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Sonia and Gerzon were wed at the Laguna Beach Hotel, right on the beach

Sonia and Gerzon were wed at the Laguna Beach Hotel, right on the beach on Friday, July 7th. There was a giddiness in the air, everyone nervous and excited before we began. While conversing with Sonia in the bridal suite before we began, she explained she wanted to show me something very special attached to her bouquet of flowers. You see, Sonia had told me about a month ago that her father had passed unexpectedly just a month prior, so she knew her wedding day was going to be an emotional one. There, hanging from her bouquet was a charm with a picture of her father inside, and on the back the words “Walk with me, Daddy.” Sonia knew as her two uncles escorted her down the aisle, her father also walked beside her. And was celebrating alongside everyone else at the love and unity of this blessed couple.

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Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA

Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA.  They had a “simple” ceremony with a special reading.  The hotel is a small quaint boutique hotel tucked away on the busy South Coast Highway.  Following the short fifteen minute ceremony, guests enjoyed an hour of cocktails on the sundeck lounge followed by a beautiful reception in the courtyard.

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Rev. Sarah officiated for a fun and awesome couple at the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach

Christine and Bryce hail from Colorado, so we met first on skype.  I got to know this fun, adventurous, animal loving couple, and felt like I really had a feel for who they are and their journey almost instantaneously.  I loved hearing their story and was so excited to meet them!  We finally met in person the day before their wedding at their rehearsal at the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach.  They were loving every minute of their time in California –they looked like they were heading to the beach the moment we finished the rehearsal!

By their wedding day, both Christine and Bryce were dressed to the nines!  Her bridal gown was gorgeous, and he was looking handsome.  I got the chance to witness their “first look” and saw the tears in Bryce’s eyes as he cast his first glance at his bride!  So sweet!

Their florists did an incredible job decorating an arch and creating an aisle of rose petals.  They had three stringed musicians, who played the most beautiful music.  The view from the Ocean Terrace was perfect –the sun was nearing sunset, the whole sky was simply magical, and the waves were crashing adding a whole new dimension to the accompany the musicians!

I’ve never been to a wedding that actually started early! But everyone was ready and lined up early and ready to go, with guests already present and seated before our 7:30pm start-time.  Very impressive!

Bryce and Christine opted to write their own vows -and they did so beautifully.  It was a lovely ceremony –filled with laughter and tears and a whole lot of love!  They both have such an adventurous spirit, they will challenge each other, and support one another, and have fun doing it!   Their wedding day was incredible – a perfect way to begin their marriage.  Many blessings along your journey!   Congratulations Bryce and Christine!

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At the beautiful Hotel Laguna, surrounded by their friends and family, Christina and Charley said, “I do.”

At the beautiful Hotel Laguna, surrounded by their friends and family, Christina and Charley said, “I do.”   Coming from the high desert, the ocean breeze was refreshing, offering them the perfect paradise to officially begin their lives as husband and wife.  With her father nervously walking her down the aisle, Christina looked the picture of perfection, and as they approached the flower adorned gazebo, Charley greeted her.  His own eyes had teared up the moment he saw her.

Both Charley and Christina know the importance of faith in their lives. Reading from Colossians they grounded their marriage in the words of Paul who reminded them to clothe themselves in love and always be grateful for the lives and love they have been given.

There were lots of laughs in their ceremony: there was a bit of difficulty getting Charley’s ring over his knuckle – the pair demonstrated their skill in working together as partners and eventually got it on!   We know it’s not ever coming off!   And when the time came for their sand ceremony – we all giggled a bit as they employed a ketchup bottle move, in order to get the still damp sand out of one of the bottles.   Like marriage, we can make all the best plans—but things are often out of our control.  Thankfully, Christina and Charley know laughter is the best way to make it through when things don’t go exactly as expected!  In the end, those little moments of laughter will be memorable moments!

They were all smiles, when they were finally announced husband and wife, cheered on by their friends and family!  Congratulations to the happy couple: Charley and Christina!

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Krista and Kelley’s Wedding: April 29, 2017 Hotel Laguna

Instead of April showers, Krista and Kelley were blessed with sunshine and clear skies, on their wedding day in Laguna Beach.  On the sands of Hotel Laguna, their friends and family traveled from the hot desert of Arizona to the ocean breeze of Southern California, to witness this lovely couple say, “I do.”    Everything was perfect –from the bride’s gorgeous dress and bouquet, to the beautifully decorated arch, the DJ’s music and the wedding coordinator’s attention to detail – our only fear was the rising tide!  But thanks to Hotel Laguna staff for digging a trench and creating a berm we made it through the ceremony without anyone floating away!  We even had an unexpected guest –a sea lion swam up to observe the couple exchange their vows!

It was a real joy to stand with Krista and Kelley and their family as they professed their love and vowed to be in relationship with one another as long as they both shall live.  Cherishing the love God has given them to nurture and sustain, it’s clear that Krista and Kelley will undoubtedly be blessed in their marriage as they begin their lives together as husband and wife.

Congratulations to this special couple!  What an incredibly beautiful wedding!  May your marriage continue to be filled with beauty and love!

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Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna

Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna.  And on Sunday April 30 it all happened! — string quartet, exquisite attire, cherished guests and a ceremony conducted by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.  Gary’s voice was strong enough to be heard over waves and beach-goers, and with his counsel with the bride and groom at his Costa Mesa home providing momentous and memorable words worth hearing, the event fulfilled all the couple’s expectations and more!  When he offered the prayer of blessing, the waves didn’t pipe down, but the beach-goers did.  There was plenty of inspiration for everyone.

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow in Laguna beach………

Roger had the incredible honor of marrying Tommy & Taylor this last weekend down in the always amazing Laguna Beach.  And to top that off, it was at a place Roger had never been to before.  It’s called Seven Degrees and it’s is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue that is extraordinary.  And Morgan, the onsite wedding coordinator is fantastic.  So not only are Tommy & Taylor getting married at an incredibly romantic place and Roger officiating doing his magic, but this wedding had amazing thing happen in the middle of the ceremony.  It turns out that Taylor growing up was always enchanted by a family friend, Dr. Robert Blake who is an amazing trumpet player and she asked him to play during their ceremony.  So half way thru, Roger introduces Dr. Blake and he comes up to the front and plays Somewhere Over The Rainbow on the trumpet !!  There was not a dry eye in the house !  It was the perfect addition to a perfect ceremony and day !!  Thank you Laguna, thank you Dr. Blake.

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