Tag Archive: Outdoor wedding

Father Jacob celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday

I celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday.  The ceremony and reception took place at the same location which was convenient and allowed for a very relaxed atmosphere.  The ceremony took place overlooking a distant baseball field (Gerry and Rachel are avid softball players) and all of La Mesa.  The day was sunny and a cool breeze ensured the comfort of Rachel and Gerry’s many guests.

When they contacted me through Great Officiants, I learned that Gerry is Catholic and Rachel is Jewish.  The traditional Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a non-Christian in the Roman Rite does not acknowledge or celebrate the Jewish partner’s faith or heritage so I wanted to write a ceremony just for the them that was truly Catholic, maintaining all the traditional and necessary elements of the the Rite of Marriage, but which also explicitly celebrated Rachel’s rich Jewish heritage and faith.

To accomplish this, I reworked some of the language of the traditional rite.  For example when Gerry placed the ring on his wife’s finger he said: “Rachel, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring according to the Law of Moses and Israel.”  When Rachel placed the ring on her husband’s finger she said, “Gerry, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  In this way, each of the spouses acknowledged the faith and heritage of the other. I inserted a Kiddush which included the Sheva Brachot.  Since Catholicism is descended from Judaism, there are many, many ritual similarities including the use of wine in liturgy so it seemed natural to include this tradition which is remarkably similar, though not identical in each faith. By the way, as a Catholic priest, I almost always use Maneshewitz when I celebrate Mass and it always reminds me of my faith’s Jewish roots. I sang the blessing over the wine in Hebrew and Rachel and Gerry shared from the cup in the presence of their families and friends before Gerry broke a glass beneath his feet and I presented them as husband and wife to their guests.

This was one of the most interesting weddings I have ever celebrated and definitely one of the funnest.  

Share This Post:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr
Follow Us On Social Media:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagramFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagram

Who would have guessed that across the parking lot from a Lake Forest corner mall, hidden by green trees and shrubs, there lies Heritage Hill Historical Park

Who would have guessed that across the parking lot from a Lake Forest corner mall, hidden by green trees and shrubs, there lies a beautiful wedding venue!  Chris Stewart and Evelyn De La Vega discovered Heritage Hill Historical Park, and on April 29 under a large oak, they pledged their eternal love before family and friends.   Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants led the ceremony, which two weeks previous he had planned with the couple at his Costa Mesa home, also providing opportunity for getting mutually acquainted.  During part of the ceremony the bride and groom turned to the guests to say their “I do’s” and to hear the crowd affirm them with a hearty “we do!”  They chose to write their own vows and are so happy with all that occurred at this lovely site.

Share This Post:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr
Follow Us On Social Media:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagramFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagram

Easter Bunny shows up at wedding at Point Dume in Malibu Beach Wedding

Joey and Gustavo wanted to get married on Easter Sunday so i dad to bring along my bunny head.

I didn’t wear it for the ceremony only for pictures after. It made for a great laugh.

They chose Point Dume in Malibu. I was all ready to walk out onto the beach when their friend pointed to the top of the cliffs and said the wedding is up there. I was not ready for that as I was ready to be barefoot on the beach. SO I put on my dress shoes and trecked up the hill.

It was worth every gasp when i got up there. The view is amazing

They decorated the area with wild flowers and draping and the grooms walked down the gauntlet of friends to the end of the path to where I was waiting.

They did a beautiful Sand Ceremony blending their lives together.

After it was all done they had a big kiss and got tons of pictures with their family and friends.

Share This Post:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr
Follow Us On Social Media:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagramFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagram

This couple rented an Airbnb in this cool little castle looking structure off of Latigo Canyon and Alan performed their wedding at an overlook nearby

Traveling from out of state, this couple rented an Airbnb in the Malibu Hills to stay. They stayed in this cool little castle looking structure off of Latigo Canyon. While exploring the area they discover this wonderful lookout about three quarters of a mile up the hill from where they were staying. They decided that was where they were going to do the ceremony. I wish they had told me because I was wearing my loafers which are not proper shoes for hiking.

Once on top of the hill and after I caught my breath I performed a simple yet meaningful ceremony for them.

I took this really cool 360° video of them kissing and pictures of the surrounding area. It was not only a great experience for them but a treat for me. Anytime I can do a wedding outside the norm I am a happy boy.

Share This Post:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr
Follow Us On Social Media:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagramFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagram

A Loving Couple and their beloved dog Rango……….

rogermikeangelica1
Roger had the honor of marrying Mike and Angelica this last weekend.  During the planning session for their wedding ceremony, they mentioned their dog Rango who is a MAJOR part of their life together.  Roger asked them if Rango was attending the wedding and they had considered it but had not done anything about it…… Well, Roger being a giant dog love, said they had to have him there, he was family !!  So they got permission from the venue, the beautiful Malibu West Beach Club and Rango became the official ring bearer !  So all was going along smoothly……. everybody had made their way down the aisle (including Rango – “Good boy”!)…….. the ceremony was running along with lots of heart felt moments, lots of laughter… until the exchanging of the rings… which were tied to Rango’s collar…..  Not a problem, but fearing that somehow the rings might come untied, they triple tied them to make sure they were not coming off…..and that is exactly what happened !! Everything came to a sudden stop in the ceremony while the best man, (Mike’s identical twin brother) wrangled with the multiple knots trying to get the rings.  All the while, the star of the wedding, Rango, sat there patiently while they retrieved the rings !  Rango was the star of the day !

Mike and Angelica were so happy that they wrote to Roger the very next day !!

Roger, 

First of all, thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony!!   People kept asking us where we found you, and we’re so glad we did. It was exactly what we were looking for. 

We never got the opportunity to thank you, however. We would really like to make that a priority, so please let us know what would be the best way to do that. And we’d be so happy to give you an amazing review!

Thank you SO much again. You made this such a memorable day for us! It was perfect.

Angelica and Mike

rogermikeangelica

Share This Post:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblrFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedintumblr
Follow Us On Social Media:
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagramFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinyoutubetumblrinstagram