White Dove Release Wedding

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Roger had the honor of officiating the wedding of Jose & Katelyn this last weekend at the most amazing La Venta Inn, a beautiful wedding venue and (a little bit of history) the first home built in Palos Verdes !  This wedding location has an amazing view of the ocean and expansive views of the coastline and what not better way to celebrate of this beautiful view and their wedding, but with a white dove release !  For as long as time, the white dove has been has been a symbol of peace, love and new beginnings… And at the end of the ceremony, Jose & Katelyn opened the beautiful cage and released the two doves who would now fly home together as a couple for doves stay together for life.  And you could easily spot the male dove because he was the one not following directions home.  The female dove had stopped talking to him as well!
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Nina and Todd were joined together by officiant Stephen in a beautiful commitment ceremony

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Nina and Todd were joined together by officiant Stephen in a beautiful commitment ceremony Friday, April 15. The couple exchanged their vows on the great lawn of Pelican Hill Resort in front of 125 guests. Following the ring exchange and during the kiss, a dozen white doves were released out over the blue Pacific. A lovely conclusion to the happy couple’s ceremony, but a fitting beginning for their life together.
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An Interfaith Ceremony at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton

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Helen Wong and Howard Hsu joyously joined their lives in marriage at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, led by Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.  Following their vows, the bride and groom released two white doves — symbolizing the unity of their soaring love.  Then, after being presented as a married couple to all the guests, they recessed down the aisle while twenty more doves were released — representing all the family and friends who will accompany this couple’s happy life through the years.  Rev.Barmore, a college professor and inter-faith minister, was pleased to affirm both the Christian and Buddhist traditions of Helen and Howard, encouraging everyone to read the wonderful best-selling book “Living Buddha, Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Who Stole the Rings!- Weddings by Great Officiant Michael Thieling

 

Kelly and Alvand

Married on July 18, 2014 at The Portofino – Redondo Beach

There’s a first time for everything and nothing proves that more than Kelly and Alvand’s wedding.  I went about performing a ring warming for them and their guests but when it was time to exchange rings I asked their guests where they had been passed to and there was silence.  I made a little joke saying “What, no one wants to give them back?” to which everyone laughed but still, silence as to their actual whereabouts.  Finally after what seemed like forever, the bride’s aunt raised her hand saying “Someone handed me rings but I didn’t know what to do with them.”  It seems she decided they were gifts that all the guests had gotten and because she came in a little late she hadn’t heard the ring warming explanation.

Everyone got a great kick out of it and it added such a memorable, albeit tense, moment to a beautiful ceremony.

 

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Congrats guys!


 

Elizabeth & Brian

Married on July 19, 2014 at the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club

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Elizabeth and Brian were awesome to work with!  They had a beautiful, straight forward ceremony with a little twist and first for me – a dove release!

I worked separately with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and Mitch Todd (owner of OCDoves.com) to organize everyone and choreograph how the release would happen.  The ceremony went off without a hitch and I think the video of the dove release speaks for itself:

After their wedding they wrote us this lovely review:

“We had Michael T. as our Officiant and he did an amazing job. He was flexible in scheduling meetings with my husband and I and was very helpful in answering all the questions we had. The main website has many templates of readings and what is said during wedding ceremonies and Michael helped us find the perfect combination of things to accommodate what we were looking for.  Michael was very prompt in sending us emails with the revisions of the ceremony and also gave us different sources of readings to look at.  He speaks well and has very good stage presence! We felt extremely comfortable with him and took a liking to him automatically.”

Thanks so much guys – it was my pleasure!


 

Gail & John

Married on July 19, 2014 at a Private Residence

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Gail and John had a very simple, private ceremony at their friend’s house in the beautiful Corona del Mar. As the sun set into the ocean in the background, their friends cheered after their “I Do’s.” I was so jealous that I didn’t get to stay for the amazing food provided by a private personal chef.

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I give you all my best!

 

 

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