A beautiful night on top of the Los Angeles Athletic Club for a Great Officiants wedding. Justin and Rina were embraced with vendor friends of Great Officiants making sure everything went on without a hitch. Another fantastic ceremony by Rabbi Barry.
I know this may sound weird but during the ceremony when Jews hear the word Jesus it can make them feel uncomfortable. So we use readings from the New Testament such as first Corinthians which speak about love.
We also incorporate some of the Jewish traditions such as the crushing of the glass the seven blessings and the blessing over the wine.
It’s a closed out with a generic prayer sent both the Jews and Christians seems like.
And at the end of the ceremony they kiss joining their lives and their families lives together into one big happy family.
The ceremony table for today’s wedding shown in the picture has the wine for the wine blessing, the ketubah A.k.a. Jewish marriage contract, the glass for crushing and in the background is my Talit that I put over their shoulders for a benediction.
Josh and Rachel put a lot of their personal energies into their ceremony at La Canada Country Club, begging, prior to anyone arriving, with the purifying ritual performed by family friend and shaman.
1. How they brought their and their families energies into the wedding. 2. Josh made the Chuppah himself. 3. He used one of Rachel’s Grandfathers Tallit to cover the Chuppah. 4. The Kiddush Cup was a gift from a dear aunt. 5. They wrote their own vows. 6. Rachel used her Grandmothers wedding ring. 7. They were wrapped in another Grandfathers Tallit. 8. The glass that was broken was a gift from another aunt.
That is a lot of contributions to the event and this is a great part of the success of the ceremony.
Set in a beautiful secluded garden the central object of focus was the Chuppah. In and of itself, nothing special. But when I encouraged them couple to bring in their personal energies into the structure, the selected Shira’s, Great, Great, Great, Grandfathers Tallit. I wasn’t stuttering. Great, Great, Great.
The Kiddush Cup belonged to Alex’s Great Grand Mother. And the Tallit that I wrapped them in was Alex’s Great , Great Grandfathers. That’s a lot of family energy.
Alan Dressler, Author of Voyage to the Great Attractor. Along with other top scientist, they began the project of mapping the Universe, as we know it today with the Hubble Telescope. Alan is also on the team that is building the world’s largest telescope, which will take astronomy to the next level.
The Great Attractor was at work when Alan met Charmeen. Their mutual love of Art, Music, Poetry and nature made a permanent connection to soul.
The ceremony included a blend of Jewish and Chinese traditions. My three favorites were the Tea Ceremony, presented to the only parent, Charmeen’s Mother. The other notable event was at the end when, traditionally, I wrap the couple with a Tallit for the Benediction, they selected a beautiful Red Shall to wrap the two of them in. Afterward, all the guests will sign the Stoll for their keepsake. The breaking of the glass was also impacting. Alan had from his Mothers possessions, a set of 8 Antique Orrifores Crystal glasses. One of these treasures was what they used for the breaking of the glass. It demonstrated that even the most valuable material possessions, pale in comparison to the love that is celebrated in this moment.
One more thing, I was able to surprise the groom by using the title of his book as the theme of the wedding, “A Voyage to the Great Attractor”.Share This Post: Follow Us On Social Media:
Noah & Valerie tied the knot at Eden Garden Bar & Grill in Pasadena. This was a multicultural ceremony as we incorporated a couple of Catholic and Jewish traditions.
We signed the Ketubah and Noah broke the glass at the end of the ceremony. We also did the Lasso ritual, a wedding prayer, and the popular mothers rose presentation which they decided to include their grandmothers as well.
The ceremony was also bilingual so both families could understand and be a part of it.
It was truly an awesome experience!
Noah and Valerie I wish you all the blessings in the World!!!
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.
1) Guests arrive and mingle before the start of the wedding.
2) Adi is escorted by his parents.
3) Sabrina gets a kiss from her groom and her brother.
4) Sabrina and Adi.
5) Sabrina and Adi make their get away with assists from the bride's brother and groom's father.
6) The Bride and Groom's get away vehicle… a white, of course, Bentley!