Jorge & Daniel’s wedding and reception took place at Luminarias in Monterey Park

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Jorge & Daniel’s wedding and reception took place at Luminarias in Monterey Park. Both were held inside one of their ball rooms which allowed us to perform the unity candle, one of my favorite traditions!

We adapted our Catholic lite ceremony to their needs by customizing it and translating it to Spanish.

Before we began the ceremony I had the opportunity to sit down and spend some quality time with Jorge’s mom, Marta, who is the sweetest and kindest lady ever! She kept insisting that I stayed for the reception, which I would’ve loved, but had a rehearsal to get to.

It truly is a higher level experience when we have some extra time to bond with family members and friends!

Jorge and Daniel I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your big day!

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Another Match.com Success Story at the Monterey Hill Restaurant in Monterey Park

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It was another match.com success story!! José and Gail. were united in marriage on Friday, October 23 at the Monterey Hill restaurant and party venue in Monterey Park California. They had been dating for two years and knew that the time was right. They had a beautiful ceremony with family and friends including a unity candle lighting with all the blended family. It was a lovely day overlooking all of Los Angeles at sunset while listing to a live Jazz trio. Gail looked absolutely beautiful in her shimmering wedding gown and Jose looking very dapper in his Tux with all the bridal party. The ceremony was followed by a lovely cocktail party and dinner. The DJ was ready to spin some festive tunes to dance the night away! May this beautiful couple and family forever remain united with the love they all share. Congrats to Jose  and Gail!
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A Warm Ceremony at the Monterey Hill

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Even though the August 29th afternoon heat kept Amy and Randy from chilling, they were thrilling during their romantic wedding ceremony on the terrace of Monterery Hill Restaurant Having planned the event with Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore, associated with Great Officiants, they were able to relax and enjoy the sharing of personally-composed vows, expressed in the presence of their children, other family and friends. Rev.Gary, when entering the site where guests were seated in the sun, mentioned that the ceremony wouldn’t last more than two hours.  They “got” his attempt at humor, and after twenty minutes of loving expressions, everyone happily retreated to the beautiful, chilled ballroom and thrilled the bride and groom with congratulations for their marriage and for the wonderful ceremony that inspired them to thankfulness for their own lives of faithful love.

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Octavio Performs a Brilliant Combo Ceremony at Luminarias in Monterey Park

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This couple is just amazing in every way! Lee and Miriam tied the knot at Luminarias in Monterey Park. I've lost count of how many weddings I've done in this venue and the employees there are absolutely fabulous!

I call this my combo wedding because they did not have a day-of coordinator therefore asked me to come for the rehearsal the day before their wedding.

Their bridal party was pretty big but we made it work perfectly! The rehearsal took a little over an hour and I made sure we practiced it over and over so that on the day of their wedding everything came out very formal which is my preferred style of doing a ceremony.

Lee and Miriam thank you so much for being so wonderful, kind, friendly, and giving me the opportunity to not only helping you with your rehearsal but also the honor of officiating your wedding ceremony! I send you both all my love, Best wishes, and all the blessings in the world!

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A Great Wedding at Luminarias in Monterey Park

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Congratulations to Elena Leon & Erin Higgs on their June 27, 2015 wedding at the Luminarias Restaurant in Monterey Park, CA.  It was a great day for a wedding with Erin and groomsman all “decked out” in their kilts.  A traditional entrance and a “piping” close with the Bagpipes leading the recessional.

From Luminarias' website:

"Feel on top of the world in beautiful San Gabriel Valley where the 710/10 freeway's meet, Luminarias restaurant shines brightly on the hilliside of Monterey Park with striking views, a tropical atmosphere, glamorous event spaces, unrivaled service, traditional Mexican dining and all-inclusive planning."

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After 13 years, The Knot was tied at Luminarias in Monterey Park

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Tanya & Marco have been together for 13 years! They clearly love each other and are perfect for each other. They have a beautiful family but had never had the chance to get married until now.

They tied the knot at Luminarias over in Monterey Park. I feel like I'm becoming the official officiant for that venue, LOL. I love all the employees there and it is pretty close to my house so there isn't a travel fee. Everybody there is very professional and warm.

Tanya, Marco, and I worked together to design a bilingual nondenominational ceremony and we also included the Mothers Rose presentation. For the ceremony the mariachis played one song for the groom and bridal party and then started playing "El Son de la Negra" for Tanya to walk down the isle with her parents. This is one of my favorite mariachi songs! They used the same song after the pronouncement and as the couple started walking out the aisle the mariachis exited right behind them serenading them throughout the way.

Tanya and Marco are such an amazing couple and they have the most beautiful family I have ever seen! The entire process from the minute we met up until we finished the ceremony was literally a magical experience for me!

Tanya & Marco, let the fun begin! Marriage will be the easiest and funnest part of your long lasting relationship. I wish you both all the blessings in the world! Hugs!

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Double Wedding Weekend for Rev. Ralph

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It was a double wedding weekend for Rev. Ralph, as he married Amalia & Rafael at Luminarias on Friday afternoon, and Jane & Simon on Sunday at their home in Mar Vista. Both ceremonies were joyous and full of smiling faces and laughter! 

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