It is Good to Have a Wedding Ceremony Plan B

Wedding Ceremony Plan B Cinthia likes to have structure and a back-up plan; Steve has an “it will all work out” attitude. Both were necessary when their wedding ceremony, originally planned for a beautiful resort in Cabo San Lucas, had to be relocated due to Hurricane Odile.

Plan B was the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento, and in spite of a forecast of rain the sky turned blue and sunny just in time for their 4:00 p.m. wedding ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony Plan B

Hyatt Regency Sacramento – Upper Pool Deck

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A Quartet of Vizcaya Weddings

A Quartet of Vizcaya Weddings Within the past month I have performed four weddings at Vizcaya, a beautiful mansion / bed-and-breakfast / wedding venue in midtown Sacramento.

Here’s a little recap – with photos, of course! – from each of these celebrations. Continue reading

Oak Farm Vineyards: Lodi Wedding Venue

As a member of a local group of bloggers, I recently had an opportunity to attend a private media preview of the soon-to-be-opened new tasting room at Oak Farm Vineyards in Lodi, California.Oak Farm Vineyards - Lodi Wedding Venue

Located on North DeVries Road, and less than an hour’s drive from Sacramento, Oak Farm Vineyards is a retreat-like setting on a private road, where birdsong and the happy murmuring of wine-tasters were the prevailing sounds. Continue reading

The Union Hill Inn Wedding of Patricia and Arnaud

“Love is the creator of our favorite memories, and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places.”

When Patricia came to California on business and happened to meet Arnaud, she immediately knew that it would not be the last time they would encounter each other.

Although their relationship was initially long-distance, Patricia and Arnaud quickly recognized that they had a special connection. When she moved to California, they became an inseparable couple and realized that they had each found their soul mate and life partner.

So on a very warm Wednesday in August, Patricia and Arnaud were married before an intimate group of family and friends, some of whom had traveled from Europe to witness the ceremony. The Union Hill Wedding of Patricia and Arnaud Continue reading

A Summer Wedding in Winters

A Summer Wedding in Winters As members of the United States Coast Guard, Jon and Sarah met while stationed in Seattle. They were friends for the first year, spending a lot of time talking and really getting to know each other before they even began dating.

They found they had much in common, and over time their bond grew and deepened, becoming even stronger during the year that Sarah was stationed in Florida and theirs was a long-distance relationship. They soon recognized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

So they had a small courthouse wedding in early 2013, and began planning a larger celebration to include their family and friends. And a year and a half later, on a hot summer day in Winters, California, Jon and Sarah spoke their vows, exchanged rings, and were formally united as Husband and Wife.
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Grand Sierra Pointe: A Beautiful Ceremony Site in Foresthill

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here before family and friends to celebrate with this man and this woman as they are joined today in marriage.

As you sit here in this peaceful place, please take a moment to notice the stillness that surrounds us, the majestic trees towering overhead and the solid earth that grounds and supports us. Foresthill's Grand Sierra Pointe  - May 2014 Continue reading

Happy Anniversary to Me: Fourteen Years as a Sacramento Wedding Officiant!

Happy Anniversary to Me - Rev. Jeri Murphy

June 24th is a very special day for me.

It was on this date 14 years ago – June 24, 2000 – that I nervously performed my very first wedding ceremony.

(I wrote about that first ceremony, and Tim and Tracy’s continuing love story, here.)

The joy I felt on that day helped me to realize that being a Wedding Officiant was my calling.

In the years between that first wedding and yesterday’s intimate commitment ceremony, I have performed 676 weddings, commitment ceremonies or renewal of vows. Continue reading

An Unplugged Wedding

The guests are seated.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen are standing in line.
The ring bearer shyly comes forward clutching a white satin pillow.
The flower girl carefully scatters fragrant rose petals along the aisle.

The groom nervously, eagerly watches for the first glimpse of his soon-to-be-wife.

The music changes to the Bridal March. DUH duh duh-duh. Duh DUH duh-duh …

The bride’s mother stands up, and all the guests rise.

The photographer positions herself, ready to get those once-in-a-lifetime photos of a proud father escorting his beautiful daughter to her groom.

And then … a guest takes a little step into the aisle and aims her hot pink tablet at the bride and her father. Continue reading

Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!

Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!Zac and Gina are married!

On a picture-perfect Friday afternoon, at the Grand Sierra Pointe in Foresthill, Zac and Gina stood under a Chuppah, recited their personal vows (which were also printed on their Ketubah), and exchanged wedding rings before many of their dearest friends and family members – who shouted “Mazel Tov” in joy and congratulations as Zac broke the glass and kissed his bride!

Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!

Gina and Zac attended to every little detail, from the specially-drawn artwork on their ceremony program, to the invitation that their guests “take a deep breath, and relax. Notice the stillness that surrounds us, the majestic trees towering overhead and the solid earth that grounds and supports us … allow yourself to be fully present as we prepare to witness the ceremony that will start Zac and Gina on their journey together as husband and wife.” Continue reading