Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fancy, Schmancy..... WOW

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Back to Paris for our 60th birthdays? 
I think so...
it's where my parents met and my mum was born, and her mum
and her mum, you get the idea. It's makes me half French.

Perhaps a business expense for getting that "one in a million" shot. 
Love this..

More beautiful wedding images here

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Entrepreneur saves puppy and launches his new company with $ 250.

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Lemons + Lemons = Lemonade

Such a great little story......
who doesn't LOVE and uplifting dog story?

Puppy +T shirts= Success Beyond Wildest Dreams
Remember.....Lemons + Lemons = Lemonade

 David Hendrickson from Anaheim...
his story here

christine and steve

home of the dog friendly wedding in San Diego
Lucky Pup Dog Rescue
501c3 non profit, charity dog rescue
stop by and like our Lucky Pup page :) 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SO EXCITED for our new website! Coming in the next few weeks.....

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Lookie!   Here is a sneak peek at our new website for
A Ceremony To Remember

Our new website is almost finished,
we purchased a new program and with the photos, 

it's turning out really beautiful :) 

Easy to navigate and lots of information.
You can always call us too
858 945 8341
christine and steve

The harassment continues from " A Beautiful Wedding" and her attorney here in San Diego.

June 20, 2007   " A Beautiful Wedding" Ren Daversa
Our reaffirmation  20 years












 The harassment continues. . .

I think it's important for people in the community to know
more about the people they choose to do business with and how

they relate to their colleagues and fellow ministers. 

A wedding is a very personal service,
and we've been helping couples for almost 30 years,
over 3500 couples have been delighted with OUR services.  

We don't need to take business from anyone,
and certainly using the words 
the words "beautiful wedding"
on ones website or blog, FB page
does not warrant this.  There are literally thousand of companies
across the globe that use those words together in sequence. 

Please check out our blog post below
from Wednesday, Jan 7 for details.

On on a side note: 
 In 2006, when we relocated to San Diego from Seattle
and established our website
"  www.SanDiegoOfficiant "

it wasn't too long  at all before we noticed that Mrs. Daversa,
(who has mounted this campaign of harassment towards us)

 purchased this name 
and then her husband began performing ceremonies.

Looks a little like the pot calling the kettle black. 

We Need to Make One of these for Wedding Planning!

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Love this, we think there should be a column for
for wedding planning.  
Can you say "Wedding Nightmares for $ 50, Alex? "
PS  Thank you everyone that follows our wedding blog, 
we just hit 96,000 views this week!! 

christine and steve

858 945 8341

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

All the Way from Toronto! To Elope To San Diego:)

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Thanks Rhonda and Mark for such a fun afternoon.

All the way from Toronto, Ontario

BRRR.. we had the Perfect weather for them!
Thank you for the wonderful note,

we couldn't be happier that your day was perfect with us!


Our Perfect Beach Wedding 
Anyone who is reading this review considering a perfect, simple beach wedding in beautiful San Diego, trust NOT HESITATE to book with Christine and Steve. They made our wedding day simply perfect! Right from our initial contact with them, they were warm and excited for us. They responded very quickly to any email or question. We planned less than 2 months before our "day" and every detail was easy, and seamless. We got married on Coronado Beach. Christine and Steve did not miss a single detail. The flowers were beautiful, and the pictures are amazing. If you are looking for a "no fuss" wedding, in a beautiful place, we highly recommend having Christine and Steve take care of your amazing day.

Thank you Christine and Steve!

Rhonda and Mark Toronto, Ontario…


Thursday, January 15, 2015

HUH??? True Confessions Of A Seasoned Wedding Photographer

Ummmm....No, I'm not going to come to your wedding on a Saturday in May
and take a couple of pictures, with your iphone
while Steve is performing the ceremony.

If you don't hire me to photograph your wedding I won't be there. 
And there is no need to get pissy and rude about it. 
Just sayin'
This is my job, my craft, my art.

It's also how I pay for gifts for my grandchildren,
food for my dogs and and pay the water bill. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

ROCKIN' THE CASUAL WEDDING !! Katy & Mike Congrats

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Fancy without all the fancy !

Just a few family and friends, fun and carefree....
leave the stress and drama for someone else--
it's not happening here...

Katy and Mike eloped with us and we all had a really fun afternoon. 
Gorgeous, dazzling sunset..
lots of kissing and smooching.

Just the way it should be :) 



christine and steve

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Just Received ANOTHER Cease and Desist email from the "A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING" folks...

photo by ren daversa on our 20th anniversary.
we hired "a beautiful wedding" for our vow renewal

Apparently, one can't use the phrase~
a beautiful wedding ~
in the San Diego area without receiving a nasty
Cease and Desist letter from a local attorney. 
Cause that's just what happened to us. 

And just today, we got another email ! 
Petty as it is, we apparently missed a
coupla those pesky "B" words
that were too close to the "W" words.
Seems it happened when we were cleaning house
on all of our websites.
Shame on us. 

And now they report they even have proof
of a "potential confused client"
because the poor confused thing saw that dang "B"
word next to the word "wedding"  on our website. 
And it could only mean ONE THING, we are trying to steal business.
Poor thing, I hope that between the two of them were able to help her out
and guide her out of her confusion. 

Our esteemed colleague
and her newly hired attorney must have
nothing better to do than to count the
  "B" words that are too close to the "W"
words on our website, blog and FB pages....
It's actually kind of sad.

We also received a thinly veiled threat suggesting that
  we can't talk about
this petty and ridiculous experience on
our very own blog and FB page.

Pretty sure, that Lawyer 101 says that consumers have
every right to speak of their experiences if they are TRUTHFUL.
So far we've haven't told a single fib. No fibs here! 
Pretty sure we can talk about this experience any place we choose.
Especially on our own blog and FB pages and in light of the fact
that we have been clients of this business. 

If ridiculous harassment doesn't end soon,
over the use of "B" adjective too close the "W" word...
we will take the the internet sites that provide an forum
to tell people about their experiences
with the people they've done business with. 
In any case,  we've been busy as a bee, removing  those references,
to those words they feel they own. 
And now we'll be using the words SPECTACULAR,
RAVISHING, DAZZLING instead of the "B" word.

Note to self:  don't ever put the "B" too close the "W" word. 

Thank you, Ren Daversa for the lovely photo
of us that you took back in 2007,
when you performed our 20 year reaffirmation.  
I won't mention your business by name,
or send you any more referrals for bigger,
fancy weddings people call us about all the time.
I use to send them over to you, but those days are gone. 

We absolutely LOVE that OUR clients because they
 don't fuss with all the chairs, permits, decorations and drama.
We hope from the bottom of our hearts,
that by removing those pesky little words
that your business really takes off now....


PS here's another person who is using
not to mention the

or the 136 other listings here in San Diego...
for the same search phrase.
You might want to have your attorney get to work
on these people who are also creating "customer confusion",
and stealing your business.

FYI we just picked up a new domain name: 

  It made me remember fondly when we developed OUR website back in 2006 ---
but not too long after that

someone here in San Diego purchased this domain name
and made a new website site-   
Turns out, that very website was developed
by the "A Beautiful Wedding" folks.

Gee, I wonder if a little customer confusion happened then?

Mmmmmm, we founded a non profit 501c3 in 2011
"Lucky Pup Dog Rescue"
a local dog rescue and have been
doing dog friendly weddings for almost THIRTY YEARS..
here in San Diego and in Seattle.

Check out the article on our blog on Sept 10, 2014 post featuring us in
"A Pet's LIfe" talking about our dog friendly Weddings
  Or the article below in the GSDBA magazine that ran several years ago.

People in the community have known us as the "dog wedding people"
for decades....and then out of blue...
the very company that is whining and stomping their
feet about protecting their business interests,
and falling victim to
customer confusion decides to do dog friendly weddings. 

Anybody else think it's a bit hypocritical ? 

Now if it's okay, with everyone,
I'd  like to get back to rescuing dogs from death row at the shelters
in San Bernardino and doing our


Honestly, this is MOST petty thing I 've seen in decades.
..actually since Junior High School.
Let's all go back to home room and get to work.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Our 2015 facelift for "San Diego Officiant" website is complete!

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Pleased to announce our "San Diego Officiant"
website is up and running, all fancy and fresh for 2015.
Stop by if you are looking for an officiant for your wedding celebration in the San Diego metro area. 

happy new year! 
christine and steve

Saturday, December 27, 2014


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Just found this gem in the huffington post..

Is that rain?

Yeah, I know, I didn't have any in this series,
we still had some pretty great images for our couples who decided to
Elope  To San Diego with us this year on Coronado Beach...

You can see the photographs here...I should say masterpieces...

and here are some of my fav pics from our weddings we were part of:
you can see more on our website at:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS from all the Lucky Pups !

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Merry Christmas from all the Lucky Pups!
When we're not on the beach celebrating with couples getting married,
we're saving death row dogs from high kill shelters around California.

We're the founders of Lucky Pup Dog Rescue in San Diego.
The neighborhood dog rescue in North Park and Hillcrest.

So many great dogs available for adoption !
check them out:

We give death row dogs a fightin' chance!

christine and steve 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Has YELP lost all credibility?

Is Yelp is finally getting the blow back they seem to deserve?

When people review "Yelp" itself (read reviews here) 
 6600 reviews with a 2+star rating???

That's some food for thought....

If you're a small business owner you know how frustrating it can be to work with Yelp.  They send you form letters when you ask about something, they call and call to get you to advertise, they manipulate your reviews. And now, people from all over the country, and all types of businesses are tired of their business model. If you don't pay to advertise.... you'll see a big change in your account, and it won't be good.

Yelp in the REAL WORLD: 

I think it's safe to say that a small company like ours -- who work with about 250 couples a year are bound to have a few misunderstandings.   We work quickly to resolve any challenges, and have a 99.9% customer satisfaction rating.
Over 3500 couples over the last 27+ years, a handful who weren't over the top happy.
But you wouldn't know that by reading Yelp.  

After declining to pay to advertise with them, they moved 46 of our 5 and 4 star reviews to the filtered section.  Leaving only 14 reviews on the front, several from brides we choose not to work with, so they did not use our services.  Out of 72 reviews, only 14 show on front. 

We are also penalized because often our brides and grooms
don't have a big account with Yelp and they are often writing their first review. 
We just thought we'd speak up. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Launching a BRAND NEW beach wedding website!

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Just created a super cool website for us! 
with our new name that fits exactly what we do
Tiny San Diego Beach Weddings

It was so fun to learn a new program.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fancy, Schmancy Update for Elope San Diego!

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Elope San Diego
has a new updated website

Just Married... Just Eloped    Beach Weddings San Diego
We did it!  
Our website finally got the face lift you've been asking for -
easy to navigate, pretty pictures and very informative. 
So easy to plan a tiny beach wedding in San Diego,
or a elopement in just a few minutes.

Remember, we offer active duty military discount
have dog friendly options, 
and Last Minute Wedding ceremonies 
are no problem at all

Coronado Beach!  Tiny, tiny boutique style weddings

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"Elope San Diego" is the home of the offbeat, fun, no stress beach wedding

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Mission Bay on a boat !
Just think of all the fun you could have eloping in San Diego with us! 

Christine and Steve
And baby makes three :)

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