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michelle + carl – balboa park

I received an email last September from a couple who were planning an intimate and informal wedding celebration right before year-end, with only a handful of family members in attendance, in addition to her two teenage sons, and that it was a second marriage for both of them. The three of us got together very shortly after to talk about what they wanted and didn’t want from their ceremony, and then we walked though my process and how I work.  Michelle and Carl told me that they actually had dated in college, 30 years ago, …
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amy + stephanie – catamaran hotel

I met Amy and Stephanie at the Bridal Bazaar, and from the moment we met, I totally knew that they were my couple!  One problem – we had originally planned on being away on vacation over their date, so I told them that we’d figure it out (if we were going or not) and would let them know soon.  Shortly afterward, I received an email from them, with even more information on who they are, and a picture of them doing the 3 Day Walk together (something that I had done for six years, including …
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marriage license witnesses – who can it be?

I get asked regularly about who should be the witness(es) for the marriage license, especially as most couples seem to assume that it should be their honor attendants (like the best man, maid of honor, best woman, man of honor, etc).  And it absolutely can be, but it doesn’t need to be, and hence this post. Let me back up a second.  In California there are two kinds of marriage licenses – confidential and non-confidential.  The confidential one needs no witnesses at all, but is not often used.  The non-confidential license is the more commonly …
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Notes to the Newlyweds: Your Spouse Isn’t a Mind Reader

I was asked to share my/our advice to newlyweds by Equally Wed, and now that it’s been published on their website, I thought I’d share my thoughts here as well.  Enjoy! Dear Newlyweds, Congratulations on your recent nuptials and the start to this new chapter in your relationship! I’m excited for you! I thought I’d share with you some of the things that we’ve figured out in our 8.5 years of marriage, as well as from observing the 600+ couples I’ve married over the past six years (yes, I’m an officiant, and have a ball celebrating all …
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Bethel Fun Facts – For WeddingWire World Panel Intro

I think you all might get a kick out of the “Fun Facts” that I put together as fodder for Kathryn of GayWeddings.com to select from when doing her intro of my on today’s “Modern Couple” panel discussion at the WeddingWire World industry conference. 186 reviews on WeddingWire – all 5 star other than one single 4.8 star (man, that one annoyed me!) Spent 9 years on Wall Street working for two large investment banks, in Tokyo, NY, and London, before running my family’s small business back here in San Diego for 6 years. I …
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