VIDEO: Emily and Grant Chen // Westlake Village Inn

  Emily is an executive with Marshalls and Grant is the men’s tennis coach at UCLA. I really enjoyed working with this couple and getting to know them. I met former tennis great Pete Sampras at the wedding. Pete and Grant are good friends and Grant worked for Pete at one time.

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HOW TO PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING: 3 Things I Love About You

Screen Shot 2014-12-06 at 3.28.40 PM     Have you ever noticed how so many weddings seem the same? I seek to perform weddings that are meaningful and memorable. The key to achieving this goal is to personalize each ceremony – no cookie-cutter weddings allowed. Every couple is distinct and every couple has a story. It is my job as the officiant to help couples tell their story in a way that reflects their uniqueness, beliefs, and beauty. So I came up with a new element that I call 3 Things I Love About You. Continue reading

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BRIDES: How To Change Your Last Name

LastNameChange     Changing your last name is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding … at least it was for Jenn Hallak, a friend of mine, a new bride and the owner of The Overwhelmed Bride. In fact, she changed her last name on Facebook the night of the wedding – that’s how excited she was! Continue reading

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CUDDLE TO CONNECT // Staying in Love (Part 4 of 4)

CuddleToConnect     A marriage therapist recently shared with me about a wife who announced to her husband that she wanted a divorce. As a last ditch effort they went to the therapist for counseling. The therapist asked them to connect each day by touching each other for five minutes. This simple technique saved their marriage and with additional counseling helped the relationship grow to a new level of intimacy. For many couples, it’s not so much that they’ve lost that loving feeling as much as they just stopped cuddling.

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DATE NIGHT // Staying in Love (Part 3 of 4)

DATENIGHT_blog     One key habit I encourage every couple to develop in their marriage is to have a Date Night. I consider date nights essential for staying in love, staying connected and keeping the relationship on track.

WE NEED MORE COURTING IN MARRIAGE

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GET RID OF ANGER // Staying in Love (Part 2 of 4)

CoupleInBedAngry     One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from a older woman in my church, prior to getting married. She simply said, “Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.” That advice, to settle accounts quickly, has served us well over the years. We haven’t always done it but it is our goal.  Continue reading

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MAKE LOVE A VERB // Staying in Love (Part 1 of 4)

Pastor Dave Page - Make Love A Verb -- The Overwhelmed Bride Wedding Blog + Southern California Wedding Planner     It’s so easy to fall in love, wouldn’t you agree? It’s been said, “The only requirement to fall in love is a pulse.” It’s never been easier to fall in love and I believe it’s never been more difficult to stay in love.

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