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Monthly Archive: April 2016

We did the hokey pokey during the ceremony.

Heidi and Judson and their family came in from Salt Lake City.
they had a blended family he had two children, she had one and together they had one on the way.

They rented a home on the beach in Newport. And with their family and friends in tow we did the ceremony with toes in the sand

They wanted a ceremony that would join their family together as well as the two of them.
so instead of the rings they exchanged bracelets.

as a gift to the family I surprised them with a free sand ceremony. I come from a blended family is well and I know how important it is to let each one of them know how important they are.

so after they exchange the bracelets and blended the sand I have them stand in the circle holding each other’s hands. I told them first to put the right foot in and then pull the right foot out and they pretty much got it from there. We did the hokey pokey and we turned ourselves around because that’s what it’s all about.

I had them make a fun silly face for the picture.

The tale of the Sake and the Broom


Darius and Yu met while he was serving in the Armed Forces in Japan. They fell in love and knew they should be together.

Living in two separate countries and trying to caring on a romance is not always the easiest thing. They knew their love was strong and that it would indure.

So finally she came out here and they decided to get married on the beach. It was just the two of them and his mother who flew out from New Jersey.

We first met at my office today where I issued them their marriage license so they didn’t have to stand in line at the County Clerk.

Then we made our way down to a beautiful beach area in Long Beach. There was hardly a soul on the beach so I knew it would be wonderful.

On the way there I thought I would surprise them and add two elements from their culture.

I went to liquor store and purchased a small bottle of sake and a couple of glasses. I also grab the broom for them to jump over at the end of the ceremony. 

It was a wonderful way to celebrate such a special day and they love the extra attention I gave them to make the ceremony a true reflection of their love story. 

A Beautiful Evening For A Beach Wedding At Sunset Beach

suvin beach wedding1It was a warm April evening. Near Broadway and PCH is an intimate location in Sunset Beach perfect for walk on ceremonies. Darren and Emma, surrounded by close family, decided to tie the knot. They exchanged vows, said i do, and exchanged rings in a very heartfelt ceremony.

They incorporated a family sand ceremony, joining their three children together with them in this beautiful custom. I used some sand from the beach as the base, then the children were the first to pour their respective colors into the jar. Finally, Darren and Emma poured their colors. The sand ceremony is a beautiful way to allow children to feel involved. After the ceremony, the jar with the blended sand can be placed on the mantle, and everyone will always remember and say “hey, that’s my color, that’s my contribution to the family!”

After the sand ceremony, a few more words were spoken. Then, the apex of the ceremony, the kiss!

And they all lived happily every after.

Photography Credit: Molly Ann, Luminaire Images Photographysuvin beach wedding2

It was a stunningly beautiful day on the Santa Monica Beach for the March 26 wedding of a stunningly beautiful couple

IMG_4188It was a stunningly beautiful day on the Santa Monica Beach for the March 26 wedding of a stunningly beautiful couple. Great Officiants not only provided Rev Dr Gary Barmore to lead the ceremony, but set up a beautiful floral arch through which the guests could see the couple as well as all the sailboats on the bay.  Pastor Barmore overheard the groom, Nicolas Penate exclaim in wonder as his bride Magdelena Ayon was escorted across the sand to the altar by her father.  Her dress was indeed exquisite and Nic looked pretty dapper himself.  The ceremony contained drama, laughter, serious commitment, love and joy.  The photos attached are (1) the groom, his parents and Dr Barmore, and (2) the couple showing their affectionate appreciation for their officiant.IMG_4183