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Congratulations to Zoe Rahimi & Jason Nolen on their March 25, 2017 wedding at the Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA.

Congratulations to Zoe Rahimi & Jason Nolen on their March 25, 2017 wedding at the Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA.  The venue was breathtaking, for which pictures do not do justice.  It was a former church converted into an event center that retained the altar and church motif.  The altar area was complete white marble with marble flooring and stairs.  The brides runway was white marble planks.  It was a Persian wedding.  Although they did not have a traditional Persian ceremony, they did have a “huge” Persian Sofreh Aghd on display.  After the brides entry, I explained (for the benefit of the non-Persian guests) the significance and symbolism of the Sofreh Aghd.  I also delivered my open remarks in Farsi!  The couple made a rose presentation to their moms and replaced the traditional sand ceremony with a glass ceremony, which is similar to the sand ceremony except that glass crystals are used which are later blown into a personalized glass sculpture (bowl, vase, etc.).  The ceremony went flawless from start to finish with the perfect mix of seriousness, humor, laughter and some tears (of joy)!  I’m sure all 200+ guests had as great a time at the reception as I had officiating for such a great couple!  My very best for a great life together. 

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A change in the wedding vows…………

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This last Saturday at the Women’s Twentieth Century Club in Los Angeles, Karla and Diego got married…………  They knew that the wedding was going to be fantastic because the had picked the perfect venue to get married….. Beautiful grounds and an amazing wedding venue that is listed with the National Register of Historic Places….  They also had chosen an amazing wedding coordinator, Susan Dunne of “Weddings By Susan Dunne”.  And the topping on the wedding cake………they had Roger who never fails to bring both heart and humor to the wedding ceremony………….Everything was perfect and going to plan……..until one little teeny tiny slip in the wedding vows changed the whole ceremony and caused much laughter from the guests…….

You see, Karla & Diego had decided they wanted to read their own vows along with the traditional vows that you recite.  Diego went first and had a beautiful reading.  Karla went after him and her vows were perfect….. right up the part where she meant to read…. “I will take you as the husband I love”….. but ended up saying  “I will make you the husband I love” !!  Needless to say, this little mistake in her vows was cause for much laughter and Roger had to get them back on track to finish the ceremony.  It was the perfect change in the vows !!

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Wedding at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles

I love doing weddings at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles.

 It is a beautiful historic building off of Wilshire Boulevard. Inside it’s many halls lies gorgeous banquet, party and ceremony rooms. The lush interior gardens tie it all together to make it a beautiful space.

Having done several weddings and attended many parties there I know how cool it can be.

 At the wedding today Annie and been tied the knot. They met in Alabama in college and tried to have a long distance relationship but realized they needed to be together. They did a special type of sand ceremony during their wedding. There were four bottles of sand. The first bottle was poured my one set of parents  and then the other set of parents poured the rest. The next bottle was poured by me to represent the rest of their family and friends. The final two bottles were poured by each of them joining their life together.

They even brought their dogs and dressed them up.

 At the end of the ceremony when he dipped her and gave her a kiss all of their guest screamed with delight.

Then my favorite part at the end was getting the red envelope.

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A Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions with Woody at the Oviatt Penthouse

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Woody recently had the honor of officiating the wedding ceremony of Dominique and Elvin at the historic art deco Oviatt Penthouse which opened in 1928 and has since been renovated to it’s original charm. At one time, this was the tallest building in Los Angeles. As you can see from the photos, this is no longer the case.

Woody’s ceremony included the couple’s courtship story, a Hand Blessing, as well as he Bride and Groom doing their own vows which made each other tear up, as well as Woody and the Guests. To add to this was a string quartet which included two of Elvin’s Friends from work.

The photo of Woody and our couple after the ceremony show the emotion exhaustion of the ceremony. A Guest said to Woody afterwards: “Your ceremony was like a roller coaster…….I laughed, I cried, and then I wanted to do it all over again.”

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Wedding at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles

I love doing weddings at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles.

 It is a beautiful historic building off of Wilshire Boulevard. Inside it’s many halls lies gorgeous banquet, party and ceremony rooms. The lush interior gardens tie it all together to make it a beautiful space.

Having done several weddings and attended many parties there I know how cool it can be.

 At the wedding today Annie and been tied the knot. They met in Alabama in college and tried to have a long distance relationship but realized they needed to be together. They did a special type of sand ceremony during their wedding. There were four bottles of sand. The first bottle was poured my one set of parents  and then the other set of parents poured the rest. The next bottle was poured by me to represent the rest of their family and friends. The final two bottles were poured by each of them joining their life together.

They even brought their dogs and dressed them up.

 At the end of the ceremony when he dipped her and gave her a kiss all of their guest screamed with delight.

Then my favorite part at the end was getting the red envelope.

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Alex and Shira wed at Café Pinot, Los Angeles

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Set in a beautiful secluded garden the central object of focus was the Chuppah. In and of itself, nothing special.  But when I encouraged them couple to bring in their personal energies into the structure, the selected Shira’s, Great, Great, Great, Grandfathers Tallit.  I wasn’t stuttering.  Great, Great, Great.

The Kiddush Cup belonged to Alex’s Great Grand Mother.  And the Tallit that I wrapped them in was Alex’s Great , Great Grandfathers.  That’s a lot of family energy.

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LGBT Wedding at Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles

Brenda and Joetta had their wedding at Hotel Bel Air.

This is such an amazing property. Not only does it celebrate opulence but its grounds are beautiful and the service is spectacular.

The ceremony started off with all of the guests walking in and placing a flower in a special vase. Then Brenda and Joetta walked in together and placed a different color flower in the vase to join the others. 

The ceremony was a custom design ceremony that included most of the traditional items: the vows the I Do's, the rings and of course the kiss. Added to that we incorporated a wine box and love letter ceremony and a lot of other special wording that the couple and I designed together. 

The stage was set, the courtyard was beautiful and the processional went perfect. Unfortunately by the time they got up there it was so dark and I could barely read from my book. Luckily I practiced the ceremony several times before so I knew the content.  I improvised my way through the ceremony and it came out even better than the original script. 

Also in the ceremony was a ring warming where I walked through the aisles and have everybody in attendance touch the rings while I riffed on their commitment. 

At the entry to the reception they have a tray of flat stones and some pens for their guests to write special messages on them. 

They were so happy at the end of the ceremony and they loved every minute of it. And each of their guests came up to me and told me how wonderful of a ceremony it was, and I agreed. 

 

  

  

  

  

 Congratulations to both of them.

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