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Roger had the honor of marrying Andrew & Janet on the water at the amazing Gondola Getaways in Long Beach

Roger had the honor of marrying Andrew & Janet this last weekend at a wedding venue that was a bit different than your regular wedding venue………. On the water !!  And when Roger says on the water, he truly means it !  It was at the amazing Gondola Getaways in Long Beach.  Truly an amazing, romantic ride in the Long Beach harbor for any occasion but this was extra special because Andrew and Janet were getting married on the Gondola !  And it was actually two gondolas !  They had charted the two largest gondolas, the Carolinas that held a dozen or so people each.  So after a short boat ride thru the harbor, our oarsmen found the perfect place to conduct the ceremony and it was game on !  While the two boats floated side by side; one boat for Roger, the bride and groom and the bridal party and the other boat for guests, Roger and Andrew & Janet stood and Roger married them !  It was incredibly romantic, fun and mother nature came thru with warm weather and blue skies !  It truly was the Love Boat !

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Congratulations to Colleen Tytula & Tim Manfro on their February 11, 2017 wedding at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in Lake Arrowhead, CA.

Congratulations to Colleen Tytula & Tim Manfro on their February 11, 2017 wedding at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  It was a great day in Lake Arrowhead.  The weather was perfect for this time of year — a little “brisk,” some snow on the ground and mountains, roads clear, nice “fresh, take a deep breath” winter air.  A little “nippy” during the ceremony, but heaters and blankets kept the guests warm and cozy!  The ceremony went as planned with a great view of the lake in the background.  The photographers were on point and the keyboard player/vocalist added a special touch to the ceremony.  My best to the new Mr. & Mrs. “Fro.”

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Rev. Ralph married Justin & Julia at the Roessler Point Gazebo

There were only four of us there, but it was a joyous occasion as I (Rev. Ralph) married Justin & Julia in the presence of God and photographer McKenzie Smith (mckenziesmithphotography.com) at the Roessler Point Gazebo, Malaga Cove, in beautiful Palos Verdes.  It rained the day before and the day after, but was clear and calm for the quiet ceremony by the sea.  

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Susie and Shaun get married at the Plaza de Magdalena in San Juan Capistrano

Plaza de Magdalena in San Juan Capistrano provided a cozy setting — out of the brisk winter weather — for the guests of Susie Chang and Shaun Wilson.  The wedding ceremony reflected their deep respect and love for the gathered family and friends, who in return, showered their affirmation upon the couple when Rev. Gary Barmore asked the guests, “Do you promise to be loving and supportive, caring and encouraging of these two this day and for all the days and years to come? If so, signify by saying WE WILL.”   The ceremony included laughter, tears, promises and love, unfolding just as Gary — of Great Officiants — planned with Shaun and Susie when they met in his home.  On 01/15/2018 the couple will open the sealed Wine Box, read personal notes composed on their wedding day, recall all that has taken place, and celebrate all this is yet to come.

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Congratulations to Kristina Munz & Lawrence Koester on their January 7, 2017 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.

Congratulations to Kristina Munz & Lawrence Koester on their January 7, 2017 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  It was an intimate ceremony in the beautiful chapel of St. Francis of Assisi.  They added the Unity Candle and had an organist for the ceremony music.  The organ always adds a special touch in the chapel as the sound echoes and amplifies throughout the building!  After the ceremony the couple and their 40-50 guests headed for cocktails and a great dinner as only the Mission Inn can present.

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Fun Disney Movie Reading for a Wedding Ceremony

I have a lot of couples who are huge Disney fans so I wrote this story on How to live like your favorite Disney Character.

Live your life like some or your favorite movies.
Like Carl and Ellie Fredricksen your love can be epic. It can only go UP from here.
May you learn to cook like Remy in Ratatouille…
Like Wreck It Ralph strive to be better and to make people love and admire you.
You will find your own National Treasure by going on quests and seeking the true meaning of the clues you give each other thru your relationship.
Like Jack sparrow seek your adventure to find what you treasure most. Gold, pearls and lots of rum.
Like Flik in Bugs life sometimes being a misfit can turn you into a warrior if you just believe in yourself.
Like Ariel in the Little Mermaid you learned to be a little rebellious to get what you desire and you found someone to be part of your world.
Like In Aladdin even a loly street urchin can find his princess by rubbing the magic lamp. Just don’t rub it the wrong way.
Like Mike and Sully from Monsters inc help others find their way even though it may seem scary
The movie Cars shows you the true meaning of friendship and family.
The story in Mulan shows you to honor your parents as they helped you grow to be who you are be there for them when they need you
Like Jack Skellington in Nightmare Before Christmas create your own celebrations the way you want them to be.
Not everything is a fairytale in life, but when you devote your life to the one you love you can live a complete life.
May you one day both find your own Paradise Falls

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Roger had the honor of marrying Paul & Lori at the Brea Community Center this last weekend

Roger had the honor of marrying Paul & Lori at the Brea Community Center this last weekend.  They are a sweet couple, perfect for each other, and their pride and joy is their little dog Rocky who was to be the ring bearer in the bridal procession.  So during the processional, just before the bride Lori is to come out…… no Rocky !!!  So eventually Lori comes out and the wedding goes off without a hitch.  After the wedding, Roger asked Lorie and Paul what happened to Rocky and apparently the pressure was to much for the little guy and he did not want to come out !  But all in all, a great wedding ! 

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