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Dr. Richard A. Kaplowitz, Officiant

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About Rick Kaplowitz, Contact Form, & Links


Dr. Richard A. Kaplowitz brings a personal warmth, a sense
of humor, and an appreciation of the varations among us all
to his work as an offiant.
This personal depth and maturity are enriched by his experience
as a counselor, consultant, writer and manager.

Rick's has widely explored California’s broad spiritual diversity,
and he's delved into a multitude of cultures during his time in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. 

He also completed 
a focused study/ internship with Canda’s premiere marriage officiants, helping him to be even more able
to develop a unique ceremony with and for you.


Rick will understand the range of your particular family needs,
and he'll then work collaboratively with you to design an appropriate and welcoming context.

Ordained as a lay chaplain, Rick is recognized to officiate
at ceremonies of all kinds, and, in particular, to solemnize
weddings in California   [and in most of the rest of the world].


He works with you to personalize and build your own humor 
into each ceremony in a warm, friendly, upbeat manner that ensures a truly memorable occasion for you, your families, and your guests.  He also integrates his ceremonies well with your other wedding professionals.

His extensive experience and relaxed style provides a reassuring presence and confidence throughout 
the ceremony that puts everyone at ease.

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     Like many others, Rick’s path to this spiritual calling
          has been personal and evolutionary,
          in parallel with his professional development.

     After earning his doctorate, Rick served as dean and
          vice president in colleges and universities on both
          the east and west coasts, including as V.P. at a
          graduate School of Psychology and as Dean at
          a school of funeral service and grief counseling.  

      He has also worked as a director and a vice president in
          high tech and construction industries.

        Rick has served on the boards of community agencies 
          that focus on mental health, mental retardation, and                     adolescent counseling.  He is a trained neighborhood                     disaster response team member.  

             Rick and his wife, author Geri Spieler, live in Palo Alto, California,
                   midway between San Francisco and San Jose.


 Contact Rick 

    If you are on the web,
        Rick can be contacted using the form at the bottom of this page.

     (Sorry, the form may not appear on mobile versions --
               please email or call.

     Or send your names, wedding date and location by email to


       Or phone Rick, at  650. 852 – 9700.


Links to county-specific marriage license information follow after the general California information.

These excerpts and summaries of California state law on getting your marriage license are presented solely as informational, not as legal advice.
You will both need to go, together, to apply for the license.   [If one person is in service overseas in a war zone, you can use a power of attorney process.]   

Each applicant for a marriage license is required to present authentic photo-identification acceptable to the county clerk as to name and date of birth.  Most folks use either a driver's license or a passport.
Those IDs provides verification of the personal data of each party being married.

You will also be asked for the following information
             [paperwork verification not required -- just the information]:
  date of birth, 
  full given name at birth or by court order,
  mailing address, 
  names and birthplaces of each party's parents, 
  last names at birth of each party's parents, 
  your marital status, 

  the number of any previous marriages, 

  prior or alternative names used, 
  and the new name, if
 any, selected by each party for intended use
     upon solemnization of the marriage.

Information and validation about previous divorces may be required [divorce judgment]. Usually that only applies if divorce was within the past 6 months.

A mailing address used by an applicant can be a residential address, a business address, or a United States Postal Service post office box.

The marriage license shall include an affidavit, which the applicants shall sign, affirming that they have received a brochure from the county clerk that covers the topics of genetic diseases and tests, AIDS, domestic violence, and name-change information.

For Domestic Partnerships – requirements are common residence; not married or domestically partnered with anyone else; and either of same gender or at least one is over the age of 62.         

A marriage license expires 90
 days after its issuance.

A license for a marriage anywhere in California can be secured from any County Clerk's office in California. 

Confidential license:  When the confidentiality of a marriage date is important, a confidential license may be requested. Certified copies of the license can only be requested by either of the named parties, with proper identification [or released by court order].    

LINKS to specific Bay Area county clerks' offices: 

Click on the county name to go to the page



Note: Marriage licenses in San Francisco are issued by prepaid appointment only.



MARIN COUNTY                       MERCED COUNTY 

      =>  For other counties:  Google  "[Name of county] County Clerk" 



Hi, Rick,
Yes, we'd like to consider having you
officiate at our ceremony.

Please share as much information as you can 
and as is comfortable for you.

Use TAB key to move from box to box.

After you click SUBMIT, you'll go back up  
to the top of this page
which tells you that the form was sent.

You can normally expect a response 
within 24 hours.

If a more immediate contact is needed 
(e.g., funeral, or quick elopement) --- 

please call Rick at 650. 852 - 9700.

Name (s):
Cell Phone:
Home phone:
Work Phone:
E-Mail Address:
Zip Code:
Ceremony type:
Ceremony Date:
Time of day:
This will be: Indoors  Outdoors  In & Out
# of guests:
# in bridal party: Women:    Men:   Kids: 
Do you have a
wedding planner
Not a wedding  No planner 
Yes, we have a planner
Name of planner:
Details, further
family context, 
questions, etc.

Some Wedding Links of Note:

REVIEWS of Rick's ceremonies 

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San Jose DJ  Earl Joseph is an experienced and gracious South Bay Wedding Specialist who hosts and provides the music you want.

White Dove Release.  Steve Klausner, of Doves Aflight, provides a beautiful white dove release that can add lovely symbolism to your ceremony.

Mandi Armond provides thoughtful and positive growth-focused premarital counseling for couples.

Jim Stanfield, renaissance man of science:

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