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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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All photos courtesy of outstanding photographer Paul Barnett / barnettphoto.com

At this indoor summer wedding, a lot of creativity, a simple venue, and a little help from their friends made for a unique and personal event for Sarah and Stephen.

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Chic seating is a wonderful alternative to showcase your wedding attendants!

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In place of choosing a standard reading or poem to include in the ceremony, Sarah and Stephen instead gave their friends an assignment: Read something during the ceremony- whether it’s a poem or reading you choose, or something you create from scratch.
The result? A heartfelt, personal, and surprising wedding ceremony.

Between the three readings, the readers unwittingly and serendipitously covered the biggies: Commitment, Marriage, Love.

“Gayle, I was really excited that you were willing to work with us on a specific ceremony that was a little different, and special. It was particular to us and it was great that you worked with our readers to make sure they felt comfortable speaking. I also liked that you offered ideas of things we could do at the ceremony that might be of interest and you didn’t push any certain religion or you own beliefs – you really let us tailor it to what we wanted.”~Sarah & Stephen

 

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Sweet smile as the bride heads up the aisle on her father’s arm.

 

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It is a beautiful moment when a couple honors their Moms during their wedding.

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Brick is a great venue to get creative with a blank slate.

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With this ring . . . 

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Lovely touch to let VIP family or friends know they have a seat saved!

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Mazel tov! Breaking the glass, in honor of the groom’s Jewish heritage.

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Mr. & Mrs.!

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Though a wedding ceremony is all about romance, the paperwork is just as important! Choose a witness to help make it all legal. (Just Imagine mails your signed license in for you, so you don’t have to worry about it on your honeymoon!)

 

Just a few of the Extraordinary Wedding Professionals who helped make this wedding ceremony great:

Wedding Planner: Paige Jensen with Bliss Events / blissevent.com
DJ: voxdjs.com
Florals: thistledewfloral.com
Ceremony rentals: sweetsalvagerentals.com and Abbey Party Rentals: abbeypartyrentals.com

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In the world of events, it’s the Event of the Year: It’s The Special Event Show!

I’m so excited to share a sneak peek at a celebration and behind the scenes appreciation of the incredible talent and production that goes into every event. 

 

tse-logoThe Special Event Show is an internationally renowned event industry conference that hits a different major city each year. And this year San Diego strutted its stuff! 

As Event Chair for “The Special Event Starts Here” I was excited to produce the first showcase event of this amazing week as more than 8,000 talented wedding and event industry professionals from around the globe descended on San Diego to see the best, brightest and newest to hit the world of event planning and production. 

Photo by Catch the Moment

As Event Chair for the first night of celebrations: TSE Starts Here!, I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to get the party started than one of the hottest nightclubs in San Diego: Stingaree! ~Photo by Catch the Moment

 

 

 

 

“One of the best TSE Starts Here Events. The venue, the flow, the food . . . Tremendous.”  ~David Breen, Principal Designer/Founder VDA Productions

 

 

Photo by Catch the Moment

Photo by Catch the Moment

 

The TSE Starts Here party was a great opportunity for industry professionals to meet and mingle and sample the offerings and services of some of San Diego’s best in the business: Indulge Catering offered up the best brie you’ve ever tasted; delectable breads; sumptuous seafood; some of the finest chocolates with exotic flavoring; and the Dessert Divas to entice! 

Photo by Catch the Moment

Photo by Catch the Moment

 

“I thought the event at Stingaree was just perfect. Plenty of wonderful food, beautifully displayed, and no wait at the bar!

Sometimes outdoor events at night can seem a bit sad, but the event’s use of fire pits, cabanas, lighting and floral made for an exciting urban experience.

Can you tell I had a great time?

THANK YOU!”

~Lisa Hurley, Editor, Special Events Magazine

 

Master DJ, Tim Altbaum kept the house hoppin’ way past closing time

Master DJ, Tim Altbaum kept the house hoppin’ way past closing time

 

Magic Flower’s dramatic pieces perfectly set off the sophisticated ambiance of the club

Magic Flower’s dramatic pieces perfectly set off the sophisticated ambiance of the club

 

the coolest liquid fusion tabletops from Holo-Walls provided a fun edge to the party

the coolest liquid fusion tabletops from Holo-Walls provided a fun edge to the party

 

Everyone loved the ‘green screen’ photo setup courtesy of Catch the Moment – a great takeaway souvenir.

Everyone loved the ‘green screen’ photo setup courtesy of Catch the Moment – a great takeaway souvenir.

 

and Sabrina Cadini & Nahid Farhoud [right]”]With the help of committee members Sabrina Cadini, Sharon Cole, and Nahid Farhoud the event was an amazing success!

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