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A garden ceremony for Emily and Christian’s beautiful June wedding at Rancho Valencia. It was a pleasure to officiate the wedding ceremony for this sweet couple! So kind and gracious, no wonder the benches were overflowing with loved ones.

Shoutout to wonderful collaborators:
Jose Villa Photography  – thank you for capturing these incredible images!
Brooke Kegan Events – absolutely on point in coordination, likeability, and professionalism.
Enchanted Evening Productions– provided beautiful live processional and recessional
music for the ceremony
Gorgeous florals by Sarah Winward
and of course the beautiful unique lush venue, Rancho Valencia

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Bountiful florals highlight the aisle

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How much do you love the wooden benches!!

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Stunning arch created by Sarah Winward

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Perfect simple boutonniere

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Simple setup on the lawn

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Friends and family witness the I Dos

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A fun sweet couple. The gorgeous trees on property make for a beautiful frame.

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That dress!

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Incredible strings filled the air with beautiful music

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Two weeks ago I had the privilege of performing the memorial service for an extraordinary lady. She had lived an incredible life – she was a seeker, teacher, and healer. And a writer of children’s books.

mothergooseNot just any children’s books. She re-imagined classic childhood tales and brought to them a new awakening for the next generation.

What an incredible legacy she leaves – her books will continue to touch and awaken generations to come.

 

 

 

 

At the service, her son read this beautiful piece from Wake Up Mother Goose:

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Despite the heat of August, this fun-loving couple were all smiles for their wedding at the New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego.

Across the street, they said “I Do’s” on the playground, then back to the museum for celebrations.

Much gratitude to:
Kellene of Betty Blue Events for masterful coordination
Laura of Laura Christin Photography for these incredible images – she captured their emotions beautifully.
DJ Earl Henry – always the pro – for seamless ceremony sound and music.

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Escorted by her mother, Catherine is just beaming as she heads up the aisle (and I just love the toddler-swing hanging in the background!)

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Colin can’t hide his love and pride as Catherine comes up to join him.

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Their wedding rings bundled up into a special handkerchief – handmade by Colin’s great-grandmother – it also served as Cat’s “something blue.”

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Cat’s dear aunt passes their wedding rings along – a beautiful ritual of a ring warming- during the ceremony.

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Sharing personal vows is a special and sacred moment. I always tell couples it’s a good idea to write them on a nice card stock – easier to manage especially in breezes. These two wrote their vows into lovely cards, which will make a great keepsake.

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Just after the ceremony is complete as the wedding party begins to celebrate, the Maid of Honor and Best Man perform that very important task of signing their marriage license as witness.

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Beautifully set up for a celebration!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs!!
I was to honored to officiate their ceremony on their big day.

You far exceeded our expectations for the ceremony. We had a delightful time meeting you and telling you our story–and you managed to incorporate that very well into the ceremony. Your process works! It was such a pleasure working with you.
~Cat & Colin

On a beautiful June day out in the countryside of San Diego, Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center provided the perfect space for these two to share I Dos.
Simple decor and personal touches made this a special and intimate wedding ceremony.

Much gratitude to:
Brandon of Brandon Colbert Photography for incredible images as well as his easy-going professional style.
Black Tie Productions for seamless ceremony sound and music.
Bates Nut Farm and coordinator Sherrie for making everything run so smoothly!

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The majesty of these gorgeous trees create the perfect space for the ceremony.

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TIME CAPSULE: This beautiful leather case on the wooden table contains very special wine bottles. And during the ceremony Tanya and Iain placed their marriage vows in the case along with the wine. On their anniversary they will open the case, pop the cork, and share their vows again, to celebrate and toast their union once again.

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Her parents are simply beaming as they escort their daughter up the aisle.

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RING WARMING: I love this simple wooden round box to pass their rings for the ring warming. During the ceremony, their wedding rings are passed among the guests, who take just a moment for a silent wish or blessing for the happy couple, their future and marriage together.

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VOWS: Sharing a laugh during their personal vows to each other.

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs!!

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So honored to officiate their very special ceremony.

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“From the moment my husband and I met Gayle, we knew she was special and the perfect person to officiate our wedding. She has an incredibly warm, kind and calm aura about her that makes you feel like you’ve known her forever. . . . Gayle did an amazing job making our wedding and ceremony memorable, she far exceeded our expectations.”~Tanya & Iain

Recently I met with a couple who shared their beautiful story of how they met, and then how he proposed. Immediately after he got down on one knee (and she said yes!), they took off for a camping trip up the coast. The bride-to-be dashed off a few texts to friends and family with the good news.
When they arrived at the campsite they had no reception. Little did they realize what a blessing that became.
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For the next 24 hours they basked in their new status, just the two of them in Nature, sharing dreams. Spending that time with only each other.
The next day as they headed off, reception was restored and their phones were full of texts, calls, posts.

Of course it was wonderful to receive all the well wishes. But they realized that if they’d been able, they would have spent all that time on the phone with family, texting with friends, posting pics.
A little delay made all the difference in savoring and remembering that very special time together, off the grid.

Congratulations to Alyson & Erik!
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My first wedding couple of 2018 (!) held a beautiful and intimate Winter Wedding, mid-week on the beach. The “Just Us Two” ceremony (plus 2 friends as witnesses) in Pacific Beach was intimate, heartfelt, and incorporated personal selections.
These two tied the knot – literally – with a knot-tying unity ceremony.
And included a favorite quote from Kurt Vonnegut:

And I urge you to please notice
when you are happy,
and exclaim or murmur,
or think at some point,
‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’

They drove over from Tucson for the quintessential toes-in-the-sand wedding ceremony. And though it was a cloudy/foggy day, San Diego did deliver a bit of a sunset for them.

Congratulations you two!

Babies exude a sense of hope. Not that they are to be burdened with the pressure of changing the world, but simply reminding us that it is enough just to be. Babies don’t accomplish or do, they just be – and for that they are truly loved.

LOCATION FAVORITES
Baby blessings held at home with family is the most popular venue to celebrate and bless your newborn.

Springtime Blessing in April:

In the backyard at their parents’ beautiful peaceful home in Ramona.

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At the beginning of the ceremony, just as we took a moment to think of those not with us, and honor those who have passed – a hummingbird flitted by. Little hello from spirit 🙂

A super sweet message from these wonderful new parents after their daughter’s baby blessing:

“We loved Lucia’s ceremony, and your presentation and support were perfect. Thank you again for joining us on this special day! . . . I think many parents would benefit from your blessing ceremony guidance, preparation, and administration! 🙂 “

Summertime Blessing in August:

The blessing for little Bradford took place in a family home in Chula Vista. The property was beautifully landscaped with love and attention, and this alcove the perfect spot for friends and family to gather around for the baby blessing.

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Even better, much of the brickwork on the pathways, tile work on the walls, and in particular, the tile work housing this beautiful statuary- all handplaced by Brandon Grant (who happens to be a previous baby blessing client!)

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His work is superior and beautiful. If you are looking for a unique complement to your backyard or landscaping, give him a call!
619-889-6097 / mobgrant@yahoo.com

 

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Divine Water
Why do I use water for a baby blessing? Obviously it is an age-old tradition that churches have used water in baptisms, whether via a baptismal font for babies, or submersion in the river for adults.

Because I am a nondenominational minister and officiant and not associated with any particular religion, I focus on the purity of water, and its ability to conduct energy – especially the energy of love.

For instance, if you have ever heard of or read about Masaru Emoto and his work with water crystals, you can see the power of emotion on water.

For every baby blessing ceremony, I pour filtered water into a small glass jar, then I hold the jar as I meditate and pray for the baby and family. I believe the water is conducting my positive emotions and alignment for the baby’s wellbeing.

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This is the water I then use- with a few droplets – to bless the baby.