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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…

Another Modern Hindu Ceremony at the Charthouse in Redondo

20160604_164226Joey and Kristen have been dreaming of this day for months now! Hailing all the way from Indiana, they came out here to Southern California to have their perfect wedding on the beach. Although overcast, we were still optimistic on performing the Hindu Fusion ceremony. The ceremony was complete with the major Hindu traditions such as the Vivah Homa/Mangal Fera (fire blessing/circling the fire), garland exchange (beautifully provided by Beth of Lei of Love), and parental blessing. There were some Bible readings to honor Kristen’s religion and culture, which capped off a beautiful ceremony.

During the vows, the sun shone through the clouds, as their love will shine through their lives forever.

They were married in front of 40 of their close family and friends, afterwards we took a group photo20160604_164009

After the ceremony, they went to the Sunset room at the Charthouse in Redondo beach and lived happily ever after.20160604_164110

The Fly Boy, The Russian Bride, and the Barefoot Officiant, Malibu Beach Wedding

FullSizeRenderOlesya and Anthony got married in front of the Sunset Restaurant in Malibu. In addition to performing the ceremony they also enlisted our beach division to design and set up a most beautiful arch. The arch was a four post bamboo arch covered with both white and sheer Tiffany blue drapes adorned with starfish and flowers.

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The ceremony was a combination of a Hawaiian style ceremony, and a traditional style ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, the conch shell was blown, the couples said their vows and did a beautiful sand ceremony at the end. The bridesmaids were beautiful and dressed to the nines. The guests thouroughly enjoyed the ceremony, and then went off to their reception.20150515_130609 20150515_131105 20150515_131128The rain had cleared up right before the ceremony, so they had the toes in the sand expereience they wanted. With beautiful clouds in the sky, the sun shining, we congratulate this happy and beautiful couple.IMG_5038

Octavio has a bilingual wedding in a restaurant, and a beautiful wedding on a beach

Paulo & Flor's ceremony and reception took place at Luminarias in Monterey Park. It was a beautiful day and the weather was exceptional, not too cold and not too hot. This venue is very popular as it has two different areas were ceremonies can take place plus you can have your reception there as well. On weekends and holidays they have a brunch going on so there is wonderful smell of food in the air.

Paulo and Flor asked me to do a Catholic Lite ceremony in Spanish with the vows, I do's, and ring exchange in English. They also incorporated the mothers rose presentation.

It all came out beautifully. 

Flor and Paulo thank you for choosing me as your officiant. I'm honored to have officiated your wedding and I wish you all the blessings and love in the world!

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Damone and Angie had their wedding ceremony at El Matador Beach in Malibu. Even though the tide was high we were holdin' on and dear Blondie (sun) was shining behind us.

It was a beautiful afternoon! We incorporated the sand ceremony, lasso ritual, and coins into our Catholic Lite ceremony. Since they didn't have a setup they asked friends to hold the glass container while they poured the sand into it. This is a great way to include  loved ones into the ceremony by giving them a "part" in your ceremony.

Damone & Angie, it was an honor to be chosen to officiate your wedding!!! Thank you so much! I wish you all the blessings in the World!


Beth and Greg had a busy start to the Fall wedding season!

Beth Gates marries another happy couple Middle Ranch Lodge Lakeview Terrace beautiful setting for an October wedding:

The bride and groom wrote their own vows and both became very emotional!  Our Great Officiant Beth was ready though and handed tissues to both the bride and the groom a first for Beth, sure glad she always has two tissues at ready!20141025_173231

Beth and Greg Gates work as a team and marry two Happy Couples in one day, September 27th was a great  day filled with love:

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Then Beth and Greg Gates are off to Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes were Beth designed the flowers and blew the Conch Shell  Announcing a new voyage for Glenn and Renee as Greg married the couple just outside their bungalow overlooking the Pacific Ocean.9-26-41 Wedding download 036

Just another day in Paradise for these  two Great Officiants!

Steve and Kim true love 10-18-2014:

 Beth Gates marries the couple on the beach in Long Beach and here beautiful Arch flowers turn into sweetheart table decor at Don the Beachcomber!



A cool and breezy but sunny day in Malibu

A cool and breezy but sunny day in Malibu on the beach by the Sunset Restaurant was the setting for the wedding of Thia & Chris performed by Rev. Ralph. The bride & groom presented their own personal vows, and a sand ceremony with "genuine Malibu sand" capped a love-filled afternoon.

(see their happy note below)  

Dear Ralph,


Thank you so much for your kind message, and for making our day so very memorable. You performed the perfect ceremony and we will never forget how special it was. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.


Many blessings to you,

Thia & Chris


A Classic Wedding and a Runaway Best Man?

A Runaway Best Man ???

Roger married a really great couple Alex & Veronica this last Saturday at the Ports O Call Restaurant overlooking the water in San Pedro.

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It was a picture perfect day.  The only problem was that the best man was a no-show…… He was Alex’s best friend and Alex was concerned because this would never happen on a day like his wedding day ! So just before the wedding started, Alex was visibly distraught so Roger and him took a walk and chatted about what was important that day and the everything would turn out fine in the end.  And sure enough, the Best Man made it….. late, but he made it and the day finished on a high note!!!


A Classic Wedding And A Classic Pose…….

Roger’s couple Alex & Bertha that got married on the beach of Santa Monica this last weekend had the classic wedding.  A beautiful beach wedding set up by Beth at Lei Of Love with a small, intimate gathering of friends and family.

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It was a perfect wedding and right at the end after Roger announced them husband and wife and that Alex may now kiss his bride, Alex suddenly takes his new bride and dips her with the kiss!! It was the perfect ending to a classic wedding with a classic pose!!

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Great beach review.

John & Mercedes came in from Colorado for a vacation in so cal. John called me and wanted to set up a surprise ceremony.
I gave him several location options and also places to eat.

So we decided on Laguna Beach below Las Brisas Restuarant.
It was a perfect day to do it the ocean was beautiful and a nice breast blowing they the Palm trees.
This is their testimonial afterwards.

Officiant Michael is on a Wedding Roll!

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Matthew and Manuela were married at a walk-on style beach wedding in Marina Del Rey.  This was a beautiful, intimate ceremony with the happy couple and their family.  After we performed their wedding under a palm tree, we went directly to the sidewalk where Matthew broke the glass and the entire family (and a few friendly onlookers) shouted Mazel Tov!

They also sent a quick thank you to Michael:

“Thank you so much! Everything was amazing and you were fantastic!!!

We all had a great time!”



Nate and Marissa found Wilshire Restaurant, in Santa Monica, to have a fantastic outdoor area to be a perfect backdrop for their light-hearted and fun ceremony.  After they exchanged vows and I Do’s, I scurried out of the way for their first kiss which their photographer captured from behind them, facing the audience and through a firepit!


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Megan and Diana are a couple after my own heart – gamers!  After a lengthy first meeting over coffee where we exchanged tales of electronic victories, I had the privileged to learn all about their life as a couple: from first meeting through proposal and beyond.  Their ceremony remained true to their gamer essence. We performed an originally written Paopu Fruit Ceremony which is from the Kingdom Hearts video game series, their rings were kept in Pokémon balls and their tables were all labeled with classic games.  After their ceremony, which was held at the Mitten Building in Redlands, I retold their love story, they produced an enormous fantasy-style sword which they used to cut the cake.  Rock on ladies!


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Richard and Aimee’s wedding, held at The 1909 in Topanga, was all about laughter and fun – would you expect anything else from a couple who both brought each other Gummy Bears on their first date?  We performed a beautiful Wine Box and Love Letter ceremony under their Chuppah. After I pronounced them husband and wife, Richard took his heel straight to a glass with an awesome crush and Mazel Tov!  I’m sure the rest of their reception was full of just as much energy, they had an entire candy buffet setup with delectable sugary delights!