Monday, May 23, 2011

Real Wedding Carolyn and Mark@Clearwater Beach

Carolyn and Mark left the snowy cold of Buffalo, New York to come down to sunny, warm, Florida to be married! It was a beautiful sunny day with a warm breeze coming off the ocean. Mark was waiting at the beach for Carolyn in order that he would see her for the first time in her beautiful gown and veil. She looked stunning as she walked towards her groom for their very private and intimate wedding on Clearwater Beach. The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of calla lillies, and they exchanged traditional wedding vows as they stood within a heart shaped in the sand. After the ceremony, we provided a toast for the couple. What a pleasure it was to be such an important part of Mark and Carolyn's elopement. I wish them a long, healthy and happy marriage!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tradewinds Real Wedding Gina and Bill

Gina and Bill and their beautiful children were united on the beach at the Tradewinds. The weather was outstanding, and the couple were very relaxed and happy. It was an honor to officiate their wedding.

The children all took part in the ceremony and the blended sand ritual that was very beautiful with all of the colors of the rainbow.

The bridesmaids dresses were a gorgeous royal blue, with their floral bouquets to match.

It was a fabulous day for Gina and Bill and their family. Congratulations!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Botanical Gardens Real Wedding, Alan and Susan

When Alan and Susan decided to tie the knot, they chose a magnificent location. The Botanical Garden in Largo. Their ceremony was held in the small garden area, and their floral, colorful outfits fit in just perfectly with the environment! Susan and Alan stayed calm and cool even tho the sun and weather was hot, hot, hot!!! They shared their beautiful vows and exchange of rings in front of their family and friends in a short, sweet, ceremony. Congratulations Alan and Susan!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunken Gardens St. Petersburg Wedding Stacia and Gabriel

WOW! You cannot even imagine how wonderful it is to work with a couple who had a clear vision of their wedding and in particular their ceremony.
Stacia and Gabriel met almost 8 years ago in a store in the book section. The section of interest to both of them was of Japanese annimation. They are both extremely interested in the japanese culture and they are fond of the anama animated characters. It wasn't long after that through their mutual enjoyment of all things japanesse, that they became a couple and fell in love. Gabe told me that Stacia was the "yin to his yan", and Stacia told me that she couldn't imagine not having Gabe as her "partner in crime" forever.
They chose the magnificent Sunken Garden, sent out their save the date cards which featured artwork of a japanese animated couple and the word Love in Japanese, and then, the customized wedding invitations. From there, the wedding was created for and with them to feature japanese flowers, words, and rituals to further enhance their common interest. To create their vision!

Their wedding will be one of the featured weddings when I speak at the Association of Bridal Consultants international conference in Baltimore in November.

Professionals involved with this wedding:
Location and Planner: Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg 727-551-3100
Officiant: Rev. Virginia Bishop, Loving Unity, 727 532-6186
Caterer: Affordable Catering of Tampa Florida, 813-962-1525
Cake: A Piece of Cake of Tampa, 813-884-4049
Florals Cheral Floral Studio 813-926-4556
Music: DJ Andy Cyman, Breezin Entertainment

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Loving Unity wins Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Award 2011!

Largo, Florida – January 26, 2011- WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Loving Unity Officiants has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Officiating Customized Wedding and Commitment ceremonies!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.
Loving Unity Officiants stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Loving Unity Officiants for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Loving Unity is among the very best Officiants within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Davis Island Garden Club Spanish Wedding Cindy and Keith

When we customized a wedding ceremony we provide every element needed to make the rituals special for the couple and their families.  Cindy and Keith were married at the Davis Island Garden Club.  It was a muti-cultural ceremony honoring the bride's Spanish heritage. The ceremony was spoken in English and Spanish and they honored their parents and grandparents with special readings.  Enjoy the photos! 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sandpearl Resort Wedding - Karen and James

Today It was my honor to officiate at the splendid wedding of Karen and James on the gulf lawn area of the Sandpearl Resort. The wedding was full of rich Filipino Traditions. After the bride was escorted by her dad, and brought forward to the chairs facing frontward, the ceremony began. The couple was cloaked with the white veil, which symbolized Karen and James commitment to each other, to cloth each other in love and loyalty. It is a symbol of faithful love and continuous moral and spiritual support as they carry life's burden with joy. It represents James strength and protection to his bride, Karen, his wife, who he promises to take care of from this day forward.

The cord was then placed over their heads and on their shoulders in a figure 8 shape to bind their love, to unite their lives as one, to connect souls. It is placed in a figure 8 to represent eternity.

After their wedding vows and ring exchange vows, the couple shared in the coin exchange. In this tradition, the tinkling of the coins being passed from one pair of hands to the other, is a distinctive reminder of James promise to take care of Karen materially. Karen in turn, by giving back the coins into his hands, conveys that what they both earn become part of each others. The trickling sound also signifies abundance and success in the couples joint efforts.

Karen and James also shared a sand blending ritual to symbolize that two lives are joined as one forever. The ceremony was so beautiful, meaningful and respectful to both traditions.

It was truly and honor to work with Karen and James and their parents, in the creation of their ceremony reflecting their own style and wishes....

Blessings to you for a lifetime full of happiness!

Wedding Professionals who made this event magnificent:

Debbie Glancy from the Sandpearl Resort and her staff.
Hair and Makeup by Sara Shepard 727-644-5970
Flowers by In Bloom - Valerie 813-443-0551
Professional Photography by Valerie Ritter 727-365-0308
Five Star Audio for the Ceremony - Jeremy 727-710-1161
Cake by Nina - 813-251-4564