Jeanne Cook and Joseph Sladek, having decided to seal their love in marriage, wondered where the wedding should take place. They wanted a spectacular ocean setting for Jeanne’s Nebraska family to enjoy, as well as a place that would excite their six teenage children (all with names ending with “y” — suggesting they were destined to be step-sibs). Wow — did they find just the right site: Little Corona del Mar beach and coves. They also needed just the right minister to fulfill their vision of the ceremony, and were delighted that Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested Rev Dr Gary Barmore.
Gary met with them in his home and everything clicked. Jeanne’s father took on double duty — escorting his daughter down the sandy aisle and then strapping on his guitar to sing the couple a Nebraska grassland love song. The high tide brought glorious waves over the rocks, but just short of the natural altar for Joe and Jeanne’s perfect wedding.
Roger had the honor of marrying Chris & Liz this last weekend on the beach of Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach. This was not Roger’s first wedding on that particular beach. In fact he has done over a dozen weddings on that very same beach. But this wedding stood out over all the others……… all because of a sign…………
People always talk about “receiving a sign” when it comes to those major decisions in life. And some people will even “stretch” a particular sign to fit their decision. Very seldom does that “sign” absolutely, 100% give you an answer for what you were looking for…….. Well, this last Saturday, that sign happened for Chris & Liz. First of all, Chris & Liz are deeply in love and perfect for each other. Roger knew that about them from the first time he met them. He knew that this was going to be a special wedding and he really wanted to make it one of a kind….. What Roger didn’t know was that Mother Nature was already going to do that for him……..…. Chris & Liz had chosen to have a morning wedding at 9:30am this last Saturday. Roger told them he would get there extra early to help direct everyone to the ceremony area. When he got down to the beach, everything was all set up and ready to go. They also had set up a table with a flower vase. Roger then noticed there was also a single red rose sitting on the table along with a piece of dried seaweed. Roger didn’t give it any thought and just assumed that it was decorations for the table……. Well, a few minutes later, Chris the groom come’s up to Roger and tells him he wanted to show him something. It turns out that Chris and his two brothers had gone down to the beach very early in that morning to set up their area and get things ready for the ceremony. And right where they had decided to hold the ceremony, were two items floating in the beach wash……. One was a single red rose, a little worse for wear, but none the less, a red rose. Now if that wasn’t enough of a sign, floating right next to that rose was a piece of dried seaweed…….in the shape of a heart ! There are no two items that represent love more that a red rose and a heart……and both of them were there, right where they chose to have the wedding ceremony. Chris then asked if it would be at all possible for Roger to share this with their guests, this amazing sign…… Roger said “absolutely, everyone needs to know this” !! Roger immediately made that his opening words for the ceremony. It was one of the most emotional openings he has ever done and there was not a dry eye among the 50 or so guests there. Roger, the couple Chris & Liz and their guests will always remember that the lucky ones receive a sign.
Roger married an wonderful couple Jason & Christi from Michigan who were out vacationing in Newport Beach with their three children. They had planned this holiday vacation a while ago and decided to make the trip really special and get married on the beach at sunset in Corona Del Mar! It was only going to be the five of them at the ceremony plus the officiant and the photographer. So a very small and intimate wedding……one of Roger’s favorites!!! And we couldn’t have asked for anything better! The weather was perfect, the timing was great and an added plus, the photographer was one of Great Officiants and Roger’s favorites, Michelle Lacson of Michelle Lacson Photography. "When I saw her there, I knew we were in good hands”!
Who would’ve thought that it would be 72° on December 28.
When Suzanne and Meaghan, who are from New Jersey, booked their wedding back in July of this year we were hoping for the best. It was even better they could ever have imagined.
I chose little corona Del mar beach for them and it was the perfect time of day. The tide was slow the waves were calm the scenery impeccable.
Roger’s wedding couple wanted to make their eight year anniversary something special, so they decided to get married !!! So Tuesday, June 12th, on their eight year anniversary of being together, they exchanged vows on the beach in Corona del Mar at sunset! Just a small gathering, but big time in emotion and laughter !! A great day and a great wedding !!