A Hawaiian Style Ceremony at the David Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley

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I may only do Hawaiian / beach weddings from now on. The Aloha Spirit was strong at the David Baker golf course in Fountain Valley. Guests cheered and sounded off loudly , and a conch shell was sounded to the four directions as the groom, Gene Ahlo, waited anxiously for his bride, DeEtte Lucero. She arrived, radiant in white, and they exchanged Leis with parents. I sprinkled Hawaiian words and phrases through the ceremony to honor the heritage of both families, including part of the vows.  All were thrilled at the kiss and final Alooooooo-ha!
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A Cool Breeze on the Beach

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Despite recent heat, the waves at 72nd Street and Ocean in Long Beach were beautiful, with a cooling breeze. Formal dress was forbidden by Katy and David, the bride and groom, so guests from all over the world, from London to Australia, were decked out in flip flops, shorts, and Hawaiian shirts, though Katy still managed to sparkle in her simple but elegant white dress. Both were quite emotional as they repeated their own Vows.  Katy told me afterwards, “It was perfect.”

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Another wonderful ceremony at the La Mirada Golf Course

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Rain was the order of the day as Debi Griego and Raymond Montanez tied the knot at the La Mirada Golf Course.  But no one seemed to notice the rain, as the couple only had eyes for each other.  Besides, I don’t think the heavy stuff is going to come down for some time yet.

The rain held off long enough for April Zimmerman and Ken Paquin to dry up their gorgeous backyard, and promise sunny days to each other for the rest of their lives, in a beautiful ceremony largely written by April herself  Immediately after the ceremony the only thing flowing were drinks at the bar.

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An Emotionally Packed Wedding at the Sky Room Chapel in Long Beach

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The Sky Room wedding facility in the historic Breaker's building was luminous, as was the bride, Marla Espinoza, as she made her way down the aisle to the arms of Dino Chavez to the tune, "At Last." Everyone laughed at the "Slightly Comic" ceremony with a few planned twists, and more than a few cried as well during a touching Memory Candle lighting. 
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A Gorgeous Evening at the Japanese Gardens in Long Beach

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June 19 was a gorgeous evening for the Ondo wedding at the Japanese Gardens in Long Beach.

Many happy tears were shed by the blissful couple, standing atop a bridge in the midst of family and friends.

The groom during the 13 coins ceremony evoked much laughter; and the Unity candle (set a little too deep in a glass jar) provided a small amount of struggle, but a great many heartfelt emotional moments.

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A Perfect Wedding at the Portofino in Redondo Beach

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My wedding on May 8 was as close to a perfect wedding ceremony as I can imagine. At the Portofino in Redondo Beach, with rain threatening, and wind swirling. The Bride, Elizabeth Baisley was stunning, The Groom, Christian Mezzina was beaming. Heavily customized, honoring the guests, many of whom had travelled literally halfway across the earth to attend, and suited to the senses of humor the wedding couple had shown in our meetings, the wedding and wine box ceremony were greatly appreciated by all key players. I asked the Bride what she thought afterwards, and she replied, "I could not possibly be happier," and gave me a big hug!

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