An Intimate Ceremony at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge

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Lisa and Dan had a beautiful, intimate ceremony, with about 75 guests in the Boddy House garden at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge on September 18th, 215. It’s also so great to stand in front of two people who are so happy to have found each other.  Another cool thing is that Lisa made it her own dress, and you can see from the pictures that she looked gorgeous!

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This was a great weekend to be an officiant – So much fun, so much love and joy, and it was absolutely gorgeous! by Liz

On Friday, I performed Rebecca and Gareth's ceremony at the Elysian, which is between Glendale and downtown L.A. Rebecca is English and Gareth is a New Zealander, and for the past couple of years, he's lived in Los Angeles, so they've had a long distance relationship for a while now. What struck me about them is that for two people who've been living thousands of miles away from each other on a semi-regular basis, they are very grounded in who they are as a couple. They asked me to create a new ritual, an "English" tea ceremony. Rebecca collects vintage and original tea sets, so we set up one on a table directly behind me. After they exchanged rings,  they poured tea for each other, while I read what I had written for them:

"Gareth and Rebecca have also created a new ritual of their own – An English tea ceremony- to symbolize their commitment to each other and their new life from this day forward. Rebecca, Gareth, a pot of tea is one constant that you will share together for the rest of your lives – when you wake, before you sleep, in good times, and in bad. Whatever the day brings, you will begin and end it by facing the world as one, strong in your love for each other. "

Rebecca and Gareth invited me to the reception, as well, and it was beautiful. Rebecca collected vintage vases and pieces and had them filled with flowers. It was a very relaxed vibe and a wonderful night!

Wedding Planner: Carly Rae Weddings – http://carlyraedesign.com/

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On Saturday, I officiated Kristi and Chris's wedding at Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Palos Verdes. It's right on the ocean, the weather was perfect. And we saw whales! Kristi and Chris live in New York, but wanted to have a "destination" wedding in Los Angeles. This was one of the rare occasions when I didn't get to meet them or Skype with them beforehand, but I was able to create a ceremony for them that reflected what was most important to them about their relationship (they'd been together for 11 years) and included their families. Both sets of parents came up to do readings, which varied from Pablo Neruda to the Velveteen Rabbit!

Allie Shane from Pop the Champagne created a wonderful event for them. Tangerines as escort cards. Small vase and flower pieces over a blue chevron table runners. market lights strung across the railings. Perfect for a beautiful night

 

Wedding Planner: Allie Shane, Pop the Champagne Events – http://popthechampagneevents.com/

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Liz Coopersmith Officiates Wedding Filled with Affirmations of Love and Commitment

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Alisha and Thomas had a wedding last August on the East Coast, but because of technical and logistical difficulties, they weren’t able to get themselves and a marriage license in the same place! This happens to more couples than you’d think, but it gave them the opportunity to get legally married on the anniversary of when they met – December 16th.

While I was helping them write and their ceremony script, using one of Great Officiant’s

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templates,  I was struck by the changes and affirmations they wanted to include. No reminders of what love and marriage means and what it takes to maintain and sustain both, but a confirmation that they already were doing that. “You must be open to one another,” became “You are open to one another.””You must have the faith to move forward together without knowing what the future brings” became “You have the faith.” Nothing passive, no questions or worries. They were already there.

Their ceremony was in the chapel at Great Officiants and attended by local family. Alisha and Thomas wrote their own vows. They were heartfelt and appreciative and grateful of the journey and life they had together. The hardest part of officiating for me is not choking or tearing up myself, but the best part of officiating is standing in front of so much love. It just radiates and touches every thing and everyone present. And I always feel so honored to be there, and to be a part of their day.

 See you at the end of the aisle,

 Liz Coopersmith

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Liz performs a very sweet ceremony ay our Cute Little Chapel

In addition to our regular chapel staff sometimes a couple requests one of our other Officiant team. Liz was requested for this couple. She tells her story here:

I’m a wedding planner who moonlights as an Officiant – apparently I have very limited

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interests. What I love the most about both gigs is hearing each couple’s story. Alisha and Thomas had a wedding last August on the East Coast, but because of technical and logistical difficulties, they weren’t able to get themselves and a marriage license in the same place! This happens to more couples than you’d think, but it gave them the opportunity to get legally married on the anniversary of when they met – December 16th. Another of my favorite parts of each gig is helping dreams come true – they were just so happy that they could do that! While I was helping them write and their ceremony script, using one of Great Officiants templates,  I was struck by the changes and affirmations they wanted to include  No reminders of what love and marriage means, and what it takes to maintain and sustain both, but confirmation that they already were doing that. “You must be open to one another,” became “You are open to one another.” You must have the faith to move forward together without knowing what the future brings” became “You have the faith.” Nothing passive, no questions or worries. They were already there. Their ceremony was in the chapel at Great Officiants, and attended by local family. Alisha and Thomas wrote their own vows, and they were heartfelt, and appreciative and grateful of the journey and life they had together. That’s the hardest part of officiating for me – not choking or tearing up, myself. But the best, best part of officiating is standing in front of so much love. It just radiates and touches every thing and everyone present. And I always feel so honored to be there, and to be a part of their day.

See you at the end of the aisle,

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