About a week before Christmas, I got a call from Sean, asking about my availability for his January 5th wedding at Zuma Beach in Malibu. Luckily, I was available and quickly set up a meeting with Sean and Oralia, his fiance. We met during the pre-Christmas SoCal floods and I’m so glad everything worked out. Sean and Oralia celebrated their wedding today at Zuma Beach under bright blue skies as the sun prepared to set over the Pacific. They’re an amazing couple, and I’m so glad I was asked to be their officiant.
Surrounded by close family members, I led the ceremony featuring Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, the Hand Blessing, unison vows, ring exchange and a unique sand ceremony. For their sand ceremony, Sean and Oralia scooped up sand from the beach, each using a hand to come together and create unison scoop, and dropping it into a beautiful pottery vessel. Different from the usual sand ceremony, but that made it even more special. It’s a good illustration of how any couple can adapt any part of the ceremony to make their own unique expression of love.
Congratulations, Sean and Oralia!
Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.