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.