Check out these three weddings Frank performed, one at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park, one at the Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach, and one at the Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona

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Congratulations to Asssumpta Batac & Hin Chau on their Saturday, September 16, 2017 wedding at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park, CA.  It was a beautiful day as their 250+ guests began arriving at the hotel.  The ceremony was conducted in the courtyard, as was the cocktail hour, followed by the reception in the ballroom on the upper level.  Music was supplied by a wonderful string duo.  The ceremony began as scheduled with the groom escorted by his parents, followed by the bridal party, then the bride, who was met at the beginning of the aisle by her parents and escorted to the alter and presented to her “soon to be” husband.  The ceremony included a Unity Candle and a Rose presentation to their mothers, as well as a special scripture reading and a “short” sermon at the request of the couple.  My very best to Assumpta and Hin as they begin their life-long journey together!   

Congratulations to Hiromi Sugano and Alvin Cara on their Saturday, September 23, 2017 wedding at the Tivoli Terrace in Laguna Beach, CA.  It was a simple, yet “Classy” ceremony with about 100 guests and lasted about fifteen minutes.  Ceremony music was provided by a pianist, which added elegance.  The brides entrance up the stairs with her dad was “royal.”  The couple greeted their guests for some pictures and the cake cutting immediately after the ceremony.  Afterwhich the new Mr. & Mrs. and bridal party returned for pictures while guests enjoyed cocktails, which was followed by the reception on the terrace level.

Congratulations to Griselda Salazar & Mario Garcia on their Friday, September 29, 2017 wedding at the Mountain Meadows Golf Club in Pomona, CA.  It was a beautiful day for a wedding.  Everything was perfect, and went as planned!  The coordinator had everything down to a science.  Even the music was queued perfectly (supplied by “DJ” Officiant Frank), which included 30 minutes of pre-ceremony soft music while the guests were arriving and being seated.  Their ceremony also included their Personal Vows, the Wine Cup and Rose presentation to their mothers.  Some “teary-eyed” moments from the heart!  My very best to the happy couple.

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Rev. Sarah performs a wedding on the sand in Redondo Beach, Frank performs one at Casa Romantica in San Clemente, and he performs one at Hotel Maya in Long Beach

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On the very beach where they got engaged, Alex and Jenny said, “I do!”   They opted for a Great Officiants Beach wedding, so everything was set up and ready for them when they got there –and it looked beautiful!  With the arch, flowers, and white chairs—it was the picture of perfection!  Of course, what really made it perfect was the two of them.  Walked down the aisle, by her son, Jenny looked gorgeous.  Alex had kept his gaze away, so he wouldn’t see her as she walked down the long Redondo Beach ramp and made her way to the aisle.  When he turned around there were tears as he locked eyes with his bride.

Both Alex and Jenny are salsa dancers, to their ceremony was focused on the intricacies of dance as a metaphor for marriage.   In this bilingual wedding  they chose to say their vows and exchange rings in Spanish, while I went back and forth between the two languages.  Their journey together has been very much like a dance, as they have gently maneuvered their lives, all the while letting love lead. Now as they begin their lives as a married couple, they vow to continue to dance, even when it’s hard, when they’ve forgotten the steps, or step on one another’s toes…still they dance and as long as they let love lead, their dance will be beautiful!

It was a joy to get to know this couple and see how they support one another, make sacrifices for the other, compromise, and invest in their love.  Many blessings Jennifer and Alex!   May your marriage be as beautiful as your wedding day!

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Marmaduke & Shawn Davidson on their Saturday, August 5, 2017 wedding at the beautiful Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, CA.  It was a beautiful day, not to mention an exceptional setting overlooking the pacific ocean from the balcony cliff patio.  Although you were able to feel the temperature the ocean breeze was present as well.  It was an eloquent ceremony that was perfect from start to finish in every aspect.  They added the Rose presentation to their moms, which is always a toughing part of the ceremony.  Afterwhich, guests enjoyed cocktails on the beautifully appointed lawn followed by dinner in a “long awaited air conditioned” banquet hall.  My best to the NOW Mr. & Mrs.!

Congratulations to Diana Catibog & Vinson Yague on their Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA.  It was a beautiful evening for a wedding with approximately 200 guests on the lawn at the edge of the water overlooking the Long Beach Seaport Village.  It was an elegant ceremony which included a Rose Bouquet presentation to Diana and Vinson’s moms as well as an exchange of heartfelt written personal vows.  The reception banquet room was eloquently appointed and the setting for a perfect time for all in attendance with beautiful ocean views following a relaxing outdoor cocktail hour on the patio on the water.  My very best to the newly married couple.

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Check out these three awesome weddings at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, and a private home in Hacienda Heights

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Congratulations to Shamrock Clifton & David Stankunas on their July 15, 2017 wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA.  Although it was a hot day, the temperature was perfect at the ranch.  There was about 160 guests in attendance.  The reception took place in the beautiful Redwood Room with a continuous cascading waterfall behind the bridal table.  The couple also included an abridged version of the “Chinese Tea Ceremony’ to honor their parents.  (Shamrock’s parents and, as she put it, David’s half Asian-ness).  The ceremony started on time — the DJ, photographer, and coordinator all did an exceptional job.  My best to the new couple!

Congratulations to Tatiana Lupu & Ryan Cacacho on their Sunday, July 23, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, CA.  It was a small beach wedding with about 25 guests.  The ceremony was simple with no Brides’ Maids or Groomsmen.  Tatiana walked down the aisle unescorted and was met by Ryan and their son.  They included the Picture Frame Sand Ceremony and a special reading in their Non-Denominational ceremony.  Photos were taken on the beach after the ceremony followed by cocktails and a dinner reception

Congratulations to Marie Ndoutoume & Adrian Dorsey on their Saturday, July 29, 2017 wedding at a private residence in Hacienda Heights, CA.  It was a beautiful backyard spiritual ceremony under a tent at a private home with close family and friends for this out-of-state couple.  It was a simple ceremony with  no “add-ons,”  just spiritual The weather was a little warm but no competition for the feeling of warmth and love radiating from their family and guests!  My best to the happy couple!

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

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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.

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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.  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

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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

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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.  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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