Wedding at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles

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I love doing weddings at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles.

 It is a beautiful historic building off of Wilshire Boulevard. Inside it’s many halls lies gorgeous banquet, party and ceremony rooms. The lush interior gardens tie it all together to make it a beautiful space.

Having done several weddings and attended many parties there I know how cool it can be.

 At the wedding today Annie and been tied the knot. They met in Alabama in college and tried to have a long distance relationship but realized they needed to be together. They did a special type of sand ceremony during their wedding. There were four bottles of sand. The first bottle was poured my one set of parents  and then the other set of parents poured the rest. The next bottle was poured by me to represent the rest of their family and friends. The final two bottles were poured by each of them joining their life together.

They even brought their dogs and dressed them up.

 At the end of the ceremony when he dipped her and gave her a kiss all of their guest screamed with delight.

Then my favorite part at the end was getting the red envelope.

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A Roller Coaster Ride of Emotions with Woody at the Oviatt Penthouse

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Woody recently had the honor of officiating the wedding ceremony of Dominique and Elvin at the historic art deco Oviatt Penthouse which opened in 1928 and has since been renovated to it’s original charm. At one time, this was the tallest building in Los Angeles. As you can see from the photos, this is no longer the case.

Woody’s ceremony included the couple’s courtship story, a Hand Blessing, as well as he Bride and Groom doing their own vows which made each other tear up, as well as Woody and the Guests. To add to this was a string quartet which included two of Elvin’s Friends from work.

The photo of Woody and our couple after the ceremony show the emotion exhaustion of the ceremony. A Guest said to Woody afterwards: “Your ceremony was like a roller coaster…….I laughed, I cried, and then I wanted to do it all over again.”

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Wedding at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles

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I love doing weddings at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles.

 It is a beautiful historic building off of Wilshire Boulevard. Inside it’s many halls lies gorgeous banquet, party and ceremony rooms. The lush interior gardens tie it all together to make it a beautiful space.

Having done several weddings and attended many parties there I know how cool it can be.

 At the wedding today Annie and been tied the knot. They met in Alabama in college and tried to have a long distance relationship but realized they needed to be together. They did a special type of sand ceremony during their wedding. There were four bottles of sand. The first bottle was poured my one set of parents  and then the other set of parents poured the rest. The next bottle was poured by me to represent the rest of their family and friends. The final two bottles were poured by each of them joining their life together.

They even brought their dogs and dressed them up.

 At the end of the ceremony when he dipped her and gave her a kiss all of their guest screamed with delight.

Then my favorite part at the end was getting the red envelope.

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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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LGBT Wedding at Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles

Brenda and Joetta had their wedding at Hotel Bel Air.

This is such an amazing property. Not only does it celebrate opulence but its grounds are beautiful and the service is spectacular.

The ceremony started off with all of the guests walking in and placing a flower in a special vase. Then Brenda and Joetta walked in together and placed a different color flower in the vase to join the others. 

The ceremony was a custom design ceremony that included most of the traditional items: the vows the I Do's, the rings and of course the kiss. Added to that we incorporated a wine box and love letter ceremony and a lot of other special wording that the couple and I designed together. 

The stage was set, the courtyard was beautiful and the processional went perfect. Unfortunately by the time they got up there it was so dark and I could barely read from my book. Luckily I practiced the ceremony several times before so I knew the content.  I improvised my way through the ceremony and it came out even better than the original script. 

Also in the ceremony was a ring warming where I walked through the aisles and have everybody in attendance touch the rings while I riffed on their commitment. 

At the entry to the reception they have a tray of flat stones and some pens for their guests to write special messages on them. 

They were so happy at the end of the ceremony and they loved every minute of it. And each of their guests came up to me and told me how wonderful of a ceremony it was, and I agreed. 

 

  

  

  

  

 Congratulations to both of them.

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An Intimate Wedding Ceremony at the famous Vasquez Rocks in Los Angeles

I had the pleasure of meeting and uniting in marriage Gloria and Mathias on April 1st, 2015. They warned me ahead of time that they were both big Star Trek nerds, hence why they wanted the ceremony at the famous Vasquez Rocks where the original series was filmed. Gloria showed up in her red Star Trek shirt and they were both a little nervous as people from all over walked around the see the famous rocks. We found a little nook next to the big rock and had a simple, quiet ceremony. They both explained to me that they were more introverted and didn't want a big wedding ceremony, so everything was perfect for them and they got to nerd out at the same time! I was honored to be apart of it. 

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Officiant Greg had the distinct honor of marrying Eric and Lauren at the exclusive and beautiful Hotel Bel Air on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Officiant Greg had the distinct honor of marrying Eric and Lauren Schaffer at the exclusive and beautiful Hotel Bel Air on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

What a fabulous venue for a wedding!  The gardens, flowers, flora and fauna are spectacular.  The gazebo, adjacent to the pond (with real swans!) was just wonderful. It is a "lifestyle of the rich and famous" venue!  The weather was extraordinary but a bit warm, especially for a California winter.

Lauren's wedding dress was very elegant and she looked stunning.  Eric's was quite handsome and his tuxedo was sharp in a very traditional style.  

Greg preformed the Catholic Light ceremony for Lauren and Eric, customized for their special day. It was formal, but warm, loving and just a little bit funny.  Many of Lauren and Eric's family and guests commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony.

All of us at Great Officiants congratulate Lauren and Eric and wish them much love and happiness in their future together. 

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