Elopements, Destination Weddings and Private Wedding Ceremonies

I officiate many destination weddings for couples who come from all over the United States and from all over the world. One of the major reasons couples like to get married her in California is that we have a unique marriage license called a California Confidential Marriage License…Most of the destination weddings that I perform take place on a beach, and there are many beaches in Southern California to choose from. ...Click Here to Read More...

Private Wedding Ceremonies and Elopements in Southern California

Couples will often travel from around the USA and from all over the world to get married in a California destination wedding because they don’t want anyone to know about their wedding or they want to keep their personal information private. I get it. I suggest it. The bonus is that they travel to sunny Southern California for a beautiful wedding in an incredible place. ...Click Here to Read More...

How to Get Married While in the Hospital

I am often asked by couples how to get married while in the hospital. I can definitely help you by issuing a marriage license in any hospital in Southern California and officiating a wedding ceremony on a moment’s notice. I am always prepared to help you get married easily. I am often called to  a ...Click Here to Read More...

Civil Ceremony Officiant Southern California

A civil ceremony is something I’m known for. Even though technically, I’m a wedding minister and specially authorized marriage license issuer, I’m also an attorney and am pretty well-versed in the laws and regulations of the County and the State in regards to marriage and marriage licenses. So even though there is no such thing in California as a justice of the peace, I’m about as close as you can get to one. ...Click Here to Read More...

Quickie Wedding – Get Married Instantly in Los Angeles

This is that time of year when couples who intend to eventually marry are thinking that it might be a great idea to elope or get a quickie wedding to save on their income taxes next year. You see, if you get married any time in this year, the IRS considers you married for the ...Click Here to Read More...

When You Forgot to Get a Marriage License Before Your Wedding

You forgot to get a marriage license? Don’t panic. Marriage is, technically, a legal contract. And so a wedding ceremony has some requirements. The most important legal requirement is that you need get a marriage license before your wedding ceremony takes place. That’s just the law and a legal detail that needs to be fulfilled ...Click Here to Read More...

Top 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ask a Friend to Officiate Wedding Ceremony

Are you totally sure you want your friend to officiate your wedding? It happened again. I got a frantic email recently from a friend who was asked by his friend to officiate their wedding ceremony. He was freaking out and didn’t know what to do. He didn’t really want to “work” the wedding, but he didn’t ...Click Here to Read More...

Get Married Now or Why You Can’t Take Life for Granted

It happened again. I was astounded, but it does happen frequently to me as a wedding officiant. I was contacted by a couple this week who had been living together for decades. They lived many years together and then suddenly, there was a cancer diagnosis, and I was called when the bride was in the ...Click Here to Read More...

This Wedding Officiant Reads Some Beautiful Words

As a Los Angeles wedding officiant I get to meet people from all over the world on one of the happiest days of their life. Last weekend I had the pleasure to officiate an intimate private wedding for a young British couple who decided to elope while they were visiting Los Angeles. At the conclusion of their wedding ceremony they asked me to read a passage from “The House at Pooh Corner” by A.A. Milne. ...Click Here to Read More...

Small Weddings Can be Fun and Creative

One of the best things about being a very busy wedding officiant in Los Angeles is that I get to meet people from all over the world to participate in a very intimate occasion. Many couples get very creative with their ceremony of marriage. And the smaller the wedding the more unique and creative the bride and groom can be. ...Click Here to Read More...

Airport Elopement Ceremony

I married a couple on St. Patrick’s Day in an elopement ceremony in the Encounter Restaurant at LAX. I’ve performed many airport marriages in the past which is a unique kind of destination wedding. In fact, USA Today wrote a story about me and airport marriages. They flew in the morning, ate lunch, and met ...Click Here to Read More...

Don’t Wait, Get Married

As a minister for weddings in the Los Angeles area, I’ve seen so much frustration and sorrow when a couple hopes, at the last possible moment, to get married. Too often I have had to deny such sincere requests for a marriage ceremony because one of the hopeful spouses does not have the required frame of mind ...Click Here to Read More...

Marriage License and Marriage Certificate Precision

Too often I am called from many a couple to correct a problem created by another wedding minister filling out the Marriage Certificate at the bottom of the marriage license in Los Angeles County. Many wedding ministers are either careless or simply do not know how important it is to the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office that their marriage licenses are completely accurate. One typo, one cross-out, one letter off, one date incorrect, one nickname instead of a birth name, even using ink that is not dark enough can mess things up in a big way. It’s not like a check where you can initial a mistake. ...Click Here to Read More...

Getting Married in LA? – The Perfect Destination Wedding

Are you getting married, perhaps on a whim, and don’t know exactly where you would like to have your marriage ceremony? Why not have a fun destination wedding in sunny Southern California? ...Click Here to Read More...

Confidential Marriage License vs Public Marriage License

I’d like to clarify some misconceptions about a Confidential Marriage License vs. a Public Marriage License. Many people I talk to think that the Confidential Marriage License is not a valid license, but that is not the case. The only thing that a Confidential Marriage License does it protect your marriage license information rom public view. ...Click Here to Read More...

Wedding Etiquette from a Wedding Officiant Who Has Seen Everything

Being a wedding officiant in Los Angeles for many years I have seen it all, and I mean ALL. At a recent wedding where I was the wedding officiant, the groom and I were standing at the altar as the wedding procession began. We were told by the “sound guy” that the microphone was turned ...Click Here to Read More...

Los Angeles Beach Weddings Rules and Permits in Los Angeles County

Many people who have a beach wedding in Los Angeles County forget that the beach is a public place (aside from Malibu’s private beaches) and governed by Los Angeles County rules, as well as the individual city rules. It’s important to know what the beach wedding rules are in order to have an outdoor wedding on the beach in Southern California ...Click Here to Read More...

Wedding Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s that time of year here in Southern California when the temperatures are very high and yet, the most popular time for weddings is summer. The temperature has reached in the hundreds which can be incredibly uncomfortable for many wedding guests (I should know as I wear a suit and tie when I am a wedding minister). Here are some summer wedding tips to help your wedding guests beat the heat: ...Click Here to Read More...

Officiants for Southern California Beach Weddings

There is nothing more quintessentially Southern Californian than a beach wedding. Miles and miles of beautiful California coastline and consistently great weather make it an easy choice to get married with your feet in the sand and the waves lapping at the shore. ...Click Here to Read More...

Beach Weddings in Los Angeles, A Casual Affair

Here’s a twist to beach weddings in Los Angeles I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did officiating it. Jamie and Christian know how to start off on the right foot. I was their wedding officiant for a 7am wedding ceremony last Saturday morning before they ran a 5K race in Long Beach. ...Click Here to Read More...