A Gorgeous Evening at the Japanese Gardens in Long Beach

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June 19 was a gorgeous evening for the Ondo wedding at the Japanese Gardens in Long Beach.

Many happy tears were shed by the blissful couple, standing atop a bridge in the midst of family and friends.

The groom during the 13 coins ceremony evoked much laughter; and the Unity candle (set a little too deep in a glass jar) provided a small amount of struggle, but a great many heartfelt emotional moments.

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Octavio performs Three Bilingual Ceremonies Across the County!

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Jake & Maria got married at the Rose Garden in downtown LA. This is such a beautiful location, and it is so big that it's very easy to have a private ceremony even if the park is crowded.

Jake & Maria wanted a bilingual ceremony but Jake doesn't speak or understand much Spanish. In these situations we can still do a bilingual ceremony but since most of it is for the couple to understand I have to be careful and not translate too much so that both of them understand the message we dedicate to them.

Jake brought a wireless speaker which I used to control the music and a tripod to record the ceremony with this phone. When I saw him setting up the phone and tripod I offered to use my phone since it records at 60 frames per second. I gave him a little sample video so that he could see the quality and he was sold!

We used my phone to record the entire ceremony which lasted 15 minutes. Their ceremony was slightly bilingual and we did our "My Favorite" ceremony. They also wrote their own vows, which by the way were absolutely beautiful and touching, and I introduced the "Best Woman," who is Jake's best friend, to come up and dedicate a beautiful and heartfelt message for the happy couple!

Jake and Maria are such a sweet couple and they clearly love each other so much! I wish you guys all the blessings in the world and send you all my love!

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Ana Arely & Mario tied the knot at Hurst Ranch in West Covina. I've done several weddings at this location and they have all been outdoors. But this one was held indoors in their big ballroom. This was wonderful because the couple wanted to keep the ceremony traditional and we did not want to replace the unity candle with the sand ceremony.

We met a few months before the wedding and I fell absolutely in love with them! Mario & Ana Arely are the kind of people that just make you feel as part of their family from the minute they meet you and hug you. When I arrived to their wedding they gave me the same kind of love. It was so cool!

We did our Catholic Lite ceremony with the Coin, Lasso, and Unity Candle entirely in Spanish. The couple were so happy and are so in love that they could not contain their tears. It was so touching to see tears of joy and love!

Mario & Ana Arely, you guys are such an amazing couple and have such kind souls!!!! We need more people like you in this world! I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love and hugs!

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Words cannot begin to describe how much I love Andrea and Bryan! This is one of the couples that I have worked with the most as we were in constant communication from the moment we met up until the day of their wedding. And they were both always in such a happy and excited mood!

Their wedding and reception took place at Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge. This was my first wedding at that location and it is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to do more weddings there!

I have such a special bond with this couple and when I got to their wedding I bonded exactly the same way with their parents! Both of their parents are so cool and so much fun! I would've loved to stay for the reception and spend more time with them and their families!

As you can see in the picture Andrea and Bryan looked like Hollywood royalty, even when they are not dressed for a wedding! I felt like I was marrying two models taken out of a Vogue magazine!

The ceremony was a bilingual Catholic Lite and we also incorporated the Mothers Rose presentation and the Lasso ritual. Every word that came out of my mouth was incredibly heartfelt as I had the privilege of enjoying the love they have for one another through their eyes, smiles, and tears of joy!

Andrea & Bryan, I am honored and forever grateful that you guys granted me the opportunity to officiate your wedding ceremony and be a part of such an amazing love story! I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love and hugs!

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A Perfect Day at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood

A perfect day was enjoyed by all. Seann and Ally were joined in marriage on Saturday March 28th 2015 at The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood in The Secret Garden A beautiful Venue that's perfect for parties of all types.

The lush garden is filled with big trees, palnts and lots of beautiful flowers. The garden is secluded and tucked away for a lovely private occasion Birdies & Butterflies were flying around sending love and best wishes. The day was a complete success thanks to Lisa Kahn of Lisa Kahn Events, Wedding Planner.  After a long warm morning of pictures the special moment began. Seann and Ally were preceded by the sweetest twin boys as ring bearers and a lovely little flower girl. Their love was obvious as they gazed into each others eyes tears of joy were flowing as they are so in love. Seann and Ally are such animal lovers that they requested no gifts, instead friends and family donated to their favorite animal rescue charity Marley's Mutts. A grand reception was the icing on the cake In the beautifully set dinning room Bravo! and best wishes to Seann and Ally, May they have a beautiful love filled life together.

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Happy couple and their baby get married at Aliso Viejo County Club watch the video

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9th grade sweethearts Ashley and Michael got married. They came in from South Dakota to marry at Aliso Viejo County Club to be near their family. With baby Brody in tow, they exchanged vows and had a blast.

The video below is by Justin at MarmoFilms@gmail.com

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Officiant Lisa Smith had the pleasure of being part of Anthony and Ana’s special day

Saturday November 8th, 2014 They were joined by family and friends to celebrate their love. The Christmas House in Rancho Cucamonga CA. was the perfect location for this joyous occasion. This over 100 year old grand victorian home looks like the family just went out for a short time soon to return. This is a beautiful, delightful, elegant venue. Anthony and Ana had a lovely garden wedding just as the sun was streaming perfect light unto the gazebo they were united in marriage. A very heartfelt poem was recited in Spanish by Ana's Niece followed with the "My Favorite Ceremony" and special custom Vow's written by these two lovers also including a Unity Candle Ceremony. But I must say the star of the show was the Ring Bearer unfortunately the paparazzi couldn't get a photo of him. The little fellow did such a great job for a doggie! He proudly and briskly walked up the isle to deliver the rings tied to his special bandana! Just as quick as he did his job he was gone, (the shy type) A splendid reception party followed and was enjoyed by all at the Christmas House. Certainly a joyous occasion to remember for years to come. Congratulations to Anthony And Ana.

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Serendipity gardens in Oak Glen is a long drive but worth the trek.

Way out yonder in Oak Glen snuggled in the hills lies Serendipity gardens. Today Matt and Vanessa exchanged their vows in this country style venue.

They only wanted a short ceremony to celebrate their 10 year celebration of when they met and one year since he proposed.

Their wedding party and family were wonderful to deal with.

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From Japanese Garden Views to a Rooftop Wedding with the Queen Mary in Sight- Two Beautiful Weddings by Mauricio!


Hester and Joseph celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary with a Renewal of Vows officiated by Great Officiant A. Mauricio. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens on the California State University Long Beach Campus.

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In their 25 years together times have changed, but their love has proven strong and true. Hester and Joseph each have survived some very difficult times with the support of the other, specifically with issues which made the words “in sickness and in health” that much more meaningful. Indeed, Hester and Joseph have weathered many storms, but together they have overcome them all.

Officiant A.Mauricio provided the couple with a ceremony that was both unique and personal, throughout which family and friends were obviously inspired, moved by the love the two share and the life that they have built together.

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This photo captures just a hint of the Joy, Fun and Spontaneity that was so much a part of Anna's and Adam's wedding on the rooftop of the Reef on the Water Restaurant just a stone's throw from the Queen Mary in Long Beach.  Great Officiant A. Mauricio began the August 23rd ceremony by entertaining the couple's family and friends with a humorous telling of how the couple met on the dance floor of a Las Vegas club… No; everything that happens in Vegas does NOT stay in Vegas! 

 

Later knowing that the Bride is a big fan, A.Mauricio presented lyrics from a Country love song by Paul Brandt as a reading.  Included in the chorus was the line "Baby I will, I am, I can, I have, I do".  Then in closing at the Recessional, as if rehearsed, the Bridesmaids joined in and sang along with Shania Twain's recording of "You're Still The One That I Love" complete with arms in the air and waving.

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