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Do you have all the information you need to acquire your marriage license? A few things to know:
You have a 90-day window to acquire your license. You have to call to make an appointment (no walk-ins). There are several locations throughout San Diego County. It costs $70. You both have to be present.

For more information: https://arcc.sdcounty.ca.gov/Pages/marriage-licenses.aspx

Tip: Make a day of it! Though it is a government appointment with a lot of paperwork, enjoy the moment – it’s a big deal. Celebrate with a lunch or walk along the boardwalk on Pacific Highway and enjoy the ships!

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2017 marks my 10th anniversary as a ceremony officiant!

kent-and-christine-weddingAnd here is evidence of my very first wedding ceremony (yes, I was a blonde back then!) at the Kona Kai on Shelter Island.

Kent and Christine were so gracious. They knew it was my first gig and they were patient and kind and we all got through it together.
The ceremony was chock full, with several selected poems, unity ceremony, rose presentation, a guest reader, and even a dove release!

I was lucky to have many years’ experience as a wedding planner under my belt at that time, so at least I was familiar with the whole process.

Dale Gottschalk (San Diego DJ) handled ceremony system and music. I’m sure he doesn’t remember it, but his calm professionalism really helped me through (bless you Dale!).

It was thanks to a 6-month training program by veteran Minister Gail Smith that I got my start, learning the ins and outs and sacred elements of officiating a ceremony. A path I had never before envisioned for myself, but one that became my true calling.
Since that first wedding, I have since added baby blessings, memorial services, and home blessings to my umbrella of services.

It has been my joy and privilege to serve couples and families through important and sacred moments in their life, and I greatly look forward to 10 more years (at least!).

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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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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
https://arcc.sdcounty.ca.gov/Pages/marriage-licenses.aspx

 

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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