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Natalie and Tyler got married at the Belair Bay club by Octavio

Natalie and Tyler got married at the Belair Bay club. It was my first wedding at this venue and I certainly hope not the last. What an amazing place with incredible views of the Pacific ocean! After the ceremony I started talking to Natalie’s father and we realized we have friends in common! Needless to say I will definitely stay in touch with him and start playing tennis again! And of course with Natalie and Tyler is well!

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Octavio Saves the Day at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello

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Let me start by saying I have a very special place in my heart for this beautiful family! We met at a Bridal Show in Quiet Cannon and bonded immediately!!!! Their energies are so special I fell in love with them and was honored they chose me to be a part of such an important day in their lives!!!

Their ceremony was scheduled to start at 5 PM. For some reason there was a miscommunication with the DJ and he wasn’t at the ceremony site. He was still setting up at the reception room. We had to wait half hour for him to bring his laptop and set up the music so that we could start the ceremony. Unfortunately he needed an outlet to plug in his computer and there was none available. Luckily I pulled out one of my wedding playlists on my phone, got the authorization from the bride, and queued the music for the DJ to control it.

It ended up being perfect! Even though it wasn’t the actual songs the bride had picked, she was very happy that I was able to save the day and had some songs she loved! Even the DJ was impressed that the officiant was able to save the ceremony!

During the ceremony we did a family sand ceremony including Anthony, the couple’s son. I’m a huge fan of including family members in the sand ceremony. It’s symbolic to the fact that from that day on you will all be united as one, a family!

I had a wonderful time officiating Lionel & Yennyfer’s wedding!! They are truly special people to me!!

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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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Jorge & Daniel’s wedding and reception took place at Luminarias in Monterey Park

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Jorge & Daniel’s wedding and reception took place at Luminarias in Monterey Park. Both were held inside one of their ball rooms which allowed us to perform the unity candle, one of my favorite traditions!

We adapted our Catholic lite ceremony to their needs by customizing it and translating it to Spanish.

Before we began the ceremony I had the opportunity to sit down and spend some quality time with Jorge’s mom, Marta, who is the sweetest and kindest lady ever! She kept insisting that I stayed for the reception, which I would’ve loved, but had a rehearsal to get to.

It truly is a higher level experience when we have some extra time to bond with family members and friends!

Jorge and Daniel I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your big day!

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An Interfaith, Bilingual Ceremony at a Private Home in Torrance

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Stewart and Veronica are so in love with each other they both were almost in tears when we met for the first time. I love meeting couples that are so crazy in love with each other!

Veronica is Catholic and Stewart is Jewish therefore they wanted to incorporate some traditions of each of their heritages. From the Catholic side we incorporated the Lasso ritual and the wedding prayer in both English and Spanish. From the Jewish side we incorporated the Chuppa, 7 Blessings, breaking the glass at the end of the ceremony, and the Kiddush which is a wine blessing also common in the Catholic tradition but with a different name.

Veronica has a daughter and two sons whom Stewart absolutely adores! When we met they told me it was really important to them to include their children in the ceremony. They bought a necklace for each of them with family trees and each necklace had their birth stones. In the presentation of the necklaces I spoke to the kids explaining to them the symbolism behind the necklaces and the important role each of them has in the happy couples lives.

This was a multicultural ceremony very customized to the couple’s needs. It truly came out absolutely beautiful and Stewart, Veronica, and I worked together to design the perfect ceremony for them.

Stewart and Veronica I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love!

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A Perfect Family

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Erica & Leticia tied the knot at 72nd Pl. in Long Beach. They chose one of our beach packages and the set up is absolutely beautiful! Even though it was a rainy day in Southern California it did not stop us from having a beautiful ceremony.

The beautiful couple lives in Texas therefore we were never able to meet in person while working together to design the perfect ceremony for them. We originally had a FaceTime meeting and then after that were in constant communication over texts, emails, and phone calls. The end result was a bilingual ceremony with our sand ceremony and also a necklace and ring presentation for Leticia's son, Gabriel, symbolizing how important he is to both of them and how much they love him! Gabriel also participated in the sand ceremony so instead of having two individual containers of sand we had three, representing each of them.

I also said some words paying respect Leticia's parents who are no longer with us but were there in spirit. This was followed by a brief moment of silence in honor to them. Since they were not present Leticia decided to present Erica's parents with roses and a handkerchief representing the love and appreciation she has for them.

I customized their ceremony to represent the beautiful couple and their son to a T. It was truly a very personal and unique ceremony!

Leticia, Erica, and Gabriel I wish you all nothing but love and all the blessings in the world! Thank you for giving me the honor of officiating a beautiful ceremony for such an amazing love story!

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Octavio Performs a Brilliant Combo Ceremony at Luminarias in Monterey Park

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This couple is just amazing in every way! Lee and Miriam tied the knot at Luminarias in Monterey Park. I've lost count of how many weddings I've done in this venue and the employees there are absolutely fabulous!

I call this my combo wedding because they did not have a day-of coordinator therefore asked me to come for the rehearsal the day before their wedding.

Their bridal party was pretty big but we made it work perfectly! The rehearsal took a little over an hour and I made sure we practiced it over and over so that on the day of their wedding everything came out very formal which is my preferred style of doing a ceremony.

Lee and Miriam thank you so much for being so wonderful, kind, friendly, and giving me the opportunity to not only helping you with your rehearsal but also the honor of officiating your wedding ceremony! I send you both all my love, Best wishes, and all the blessings in the world!

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