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A Beautiful wedding, an amazing bride and groom and two invited guests that objected to the ceremony !

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Roger married a wonderful couple, Robert & Gisele yesterday at the most extraordinary and beautiful Bel-Air Hotel.  Everything was spot on, the staff were great, Katie the coordinator was fantastic, the grounds were impeccable, the swans were swimming in the pond overlooking the wedding…. Everything was perfect, except for two invited guests that objected loudly to the festivities…. Robert & Gisele’s two dogs, Bella & Savana who in no uncertain terms expressed their disappointment on why they could not be in mommy & daddy’s arms during the ceremony !!  But soon they were having a great time along with the rest of the other guests !  It was a great success and an amazing wedding !
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What a beautiful day for a wedding at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood!

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What a beautiful day for a wedding at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood!

Rachel Goldberg and Thomas Coutier were married on the balcony of a lovely suite at the Chateau Marmot on Sunday, March 6.

Stephen was honored to conduct the ceremony with 8 guests in attendance.  A beautiful, intimate wedding for two terrific people!

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Congratulations to Rocio Ortega & George Fuentes on their February 13, 2016 wedding at the Seaport Marina Hotel in Long Beach, CA

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Congratulations to Rocio Ortega & George Fuentes on their February 13, 2016 wedding at the Seaport Marina Hotel in Long Beach, CA.  It was a great day for a wedding.  Even though the ceremony was indoors, it took place in front of huge windows with the harbor as the backdrop.  The setup was not the traditional, as the majority of the guests were seated at their reception tables and about 30-40 close family and friends were seated in chairs arranged in the traditional ceremony fashion.  They incorporated a plant ceremony to symbolize the roots of their relationship and the continued growth of their love, as they became each others’ family.  They know that, like that plant, their marriage will be resilient (and why shouldn’t it be?  They planted a succulent.  Those things are almost impossible to kill!)  With that being said, the ceremony went great and guests were anxious to continue with great food and drink.
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Peter & Karissa got hitched at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, one of my favorite venues #spindoza2016

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Awesome awesome awesome couple!!! They were so funny from the minute we met. I was entertained by their wit all the way!

Peter & Karissa got hitched at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, one of my favorite venues. From the staff, to the scenic  backdrops the location provides, this place is excellent for weddings and events.

We did a fully bilingual wedding ceremony. I had Karissa do her vows, I do’s, and ring exchange in Spanish and Peter’s in English. When my couples are able to do this it makes the ceremony more balanced, not having more English than Spanish or vice versa.

We also performed the Lasso and Coin ceremonies, a.k.a. Lazo y Arras. We also, to keep the ceremony well balanced, did the coin ceremony in Spanish and the Lasso ceremony in English.

You know you’ve reached a certain level of expertise when one of my groomsmen was also a groomsman at a wedding I officiated a year before! And we were both so happy to be able to do this once again!!!

For more pictures of this beautiful wedding you may search #spindoza2016 on Instagram!

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On the day Ohnmar and Doug were to be married, the sky was threatening rain, and the winds made the cold that much more biting

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This past November 11th, on the day Ohnmar and Doug were to be married, the sky was threatening rain, and the winds made the cold that much more biting. When A. Mauricio arrived at The Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast he was met by the venue coordinator who, although wearing a winter coat and shivering, greeted him warmly and directed him to the area where the ceremony would take place and preparations were being finalized.

Once at the gazebo, A. Mauricio learned from the florists that one of the tall glass vases, replete with flowers, had already earlier been blown off its pedestal, sending it crashing to the ground. This news seemed prophetic as later, and just before the start of the ceremony, after A. Mauricio requested that guests mute their cell phones, a strong gust blew and toppled another floral arrangement.

A. Mauricio quipped to the guests that in a Jewish wedding glass breaking is usually reserved for at the close of the ceremony. Not withstanding, he suggested why not take the opportunity to offer celebratory well-wishes to Ohnmar and Doug by shouting “Mazel Tov!”? A number of family members and friends of the bride and groom concurred, and as they raised their voices, a few stray droplets of water began to fall here and there. They were just enough to cause concern, but A. Mauricio held they were just a symbolic representation of the showers of blessings that Ohnmar and Doug had in store for them in married life.

Then as if on cue: After the fallen flowers were gathered, and the last few pieces of glass were swept away… with the groom, Doug, in his place next to the officiant, A. Mauricio, and the bride’s processional music playing… the sun seemed to wake from behind its blanket of clouds, bringing with it blue skies. Its rays stretched, as if in a yawn, and warmed the air making all things bright and beautiful. The scene was made only more bright and beautiful by the bride, Ohnmar, as she made her way down the aisle to join her groom.

Recently in an email correspondence A. Mauricio received the following comment from the couple: “It was a great pleasure having you officiate our wedding ceremony. Your performance was above and beyond our expectations. The ceremony* was very personal and a touch of humor. A lot of guests had tears because it was so loving and touching. Everyone talked about your great performance and asked us how we found you…”

* Ohnmar’s and Doug’s ceremony was made even more unique as they chose to incorporate a ritual called “The Tasting of the Four Elements” which has its roots in the Yoruba culture of West Africa. In the observation the couple tasted flavors that represented four elements that comprise a marriage.

As a side note, Ohnmar and Doug came to the Great Officiants office with the intention of having A. Mauricio only issue their Marriage License, however, the couple liked him so much that they asked him to also be their Officiant!

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Crystal and Travis were united in matrimony at the lovely Marina Resort at Big Bear Lake.

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Crystal and Travis were united in matrimony at the lovely Marina Resort at Big Bear Lake. While the rest of California was getting hit by the heat, the lovely venue was tucked away in the mountains with a cool breeze in the air. They honored their faith by incorporating beautiful verses of love from the Bible and a prayer before their declaration of marriage. Even though Crystal dropped Travis’ ring before putting it on his finger, her faith (the size of a mustard seed) helped her graceful swoop it up before all was lost. It was an event full of class, elegance, and love.
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A Gentle Breeze Swept the Happy Couple away, at the Marina Del Rey Marriott

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Rev. Ralph married Carmel and Gordon in a short but sweet ceremony at the Marina Del Rey Marriott — The bride’s son gave her away as a gentle sea breeze swept the happy couple into matrimony.

From the Marina Del Rey Marriott’s website:

  • Celebrate the wedding of your dreams in the beautiful California Ballroom, which seats 700 guests.
  • Bayview Ballroom, our stunning rooftop venue, offers panoramic views of the coastline and mountains.
  • Contact our catering staff to discuss any dietary needs or restrictions. We’re happy to accommodate!
  • Let us take care of the details. From photography to specialty lighting, leave the planning to us!
  • Experienced technicians are on hand to assist with any audiovisual equipment you might need.
  • With a Marriott certified wedding planner by your side, your big day will be absolutely flawless.

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