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.

jumping the broom

natural hair bride

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.

Elope on Ferndell Hiking Trail

Bridges and grottos and trails OH MY! Ferndell Hiking Trail in the Ferndell section of Los Angeles’s Griffith Park is the perfect spot for a woodsy elopement . However, you’ll have to have your elopement ceremony early if you want to find nearby parking spot and avoid being photobombed by hikers.

Keep scrolling to see the hollow tree that looks like a heart.

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Elope on Ferndell Hiking Trail

Places to elope in Los Angeles

Elope in Los Angeles

Elope at Compton Creek Natural Park

Bridge at Compton Creek Natural Park

Would you like to elope near a creek, bike path and hiking trails without having to drive to Griffith Park?

Compton Creek Natural Park in Compton, CA is an oasis of natural beauty and serenity located in the heart of the Hub City. The native plants and tranquil surroundings will provide a picturesque backdrop for your elopement photos.

Compton Creek Natural Park

Compton Creek Natural Park

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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.

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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.

Happy National Sunglasses Day

Did you know that sunglasses are so cool that they have their own day? That’s right June 27, 2018 is National Sunglasses Day.

Just because it’s your wedding day is no reason to not practice sun safe behavior and custom printed sunglasses like these will make it easy for you to look “cool” while protecting your eyes at your outdoor reception.

On sites like Etsy you can find shades printed for brides, grooms, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring boys; in other words your whole wedding party can look as cool as you do.

Sunglasses can also be printed with your name and wedding date as a thoughtful wedding favor for guests of your outdoor wedding or reception.

Looking for a wedding officiant who’s cooler than a pair of Wayfarers on a sunny day? Contact Rev. Connie Jones-Steward at www.officiantlady.com

Have You Considered A Wedding Pie?

Are you looking for an alternative to the wedding cake? Maybe you’d like to have a dessert table in “addition” to the wedding cake. In honor of Pi Day 2018 here are some ideas to get you inspired. My advice, go with the pie pops.

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Wedding pie pops
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Wedding cheesecake
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Wedding pie tower
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Wedding pie dessert table
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Mini wedding dessert pies

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Have A Beach Of An Elopement In California

Have A Beach Of An Elopement In California

California has hundreds of miles of the most beautiful, sandy beaches in the world. That’s why couples come from near and far to elope where the sand meets the Pacific Ocean.

When reality TV producer Tony Brown and his bride Debbie Joles (shown above) of the Los Angeles area decided to elope, they chose the Muscle Beach area of Santa Monica Beach. I wrote a short and sweet ceremony for them that incorporated the poem “A Gift From The Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. At the end of the ceremony, onlookers cheered as Tony kissed his bride.

Santa Monica Beach Elopement
Tony and Debbie., near Santa Monica Pier. Photo by Deon Steward

When marriage equality became the law of the land, Tammy M. of Tennessee contacted me about officiating  her elopement to her partner Ramona. They and fellow couple Audra and Cathy wanted to come to Los Angeles to elope on the beach. They were all married in back to back ceremonies near the Santa Monica Pier.

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Tammy and Ramona, Santa Monica Beach , Photo by Connie Jones-Steward
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Tammy and Ramona, Santa Monica Beach. Photo by Connie Jones’Steward
Audra and Cathy,  Santa Monica Beach. Photo by Connie Jones-Stewnard.

Indie rock crooner Ariel Rubin,  of Ariel + The Undertow, and her fiance Steve Davis chose Carpinteria State Beach, near Santa Barbara, as the site for their destination elopement. They traveled from the Boston, MA area to combine getting married with seeing the sights of California. They considered many sites, including Joshua Tree National Park before deciding on a beach setting.

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Ariel and Steve, Carpinteria State Beach. Photographer Barbara Morgan
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Ariel offering her bouquet to the ocean.. Photographer Barbara Morgan.

Couples elope for varied reasons. Some choose to elope initially and have a grander affair at a later date. However, many couples today are choosing to elope as an alternative to the hustle, bustle, stress and expense of a traditional wedding. An elopement only requires three components; the couple, the officiant and the marriage license. Obtaining a California marriage license is easy. There is no waiting period and the process can be started online. The State of California even offers a confidential license that doesn’t  require the signature of a witness to your marriage. However be advised that the confidential license is only valid for marriages in the county in which it is issued.* If eloping is right for you, contact me and let’s discuss a ceremony built for two.

*For a list of links to offices that issue California marriage licenses, please visit my wedding officiant website, http://www.weddingmuselosangeles.com, and click on the  the Marriage License Information tab.

 

 

 

Including The Kids in The Nuptials

Many of my wedding couples are older couples or couples who are walking down the aisle for the second (or third) time, so quite often one or both of them has children or grandchildren.

It’s understandable that these children sometimes feel some kind of way about getting a new parent, grandparent or set of siblings to contend with. The couple can start the new family out on a unified footing by including the children in the wedding ceremony. So on this National Sons and Daughters Day, let’s look at how some of my couples have included the kiddos in their wedding ceremonies

  • Vermyttya had seven children, aged late teens to toddlers when she married Douglas at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Her oldest daughter was her maid of honor, her youngest children were the ring bearer and flower girls and her middle sons were groomsmen. The ceremony also included a nine person family sand blending as one of their unity rituals.
  • When Vilda and Gustavo wed at Friendship Gardens & Japanese Tea Room in Glendale, CA his daughters entered just before Hilda carrying a banner that said “Daddy here comes your bride”. They also had a family sand blending ceremony with sand in each person’s favorite color.
  • Right after Israel put the ring on Minata’s finger during their wedding at The Castaways Restuarant in Burbank, CA, he placed a small gold band on her daughter’s finger and promised to always be her dad.
  • Nelly’s teenaged son stood beside her as her best man when she exchanged her vows with Yamie in Long Beach, CA.
  • Carl and Jackie were grandparents before they rekindled their high school romance and decided to get married. They included their adult children as bridesmaids and groomsmen while their grandchildren took part as flower girls, ring bearers and broom bringers during their wedding at The Newland Barn in Huntington Beach, CA. There were so many tots involved that an adult daughter was appointed the official kid wrangler.
  • Last but not least, when my husband and I jumped the broom 11 years ago, his then 10 year old son was the broom bringer. I didn’t have any children but my three nieces served as bridesmaid, gift table monitor and mini-maid. We each had nephews serve as groomsmen.

There are many, many ways to include your children in your wedding ceremony. You could have them render a reading, sing a song or act as a “backup” photographer. Let your imagination along with their talents and interests be your guide.