It’s always flattering when you get a referral, but it always tickles me when a photographer or videographer recommend me to their couples. So you can imagine the thrill I felt when Michael called me and said his photographer – the fabulous Christina Sanchez Photography – referred him and said I was an awesome wedding officiant who she thought would be a great fit for them. (Thanks, Christina!)

We chatted on the phone and gushed about their gorgeous venue, the up-and-coming Speakeasy on State. As a Redlands wedding officiant, I had heard lots of good things about this new venue but hadn’t had the pleasure of working there yet. Michael assured me it was awesome and explained that this vintage, urban wedding venue really reflected the fun vibe that he and his fiance wanted with its old exposed brick and 1920s feel. After chatting it over with his fiance Catherine, they invited me to be their Redlands wedding officiant with the Happily Ever After service.

When the three of us sat down to plan their ceremony, Michael and Catherine said that after nearly a decade together, they didn’t want something formal and stuffy. They chose Speakeasy on State because they wanted an intimate, personal wedding with humor and fun. We discussed how we could bring that ambiance and feeling into the ceremony.

Here’s some snippets of their custom wedding ceremony…

We are gathered here today to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments…

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… to celebrate the strength and beauty of the love Michael & Catherine share…

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They were good friends throughout high school, but it was near the end of college when their romance became a reality. They both confessed their feelings were strong from the beginning. Catherine insisted that if they were going to do this, it would have to be serious. Michael told me that he wasn’t going to let this just be casual, so (and I quote) “I locked it down and asked her to be my girl, officially.”

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I Michael take you Catherine to be my best friend, my faithful wife, and my one true love. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to love you truly through good times and bad. I will forever be there to laugh with you, to lift you up when you are down, and to love you unconditionally through all of our adventures in life together.

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With this ring, I bind my life to yours and promise you all of my tomorrows.

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Love does the impossible, believing tomorrow can be better than today. And through love, it happens.

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As you all know, it takes a team of awesome people to make your wedding day happen.

The #phancabfinally dream team…

Want me to be your Redlands wedding officiant or celebrate your love in another amazing place? Fill out the form for details!