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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.

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Beautiful Weather for a Ceremony at Palisades Park in Dana Point

Adee & David M. - 05.09.16Congratulations to Adee Smit & David Matl on their May 9, 2015 wedding at the Dana Point Palisades Gazebo in Dana Point, CA.  After a well-needed day of rain, the weather was perfect for this wedding with a beautiful view of the Pacific.  Everything went as planned for this small but meaningful ceremony. 

A Wonderful Beach Ceremony at Roessler Point in Palos Verdes, by Alan Katz

Michelle Lacson of Michelle Lacson Photography just sent us over these great pictures. Alan performed a wedding at the exquisite Roessler Point gazebo in Palos Verdes on January 9th. The wonderful couple incorporated a sand ceremony, and even got their toes in the sand! It was a beautiful ceremony on a beautiful day.

Photos by Michelle Lacson

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Wine Box Love Letter and Red Velvet Cake Mix. A cool twist on a new tradition.

I have done many wine box and love letter ceremonies in the past this one is a cool little option.
At Tim and Jeff's wedding today at Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach they are doing something special.

They are placing a bottle of wine to love letters they wrote to each other and a box of red velvet cake mix.
This way on their first anniversary they can open the box, read the love letters and bake some red velvet cupcakes.

I love it when couples do creative things like this.

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Officiant Beth Prevents Ring Disaster!

Eula Mei & Jon Paul

Married on Saturday August 30th at Roessler Point Gazebo in Palos Verdes.

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It was a beautiful day as friends and family from California and Hawaii joined the couple for their wedding ceremony. My first surprise was when the Mother of the Groom gave me a Cigar Lei straight from Hawaii. What a great honor (see orange lei on Beth Gates Officiant)! The next surprise occurred when the best man dropped the groom’s ring. As it rolled toward the cliff, I stopped it before it could roll off and be gone forever! Even with a little excitement it was a beautiful and sweet wedding and I had the honor of receiving the spirit of Aloha with the gift of my lei!

Aloha until next time!


Both Officiant Anthony and Whales Make Wedding Memorable!

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On Thursday, April 17th, our Great Officiant Anthony had the honor of performing a ceremony for Danielle and John. The wedding was held at the gazebo at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach. It was a very small gathering, with about 15 guests with only the couple standing together.

 

For a half hour before and all through their ceremony there were three whales, directly off shore, maybe 100 yards from the sand! They spouted, breached, rolled and fluke slapped repeatedly. This was an added bonus to an already great event!

Matt and Kristine Married by Great Officiant Tim

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On a gorgeous February 28th, Kristine and Matt renewed their vows in Laguna Beach at the Gazebo in Heisler Park.  Finally all their family could see them vow their love to one another. It’s been a long time coming and everyone (even onlookers) were very excited for them! To make the day even better, the rain took a break just for them!

Valentine’s Couple Battles Fog for Heartfelt Wedding

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Great Officiant Anthony performed a Christian ceremony for Jane and Ron. This couple lives in Atlanta, GA. Due to inclement weather, Jane and their three adult children were literally on the last plane to make it out of Atlanta on Thursday!

The wedding was scheduled for 3:00pm on the beach so we headed down a little beforehand only to be met with fog. This was not just a little fog, this was a LARGE blanket of fog with no ocean in sight.

We formed a plan and the six of us piled into the rental SUV and started zipping around South OC until we found a spot that still had some sunlight on it. We ended up at the Palisades Gazebo in Dana Point. The ceremony was heartfelt and obviously meaningful to both Ron & Jane. Finding the perfect spot was well worth the adventure!

Officiant Anthony Performs Beautiful Beach and Garden Weddings

Lots of Smiles with Farrah and Sean

On October 18th, Farrah and Sean were married at the Laguna Cliff Marriott in Dana Point. Sean had a permanent smile from the moment I arrived and never stopped!

Although he was doing fine on his own, his mother told him “Breath! Deep, in from your nose, out from your mouth!” She even continued telling him as Farrah was coming down the isle!

Her dress was amazing – the processional music had a can-can rhythm, and Farrah kicked as she walked. Her dress moved to the music producing a beautiful flowing effect.

There were lots of smiles and good laughs for the personalized promises: Farrah will go to In-N-Out and Sean will let loose on the dance floor.

The weather was wonderful, and the sunset made for some rockin’ photos!

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Wonderful Ceremony with a Scottish Touch and Poem – James and Diana

20131013 James, Diana & AVYOn October 13th, I was privileged to be the officiant for James and Diana, whose ceremony took place at the Palisades Gazebo Park in Dana Point.

There was a lovely view of the ocean behind them along with candles, photos of loved ones near by, and a Bagpipe player in full formal Scottish dress to play the processional and recessional.

The ‘normal’ ceremony verbiage was replaced by a poem written by Diana and read by me.

The ring exchange followed the reading and then the kiss!

Untraditional I Do’s at Beautiful Traditional Wedding – Robert and Yvonne

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On October 12, I was at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. This is a beautiful place, and a perfect setting for a wedding. The weather was amazing – sunny but not to warm – and just enough breeze without being windy.

The couple, Robert and Yvonne, had a traditional, secular ceremony except for the “I Do’s” which included Robert learning to cook and turn off lights when he leaves a room, and Yvonne learning to drive a standard transmission car and getting up at 4:30 am to watch Formula 1 with Robert. Their guests appreciated the humor with long, loud laughs and even some applause.

Nervous Groom Cracks Up Bride – Chris and Mellisa

20131005 Chris, Mellissa & AVYOn October 5th I was privileged to be the officiant for Chris and Mellisa at the Los Verdes Golf Club.  It was a warm, bright, and lovely day.

The couple are fantastic people!! Light, fun loving, and surrounded with like-minded folks. The groom was one of the most animated nervous I’ve ever seen! He could not stand still nor stop talking! His bride was beautiful and had the most delightful look on her face and in her eyes, except of course when see was laughing at something Chris said!

There were twice as many groomsmen as brides maids. The live music, keyboard, and guitar with an additional singer were great! They included a sand ceremony set up under a hoopa.

Fun Backyard Wedding Over-looking Sunset on the Beach

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On September 28th, at 5:00 pm, I performed a beautiful event that took place in a back yard over looking the beach from the edge of a cliff at San Clemente’s Riviera District.

The groom’s son was his best man, and the bride’s daughters were her court.

Having not seen each other the entire day, the moment the groom saw his bride in her dress was emotional for them both. Her brother was her escort and gave her away.

They incorporated several things into the ceremony to show their sense of humor. The ceremony was very funny, and the guests loved it!

Sometimes the Ocean is All You Need – Shawn and Leslie20130928 Shawn, Leslie & AVY 2

This fine event was in Oceanside, in the backyard of a house that ends ON THE SAND!

Thirty or so chairs were set up facing the ocean. There was no arch or flowers, but just the big ol’ lovely ocean behind the couple.

Shawn and Leslie had a small wedding party of family. It was a fun, light ceremony – just what the couple asked for.

There were a good number of people on the beach and many took to watching and even clapping when the couple kissed!