Three Weddings From all over, one at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, one at the Athenaeum in Pasadena, and one at Los Willows Private Estate in San Diego

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Robert, Trina and I had very little time to get to know each other. So I immediately set up a time to discuss what exactly what they wanted for their ceremony. They both reside in Houston, TX, so as a fellow Texan we all got along so well. As we started the planning process, the news came of Hurricane Harvey. It was set to hit Houston hard, and bring devastating flooding. I only imagined what this couple went through. They were worried for their homes and their personal safety, and the safety of their friends and family. I did whatever I could to bring them some peace and comfort during this insanely challenging time for them. To say they handled it well is an understatement. They were troopers, they never let the situation get the best of them. They stood strong. I was truly blessed to get to know them and celebrate this very special day with them, to find such a beautiful bright sunbeam in the midst of all the devastating natural disaster.

Day of Coordinator – Jennifer Cooper

Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach

The date: Oct. 14, 2017. The place: The Athenaeum, Pasadena. Christina & Ryan were married by Rev. Ralph under the large Jacaranda tree on the beautiful grounds adjacent to the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech). It was a beautiful warm day, but comfortable in the shade. Wedding coordinator Samantha Sisk or La Bella Dia events had everything under control. A talented string quartet provided a romantic mood, and the proverbial knot was tied in joyous fashion!

It was a real pleasure for me to be invited to celebrate this weekend with Maria Alindogan and Jeff Rivera who got married at Los Willows Private Estate in the rolling hills of northern San Diego County.  This beautiful young couple and their dog Charlie (the ring bearer) welcomed family and friends from near and far to celebrate their special day with them.

The venue is among the most beautiful I have ever visited.  With a private lake, outside seating with gas fire pits, a beautiful covered pavilion, and a shady meadow, the setting was ideal for a late fall wedding as the sun dipped behind the hills and cool shadow enveloped the small valley.

This lovely couple choose to celebrate an abbreviated version of the Catholic Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass.¬† In addition to using the traditional vows of the Church, the couple wrote vows to one another which, once recited, left not a dry eye in the house.¬† I really enjoyed meeting this couple’s families and friends who were welcoming, kind, and eager to show their love and support for Maria and Jeff as they declared “themselves to be a family before their families, friends, and God.”¬† May they have a long and happy life together!

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Rev. Ralph was delighted to perform the wedding ceremony for Clare & Josh at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach

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Rev. Ralph was delighted to perform the wedding ceremony for Clare & Josh at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach.  The date, April 21, 2017, was clear and beautiful, the location was picturesque, the guests were in a festive mood, and the bride and groom were composed and confident!  Assisting very professionally were guitarist/singer Wise (wise100doors@gmail.com) and coordinator Ida Gardner (ida@idagardnerevents.com).  All in all, a perfect day!

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Rev. Ralph married Justin & Julia at the Roessler Point Gazebo

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There were only four of us there, but it was a joyous occasion as I (Rev. Ralph) married Justin & Julia in the presence of God and photographer McKenzie Smith (mckenziesmithphotography.com) at the Roessler Point Gazebo, Malaga Cove, in beautiful Palos Verdes.  It rained the day before and the day after, but was clear and calm for the quiet ceremony by the sea.  

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Claudia & Scott celebrated their marriage at a lovely setting by the seashore, at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Palos Verdes

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Claudia & Scott celebrated their marriage at a lovely setting by the seashore, at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Palos Verdes. ¬†Arriving early, Rev. Ralph stopped to enjoy the setting, and greet some of the arriving guests. ¬†The couple’s 2-year-old daughter Lola was the flower girl. ¬†As the ceremony began, Rev. Ralph asked Lola if she would promise to help make the family a happy and healthy one, and Lola responded by bursting into tears! ¬†We think that meant “yes.” ¬†After the ceremony, Claudia & Scott posed with Rev. Ralph and it was “all smiles” after that!
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It was a beautiful summer evening in the semi-rural Riverside County town of Mira Loma

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It was a beautiful summer evening in the semi-rural Riverside County town of Mira Loma, as Rev. Ralph presided over the nuptials of Diana and Frank in the backyard of their lovely home.  Music from a solo violin set the mood, and about 75 friends and family members rejoiced as they repeated their vows under the setting sun.

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The wedding of Brandi and JC took place amidst a joyous family gathering at the L.A. Harbor Masonic Lodge in San Pedro

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The wedding of Brandi and JC took place amidst a joyous family gathering at the L.A. Harbor Masonic Lodge in San Pedro.  Brandon, Brian, Jayceonna, Jayceon, Gianna, the five children they have between them, also made vows to help keep the new family a happy and healthy one.

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A beautiful, breezy afternoon at The Victorian in Santa Monica was the setting for the boisterously happy wedding ceremony of Kim and Michae

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A beautiful, breezy afternoon at The Victorian in Santa Monica was the setting for the boisterously happy wedding ceremony of Kim and Michael, presided over by Rev. Ralph.  The mood, fueled no doubt by the natural energy of joy and excitement, plus the influence of plenty of champagne, was bubbly and festive.

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