Love of cars leads to wedding

Los Angeles Wedding Officiant at Driving MuseumIf you’re looking for a cool, atypical wedding venue, I highly recommend the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Manny and Samira, who met at a Honday S2000 enthusiast club, held their wedding here, and I had the pleasure of officiating, surrounded by their family, friends, and a showroom full of antique and classic cars! Since I myself own a 1965 Mustang, I thoroughly enjoyed the unique, elegant setting. I had time before the wedding to walk through the showroom. It’s a great place to visit, even if you’re not getting married there.

The museum has a separate banquet space that looked classy all dressed in black with chrome trim. The wedding party were enjoying cocktails and preparing for supper when I bid my adieus to the couple. Congratulations, Manny and Samira! I was a true honor being your officiant.

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Los Angeles Wedding Officiant starts the year at Zuma Beach

Los Angeles Wedding Officiant at Zuma BeachAbout 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.

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Los Angeles Wedding Officiant at Elysian Park

This past June, I had the great pleasure of officiating a wedding in a little known venue within Elysian Park, the Montecillo de Leo Politi Park. It’s a private, intimate setting just off of Stadium Way between Scott Avenue and Academy Road. There are picnic tables, restrooms, electrical hookup, a small semicircle of stepped seating, a nice lawn area and parking for about 60 cars. It was pretty hot on that day in June, but a spring or fall day should be very pleasant there. You can reserve the Montecillo through the LA Dept. of Recreation & Parks. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos to show from the wedding I officiated, but I did find this blog of Lizz and Isaac’s wedding with some really great photos of the Montecillo. Lizz not only highlights Montecillo Park, she also describes the eco-friendly aspects of her ceremony and reception.

So if you’re looking for an offbeat outdoor wedding venue in LA, consider Elysian Park’s Montecillo. Even if you’re not looking for a wedding venue, check it out as a romantic picnic destination. And if you’re looking for an officiant, give me a call! Many thanks to Tricia and Enrique for honoring me as their officiant and introducing me to this great venue.

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Disability-friendly Day of the Dead Wedding

Disability Dia de los Muertos WeddingWhen I became a wedding officiant in Los Angeles, I thought I’d be called on pretty quickly for lesbian and gay weddings. I finally have my first tentative lesbian wedding booked…for the summer of 2012. I also thought I’d be doing wacky themed weddings, being in Hollywood where all manner of creative, offbeat folks are getting married. None yet! Imagine my delight, then, when I read about Jo and Liz’s wedding, a couple in England who had a Mexican Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, theme. To top it off, Liz was in her wheelchair, and most their guests live with some form of disability, so the logistics were pretty complex!

There were 170 guests present, at least half of whom were disabled. The room was like a health and safety time bomb and the seating plan a logistical nightmare. The wheelies and blinkies had to have enough space to move about freely. Our deaf friends had to sit near the front so they could lip read. The agoraphobics needed to sit at the back so they could escape. The assistance dogs had their own pen, as did the personal assistants. There isn’t a wedding planning book in existence that could have prepared us for this.

Read all about this festive wedding, especially for some great tips about disability-friendly weddings.
Congrats, Jo and Liz!

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Los Angeles Wedding Officiant at Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach

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I’m not sure what it is about grooms from the UK and brides from California, but I have  pretty good track record so far for being honored as the officiant of such couples. Last night, Brie Hassall and Simon Donoghue tied the knot on the pool deck of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Redondo Beach pier. The guys were dashing in their gray suits, pale green boutonnieres, and hot pink ties, which matched the pink and black bridesmaids’ dresses worn by the rest of the wedding party. As the sun set over the Pacific behind me, the couple recited their vows and exchanged rings in a touching, simple ceremony. The groom’s family and guests from Wales were hoping for warmer weather, but at least last week’s rains moved out just in time for the wedding. Thanks again, Brie and Simon, for including me as your officiant.

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Los Angeles Wedding Officiant auctions his services

Los Angeles Wedding OfficiantWeddings are expensive, right? What if all that money you spent was donated to a couple in need to provide them with their own dream wedding? For the first time in history, you can plan your wedding, from virtually any major city in the United States, hiring the top wedding vendors in the industry… knowing that the money you spend is benefiting someone in need.

Who will you be helping?

Your bid helps raise crucial funding for Wish Upon a Wedding: the world’s first nonprofit organization, that provides weddings & vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and other serious life altering circumstances.

Launched in January of 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding has already impacted hundreds of lives by offering hope, courage and strength to couples facing life’s most challenging situations.

What is available?

Find everything needed right here to plan your own perfect wedding day! Just by planning your wedding, YOU can make wedding wishes come true for some very deserving couples! All proceeds go directly to Wish Upon a Wedding. Here is my auction page. On the left side of the page, you’ll see links to cities across the US who are “hosting” wedding vendor auctions, so be sure to check out what else is available.

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Check out our auctions for hundreds of other items including amazing trips, jewelry, spa treatments, dinners, entertainment and MORE… Even if you are not planning a wedding, we have what you are looking for!

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Los Angeles wedding officiant at Malibu on 10-10-10

October 10, 2010 was a huge wedding day! I had the honor of serving as officiant for Janelle and Marc at Point Dume in Malibu. When I arrived, there were at least six other weddings either happening, concluding or getting started. Janelle, Marc and I staked out a patch of sand just below the cliffs, in front of the enormous rock where the cliffs meet the ocean. Janelle surprised Marc with a violinist who provided beautiful stringed music that added to the music of the crashing waves.

Congratulations, Janelle and Marc. It was a true pleasure and honor to be included in your wedding.

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