Monthly Archive: May 2017

Karina and Savas had a beautiful ceremony with their toes in the sand at Shutters in Santa Monica by Suvin

Karina and Savas wanted an intimate and beautiful beach ceremony. They chose the sand near Shutters in Santa Monica for their beach wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, they had their daughter play the violin for their entrance.

I blended a few Christian elements with some Rumi quotes and a Sufi reading. It was a beautiful blending of faiths on a perfect Southern California day.

After the ceremony, they went into the Ocean View room for their reception. Overall, it was a perfect day for a perfect couple. May they live happily ever after.

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We did a beautiful ceremony in the gazebo at Quiet Cannon. Great venue!!!

Ben and Martha  are truly soulmates!

I was more involved with them from the moment we met up until their ceremony than I normally am with other couples due to some family matters they went through and got to literally fall in love with them.

Like people say now-a-days #relationshipgoals !!!!!!

We did a beautiful ceremony in the gazebo at Quiet Cannon. Great venue!!!

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Rabbi Barry performs a wedding at the Padua Theater in Claremont

When Doug and Mark contacted me through Great Officiants to perform their wedding ceremony, I realized that I performed Doug’s brother’s wedding two years ago. It was awesome to know that I would once again be working with a wonderful, loving and accepting family.

The venue was one of my favorites, the Padua Theater in Claremont.  Although the setting was perfect the weather was not.  When I arrived, the Chuppah was set up in the courtyard and the wind was blowing a frigid chill through the air. I knew this would be a distraction to the guests, but Mark and Doug were dead set on the outdoor location. When it began to rain they finally decided to go inside.  There were no poles for the Chuppah, so four friends held it up for the entire twenty-five minutes.  They were such troupers and the metaphor of their friends and family being their support, especially during a difficult time, became a large part of the ceremony.

The other memorable part of the ceremony was, Mark.  He was so perfectly witty; people laughed through the ceremony when they weren’t crying.  Mozel Tov Mark and Doug and may you share many loving moments together!

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Kellie and Tony married on Saturday 13 May 2017 at The Olympic Collection Banquet & Conference Center

The Olympic Collection Banquet & Conference Center is located West of the 405 Freeway and just North of the 10 Freeway. It provides easy parking for your guests and has the added bonus of being a relatively short drive North of LAX.

It is a one stop venue, which provides both a place for your wedding ceremony and your luncheon/dinner reception afterwards.

One of the advantages of an indoor venue for both your wedding ceremony and reception, is found in the hem of your wedding gown. Most brides don’t think about this at their fitting. However, realize that when you walk into your wedding ceremony you will have one arm in the arm of a parent/escort and the other arm will be holding a bouquet that weighs between 5 and 10 pounds. This leaves you with no free hands to draw up the front of your floor length wedding gown.

If you are outdoors it is probable that you will be walking on uneven rough ground. Suggestion: if you have an outdoor wedding have your wedding gown trimmed up a couple of inches in the front of the dress. This will save you from stepping on the front of your dress and tripping down the aisle.

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Jhorge and Lily got married at the Paracel Restaurant in Westminster

Jhorge and Lily are such a sweet couple. They got married at the Paracel Restaurant in Westiminster on Mother’s Day. To honor this great day, they had a Mother’s Rose Presentation. In addition to the mother’s rose presentation, they also had a unity candle and wine box and love letter ceremony. 

They also wrote their own vows. Check out my last blog or reach out to us to see the two easy steps on writing your own vows.

It was a sweet and intimate ceremony surrounded by friends and family.

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Karina and Danny Samret’s Wedding on 12 May 2017 took place at Santa Monica Beach, near the Casa Del Sol Hotel.

Karina and Danny Samret’s Wedding on 12 May 2017 took place at Santa Monica Beach, near the Casa Del Sol Hotel. Santa Monica offers a very broad and sandy beach, with classic life guard huts flying the American flag. The adjacent park offers ample and inexpensive parking for guests as well as restroom facilities.

The casual beach feel is refreshing and you can usually count on a pleasant ocean breeze and sea air to cheer spirits. Many swank hotels and restaurants are mere steps from the beach and offer wonderful venues for your wedding reception.

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Krista and Kelley’s Wedding: April 29, 2017 Hotel Laguna

Instead of April showers, Krista and Kelley were blessed with sunshine and clear skies, on their wedding day in Laguna Beach.  On the sands of Hotel Laguna, their friends and family traveled from the hot desert of Arizona to the ocean breeze of Southern California, to witness this lovely couple say, “I do.”    Everything was perfect –from the bride’s gorgeous dress and bouquet, to the beautifully decorated arch, the DJ’s music and the wedding coordinator’s attention to detail – our only fear was the rising tide!  But thanks to Hotel Laguna staff for digging a trench and creating a berm we made it through the ceremony without anyone floating away!  We even had an unexpected guest –a sea lion swam up to observe the couple exchange their vows!

It was a real joy to stand with Krista and Kelley and their family as they professed their love and vowed to be in relationship with one another as long as they both shall live.  Cherishing the love God has given them to nurture and sustain, it’s clear that Krista and Kelley will undoubtedly be blessed in their marriage as they begin their lives together as husband and wife.

Congratulations to this special couple!  What an incredibly beautiful wedding!  May your marriage continue to be filled with beauty and love!

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