A Grand Time at the Grand

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Woody recently had the privilege of officiating the wedding of My and David at The Grand in Long Beach. (http://thegrandlb.com) Woody’s ceremony included a Hand Blessing as well as one of Woody’s famous Epic Love Stories. David and My remarked that they want to get married a second time, (to each other), just to relive the ceremony. Needless to say…..a GRAND time was had by all!!

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An Emotional Ceremony at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello

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Pat and Henry were such a fun loving couple. Since the first time we met, they had a great sense of humor, and they were obviously madly in love. They requested a Christian inspired ceremony, and i was happy to perform their ceremony at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello.

Richard of Mijo Entertainment provided an awesome speaker with microphone, which ensured the successful delivery of my performance celebrating Pat and Henry’s love.

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Instead of a guestbook, they had a canvas with some colors, requesting their guests to place their fingerprint and signature on their tree of love. During their hand blessing, I incorporated that not only are their fingers and lives joined in unity, but they have left their fingerprint on each other’s lives.

The ceremony brought laughs, tears, and love to the couple and their guests.

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A Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions with Woody at the Oviatt Penthouse

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Woody recently had the honor of officiating the wedding ceremony of Dominique and Elvin at the historic art deco Oviatt Penthouse which opened in 1928 and has since been renovated to it’s original charm. At one time, this was the tallest building in Los Angeles. As you can see from the photos, this is no longer the case.

Woody’s ceremony included the couple’s courtship story, a Hand Blessing, as well as he Bride and Groom doing their own vows which made each other tear up, as well as Woody and the Guests. To add to this was a string quartet which included two of Elvin’s Friends from work.

The photo of Woody and our couple after the ceremony show the emotion exhaustion of the ceremony. A Guest said to Woody afterwards: “Your ceremony was like a roller coaster…….I laughed, I cried, and then I wanted to do it all over again.”

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Great Officiant Michael’s Rancho Cordillera Del Norte Wedding- With Photo Bomber!

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Married at Rancho Cordillera Del Norte– Northridge on June 21, 2014

Patty and Ray had a unique, first-time-for-me, request – could I do some of their ceremony in both English and Spanish?  You bet I can!

They chose a few sections of their ceremony that they wanted to be bi-lingual and I was happy to oblige, speaking first in English and then repeating that section again in Spanish.  We had a great time crafting their ceremony with many unique elements – their customized love story, a Lasso ceremony which we combined with a Hand Blessing, and finally and exchange of Arras or coins.

They topped it off with their son, Little Ray, delivering the wedding rings secret agent style in a metallic case he was protecting.

Thank you so much Patty and Ray – it was a blast and an honor!

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Toes in the Grass and Love in their Hearts

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Today I had the opportunity to perform a wedding ceremony for Kelsey and Meagan at the Lighthouse Park in Long Beach.

When I issued them their license 2 days prior I knew that they were so in love and wanted to have a fun ceremony. In their ceremony we did a mothers rose ceremony and a hand blessing with my kakui nuts.

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I also went around to their friends and family with the rings and had them all say a silent wish or blessing over the rings.

They were so happy.

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A Conch Shell at Wedding Symbolizes Something Special

Rev. A.Mauricio sounds the “Pu”… In Hawai’i blowing the

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  traditionally announces that something special is about to begin… in this case the marriage of Jessica and Nick for whom Rev. A.Mauricio was the Officiant.  Their wedding took place on June 22, 2013 at the Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills.

 

“O’pea” is the Hawaiian form of hand-fasting… the cords for binding were made with the leaves of the sacred ti plant.  Rev. A.Mauricio recited a Hand Blessing as part of this moving ritual.

 

Rev. A.Mauricio with the new Mr. and Mrs.   In addition to the Hawaiian elements representing Jessica’s cultural roots, the “lasso (symbolizing unity)” and “arras (exchange of coins)” were incorporated into the ceremony to represent Nick’s Mexican heritage.  Among his areas of expertise are InterCultural and InterFaith wedding ceremonies.

 

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A St. Patty’s Blessing

Gloryanne and Ivan received a Hand Blessing in the chapel… no rings, no problem. A simply adorable couple who cried during the ceremony. Ivan kissed Gloryanne’s forehead and wiped the tears away.

 

 

 

A rainy St. Patty’s day wedding where the couple’s FAVORITE color is green… but oddly enough, no one was wearing green! Carolyn gave them a “pinch” on the way out and told them to celebrate with a green beer with two straws to share.

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