Steve is an ordained non-denominational Minister/Officiant who has been performing weddings for over 18 years. He is an exceptional communicator emphasizing the importance of customer service. Personal connection between Steve and his couples is essential, his concern is to focus on each couple's personal, emotional, and spiritual needs. He has the uncanny ability to keep nervous couples and family calm during the wedding and a natural laid back attitude to seem like he's known you forever.
Sonya is Steve's bride of 22 years and a wedding florist by trade so she understands that planning weddings can be stressful. As the main administrator and scheduler for Rev Beck (the "Keeper" of the calendar), she knows the importance of timely communication and helpful direction. For many couples, she is the first to talk or email with. She will keep couples on track from the first meeting, to finalizing ceremony details and answering questions, to the signing and mailing of the marriage license.
We offer FREE consultations (in-person, phone or by FaceTime), specialty ceremony items for purchase (keepsake bottles, sand), calendar tracking & correspondence, ceremony editing as needed, marriage license information & follow up & rehearsals as needed.
We have performed weddings on beaches, in parks, in private homes, at wedding venues, in restaurants, public outdoor areas & have traveled to Maui, Washington, Colorado, Nevada as well as throughout California.
Wedding vows are very personal but we do have scripted vows that you can use or you can tailor them for you; or you can write your own personal vows to reflect your love & commitment. It is completely up to & what each couple would like: it's not a homework assignment.
Non-denominational (non-religious), Religious, Interfaith, Civil Union, LGBQT, Commitment & Vow Renewal Ceremonies.
We can incorporate any reading or song of your choosing & we also have a few preselected "traditional" readings & poems.
The wedding ceremony is about 20 minutes long, but over length will depend on added specialty ceremonies & readings, etc.
Yes. We can accommodate for the hearing impaired, inquire with us.
No. We do not offer or require premarital counseling but can offer advice - we've been married 22 years & raising 3 teens.
Attire. Steve's attire will be a dark suit, white shirt, with a neutral tie.
The Wedding Sand Ceremony has become a popular way to celebrate the joining of two lives but also a perfect way when blending children into a new family relationship. The bottle provides a wonderful keepsake that will last a lifetime.
Like the Wedding Sand Ceremony, the Wine Ceremony is another way to unite and toast to the blending of two lives into one . . .
"LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN, LOVE DEEPLY"
The Bourbon Blending Ceremony is for the spirits connoisseur and the perfect blended keepsake bottle for toasting after the wedding or on your one year anniversary.
A love letter exchange is a romantic ceremony that will serve as a lasting reminder of the commitments made to one another. Heartfelt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings are locked away in a wine box to be revealed on an anniversary.
The Lasso is associated with a wedding prayer during the ceremony. As part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads is placed in a figure eight shape around the necks of the couple after they have exchanged their vows.
Arras in Spanish means pledge. Thirteen coins (arras) are given by the groom to the bride during the wedding ceremony. The groom giving the coins signifies his willingness to support her and trust in him.
A memorial candle can be a great way to celebrate the life of a lost loved one, and bring joy and comfort to family and loved ones, by enabling the ritual of remembrance to be perpetuated and acandle lit each day to ease the pain of loss.
The bride and groom exchange two red roses, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life.
The use of snow white doves at weddings can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman times when doves were gifted from the bride to the groom. The appearance of the snow white dove came to symbolize holiness, innocence and fidelity.
A Christian wedding tradition is the lighting of the unity candle. The set-up includes three candles: one that represents the bride, one that represents the groom, and one that represents their covenant marriage.
The release of live butterflies at wedding ceremonies lends a beautiful meaning to the auspicious occasion. It signifies the beginning of a new life as two people come together to share their joys and sorrows with each other.
Handfasting is an ancient roman and Celtic wedding tradition which involves tying the bride and Groom’s hands together to symbolize coming together and remaining together.
Jumping over the broom symbolized wedded love defying evil and witchcraft. The practice may also be related to a British version of carrying the bride over the threshold.
The Loving Cup ceremony is for the bride and groom to share their first drink together as wife and husband, showing the coming together of two families. The cup can be passed down from generation to generation, ensuring happiness and good fortune to all who drink from it.
Couples include this tradition in their wedding ceremony as it symbolizes the absolute finality of the marital covenant.
Proud to support & perform commitment & wedding ceremonies for gay & lesbian couples.
Incorporating religious traditions, readings & prayers to celebrate your beliefs.
Wedding ceremonies for couples from different religious or spiritual backgrounds.
There are two types of marriage licenses in the State of California - Public or Confidential. Confidential does not require a witnesses signature.
To obtain a marriage license for your wedding, the couple must appear together at the Clerk-Recorder's Office of their county of choice. The license is good within any county in the State of California. The couple must be unmarried and both 18 years old (proof with a valid photo ID like a driver's license, green card or passport.
The license is valid for 90 days and can be used anywhere in California. If the license expires unused, another license must be purchased before your wedding. The officiant cannot obtain one for you.
Beginning January 2010, marriage licenses are no longer considered PUBLIC RECORD, and only authorized individuals are permitted to request a copy of the recorded marriage license.
It is completely up to you and what you would like in your wedding ceremony. Some couples like it very simple and others go all out. You can add in various specialty ceremonies like the sand or wine ceremony and Steve as your wedding officiant can help design the perfect ceremony.
Not necessarily. Remember the minister/officiant can line up your wedding party for the processional "walk-out" during the rehearsal but he will not be able to help with this on the wedding day he will be standing at the altar.
A lot of venues we work with have amazing coordinators who can assist with the processional, and we highly recommend using their expert services.
But in saying this, each couple and each wedding situation is different, so we can help you decide if you will require your minister/officiant at your rehearsal.