Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 4.55.06 PM     In His Needs, Her Needs, psychologist and author Willard F. Hartley Jr. discovered that the number one need for women is AFFECTION. This is the first thing a woman cannot do without. Affection is the cement of a relationship and symbolizes security, comfort, and approval. When a husband shows affection to his wife, he is sending a powerful message to her that says, “I love you. I care for you. I’ll take care of you and protect you. I’m concerned for your needs. I approve of you. I am proud of you.”


BEACH WEDDINGS: The Do’s and Don’ts


     Planning a beach wedding? So what’s the big deal? Well let me tell you, there is a whole lot more to it than you expect. Here are the Do’s, the Don’ts, the Ifs, Ands, and Buts about planning a ceremony on the beach. Keep in mind, the laws, rules, and regulations will be different depending on your location. So make sure you check your city laws.

How to Plan A Beach Wedding:

1. Know that your venue coordinator is the city. Continue reading “BEACH WEDDINGS: The Do’s and Don’ts”

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

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 “BRIDES: How To Change Your Last Name”

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.

Continue reading “CUDDLE TO CONNECT // Staying in Love (Part 4 of 4)”

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.


It’s been said, “If there was more courting in marriage, there would be fewer marriages in court.” Continue reading “DATE NIGHT // Staying in Love (Part 3 of 4)”