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Officiant Mauricio Helps Couple Join Ranks!


Charlotte was enlisted in the U.S. Military and stationed in the United Kingdom, when she met Allan, a member of the British Armed Forces.  These soldiers were drawn and united by a power stronger than the rule of any government… love.

It was a perfect summer day early in June when they joined ranks, not on the shores of “the Pond”, but rather at the edge of the waters of the Pacific.  Great Officiants Mauricio was honored to be of service.

Post Cruise Wedding Ceremony Bliss! By Great Officiant A.Mauricio Lubong

Teresa and Jacob

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Teresa had plenty to smile about on Friday April 11th. She’d just disembarked from a cruise ship which rested anchor in Mexico, and now here she was, in Long Beach with her “toes in the sand”, ready to marry Jacob, her cruise-mate and fiancé — the man with whom she would share all future travels and dreams.

Teresa_Jacob_GP2The photos illustrate only in small part the love they shared on that beautiful and happy day… so much love that it could barely be contained.  Rev. A. Mauricio was lucky enough to experience some of the overflow.  Ah, ain’t love grand?!


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Valentine’s Couple Battles Fog for Heartfelt Wedding

Jane, Ron & AVY

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!

Carlsbad was Carls-Great for this couple

20140124 Lacy & Roark 1Our Officiant Anthony had the privilege of being the Officiant for Roark and Lacy. Neither had ever been to California and decided a private beach wedding.

On Ponto Beach in Carlsbad, early evening, with the beach as their backdrop they exchanged vows. 20140124 Lacy & Roark 2

A great, young, very in love couple. Lacy was a bit chilly for pictures but they, as you can see, had fun and warmed each others hearts.

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!

20131018 Farrah, Sean & AVY














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

20131012 Robert, Yvonne & AVY

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

20130928 Amanda, Chris & AVY

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!


Wonderful Surprise at Mike and Mike’s Wedding

Anthony, one of our Great Officiants, commented upon his amazing sunset wedding below:

I had the privileged of officiating the ceremony of Michael Wayne Couch and Michael Grant Bowden! To keep things organized, we used both first and middle names throughout the ceremony.

20131102 Mike, Mike & AVY

While we were down at the St. Regis Monarch Beach for an amazing sunset wedding, Mike and Mike were under the impression that only their three local, California friends were going to attend because Mike and Mike are from and live in Georgia.

Right as we got into place, before anything was said, Michael Grant’s sister and a best friend of theirs walked up to them. The shock, the happiness, and the joy was wonderful! We were completely surprised at them being there, and it was a truly amazing moment.

Mike and Mike have been wearing commitment rings on their right hands for 14 years. November 2 was 17 years EXACTLY to the day they met. As part of their ceremony, they removed their commitment rings, and finally, replaced them with wedding rings.

It was a perfect event!

20131102 Mike & Mike


After 34 Years, Married “At Last”! at the Reef in Long Beach

Mauricio just sent in this blog entry

Congratulations to Salvador and George who, after enjoying 34 years of committed Salvador & George 2love, married this past Sunday in Long Beach at The Reef on the Water. They were surrounded by friends and family including their surviving parents — George’s Mother and Salvador’s father. A recording of Etta James’s iconic song, “At Last”, played as the grooms entered. Standing with them as Salvador’s and George’s Best Men were their brothers Manuel and Karl respectively.

For their ceremony, Rev. A.Mauricio incorporated an excerpt from Judge Walker’s ruling that initially overturned Prop. 8 and referenced King David’s and Jonathan’s relationship which “surpassed the love of women” and ancient Egyptian same-sex couple Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum (circa 2400BCE). It was a perfect day for George’s and Salvador’s rooftop wedding: The air was crisp and clean, the sky bright blue… even the Queen Mary seemed to bellow her affirmation at the appropriate time!

Long Beach skyline from the Reef's roof top