Well, the first wedding of this hectic season was the day before Jeff and I left to Germany! This intimate wedding took place in Rancho Palos Verdes, with a stunning backdrop:
Aside from the beautiful vows which the groom and bride wrote themselves, one of the most impressive parts of this ceremony was the rendition of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 115 by the groom’s sister. The “ev’n,” “twixt,” “o’er,” and “reck’ning” were perfectly delivered!
Next came a stunning wedding at Strawberry Farms in Irvine, CA. It was nice to officiate a wedding in my own backyard! All the vendors involved in this wedding guaranteed this as one of the most stylish and beautiful weddings I’ve attended. The ladies from Gather Events did a wonderful job putting and keeping it all together. This ceremony was special because of the attention the groom and bride paid to their parents in their ceremony. The parents were recognized not once, but twice throughout the ceremony. Before the groom and bride did their own declarations of intent, they turned to their parents and thanked them for all of their love and support, and for being such great examples of what a marriage should be. At the end of the ceremony, before their first kiss, they wanted one last kiss as a single person, from the people that first kissed them when they came into this world. How adorable is that?! Let me tell you, the crowd was in tears (and I was on the verge).
The following week was a double hitter. On Thursday I had another intimate and beautiful beach wedding, in Laguna Beach, CA. The musical accompaniment for this ceremony was two young ladies singing along with their guitars, whom the groom and bride found playing on a sidewalk and liked so much they asked them to perform at their ceremony! For the commemorative portion of their ceremony, this couple decided to write down their promises to each other, share them with guests before putting them in a bottle, and toss the bottle into the ocean. It was beautiful, and beautifully executed! One thing I’m sure this couple won’t forget about their wedding is the roaring of the waves and evading the rising tide!
That weekend took me to Beaumont, California, for a beautiful sunset wedding overlooking a golf course. There was a tiny moment of panic when the best man realized he had forgotten the ring, but thankfully it was an at home wedding, which meant he just excused himself and returned soon thereafter with the rings in hand!
My last wedding for this season has a very special place in my heart. This groom and bride first saw me officiate another wedding over the Summer, and contacted me about officiating their own ceremony in Fillmore, CA. The groom and bride were absolutely amazing to work with, and had so many creative and unique ideas for their ceremony, that we came out with a beautiful ceremony. Both the bride and groom are very creative, but each in their own way, and this unique creativity is what they really wanted conveyed in their ceremony: they are each unique individuals, but also choose to be bonded as one. This ceremony took place at Limoneira Ranch, underneath a gorgeous, outstretched tree.
The bride looked absolutely stunning in her 1920’s dress, and the groom was not far behind!
Thank you to all the couples that made this such a memorable wedding season!