Chapel wedding

Kahauna and Alpha were married at the beautiful Chapel of Memories in Temecula, CA.

Kahauna and Alpha were married at the beautiful Chapel of Memories in Temecula, CA. Operated by Patricia and Jim this chapel is a gem of a place for a wedding. This couple has love overflowing from their hearts, minds, eyes and souls… It is a love that you could feel from miles away. It was a beautiful hot sunny day in to Old Town Temecula and all their guests were dressed so beautifully.  This was such an intimate wedding that made everyone smile and laugh.  This couple wrote their own vows and they were so heartfelt, poetic and awesome.  This was a great ceremony and I Rev. Smith was so proud to be a part of it under the Great Officiants name.

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Roger had the pleasure of marrying Jose & Rosalba at Hidden Oaks wedding chapel.

Roger had the pleasure of marrying Jose & Rosalba this last Thursday at a wedding venue that Roger had never officiated at before but hopes to many times again !  It’s called Hidden Oaks.  The venue was wonderful.  Not only was Donna, the venue coordinator incredibly helpful and the grounds impeccable, but the day itself was gorgeous !  It was a small, intimate ceremony and it was not only fun but very touching.  And to top it off, just as Roger pronounced Jose & Rosalba husband & wife, Donna the coordinator rang the church bell three times, a tradition at Hidden Oaks wedding chapel.

A perfect day !

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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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Congratulations to Chalon Kashey & Jacob Park on their March 18, 2017 wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA

Congratulations to Chalon Kashey & Jacob Park on their March 18, 2017 wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  It was an ideal day for a wedding at the Inn!  It was a simple, “no frills” but classy ceremony with the organist opening the ceremony and the bride’s entry and the DJ closing with the recessional.  The bride and groom sealed their kiss with their signature shot (straight up)!  Their personal vows were heartfelt and touching  I wish them both the best on the beginning of a wonderful journey together!

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Congratulations to Kristina Munz & Lawrence Koester on their January 7, 2017 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.

Congratulations to Kristina Munz & Lawrence Koester on their January 7, 2017 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  It was an intimate ceremony in the beautiful chapel of St. Francis of Assisi.  They added the Unity Candle and had an organist for the ceremony music.  The organ always adds a special touch in the chapel as the sound echoes and amplifies throughout the building!  After the ceremony the couple and their 40-50 guests headed for cocktails and a great dinner as only the Mission Inn can present.

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Roger married an adorable couple this last weekend at the Mission Inn in Riverside

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Roger married an adorable couple this last weekend.  They are Harry & Joy and they chose to marry at the Mission Inn in Riverside.  For those of you that are not familiar with this most amazing venue, it started out as a small cottage in 1876….that’s right…..over 140 years old !

Harry & Joy chose the chapel to marry in and it was a good choice, not only for it’s beauty, but everyone could escape the rain that seemed to persist this last weekend.  Overall, a beautiful day !

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Congratulations to Mary Jimenez & Francisco Maestas on their October 24, 2016 wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.

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Congratulations to Mary Jimenez & Francisco Maestas on their October 24, 2016 wedding at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.  It was a rainy Monday evening but the sun was shining in the Chapel of St. Francis of Assisi as this beautiful Houston couple made their way down the aisle. It was a small intimate ceremony with close family and friends and a sand ceremony that included their children Abigail and Logan.  Everyone left with a smile on their face and “singing in the rain,” although the rain let up long enough for outdoor pictures after the ceremony.

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