Ceremonies By Bethel

Ceremonies By Bethel San Diego & Temecula Wedding Officiant. Personal, meaningful, fun, and non-traditional ceremonies. O A ceremony worthy of what you two share. Created together.

Ordained Officiant Open to All - based in Northern San Diego County, covering San Diego, Temecula, and surrounding area for really great couples! Best of The Knot winner (annual since 2011, and Hall of Fame Member)
WeddingWire's Couple's Choice Award Winner (annual since 2010)

CPWO - Certified Professional Wedding Officiant

How do you want your ceremony to feel? Personal – Meaningful – Fun – Non

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Personal: Your relationship and your story are unique. Let’s make your ceremony fit and celebrate you two as a couple and what marriage and commitment mean to you! Meaningful: Your wedding ceremony is so much more than the legal stuff before the party. Let’s make it truly special, inspiring and touching, and something that you and your guests will talk about and remember! Fun: Your relationship is your perfect mixture of love and laughter! Smiles and chuckles and even belly laughs should be part of your ceremony alongside the emotional moments. Non-Traditional: There are no requirements or rules, only what matters most to you two. Let’s work together to create a ceremony that celebrates who you are and kicks off your wedding in an authentic way! You’ve chosen to walk through life side-by-side with your favorite person, and you want to truly celebrate your commitment. Let’s celebrate that moment in a genuine way, with a beautiful and memorable ceremony that is special and meaningful to you! Delivered in a professional and caring way.

Past Couples and Wedding Industry Colleagues, can you please take a few minutes to write a review for me?  This not only...
12/19/2023

Past Couples and Wedding Industry Colleagues, can you please take a few minutes to write a review for me? This not only helps future couples find me and choose to reach out, when they hear in your words what it was like to work together, it also helps me to qualify for awards from and ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​And if you've already written one and posted it in one place, can I please ask for you to share it somewhere else, too?

The most important place is Google, of course, for SEO purposes, as many couples search for their vendors that way - plus, I have the fewest there as I didn't start asking for those until 2019 (yeah, right before our wedding world imploded!). Yes, not only can couples leave reviews on Google, but colleagues absolutely can as well!

Then both The Knot and WeddingWire are important for couples using those platforms to research vendors, plus there is a minimum number needed to qualify for the annual awards (and I still need a few on WeddingWire by 12/31 to qualify this year!). So, I'd so appreciate it if my couples could also review me on these platforms.

THANK YOU!!!

When my couple’s adorable girls want a selfie with me too, after seeing me do one with their parents, and they want to b...
05/16/2023

When my couple’s adorable girls want a selfie with me too, after seeing me do one with their parents, and they want to be sure that little brother is in on it, too, I’m so in!! And after watching Dad’s funny faces with me, big sis wanted to do her own too. 😂. Swipe for those adorable faces and for this beautiful family with their gorgeous attire shipped here from Lagos and made specifically for them! {📷: just my iPhone}

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MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!  When you use a lightsaber handle for your bouquets, it naturally leads to "fights" with the we...
05/04/2023

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU! When you use a lightsaber handle for your bouquets, it naturally leads to "fights" with the wedding party! And this Star Wars loving couple even found a light-saber-handled knife for their cake cutting, too!
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awesome couple: rachel + andrew
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I cannot even tell you how special and sweet it is for me to get to celebrate my own couples again - and the family they...
04/30/2023

I cannot even tell you how special and sweet it is for me to get to celebrate my own couples again - and the family they’ve built together since, too! Jenny and Joe (and their adorable daughter), celebrated 10 years of marriage on their local Del Mar beach, just down the way from where their larger wedding was at this time a decade ago, when we were joined by (Collin) - and they even went out to dinner afterward at , where their reception had been 10 years ago, too. and

HANDFASTING: There are multiple ways that a handfasting can be done, but I believe that "tying the knot" has to be done ...
04/12/2023

HANDFASTING: There are multiple ways that a handfasting can be done, but I believe that "tying the knot" has to be done by my couple. We can all cheer them on and help - whether that means that the ribbons or cords are wrapped around their arms or hands by me or by important family members. But the final step - the actual tying of the knot - needs to be done by the two people who will continue to nurture their relationship and connection through the years and decades to come, I think. And, yes, the resulting knot is usually perfectly imperfect and messy, just as any genuine relationship is. Plus it can be made up of meaningful colors, patterns, or textures, too. 📷 ​​​​​​​​​------------------------​​​​​​​​​awesome couple: alissa + maria
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LAUGHTER!  It is usually one of the top things my couples tell me that they are hoping for from their ceremony - laughte...
04/11/2023

LAUGHTER! It is usually one of the top things my couples tell me that they are hoping for from their ceremony - laughter and it feeling light-hearted. Why? Because laughter and being light-hearted together is such a part of their relationship, and therefore, having a ceremony like that would be so genuine to them. So, I love when I get to scroll through their gorgeous wedding pictures and see that they are truly laughing in the ceremony (and it's a real bonus when I'm laughing right along with them!). Especially knowing just how much fun these two have together! 📷 Sara France | Wedding Photographer]
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awesome couple: bridget + michael
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PADRES IN ATLANTA! Since I needed to be here in ATL this week for a great day of education and connection for officiants...
04/09/2023

PADRES IN ATLANTA! Since I needed to be here in ATL this week for a great day of education and connection for officiants hosted by , we came a few days early to play. And when I saw that my were going to be in town, we had to get tickets. And what seats these are!!! Scroll for the perspective - 2nd row behind the Padres dugout. A decent amount of brown and gold here!! And my husband is a rock star - 2 games in 10 days with me. 😘😂

Opening Day 2023 for my San Diego  !!  This is our year and I am so excited to see it start!
03/31/2023

Opening Day 2023 for my San Diego !! This is our year and I am so excited to see it start!

PLAYING with and playing up what makes a venue different and special...  I love how the rich wood inside the dining room...
03/21/2023

PLAYING with and playing up what makes a venue different and special... I love how the rich wood inside the dining room of the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club gets to be a fitting part of the holiday and greenery look that Laurel and Brandon created for their night-time and indoor ceremony at the end of the holiday season, rather than trying to fight it or cover it up. 📷 ​​​​​​​​​------------------------​​​​​​​​​awesome couple: laurel + brandon

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THE CELEBRATION THEY WANTED!  While we know that circumstances over the past 3 years have caused many plans to change, h...
03/13/2023

THE CELEBRATION THEY WANTED! While we know that circumstances over the past 3 years have caused many plans to change, helping Erika and Jamie to finally get the celebration they wanted, as they couldn’t wait to be surrounded by their community (and it was gorgeous and fun to boot, thanks to their rock star pro team!), was such a pleasure and honor! {📷 just my iPhone}
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RAIN…. We're not used to rain and wind requiring activation of a Plan B very often here in San Diego, but this winter is...
03/11/2023

RAIN…. We're not used to rain and wind requiring activation of a Plan B very often here in San Diego, but this winter is certainly reminding us of that reality (as I listen to the rain on our roof...). The addition of umbrellas and the couple’s smart decision to hire a pro wedding planner and a solid pro team - and flexibility as a couple, of course - means you still end up with lots of great pictures and a joy-filled beautiful celebration, even if different from how you imagined it. And nothing was stopping Janessa & James’ grins that day! 😍 📷 Clove & Kin ]
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awesome couple: janessa + james

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UPSIDE DOWN! When the bride is a florist and is also one of the sweetest humans, you have amazing floral friends who joi...
03/10/2023

UPSIDE DOWN! When the bride is a florist and is also one of the sweetest humans, you have amazing floral friends who join in to help you create magic with flowers at your wedding, including this upside-down flower garden! PS this is the bride and groom’s venue, too, dressed up perfectly for them! 📷
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awesome couple: sara + eddie
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WEDDING PROS! It’s now the final round for California Wedding Day’s awards and this time only those in the industry can ...
03/08/2023

WEDDING PROS! It’s now the final round for California Wedding Day’s awards and this time only those in the industry can vote. So, colleagues and friends, I would be so honored if you’d vote for me and help me win for the 2nd year! The voting is by county. And the deadline is this Friday the 10th.

So, here's the link for San Diego County (ME!!!): https://forms.gle/KwStg82LKLUKirgG9
And here's the link getting you to the main page to vote for pros in other counties too: https://californiaweddingday.com/vote-now-best-2023
Thank you!!

RELIEF & JOY! When you are experiencing incredibly unusual weather - especially in a place that rarely needs to implemen...
03/03/2023

RELIEF & JOY! When you are experiencing incredibly unusual weather - especially in a place that rarely needs to implement a Plan B (hint hint San Diego) - having a team of experienced and reliable wedding pros are worth their weight in gold. Well, when I knew that the awesome Janessa & James were in the hands of (Amy & Lindsay) + + amongst others (below), I knew that they would be well taken care of and that their wedding would still be amazing, even if more indoors than planned. That’s the relief part for me. And then feeling all of the incredible joy and laughter and excitement that surrounded them in those ceremony moments, that brings me so much joy. And a bonus is when they choose a fun way to label their reception tables - in this case, locations from video games that are significant to them {swipe to see two of them}! {pics: just my iPhone}

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Such an honor and a joy! When couples choose to elope with me, rather than the easier (and, honestly, less expensive) me...
02/20/2023

Such an honor and a joy! When couples choose to elope with me, rather than the easier (and, honestly, less expensive) method of just doing so at the county when they get their license, I know that they are choosing to celebrate their relationship and to mark the start of their marriage in a personal and sweet way. Getting to so with and for Hanayo & Riley yesterday - especially with big life changes including moves and a deployment ahead - at the gorgeous fig tree in Balboa Park and with just a friend joining us as the witness, was so sweet and moving for me! Here’s to a lifetime of greatness ahead for these two!

Last year, I was incredibly honored to win Best Officiant for San Diego County. It’s that time again!!  So, I would grea...
02/08/2023

Last year, I was incredibly honored to win Best Officiant for San Diego County. It’s that time again!! So, I would greatly appreciate your vote this year! The form will take you county by county, and you only need to answer as many categories and in whatever counties you want. The link is in my Stories. Thank you!!!

It’s my birthday!!  So we are doing what we most love to do, exploring a nature area, in search of wildlife, and having ...
02/06/2023

It’s my birthday!! So we are doing what we most love to do, exploring a nature area, in search of wildlife, and having new adventures. In today’s adventure, checking out the Salton Sea - a first time there for us - during a quick little escape to Palm Springs.

Getting to celebrate the super sweet and adorable Heather & Sam at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park - one of the most uniqu...
12/24/2022

Getting to celebrate the super sweet and adorable Heather & Sam at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park - one of the most unique spots to have a wedding (and one of my favorites too) - in such an intimate celebration at the Woodshed venue at Walkabout Australia, was such an honor and a joy! And I got to do with with the wife and husband (planner & photographer) team too, so there’s a bonus selfie at the end. 😉 {📷 just my iPhone}
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Getting to celebrate the loving and really connected Josselyn & Cynthia at one of my favorite spots on the coast - in an...
12/19/2022

Getting to celebrate the loving and really connected Josselyn & Cynthia at one of my favorite spots on the coast - in an elopement with just one set of parents and a friend to take pictures plus a *gorgeous* pup you must swipe to see - was such a joy. And I’m still smiling thinking about it! With a wine blending and a handfasting, they’ll have mementos and a new tradition to last a lifetime, too.

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12/15/2022

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SHALL WE DO IT AGAIN?  I have to say, when part of my couple's engagement story includes not really getting a "Yes" or o...
12/04/2022

SHALL WE DO IT AGAIN? I have to say, when part of my couple's engagement story includes not really getting a "Yes" or other real answer OR - in this case - her teasing him that he never actually got on one knee to ask, I just might ask the groom if he wants to surprise her mid-ceremony by going down on one knee and asking again. 😉 The chorus of awwws and laughter and applause is such a wonderful embrace of them, too. ❤️ Courtney & Matt, wishing you two a very Happy Anniversary!​​​​​​​​
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So much fun and an incredible honor getting to help Miriam & Sean launch their marriage with a team of fantastic pros at...
11/19/2022

So much fun and an incredible honor getting to help Miriam & Sean launch their marriage with a team of fantastic pros at a gorgeous venue - and with both meaningful (lazo & arrras ritual) and fun (his/her candy favor choices) touches, too! {📷 just my iPhone pics}
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I realized that I hadn’t shared any sunset pictures in my feed in a while.  So, if you’re wondering what I mean about ou...
11/18/2022

I realized that I hadn’t shared any sunset pictures in my feed in a while. So, if you’re wondering what I mean about our views and sky, here’s a piece of it. I sure love me some San Diego winter skies! (I haven’t used that hashtag in forever either!)

Getting to celebrate the awesome Courtney & Aly in an intimate celebration at the iconic  (look at the winter light down...
11/14/2022

Getting to celebrate the awesome Courtney & Aly in an intimate celebration at the iconic (look at the winter light down in the oak trees ceremony site!!) with Avalon of + Alex of + the team at + gorgeous florals by was beyond a joy! The community that surrounded Courtney & Aly were so obviously their cheerleaders - laughing and choking up right along with us - and that made my heart sing!

6 YEARS and 2 KIDS later, this is what the joy of finally being married looks like!  Allyanna & Kevin were so excited to...
11/10/2022

6 YEARS and 2 KIDS later, this is what the joy of finally being married looks like! Allyanna & Kevin were so excited to finally have this moment, and it all came together for them to make it so! {📷 just my iPhone}
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LAUGH together always!  When your pictures with your wedding party and with each other are filled with so much laughter,...
11/09/2022

LAUGH together always! When your pictures with your wedding party and with each other are filled with so much laughter, as all of these images are, you know that you're enjoying your day fully, exactly as you should. Hire the right team of wedding pros, trust them to do their thing of delivering on your vision and hopes, and then you can actually truly enjoy your day, as Iryna & Kai here clearly are! 📷
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awesome couple: iryna + kai

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FAMILY OF THREE - For some of my couples, COVID postponing their wedding out of 2020 didn't mean that their plans and ti...
11/09/2022

FAMILY OF THREE - For some of my couples, COVID postponing their wedding out of 2020 didn't mean that their plans and timing for life had to change. I had the huge honor of celebrating Christina and Booker *twice* - first in an elopement on their original date with just their immediate families, and then again just shy of two years later, this time with their baby girl a part of it. 📷 Wedding Photography and Video]]
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awesome couple: christina + booker
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NO RULES!  Just because you have a wedding party - and maybe even a large one - it doesn't mean that everyone has to sta...
11/08/2022

NO RULES! Just because you have a wedding party - and maybe even a large one - it doesn't mean that everyone has to stand up there with you for the ceremony. I love when my couples choose to have most (or all) of the wedding party sit for the ceremony, as they're often more comfortable that way. The awesome Asia and Lj chose to do it that way, leaving only the maid of honor and best man to stand up there with us.
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awesome couple: asia + lj
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RITUAL - There are so many things that you can include within the ceremony, as a ritual or component - yes, even paintin...
11/08/2022

RITUAL - There are so many things that you can include within the ceremony, as a ritual or component - yes, even painting! I love helping my couples figure out ways to include things in the ceremony that are already a part of their life together (such as painting is for Janell & Duy), or to kick off new traditions with something that they include as we launch their marriage. And, we can even include verbiage about how you take care of each other - and accept that care from your partner - as you help each other to put on an apron/smock to avoid getting paint on your gorgeous attire (swipe to see)! Check out the beautiful end result that will now have a special place in their home.
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awesome couple: janell + duy
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Who Am I?

Ordained Officiant Open to All - based in Northern San Diego County, covering San Diego, Temecula, Palm Springs, and the surrounding areas for really great couples! Best of The Knot winner (Every year since 2011 and Hall of Fame Member) WeddingWire's Couple's Choice Award Winner (Every year since 2010) How do you want your ceremony to feel? Personal – Meaningful – Fun – Non-Traditional Celebrating making a lifelong commitment to one another should be about more than just doing what needs to be done to make it legal. It should be about celebrating your relationship and doing it in a way that is special and meaningful to you, and those important to you – whatever that may be! Together we will create a custom ceremony that includes traditions and messaging important to you, delivered with the respect and the dignity that they deserve – and maybe even rituals or ideas you have never even seen or heard. I look forward to talking with the two of you, and creating something together that truly celebrates your relationship! Cheers, Bethel Nathan

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