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A Fun Beach Wedding at Point Dume, by Michael

Date: 2/14/15

Location: Point Dume State Beach

City: Malibu

Kevin and Kim were such a fun couple and it was a pleasure to perform their ceremony.  Like many of our couples they were coming to us from out of state and we were happy to have them.

We did their ceremony planning session over the phone and I customized our Catholic Light ceremony to make it fit exactly what they were looking for.  When I met with them in Malibu I issued them their marriage license and then headed out near the water to perform their ceremony.

Afterwords they were nice enough to leave the below review for us on Wedding Wire:

"Michael Thieling was our officiant and did a wonderful job. We arranged everything from out of state and he was both professional and very personable. He helped us pick the perfect ceremony and made suggestions that made it a wonderful experience. My new husband and I would highly recommend him as a wedding officiant. He is warm, kind and very good at his profession. Thanks Michael for making our special day perfect!!!"
My pleasure guys!!!!!IMG_1533

Blogs for Beach Wedding, brought to you by Beth

  1. Michael marries one of our many September Beach Wedding couples in the water at Santa Monica Beach per the Groom’s Request.  It was such a fun wedding!20140907_120304

  2. On the Bay at  69th Street and Ocean Long Beach was a serene setting for our couple from Arizona. 20140918_152319 20140918_151513

  3. Also Our Great Officiant Beth designed the flowers, officiated and set up  this beautiful  wedding with the help of her beach team!20140918_135343

  4. Hermosa Beach– Hawaiian Style brought another Happy Couple together with Beth and Chief Tama bringing the Aloha Spirt to a beautiful family wedding! 20140920_174501 20140920_165424

From Beach to State Park, Great Officiant Michael Thieling has Fun while Performing Weddings

Marisa & Victor

Married on the Santa Monica Beach on July 12, 2014

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Marisa and Victor were a ball to work with – they wanted to laugh and have a fun ceremony on the beach in Santa Monica surrounded by family and friends with no stress.  Although Victor was still on base as a submariner, I got to meet with Marisa and her family prior to the ceremony to learn all about them and craft the perfect ceremony. Great Officiants issued them a confidential marriage license and they were ready to go!

On the day of their ceremony, our beach team did a full setup down the street from the Santa Monica Pier.  I got to tell their love story and did a quick salute to our troops for Victor and many of their guests who were also military.

They read personal vows that they wrote to each other and closed out their ceremony with a lovely Sand Ceremony.  Marisa happens to be a twin, and we’ve already talked about me performing her sister’s wedding someday.

It was my pleasure now and will be then – all my best!


Ashley & Jacob

Married at California Citrus State Historic Park -in Riverside on July 12, 2014

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Ashley and Jacob wanted a simple, straightforward ceremony surrounded by their family and friends and I loved performing it for them!  Another of our out-of-state couples, we did all of their ceremony planning via Skype so that I could make sure they got exactly what they wanted.




Officiant Michael’s Packed Weddings Pt 2!!!

SueAnne and Nick had a beautiful midday ceremony just up from the beach in Santa Barbara.  I got the pleasure of telling their love story to their family and friends before they tied the knot and went off to a fabulous luncheon reception.

They sent me this lovely note afterwards and we wish them all the best!

 “Thank you so much for an awesome ceremony. Everyone came up to us after and asked us if you were a lifelong friend since you delivered our story so well. Everyone was laughing and crying throughout your dialog and most people said it was the best wedding they have ever been too. Again thank you and keep up the great work. It made our wedding day that much more special.”

Michael- N & R

Who doesn’t love a surprise vow renewal?  Nathan and Rachel agreed to do one every year but this time around Rachel had no idea.  Nathan told her that I was an old softball buddy of one of their friends and that we were all going out to dinner together.  But first, their friends wanted to show them a special spot on the beach.  As Nathan and Rachel walked past me he told her that none of them knew me, I was an officiant, and it was time to renew their vows.  She was shocked and the surprise went perfectly.

Afterwards, they had this to say:

We had a blast with our officiant – Michael Thieling. He helped me do a quick 10 min vow renewal on the beach by pretending to be one of my friend’s old softball buddies that we were going to dinner with. It was quick, easy, painless, and my wife was surprised and loved it.  I would (as would my wife) use Great Officiants and more specifically Mike again anytime and highly recommend them!”

Mark and Brandon’s story was amazing, as was their ceremony at the beautiful Disney Concert Hall.  After I told their love story, the couple exchanged arras (coins), performed a sand ceremony, and of course said their vows and I Do’s.  The finale, however, might have been the most special – Mark surprised Brandon with a professional vocalist who performed Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” – a personal concert for two.  I then had the pleasure to go to their wonderful reception at Lexington Social House for an unforgettable party!

Afterwards, they left the following review for Great Officiants:

Thank you so much gentlemen, I look forward to seeing you both again soon!


Terrence and Jessica was so fun and there were lots of laughs all around.  After I recounted their courtship story, they exchanged vows, I Do’s, rings and followed it all up with a huge Sand Ceremony that incorporated their four children.  Afterwards I proclaimed that I married Derek Jeter to Mariah Carey – they’re dead ringers. They day after their ceremony, Terrence texted me this:

 “Hello Michael, this is Terrence and Jessica.  We just wanted to thank you again for doing such a GREAT job.  Every one commented on how great you did.  It was truly an honor to have you part of our most special day.” The honor was all mine guys!

Officiant Michael’s Packed Wedding Weekend Pt. 1

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This young couple was so fun!  While their ceremony had quite a number of guests we were in a lovely side area of Calamigos Ranch, in Malibu, which gave it an intimate, private feeling.  They exchanged personal vows which contained more than one Disney reference to the delight and laughter of their family and friends.  Their Disney cake epitomized their celebration – carefree joy and light-hearted excitement.


How can you not have an amazing time this close to Disney Land?  Tin and Megumi’s intimate ceremony was beautifully setup in the center garden area of this castle-like hotel, the Sheraton Anaheim.  While their friends and family watched (along with some curious hotel guests), they tied the knot and began their new life together.


Grace and Scott boarded a cruise ship in Los Angeles and hopped off in Santa Barbara so that I could perform their ceremony.  Along with a friendly couple they met on the ship and their photographer, they exchanged heartfelt vows and some special readings they picked for each other on the beach.  After I pronounced them husband and wife, we sped them back to the dock just in time to re-board the ship for the rest of their vacation.

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!


Great Officiant Michael in Corona, Temecula, Burbank and on the Beach

One of the newest Great Officiants on the team, Michael Thieling, has performed incredible ceremonies for our couples. Here are a several at some beautiful venues. Don’t miss the beautiful video by Twenty Seven Studios –

Gary and Misty at Trilogy Golf Club in Corona –


For this couple’s sand ceremony, they had a special wooden box crafted and engraved with their names.  Not only was it beautiful for the ceremony, our couples shared that these boxes make beautiful décor for their homes. More so than the traditional glass bottle – allowing them an easier time in displaying the keepsake for years to come.

Hani and Russ at the Europa Village Winery in Temecula –


This couple had rented the entire winery for their celebration – a beautiful, rustic locale where guests could roam around, explore and relax in various nooks and crannies.  We also integrated their son, Jake, into the sand ceremony, utilizing three sand containers which were all combined into the final vessel.

Brian and Susan at Calamigos Equestrian in Burbank –

It was a beautiful day as this couple gave roses to the mother’s and had some of the most heartfelt personal vows Michael has ever heard.

Here is a clip from their ceremony –

Wendy and Angel 9/28/13 Long Beach Beach Location


This wedding, at our Great Officiants Long Beach beach location went off without a hitch, including a full Hawaiian style Lei Exchange Ceremony, that is until our groom dropped his bride’s ring in the sand.  Although it was quickly found, that was a stressful ten minutes of searching!