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.
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. Read more »
“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. Read more »
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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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. Read more »
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. Read more »
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. Read more »
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!
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.” Read more »
The love story of Jason and Jennifer began eight years ago when they met through a mutual friend. It was love at first sight for both of them. Jason says he fell for her really fast, and Jennifer says she knew immediately that Jason was the man she would marry!
Over the next few years their love grew and deepened as they reached many milestones together, including adding Jaiden, Mason and Brooklyn to their family.
Jason and Jennifer are best friends and soul mates, and they believe that “if you put in the effort, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.”
As a special part of their wedding ceremony, Jason asked his mother to give a reading based on 1st Corinthians 13:4-8. Her words are beautiful and timeless. Read more »
Who knew that Los Angeles College of Chiropractic would be the place to find true love?!
Heather and Billy met in September of 2009 during orientation for the first term of chiropractic school. At first they were so busy with their studies that they didn’t really notice each other in “that” way.
Eventually, though, they were able to have a bit of a social life, and after a school event at Knott’s Berry Farm they began texting and talking, and getting to know each other. Their relationship grew slowly, but over time they realized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.
So after securing her father’s blessing, and planning a very special New Year’s Eve surprise, Billy asked Heather to become his wife and his partner for life. She said “Yes!” and on April 5, 2013, before their dearest friends and family members, they were married in the Villa Courtyard at Arden Hills Resort and Spa.
As their first anniversary neared, I contacted Heather to confirm their mailing address so I could send their special anniversary card.
I knew that Heather had grown up in Northern California, while Billy was a SoCal guy, and that they would eventually need to make a tough post-graduation decision about where to settle down, open their chiropractic practices, and eventually raise a family.
Heather responded to my email, telling me that she had been given the opportunity to build a practice – Michie Chiropractic – in the Rocklin / Roseville California area, and she and Billy had moved to Placer County.
Congratulations, Heather and Billy! I hope your dreams continue to come true, personally and professionally.
And Happy Anniversary! May you enjoy many, many more!
“The love story of Terrance and La Shunna began about 25 years ago, when she was only 15 years old, and he was much older – 21!
“Because she wasn’t allowed to date until she turned 18, her mother was quite emphatic about squelching any relationship between them.
“But Terrance was patient and persistent; he knew La Shunna was the woman of his dreams. And because her grandmother liked him and would allow him to come sit on her porch, Terrance and La Shunna spent three years talking and getting to know each other before they ever went on a date.”
In honor of their love and commitment to each other, they renewed their vows in a ceremony held at Arden Hills Resort and Spa in Sacramento.
In the presence of their three children, many family members, and numerous dear friends Terrance and La Shunna read vows, exchanged rings, and promised to continue to be each other’s best friend and greatest inspiration.
Congratulations, Terrance and La Shunna! May you continue to “love like you mean it,” and may you celebrate many, many more years as husband and wife!
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