BAY AREA CEREMONIES
Personalized … Exceptional … Innovative
Dr. Richard A. Kaplowitz, Officiant
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Civil Wedding Ceremonies Spiritual Wedding Ceremonies
Multi-Cultural / Interfaith Marriage Involving Children in Weddings
Same-Sex Weddings & Commitments Ceremonies without a Legal Marriage
Surprise Weddings Second & Third Marriages
Unity Candles and Sand Crystals Elopement // Short-Notice Ceremonies
Baby Naming Renewals of Vows
Northern California as a Wedding Destination
Memorial Celebrations and Funeral Services
Civil ceremonies have become very popular in the Bay Area.
In contrast with a church based wedding, your civil ceremony can be conducted wherever you prefer --
in a park in Mountain View,
on a beach in Santa Cruz,
in your back yard in San Mateo,
or in the roof garden at the Fairmont.
, you become the center of power.
Rick is happy to respectfully honor the values and traditions of each couple and of their families. In one recent ceremony, the couple elected to use the exact same religious vows [see video] taken by the grooms grandparents.
Rick is happy to respectfully honor the values and traditions of each couple and of their families. In one recent ceremony, the couple elected to use the exact same religious vows [see video]
taken by the grooms grandparents.
For those of Jewish heritage, the breaking of the glass [video link]
is easily incorporated into the ceremony and enjoyed by all guests; similarly, African-American couple may choose to carry forward jumping the broom.
A Vietnamese couple can incorporate the serving of tea to both sets of parents into their ceremony,
and couples of Mexican descent can reflect and bring
honor their Madrinas and Padrinos.
Filipino sponsors can walk in the processional with
If one member of the pair has an officiant of a particular faith whom they want included in the wedding, Rick will happily work with you and that other person to collaboratively build a great jointly officiated ceremony for you.
Each same-gender ceremony is another opportunity to establish new traditions that borrow from the old yet find new forms of expression that incorporate the unique issues that should be addressed in order to ensure the complete satisfaction for all.
Reconnected after 20 years - link to their Beach Wedding Video to learn why she's laughing
Rick can provide an opportunity to involve children from the prior marriage(s), which can help solidify their buy-in to the new family.
The Sand Ceremony is a beautiful
alternative to the Unity Candle, especially if the wedding is held out-of doors. It is similarly powerful for the imagery that dramatizes the joining of your lives together before guests.
Two container are filled with different color sand that will represent families of the bride and groom. The sands will all be poured into one larger vessel, representing the blending of the couple’s hearts and lives.
The symbolism implies: once joined, never separated. Photographers can capture exceptional photos of the blending of these sand crystals by the bride and groom.