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Continuing Just Imagine’s July theme of The Business of Love . . .

What if we want it to be Just Us Two?
The answer? A Confidential License

For your wedding ceremony if you would like to ‘elope’ and create a wedding ceremony that includes only the two of you, what are your options when obtaining a marriage license?

{Since ‘elope’ means “to run off secretly,” I prefer to refer to it as Just Us Two – it’s much more romantic and empowering.)

*A standard license is listed as a public record, so anybody can access the information marriage record. You need at least one witness at the ceremony (your officiant doesn’t count).

If you are having a photographer for the ceremony, you can ask them if they will serve as witness.

*A Confidential License simply means that nobody but you two can have access to the license and certificate information (eg. it’s probably a good idea if you’re a tv personality or rockstar) and with this license you don’t need a witness.
The marriage ceremony has to be performed in the same County where the confidential license was acquired, and the confidential license costs an extra $19.
At the same time, the downside is that only the two of you will have access to the records.
So think it through, and if you definitely want it to be “just us two” you can easily have that option.
You can find out more at the San Diego County Clerk’s office


Wedding in the Rose Garden. Photo by Stunning Photography

Wedding in the Rose Garden. Photo by Stunning Photography


Teena & Deb celebrated their 10-year anniversary this July by getting married!

It was a beautiful San Diego day and the stunning Rose Garden in Balboa Park suited these two lovely ladies perfectly.

It was such an honor for me to officiate their Just Us Two wedding ceremony (unfortunately Digits the dog couldn’t serve as witness, though was quite willing!)
Congratulations you two!!


Photography by Igor & Lana of Stunning Photography





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Congratulations Laura & Laura! What a beautiful wedding celebration today at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista.

These two amazing women were such a treat, it was an honor to officiate their wedding ceremony.

They created a very unique Unity Ceremony, inspired by their love of chocolate. And during the ceremony, shared with their guests!

A delicious ceremony treat for wedding guests

A delicious ceremony treat for wedding guests


There will be times that are sweet,
filled with cream and honey,
and times that are dark and bittersweet.
And probably some times that are really nutty!
But every experience will nourish your body,
heart and soul.


It is a great reminder to get creative with your wedding ceremony! Think about what you love (like chocolate!) and incorporate that into your ceremony.


PS. Wedding planner extraordinaire Julie Scrivner pulled everything together with ease!

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Kate and Duncan held their wedding ceremony and celebration Sept. 29 at one of my absolute favorite venues for a wedding – San Diego Botanical Gardens (formerly known as Quail Gardens) in Encinitas.

Just Married!

It was a pleasure to work with Kate and Duncan in planning their wedding. Kate had such a clear and thorough vision, and Duncan was happy to see Kate happy! What a great duo.

“We wanted to thank you again for making our wedding so incredibly
special! It was a dream come true, and it would not have come together
without your professionalism, support, and patience. All our friends
and family complimented us on how magical everything was, and we owe so much of that to you. .”– Kate & Duncan

These gorgeous manzanita branches served to display the placecard “leaves” as table assignments for the guests.

The Gardens offer such a magical environment, and string market lights as well as an abundance of votive candles and twinkly lights complete the fairyland vision.

With the groom’s scottish background it was a perfect touch to have a bagpiper play after the ceremony and lead the guests through the gardens and down to the cocktail hour!

Good Time Photo Booth added some fun during the cocktail hour and at the reception

Kate’s unique touches such as burlap table runners, wooden chalkboard station menus, and mason jars wove together a complete vision of rustic whimsy.

What an incredible team to create this celebration!:

The brilliant artistic creations of Kiyoko at CherryBlossom Floral Designs http://www.cherryblossomfloraldesigns.com

The team at Culinary Concepts put in an incredible effort as well as amazingly delicious bites!

The crowd danced the night away thanks to the always-impressive talents of DJ Jerry Beck

And thank you to Heidi of A Slice of Life for capturing it all!


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Congratulations Amber & Terry!
For more amazing pics of this La Jolla wedding, check out the Photo Gallery


Happily Married

Happily Married


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There is nothing like a wedding in a beautiful park setting!  Quail Botanical Gardens  in Encinitas offers some of the most gorgeous and lush surrounds for your outdoor wedding – and it’s already decorated!

Ceremony in the garden

Ceremony in the garden. Photo by Brant Bender

Serpentine tables and votives flow in the garden. Photo by Brant Bender

Quail Gardens gazebo perfectly showcases this four-tiered wedding cake. Photo by Brant Bender

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