February 14, 2020

The Feast Day of Saint Valentine pays homage to a truly selfless soul, who so believed in love, that he literally gave his life for it. At The McCharles House, in Tustin, CA, St. Valentine and his loving sacrifice is honored with ritual and a romantic “Chocolatea” cele...

February 12, 2020

I grew up in the smallest incorporated city in Orange County, CA, called La Palma (formerly known as Dairyland, before the 1960's). Gone are the restaurants near my childhood home that charmed me with pastoral simplicity. The area has changed immensely and is no longer...

February 14, 2019

I realize it’s Valentine’s Day, and passionate love is usually celebrated on this day, but my wife knows I’m crazy about her, so I decided to write about a wedding decision I made out of love for someone I’ve always held in high esteem, and how seriously I wanted to ta...

October 31, 2018

How do you usher in autumn? In Southern California where it’s still 82 degrees in late October, we stock up on fall-scented candles, bake pumpkin pie, and shake off the moth balls from our knitted sweaters and corduroys, which were in storage, to wear, along with our…....

June 27, 2018

 May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with pixies, and talk to the moon.

Even though I live in Southern California and people from other parts of the globe think it’s always sunny here, winter days are short. When most of us arrive home from work at 6:00 PM, we wo...

April 24, 2018

I was in England several years ago during late October, and being a US American, I recognized the English don’t fully embrace Halloween the way we do back across the BIG pond. But I was just a visitor and who was I to change their culture?

            Back in the U...

October 7, 2017

A wedding15 years in the making, true love, and a spectacular ocean view of the Pacific deserves a post this grand! We are excited to feature the wedding of Kerry and Garrett Benter, which took place at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. After a 15 year courtship, one ma...

September 30, 2017

It's that time of year, where we transition from summer to fall. With Autumn closing in, this stylized wedding shoot pays tribute to the simplicity and beauty of memories during our summer days - enthralling water fountains, vibrant flora, ripe berries, a rustic settin...

September 19, 2017

For many of us, summer is our favorite season - but alas, it does come to a yearly end. So, it’s only right that we bid it farewell in style. LipSense distributor, Dorothy Romines, decided to do just that with a Kiss Summer Goodbye LipSense Party. She wanted to have a...

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This section is about the meaning we give our rituals. It is about seizing the day, forging our own
path, and finding any reason to party till the cows come home!