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Wedding Ceremony Articles and Posts from an Officiant's Point of View

  • Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards

    NEWS RELEASE: Southeast Louisiana – January 12, 2017 WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Happy Life Weddings as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® as one of the Top 5% Wedding Officiants in Southeast Louisiana! The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent […]

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  • There is nothing quite like the charm of a New Orleans courtyard wedding. Luckily, New Orleans is host to numerous beautiful courtyard spaces that lend a perfect ambiance to a small, intimate wedding. There are the well-known spots, such as the Maison Dupuy, Broussards, House of Broel, and Brennan’s, but you shouldn’t overlook all of […]

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  • rainbow white house

    Today marked the one year anniversary of the momentous SCOTUS ruling ensuring marriage equality for every loving couple in every state in the USA. Because our country now recognizes that Love Is Love, I have been able to perform wedding ceremonies for all loving couples. This weekend, I was honored to participate in another of […]

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  • When Limian and Yun first contacted me about having a small wedding, with just their parents in attendance, they asked for my help in finding a suitable venue. They preferred an outdoor space, so I suggested several of the Baton Rouge area park settings. As the day drew near, and the weather began to assert […]

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  • Blythewood Plantation and Ashley Manor

    Two spectacular wedding venues in Southeast Louisiana are Blythewood Plantation in Amite City and Ashley Manor in Baton Rouge.

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  • Wedding at Mount Hope Plantation

    Combining traditional with modern, old and new at the fabulous Mount Hope Plantation, this wedding was spectacular. Great couple at a beautiful venue!

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  • beautiful weddings

    Every wedding is beautiful, as this collage of recent weddings proves. The joy shines through no matter the place, in every face.

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  • youtube wedding videos

    Happy Life Weddings real wedding videos. A few video clips of real weddings I have performed.

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  • rainbow wedding

    Rainbow weddings are popular, certainly within the LGBTQ community, but also with many straight couples who love the bright joyous feeling that a rainbow evokes. Yesterday, I performed a wedding ceremony in Baker, Louisiana, for a charming couple who went all out to decorate their venue in rainbow colors. As you can see, each of […]

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  • new office in reserve, la

    I’ve moved! I still service all the same areas though! Although I’ve moved from Gonzales, LA to Reserve, LA, I still cover the same Southeast Louisiana territory (and all of Louisiana in the right situations). I will still be marrying couples in the metro Baton Rouge area, Gonzales, all of Ascension parish, Livingston parish, Tangipahoa, […]

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  • Small wedding in house

    The $10,000+ wedding might be the most photographed, talked-about, and shared type of wedding, but it’s far from the kind that the majority of people actually have. Many couples either elope or have a very small, intimate wedding with less than 20 people. In fact, a large number of ceremonies consist of only the couple, […]

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  • our hippie van

    Here’s something you may not know about me. I recently had my own wedding, and it was a crazy, fun-filled Hippie Wedding, complete with our very own Hippie Van. Here are a few pics to give you an idea of what it was like. Click on an image to enlarge and scroll through each one. […]

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  • brandon and julie get married

    When searching for a venue, couples often overlook historic landmarks that aren’t necessarily well known for hosting events. For example, Fremin’s Restaurant, located in the historic downtown Thibodaux cornerstone building, hosted a wedding recently that was classically beautiful. Brandon and Julie reserved the second floor of Fremin’s for their intimate wedding. It was the first […]

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  • Wedding of Jeremy and Jacke

    Jeremy and Jacke have created a beautiful backyard over the years, and a beautiful relationship as well. Their wedding was a small, casual one with 20 or so guests, held on a football Saturday, with the LSU game playing on the TV sets in the background. Actually, the ceremony took place at halftime, so no […]

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  • humor at wedding

    I remember the days when a joke or a funny mistake during a wedding ceremony would have been cause for awkwardness, embarrassment, tears, and possibly even anger. Generally, even today, wedding ceremonies are beautiful, serene, and somewhat solemn events. But are they still 100% serious? Should they be? Everyone has their own style and wishes […]

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  • Southern plantation wedding

    Normally, an outdoor wedding at the end of August in Southeast Louisiana is guaranteed to be steamy hot, but the weather was happy to cooperate for this particular wedding. Many assume that a beautiful southern plantation wedding is out of reach, or only for the largest, most elegant weddings. That’s just not the case, luckily. […]

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  • proposal

    The content on this page is outdated, but for historical purposes, it remains here on the site. Please keep in mind that the information below may no longer be relevant or valid. Are you planning on proposing to someone? Would you like to have help making it a dream proposal that will be the start […]

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  • zachary and joe

    Joe and Zach’s wedding at the Moviesets Venue in Slidell, LA, yesterday was so much fun. The couple chose a venue that really represents their happy-go-lucky natures. Moviesets Venue contains a wonderful array of sets and props from movies that have been filmed in Louisiana over the years. Here is a glimpse of the ceremony. […]

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  • The Supreme Court of the United States has just ruled that all 50 states must allow LGBT couples the right to get married! “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. … [The challengers, i.e. LGBT people] ask for equal dignity in the […]

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  • theme weddings

    Themed wedding ceremonies are requested more often than you might think. Of course, there is always room for one more traditional wedding, but today’s couples are craving custom wedding ceremonies that really reflect who they are. Often, “these ain’t your momma’s ceremonies!” How a theme is implemented can vary greatly. Sometimes a couple will choose […]

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  • bridal show cake vendors

    The content on this page is outdated, but for historical purposes, it remains here on the site. Please keep in mind that the information below may no longer be relevant or valid. The Baton Rouge area has one major bridal show occurring this summer, and there is one in St. Francisville in a few days. […]

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  • white dove and butterfly releases

    Have you read the recent article in the Baton Rouge Advocate titled “Baton Rouge teen cares for all animals, runs business with 200 homing pigeons“? It’s an inspiring story of a girl who has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit, and the family business she created. And lucky for us, her business is one that many wedding […]

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  • medallion necklace

    A few months ago, a wedding video went viral on Facebook and various other social networks. You probably saw it. You know, the one where the groom kneels down to his small stepdaughter and reads the vows he wrote just for her? I’ll share it here again so you can refresh your memory, or experience […]

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  • heel protectors

    Backyards are wonderful wedding venues. They provide a beautiful setting, usually for free, and offer everyone a more comfortable, relaxed feeling, just as a home should. Perhaps it is this feeling of comfort that lures the unsuspecting women in with the false promise of worry-free times or maybe it’s just that no one thought about […]

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  • professional officiant

    Traditionally, a couple got married at the church they regularly attend, with the church’s priest or minister officiating the ceremony. Over time, however, as more and more couples began having interfaith weddings, or one or both didn’t belong to any specific church, the necessity of finding someone else to officiate grew larger. Of course, a […]

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  • LSU Museum of Arts at The Shaw Center of Arts

    The normal crop of wedding venues in your area are often booked far in advance. What can you do if all the standard venues are already taken on your planned wedding date? Look for the unconventional venue! In fact, many couples are unaware of the less-than-obvious choices available to them, including various museums and art […]

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  • Your weddings is one of the most beautiful and cherished events in your life. It’s no secret that there are many details involved in the planning of your wedding – everything from the color of the bridesmaid’s dresses to the party favors – which makes it all so challenging for the bride and groom. Even […]

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  • taking pics

    Weddings are expensive, and professional photographers are often a large part of that expense. Don’t get me wrong. A good professional photographer is worth her weight in gold because she will take astonishingly beautiful photos of the day that means the most to you and your loved ones! Since you’ll be paying dearly for those […]

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  • Heart art

    You’ll find plenty of blog posts and articles on wedding trends that focus on venues, color schemes, floral arrangements, food choices, dresses, and more, but there are far fewer that deal directly with the ceremony itself. So let’s take a look at one trend that happens somewhere between the “Dearly Beloved beginning, after the I […]

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  • Don’t be nervous. It’s easy to say, I know, but it needs to be said anyway. I know how easy it is to stress out about all the details of your wedding. There’s so much that could go wrong, after all. — Wait! Stop thinking that way. Turn that thinking around. There’s so much that […]

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  • fun wedding

    Everyone knows exactly what to expect at a wedding, right? Even if you are planning to have a traditional wedding ceremony, don’t be afraid to add a little sizzle to the plans, or throw in a bit of surprise for the guests! Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about adding a little […]

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