Rabbi Barry Saves the Day at the Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon

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As I reached for my cell phone, noticing the call was from Alan Katz and Great Officiants, I knew there was a Jewish or Interfaith couple needing a rabbi.  It was Alan but to my surprise, he wanted to know if I was available in five days for the wedding.  I was and took down the information and within 20 minutes fell in love this couple and took away a tremendous amount of stress.
It was at the last minute, their original rabbi took ill and had to bail.  Apparently, he didn’t have a network of rabbis to rely on in such a situation.  It was fortuitous that Juan and Alexia called Great Officiants.  Within minutes, their problem for finding an Interfaith Rabbi was solved.
Alexia and Juan’s venue was, Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon.  And as the 20 guests were arriving, I had a chance to meet the family and get a feel that this was a fun loving group.  Being the location, the guests’ love for the couple or any number of idyllic reasons, the ceremony was fun, tender and filled with a message of how to succeed in in marriage in today’s crazy world.
In the ceremony, we combined Mexican Catholic and Jewish Traditions.  Best of all was the Benediction, where the couple was wrapped in a tallit as well as having their godparents place the Lasso around their shoulders at the same time.  Both traditions represent the bond that unites the two of them, Soul.
Over all, no one would have known that I didn’t know them but for a few days.  And that’s the way it should always be.

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Jewish Christian interfaith wedding ceremony

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Today I performed the wedding ceremony for Steven and Ronit.

it was important for them to be able to honor both of their families beliefs in their wedding ceremony.

while doing an interfaith ceremony it is important for the officiant to know how to make both sides happy and not to alienate either side.

In the Jewish Christian combo ceremony that I have listed on our website it is carefully designed to bring elements of both believes into the ceremony.

I know this may sound weird but during the ceremony when Jews hear the word Jesus it can make them feel uncomfortable. So we use readings from the New Testament such as first Corinthians which speak about love.

We also incorporate some of the Jewish traditions such as the crushing of the glass the seven blessings and the blessing over the wine.

It’s a closed out with a generic prayer sent both the Jews and Christians seems like.

And at the end of the ceremony they kiss joining their lives and their families lives together into one big happy family.

The ceremony table for today’s wedding shown in the picture has the wine for the wine blessing, the ketubah A.k.a. Jewish marriage contract, the glass for crushing and in the background is my Talit that I put over their shoulders for a benediction.

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Alex and Shira wed at Café Pinot, Los Angeles

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Set in a beautiful secluded garden the central object of focus was the Chuppah. In and of itself, nothing special.  But when I encouraged them couple to bring in their personal energies into the structure, the selected Shira’s, Great, Great, Great, Grandfathers Tallit.  I wasn’t stuttering.  Great, Great, Great.

The Kiddush Cup belonged to Alex’s Great Grand Mother.  And the Tallit that I wrapped them in was Alex’s Great , Great Grandfathers.  That’s a lot of family energy.

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Ralph has a multicultural wedding at the Sportmen’s Lodge

It was a dark (if not stormy) night in Burbank at the lovely Sportsmen's Lodge – the patio was lit with lanterns and awash with joy as Pastor Ralph officiated for the marriage of Raquel and Scott.  Combining both Christian and Jewish traditions, with readings from both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the proverbial knot was tied with sincerity and joy!  The groom's young son Dylan, in addition to being the ring bearer, also voiced his promise to do his best to make the new family a happy and healthy one.  

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Intercultural wedding at the Greystone Mansion by A. Mauricio

Sabrina's and Adi's Intercultural (Israeli/Argentine/Italian) Wedding at the Greystone Mansion, officiated by A.MAURICIO, this past September was like the set of a fashion shoot or a stylish movie.  Their guests, as well as both the bride and groom and their families who walked them down the aisle, were in dressed in white.  Being near the Jewish New Year, their color scheme was apropos as white represents leaving behind the past and starting fresh or new beginnings.  In fact, according to tradition, for the "Kalla"/Bride and "Chatan"/Groom the day of marriage is considered a personal Yom Kippur which is the culmination of the Jewish New Year. 

 

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 1) Guests arrive and mingle before the start of the wedding.

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2)  Adi is escorted by his parents.

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3) Sabrina gets a kiss from her groom and her brother.

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4) Sabrina and Adi.

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5) Sabrina and Adi make their get away with assists from the bride's brother and groom's father. 

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6) The Bride and Groom's get away vehicle… a white, of course, Bentley!

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Great Officiant Michael Has Been Popular this Wedding Season!!

Great Officiant Michael is always very sought out after! Here are some of his weddings highlighting ceremonies in Los Angeles and Orange County. Congratulations on being such a wonderful Officiant!


David & Jessica

Married at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank, CA On June 11,2014

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David and Jessica were such a lovely couple to work!  I had the honor of telling their love story to their family and friends and closing out their wedding with a traditional Jewish Glass Breaking. They also chose to both repeat vows after me and write further personal notes to each other – something I’m noticing a lot of couples starting to do now, allowing for both a sense of tradition and personalization.

 

I was overjoyed to be a part of their ceremony and wish them all my best.


Karen & Jeremy

Married at Ramsey’s at The Club– Los Angeles on June 14, 2014

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Karen and Jeremy were a dream couple to work with.  We met a couple months prior to their ceremony over sushi to get to know each other and put together a ceremony including exactly what they wanted.  On the day-of, right before the ceremony, I was joking with the best man that when I ask him for the rings he should throw them at me as hard as he can and we’ll just see what happens.  Well during the ceremony he took the opportunity to get me back.  Unbeknownst to me, when I asked for the rings he instead took out a quarter and threw it at me!  I was shocked thinking he actually threw the rings and everyone in attendance broke out in a huge round of laughter.

At the end of their ceremony, Karen and Jeremy saluted each other with a special toast – a tradition that they have between the two of them – a perfect way to end a perfect ceremony.

Afterwards, they were so kind to leave the following review for us:

“Our Officiant was Michael Thieling. Our actual ceremony was short and sweet but thanks to Michael very memorable. One of the most heard comments from our guests was regarding how great our Officiant was and we couldn’t agree more. Thank you Michael for helping to make our wedding such a wonderful event for us and our guests!”

Thank you both for the memories and a ceremony moment I’ll never forget!!!


John and Marla

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John and Marla got married in a small, intimate ceremony surrounded by family at the quaint Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point.  When I first met them a few months prior to their ceremony, we gathered at the venue to discuss their ceremony and I was able to make some suggestions to change the actual ceremony location within the venue to allow for better pictures and a more open experience.

They capped their ceremony off with a Love Letter and Wine Box ceremony and after their nuptials they were off to celebrate with a family dinner next door.

All our best John and Marla!


 

Jamie and Wade

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Jamie and Wade were a dream couple to work with.  Since they were coming from Florida, we did all of their ceremony planning over the phone – something I’m very used to doing with the many out-of-state couples that we have the pleasure of working with.

The Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach provided an amazing venue for their wedding – big enough for their many guests but extremely private and intimate so that you felt like no one else was there except for the wedding guests.  We performed a short acknowledgement of family for some of their loved ones who had passed and had a guest recite First Corinthians. After they exchanged rings, Jamie and Wade performed a lovely Unity Candle ceremony with a customized candle.

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After the ceremony, they had the following to say:

“Great Officiant!!! Michael Thieling was our Officiant for our ceremony. He exceeded our expectations!! From the first conversation we had, he made me feel very at ease and seemed to get the couple that my husband and I are right from the start. He had great contact leading up to our wedding and was a complete pleasure to work with. Also, he added a bit of light heartedness to the ceremony when he knew it could be used, which is what made our wedding simply epic!!!!

Thank you, Michael!!!!”

Thank you so much Jamie and Wade – it was my pleasure!
 

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Beautiful Wedding at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens- with Octavio Quilichini

Jason and Carissa

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Jason & Carissa got married at the Los Angeles River Center & Gardens in Cypress Park. This venue is magical! This was a multicultural wedding, Catholic/Jewish, and bilingual. We incorporated both religions into the ceremony and it couldn’t have been more beautiful! 

Jason and Carissa looked stunning and they were also extremely involved in writing the ceremony, making my job much easier! After 7 years together it was about time they tied the knot!

 Jason & Carissa, I love you guys! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

 

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