An Interfaith, Bilingual Ceremony at a Private Home in Torrance

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Stewart and Veronica are so in love with each other they both were almost in tears when we met for the first time. I love meeting couples that are so crazy in love with each other!

Veronica is Catholic and Stewart is Jewish therefore they wanted to incorporate some traditions of each of their heritages. From the Catholic side we incorporated the Lasso ritual and the wedding prayer in both English and Spanish. From the Jewish side we incorporated the Chuppa, 7 Blessings, breaking the glass at the end of the ceremony, and the Kiddush which is a wine blessing also common in the Catholic tradition but with a different name.

Veronica has a daughter and two sons whom Stewart absolutely adores! When we met they told me it was really important to them to include their children in the ceremony. They bought a necklace for each of them with family trees and each necklace had their birth stones. In the presentation of the necklaces I spoke to the kids explaining to them the symbolism behind the necklaces and the important role each of them has in the happy couples lives.

This was a multicultural ceremony very customized to the couple’s needs. It truly came out absolutely beautiful and Stewart, Veronica, and I worked together to design the perfect ceremony for them.

Stewart and Veronica I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love!

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An Interfaith Ceremony at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton

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Helen Wong and Howard Hsu joyously joined their lives in marriage at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, led by Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.  Following their vows, the bride and groom released two white doves — symbolizing the unity of their soaring love.  Then, after being presented as a married couple to all the guests, they recessed down the aisle while twenty more doves were released — representing all the family and friends who will accompany this couple’s happy life through the years.  Rev.Barmore, a college professor and inter-faith minister, was pleased to affirm both the Christian and Buddhist traditions of Helen and Howard, encouraging everyone to read the wonderful best-selling book “Living Buddha, Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Octavio performs a ceremony at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel

Sofia and Christopher got married at the Knott's Berry Farm hotel in Buena Park. For their ceremony we combined our Buddhist ceremony with a few characteristics of our Catholic ceremony. They wanted something along the spiritual lines to represent them so I changed the words of our Buddhist ceremony to make no reference to that religion and make it more spiritual.

The few Catholic characteristics that we incorporated in the ceremony were 1st Corinthians, John chapter 4: 7-12, and a wedding prayer towards the end of the ceremony before the closing comments. I always tell my couples they don't need to stick to the ceremonies that we have predesigned even though they are all absolutely beautiful! They are more than welcome ask me to combine different portions of different ceremonies in order to customize their own and represent them the best way possible.

I truly enjoyed officiating Christopher and Sofia's ceremony and it was such an honor for me to do so! We were in touch constantly along the way until the morning of their ceremony when Chris and I texted each other back-and-forth. I was so excited for them I couldn't wait to see them!

Christopher and Sofia I wish you all the best in this new journey you have both embarked on. My best wishes and all the blessings in the world to you guys!!!

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A poem by The poet Rumi highlights this wedding at the montage in Laguna Beach

When doing an interfaith wedding it is important to bring both sides together such was the case with today's wedding. He was Christian and her family was Muslim. I had to find a way of bridging the gap between the two of them while not insulting or alienating either side. So I focus the ceremony on their love story and incorporate first Corinthians and a poem from Rumi……..
A Blessing from Rumi
May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade,like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcome
as the moon in a clear blue sky.

Both sides of the aisle recognize their various verses and both sides of the aisle were smiling.

The Montage is an amazing venue. Their wedding lawn has a wonderful view of the ocean.
This view was accentuated by the beautiful floral design of Square Root. Their lavish designs always impress me.
Just have a wonderful happy hour outdoors overlooking the water before they settle then to the reception indoors.

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Octavio does a multicultural wedding

Noah & Valerie tied the knot at Eden Garden Bar & Grill in Pasadena. This was a multicultural ceremony as we incorporated a couple of Catholic and Jewish traditions.

 

We signed the Ketubah and Noah broke the glass at the end of the ceremony. We also did the Lasso ritual, a wedding prayer, and the popular mothers rose presentation which they decided to include their grandmothers as well.

 

The ceremony was also bilingual so both families could understand and be a part of it.

 

It was truly an awesome experience!

 

Noah and Valerie I wish you all the blessings in the World!!!

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