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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An Awesome Couple at the Hotel Maya by Suvin

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The Hotel Maya is such a great venue. Beautiful scenery, great views, and of course, this happy couple. They had an intimate ceremony surrounded by their family and friends. They had some wonderful decorations, and a nice sign in table with some candles and their picture. We had a non-denominational ceremony with a few words from them at the end. It is always a nice touch when the couple adds a few words in. It does not have the formality or the stress of writing out your own vows, but it still customizes the ceremony.

And they lived happily ever after.

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Cindy & Chris wedding on 27 May 2017

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Cindy and Chris chose to have their wedding at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. This is a beautiful venue with views of the harbor, the downtown skyline and the bow & side profile of
the RMS Queen Mary. They chose a wonderful Latin band, which provided beautiful music during the ceremony and a wonderful salsa feel to the cocktail hour after the ceremony.

A beautiful start to a happy life together, in the company of friends, soft ocean breezes and a relaxed yet elegant setting.

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Peter & Karissa got hitched at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, one of my favorite venues #spindoza2016

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Awesome awesome awesome couple!!! They were so funny from the minute we met. I was entertained by their wit all the way!

Peter & Karissa got hitched at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, one of my favorite venues. From the staff, to the scenic  backdrops the location provides, this place is excellent for weddings and events.

We did a fully bilingual wedding ceremony. I had Karissa do her vows, I do’s, and ring exchange in Spanish and Peter’s in English. When my couples are able to do this it makes the ceremony more balanced, not having more English than Spanish or vice versa.

We also performed the Lasso and Coin ceremonies, a.k.a. Lazo y Arras. We also, to keep the ceremony well balanced, did the coin ceremony in Spanish and the Lasso ceremony in English.

You know you’ve reached a certain level of expertise when one of my groomsmen was also a groomsman at a wedding I officiated a year before! And we were both so happy to be able to do this once again!!!

For more pictures of this beautiful wedding you may search #spindoza2016 on Instagram!

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An Outdoor Waterfront Ceremony at Hotel Maya

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The evening of Saturday, August 1 was picture perfect for an outdoor waterfront ceremony with 150 guests at the Long Beach Hotel Maya by DoubleTree.

Ms. Lindsay Bullock was married to Mr. Peter Qerbash in a thirty-minute traditional ceremony that concluded with a sand sculpture.

Situated on the Vista del Mar Terrace, the ceremony was performed on a chandeliered white platform overlooking the Long Beach skyline and the Queen Mary.

The bride chose lavender and white for the bridesmaids and florals, and steel grey suits with lavender ties for the men.

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner followed the ceremony in the Lagunita Pavilion, affording beautiful views of the sunset and twinkling city lights.

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At 5PM on November 2, Catherine and David were joined in marriage in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the golf course of the Aliso Viejo Country Club.  The rain (hours earlier) made for magestic skies over the valley.  When we met in my home for planning the ceremony and getting acquainted, they remarked that they sure were glad that Great Officiants facilitated my service to them.  After the ceremony Sunday, they said that they tripled that feeling.  I'm so pleased to help couples pull off the best wedding they or any guests have ever attended.

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At 3PM on November 3, Rosanna and Oscar became husband and wife, blending five children into one loving family.  The sand ceremony of Seven Vases into One was exciting and beautiful.  The "Dia de los Muertos" table with flowers and photos of deceased loved ones was a great way to honor tradition, family and loving regard.  To the DJ's surprise, I did not use a mic — keeping the beautiful natural atmosphere of the Hotel Maya courtyard, yet my voice reached all the guests. While softer, the vows spoken by the couple were heard as well. We met at my home to plan the ceremony and get acquainted, and after the wedding they said that although they were thrilled by what we crafted together, the actual event superseded their expectations.   Feels good to help a family become lovingly and wonderfully united  before God, family and friends

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“Losing was never so wonderful!” Says the Groom

Thomas and Rachel were married at the Hotel Maya one of Long Beach’s most beautiful venues. Facing the waterfall with a view of the downtown skyline and the Queen Mary, Thomas and Rachel professed their love in an intimate ceremony with live classical music playing in the background. Truly a stunning setting and ceremony with many of their guests coming from South. Korea just the day before. Thomas playfully had to admit during the ceremony that he fell in love with Rachel the first time he met her when she soundly beat him in a round of golf! He said, “losing was never so wonderful!”

Congratulations Thomas and Rachel

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