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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!
http://www.ameliste.co.uk/tips-and-advice/wedding-decoration/218-tips-and-diy-ideas/992-creative-wedding-arch

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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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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