Love Like Heartbeats are Felt not Heard

The love between David and Jeff doesn’t has never needed the spoken word.

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For over 15 years they have loved each other through sign language.

Their wedding ceremony had an interpreter and it was a truly romantic, beautiful and meaningful ceremony for Alan to perform.

With the combination of both spoken word & sign language, it created an atmosphere of total inclusion for the couple and their guests.

One love, one voice, no words. Love, like heartbeats are felt, not heard.

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Beautiful Bilingual Wedding Ceremony by Octavio

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Octavio performed an incredible ceremony on November 29, 2013 for John and Edgar.

This was one of my fully bilingual scripts where I address one person in English and the other in Spanish switching back and forth through the entire ceremony.  John was very involved with me in designing the ceremony and had a great idea.  Because they are a same sex couple who have been through many obstacles he really wanted me to read an excerpt from the Judge Vaughn Walker ruling which was the first judge to overturn proposition 8.

We added that to the beginning of the ceremony as well as some jokes throughout to make the guests laugh.  This ceremony was a major hit!  Switching from English to Spanish always gets great reactions from the guests but by adding details, John made it 10 times more special.

The ceremony was held at John’s sister’s house with all the friends and family in the beautiful backyard. ¬†I had the opportunity to talk to John’s mom and some family members before the ceremony. ¬†Wonderful people!!!

John and Edgar are very lucky to have each other and to have all the love and support from the extraordinary family and friends, some who came from very far away just for their wedding.

Congratulations on your wedding John and Edgar!

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Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year Debuted in Our Chapel

We were proud and honored to marry Anna and Holly yesterday in our chapel surrounded by their friends and family.

It was important for them to have everything in lavender and white. We supplied all the florals and d√©cor to make it perfect for them. Just days after Pantone announced the color of the year as ‘Radiant Orchid,’ very close to Anna and Holly’s wedding colors.

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Alan performed a truly meaningful, fun and romantic ceremony they and their family will never forget.

Congratulations Anna, Holly and their entire family!

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It was a Double Rainbow Wedding, Wow!

Maria and Veronica knew there was a chance it might rain in sunny California in November. And the day after Thanksgiving it poured almost all day. Until 2 hours before their ceremony. Maria had faith just knew her dream of a beach wedding would come true. Little did she know that they would have a double rainbow. Something uncommon but would mark their marriage with double the luck forever…

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If you’re interested in this beach location with the Great Officiants beach division all inclusive beach set up, the address is:

7200 E. Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach 90803

Congratulations Maria and Veronica!

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Kevin and Robert Loved Their Beach Wedding

Alan,

We just wanted to thank you for giving us a special wedding ceremony.

We had many comments from our guests on how much they liked it.

It was a great day and will be well remembered.  We will definitely recommend you and Great Officiants to our friends planning ceremonies in the future.

Also, the video came out great too.  Thank you for setting that up for us!

Thanks again,

Kevin Emerson and Robert Kramer

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Dreams Take Flight at Tivoli Too!

 

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The exquisite Tivoli Too! in Laguna Beach, was the spectacular setting for last night’s celebration of two amazing women becoming legal domestic partners.

Great Officiant¬†Priscilla Munson, led the proceedings as our brides exchanged personal vows before their closest family and friends with their two children at their side. ¬†This semi-religious, sacred ceremony included the brides offering a flower dedication to the Virgin Mary while one sang “Ave Maria” accompanied by a 5 piece mariachi band!

It was a tender, beautiful prayer for her blessings on their new life in song.  With the lush backdrop of gorgeous foliage, waterfalls, angelic statuary, and even a bird who swooped in to bless our brides, their 45-minute custom ceremony was filled with heart-felt poems, prayers, a community vow, a family vow and sand ceremony with their children. What a beautiful, romantic, deeply personal way to be ushered into their new partnership!  And then it was on to the party!

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