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Check out these three weddings at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, the Piru Mansion in Fillmore, and the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach

Roger had the honor of marrying Andrew & Marie this last Sunday at the always wonderful Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.  And it was at his favorite spot there, the Oaks Room !  This amazing location at the ranch overlooks an extraordinary waterfall and is the perfect place to marry the person of your dreams !  It was going to be a fun filled wedding and best of all, their love-of-their-life dog who they call Bear was going to be there to celebrate with them.  Now Bear is a beautiful Golden Retriever and she was incredibly excited to be part of the action that day !  So much that at the exact moment Roger asked for the rings from the best man, Bear decided that she would jump up and help facilitate the handing of the rings to Roger !!  Needless to say, standing next to a waterfall with rings being bounced around made for great fun !!  But all turned out and the wedding went off without a hitch.  And best of all, Bear stole the show !

 

Roger had the honor of marrying Matt & Jill this last weekend at the beautiful Piru Mansion in Fillmore.  It was a perfect day, the weather was stunning, and Roger had a great time with the audience.  They were a fun group all there to celebrate this adorable couple Matt & Jill.  

Roger had the honor of marrying Sheldon & Christine at the ever so beautiful Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach this last weekend.  It is a beautiful place to marry, overlooking the bay.  And it is such a nice location, the local seals also find it very appealing.  So Roger always tells his couples that they may hear a few squawks from the local seal residents during the ceremony.  When Roger got there, the groom mentioned that it was surprisingly quiet from the seal community that day and that on their rehearsal day, they were in full swing!  Roger told him that maybe they would get lucky !  Not so fast…….  No sooner did the music start to play for the processional, so did the seals join in for their part of the song !  And they never stopped !  It was actually quite amusing watching Roger trying to dodge the sound effects of the “additional guests” !  But Roger, the trooper he was, gave a wonderful ceremony albeit a very noisy one !

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Check out these three awesome weddings Roger performed

The Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills is an amazing place to marry.  It can hold hundred’s of guests for an over the top, giant wedding……..  But in Mario & Laura’s wedding, it was no more than 10 people.  Just an Intimate, family ceremony.  So why did they choose Greystone ?  It was a place that Mario would take Laura when they first started dating and they wanted to marry where it all began.  And Roger got to be part of this amazing event.

Roger was fortunate enough to be part of a picture perfect wedding this last weekend.  He married Jaime & Kara, a wonderful couple truly in love.  The wedding was held at the Eagles Nest Country Club in Cypress.  The only concern was the weather forecast……. It was predicting triple digit heat and everyone was worried that this outdoor wedding was going to be ruined…….  Well, it was either Roger’s wishing, or mother nature wanting to help, but the temperature at the venue was a comfortable level and everyone had a great time.  Not too hot at all !!

If you had to pick the perfect place for a sunset wedding, the Laguna Beach Surf & Sand Hotel up on the terrace would be in the top ten…….That is where Roger had the pleasure of marrying Darryl and Alexandria this last weekend.  And to top off this amazing wedding venue, Darryl & Alexandra told Roger that their guests were coming to party and Roger needed to bring the fun, funny and romance to their ceremony !  Boy did they come to the right guy !  Not only did Roger have the guests in stitches, but many, many heartfelt moments throughout the ceremony.  It was a perfect wedding !

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Two Modern Hindu Fusion Weddings in Northern California for Suvin

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On August 13th, at the Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Rad and Piper tied the knot in a beautiful traditional/fusion Hindu Ceremony. The ceremony started with a traditional Baraat, where Radha rode her bicycle from the entrance of the Winery to the tent where the ceremony would take place. It was an amazing show, as there were almost 400 guests involved in the baraat and ceremony.

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In front of the tent, I lead a prayer. I asked everyone to be seated, and then performed the ceremony. The ceremony was very traditional, complete with a prayer to Ganesh, the Mangal Mantras, the Hastmelap, or joining of the hands, the Chedda Chedi, or tying of the knot, Jai mala, or exchange of garlands, the exchange of the Mangalsutra,the Vivah homa, or sacred fire, with the Mangel Fera, or circling of the fire. They had some traditional repeated vows and a ring exchange, and ended the ceremony with the seven steps.

This beautiful melding of cultures was exciting to be a part of. I made sure both brides and their families were represented, and were happy with the traditions being honored. At the end of the day, it is all about what the couple wants, it is their ceremony, and it is a celebration of their love.

Rad and Piper were thrilled to have the ceremony of their dreams come to life.

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After performing the ceremony, I drove an hour and a half north, to Sacramento, where the next ceremony would take place the next day.

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On August 14th, Aashika and Alex were married at the beautiful Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove. Surrounded by family and friends, I was able to incorporate Alex’s Greek and Celtic heritage within the Hindu ceremony.

I began the ceremony with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, to bless the marriage. I then recited the Mangal Mantras, or prayers to the planet Mars, which represents strength and passion. I incorporated the standard I dos, and they both gave the right answer :).

The bride’s parents then came up and joined us for the Brahma Vivah, or the water ceremony. Aashika’s parents poured water into Alex and Aashika’s palms, symbolizing the passing of family heritage to the next generation. We then performed the Vivah Homa and Mangal Fera, the fire ceremony and the circling of the fire.

To honor Alex’s Greek Orthodox culture, I placed the crowns, or stefana, on their heads. To honor Alex’s Celtic background, we performed a hand fasting ceremony, where the two were bound by the cord of love.

They exchanged some beautiful personalized vows, and performed the ring exchange.

They performed the seven steps, and I removed the crowns. I pronounced them married, and they took their walk down the aisle.

Aashika made these beautiful programs shaped like a fan, and had these kind words to share: 

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A Lovely Ceremony at the Muckenthaler Mansion in Fullerton

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David and Liz’s wedding at the Muckenthaler Mansion in Fullerton was simply lovely.  We scheduled a rehearsal ahead of time, which gave us the opportunity to run through the ceremony and ensure that Liz and David and their entire wedding party (quite a bunch!) knew exactly what to expect the next day. Working with their wedding coordinator Sara was great!

The Muckenthaler Mansion was really beautiful, especially with all of the flowers and wedding decor.  There were different areas for wedding, appetizers and cocktails, and dinner and dancing.

I very much enjoyed getting to know this sweet couple and hearing about their relationship and what brought them to this point.  I was also glad to spend some time getting to know their parents and hearing a little bit more about the Korean culture and unique wedding celebrations.

Blessing to both David and Liz and their families as they begin their new life together as a married couple!

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Magical Harry Potter themed wedding at the Victorian in Santa Monica.

When Carol and Clint told me about their ideas for their wedding at the Victorian I was all over it. They wanted to do a wedding with some Harry Potter elements in it. They obtained an official Harry Potter wand which I waved over their hands as part of the ceremony. Instead of your traditional unity candle they did a unity lantern. While none of them were dressed up they did have some flair. Each gentleman had a badge from Hogwarts. 

I told them that I would dress up just a bit to bring a little bit of the magic feeling to the occasion. They were very happy I did but then how could I not dress up because that's what I do. I added my own special twists and created something that they will never forget.

 

  

 

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Beautiful Wedding at Greystone Mansion

This was a beautiful wedding done last fall at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. We love doing weddings here! Congratulations to the happy couple!

Check out these beautiful pictures taken by Steph Fowler Photography

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Exchange of Wedding Garlands a highlight of this ceremony.

Today's ceremony between Jessica and Phu had many different things incorporated into the ceremony at the Muckenthaler.

In addition to the traditional vows, I do's and ring exchange we added a couple prayers.
They also read some personal comments to each other about their relationship and then exchanged these beautiful garlands.

The garlands represented strength and beauty. The string is the cord that holds them together the beauty of the flowers that adorn them.
I related that to their relationship as their love for each other is the string that will hold their beautiful relationship together.

The ceremony closed with a beautiful kiss and the recessional back down the aisle.

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