Ife & John at Hummingbird Nest Ranch

On a sunny afternoon in September Ife and John said “I do” in a lovely ceremony at The Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley, CA.

The groom wore a pink tux in honor of his mother who died of breast cancer. Their customized ceremony included personal vows written by the couple, poetry by Gibran and culminated in Ife and John jumping the broom.

John is author of the book “The Oop: Simplifying Finance & Economics Through Basketball”, in which the concepts and terminology of basketball are used to impart financial wisdom and literacy. His writing skill was evident in his touching and personal vows to Ife.

Photography: Hannah Costello

Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Planner: Champion Events Productions

Cake: Frost It Cakery

Floral: Fox Gloves & Folly

Officiant: Rev. Connie Jones-Steward of Officiant Lady.

Elope on Ferndell Hiking Trail

Bridges and grottos and trails OH MY! Ferndell Hiking Trail in the Ferndell section of Los Angeles’s Griffith Park is the perfect spot for a woodsy elopement . However, you’ll have to have your elopement ceremony early if you want to find nearby parking spot and avoid being photobombed by hikers.

Keep scrolling to see the hollow tree that looks like a heart.

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Elope on Ferndell Hiking Trail

Places to elope in Los Angeles

Elope in Los Angeles

Elope at Compton Creek Natural Park

Bridge at Compton Creek Natural Park

Would you like to elope near a creek, bike path and hiking trails without having to drive to Griffith Park?

Compton Creek Natural Park in Compton, CA is an oasis of natural beauty and serenity located in the heart of the Hub City. The native plants and tranquil surroundings will provide a picturesque backdrop for your elopement photos.

Compton Creek Natural Park

Compton Creek Natural Park

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Selecting Your Best Bridal Veil Look

Many brides-to-be think it’s all about the dress! However, as an experienced Los Angeles veul designer and owner of Julie Harris, Designs which specializes in bridal veils and accessories, I would argue that the veil is just as significant for a different reason. Most brides have worn a dress before. However the veil is something special and unique to the occasion of your wedding. Now is the only chance to wear that once in a lifetime iconic bridal accessory. Wearing a beautiful bridal veil provides a frame for your gown, gives you that timeless bridal look and also creates an opportunity to let your personality and style shine through. It is said that a the veil makes the bride. So make your veil count!


Selecting the right veil style can be daunting because for most brides it is unfamiliar territory. I am here to shed some light into the world of veils and explain some style details so that you can make the best selection for your perfect wedding day ensemble. Here are some distinctive styles for you to consider.

JULIET VEIL – Originally popular in the 1920s, a Juliet cap sits close on the forehead and is gathered on the sides rather than at the top with the veil. The veil portion is attached to the cap on the sides and back. Small combs are hidden on the underside which slip into your hair by the ears. The more modern version of a Juliet Veil may be plain or have an embellished band that secures to the crown of the head. A modern Juliet style veil adds a boho chic flair to any bridal look.

CASCADE VEIL – The cascade veil is shorter at the front and slightly wavy at the sides. This veil is cut to fall in graceful waves to float around the body. A cascade veil often has an embellished to highlight the shape and movement of the cascade. You can go for something more traditional with lace, satin or beaded trim or a more minimalist look with just pure tulle. This style looks great in any length and has a romantic feel that works well with many dress styles from ball gown to boho.

DROP VEIL -This is similar to the cascade style but has the addition of a fold over blusher. The blusher is the shorter veil portion worn over the face. A standard blusher length is about 30 inches. For added drama some brides go with an extra long blusher that ends at the knees. Some brides have the blusher layer as a style detail but don’t actually wear it forward over their face.
A drop veil can be sewn to a comb either with or without gathering at the top. The gathering creates the pouf effect. Many brides opt for a completely flat look where the comb is attached.

MANTILLA VEIL: A mantilla veil simply drapes over the bride’s head and looks very effortless. Also known as a Spanish-style veil, the main feature of this veil is the lovely lace border that frames the bride’s face. The mantilla veils look great in any length and there is an fantastic variety of lace styles and widths to choose from. Selecting an exquisite Alencon or delicate Chantilly French lace, or incorporating lace from your mother’s gown is a great way to customize and personalize your veil.

This simple style is attached with a comb that is discreetly hidden under the lace at the center front. Or, it can be pinned into a low bun using veil pins.

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To find out more about these and many other veil styles, or just chat about your ideas for your dream bridal veil, or to schedule your free veil consultation at our Studio City boutique contact me at :

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The Persian Sugar Rubbing Ritual

Persian Sugar Rubbing Ceremony
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There are several beautiful and meaningful rituals that take place during a Persian wedding ceremony, but none is sweeter than the sugar rubbing ritual that involves several well-wishing women spreading sweetness in the couple’s life and marriage.

During the sugar rubbing ritual, the couple will be seated, and women i women hold the opposite sides of the cloth, and at times, four women can hold each corner of the cloth. Other ladies will come up, and take turns rubbing together large cones made of hard sugar, to sprinkle sweetness onto the cloth held overhead. Another interpretation of this custom is that each sugar cone represents the bride and the groom and this act is in the hopes that every contact between them will result in sweetness

There are differing beliefs about who should rub the sugar cones over the couple. Some believe that the ladies who are rubbing the sugar must be “happily married” so that their happiness and success rubs off on the couple. However, with the rise of multi-cultural and interfaith marriages, this ritual has adapted to embrace the varying demographics of the guests.

During many ceremonies, the bridesmaids are the ones to hold the Unity Cloth, which makes for a uniform and color coordinated effect. And as for who does the sugar rubbing, many families are open to having any woman who so wishes, to come up and take part in this beautiful ritual. In my own opinion and as an interfaith wedding officiant this is my personal choice. I also believe that granulated sugar can be sprinkled in lieu of the rubbing of the sugar cones

To incorporate this or another unity ritual into your wedding ceremony, contact Rev. Connie Jones Steward, www.officiantlady.com

Julius & Adeela at El Pescador State Beach

Julius and Adeela chose to say their “I do’s” and exchange personal vows in an intimate beach elopement on the bluffs overlooking El Pescador State Beach in Malibu, CA. Their only guests were their five year old son and Adeela’s cousin.

Sand blending ceremony, beach elopements

Sand blending ceremony

Initially, Adeela wanted to include a unity candle lighting but I advised her against it, due to the possibility of high winds, and suggested a sand blending instead. Good thing too, because not only were the winds extremely high but there were “No Fire” signs posted throughout the area.

After the marriage, the newlyweds set off to Atlanta, GA to become partners in their own business consulting firm.

Planning a destination elopement ? Contact me via www.officiantlady.com I will be happy to write and officiate your perfect beach elopement ceremony.

Happy National Sunglasses Day

Did you know that sunglasses are so cool that they have their own day? That’s right June 27, 2018 is National Sunglasses Day.

Just because it’s your wedding day is no reason to not practice sun safe behavior and custom printed sunglasses like these will make it easy for you to look “cool” while protecting your eyes at your outdoor reception.

On sites like Etsy you can find shades printed for brides, grooms, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring boys; in other words your whole wedding party can look as cool as you do.

Sunglasses can also be printed with your name and wedding date as a thoughtful wedding favor for guests of your outdoor wedding or reception.

Looking for a wedding officiant who’s cooler than a pair of Wayfarers on a sunny day? Contact Rev. Connie Jones-Steward at www.officiantlady.com