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Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA

Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA.  They had a “simple” ceremony with a special reading.  The hotel is a small quaint boutique hotel tucked away on the busy South Coast Highway.  Following the short fifteen minute ceremony, guests enjoyed an hour of cocktails on the sundeck lounge followed by a beautiful reception in the courtyard.

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Congratulations to Katie George & Daniel Zehr on their June 24, 2017 ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA.

Congratulations to Katie George & Daniel Zehr on their June 24, 2017 ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA.  It was a perfect day in the beautiful horticultural hideaway!  It was a “semi-simple” ceremony.  The couple added a reading by Daniel’s dad and a Rose presentation to Katie and Daniel’s moms.  They also added a Ring Warming ceremony, where before the ring exchange, the rings are passed through the rows and each guest holds the rings and “warms” them with a squeeze, a breath or a prayer of good wishes for the couple then hands them to the person next to them.  The last person hands them to the Best Man who hands to me (the officiant) who proceeds with the ring exchange portion of the ceremony.  Background music plays during the ring warming.  Another interesting note is that the groom handmade the wedding bands — might I add two very professional pieces of work, made with much love!  At the conclusion of the ceremony, the bride and groom danced off …

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Congratulations to Frances Chang & John Diao on their Saturday, June 3, 2017 wedding at The Regency in Glendale, CA

Congratulations to Frances Chang & John Diao on their Saturday, June 3, 2017 wedding at The Regency in Glendale, CA.  It was a beautiful “no frills” indoor ceremony, eloquently done.  The cocktail hour began immediately after the ceremony as the bride and groom exited the ceremony with their guests to the reception area.  They took a few photos and guests were seated at their tables, where each table was already preset with a spread of hour’dourves and appetizers.

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Congratulations to Maira Barajas & Salbador Morales on their Baby Shower turned Surprise Wedding at their home in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday, May 27, 2017

Congratulations to Maira Barajas & Salbador Morales on their Baby Shower turned Surprise Wedding at their home in San Bernardino, CA on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  It started off as a Baby Shower at around 4pm with guests doing what they do at a baby shower.  When I arrive arrived 6:30, I mingled for a few minutes then asked for everyone’s attention, and with the groom at my side, welcomed everyone to what was now a wedding ceremony.  After everyone stopped applauding and crying, the music started and Maira entered from the house with her escorts and we began the traditional ceremony.  Guests remained standing, taking pictures throughout — a little less formal than usual.  At the conclusion, the newlyweds continued mingling with their guests and the party continued!

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Congratulations to Jenae Olivas and Ramon Alba on their May 20, 2017 wedding at the Los Amigos Golf Club in Downey, CA

Congratulations to Jenae Olivas and Ramon Alba on their May 20, 2017 wedding at the Los Amigos Golf Club in Downey, CA.  The weather cleared up and it was a great, sunny, warm day in southern California with about 140 guests attending the ceremony. The ceremony included the sand ceremony and a rose presentation to Jenae and Ramon’s mothers which, as usual, was a very touching moment.  They included personal vows, which is always a special moment, but Ramon’s life challenge with Jenae at his side brought a tear to everyone’s eyes.  The ceremony continued with laughter and seriousness ending with one happy MR. & MRS.!   

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Congratulations to Mona Falcon & Scott Blyleven on their April Fool’s Day Wedding (April 1, 2017) at the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA

Congratulations to Mona Falcon & Scott Blyleven on their April Fool’s Day Wedding (April 1, 2017) at the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, CA.  It was a beautiful spring day with perfect weather.  The ceremony started on time and everything went as planned.  The setting was great with a slight wind blowing to keep guests comfortable.  The bridal party was professional and unveiled no April Fools’ Day pranks (at least not during the ceremony)!  Mr. “Perfect Timing” came through today for Ms. “On Time!”  Keep it up Scott.

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Congratulations to Zoe Rahimi & Jason Nolen on their March 25, 2017 wedding at the Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA.

Congratulations to Zoe Rahimi & Jason Nolen on their March 25, 2017 wedding at the Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA.  The venue was breathtaking, for which pictures do not do justice.  It was a former church converted into an event center that retained the altar and church motif.  The altar area was complete white marble with marble flooring and stairs.  The brides runway was white marble planks.  It was a Persian wedding.  Although they did not have a traditional Persian ceremony, they did have a “huge” Persian Sofreh Aghd on display.  After the brides entry, I explained (for the benefit of the non-Persian guests) the significance and symbolism of the Sofreh Aghd.  I also delivered my open remarks in Farsi!  The couple made a rose presentation to their moms and replaced the traditional sand ceremony with a glass ceremony, which is similar to the sand ceremony except that glass crystals are used which are later blown into a personalized glass sculpture (bowl, vase, etc.).  The ceremony went flawless from start to finish with the perfect mix of seriousness, humor, laughter and some tears (of joy)!  I’m sure all 200+ guests had as great a time at the reception as I had officiating for such a great couple!  My very best for a great life together. 

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