Three Weddings From all over, one at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, one at the Athenaeum in Pasadena, and one at Los Willows Private Estate in San Diego

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Robert, Trina and I had very little time to get to know each other. So I immediately set up a time to discuss what exactly what they wanted for their ceremony. They both reside in Houston, TX, so as a fellow Texan we all got along so well. As we started the planning process, the news came of Hurricane Harvey. It was set to hit Houston hard, and bring devastating flooding. I only imagined what this couple went through. They were worried for their homes and their personal safety, and the safety of their friends and family. I did whatever I could to bring them some peace and comfort during this insanely challenging time for them. To say they handled it well is an understatement. They were troopers, they never let the situation get the best of them. They stood strong. I was truly blessed to get to know them and celebrate this very special day with them, to find such a beautiful bright sunbeam in the midst of all the devastating natural disaster.

Day of Coordinator – Jennifer Cooper

Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach

The date: Oct. 14, 2017. The place: The Athenaeum, Pasadena. Christina & Ryan were married by Rev. Ralph under the large Jacaranda tree on the beautiful grounds adjacent to the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech). It was a beautiful warm day, but comfortable in the shade. Wedding coordinator Samantha Sisk or La Bella Dia events had everything under control. A talented string quartet provided a romantic mood, and the proverbial knot was tied in joyous fashion!

It was a real pleasure for me to be invited to celebrate this weekend with Maria Alindogan and Jeff Rivera who got married at Los Willows Private Estate in the rolling hills of northern San Diego County.  This beautiful young couple and their dog Charlie (the ring bearer) welcomed family and friends from near and far to celebrate their special day with them.

The venue is among the most beautiful I have ever visited.  With a private lake, outside seating with gas fire pits, a beautiful covered pavilion, and a shady meadow, the setting was ideal for a late fall wedding as the sun dipped behind the hills and cool shadow enveloped the small valley.

This lovely couple choose to celebrate an abbreviated version of the Catholic Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass.¬† In addition to using the traditional vows of the Church, the couple wrote vows to one another which, once recited, left not a dry eye in the house.¬† I really enjoyed meeting this couple’s families and friends who were welcoming, kind, and eager to show their love and support for Maria and Jeff as they declared “themselves to be a family before their families, friends, and God.”¬† May they have a long and happy life together!

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Father Jacob had two awesome weddings, Plaza de Magdalena in San Juan Capistrano, Catamaran Resort in San Diego

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On Saturday, the eve of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the Jaramillo and Benton families gathered with their friends to celebrate the Catholic Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass at Plaza de Magdalena. Located only a block away from Mission San Juan Capistrano in south Orange County, Plaza de Magdalena is an ideal and beautiful place to celebrate a wedding.

Kimmy and Kevin opted to have scripture readings included in their Rite of Marriage allowing for fuller participation of their families in the ceremony.  In addition to using the vows of the Church, they also wrote their own beautiful vows to one another.  The ceremony ended with the parents of the newly married couple performing a “sand ceremony” along with the couple.

It has been a real pleasure over the last few months to work with Jinwen Li and Christopher Fong on the preparations for their wedding ceremony.  Today, surrounded by their families and friends, we finally celebrated their wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego.

The Catamaran, a truly beautiful place to celebrate a wedding and to mark the start of a new life together, is located in the San Diego neighborhood of Pacific Beach.  The beautiful property sits between the San Diego Bay and Mission Beach.

The actual ceremony took place in the warm white sand overlooking the calm blue water of the bay.  Although the marine layer rolled in off the Pacific just before the wedding started, the sun came out from behind the clouds as the couple read the vows they prepared for one another. Appropriate to the setting, they closed their wedding with a sand ceremony to mark the permanent character of their commitment.

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Eric and Kathy invited me to celebrate their wedding this Saturday The ceremony took place in warm and sunny Santee at the Carlton Oaks Country Club

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After the priest who was going to celebrate their wedding canceled on them at the last minute, Eric and Kathy invited me to celebrate their wedding this Saturday

The ceremony took place in warm and sunny Santee at the Carlton Oaks Country Club. The venue, situated about 15 minutes east of central San Diego,  I would say is sort of a hidden gem in the San Diego area.

The ceremony began as the sun dipped behind the trees leaving the grassy area where the wedding would take place in the cool shade. ¬†The couple wanted a full and traditional Catholic Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass. ¬†Reading were done by Kathy’s Aunt and Eric’s sister. ¬†Kathy’s niece sang in place of the responsorial psalm. ¬†The couple chose to use the Church’s traditional vows and, after being pronounced man and wife, enthusiastically sealed their commitment to one another with a kiss.¬†

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Father Jacob celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday

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I celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday.¬† The ceremony and reception took place at the same location which was convenient and allowed for a very relaxed atmosphere.¬† The ceremony took place overlooking a distant baseball field (Gerry and Rachel are avid softball players) and all of La Mesa.¬† The day was sunny and a cool breeze ensured the comfort of Rachel and Gerry’s many guests.

When they contacted me through Great Officiants, I learned that Gerry is Catholic and Rachel is Jewish.¬† The traditional Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a non-Christian in the Roman Rite does not acknowledge or celebrate the Jewish partner’s faith or heritage so I wanted to write a ceremony just for the them that was truly Catholic, maintaining all the traditional and necessary elements of the the Rite of Marriage, but which also explicitly celebrated Rachel’s rich Jewish heritage and faith.

To accomplish this, I reworked some of the language of the traditional rite.¬† For example when Gerry placed the ring on his wife’s finger he said: “Rachel, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring according to the Law of Moses and Israel.” ¬†When Rachel placed the ring on her husband’s finger she said, “Gerry, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” ¬†In this way, each of the spouses acknowledged the faith and heritage of the other. I inserted a Kiddush which included the Sheva Brachot.¬† Since Catholicism is descended from Judaism, there are many, many ritual similarities including the use of wine in liturgy so it seemed natural to include this tradition which is remarkably similar, though not identical in each faith. By the way, as a Catholic priest, I almost always use Maneshewitz¬†when I celebrate Mass and it always reminds me of my faith’s Jewish roots. I sang the blessing over the wine in Hebrew and Rachel and Gerry shared from the cup in the presence of their families and friends before Gerry broke a glass beneath his feet and I presented them as husband and wife to their guests.

This was one of the most interesting weddings I have ever celebrated and definitely one of the funnest.  

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