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If you were getting married in a traditional church, the altar would define the space of your ceremony, and act as the focal point.

But what if Nature is your church?
For an outdoor wedding, the traditional ceremony frame is some version of an arch. The symbolism of the ceremony arch is the home or shelter for the couple, reminiscent of the huppah in the Jewish tradition.

The iconic Coronado beach sets the stage for this simple huppah. Photo by Derek Chad

The iconic Coronado beach sets the stage for this simple huppah. Photo by Derek Chad

With a huppah the couple and officiant actually stand underneath, as logistically it is large enough, with four poles as the structure and a linen serving as the ‘roof.’

When using an arch, sometimes there is room for the officiant to stand beneath the arch and the couple just in front; often times it serves simply as a backdrop.

Put some thought into your intention of the ceremony, beyond the words themselves. Consider creating a FRAME for your wedding ceremony, rather than a structure.

Over the years I’ve been privileged to officiate wedding ceremonies for some very creative couples.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts as well as a few designs to inspire. Be sure to talk logistics with your florist or designer. {CLICK ON EACH PHOTO FOR LARGER IMAGE}

Simply use the backdrop of America's Finest City. Because, why gild the lily? At Centennial Park on Coronado. Photo by Philip DeFalco

Simply use the backdrop of America’s Finest City. Because, why gild the lily? At Centennial Park on Coronado. Photo by Philip DeFalco

Single frame with gauzy drapes frame a solid grounding boulder amongst the beauty of the trees, at Milagro Winery. The groomsmen crafted the frame themselves so that it held solidly on the ground. Photo by Dinela Photography

Gauzy drapes frame a solid grounding boulder amongst the beauty of the trees, at Milagro Winery. The groomsmen crafted the frame themselves so that it held solidly on the ground. Photo by Dinela Photography

A simple arrangement of two pedestals of vibrant florals sets the space in an elegant way, on the terrace of El Cortez, downtown San Diego. Photo by True Photography

A simple arrangement of two pedestals of vibrant florals sets the space in an elegant way, on the terrace of El Cortez, downtown San Diego. Photo by True Photography

DO: Chandelier crystals sparkle in the sunlight and add a touch of elegance outdoors, at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club DON'T: As officiant it was challenging to stand under the arch in a way that it didn't look like there is a chandelier on my head. Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

DO: Chandelier crystals sparkle in the sunlight and add a touch of elegance outdoors, at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
DON’T: As officiant it was challenging to stand under the arch in a way that it didn’t look like there is a chandelier on my head. Photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

DO: Beautiful vibrant colors add whimsy and fun to this wedding ceremony. DON'T: It was a windy day, and the ribbons kept wrapping around me and going in my face, the baubles flapping in the breeze

DO: Beautiful vibrant colors add whimsy and fun to this wedding ceremony.
DON’T: It was a windy day, and the ribbons kept wrapping around me and going in my face, the baubles flapping in the breeze

Sometimes the ocean is the perfect simple backdrop (Birdrock, La Jolla). Photo by Phil DeFalco

Sometimes the ocean is the perfect simple backdrop (Birdrock, La Jolla). Photo by Phil DeFalco

The doors for the aisle entrance were magical! at Hidden Oaks in Ramona. Photo by Mr. and Mrs. Photography

The doors for the aisle entrance were magical! at Hidden Oaks in Ramona. Photo by Mr. and Mrs. Photography

Let Nature embrace your ceremony. With this simple approach there are no distractions and the wedding party created a beautiful boundary. Photo by Mr. and Mrs. Photography

Let the majesty of trees embrace your ceremony. With this simple approach there are no distractions and the wedding party created a beautiful boundary, at Hidden Oaks in Ramona. Photo by Mr. and Mrs. Photography

These simple old doors added to the vintage appeal of the wedding theme and blended in nicely with the beautiful greenery of the outdoors at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos. Photo by  Katie Jackson Photography

These simple old doors added to the vintage appeal of the wedding theme and blended in nicely with the beautiful greenery of the outdoors at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos. Photo by Katie Jackson Photography

These wine boxes designate the space and frame the breathtaking view of cliffside ceremony at Seagrove Park; serve as a table; and also fit the theme of this wine-lover couple. Photo by StudioZ

These wine boxes and tables designate the space and frame the breathtaking view of cliffside ceremony at Seagrove Park; serve as a table; and also fit the theme of this wine-lover couple. Photo by StudioZ

Scroll to the end of this article for pics of ceremony spaces for book lovers!
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Despite your feelings about this couple, what a gorgeous ceremony backdrop! Installation of white gardenias, white peonies and white roses. Floral backdrops are becoming more popular!

Whatever your impression about this couple, what a gorgeous ceremony backdrop! Installation of white gardenias, white peonies and white roses. Floral backdrops are becoming more popular!

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This LA couple traveled down to San Diego to say ‘I Do’ in front of the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. On a beautiful breezy summer day, these two thought of everything to make their guests feel included and welcome, even supplying just the right footwear for the beach wedding ceremony.

Wedding Coordinator extraordinaire Susie Mintie had it all in hand and everything went smoothly thanks to her expert guidance.

Beautiful florals created by Organic Elements. Creative, stylish, and warm photos courtesy Derek Chad http://www.derekchad.com

To one of the most generous, kind and downright happiest couples I’ve had the pleasure to marry, Congratulations Mike & Kyle!

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The iconic Hotel Del makes a beautiful backdrop for this beach wedding ceremony. Photo by Derek Chad

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A fun way to welcome your guests to the wedding ceremony. Photo by Derek Chad

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A great gift for your wedding guests – keep their dancing shoes clean! Photo by Derek Chad

Toes in the sand. Photo by Derek Chad

Toes in the sand. Photo by Derek Chad

I love this metal frame huppah with its clean and classic lines. Photo by Derek Chad

I love this metal frame huppah with its clean and classic lines. Photo by Derek Chad

Having a laugh. Photo by Derek Chad

Having a laugh. Photo by Derek Chad

Invite your guests to offer a silent wish or blessing for your marriage, with a ring warming! This small velvet pouch is the perfect way to send your rings through the crowd, safe and sound. Photo by Derek Chad

Invite your guests to offer a silent wish or blessing for your marriage, with a ring warming! This small velvet pouch is the perfect way to send your rings through the crowd, safe and sound. Photo by Derek Chad

A sophisticated, simple vessel for the blending of the sands, unity ceremony. Photo by Derek Chad

A sophisticated, simple vessel for the blending of the sands, unity ceremony. Photo by Derek Chad

This will make a beautiful souvenir and decor in their home. Photo by Derek Chad

This will make a beautiful souvenir and decor in their home. Photo by Derek Chad

Mr. and Mr.! Photo by Derek Chad

Mr. and Mr.! Photo by Derek Chad

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For couples planning their wedding in Southern California, you have so many options and choices available to you. And the number of wedding officiants, and officiating styles, is aplenty.

So how do you choose the best one for you?

Some things to Consider:
~What is the tone of your wedding?
~What is their style? Easygoing, serious, joyful?
~How important is the Spiritual or Religious aspect for you?
~Do you feel comfortable talking with them?

Are they flexible? Recently I met with a couple who said they had attended a friend’s wedding and the officiant was quite stern with the groom during the ceremony, when he slid the ring all the way onto her finger before completing the final declaration, “with this ring, I thee wed . . . ” So the officiant made the groom take the ring off and put it on again. REALLY?

Rules and procedures are there to HELP you, to ensure things go smoothly.

Photo by Anika London

Photo by Anika London

They should never take precedence over the joy and intention of the moment. If you don’t do it perfectly, it’s ok. As your wedding officiant I am there to guide you, and certainly would never chastise you about not doing it exactly right.

On the other hand, will your officiant keep you on track in the ceremony creation process or do they just do everything you say? This is most likely a new process for you, and sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. Your officiant should have the experience and authority to make you aware of why something might not work the way you envision, and to find an alternative.

A few questions to ask a wedding officiant before you book:

– What exactly do your services include?
– How many weddings do you perform in one day? (is there a chance they will be late to yours, or have to leave early?)
– Do you have backup in case of emergency?
– What is your experience performing weddings and what is your training?
– Do you attend and/or conduct rehearsal?
– What do you wear?

And maybe the most important question of all:
What made you decide to become a wedding officiant? What is your passion and purpose? (Does it align with yours?)

 

Just Imagine Wedding Ceremony Officiating Services:

What Can You Expect? 

·      Creating Your Ceremony: After our initial meeting, you will receive a suggested outline for your ceremony, based on our discussions of your vision and intentions.
You will also receive suggestions for readings and poems, unity ceremonies, and other wedding rituals. You might love these, or they will simply help get you started in finding or creating your own.

·      Consultations: The ceremony creation process takes place via email and phone calls as needed to answer all of your questions; guide you in your selections of wording, poems and readings; and put the finishing touches on your ceremony vision.

·      Rehearsal:  A week prior to your wedding date, I will collect the names of everyone in your wedding party, and those walking down the aisle. With this information I will assist you in creating the processional order and use this final “Master” list to conduct rehearsal.
If you have engaged the services of a wedding planner, I will still attend the rehearsal, to review important aspects of the ceremony with you.

·      Officiating Your Wedding Ceremony: On your wedding day I arrive at the ceremony location at least 30 minutes prior to start time. This allows time for sound check, confirming last-minute items, etc.
If your ceremony requires it, I can provide a small table & linen.
Generally I wear a suit while officiating your ceremony. (I have been known to go barefoot in the sand if requested!)

·      Mailing Marriage License: After the ceremony is complete, I will sign the license, as will your two chosen witnesses. On the next business day, I will mail your marriage license in for you. It takes about two weeks for the county to process and make your marriage certificate available to you.

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You may kiss the bride!

You may kiss the bride!

PHOTOS BY Kevin McIlwain 8TWENTY8

Congratulations Ericka and Greg! These two created a warm and welcoming ceremony with their own personal touches for their August wedding on Coronado. The Coronado Cays Yacht Club is a beautiful location with the sea and sky all around.

Ring bearer coming through! Love the Red Wagon

Ring bearer coming through! Love the Red Wagon

So great to work with amazing wedding planner Paige Jensen of Turquoise Events . Beautiful flowers by Whimsey Florals.

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Delicate starfish and seashells add to the beach and ocean theme

Beautiful San Diego sky

Beautiful San Diego sky

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“We really appreciated your guidance on the order of the ceremony and responsiveness to all of our questions. We really felt like the whole ceremony felt so organic. You helped us to create a ceremony that reflected our personalities. You were also so positive throughout.”- Ericka and Greg

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I give thee this ring . . .

I give thee this ring . . .

PHOTOS BY MARK HILLIS / UNVEILED PHOTOGRAPHY

Lisa and Garrett’s August wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado combined the sophistication of that beautiful venue infused with celebrating Aussie-style.
The Australian bride’s family traveled all the way to San Diego. Except for Dad, who wasn’t able to make it, but was hooked in via Skype!

I loved working with this couple, and had a blast with Lisa, who taught me the correct pronunciation of “Aussie.” and introduced me to Australian treat – TimTams. yum!

Laptop was set up on a bellyhigh table so that the bride's father in Australia could hear his daughter say, "I do"

Laptop was set up on a bellyhigh table so that the bride’s father in Australia could hear his daughter say, “I do”

Hilary Medovich with the Del was fantastic to work with – she made everything so easy.
As did DJ Kelley. From the moment the music started, the dance floor was never empty.
And great as always to work with Mark Hillis – once again records it all beautifully with incredible and creative photography.

Photos by Mark Hillis of Unveiled Photography

I now pronounce you Husband and Wife

I now pronounce you Husband and Wife

You may kiss the bride!

You may kiss the bride!

Haydee with Haydee’s Creative Flowers brought out the soft and romantic side with her stunning creations.
Beauty stylist Audra Rene was a pro getting the bride and maid of honor camera- and ceremony-ready!
SweetCheeks Bakery provided a sophisticated and charming wedding cake.

Under the Hotel Del chandelier - perfect setting for a first dance

Under the Hotel Del chandelier – perfect setting for a first dance

Iconic backdrop in the Hotel Del lobby

Iconic backdrop in the Hotel Del lobby

SweetCheeks bakery's sophisticated wedding cake adorned with starfish

SweetCheeks bakery’s sophisticated wedding cake adorned with starfish

DJ Gary Kelley keeps the party going

DJ Gary Kelley keeps the party going

Perfect parting gift wedding favor. The couple's favorite popcorn not only was delicious but shared the groom's name--Garrett's popcorn!

Perfect parting gift wedding favor. The couple’s favorite popcorn not only was delicious but shared the groom’s name–Garrett’s popcorn!

Sassy bride

Sassy bride

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Congratulations to Tom and Michelle!

Friday evening I performed their wedding ceremony at Centennial Park on Coronado.

All the groomsmen were former or current military service, and one of them had actually served on the Midway before it was decommissioned. We had a view of it from the ceremony site looking back toward the city. It was pretty great.

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