Stacey has three great weddings: Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Ontario Hotel, and Upland Hills Country Club

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Their love story began with a simple friendship. A Facebook friendship. Jory admitted that when she first accepted her now-husband’s friend request on FB back in 2007 she immediately crushed on him. She quietly kept track of his status through photos and updates. Through a series of “coincidences” their virtual friendship became an actual frelationship. Fast-forward ten years: her once-skeptical family of her internet romance are now solid believers in the transcendent power of Facebook.

About 20 family members, both sets of parents, step parents, cousins and siblings assembled at Palisades Park for this ceremony on August 26.

Family members joined Officiant Stacey Newsome in blessing the couple with this  prayer they wrote for the occasion:

Bless their marriage, O God, as they begin their journey down the road of life together. We don’t know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help them to make the best of whatever comes their way.

Help them to continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first met. Help them to realize that nothing nor no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people including themselves.

Help them to respect each other’s likes and dislikes, opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears even though they may not always understand them.

Help them to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Help them to realize that no matter what happens to them they will hold on to each other and know that things have a way of working out for the good.

Help them to create for their children a peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives.

But most of all, dear God, help them to keep lit the torch of love’ that they now share so that by their loving example they may pass on the light of love to their children and to their children’s children forever.

Family members then deposited personal messages and cash gifts into a keepsake box the couple will open on their anniversary. Though, they admit the cash will likely not live in the box the entire year!

It was my pleasure to officiate this lovely ceremony and I wish them many, many happy years together.

From the Tennessee Valley to the San Gabriel Valley, it may have been a job transfer that brought this couple from the South to the West, but it’s love and and a desire for a warm-weather vacation that brought their family here for the occasion.

Scott and Nicole held an intimate ceremony at the Ontario Hotel and Convention Center. Scott says Los Angeles would not feel like home unless his long-time girlfriend Nicole joined him in the next phase of his life. Being from the South myself, I felt the warmth of their Southern Hospitality. They made me feel like an member of their big ol’ friendly family!!

On a crisp and clear afternoon in Upland, CA at the Upland Hills Country Club the friends and family of this well-loved couple gathered to celebrate their love for each other.

Laurie and Dominique exchanged vows they wrote especially for each other. From the moment they met, Laurie says she knew she could love Dominique for the rest of her life. Dominique promised to be the right partner-one who loves, comforts and protects her partner. The entire gathering got a glimpse into how the two had each others backs as they lovingly wiped errant eyelashes and tears from each other’s glowing faces.

About 135 witnesses to their love cheered them on when the rings were displayed and the deal was sealed with a kiss.

Congrats!

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A beach wedding in Santa Monica, Little Corona del Mar, and a Wedding at Orange Hill Restaurant by Suvin

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Jaronica and Darryl came from Georgia and Missouri, respectively, to have their ceremony in the sands of Santa Monica

It was a beautiful day, and they got married at the perfect time, catching the golden hour for the sunset. The entire family surrounded them on the beach, and surrounded them in love. They had a Christian ceremony, sprinkled with a little bit of humor here and there. They did not want to write their own vows, but still wanted a personal touch. I advised them to share some words with each other right before the conclusion of the ceremony. Nothing formal, nothing written down, just a few loving words straight from the heart.

We delivered the marriage license also! This saved them a trip down to the county clerk’s office since they were in town just for a few days.

Congrats to the happy couple.

On a warm July day, Hala and Nicholas tied the knot overlooking the amazing view provided by the Orange Hill Restaurant.. I met this awesome couple at the Orange Hill Bridal Show, and they wanted to incorporate some Arabic traditions with some Christian elements. They did not want it too heavy handed though. I recommended we have a reading from Rumi and 1st Corinthians. A quick wedding prayer at the end of the ceremony tied everything nicely together.

Although it was a warm day, everyone enjoyed. They had a large wedding party complete with friends and family, and look at that beautiful walkway!

Brittany and Vincent had an intimate ceremony at Little Corona Del Mar, one of my favorite beaches.

They had a trying situation, Brittany’s mother has stage 4 bone cancer. In situations like this, I was happy to donate my services to this loving couple. They traveled all the way from Vegas so mom could experience this moment. They were able to have the ceremony of their dreams in front of their family on this gorgeous summer evening. They were able to catch the sunset as well.

I performed a Christian based ceremony with a sand blending. Sand Ceremonies are such a cool addition to beach ceremonies. It really captures the vibe of the moment, and it is a perfect expression of two people’s lives joining into one.

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A Total Surprise Wedding For The Bride

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Roger got to be part of a very cool surprise for an unsuspecting bride this last weekend.  You see Carlos and Anna have been married for 20 years and Carlos wanted to celebrate their love for one another by renewing their vows once again after two decades together……but he wanted to do it as a surprise for her on the beach.  So Carlos had set up the perfect plan.  He arranged it all thru the The Victorian, an amazing restaurant in Santa Monica and they would set up the chairs and such on the beach.  Now to get Anna there and surprise her…… And this is where the genius of the plan came into play…. You see Anna was going to be on the beach getting some pictures taken by a family friend (who was in on the surprise) and this family friend was “casually” going to walk her over to the area where Roger and all their friends and family would be waiting and surprise her with the wedding.  But they didn’t want her to notice the assembly of friends and family…. So the photographer friend had her walk backwards for probably a couple hundred feet and she never saw it until she was right on top of it !  It worked perfect and she was overwhelmed. A beautiful wedding !!  And Roger topped it off with an amazing ceremony.  It was a great day.   Roger told Carlos the only downside to this wonderful day was that Carlos set the bar really high for every married man out there !   Touche’ Carlos !

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Karina and Savas had a beautiful ceremony with their toes in the sand at Shutters in Santa Monica by Suvin

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Karina and Savas wanted an intimate and beautiful beach ceremony. They chose the sand near Shutters in Santa Monica for their beach wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, they had their daughter play the violin for their entrance.

I blended a few Christian elements with some Rumi quotes and a Sufi reading. It was a beautiful blending of faiths on a perfect Southern California day.

After the ceremony, they went into the Ocean View room for their reception. Overall, it was a perfect day for a perfect couple. May they live happily ever after.

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Karina and Danny Samret’s Wedding on 12 May 2017 took place at Santa Monica Beach, near the Casa Del Sol Hotel.

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Karina and Danny Samret’s Wedding on 12 May 2017 took place at Santa Monica Beach, near the Casa Del Sol Hotel. Santa Monica offers a very broad and sandy beach, with classic life guard huts flying the American flag. The adjacent park offers ample and inexpensive parking for guests as well as restroom facilities.

The casual beach feel is refreshing and you can usually count on a pleasant ocean breeze and sea air to cheer spirits. Many swank hotels and restaurants are mere steps from the beach and offer wonderful venues for your wedding reception.

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It was a typical gorgeous day at Palasides Park that was made even more beautiful by the love that was reaffirmed in the vow renewal for Charles (Kat) and Wanda Edgerton

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It was a typical gorgeous day at Palasides Park that was made even more beautiful by the love that was reaffirmed in the vow renewal for Charles (Kat) and Wanda Edgerton. After 50 years of marriage they renewed their vows in front of their children and grandchildren in an all-white affair. The love and affection this family has for each other was so infectious that it captured the attention of passers-by who became impromptu wedding guests. Congratulations Kat and Wanda. May your next 50 years together be even more blessed and amazing.

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Roger performed a beautiful wedding at the always wonderful Palisade Park in Santa Monica

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Some couples will exchange gifts during the ceremony and some couples will read their worlds of love to one another……..  This last Saturday Roger got to witness a very special gift that was given to the groom Alfredo from his bride Julianne…..and Roger got to be part of it.  The wedding was held at the always wonderful Palisades Park in Santa Monica.  Just a small intimate wedding of 25 people including Julianne’s two children.  Plus Julianne is pregnant with their first child together.  And neither of them know the gender of the baby…. At least that is what Alfredo thought…..  So just before Roger announces them husband and wife…. he mentions that Julianne has a gift for him…….. What could it be???  She hands him a small box……. And in that box was a very, teeny tiny pair of PINK cowboy boots !!  Alfredo was now a father to a little girl….for a total of three girls now !  It was a wonderful surprise and a doozy of a gift !!

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