Rev. Ralph had a Wonderful Wedding Weekend, marrying two delightful couples!

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June 11 & 12, 2016
Rev. Ralph had a Wonderful Wedding Weekend, marrying two delightful couples! ¬†On Saturday (6/11) Nicole & Eduardo, who both teach at the same junior high school, tied the nuptial knot at the Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills, with a delightful Disney theme! ¬†Then on Sunday, Sarah & Brian said their own personal vows to an intimate group of family and friends at the beautiful Descanso Gardens¬†in La Ca√Īada Flintridge.

Nicole & Eduardo wrote a lovely note: ¬†“[We] want you to thank you for being a part of our day. We received several comments about how much our guests enjoyed our wedding ceremony. What we loved the most was that you made it a ceremony with meaning for us. We have clung to being still and knowing that He is God and the way you spoke about that verse was very touching to us. You are a kind man and we appreciate your compassion and care towards us.”

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Gorgeous Gardens Gala

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The ceremony at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge on May 21 could not have taking place in a more idyllic setting. This was no traditional wedding as the bride Patricia Renick, resplendent in sparkling lavender, and groom Keith Hasday, looking somehow both formal and casual, entered in front of their 160 guests with no bridesmaids or groomsmen. No one gave away the pride, as the emphasis was all about joining  families. This ceremony was a simple fun celebration of their love in front of their 7 children, two of whom came up and gave very heartfelt readings, and heartily involving their family and friends, including about 80 who had flown out from New York. Everyone was treated to a glass of delicious wine prior to the ceremony and even better champagne after the ceremony, for a receiving line in the gardens accompanied  buy music provided buy a dual flown in  from Mexico for the occasion.
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An Intimate Ceremony at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge

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Lisa and Dan had¬†a beautiful, intimate ceremony, with about 75 guests in the Boddy House garden at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge on September 18th, 215. It’s also so great to stand in front of two people who are so happy to have found each other. ¬†Another cool thing is that Lisa made it her own dress, and you can see from the pictures that she looked gorgeous!

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Officiant Anthony Performs Beautiful Beach and Garden Weddings

Lots of Smiles with Farrah and Sean

On October 18th, Farrah and Sean were married at the Laguna Cliff Marriott in Dana Point. Sean had a permanent smile from the moment I arrived and never stopped!

Although he was doing fine on his own, his mother told him “Breath! Deep, in from your nose, out from your mouth!” She even¬†continued telling¬†him as Farrah was coming down the isle!

Her dress was amazing Рthe processional music had a can-can rhythm, and Farrah kicked as she walked. Her dress moved to the music producing a beautiful flowing effect.

There were lots of smiles and good laughs for the personalized promises: Farrah will go to In-N-Out and Sean will let loose on the dance floor.

The weather was wonderful, and the¬†sunset¬†made for some¬†rockin’ photos!

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Wonderful Ceremony with a Scottish Touch and Poem – James and Diana

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On October 13th, I was privileged to be the officiant for James and Diana, whose ceremony took place at the Palisades Gazebo Park in Dana Point.

There was a lovely view of the ocean behind them along with candles, photos of loved ones near by, and a Bagpipe player in full formal Scottish dress to play the processional and recessional.

The ‘normal’ ceremony verbiage was replaced by a poem written by Diana and read by me.

The ring exchange followed the reading and then the kiss!

Untraditional I Do’s at Beautiful Traditional Wedding – Robert and Yvonne

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On October 12, I was at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. This is a beautiful place, and a perfect setting for a wedding. The weather was amazing Рsunny but not to warm Рand just enough breeze without being windy.

The couple, Robert¬†and Yvonne, had a traditional, secular ceremony except for the “I Do’s” which included Robert learning to cook and turn off lights when he leaves a room, and Yvonne learning to drive a standard transmission car and getting up at 4:30 am to watch Formula 1 with Robert. Their guests appreciated the humor with long, loud laughs and even some applause.

Nervous Groom Cracks Up Bride – Chris and Mellisa

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On October 5th I was privileged to be the officiant for Chris and Mellisa at the Los Verdes Golf Club.  It was a warm, bright, and lovely day.

The couple are fantastic people!! Light, fun loving, and surrounded with like-minded folks. The groom was one of the most animated nervous I’ve ever seen! He could not stand still nor stop talking! His bride was beautiful and had the most delightful look on her face and in her eyes, except of course when see was laughing at something Chris said!

There were twice as many groomsmen as brides maids. The live music, keyboard, and guitar with an additional singer were great! They included a sand ceremony set up under a hoopa.

Fun Backyard Wedding Over-looking Sunset on the Beach

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On September 28th, at 5:00 pm, I performed a beautiful¬†event that took place in a back yard over looking the beach from the edge of a cliff at San Clemente’s Riviera District.

The groom’s son was his best man, and the bride’s daughters were her court.

Having not seen each other the entire day, the moment the groom saw his bride in her dress was emotional for them both. Her brother was her escort and gave her away.

They incorporated several things into the ceremony to show their sense of humor. The ceremony was very funny, and the guests loved it!

Sometimes the Ocean is All You Need – Shawn and Leslie

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This fine event was in Oceanside, in the backyard of a house that ends ON THE SAND!

Thirty or so chairs were set up facing the ocean. There was¬†no arch or¬†flowers, but just the big ol’ lovely ocean behind the couple.

Shawn and Leslie had a small wedding party of family. It was a fun, light ceremony – just what the couple asked for.

There were a good number of people on the beach and many took to watching and even clapping when the couple kissed!

 

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