What gives you the legal authority to solemnize marriage?
The State of California allows all ministers and designated members of recognized religions and churches to solemnize marriage. I am ordained by the Temple of Isis in Geyserville, CA and the Universal Life Church.
Are you licensed and registered with the state to perform weddings?
California does not require registration or licensing of ministers.
What related training do you possess?
My spiritual education, celebrancy training and Temple of Isis ordination were achieved through years of study, practice and apprenticeship with elders of the organization. I also have a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Religion from the ULC Seminary. I am currently working towards becoming a Concious Dying Guide and Grief Conselor through Sacred Crossings.
Do you need a copy of our marriage license before the ceremony?
I will need to see your license prior to the ceremony and I will sign it afterwards. You will need to obtain your license from a county clerk’s office prior to your wedding day. Here are links to the Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County and Ventura County marriage license instruction pages.
What happens to our marriage license after the wedding?
After your ceremony, I will sign and deliver your marriage license to the proper county clerk’s office via certified mail or hand delivery. Regardless of what some officiants may lead you to believe it is the legal duty of the officiant to return the signed license to the county clerk; this is not an option or an added bonus.
Are you available on my wedding date?
Please contact me to find out!
Have you officiated at our venue before?
I have performed ceremonies in very diverse venues, so the answer might be yes but you’ll have to call me to find out. Some of the venues where I’ve officiated weddings include:
- Shanghai Red’s Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, CA
- Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey, CA
- Cicada Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA
- Coco Palm Restaurant in Pomona, CA
- Garfield Park in South Pasadena, CA
- Grand Event Center in Long Beach, CA
- Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Korea Town, Los Angeles, CA
- Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills, CA
- Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center in West Hills, CA
- Newland Barn in Huntington Beach, CA
- Crowne Plaza Hotel in Redondo Beach, CA
- Casa del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA
- Wilfandel Clubhouse, Historic Adams District–Los Angeles
- Newport Beach Marriot, Bayview in Newport Beach, CA
- Los Angeles Men’s Central Detention Center
- The Maxwell House in Pasadena, CA
Will you marry couples of different faiths?
Of course! I am trans-denominational and thus not bound by any particular religious traditions. Therefore I am free to offer ceremonies that combine elements from diverse religions and cultures.
Do I have to adhere to your spiritual belief system?
In a word, no, To paraphrase a line from The Matrix; It’s okay if not everyone believes as I do, my beliefs don’t require them to.
Do you require any pre-marital or religious class requirements?
Currently I do not offer or require pre-marital counseling however I am certified to offer marriage and relationship coaching.
Will you marry couples if one or both have been divorced?
Yes. I don’t even know why that should be an issue.
Do you allow for couples to personalize their own wedding vows?
Yes, if the two of you have special vows that you’d like to say to each other we will include them in the ceremony.
Do you allow flash photography during the ceremony?
Yes, so long as it does not interfere with the performance of the ceremony.
Do you have any restrictions as to our attire, or our bridal party’s attire?
You may wear what you wish. It’s your wedding!
Do you provide any prayers or meal blessings during the wedding day?
I will if you request it.
Do you allow any non-religious readings or music?
Absolutely. If it has meaning to you then by all means include it.
What attire do you wear while performing a ceremony?
I usually wear a dark skirt or pants suit. I also have a black minister’s robe and white stole for a more traditional look.
Do you charge for travel to our venue?
I do not charge for travel to any venue within 15 miles of my home. For rehearsals and weddings further than 15 miles, I charge an additional mileage fee. Any fees for parking and tolls will also be included in the total price charged for your wedding.
Can you provide any sample wording for your ceremony?
Yes. We can discuss different vow options, ring exchange options and special elements you’d like to include, such as handfasting, unity candle, sand ceremony or wine ceremony.
How far in advance should we book your services?
I recommend at least 3 months in advance.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel your wedding, you forfeit your retainer. If you reschedule your wedding date within one year and I am available, I will book your new date and apply your retainer to that date. I do not charge a “change of date” fee.