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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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”,
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.
- The Venue: The Reef on The Water Restaurant
- Photographer: Susan Whitney Photography
- Wedding Officiant: Rev. Connie Jones-Steward
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
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.
- Venue: Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center
- Wedding Planner: Luxury Events For Less
- Wedding Photographer: Luna Bella Photography
- Wedding Officiant: Rev. Connie Jones-Steward