When I started working as a wedding officiant, I thought lots of Los Angeles couples would be calling me for beach weddings. As the summer wedding season winds down, I can now almost claim to have done a beach wedding! Friday night, I had the honor of serving as wedding officiant for Mark and Julie Fisher at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. Now, technically we were above the beach, but with the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica’s sand as the backdrop to Mark and Julie’s chuppah (another first for me) on the Shutters deck, I’ll go ahead and count it as my first beach wedding.
Another first was working with Trisha Haner from Hidden Garden Flowers. Trisha was the wedding coordinator, and I’ll work with her and Hidden Garden again any time. Sometimes I’ve stepped out of my role as wedding officiant to help with little tasks for set-up, and of course I’ve had the task of conducting rehearsals, but Trisha was incredible in keeping everything orderly and on schedule, and she did it all with warmth and enjoyment.
Finally, I have to mention the musicians. Los Angeles based vocalist Jennifer Barnes pulled together four other vocalist friends who entertained the guests with some smooth acapella jazz before the ceremony began. Jennifer also did vocal arrangements of Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” as processional music, and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” as the first part of the recessional music. I’ve never heard these pieces done totally vocally. Jennifer’s arrangements added an extra touch to an already beautiful celebration. The chorus also performed “Love Changes Everything” and “God Only Knows” during the ceremony, and “Happy Together.”
Two times love equals one. Mark and Julie, thank you for the honor of serving as your wedding officiant and working me into the equation of your love story!
Update: Here’s Mark and Julie’s wedding page on theknot.com. I’m the tiny dude behind the beautiful bouquet by Hidden Garden Flowers. 🙂