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How do you create a ceremony in the round? With focus, intention and logistical magic.

Gee and Jen were one of the most creative and fun-loving couples I worked with last year. Their motto for life and love: Be Good, Do Good, Always try your best

While staying true to the inherent tradition of a wedding ceremony, they certainly made it their own.

With friends and family being so important to them, Gee & Jen wanted to feel surrounded in their love. What better way than in a circle? The beauty of Temecula Creek Inn created the perfect setting.

Fantastic Photography by Melissa Abiador

Photo by Melissa Abiador

Photo by Melissa Abiador

A program fan is a great way to share great information with your guests, and help keep them cool, too! Photo by Melissa Abiador

A program fan is a great way to share great information with your guests, and help keep them cool, too! Photo by Melissa Abiador

socks

Fancy feet! Photo by Melissa Abiador

ceremony trees

The majesty of the trees extended the ceremony circle in their embrace. Photo by Melissa Abiador

Wedding attendants create a beautiful human backdrop outside the circle. Photo by Melissa Abiador

Wedding attendants create a beautiful human backdrop outside the circle. Photo by Melissa Abiador

A ceremony table would feel a bit awkward in the circle. Ask your wedding party to bring the ritual to you! Friends held the time capsule while Gee and Jen placed their letters to each other inside, along with a bottle of wine, and hammered it closed, to be opened on their fifth anniversary! {Wood is the element of the five-year wedding anniversary}

Photo by Melissa Abiador

Friends hold the wedding ‘time capsule’ while Gee and Jen place their precious cargo of love letters inside. Photo by Melissa Abiador

timecapsule box

Hand-crafted wooden wedding ‘time capsule’. Photo by Melissa Abiador

With this ring, I thee wed. Photo by Melissa Abiador

With this ring, I thee wed. Photo by Melissa Abiador

I now pronounce you! Photo by Melissa Abiador

I now pronounce you! Photo by Melissa Abiador

Congratulations! Photo by Melissa Abiador

Congratulations! Photo by Melissa Abiador

Rustic love. Photo by Melissa Abiador

Rustic love. Photo by Melissa Abiador

"Gayle, Thank you again for officiating our wedding! It was truly a pleasure to have you be a part of our big day - we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!"~G&J- Photo by Melissa Abiador

“Gayle, Thank you again for officiating our wedding! It was truly a pleasure to have you be a part of our big day – we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!”~G&J Photo by Melissa Abiador

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Mr.& Mrs.! Photo by Mink Photography

Mr.& Mrs.! Photo by Mink Photography

A True Love story for Jess & Steven. They shared their vows at the historic El Cortez in downtown San Diego for an urban celebration.

Their wedding was so inspiring it has been featured on Brown Sparrow, The Knot, as well as Borrowed&Blue!

How did Jess & Steven make their ceremony unique and personal?
The handbinding ritual asks a series of promises and the couple responds, declaring their commitment to each other.

Expressing vows with the beautiful handbinding ritual. Photo by Mink Photography

Expressing vows with the beautiful handbinding ritual. Photo by Mink Photography

These two even crafted their own handbinding cord! Click Here for more information about the HandBinding Ceremony.

 

Jess & Steven wanted to include their family and friends with a Stone Blessing. During the ceremony, each guest holds a hand-picked stone and sends all of their good thoughts and well wishes into the stone, where they are all deposited into a keepsake for the couple to have at home!

Photo by Mink Photography

Photo by Mink Photography

Great to work with these wedding professionals!

Wedding Planner: Jessica with A LIfe of Dreams
DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson
Photographer: Mink Photography
Catering: Continental Catering
Florist: Heavenly Gift and Florist

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Love is patient and kind .. . .
Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, and endures all things

Aaron and Mikela chose this reading from Corinthians to include in their wedding ceremony, and I can’t imagine a bride and groom who better exemplifies these words . . .

Most couples marry with joy and their whole world ahead of them. Aaron and Mikela were put to the test even before sharing their vows.

Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Wish Upon A Wedding is such an inspired organization, to give celebration where there has been hardship and heartache. This charity truly understands the importance of celebration and joy, and the ritual of a wedding ceremony.

“We want to thank you so much for your services as officiant at our wedding!! What an amazing day!!

You definitely fulfilled your great services on our wedding day. The most memorable part was the personal touch that you added and felt like you really knew us in just that short meeting we had together!
The easy flow of the service and when I stumbled on my words you just played it off and kept everything going. We were so happy to have you as a part of our day!!”

Thank you again, 
Mr. and Mrs. Freudenburg

They are an inspiration and an example of what marriage is all about: sticking by each other, in sickness and in health.
For this I was truly humbled and honored to officiate their March 20 wedding ceremony (first day of Spring!) at the Lomas Santa Fe country club.

Click Here to see a beautiful highlight video courtesy of Emotion Picture Studios!

Channel 6 News attended the ceremony of this inspiration couple!

Other generous professionals that provided services for this Wish Upon A Wedding couple:

Wedding Planner: Natalie Vishny of Natalie Vishny Events

Venue: Krissi Trevino, Private Events Director, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.

Wish Upon A Wedding Coordination Support: Carmen Fuentes of Expressionary Events and Niloufar Gibson of Perfectly Made Weddings.

Florist: Jenny B Floral Design

Officiant: Gayle Feallock of Just Imagine Weddings & Ministry.

Cake: Grove Pastry Shop

Cake Stand: Kathy Jo Peterson of Raise The Cake custom cake stands.

Beauty: Design Visage

Entertainment: Jeff Holmes of Moondance Productions.

Photographer: Cavin Urquhart of Cavin Elizabeth Photography.

Photo Booth: What A Blast Photo Booth.

Stationary: Elizabeth Fleming of Caligraffiti

Transportation; Randy Tucker of Lake Forest Limos.

Lodging: Amy Green of Where Will They Stay.

Rentals: Signature Party Rentals

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For their April 1 wedding celebration at Grand Pacific Palisades in Carlsbad, this couple playfully executed a fun springtime event with grace and whimsy.
From pinwheels in the arbor to argyle socks reflecting their gray & yellow theme, Katy and Troy were so fun and fun-loving!

Argyle socks reflect the fun spring-time wedding theme of yellow and gray

Cutest funnest blingiest bridal shoes ever!

Their creative execution of playful surprises throughout the wedding made this such a memorable event, and fun for their guests as well.
Friends and family got in on the act as well – Mother of the Bride created all of the centerpieces with florals from a wholesaler, and friends put set up a fun interactive Candy Bar for guests to take home goodies.

Katy & Troy: fun-loving and in love

“Gayle did everything we hoped she said she would and more. . . . it was absolutely the best choice we made in the entire wedding process. The fact that I could relax and enjoy my day with my new husband, family and friends knowing that everything was taken care of was invaluable.”

Wedding guests can make their own to-go bag favor of goodies from the candy bar!

Congratulations you two!

Wedding professionals:
Photographer
Natalia Cruz

The bride's bouquet beautifully displays her grandmother's jewelry

Bouquets & Boutonnieres
Robyn Foreman

Mother of the Bride created these sweet whimsical centerpieces. Yummy Cupcakes provided by SweetCheeks Bakery

Cupcakes
SweetCheeks

Hair & Makeup
Cassie Talamantez

DJ

Kenny Romans

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One of my brides recently had an issue come up with her wedding dress. About a month before the wedding, the dress had still not arrived in the bridal salon and it was expected it would be another two weeks before it came in.

The sales person at the bridal shop, upon telling her the bad news, stated that the bride seemed so calm and was surprised the bride wasn’t freaking out.

Later the bride informed me of the situation and then asked, “Should I be freaking out?”

I would describe this bride as the ultimate goddess bride!

Just because many other brides might have freaked out, doesn’t mean that’s the best reaction.

I advised the bride to get all the information she could from the salon about tracking the status of the dress, backup options, turnaround time for fittings, etc. It’s all about assessing the situation and seeing what’s possible.

There was no need to freak out since the salon informed the bride of everything they were doing in their best effort to resolve the situation, and even offered her another beautiful dress already in their inventory that was similar to hers, as a backup.

Tips to Avoid Freaking Out:

~If in fact your dress has not arrived from the manufacturer as scheduled, get all the information about when the dress will arrive in order to make an informed decision.

~Decide on your boundaries – are you comfortable waiting or would you choose to try another salon or instead take their Option B dress?

~Ask about refunds, discounts, guarantees

~Ask for solutions. Sometimes the salon will come up with an idea you had not considered.

~Allow people to do their best for you.

Sometimes we freak out because we feel powerless. Empower yourself with all the information and then the decision is all yours. Freaking out doesn’t help anything.

Usually when we remain calm, situations are more easily resolved and it is almost unbelievable how many resources become available to us when we allow them.

In this case, the dress arrived in plenty of time for alterations and the bride was beautiful!

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It’s time again for the annual Running of the Brides! This infamous event at Filene’s Basement is an amazing opportunity to secure your wedding gown for as little as $250! If you have a strategy and a take-no-prisoners team on your side, that is.

Do know someone who’s been one of the lucky (crazy? fearless?) brides to find her dream dress in Filene’s – Drop us a comment – let’s hear the story!

I love this response on Filene’s web site under FAQs:
“Are men allowed in the store during the sale?”
Sure, if they dare.

Watch this homevideo of the madness as the racks are cleared in 2 minutes flat:

Filene’s Basement | Running of the Brides
Upcoming Bridal Events 2009 
Feb. 20th Boston, MA

Feb. 27 in New York, NY

March 20 in Atlanta, GA

April 3 in Rockville, MD

July 24 in Chicago, IL

July 31 Washington, D.C.

August 21 Boston, MA

October 16 in Cleveland, OH

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