Nicolle & Tony’s Gondola Getaway In Long Beach

In 100 words (more or less ) tell us the story of Nicolle & Tony

We are two individuals that celebrate each other’s personalities and passions, brought together by our shared, experienced learning about strong lasting relationships. From the first time we met, we’ve held trust paramount which means we are honest about our thoughts and feelings even when it’s not easy. We have a shared love of music, good conversation and spicy food. We don’t see everything the same way, but we appreciate the differences that make us strong as partners.

Tell us about the proposal

We’d been together 7 years, and talked about marriage for about 5. It was important that we both felt the time was right, so this is one area in which we were a little more traditional. I told Tony if he wanted to get married it would be up to him to get us going. He proposed on my birthday weekend in 2018 on a weekend trip with our best friends.

What three words best describe your wedding?

Intimate, intentional, meaningful

Your wedding photos show us a very fun and funky vibe. Tell us more about how your personality influenced your wedding style

We genuinely like each other, and approached the wedding from the viewpoint of being a celebration of each of us that we invited a select few to vs. a party for everyone else. We have found our life partner in each other, and I wanted Tony to love his tux (we had it custom made and he was very particular) as much as I loved my visuals (I made our invitations and had the idea of the parasols from the beginning). I would describe it as elegant goth, and that carried through to our Halloween honeymoon in New Orleans. From start to finish it was exactly what we both wanted without compromise or apology

Why did you choose your venue?

It wasn’t traditional. It wasn’t a church or a party hall. It was an experience for those attending, something they would like to do that would show them our town. It was also romantic…and fit well into my vision of a memorable wedding.

Now, describe how you felt on your big day in more detail.

We had people in town from all over—and it just felt like a big rush to execute what had been a long, well-thought out plan. We got ready together. We arrived together. We had a ceremony that was hand crafted for us by our officiant, and it was really meaningful. I felt proud of us for not giving into the pressures of inviting more people or giving in to tradition or expectations. I felt amazing. It was like a realization that by being together we understood who we were as individuals even more.

Venue: Gondola Getaways

Photographer: David England Photography

Florals: Sweet Pea Florals

Shannon & Larry at The Garden Room in Garden Grove

Today in Talking Wed, we talk to Shannon Jackson; RN, BSN and motivational speaker.

In 100 words (more or less) tell us the story of Shannon and Larry.

Larry and I met at a wedding on July 17th, 2016. It was  my childhood bestfriend’s brother’s wedding. Larry and my best friend Trina are related. Larry  recalled meeting me years earlier and asked if I was a nurse, to which I replied “yes”. He then  asked me if I would come to his class and speak to his class. He teaches a high school Certified Nursing Assistant program and I am a Registered Nurse so he though that I could offer encouragement to his students. He  proceeded  to ask me for my number and texted me two weeks later. He then proceeded to text me every morning with positive quotes.  The texts moved to phone calls and he finally asked me out on a date. I turned him down twice before agreeing to go out. For the record, I never meet with students until a year later during there prom night but by that time we were already engaged. He duped me.

Tell us about the proposal:

We had been officially dating for about 7 months. And it was a very rainy Sunday. At the time I was commuting back and forth between San Diego and Pasadena for work. He asked me to stop by the house before going to San Diego. When I arrived, he asked me to sit down, and made me think he had some bad news. He really played  up the bad news angles. And then he finally sat next to me a pulled out a ring and ask me to marry him. And I said yes.

Purple is such a vibrant color. Is that why you chose it as your featured wedding color?

Purple is one of my favorite colors. It speaks to royalty and looks good on African-American skin tones. Our other colors were black and white with accents of silver

What was the main vibe that you wanted for your wedding ?

We wanted something that was tasteful & classy but not boring   A throwback to the timr when people would get dressed  up for  weddings.

  1. Hair: Ebony Thomas 
  2. Makeup: Rodney Jon
  3. Dress: Chia Lieu Bridal Couture 
  4. Tux : Friar Tux
  5. Cake Baker The Garden Room 
  6. DJ: Memory Maker Entertainment 
  7. Florist : The Garden Room 
  8. Officiant : Reverend Booie 
  9. Photographer: David England Photography

Macy and Daniel at The Castle Green

Macy and Daniel were not afraid to showcase their “nerdy kind of love” in one of my auhentic Love StoryWedding that made reference to how Daniel won Macy over by showing her her how to solve the Rubic’s Cube and how they became engaged by him getting down on one knee and proposing just after she found a shiny Dratini during a round of Pokemon Go! Their ring box was even shaped like a Pokemon Ball.

The ceremony began with a presentation of roses to their mothers and concluded with jumping the broom, They also shared their own personally written vows.

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No makeup, lovely natural hair, yet Macy is still one of the prettiest brides I’ve ever worked with.

Daniel looking expectantly towards a life of marital bliss with his new bride. A future which includes Macy becoming a doctor and an astronaut and he himself becoming an aerospace engineer. They are both graduates of Stanford University where they met during freshman orientation.

“We Are Groot”. Macy and Daniel love watching sci-fi, action movies together. They use quotes from some of their favorite movies instead of numbers to identify their reception tables.

Officiant: Rev. Connie Jones-Steward

Photography: The Vondys

Venue: The Castle Green

Planner: La Bella Dia

Macy’s Hair: Sekai Natural Hair Gallery

Cake: Susie’s Cakes

Florist: Tea Rose Garden

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.

Dawn & Mark’s Joyful Seaside Ceremony

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The dating website Match.com boasts about the high number of marriages between its users. Now it can add Dawn and Mark to that number.

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The couple chose to exchange vows at the beautiful Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA. They chose the location because they loved the gorgeous Spanish theme and the spectacular  views of Long Beach Harbor and the city skyline.

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If Dawn could sum up her wedding day in three words they would be: amazing, loving and memorable Says Dawn “My big day was exhausting but the excitement of going from Ms. to Mrs was exhilarating. I was filled with love, happiness and joy to share my vows with the man I love in the presence of all our friends and family.”

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Love & Hip Hop in Los Angeles

In 2012 I completed my Masters Thesis on hip hop culture. So it’s a little bit of synchronicity that I now find myself being  called on to officiate the weddings of some of the rising stars of the hip hop music world.

In August of 2016 I officiated the marriage of hip hop rapper Tamba Tongu to dancer Sabrina Ratchousky at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, CA. Sabrina walked down the aisle to a rap song written and performed just for the occassion by Tamba.

In April of 2017, I officiated the marriage of hip hop rapper Douglas Miller to actress Vermyttya Edwards. Douglas is the nephew of rapper Master P and the cousin of Lil’ Romeo.

The Miller’s were married at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in the Korea Town section of Los Angeles. This church has been active since 1888 and holds weekly services in English, Spanish and Korean.

Being the old hip-hop head  that I am, I hope to marry more couples like the Tongue and the Miller’s. I just wish that BET had called me about the Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir wedding.

Leanne and John’s Summer Solstice Wedding

When Leanne and John of Asheville, North Carolina met they each recognized their twin flame in the other. They began dating at Halloween and were engaged before the following Christmas.

Leanne is a native California girl so they chose Giracci Vineyards and Farms of Silverado, CA as the venue  for their destination wedding. Joanne Tutweiler of Queen Tut Events planned the intimate wedding that was officiated by Reverend Connie Jones-Steward.

The summer solstice themed ceremony took place amid the vineyards magnificent Oak trees and included a blessing from the four  directions, a wine sharing, handfasting and jumping the broom.

  • Venue: Giracci Vineyards and Farms
  • Planner: Queen Tut Events
  • Officiant Rev.  Connie Jones-Steward

Omar and Brandon Jump The Broom at The Reef on The Water

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When Omar and Brandon of North Carolina chose to jump the broom they decided on Omar’s home state of California for their destination wedding and they chose The Reef on The Water Restaurant as their venue . The ceremony, which took place against the stunning view of the Long Beach Harbor and city skyline, was officiated by Rev. Connie Jones-Steward .  The couple each chose a childhood best friend to stand up for them as “bestwomen”,Gay weddings, Los Angeles,  african-amercan wedding officiants

The wife and husband team of Susan Whitney Photography provided stunning photos of the event from the first walk down the aisle to the last dance of the reception.

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Gay weddings, Los Angeles, african-american wedding officiants

Gay weddings, Los Angeles, african-american wedding officiants

Gay weddings, Los Angeles, african-american wedding officiants

  • The Venue: The Reef on The Water Restaurant
  • Photographer: Susan Whitney Photography
  • Wedding Officiant: Rev. Connie Jones-Steward

Pat and Jody Tie The Knot In Their Orcutt Ranch Wedding

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Surrounded by the early springtime greenery of  Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center, Pat and Jody exchanged vows in a gorgeous garden ceremony.  Frank Martin of Luxury Events For Less designed an affair that was both casual and elegant, combining the garden’s exceptional greenery with the couples soft color palette of mint, cream and purple. Luna Bella Photography did an outstanding job of photographing the affair, creating photos that had an almost 3D quality

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Jody wore a gown in a lovely soft shade of green, one of The Knot’s hot color picks for this years wedding season.

Pat and Jody waited 14 years to marry because they wouldn’t settle for a commitment ceremony or domestic partnership. Their ceremony included a handfasting after the ring exchange and jumping the broom as part of the pronouncement of marriage.

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Lesbian weddings, Los Angeles Wedding Officiants

  • Venue: Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center
  • Wedding Planner: Luxury Events For Less
  • Wedding Photographer: Luna Bella Photography
  • Wedding Officiant: Rev. Connie Jones-Steward

 

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.