Tiffany and John met at a rock n’ roll concert, so it was no surprise when they expressed to me they wanted a fun California beach wedding with all the fun and none of the stuffiness. Me and my blue hair were so down for that!

The problem was that Tiffany and John hadn’t been to California in ages and didn’t know where to get married on the beach that would be great for photos. I pointed them to five of my favorite California beach wedding spots and they chose one in Laguna Beach, which happens to be my absolute favorite spot! (In fact, I renewed my vows with my husband there a few years ago.) Not only were they bringing Tiffany’s girls to be a part of their beach elopement, but they were also flying in their photographers, RKH Images (hi Kyle and Tracy!), from Minnesota.

We were a little worried about the weather as there were storms earlier in the week, but Mother Nature smiled upon us with puffy clouds, a shining sun, and us barefoot in the sand – a true California beach wedding.

Minister Marie marries bride and groom in Laguna Beach

When we chatted during our ceremony planning session, they explained the feeling they wanted – a fun and rock n’ roll wedding all the way. It was also especially important to Tiffany to do a sand ceremony to include her girls. As someone from a blended family herself, I understood how important it was to include them. When a person marries with kids from a previous relationship, it is definitely a package deal and including the kids in the formation of this official relationship gives them a sense of belonging.

Flower girl at beach wedding

There were happy tears as the girls took in what this meant for them and their mom.

Bridesmaid at Laguna Beach wedding

I really love the ceremony I wrote for Tiffany and John. It reflected them so well…

They are funny and joyful…

Groom carries bride at beach wedding

And so ready to rock n’ roll on together.

Rock and roll sunset beach wedding

Part of why I love being a wedding officiant in Southern California is that we are a prime spot for destination weddings. So many fun and interesting people invite me into one of the biggest days of their life all over this beautiful state of mine. I mean, just look at these two! I call this one “California Dreamin'”.

Bride and groom sunset wedding in Laguna Beach

Here’s what John and Tiffany said about their experience with me on WeddingWire:

Minister Marie is incredibly professional, flexible, and is so personable and easygoing. We love the ceremony she wrote for us. It was everything we thought it would be! We had such a great experience working with her on our wedding – before and during – We are so glad we chose Minister Marie to marry us. The ceremony was beautiful and will hold a special place in our hearts forever! We are glad she were a part of our special day! We would highly recommend Minister Marie for your wedding.
The Weidmanns on WeddingWire

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