A Great Review From a Happy Couple at the Sage Hill Ranch in Malibu

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Check out this great Review we received from one of our couples from the Sage Hill Ranch in Malibu:

"I just wanted to say thank you for your services and for putting us in touch with Dr. Woods – he was fantastic! Better than we could we have ever hoped! He made our wedding day truly special and a day we will never forget.  Below is a testimonial should you like to use it on your website or to pass along to anyone considering him as an officiant.  Thanks again!

Dr. Michael Woods was the officiant of our wedding two months ago and there aren’t enough good words to speak about him!  He was nothing short of AMAZING!  He contacted us right away to introduce himself and he went out of his way on so many levels, right from the beginning, to make us feel supported and to help us along the way so that we were prepared and ready for our big day.  He showed up to our venue early to help us set up and he brought such amazing energy to our space. He went above and beyond to make our ceremony so special and perfect for us in every way.  You could tell how truly genuine he was about being a part of something so special for us and he really made our ceremony more intimate and incredible than we could have ever dreamed of.  We will never forget his presence with us and how he contributed to making that day one we will never forget.  If there is ever a chance for anyone to have Dr. Michael Woods be a part of your wedding, you are beyond lucky and you will be forever thankful to have such a kind, amazing, genuine person there by your side on the most memorable and special day of your life!  We could not thank you enough for everything you did to make our day so perfect!  Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sincerely,

Julie and Nora Morin"

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It took twenty years, but now they’re married!

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I had the pleasure of performing a wedding ceremony for a very nice couple named Howard Chu and Jennifer Ilagan this past weekend. The wedding took place at The Castaways in Burbank, on Friday evening, May 1st.

Howard and Jennifer have a very interesting storyline.  This couple started dating twenty years ago……..in high school. And although these high school sweethearts did not know it at the time, marriage was inevitably in their future. 

After graduating high school Howard and Jennifer went their separate ways. Both went off to college, and had very successful, although separate lives. As fate would have it however, they eventually reconnected with each other. And after twenty years of living apart……tied the knot on Friday night.

The couple had two adult children present, one of which walked Jennifer down the aisle and gave her hand in marriage to Howard. After the wedding ceremony the couple had a great reception for family and friends at The Castaways. 

Howard and Jennifer also made great choices in their selection of vendors. Great Officiants provided the ceremony. Nannette Ricaforte provided the Photography and Craig from Benton Entertainment provided the D.J. services. And of course, The Castaways provided a great meal and catering service.

All and all, it was a picture perfect wedding, on a picture perfect day, with a great human interest story to boot!

Here are some nice words they had to say:

"Rev. Michael Woods is a highly organized, and professional officiant. For us, juggling wedding planning while working full-time was not an easy task, Michael was able to quickly and efficiently help us organize and customize our vowels to be our own. He is very quick to respond to our questions and very pleasant to work with. Some of Michael's greatest assets are his stage presence, articulate voice, and calming demeanor infused with a sense of playful optimism. As I look back at the video of our ceremony Michael conducted, I get the sense that he really enjoys what he does while paying attention to minor details. I would highly recommend Rev. Michael Woods to my friends."

Congratulations Howard and Jennifer. A couple that time would not let stay apart.

Dr. Michael A. Woods

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Private Residence Provides For A Great Wedding Venue!

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I had the pleasure of performing a wedding ceremony for Dave Reading and Debbie Simon on Saturday, May 2nd.

The wedding took place at a private residence in Moorpark, just outside the grounds of the Moorpark Country Club.

What made this wedding so special (besides Dave and Debbie being a great couple) was the house that it took place at. Although it was a private residence, it looked more like a 5-star wedding venue. The back yard was large and meticulously landscaped, complete with several pools, waterfalls and even a large pool house. 

The wedding took place on the pool house patio overlooking several pools and a large rock waterfall…….absolutely a stunning setting for a wedding, and by far, one of the nicest home weddings I have ever had the pleasure to perform.

I don't imagine the owner of the house would consider opening his property to the public, but if he did, Moorpark California could have a really nice new wedding venue.

Congratulations Dave and Debbie, and great choice on your venue!

Dr. Michael Woods

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Seven Colors in a Family Sand Ceremony, on the Sand on Westward Beach in Malibu

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I had a very nice wedding this past Saturday evening. The wedding took place on Westward Beach in Malibu, just south of Zuma. The wedding was for a very nice couple by the name of Mark Askey and Chelsea Otero. What made this wedding truly unique however was that this couple had five lovely children present. All of which participated in the bridal party.   

We performed the ceremony and then at the end of the service, we included a special 'unity sand' component for Mark, Chelsea and the five kids. Seven different colors of sand all being blended into a beautiful central container. 

It was really nice seeing this family come together on such a beautiful evening, and I was fortunate to be a part of their special day.

Dr. Michael A. Woods

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An Intimate Sunset Wedding in Woodland Hills

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I had a wonderful wedding this Saturday, April 18th. I had the privilege of performing a wedding ceremony for Linda Bemiller and Brian Fine in Woodland Hills. Linda works as a coordinator for a wedding venue here in the Los Angeles area, and was a pleasure to work with throughout the wedding process. We performed her service at a beautiful private residence overlooking the San Fernando Valley as the sun was going down. It made for a very picturesque setting!

I also had the opportunity to work with Yogi Patel from Global Photography for the first time. Yogi was also a pleasure to work with and I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again soon.

Once again, it's having the opportunity to work with couples and vendors like this that makes officiating weddings such a wonderful experience.

Best regards to everyone,

Dr. Michael A. Woods

Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant

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