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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Canyon Country Wedding to end 2012

Tony, Brooke, and Rev. Jon Bassinger-FloresCanyon Country is beautiful. I love the scenery, the horses, the winding roads, and the weddings! My last wedding of 2012 was Tony and Brooke’s ceremony, a wonderful gathering of close family and friends at Brooke’s parents home in Canyon Country. It was a chilly day with a threat of rain, but but the sun came out, and Tony and Brooke’s wedding warmed all of our hearts. I’m so lucky to end 2012 with this happy couple!

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Gay weddings coming back to California?

Our Chicago wedding!

Tomorrow (or maybe next Monday), the US Supreme Court will announce what will be done about California’s Proposition 8, that odious blight on the California constitution that bars gay and lesbian couples from legal marriage. My husband and I had the good fortune of getting married in the brief window of time in 2008 when same-sex marriages were legal here, and our marriage is still recognized by the state. (We also had a fantastic church wedding in Chicago in 2001!) Thousands of people await the Supreme Court’s decision.

If the decision is NOT TO hear the case, then quite quickly, California will be issuing marriage licences to gay and lesbian couples. If the decision is TO hear the case, then there’s no telling when we’ll have a final word on the issue.

(By the way, my friend Jeff Zarrillo is one of the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case.)

Also at stake is DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents legally married same-sex couples from receiving any of the Federally recognized benefits given to opposite-sex couples. DOMA has been declared unconstitutional in several lower Federal courts, so it’s up to the Supreme Court to make a final ruling. Many experts say that the Court will most likely take up DOMA and eventually rule DOMA unconstitutional. This would be a great outcome!

I stand with all loving couples who want to get married. It is an honor for me to be selected as anyone’s wedding officiant, no matter the genders of the couple. If you are a gay or lesbian couple and would like to talk to me about your wedding plans, please give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to meet over coffee for some conversation and brainstorming! And check out this video from one of my recent weddings in Malibu.

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Point Dume Dolphin Wedding

Bertrand and Joanna at Point Dume with LA Wedding Officiant and Celebrant You can’t see them in this shot, but Joanna and Bertrand had some unexpected but welcome guests at their wedding, several dolphins! Their Point Dume appearance added a  bit more magic to an already special day for Joanna, Bertrand and their family and friends. My “job” as a wedding officiant hardly seems like work when such amazing people invite me into their lives on their wedding day, and living in California has so many perks for wedding couples, such as dolphins!

Congratulations, Bert and Joanna!

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Marina del Rey Celebration

Cisneros Haldeman weddingWhat a great way to begin my Memorial Day weekend! With the sun sparkling on the marina behind me, I was honored last Friday night to officiate the wedding of Jennifer Cisneros and Cory Haldeman. Cory and Jennifer’s simple ceremony was beautiful and moving, especially with a strong wind adding some drama to the night! The couple held their wedding at the Marina del Rey Hotel, a beautiful setting for the coming together of these two families. I’m looking forward to seeing photog Margaret Molloy’s images of the night! I’m also going to look for Molloy’s husband, street troubadour Peter Demian, the next time I’m at Venice Beach! Here’s a great video of Peter performing:

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Helicopter wedding!

Helicopter WeddingWhen I started working as an officiant, I never dreamed I’d have a day like today! The adventure began late last week when I got a call from George at Pacific Rotor Ways. He was searching for a wedding officiant to preside over a helicopter wedding! I couldn’t believe my luck in receiving this call. George gave me the groom’s contact info and I called him right way to discuss what exactly he needed, which turned out to be me!

Rev. Jon's Helicopter WeddingI admit that I was slightly skeptical that this would all come to pass, but I talked to the groom a couple of times over the weekend, and today I marked off one thing from my bucket list…a helicopter ride. It’s a wedding venue I highly recommend. After our chopper safety orientation, George strapped us all in and gently guided the beautiful burgundy aircraft into the skies.

We headed from the Burbank airport up and over North Hollywood, Studio City and thenHelicopter Wedding across the airspace above some incredible real estate in the Hollywood Hills. We sailed past the Getty Museum and approached the beach at Santa Monica. After a northern turn, we buzzed along the Malibu scenery. Spectacular! Rakesh and Chiragi recited their vows and exchanged rings over the Malibu pier, then we soared over Pepperdine and Topanga Canyon before George aimed our flying wedding back to Burbank.

Los Angeles Helicopter WeddingI can’t thank this beautiful couple enough for the honor of being their officiant. It was truly a beautiful hour in the skies, a moment I’ll always cherish. And thanks also to George for safely piloting us over the Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Malibu landscapes.

Malibu coast from the helicopter wedding

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Toluca Lake Wedding

Samantha and Doug and Ramseys at the ClubMusic is a wonderful theme to build a wedding around. I had the pleasure last night serving as Doug and Samantha’s wedding officiant at Ramsey’s at the Club, an absolutely beautiful venue in Toluca Lake, and I used musical analogies and of weddings and marriage for my remarks, and I was very grateful for the compliments I received afterwards. One guest even asked me if I was a poet! Doug the groom is a musician himself, the bridal entry music was Etta James “At Last,” and the couple both love Pink Floyd. Those were the nuggets I used to personalize my remarks and engage the guests. I even got everyone to sing the line “We don’t need no education.”  Sounds crazy, but it was all good! I can now say that I’ve successfully used Pink Floyd lyrics in a wedding. In addition to the rebellious school kid mantra from “The Wall,” I also showed the connection between “How I Wish You Were Here” and Etta James “At Last.”

This was my first time to see Ramsey’s at the Club, and I hope I get to go back soon. It’s an elegant, intimate space, and does not require much at all in the way of additional decoration. This photo is taken from the Ramsey’s website:

Los Angeles Wedding Officiant at Ramsey's in Toluca Lake

Photo from Ramsey's at the Club website

Depending on your budget, I would highly recommend Ramsey’s, not only for its charm and appearance, but also for it’s wonderful food, prepared under executive chef Jesse Genovese. I only stayed for appetizers after the ceremony, but YUM!

Congratulations, Doug and Samantha! Thanks again for the honor of being your wedding officiant.

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