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An Awesome Couple at the Hotel Maya by Suvin

The Hotel Maya is such a great venue. Beautiful scenery, great views, and of course, this happy couple. They had an intimate ceremony surrounded by their family and friends. They had some wonderful decorations, and a nice sign in table with some candles and their picture. We had a non-denominational ceremony with a few words from them at the end. It is always a nice touch when the couple adds a few words in. It does not have the formality or the stress of writing out your own vows, but it still customizes the ceremony.

And they lived happily ever after.

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

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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Jhorge and Lily got married at the Paracel Restaurant in Westminster

Jhorge and Lily are such a sweet couple. They got married at the Paracel Restaurant in Westiminster on Mother’s Day. To honor this great day, they had a Mother’s Rose Presentation. In addition to the mother’s rose presentation, they also had a unity candle and wine box and love letter ceremony. 

They also wrote their own vows. Check out my last blog or reach out to us to see the two easy steps on writing your own vows.

It was a sweet and intimate ceremony surrounded by friends and family.

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Michele and Bob had a Casual and Fun Wedding at the Charthouse in Redondo Beach, by Suvin

Michele and Bob have a wonderful love story and celebrated this at the Charthouse in Redondo Beach. They wanted to share this with their guests, so they elected to have the Greatest Package. With this upgraded package, I wrote custom vows and sprinkled tid bits of their relationship into the ceremony by a relationship questionnaire they filled out. They met 37 years ago, crossed paths many times throughout the years, and finally re met through the magic of Facebook! They were such a fun couple, they wanted a casual beach feel with lots of humor. Surrounded by family, friends, and the amazing view of the ocean, they exchanged vows, laughed together, cried together, gave each other that magic kiss, and may they live happily ever after…

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Joseph and Maile Have Some Custom Vows for their Ceremony at the Heritage Museum in Santa Ana

Joseph and Maile are so in love. They had their picturesque ceremony under the gazebo at the Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana. Jamie Hiber is amazing to work with! They also had some other amazing vendors such as Diana Perkins from Country Garden Catering as their day of coordinator and Katar Marcus from Invisible Touch as the DJ. Choosing a professional is so important, and this couple did it correctly!

Another aspect they did correctly was their written vows. Many couples ask me, what is the best way to write your own vows. You can do this in two easy steps:

1. Type it out, and place it in a frame.
This way, you aren’t memorizing and forgetting the words, or pulling out a crumpled piece of paper. Also, these framed vows look great on the sweetheart table!
2. Write your love story.
Everyone has heard the same “I promise to do this, I promise to do that…” be unique! Write down how you two met, where you are now, where you see yourselves in the future.
These two easy steps will make your vows beautiful and memorable.

At Great Officiants, we can even issue the marriage license. This will save time because you don’t have to go down to your local County Clerk’s office and wait in line for hours to obtain the license. We issue it and turn it into the county for you, you never have to step foot in a County building!

Joseph and Maile, you two are the perfect couple, may you live happily ever after!

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Two Modern Hindu Fusion Weddings in Northern California for Suvin

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On August 13th, at the Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Rad and Piper tied the knot in a beautiful traditional/fusion Hindu Ceremony. The ceremony started with a traditional Baraat, where Radha rode her bicycle from the entrance of the Winery to the tent where the ceremony would take place. It was an amazing show, as there were almost 400 guests involved in the baraat and ceremony.

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In front of the tent, I lead a prayer. I asked everyone to be seated, and then performed the ceremony. The ceremony was very traditional, complete with a prayer to Ganesh, the Mangal Mantras, the Hastmelap, or joining of the hands, the Chedda Chedi, or tying of the knot, Jai mala, or exchange of garlands, the exchange of the Mangalsutra,the Vivah homa, or sacred fire, with the Mangel Fera, or circling of the fire. They had some traditional repeated vows and a ring exchange, and ended the ceremony with the seven steps.

This beautiful melding of cultures was exciting to be a part of. I made sure both brides and their families were represented, and were happy with the traditions being honored. At the end of the day, it is all about what the couple wants, it is their ceremony, and it is a celebration of their love.

Rad and Piper were thrilled to have the ceremony of their dreams come to life.

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After performing the ceremony, I drove an hour and a half north, to Sacramento, where the next ceremony would take place the next day.

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On August 14th, Aashika and Alex were married at the beautiful Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove. Surrounded by family and friends, I was able to incorporate Alex’s Greek and Celtic heritage within the Hindu ceremony.

I began the ceremony with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, to bless the marriage. I then recited the Mangal Mantras, or prayers to the planet Mars, which represents strength and passion. I incorporated the standard I dos, and they both gave the right answer :).

The bride’s parents then came up and joined us for the Brahma Vivah, or the water ceremony. Aashika’s parents poured water into Alex and Aashika’s palms, symbolizing the passing of family heritage to the next generation. We then performed the Vivah Homa and Mangal Fera, the fire ceremony and the circling of the fire.

To honor Alex’s Greek Orthodox culture, I placed the crowns, or stefana, on their heads. To honor Alex’s Celtic background, we performed a hand fasting ceremony, where the two were bound by the cord of love.

They exchanged some beautiful personalized vows, and performed the ring exchange.

They performed the seven steps, and I removed the crowns. I pronounced them married, and they took their walk down the aisle.

Aashika made these beautiful programs shaped like a fan, and had these kind words to share: 

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Tik and Mia Sealed the Deal at Averill Park Gazebo by Suvin

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Tik and Mia are such a wonderful couple. They just gave birth to a beautiful child, and wanted to be legally married. They drove down from West Covina and enjoyed the cool breeze at the gorgeous Averill Park Gazebo while surrounded by their close family and friends. I even learned some Chinese to start the ceremony: Dajia Hao (Hello everyone!)

We assisted them by having one of our notaries Shari issue the marriage license, and Suvin provided a beautiful ceremony.

Mia was so happy after the ceremony, she wanted to take a selfie with me.

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