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Celeste and Austin – Mt. Woodson Castle – Real Wedding

I received an inquiry through my website for a wedding at Mt. Woodson Castle in Ramona, and I was glad to hear that the venue had sent them my way, as I know that the team at Personal Touch Dining who run the castle totally know who my favorite couples are! The three of us met virtually via Zoom soon after to talk about what they wanted and didn’t want from their ceremony, and then we walked through my process and how I work. They told me that they wanted to share their love for …
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Sarah and Hunter – San Diego Zoo Safari Park – Real Wedding

I received an inquiry through my website and was psyched to see that they came my way not only because I was on the recommended list at their venue (one of my favorite venues, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park), but also because I was highly recommended by their wedding coordinator, Laura of Serendipity Events.  And, it was clear that we were on the same page, as they definitely wanted a ceremony like I described, they said – one that was fun, personal, meaningful, and non-traditional, emphasis on the non-traditional, they mentioned.  Count me in! …
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Kanima and Johnathan – La Quinta Civic Center Park – Real Wedding

I love weddings in the desert, and heading there for Kanima and Johnathan was a pleasure!  They reached out to me a little over a year in advance, via WeddingWire, and then we were able to meet in person when I was in Palm Springs shortly after for another wedding. We talked about what was important to them, especially more egalitarian wording, as they see each other as true partners, how so many of the friends that would be there are like family, and how they wanted it to be something different and fun and …
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Using wine in your wedding ceremony

Do you two enjoy wine?  Is that something that you already share in your life together?  If so, have you thought about including wine in your ceremony? Wine is something that some of my couples definitely enjoy including in their wedding ceremony, and here are some fun ways to do it: Sharing a favorite wine from one glass together. Blending two wines together and then sharing that mix from one glass. Using wine corks not only as decor but as part of a “stone blessing” type ceremony component. Putting a bottle of wine, along with …
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Readings Idea: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Are you enjoying these readings ideas?  If you’ve missed them, here are the earlier ones: here and here.  Since my couples tend to be non-religious and/or non-traditional, it’s fun getting to provide ideas about readings that are focused on love, commitment, marriage, friendship, etc, that can be used in their wedding ceremony rather than the traditional or “normal” ones they’ve heard many times. Here is another one that speaks to many of my couples and their ceremony messaging: Excerpt from “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernières Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like …
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