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

CoupleInBedAngryOne 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) by Dave Page

Pastor Dave Page - Make Love A Verb -- The Overwhelmed Bride Wedding Blog + Southern California Wedding PlannerIt’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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BRIDES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Colleen (Long) Gallicchio

NOW: 2014  |  Colleen and Michael, Izzy and Cole (and Boodha) 


Colleen Long married Michael Gallicchio on July 13, 2012 at the La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Colleen and Michael recently had twins – Izzy and Cole (See photo below). “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” (Psalm 127:3 NLT). I remember two distinct things about their wedding. First, their dog (Boodha) was the ring bearer. Second, Colleen did her best Thriller dance impression of Michael Jackson after the wedding. Here is the VIDEO.

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I don’t encourage writing your own vows unless you really have a deep desire to do so. Why? Because you already have enough stress to deal with in planning all the other elements of your wedding. But, if you really want to write your own vows then I look forward to helping you craft some amazing vows.  My wife and I wrote our own vows and it was a very meaningful experience and a moving part of our ceremony.  As one Wedding Officiant once said, “Penning your own wedding vows is like writing poetry, public speaking and having the deepest conversation of your life all at once.”

Still want to pen your own vows?  If so, then let’s get busy.  Below are 12 Tips For Writing Your Own Vows to help you discover your inner Wordsworth:

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WEDDING RENEWALS – How To’s – Jenn & Frank

Jenn3     It had been a year since Jenn and Frank got married. Jenn decided she wanted to surprise Frank by having a Wedding Renewal Service on the beach. Jenn graciously chose me to be the officiant, which was a real honor because Jenn is a young rockstar in this business. I think she will go far. She currently is a wedding blogger, coordinator, author and newlywed – and she’s only 24! She has written a book called The Overwhelmed Bride. The ceremony turned out to be simple, yet beautiful and Frank was really surprised!  (More photos below)

Maybe you want to say again the words you said on your wedding day, in front of all your nearest and dearest? Or you’d like to refer to history, reminding yourselves of what you promised all those years ago. Here are some Wedding Renewal How-Tos: Continue reading

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Kim & Kanye’s Wedding Dialogue

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Priest: “Kim, do you take Kanye to be your lawfully wedded husband to love and cherish?”

Kim: “I..”

*Kanye grabs mic*

Kanye: “She do”

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Advantages of a Mid-Week Wedding

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Couples are increasingly opting for mid-week weddings. Traditionally, weddings have been held on weekends because those days are best for accommodating the work schedules of guests and members of the wedding party. However, in recent years, mid-week weddings have been gaining favor. I performed a beautiful mid-week wedding a couple weeks ago in Santa Barbara and did a special one last summer in Europe. I think they are a great option for destination weddings and smaller weddings. Continue reading

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