Private Wedding Ceremonies and Elopements in Southern California

Celebrate your private wedding ceremony in Southern California by yourselves. It's a private moment.
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I am the wedding officiant every year for many eloping couples who want a private wedding ceremony with just the two of them and me. I am authorized by the LA County Clerk’s office to issue California confidential marriage licenses. I can issue the marriage license right before a wedding ceremony anywhere in California. This way the engaged couple does not have to trek to the County Clerk’s Office, wait in the marriage license line, and be seen doing so.

CALL (310) 882-5039 or (562) 547-3255 to book now.

Celebrate your private wedding ceremony in Southern California by yourselves. It's a private moment.
Celebrate your private wedding ceremony in Southern California by yourselves. It’s a private moment.

 

California is the only state in the United States that has the confidential license, a special kind of private marriage license. The Registrar Recorder – County Clerk seals the information on the marriage license from public view so that nobody can have access to the information on it without a court order or if one of the married parties requests it with notarization. Regular public marriage licenses, complete with all your private information, are accessible to anybody who requests it. That doesn’t sound like a good idea.

I have many local clients, including many high profile couples who want a private “legal” wedding ceremony to tie up the loose ends before or after their public wedding ceremony.  Other couples have a simple private ceremony at home so they will not have to navigate the frustrating bureaucracy that is often necessary in order to acquire a valid marriage certificate after their wedding in a foreign country. If you are planning to get married outside of the USA, this is what I recommend you do. It is much easier this way.

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.

elopements Southern California
This is a couple who came from another state to be married in California with a CA confidential marriage license.

 

Beach weddings are a high request for me being that beaches are ubiquitous in California. That’s why I have a pair of beach sandals that go well with my suit. But your private wedding ceremony can be held anywhere you wish in California. You can be as creative as you want with your wedding venue. I’ve married couples in a huge variety of ways and places including:

  • beaches
  • homes
  • backyards
  • parks
  • offices, across desks
  • beds
  • restaurants
  • parking lots and parking structures
  • crossing the street
  • on top of buildings
  • coffee shops
  • cars
  • airport terminals, sometimes between flights
  • hot tubs
  • amusement park rides
  • baseball dugouts
  • motorcycles
  • camping grounds
  • gardens
  • museums
  • bars
  • boats
  • kitchens
  • hotels
  • above and below piers
  • during concerts

 

The reasons for private wedding ceremonies vary, from not wanting angry ex-partners to know, to wanting to keep it to themselves, to keeping it out of the press, to getting “married” on another day for family and friends, to insurance reasons, to military deployment, to worry about homophobia with LGBT weddings, to not wanting the ton of spam mail that will come their way with a public marriage license, or to protecting personal details that identity thieves can steal. You name it! I’ve heard it all, and I understand.

Gay weddings are often a reason to want a private wedding ceremony.
Gay weddings are often a reason to want a private wedding ceremony.

 

My job is to officiate your wedding and issue your marriage license in an easy and non-stressful way. I am also beholden to the law that declares that I’m not allowed to discuss my clients’ elopement. Since I’m a lawyer, as well, I understand and respect the arm of the law. By law, I cannot reveal anything about it to anybody. The County Clerk’s office cannot reveal anything about your wedding. Your confidential marriage license is filed and then sealed from public view.

If you are planning an elopement , need a license to wed, and worry about privacy, give me a call. I’ll issue you a CA confidential marriage license anywhere in Southern California, and be your private wedding ceremony wedding officiant I am available for elopements or private wedding ceremonies in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. That includes the following cities

Los Angeles County Wedding Officiant:

Achois
Acton
Acuragna
Agoura
Agoura Hills
Agua Dulce
Ahapchingas
Alhambra
Alla
Alondra Park
Alpine
Alsace
Altacanyada
Altadena
Alyeupkigna
Andrade Corner
Antelope Acres
Antelope Center
Arcadia
Artesia
Athens
Aurant
Avalon
Avocado Heights
Awigna
Azucsagna
Azusa
Bairdstown
Baldwin Park
Bartolo
Bassett
Bell
Bell Gardens
Bellflower
Beverly Hills
Big Pines
Boiling Point
Bradbury
Burbank
Cahuenga
Calabasas
Carson
Castaic
Castaic Junction
Cerritos
Chandler
Charter Oak
Chokishgna
Chowigna
Citrus
City Terrace
Claremont
Clayton
Commerce
Compton
Cornell
Covina
Cow Springs
Cucamonga
Cudahy
Culver City
Del Aire
Del Sur
Del Valle
Desert Relief
Desert View Highlands
Diamond Bar
Downey
Duarte
East Los Angeles
East Pasadena
East Rancho Dominguez
East San Gabriel
East Whittier
El Monte
El Segundo
Eldoradoville
Elizabeth Lake
Evergreen
Falling Springs
Firestone Park
Florence
Florence-Graham
Fort Tejon
Gardena
Gaspur
Glendale
Glendora
Gorman
Green Valley
Guirardo
Hacienda Heights
Hahamongna
Harasgna
Hasley Canyon
Hawaiian Gardens
Hawthorne
Hermosa Beach
Hi Vista
Hidden Hills
Hillgrove
Holland Summit
Hollands
Holton
Honmoyausha
Houtgna
Huntington Park
Hyperion
Indian Springs
Industry
Inglewood
Irwindale
Isanthcogna
Juniper Hills
Juyubit
Kagel Canyon
King’s Station
Kinneloa Mesa
Kowanga
La Cañada Flintridge
La Crescenta-Montrose
La Habra Heights
La Mirada
La Puente
La Verne
Ladera Heights
Lake Hughes
Lake Los Angeles
Lakewood
Lancaster
Largo Vista
Las Tunas
Lawndale
Lennox
Leona Valley
Littlerock
Llano
Lomita
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Lynwood
Lyons Station
Machado
Malibu
Malibu Mar Vista
Malibu Vista
Manhattan Beach
Marina del Rey
Maugna
Mayflower Village
Maywood
Mentryville
Monrovia
Monte Nido
Montebello
Monterey Park
Motordrome
Mud Spring
Nacaugna
Neenach
Ninetynine Oaks
North El Monte
Norwalk
Oberg
Okowvinjha
Palisades Del Rey
Palmdale
Palos Verdes Estates
Paramount
Pasadena
Pasinogna
Pearblossom
Petroleopolis
Pico Rivera
Pimocagna
Pomona
Pubugna
Quapa
Quartz Hill
Rancho Dominguez
Rancho Palos Verdes
Red Box
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates
Rose Hills
Rosemead
Rowland Heights
San Dimas
San Fernando
San Gabriel
San Marino
San Pasqual
Sand Canyon
Sandberg
Santa Clarita
Santa Fe Springs
Santa Monica
Savannah
Saway-yanga
Seminole Hot Springs
Sibagna
Sierra Madre
Signal Hill
Sisitcanogna
Soledad Sulphur Springs
Sonagna
South El Monte
South Gate
South Monrovia Island
South Pasadena
South San Gabriel
South San Jose Hills
South Whittier
Stevenson Ranch
Suangna
Sun Village
Takuyumam
Temple City
Three Points
Topanga
Torrance
Toviseanga
Toybipet
Tuyunga
Two Harbors
Universal City
Val Verde
Valinda
Valyermo
Vernon
View Park-Windsor Hills
Vincent
Virgenes
Wahoo
Walnut
Walnut Park
Walton Place
West Athens
West Carson
West Covina
West Hollywood
West Puente Valley
West Rancho Dominguez
West Whittier-Los Nietos
Westlake Village
Westmont
Whittier
Widow Smith’s Station
Willowbrook
Wilsona

Orange County Wedding Officiant:

Anaheim
Anaheim Colony
Anaheim Island
Atwood
Balboa Island
Balboa Peninsula
Big Canyon
Brea
Buena Park
Capistrano Beach
Corona del Mar
Costa Mesa
Coto de Caza
Country Club Island
Covenant Hills
Cowan Heights
Cypress
Dana Point
Dove Canyon
East Anaheim
East Irvine
East Lake
Eastbluff
El Modena
El Toro
Emerald Bay
Foothill Ranch
Fountain Valley
Fullerton
Garden Grove
Huntington Beach
Huntington Harbour
Irvine
Kite Hill
Korea Town
La Habra
La Palma
Ladera Ranch
Laguna
Laguna Beach
Laguna Canyon
Laguna Hills
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Woods
Laguna Woods Village
Lake Forest
Las Flores
Leisure World
Lemon Heights
Lido Isle
Little Saigon
Los Alamitos
Midway City
Mission Viejo
Modjeska Canyon
Monarch Beach
Nellie Gail Ranch
Newport Beach
Newport Coast
Newport Heights
North Laguna Hills
North Tustin
Northwood
Olinda
Olive
Orange
Orange Hills
Orange Park Acres
Placentia
Platinum Triangle
Portola Hills
Quail Hill
Rancho Mission Viejo
Rancho Santa Margarita
Red Hill
Rossmoor
San Clemente
San Joaquin Hills
San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Hot Springs
Santa Ana Heights
Santa Ana (county seat)
Santiago Canyon
Santiago Hills
Seal Beach
Shady Canyon
Silverado
South Laguna
Stanton
Sunset Beach
Surfside
Talega
Three Arch Bay
Tonner Canyon
Trabuco Canyon
Trabuco Highlands
Turtle Rock
Tustin
Tustin Foothills
Tustin Ranch
University Hills
Villa Park
Wagon Wheel
West Grove
Westminster
Woodbridge
Yorba Linda

Riverside County Wedding Officiant:

Aguanga
Alberhill
Anza
Banning
Beaumont
Belltown
Bermuda Dunes
Blythe
Cabazon
Calimesa
Canyon Lake
Cathedral City
Cherry Valley
Chiriaco Summit
Coachella
Corona
Coronita
Crestmore Heights
Desert Beach
Desert Center
Desert Edge
Desert Hot Springs
Desert Palms
Eagle Mountain
Eagle Valley
East Blythe
East Hemet
Eastvale
El Cerrito
El Sobrante
French Valley
Garnet
Glen Avon
Good Hope
Green Acres
Hemet
Highgrove
Home Gardens
Homeland
Idyllwild
Indian Wells
Indio
Indio Hills
Jurupa Valley
La Quinta
Lake Elsinore
Lake Mathews
Lake Riverside
Lake Tamarisk
Lakeland Village
Lakeview
Lost Lake
March ARB
Mead Valley
Meadowbrook
Mecca
Menifee
Mesa Verde
Moreno Valley
Mountain Center
Murrieta
Norco
North Shore
Nuevo
Oasis
Palm Desert
Palm Springs
Perris
Pine Cove
Pinyon Pines
Rancho Capistrano
Rancho Mirage
Ripley
Riverside
Romoland
Sage
San Jacinto
Sky Valley
Sunnyslope
Temecula
Temescal Valley
Thermal
Thousand Palms
Valle Vista
Vista Santa Rosa
Warm Springs
Whitewater
Wildomar
Winchester
Woodcrest

Ventura County Wedding Officiant:

Ventura
Bardsdale
Bell Canyon
Buckhorn
Camarillo
Casa Conejo
Casitas Springs
Channel Islands Beach
Dulah
El Rio
Faria
Fillmore
La Conchita
Lake Sherwood
Meiners Oaks
Mira Monte
Moorpark
Mussel Shoals
Newbury Park
Oak Park
Oak View
Ojai
Ortonville
Oxnard
Piru
Point Mugu
Port Hueneme
San Buenaventura
Santa Paula
Santa Rosa Valley
Santa Susana
Saticoy
Sea Cliff
Simi Valley
Solromar
Somis
Thousand Oaks
Upper Ojai
Ventura

San Bernardino County Wedding Officiant:

Amboy
Angelus Oaks
Apple Valley
Arrowhead Farms
Baker
Baldwin Lake
Baldy Mesa
Barstow
Bell Mountain
Big Bear City
Big Bear Lake
Big River
Bloomington
Blue Jay
Bluewater
Cadiz
Cajon Junction
Cedar Glen
Chino
Chino Hills
Cima
Colton
Crafton
Crestline
Daggett
Declezville
Devore (Devore Heights)
Earp
El Mirage
Essex
Fawnskin
Fenner
Fontana
Forest Falls
Fort Irwin
Goffs
Grand Terrace
Green Valley Lake
Halloran Springs
Helendale
Hesperia
Highland
Hinkley
Hodge
Homestead Valley
Ivanpah
Johnson Valley
Joshua Tree
Kingston
Kramer Hills
Kramer Junction
Lake Arrowhead
Landers
Lenwood
Loma Linda
Lucerne Valley
Ludlow
Lytle Creek
Mentone
Montclair
Morongo Valley
Mount Baldy
Mountain Home Village
Mountain Pass
Mountain View Acres
Muscoy
Needles
Newberry Springs
Nipton
Oak Glen
Oak Hills
Ontario
Oro Grande

Parker Dam
Phelan
Pinon Hills
Pioneertown
Rancho Cucamonga
Red Mountain
Redlands
Rialto
Rice
Rimforest
Running Springs
San Antonio Heights
San Bernardino
Searles Valley
Siberia
Silver Lakes
Skyforest
Sleepy Hollow
Spring Valley Lake
Sugarloaf
Sunfair
Trona
Twentynine Palms
Twentynine Palms Base
Twin Peaks
Upland
Venus
Victorville
Vidal
Vidal Junction
Wild Crossing
Wrightwood
Yermo
Yucaipa
Yucca Valley
Zzyzx

Santa Barbara County Wedding Officiant:

Ballard, California
Betteravia, California
Buellton, California
Carpinteria, California
Casmalia, California
Cuyama, California
Garey, California
Gaviota, California
Goleta, California
Guadalupe, California
Hollister Ranch, California
Hope Ranch, California
Isla Vista, California
La Patera, California
Las Cruces, California
Lompoc, California
Los Alamos, California
Los Olivos, California
Mission Canyon, California
Mission Hills, California
Montecito, California
New Cuyama, California
Orcutt, California
Painted Cave, California
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Maria, California
Santa Rita, California
Santa Ynez, California
Santa Ynez Chumash Indian Reservation, California
Santa Ynez Reservation, California
Sisquoc, California
Solvang, California
Summerland, California
Surf, California
Toro Canyon, California
Vandenberg Village, California
Ventucopa, California

San Diego County Wedding Officiant:

4S Ranch
Alpine
Ballena
Barrett Junction
Blossom Valley
Bonita
Bonsall
Borrego Springs
Bostonia
Boulevard
Camp Pendleton North
Camp Pendleton South
Campo
Canebrake
Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Carlsbad
Casa de Oro-Mount Helix
Chula Vista
Coronado
Crest
De Luz
Dehesa
Del Dios
Del Mar
Descanso
Dulzura
El Cajon
Elfin Forest
Encinitas
Escondido
Eucalyptus Hills
Fairbanks Ranch
Fallbrook
Fernbrook
Flinn Springs
Four Corners
Granite Hills
Guatay
Harbison Canyon
Harmony Grove
Hidden Meadows
Imperial Beach
Jacumba Hot Springs
Jamul
Julian
Kentwood-In-The-Pines
La Mesa
La Presa
Lake San Marcos
Lakeside
Lemon Grove
Leucadia
Lincoln Acres
Live Oak Springs
Mount Laguna
National City
Oak Grove
Oceanside
Ocotillo Wells
Olivenhain
Pala
Pauma Valley
Pine Hills
Pine Valley
Potrero
Poway
Rainbow
Ramona
Ranchita
Rancho San Diego
Rancho Santa Fe
Rincon
San Diego (county seat)
San Diego Country Estates
San Luis Rey
San Marcos
Santa Ysabel
Santaluz
Santee
Shelter Valley
Solana Beach
Spring Valley
Tecate
Tierra del Sol
Valley Center
Vista
Warner Springs
Whispering Pines
Winter Gardens
Wynola

including San Diego airport weddings at:
Lindbergh Field (San Diego International Airport) (SAN)
Montgomery Field
McClellan-Palomar Airport
Gillespie Field
Agua Caliente Airport
Borrego Valley Airport
Fallbrook Airport
Oceanside Municipal Airport
Ocotillo Airport
Ramona Airport
Brown Field Municipal Airport

and proudly officiating military weddings for our brave military members of the
U.S. Navy
Naval Base San Diego, also known as 32nd Street Naval Station
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado
Naval Air Station North Island
Naval Base Point Loma, which includes the Submarine Base and the Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)
Naval Medical Center San Diego, also known as Bob Wilson Naval Hospital and Balboa Naval Hospital
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
U.S. Coast Guard
Coast Guard Air Station San Diego

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