Marriage Equality resumes in California!

Rev. Jon and hubby Narcisso

Rev. Jon and hubby Narcisso

I’m so very happy that today, gay and lesbian weddings, with all the legal recognition they deserve, are resuming in California! It has been a long wait, but the wedding bells of love and justice are ringing again. I’m eagerly awaiting my first gay or lesbian couple to book me as their officiant, so spread the word to all your friends that you know a fabulous gay wedding officiant who would love to meet them!

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Altadena Town & Country Club Affair

Wedding at Altadena Town and Country ClubI was going through some old photos and came across this shot of David and Cristina Nava, taken almost two years ago! I recently had the honor of blessing their baby boy, Nicolas. I had a great time with the Navas back in 2011 and again this spring! I’m continually amazed at how lucky I am to be involved in families’ lives in such meaningful ways.

The Altadena Town & Country Club was a beautiful venue. I highly recommend anyone consider it if you’re looking for a wonderful setting for your wedding. It has a lush garden lawn that was perfect for David and Cristina’s wedding and reception. I really enjoyed the violinist and cellist, friends of the couple, who provided the music for the ceremony. So elegant!

You can read about Nico’s blessing here.

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Griffith Observatory Wedding

Lia and DanaWedding planning takes many forms, from elopements to massive, detail-laden extravaganzas, and many levels in between. What really matters is that the couple is in love, ready to commit to each other, and that you have a few basics in place. Lia and Dana contacted me just a few days ago, asking if I was available for a their ceremony. With a few friends and relatives, the beautiful backdrop of Griffith Observatory, and a simple ceremony at sunset, Lia and Dana got married! I’m always honored by couples who ask me to officiate their ceremony, no matter how many frills are involved, and this was no different. Congratulations, Lia and Dana, and thanks so much for inviting me into your lives for this privilege.

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Baby Blessing

Nicolas BlessingWow, I just officiated my first baby naming and blessing! Baby Nico is the son of proud parents Cristina and David, whom I had the pleasure of marrying almost two years ago in Altadena. How wonderful to get to bless and name their baby today in a lovely cermony in Cristina’s parents’ backyard garden. about forty friends and family members gathered for the blessing. Indeed, we were all blessed by the love that was poured out today for Nico, his parents, godparents and all present.

I’ll have to also recommend Tacos Mi Rincon Tapatio, the caterer. Delicious tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tamales!

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Heritage Square Park Wedding

HeritageWeddingWow, what a weekend! Two new wedding venues for me, the first being Placerita Canyon State Park, and yesterday I was at the Heritage Square Museum, just off the Arroyo Seco Parkway for Matt and Shannon’s celebration.  This is the second greatest thing about being a wedding officiant in Los Angeles…getting to be a tourist and discover LA’s hidden gems. (The best thing, of course, is getting to know and spending a few hours with such wonderful couples!)

Matthew’s and Shannon’s artistic personalities were evident in the details of the day. Matt looked snappy in his black and white plaid shirt, and Shannon’s turquoise shoes were the perfect complement to her ivory dress. The ceremony was held on the Museum lawn in front of the church, which is still waiting on for an interior restoration. Simple white chairs graced the bright green grass, and an indigo sky was the canopy. Back at the reception area, white, yellow, and antique blue hues adorned the table settings, which included photos of the couple’s cats!

While Matt and Shannon and the family did the wedding photo thing, the guests and I toured the three homes that have been restored. I was struck at how some of of the details in these Victorian beauties reminded me of some of the design elements in my Aunt Annie’s house in Birmingham, Alabama. Her house was nowhere near as opulent, but I could see that it was built in the same period.

Such a wonderful end to my weekend. Thanks again to Noelle and Michael for Friday afternoon’s fun, and to Shannon and Matt for the beautiful conclusion. Captain Morgan, it was also a pleasure doing business with you! Here are some shots I took for you to enjoy:

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Placerita Canyon State Park Wedding

Noelle and Michael Noelle and Michael! I was honored to be their wedding officiant today in the beautiful Placerita Canyon State Park in Newhall. We gathered under a huge, ancient oak tree for the ceremony which included “Storybook Love” from The Princess Bride, “The Day the Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman, and beautiful personal vows that the bride and groom each wrote. The couple looked so happy together. I’m truly a lucky weddding officiant, since I keep connecting with such great folks.

I’m so glad I now know about Placerita Canyon State Park. It’s the location where the 1842 California Gold Rush began! I expected it to be super windy, but I think the valley protected us from the gusts. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an outdoor wedding venue for a smallish wedding. Most of the guests had seating on the benches under the tree, and the younger folk just stood. There’s a small nature center, museum and gift shop to peruse, as well as guided tours. A nice activity might be some guided tours for wedding guests while the wedding party takes photos after the ceremony and before the meal is served.

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Awesome reading!

I’m reading this at Noelle and Michael’s wedding tomorrow. Love it!

“The Day the Saucers Came,” by Neil Gaiman

That day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and
stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn’t notice it because

That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was the zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold,
and the cameraman could
Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
But you did not see them coming because

On the saucer-zombie-battling-gods
day the floodgates broke
And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
And charm and cleverness and true
brave hearts and pots of gold
While giants feefofummed across
the land, and killer bees,
But you had no idea of any of this because

That day, the saucer day, the zombie day,
The Ragnarok and fairies day, the
day the great winds came
And snows, and the cities turned to crystal, the day
All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
Computers turned, the screens telling
us we would obey, the day
Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
The fluttering capes and arrival of
the Time Machine day,
You didn’t notice any of this because
you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
not even reading, not really, just
looking at your telephone,
wondering if I was going to call.

"The Day the Saucers Came" by Neil Gaiman, tshirt image by Threadless

“The Day the Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman, tshirt image by Threadless

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