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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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Congratulations to Sylvia and Ben… “Mazel Tov” and “Trăm năm hạnh phúc”, too!

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Congratulations to Sylvia and Ben… “Mazel Tov” and “Trăm năm hạnh phúc”, too! The happy couple celebrated their wedding in mid-October at Top Chef Shirley Chung’s Twenty Eight Restaurant in Irvine.

Thank You to Ben’s mom, poet Leslie Neustadt, who posted the following kind words: “Mauricio conducted the interfaith service for my son’s wedding. He communicated well with my son and daughter-in-law in creating the ceremony they wanted. They had asked me to write a poem and blessings to read at their wedding. Mauricio coordinated with me but did not appropriate any of the material.(Something that other officiants have done to me.) He thoughtfully included my piece in the booklet he prepared for himself.* He clearly derives joy from conducting wedding ceremonies and it is reflected in everything he does. He has just the right mix of solemnity, good humor and joy to make a ceremony a memorable occasion.”

* Leslie is referring to the program script A. Mauricio creates to ensure that the couples for whom he officiates have a wedding is personal and as unique as they are.  Additionally it lists the names of the Wedding Entourage as well as with the song titles, with artists names, used during the ceremony.  After the wedding A. Mauricio leaves the script with the couple as a memento/souvenir of their Special Day.

Photo credit (Sylvia wearing an “áo dài”, or traditional Vietnamese dress) belongs to Barbara Mencow Neustadt.

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Photo credit Barbara Mencow Neustadt

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A Cute Little Ceremony in Our Cute Little Wedding Chapel

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Terence confided that initially his fiancé, Djedje, had some concerns when scheduling an appointment in early November with Great Officiants to have their Marriage solemnized at the Cute Little Wedding Chapel on Atlantic Avenue.  He was concerned that they might be confronted by someone with attitudes to same-sex marriage similar to those held by a certain Kentucky county clerk. Both grooms, however, were relieved upon meeting A. Mauricio Lubong who, without hesitation, cheerfully accepted their License and afterwards counted it a personal pleasure to officiate their Wedding.

A few days after their ceremony, the newlyweds submitted an online review that started with, “A.Mauricio was a wonderful official. He was funny and made us feel at ease on this stressful day;” and concluded with “A.Mauricio was great and I would recommend him to anyone getting married.”

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Mauricio exhibits a verbal tapestry of this couple’s love at the Wedgewood in Corona

A. Mauricio recently received the following nice note via email regarding a wedding he performed in late September.  It was sent by Crystal whose marriage to Paul took place at the Wedgewood at the Champions Club at the Retreat in Corona. The venue offers a vista, a panoramic view, of the valley below and hills off in the distance. 

"Hi Rev. Mauricio. How are you? Hope all is well.  Paul and I wanted to say thank you for such an amazing job performing our ceremony… We cannot say thank you enough… It was truly an honor to have you celebrate with us afterwards… My mom says hello and is still talking about how beautiful you made our ceremony… You surely exceeded our expectations.  Hugs, Crystal & Paul"

A. Mauricio customized the loving couple's wedding, which included traditional Filipino Elements, with a verbal tapestry of how Crystal and Paul met, with threads drawn from "homework" which he assigned to them.  The assignment came with instructions for them not to share their work or to collaborate with each other.  In other words, there was to be "no cheating!"  Crystal and Paul only heard what the other contributed when the words were unveiled by A. Mauricio near the start of their ceremony.  This set the tone of their wedding making it distinctly personal, singularly unique.  At times laugh out loud funny, at other times sweetly romantic, but always engaging.

Personal highlights for A. Mauricio took place during the reception (the couple's family insisted he stay). What at first seemed to be an exceptional recording covering John Legend's "All of Me" while the newlyweds enjoyed their first dance was actually a live performance with Crystal's mom, Maureen, singing!  Later, her daughter proved that the apple really does not fall far from the tree, when Crystal accompanied herself on guitar and serenaded her husband, John, with his favorite Filipino song in Tagalog.  This was all the more impressive as her family roots are in The Netherlands!     

Thank you, Crystal and Paul and Congratulations!  May you live "happily ever after".

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Congratulations to Newlyweds, Kathy and Scott

Congratulations to Newlyweds, Kathy and Scott… and Thank You to the couple as well for the following recent posting of a 5 Star review on Yelp!

"We were fortunate enough to have A.Mauricio Lubong (Mauricio) conduct our wedding ceremony. … He has a wonderful spirit, is a great writer, and set a very joyful tone for the ceremony. He gave us 'homework' and made our ceremony very personal but also he incorporated his great sense of humor. He has a warm and calming spirit that made what could be a very stressful day a complete delight."

Before posting the above review the Newlyweds wrote to Great Officiants, offering these kind words, "We just want you to know that Mauricio was such a delight and performed such a lovely ceremony. He made what I thought would be the most nerve-wracking part, the most delightful. He has such a lovely personality."

Kathy and Scott were married just last month at the iconic El Cid Restaurant in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Known as the go to venue where one can experience Flamenco dancing in the South Land for the past 50 years, However, Kathy's and Scott's wedding brought a different sight and sound and feel to the local landmark.

Seemingly endless servings and varieties of hors d'oeuvres, crudités and finger foods greeted guests at the start of the soiree, and continued to be offered throughout the evening so that by the time the cake was cut all were more than satiated. But, for those who reserved space for even a sliver were happily rewarded.

As for the ceremony itself, Kathy and Scott had informed A, Mauricio in advance that a live Hawaiian band would provide the musical backdrop for their wedding. With that in mind he suggested an idea that was well-received; and so it was that he announced the start of the ceremony by blowing a conch shell. Three blasts from the "pu" and the bride, the groom and their guests were treated to a ceremony that was both unique and personal, a balance of humor, romance, spirituality and fun — all of which are trademarks of weddings by Great Officiant A.Mauricio.

For A. Mauricio, it was a personal pleasure officiating for Kathy and Scott, who are such a unique, creative and loving couple.

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“Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o (Happy Anniversary)” to Gabrielle and Jesse

"Hau`oli la Ho'omana'o (Happy Anniversary)" to Gabrielle and Jesse who sent this wonderful note along with two photos taken during their Hawaiian-Style ceremony:

"Hi Mauricio… We have had a wonderful first year of marriage and think about our wedding all the time. It was perfect and we just wish that we could do it all over again. You officiated the most beautiful ceremony for us and we couldn't have wished for a more perfect day… Thank you again for bringing all of our hopes for the ceremony to fruition."

One of the Hawaiian ritual observances featured in Gabrielle's and Jesse's wedding involved Great Officiant A. Mauricio pouring Pacific Ocean water into a Koa Wood bowl, He then dipped the leaf of a Ti Plant into the water and used it to sprinkle the water on the rings as a form of blessing. This was introduced with a tradition Hawaiian chant using a melody he composed especially for the occasion.

Aloha, Gabrielle and Jesse!

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Intercultural wedding at the Greystone Mansion by A. Mauricio

Sabrina's and Adi's Intercultural (Israeli/Argentine/Italian) Wedding at the Greystone Mansion, officiated by A.MAURICIO, this past September was like the set of a fashion shoot or a stylish movie.  Their guests, as well as both the bride and groom and their families who walked them down the aisle, were in dressed in white.  Being near the Jewish New Year, their color scheme was apropos as white represents leaving behind the past and starting fresh or new beginnings.  In fact, according to tradition, for the "Kalla"/Bride and "Chatan"/Groom the day of marriage is considered a personal Yom Kippur which is the culmination of the Jewish New Year. 

 

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 1) Guests arrive and mingle before the start of the wedding.

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2)  Adi is escorted by his parents.

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3) Sabrina gets a kiss from her groom and her brother.

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4) Sabrina and Adi.

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5) Sabrina and Adi make their get away with assists from the bride's brother and groom's father. 

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6) The Bride and Groom's get away vehicle… a white, of course, Bentley!

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