wedding.  Midway through the ceremony I quoted the Song of Solomon, "Lo, the winter is past!  The rains are over and gone!"  It seemed like the scripture was written just for them!  

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All was perfect, the sunshine, the dress, Steve's fabulous black and white patent leather shoes, the kids, and the love!  They decided to include Steve's boys in the service by incorporating the sand ceremony.  I love this element and especially loved it at their wedding.  Like life,it was a bit messy, but all four of them poured their sands together creating something beautiful.  That's what marriage is all about— being able to laugh through the messy parts and ultimately experience the beauty of what you have created together!

They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck.  I don't think Traci and Steve needed it: they are perfectly matched. They both put family first, value and enjoy the other, and cherish their relationship and the love they share.  If you ask me, the rain simply showered them with blessings, and then the sun came out and brightly shined upon them!

What a joy to get to know this couple, experience their dedication to family, and one another, and witness their love as they professed it before their friends and family!

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French kiss at the French Estate in Orange 

 

 Sarah and David got married at the French Estate in the city of Orange. They pulled out all the stops with the kitch (see photos below.)

Their ceremony was a wonderful celebration they did a mother's rose presentation and a sand blending ceremony. They forgot to bring the sand in jars but luckily I have an extra set in my car. At the end of the wedding ceremony they brought up their child and did a family tribute.

The venue is a very cool place and works well with many different types of design. 

  

  
  
  
  
  
  
 

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Seven Colors in a Family Sand Ceremony, on the Sand on Westward Beach in Malibu

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I had a very nice wedding this past Saturday evening. The wedding took place on Westward Beach in Malibu, just south of Zuma. The wedding was for a very nice couple by the name of Mark Askey and Chelsea Otero. What made this wedding truly unique however was that this couple had five lovely children present. All of which participated in the bridal party.   

We performed the ceremony and then at the end of the service, we included a special 'unity sand' component for Mark, Chelsea and the five kids. Seven different colors of sand all being blended into a beautiful central container. 

It was really nice seeing this family come together on such a beautiful evening, and I was fortunate to be a part of their special day.

Dr. Michael A. Woods

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Star Wars Wedding Ceremony on May the Fourth Be With You. 

 

 Jessica  & Johnathan Love Star Wars. They wanted to incorporate as much of it into their ceremony as possible. So they got some decorations, some themes knickknacks, creative signs and cake toppers.

Well they didn't want to dress up as a characters themselves they knew they needed something in the ceremony to bring the rebel alliance together.

So they search the Internet to see if they could find the right person to perform the ceremony and of course they found Alan Katz – The master of themed weddings

I discuss with them different ideas and things to incorporate into the ceremony and wrote and created a wonderful Star Wars themed ceremony.

I created a Midicolrian test where they combined their Midicolrians together (colored water) into a tree stump from the Moon of Endor. If steam arose from if they were a match and of course it did (it was filled with dry ice) 

 They did a sand blending ceremony with their children using sand from Tattooine (michaels). 

They exchanged creative Star Wars vows that's spoke of keeping the force strong and defeating The empire.

I brought greetings from Chewbacca and R2-D2 and Yoda. 

The ceremony took place at the Hilton in Costa Mesa. They did a great job and everybody was happy. 

May the force be with you all. 

I can't wait to see episode seven. 

 

  

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

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