San Pedro is The City of Love (or at least should be)

I love San Pedro, CA. I love it so much that I chose it as the site of my wedding in 2006. However I feel that I missed out by having my wedding at the Crowne Plaza Hotel when there are so many wonderful outdoor locations that are just begging to be host to your wedding. In this post I’ll present three: The gazebo at Averill Park, The Pt. Fermin Lighthouse in Pt. Fermin Park and the outdoor stage also in Pt. Fermin Park.

This is the Averill Park Gazebo located on the Weymouth side of Averill Park. The park itself is a beautifully landscaped masterpiece of rolling hills, lush greenery, gentle streams and a waterfall. From the park one can also get a panoramic view of San Pedro Harbor.

 

Just a short distance away from Averill Park is Point Fermin Park, located on the southern most point of Los Angeles County. Pt. Fermin park not only offers gorgeous views of the Pacifc Ocean and Catalina Island but is also home to the Pt. Fermin Lighthouse which was reportedly built  from California Redwoods in 1874.

The lighthouse is a very popular wedding spot but one would also do well to consider the Pt. Fermin outdoor stage which is situated just a few feet away and even comes with built in seats for wedding guests.

Who’s on your vendor list?

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Guest blogger: Lester Molina of Lester Molina Photography

 Just like the title says: “Who’s on your vendor list? Do you have the most important ones?
A recent poll in a popular bridal forum, asked brides to rate the most important vendors on their list, from 1-10, 10 being the least important, therefore 1 being the most important. The following are the actual options the brides were given to vote on.

1 Food and Service
2 Beverage and Bartenders
3 Reception Venue
4 Photographer
5 Dress and Alterations
6 Videographer
7 Reception Decorations and Centerpieces
8 DJ
9 Cake and Cutting Fee

Your order may be a little different, depending on what’s more important to you, but, look closely, do you see something missing? You will, if you are planning to walk away from the wedding with a marriage certificate. The Officiant. These brides were so focused on what they wanted for their wedding, they overlooked the one vendor they could not have a wedding without. Other vendors, such as photographers, videographers, florists, caterers, dj, planner, and others, are more of a want, than a need.

What do you absolutely NEED for your wedding? Well, the officiant. Without one, or at least a public notary, you’ll not be getting married any time soon. Although the Officiant is technically the most important, other vendors are just as important, if you wish to make your wedding, the most memorable day of your life, at least until  the birth of your child. See, weddings are a rather complex event. A lot of coordinations is needed to make it work like you want it to. That’s why hiring a planner is the best way to go. You also want your guests to have fun, and enjoy your wedding day (in the end, the reception is just a big party you throw your guests, so they can celebrate your wedding with you), therefore you need food, drinks, a nice wedding cake, and a place to hold all this in. Caterers, bartenders, bakers, and a venue is needed to achieve this. That’s only the food part of the fun, now comes the dancing part of the fun, so a good professional dj, or at least a band will make sure to keep the guests on their feet, and from leaving early due to a boring reception. You’ll also want a florist to decorate the venue, make your bouquets, boutonnières, and other floral arrangements so your wedding looks just like you envisioned it.

This will also help you get beautiful wedding photographs, and wedding video, because you do want to have something to look at and remember your wedding, right? Then you’ll need a professional wedding photographer, and videographer. So you see, one is really not more important than the other. On your wedding day, we all come together and chip in, to make your wedding exactly what you dreamed it to be. So, next time, think about what you’ll be missing if you decide to leave a vendor for last, or excluded at all,  and make the right decision. If you don’t, you’ll regret it after the wedding, I guarantee it!

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Renee & Wiliam: They Ate, Prayed and Loved

Renee and WiliamJanuary 01, 2011 was the first day of the new year and the new lives of Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam and Renee Jones-Carvalho who were married in a noon ceremony at Shanghai Red’s Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, CA.

For the past nearly four years their story has unfolded like the making of a Hollywood movie. They met while they were both guest workers in Japan; she was an American born English teacher and he was a Brazilian born welder working in an auto manufacturing plant. Their mutual Japanese friends introduced them because they were both foreigners.

In April 2010, Renee’s contract was up and she decided to return to the U.S. along with Wiliam who was now her fiance.  However Homeland Security had other ideas and Wiliam was stopped at LAX and forced to leave the country and go back to Brazil.

For the next eight months they battled U.S. and Brazilian authorities in order to get Wiliam’s visa approved so that he could return to California and they could marry. After many setbacks, his visa was finally approved in December. He arrived in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve and they were married on New Year’s Day in a ceremony that included a Brazilian style ring exchange and a Bread and Salt Sharing ceremony that involved all of the guests.

They have decided to take advantage of the Name Change Act of 2007. Wiliam Pereira de Carvalho will join his name with that of Renee Jones and their family will carry the surname Jones-Carvalho. They are expecting their first child in April 2011.