Rich reached out to me a little over a month before his wedding to Maisie. They had set the date at an extraordinary venue, secured an amazing photographer, but still didn’t have anyone to actually marry them yet! Rich said he dug my vibe – I’m pretty sure that’s a direct quote, which made me laugh because I thought I was the only one who still says that – and really wanted me to chat with him and his fiancée to see if we were a good fit. Spoiler alert: We were!
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I was so excited when Andrea and Jimmy chose me to officiate their wedding. I was even more excited when they told me it was at their old stomping grounds – Cal Poly Pomona, where they met. The campus is the home of the famous Kellogg House (of Kellogg cereal fame), a beautiful historical mansion that overlooks the campus yet still feels tucked away. All the gorgeous historical details lent to an intimate, simple yet old-world atmosphere to their practical wedding that suited them brilliantly.
As a minister for three of their locations – Wedgewood Indian Hills, Wedgewood at the Retreat, and Wedgewood at Glen Ivy – I know the high quality, streamlined planning experience couples enjoy when they book with a Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center location. So you can imagine my giddiness to be asked to do a quick interview with Wedgewood’s marketing manager, Elizabeth Brook. We talked about what couples like you should look for in a officiant and even my favorite part of the ceremony.
Esmeralda was very smart while she and Agustin were planning their Valentine’s Day wedding at Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont, CA. Why was she smart? Because she knew that trying to get married on Valentine’s Day is hard because wedding officiants book up fast for big days like that. So she asked me to be their wedding minister a full eight months prior to their wedding. Now that’s planning!