Jacqueline Soares,

Non Denominational Officiant

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Elegant Emerald Green Wedding Details

Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 19:03 Comments comments (29)
This is a lovely little article by Sarah Pierce featured on MyWedding.com

Emerald Green can such a classy beginning of spring look or late summer towards autumn.

Beach Wedding Ideas

Posted on 27 February, 2017 at 22:30 Comments comments (21)
Bauier's Wedding, Big Corona Beach, CA

        After the engagement buzz softens, now onto the planning.

        Remember less is more many times. You may master keeping things as simple as possible yet, this  doesn't necessarily eliminate the possibility of you feeling overwhelmed during these next few months of planning and executing your wants and desires.

       Below are some 2017 Beach Wedding Ideas in hopes of helping you on your journey, (please enjoy this awesome journey):

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Engaged now onto the "Dress"

Posted on 17 February, 2017 at 18:20 Comments comments (47)
First and foremost, congratulations on your engagement, now onto the planning. There is the venue, the guest list, decorations, wedding party and more. Yet, for every bride there comes the real time decision regarding the "dress".

Our time is short, our lives are busy, yet every bride to be knows when she walks down that aisle all eyes are on her and the "dress".

I've attached a few suggested sites which could help with your search for the perfect dress for "you" and your bridesmaids:

Beach Style Wedding Dress

Posted on 4 September, 2016 at 15:00 Comments comments (38)

Weddings on the beach here in Southern California are throughout the year because weather always permits for a lovely morning rise, late afternoon breeze and evening sunsets (especially in the autumn and fall times) which add to your perfect day.

Recently officiated a beach wedding in Dana Point in the evening.

Beach weddings can be some of the simplest, affordable and yet elegant wedding in my experience.

I will post pictures soon.

Meanwhile, in this post I wish to focus of wedding dresses that lend themselves nicely to beach weddings. Leaving you with some sites to consider:

My last bride chose a strapless, lacey mining dress with a sheer train over it similar to the image above. It was just positively gorgeous on her!!! click here and see a similar beach wedding dresses

Visit for other suggested styles:


Beach Wedding Locations

Posted on 27 May, 2016 at 18:20 Comments comments (22)
Our southern West  Coast Beaches are saught after by many for their wedding destinations. Throughout the years I have had the honor and pleasure working with many couples coming here from out of the area and state. This page is dedicated to your commonly asked question when trying to plan a beach wedding.

When deciding on a beach wedding keep in mind there can be permit cost involved and usually a limitation of how many people can be in attendance.

If you are planning a small and intimate wedding there are numerous coves and location you can be married at without permit costs. Keep in mind that beaches are public locations and prime seasonal times such as summers  can be more crowded than other off season times  such as Autumn or Fall.

Along our Pacific Coast we have some of prettiest sunsets in the fall. Fall sunsets also come earlier, whereas in the summers sunsets could be as late as 8'o clock. Click here to find out the sunset time for your wedding day.

Officiant 101

Posted on 20 February, 2016 at 13:35 Comments comments (22)
Officiant 101

Your ceremony is the spiritual heart and soul of your wedding day.  Many couples initially are intimidated when interviewing an officiant; however, remember this is your special day.
Before you identify officiants to interview be clear as a couple what you are looking for. Deciding what is important to you is the first step to identifying the right person for your ceremony. Before meeting with the officiant take time as a couple to discuss what you are looking for and the questions you need answered. Here are some tips on what to consider:
  • Are you associated with a denomination or practice a particular type of faith?
  • Are you looking for a wedding officiant who will perform the ceremony in a church environment or other selected venue?
  • Are you looking for an officiant who is experienced in performing interfaith ceremonies? 
The ideal situation is to meet personally with the officiant. This allows you as a couple to become acquainted with the individual. Things to consider during the interview:
  • Make sure the officiant is available for your wedding date.
  • Are you comfortable in the officiant's presence, or do you feel like you are hiding things so as not to arouse disapproval?
  • Do you like their voice (is it soothing)?
  • Do they speak slowly and clearly?
  • Can you understand what they are saying?
  • Will their voice carry?
  • Can you write your own vows or add special touches, will they co-create with you?
  • Can you use contemporary readings or are they required to be religious or scriptural readings?
  • Are you confident that your officiant will allow for changes as the wedding day approaches?
  • Will they work with you to develop a ceremony which honors you as a couple?
  • How many times do you need to meet prior to the ceremony?
  • Does the officiant require pre-marital education sessions with the couple?
  • Are they available for the rehearsal?
  • What will they wear?
  • Their fees, additional fees, will they travel and how far?
  • Do they offer marriage enhancement education?
Last but not least a few titles that wedding officiants go by and there meanings:
Wedding officiant, Celebrant- individual who has been registered or ordained to perform weddings.

Wedding Ceremony 101

Posted on 3 February, 2016 at 12:30 Comments comments (18)
Wedding Ceremony 101
I do today and forever more…
Couples are surprised to find there is no mandatory design for a wedding ceremony.  Ceremonies can be traditional or as unique as each couple; it’s your day – you can have it your way.
Although there are a few standard lines an officiant needs to incorporate into your ceremony, for the most part it is all about your sonnet from one heart to another.  If you want a ceremony created especially for you, make sure to choose an officiant who acts as guide and co-creator, rather than a director.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the most important things to consider in creating your wedding ceremony? The questions we hear most often are: 
How long is the ceremony? Typically 15-30 minutes. 
Do you write the vows or do we? We can, yet normally we co-create with the couple giving them samples and choices to help with their decisions. 
Can we use our own vows and readings? Yes. 
Do I need to remember anything? Basically, the answer is “no” unless you wish to. We understand you will be tired and nervous all at once when you finally get to the ceremony part of your celebration. Normally the officiant will feed you your lines and please remember look at each other when saying the vows, not at the officiant.  
Can a friend or family member do a song or reading? Yes, we encourage involving anyone you wish to make this day special for you and your guests. 
Do we have to be solemn or can we be light and funny? It’s your day - have it your way. If you want it light and funny, make sure you pick an officiant who can deliver this for you. 
Can we use contemporary readings or are religious or scriptural readings required? When it comes to vows and readings there is not one requirement. Be as creative as you like. 
We just want a simple ceremony. We have learned that “simple” is in the eye of the beholder. Simple to one person is 10 minutes of I do’s and you may kiss the bride. To others it’s more about keeping the ceremony light and not too heavy on the religious side.
A Typical Ceremony
To give you an idea of how a ceremony might be structured, here is the one of the most common ceremony templates used: 
Opening Words of the Officiant: This is where we welcome your family and guests.

The Giving in Marriage
: (Optional)The father or family member gives the bride away.

An Opening Prayer or Reading
: Nice place to have a guest or family member do a favorite reading of the couple’s choice.  The officiant is also more than happy to recite your choice of reading or opening scripture.

Definition of Marriage
: (Optional) The officiant can define the marriage with your choice of words.

Wedding Vows
: Traditional, non-traditional,religious. This is the first time you will recite a piece to each other with the assistance of your officiant feeding the lines to both of you.

Second Reading or Song
: (Optional) Very commonly a guest or family member reads or sings a song.

Exchange of Rings
:  You will choose a ring exchange vow that suits your heart.

(Sometimes called a Benediction) Usually the officiant recites your closing thoughts to the family and guests.

Declaration Of Marriage: "By the power vested in me by the State of _______, I now pronounce you____________” and the best part for last, “you may now kiss the bride or life partner.”

Introduction of the Newlyweds: The officiant usually introduces the newlyweds by the married names you are taking. 
Other Bits of Wisdom 
You have worked hard at making this the most memorable day of your life for you and your guests.  Please make sure that they can hear your ceremony. Your DJ or venue will normally have a wireless mic that the officiant can use or a microphone that can be set up. Your guests and loved ones really do want to hear your vows and this allows them to be part of your special celebration, the first day of your married life.
Make sure if there are any special announcements you wish the officiant to make that you let them know before the ceremony. They can announce this after you and your wedding party leave the staged area.
There are many free and paid sites on the internet these days that have samples of wedding ceremonies. Your officiant will also be able to give you sample ceremonies they have already performed, or samples of vows and readings. Make sure the ceremony is a true reflection of the both of you. It’s your very special day…forever more.
 Jacqueline has officiated weddings and celebrations of life since 2006. She is a non denominational pastor by title , yet assist couples of all types of theory, spirituality and thought,  emphasizes the couple and their personal relationship verse religion or necessarily traditional wedding ceremonies.
October 2008 revised and printed 2016

1920's Speakeasy Theme/Wedding

Posted on 26 January, 2016 at 20:23 Comments comments (113)
This weekend I was part of a speakeasy themed event and it was wonderful.  I will soon  post pictures from this event with more ideas, yet while I wait to gather them I wanted to suggest a theme that is perfect for  a small, intimate, elegant and affordable wedding (of course any theme normally  can translate to larger weddings with some adjustment.)

May I suggest a wonderful upcoming designer who was  the heart and soul of designing this event, Samantha Nowlin of  SIMPLELIFEDESIGN.COM.

With this said, in the meantime here are a few other sites  that will help you or your wedding team peculate on the wonderful concept of a Speakeasy, 1920's Gatsby themed wedding.

This theme lends itself well to budget weddings for many reasons. In our event we utilized others crystal dishes, furniture, etc before buying the remaining things.

This type of theme can be found in thrift store, flea markets and vintage sources because wear and tear is shabby chic !!!

More ideas coming soon on this idea.

Double Wedding Casting Call

Posted on 15 September, 2015 at 0:15 Comments comments (57)
Wedding Couples, Family and Friends to the newly engaged couple/s- Please pass this onto to them. It may be a unique and creative way to have the wedding of your dreams.

My late husband and good friends of ours decided to share our wedding day together. It was the best! We both knew many of the same family and friends so it made perfect sense. It was such a great adventure and so much  fun doing it with another bride/couple. We had our own bridesmaids and groomsmen, we shared the main cake and had our own small cakes, shared the cost of food, decorations and such. Please read on: (by the way congratulations, with care, Jacqueline):

This is Carter Palmer, casting producer based in Los Angeles for Maverick TV. Our company produces the show “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA Network. http://www.mavericktvusa.com
Right now, our company is casting a brand new TV docu-series about BRIDES getting married next year, for a major cable network. We’re exploring the topic of “JOINT WEDDINGS". We’re looking for 2 couples willing to get married at the same time on the same day – that know each other and decide to share the day together. 
We believe that combining forces AND budgets, these brides can have a bigger, better wedding. These brides could be best friends, sisters, relatives etc. We’re looking for individuals open to this idea. Our show will also enhance the couple’s wedding day with certain details – with a minimum of $10,000 used for the wedding from our team.
I’ve attached our show’s flyer here. We would love for you all to share the flyer– through your client base, through social media – really any way you all are comfortable with? Also – please let us know if there’s any couples we should speak with? I’m reachable here through email and by phone:Tel: 424.732.6312. 
We can also discuss having you all as part of the show! 
Thank you so much in advance! We hope to find some deserving couples together and help give them a unique, special, over the top wedding day!
Carter Palmer
Casting Producer
All3 Media America
Tel: 424.732.6312

Music for Fall Weddings

Posted on 7 September, 2015 at 12:59 Comments comments (30)
I have blogged many times regarding Fall Weddings. Fall in our coastal Southern California area is  perfect for wedding celebrations. The sunsets are still gorgeous, temperatures are cooling down, late afternoons have the most beautiful lighting for great photos, venues can be a bit less costly, we have so many almost no cost locations to have the ceremony, the list goes on and on.

Here is a article and video website with 30 perfect songs for your upcoming fall wedding to help with your choices of music. You have 30 snippets of music to decide with.