Driving to Camarillo from Burbank isn’t too fun, but Charlie and Crystal’s wedding was a blast! Thank you so much, guys, for inviting me to be your wedding officiant!
There were three things that made your wedding so much for for me. First was the camaraderie I felt with Richard, Luis and Ryan after sharing table space with them at the rehearsal dinner. We had some great conversation and laughs, and Ryan’s hovercraft story was just the material I needed to add an extra personal touch to your ceremony.
Secondly, Charlie, your mom is a great character and amazing woman. I had the pleasure of sitting with her throughout the reception, and we had an amazing time. I don’t know how typical a Rhode Islander Debbie is, but I sure want to visit her and your homestate soon, especially once she gets her local artisan gallery open.
Finally, it was a fun challenge using Stephen King as source material for my remarks! King is not the typical author wedding officiants turn to when preparing the ceremony, but since Charlie and Crystal are King fans, that’s where I went. Thank goodness for Google and for various Stephen King quotations websites! Here are the quotes I used:
You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
-from “Hearts in Atlantis”
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there… and still on your feet.
-from “The Stand”
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings – words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
I was also very taken by the Sterling Hills Golf Club! Not being a golfer myself, I wasn’t sure how a wedding at a golf club would feel, but the fairways and greens made a great backdrop, and the putting green was a cool spot for the post-ceremony photos. The Spanish-style clubhouse itself was also beautiful, decked out in black, purple and white. And the food…YUMMM!
Ahead this week are three meetings with potential couples! AND Julie and Mark’s wedding is this Friday in Santa Monica, so I’ll be posting a new wedding entry soon!