This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies that I have performed. We were right on the beach in Malibu with 150 guests and many people who were going about their day stopped and watched with delight. The couple had four pairs of friends come up to do readings that were special to them, and I got to tell their fascinating love story that had everyone in tears and laughter at the same time. Then at the end, after I pronounced them husband and wife, all 150 guests and I walked down to the edge of the water where we threw sea shells back into the ocean with our well-wishes to the couple.
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.