For more than 30 years I have been performing the Santa Barbara Wedding which at times means that the ceremony is very much like a Catholic Wedding Ceremony and at other times the bride and groom want a Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony experience. I spent 12 years in seminary training before being ordained as a Catholic Priest and how have more than 30 years of wedding ceremony experience. I like to think that I have helped plan almost every imaginable type of ceremony.
I am a retired Catholic Priest on inactive status. I perform marriages in the capacity of a Non- Denominational Minister. I have been performing Orange County Weddings, Los Angeles County Weddings, Ventura County Weddings, and Santa Barbara County Weddings since 1971. I perform weddings for couples of ALL religious backgrounds, and even for couples who want absolutely nothing religious in their ceremony. I have planned and performed thousands of weddings. In the planning time I have never presented Ceremonies A, B and C for the bride and groom to review, with them having to choose the ceremony that would do "the least damage to their relationship". Rather, I plan each ceremony with the bride and groom so that the celebration is exactly what they want it to be. It usually takes only one, two hour planning session to accomplish this. What we plan might be a very traditional ceremony or just the opposite. HOWEVER, it is also a great joy for me to celebrate the wedding for the couple who chooses to elope. I also speak Spanish. I celebrate Quinceañeras and wedding anniversaries. After all of these years, I am now performing Weddings in Santa Barbara for couples who are the children of those who I married years, and years ago.