Jillian and Jeff’s Beautiful Scribner Bend Wedding

Real Weddings Magazine, blog, wedding ceremony, May 2014Last May I had the joy of performing the wedding ceremony for soul mates Jeff and Jillian. Their love story was an inspiration to me, and I loved all the details of their celebration.

Real Weddings Magazine has featured this beautiful wedding in their Winter 2015 issue, and today Jeff and Jillian’s story appears on the Real Weddings blog! Check it out!

Confidential Marriage License – Updated Rules

Sometimes a new rule simplifies life!Confidential marriage license, updated rules, wedding

Prior to January 1, 2015 if a couple purchased a Confidential Marriage License in California, they were advised that it must be used in the county where it was purchased. A Public Marriage License, on the other hand, could be purchased in any county in California and then used in the same or a different county within the State.

However per the California Department of Public Health’s website regarding Types of Marriage Licenses – and confirmed by a phone call to the Sacramento County Clerk’s office – the rules have changed. Continue reading

That’s an Interesting Question

Cable car silliness - SF February 2012 Like many of the couples I have worked with over the years, I met my sweetheart through an online dating site. In preparing my own profile, I answered many questions in an attempt to weed out potential partners who were “not a good fit” – questions like “How would you spend your ideal date?” or “What is your spiritual practice, if any?” or “Are you interested in having children someday?”

A few months ago I came across the book “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon. While it’s a great book about creativity and business, there was one section that was not only thought-provoking but also seemed to pertain to relationships. Continue reading

Love and Holiday Greetings!

One of the greatest blessings of my calling as a wedding officiant is having the opportunity to stay in touch with the many wonderful couples I marry.

And some of the sweetest gifts of the holiday season are the cards I receive, mostly with photos, showing me the growth of their families and the continued strength of their love. Staying in touch over the years

To all of “my” couples – whether or not you send cards! – Thank You, from the bottom of my heart, for staying in touch by mail and social media. While I don’t send cards, I DO send love to each of you!

May 2015 be filled with laughter, joy, and many blessings!

Rev. Jeri

Sound Advice – Make Sure Your Guests Can Hear Your Ceremony

Professional DJ's microphone A few months ago, after having trouble with a microphone at the beginning of a wedding ceremony which, unfortunately, meant that the 100-plus guests did not hear what was said, I asked my wedding colleagues for some advice. Their excellent suggestions follow. Continue reading

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