Sunglasses, Diesel Trucks and Wedding vows

Dustin and Evin got married at a little restaurant called Tiato in Santa Monica.
Upon the entry to their wedding they were greeted with a rack of sunglasses which they were all required to wear.

As we are getting ready for the ceremony and I asked for the marriage license they realize they left it in their room so they sent someone to fetch it.

This is actually a godsend because when the ceremony started the light was perfect.
I started the ceremony with the blowing of the conch shell.
They presented leis to their parents to honor them.
Then craziness happened halfway through the ceremony.
A truck that was parked in the alley decided to start it’s loud diesel engine and go in reverse the loud beep beep beep.
It completely distracted the ceremony but my improv skills kicked in. I told them to never back away from each other and that from this point on every time they hear the beeps of backing up truck to always remember their wedding day.
I was able to distract their guests just long enough for the truck to clear the area and continue on ceremony.
It was a beautiful ceremony and the couple and their guests loved every minute of it.

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End of the year Aloha Wedding Ceremony

With the Palm trees blowing in the wind and the guests wearing Hawaiian shirts and Leis….. Don and Sherlyn and exchanged vows in a park by the Wedge in Newport Beach.
The ceremony included the blowing of the conch shell and exchange of leis a sand blending the ceremony and of course the kiss.

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Rev. Anthony is Staying Busy With Multiple Weddings

The much loved Rev. Anthony has been very busy with multiple weddings. Take a look at some memorable moments he wanted to share.

 

Katie & Michael 

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September 7th, 2013

This ceremony took place at the beautiful Heisler Bench Park in Laguna Beach. It was scheduled to start at 6:00pm but ALL of the guests arrived on an old school bus converted into a party bus painted like an old woody.

Since everyone was there – we started early!

Katie & Michael stood up alone, no wedding party at all. The groom cried, the bride consoled him, and I provided tissue. The weather cooperated with a nice shore breeze to make the ceremony quite pleasant.

Jaclyn & Daniel

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Saturday September 14th, 2013

This wedding was out in Temecula / Murrietta at Harveston Lake. This very similar to Lake Mission Viejo, man made with homes all around. A lovely fountain was just behind us.

Jaclyn & Daniel had a short and simple ceremony. They included the Lasso ritual with Daniel’s mother and step mother as sponsors.

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It was quite warm but a good breeze helped created some havoc with decorations.

 

Jane & Will 

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I had two Great Officiant weddings on Saturday September 14th, 2013

The second was at The University Club on the University of California, Irvine Campus. A GREAT LOCATION!

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William and Jane were both a bit anxious before starting but the weather was fantastic and the staff excellent!

Will & Jane wrote their own vows to one another and there was not a dry eye anywhere by they time they finished.

They had a secular ceremony and included The Wine Box and Love Letter Ceremony.

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The box was decorated great. The cooperation, both holding the hammer while inserting the nails, was fantastic! (if you do this ceremony, use short nails!)

They created a twist to the ‘rose to mothers’ side ceremony.

Near the end, they asked for both sets of parents to stand. In place of roses, they gave them hugs!

 

Joyce & Jerry

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September 20, 2013

Rev. Anthony¬†had the privilege to officiate the wedding of Joyce E. Sorby & Gerald ‘Jerry’ L. Bailey in San Diego, CA.

It was a small, intimate back-yard event with 20 +/- guests.They had a full Hawaiian theme with Conch blowing (took two tries!), Lei exchange, hand lei ceremony using blonde kekui nut lei & Sand Pouring.

The couple were both nervous, excited, smiling, giggling and even making faces at each other throughout the ceremony.

The bride was escorted by her daughter, the Matron or Honor and Best Man gave leis to all the guests as they walked in.

Stacey & Devin

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September 21, 2013

I had the privilege to be the Officiant for Stacey Eaton & Devin Vink at the Dove Canyon Courtyard in Trabuco Canyon.

It was an afternoon event, sunny and warm. The venue has a small ‘brides room’ with a lovely staircase for a dramatic entrance.

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¬†The anxious groom and father of the bride both skipped the stop and wait for “who gives…” part. I did go back, ask dad to stand up and give her away. It was¬†a light and¬†fun moment.

The bride lit a memorial candle for her late mother very early in the ceremony.

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Couple gets Stoned and Leid at their wedding at the Hilton in Carlsbad

Anthony submitted this report from his wedding.

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Ryan & Cara were married at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort in Carlsbad. They had a modified Hawaiian theme ceremony incorporating the Conch shell and lei exchange with each other as well as giving one to each of their parents.

As the guest came in they each wrote on a stone that was placed in a large vase.

During the ceremony they shared a drink of water from the same glass then filled the vase the stones were in. They then lit candles and floated on in the vase.

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A Conch Shell at Wedding Symbolizes Something Special

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

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¬†¬†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.

 

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