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A Fun Beach Wedding at Point Dume, by Michael

Date: 2/14/15

Location: Point Dume State Beach

City: Malibu

Kevin and Kim were such a fun couple and it was a pleasure to perform their ceremony.  Like many of our couples they were coming to us from out of state and we were happy to have them.

We did their ceremony planning session over the phone and I customized our Catholic Light ceremony to make it fit exactly what they were looking for.  When I met with them in Malibu I issued them their marriage license and then headed out near the water to perform their ceremony.

Afterwords they were nice enough to leave the below review for us on Wedding Wire:

"Michael Thieling was our officiant and did a wonderful job. We arranged everything from out of state and he was both professional and very personable. He helped us pick the perfect ceremony and made suggestions that made it a wonderful experience. My new husband and I would highly recommend him as a wedding officiant. He is warm, kind and very good at his profession. Thanks Michael for making our special day perfect!!!"
My pleasure guys!!!!!

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On a numerically auspicious day, Michael performs 3 ceremonies, scores a 10/10: 12/13/14

One of the busiest days last year was December 13th, 2014, for the simple fact of being married on 12/13/14. Here are three of Michael's wonderful ceremonies, one of them in our newly renovated Wine Chapel!

Date: 12/13/14

Venue: Newport Beach Hyatt Regency

Alexa and Kenny truly ROCK!  Right from the get-go I knew this was going to be a truly unique ceremony.  We began their ceremony on 12/13/14 at precisely 15:16:17 o'clock.  They came in with a 50 person processional with multiple songs throughout.  

After welcoming everyone we did a remembrance for those who had passed and two of their friends did a special reading.  Then, after we did their Vows, I Do's and Rings they, along with their children, assembled a hand-made metal infinity puzzle designed by Kenny's cousin.  I pronounced them husband and wife and sent them and their 150 guests off to what I'm sure was an amazing reception.

Congratulations to you both!!!

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Date:  12/13/14

Venue: The Grand, Long Beach

Megan and Tim were so fun to work with.  They wanted to incorporate a mother's rose ceremony to honor their moms and a special sand ceremony with 3 vials so that we could include their son, Carter, into the ceremony as well.  I love when we're able to incorporate a couple's children as it truly makes for a special ceremony.  

Our best wishes to all three of you!

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Date: 12/13/14

Venue: Wine Down Bar, Great Officiants Location

I was so excited to perform Mark and Karen's wedding as not only was it the first wedding I've performed in one of our chapels, but it was also the first ceremony we've had in the Wine Down bar since it's recent renovation.

We performed a simple, sweet ceremony in front of their 60 guests, after which I sent them off to a nearby restaurant where they had their reception.  

Thank you both for breaking in our space and best of luck!

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Blogs for Beach Wedding, brought to you by Beth

  1. Michael marries one of our many September Beach Wedding couples in the water at Santa Monica Beach per the Groom’s Request.  It was such a fun wedding!

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  2. On the Bay at  69th Street and Ocean Long Beach was a serene setting for our couple from Arizona. 

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  3. Also Our Great Officiant Beth designed the flowers, officiated and set up  this beautiful  wedding with the help of her beach team!

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  4. Hermosa Beach– Hawaiian Style brought another Happy Couple together with Beth and Chief Tama bringing the Aloha Spirt to a beautiful family wedding!

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From Beach to State Park, Great Officiant Michael Thieling has Fun while Performing Weddings

Marisa & Victor

Married on the Santa Monica Beach on July 12, 2014

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Marisa and Victor were a ball to work with – they wanted to laugh and have a fun ceremony on the beach in Santa Monica surrounded by family and friends with no stress.  Although Victor was still on base as a submariner, I got to meet with Marisa and her family prior to the ceremony to learn all about them and craft the perfect ceremony. Great Officiants issued them a confidential marriage license and they were ready to go!

On the day of their ceremony, our beach team did a full setup down the street from the Santa Monica Pier.  I got to tell their love story and did a quick salute to our troops for Victor and many of their guests who were also military.

They read personal vows that they wrote to each other and closed out their ceremony with a lovely Sand Ceremony.  Marisa happens to be a twin, and we’ve already talked about me performing her sister’s wedding someday.

It was my pleasure now and will be then – all my best!


 

Ashley & Jacob

Married at California Citrus State Historic Park -in Riverside on July 12, 2014

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Ashley and Jacob wanted a simple, straightforward ceremony surrounded by their family and friends and I loved performing it for them!  Another of our out-of-state couples, we did all of their ceremony planning via Skype so that I could make sure they got exactly what they wanted.

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Congrats!!!

 

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Great Officiant Michael Has Been Popular this Wedding Season!!

Great Officiant Michael is always very sought out after! Here are some of his weddings highlighting ceremonies in Los Angeles and Orange County. Congratulations on being such a wonderful Officiant!


David & Jessica

Married at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, CA On June 11,2014

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David and Jessica were such a lovely couple to work!  I had the honor of telling their love story to their family and friends and closing out their wedding with a traditional Jewish Glass Breaking. They also chose to both repeat vows after me and write further personal notes to each other – something I’m noticing a lot of couples starting to do now, allowing for both a sense of tradition and personalization.

 

I was overjoyed to be a part of their ceremony and wish them all my best.


Karen & Jeremy

Married at Ramsey’s at The Club– Los Angeles on June 14, 2014

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Karen and Jeremy were a dream couple to work with.  We met a couple months prior to their ceremony over sushi to get to know each other and put together a ceremony including exactly what they wanted.  On the day-of, right before the ceremony, I was joking with the best man that when I ask him for the rings he should throw them at me as hard as he can and we’ll just see what happens.  Well during the ceremony he took the opportunity to get me back.  Unbeknownst to me, when I asked for the rings he instead took out a quarter and threw it at me!  I was shocked thinking he actually threw the rings and everyone in attendance broke out in a huge round of laughter.

At the end of their ceremony, Karen and Jeremy saluted each other with a special toast – a tradition that they have between the two of them – a perfect way to end a perfect ceremony.

Afterwards, they were so kind to leave the following review for us:

“Our Officiant was Michael Thieling. Our actual ceremony was short and sweet but thanks to Michael very memorable. One of the most heard comments from our guests was regarding how great our Officiant was and we couldn’t agree more. Thank you Michael for helping to make our wedding such a wonderful event for us and our guests!”

Thank you both for the memories and a ceremony moment I’ll never forget!!!


John and Marla

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John and Marla got married in a small, intimate ceremony surrounded by family at the quaint Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point.  When I first met them a few months prior to their ceremony, we gathered at the venue to discuss their ceremony and I was able to make some suggestions to change the actual ceremony location within the venue to allow for better pictures and a more open experience.

They capped their ceremony off with a Love Letter and Wine Box ceremony and after their nuptials they were off to celebrate with a family dinner next door.

All our best John and Marla!


 

Jamie and Wade

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Jamie and Wade were a dream couple to work with.  Since they were coming from Florida, we did all of their ceremony planning over the phone – something I’m very used to doing with the many out-of-state couples that we have the pleasure of working with.

The Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach provided an amazing venue for their wedding – big enough for their many guests but extremely private and intimate so that you felt like no one else was there except for the wedding guests.  We performed a short acknowledgement of family for some of their loved ones who had passed and had a guest recite First Corinthians. After they exchanged rings, Jamie and Wade performed a lovely Unity Candle ceremony with a customized candle.

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After the ceremony, they had the following to say:

“Great Officiant!!! Michael Thieling was our Officiant for our ceremony. He exceeded our expectations!! From the first conversation we had, he made me feel very at ease and seemed to get the couple that my husband and I are right from the start. He had great contact leading up to our wedding and was a complete pleasure to work with. Also, he added a bit of light heartedness to the ceremony when he knew it could be used, which is what made our wedding simply epic!!!!

Thank you, Michael!!!!”

Thank you so much Jamie and Wade – it was my pleasure!
 

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Great Officiant Michael’s Rancho Cordillera Del Norte Wedding- With Photo Bomber!

Patty & Ray

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Married at Rancho Cordillera Del Norte– Northridge on June 21, 2014

Patty and Ray had a unique, first-time-for-me, request – could I do some of their ceremony in both English and Spanish?  You bet I can!

They chose a few sections of their ceremony that they wanted to be bi-lingual and I was happy to oblige, speaking first in English and then repeating that section again in Spanish.  We had a great time crafting their ceremony with many unique elements – their customized love story, a Lasso ceremony which we combined with a Hand Blessing, and finally and exchange of Arras or coins.

They topped it off with their son, Little Ray, delivering the wedding rings secret agent style in a metallic case he was protecting.

Thank you so much Patty and Ray – it was a blast and an honor!

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Beautiful Outdoor Ceremony! Congratulations Carrie and Russ!

Carrie and Russ were married in the shade (luckily for us) of the scenic rose garden of the Hyatt in Valencia.  We had their friends and family participate in a Ring Warming ceremony and they entered into wedlock to the applause of their loved ones.

 

Congratulations Carrie and Russ!!!

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