Julius & Adeela at El Pescador State Beach

Julius and Adeela chose to say their “I do’s” and exchange personal vows in an intimate beach elopement on the bluffs overlooking El Pescador State Beach in Malibu, CA. Their only guests were their five year old son and Adeela’s cousin.

Sand blending ceremony, beach elopements

Sand blending ceremony

Initially, Adeela wanted to include a unity candle lighting but I advised her against it, due to the possibility of high winds, and suggested a sand blending instead. Good thing too, because not only were the winds extremely high but there were “No Fire” signs posted throughout the area.

After the marriage, the newlyweds set off to Atlanta, GA to become partners in their own business consulting firm.

Planning a destination elopement ? Contact me via www.officiantlady.com I will be happy to write and officiate your perfect beach elopement ceremony.

Outdoor Elopement Venues in Palos Verdes

I love being out in nature and performing weddings and other ceremonies surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells that are the gifts of Mother Nature. Today’s entry focuses on two beautiful outdoor wedding venues situated in the city of Palos Verdes, CA.

The first is the Roessler Point Gazebo that overlooks Malaga Cove and the cities of Torrance, Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. This gazebo cannot be reserved for private events so it would not do for a large wedding, however it provides the perfect backdrop for an elopement; that is as long as you don’t mind the occassional wayfarer wandering in while you are saying your vows.

 

The daytime photo above was taken by me, however this nightime photo was borrowed from the Palos Verdes Daily Photo blog.

 

 

 

 

The next venue is Farnham Park which is located on the grounds of the Malaga Cove Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. This area features a gorgeous fountain and can be used without a fee or even a reservation as long as your party is under 10, however it is suggested that you do make a reservation with the city to avoid confusion should another wedding party want to use the location at the same time as you do. Larger parties require a permit from the City of Palos Verdes and in some cases a fee is required.

Candles in The Wind: A Wedding Day Fail

Candle flame

We all love candles. Their soft flickering flames have the power to evoke feelings of love, romance, promise, hope and spirituality. Perhaps that is why unity candles have become such a beloved part of the modern wedding ceremony.

However there is one particular type of wedding where unity candles can quickly spark feelings of frustration and even embarrassment as opposed to the more positive feelings mentioned above; that is the beach wedding.

Beach weddings are very popular in Los Angeles however Southern California beaches tend to be a bit windy and in this case the elements of fire and air are not on friendly terms. It is very hard to predict how windy it will be on the beaches of Los Angeles at any given time and even harder to get or keep your candles lit in even the slightest breeze.

If you want to incorporate a wind resistant unity ceremony into your beach wedding there are many options and alternatives and a creative wedding officiant will even be able to tweak existing traditions to fit your particular ceremony, as I did with the bread and salt ceremony for the couple that I married on New Year’s Day, 2011.

Some other beach friendly unity ceremonies include: jumping the broom, breaking the glass, handfasting or tying the knot, wine tasting and of course the unity sand ceremony.

The Korean Friendship Bell: Great location for wedding photos

Los Angeles offers many picturesque locations for outdoor weddings and photo shoots. One of the most beautiful that comes to my mind is the Korean Friendship Bell located where Gaffey St. meets the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro, CA.

The bell, situated on a bluff that overlooks the ocean and the Port of Los Angeles, was presented by the Republic of Korea to the American people to celebrate the bicentennial of the United States, to honor American veterans of the Korean War and to symbolize friendship between the two nations. The effort was coordinated by Philip Ahn, a Korean-American actor. It was dedicated on October 3, 1976 and declared Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 187 in 1978 (Wikipedia).

Because of its beauty it is a popular wedding site in Los Angeles County, however in my personal opinion the winds are usually so high that guests might have a hard time hearing the ceremony. Therefore I would suggest it as a site for post wedding photos.

Please click here for more information if you’d like to have your wedding at this historic and cultural site.