Sarah performs a formal yet intimate ceremony

On Saturday, February 7th, Joy and Sam gathered their friends and family together at a beautiful grand home in the quaint rural area of Chino Hills. We did a quick rehearsal with the bridal party prior to the wedding and the groomsmen put their technical skills to work as they figured out the sound system. A cousin stepped in as a wedding coordinator and I quickly directed everyone, so they felt confident about their roles.

Finally ready for the ceremony, all we needed were the guests.  We feared rain, but thankfully only a few droplets fell from the sky during their ceremony, which I assured them was good luck!  

After 7 years of dating, the couple was eager to take their relationship to the next level! Sam was handsome and nervous as we awaited the bridal party's arrival at the altar.  Joy looked stunning as she followed in line with her bridesmaids, making her way to join us under an arch. When it came time for the vows, Joy tearfully recited them as her emotion overtook her. But true to her name, she was filled with joy!

Their family watched the ceremony from lovely decorated tables across the pool and chimed in with lots of applause whenever they felt moved to express their joy!

Their wedding at a home was both formal and yet intimate and the country setting was beautiful. It was truly a joy to experience the celebration of Joy and Sam as they begin the adventure of their wedding and await the birth of their child.  

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A Conch Shell at Wedding Symbolizes Something Special

Rev. A.Mauricio sounds the “Pu”… In Hawai’i blowing the

8x10 Conch Shell
¬†¬†traditionally announces that something special is about to begin… in this case the marriage of Jessica and Nick for whom Rev. A.Mauricio was the Officiant.¬† Their wedding took place on June 22, 2013 at the Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills.

 

“O’pea” is the Hawaiian form of hand-fasting… the cords for binding were made with the leaves of the sacred ti plant.¬† Rev. A.Mauricio¬†recited a Hand Blessing as part of this¬†moving ritual.

 

Rev. A.Mauricio with the new Mr. and Mrs. ¬† In addition to the Hawaiian elements representing Jessica’s cultural roots, the “lasso (symbolizing unity)” and “arras (exchange of coins)” were incorporated into the ceremony to represent Nick’s Mexican heritage.¬† Among his areas of expertise are InterCultural¬†and InterFaith wedding ceremonies.

 

8x10 with Jessica & Nick
8x10 Ope'a - Hand Binding

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