Ceremonies by Bethel is a professional wedding officiant based in Bonsall, California, working with couples throughout Temecula, Fallbrook, and the entire San Diego region, including La Jolla, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe. Since 2009, Bethel has specialized in creating customized and non-religious wedding ceremonies that truly celebrate her couples, working with each couple to incorporate the rituals, messages, and stories that mean the most to them. She enjoys inspiring every audience of family and friends with a truly meaningful and personal wedding ceremony that celebrates this couple they care greatly about. Bethel Nathan's husband, Jason Nathan, also officiates weddings and is a proud part of Ceremonies of Bethel.
It began in 2006 when Bethel Nathan was asked to officiate her brother's wedding - a non-religious couple coming from two different religious backgrounds - and she spent a great deal of time not only looking at the traditions of their two families, but also finding out about their story and what marriage meant to them, resulting in a wedding that was all theirs. Soon after, two other friends asked her to do the same for their non-religious and interfaith weddings, and she had found what really touched her heart. She founded Ceremonies by Bethel in 2009, and has since married over 900 couples, thoroughly enjoying celebrating really great couples in the way that fits them best. Ceremonies by Bethel has also been a proud recipient of the Couples Choice Award since the very first year. Since 2014, Jason has been part of doing so as well.
Ceremonies by Bethel proudly officiates wedding ceremonies for all couples looking for a ceremony that is fun, personal, meaningful, and non-traditional, usually non-religious (or with a tinge to satisfy a family member), and has always been a supporter of marriage equality. Her couples often come from interfaith and/or intercultural backgrounds, and are looking for a way to honor where they've come from but in a way that fits what the two of them particularly share. Whether her couples describe themselves as non-religious, spiritual, interfaith, or agnostic or atheist, she works closely with each couple to create and then deliver their ceremony in such a way that touches the hearts of not only the couple being celebrated in that moment, but all those who are there for them as well, often with a mixture of laughter and happy tears.
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Miranda · Married on 05/13/2017
Words cannot express what an amazing job Bethel did officiating our wedding in May 2017. We went into our wedding with a no-friends vendor policy, and because we wanted a secular ceremony that was still meaningful - this left us more than a little stumped and overwhelmed about who to hire / what to do. Luckily our site coordinator recommended Bethel as the absolute “best” there is - and wow, we were so lucky to find her! From start to finish, the process was wonderful. Bethel helped us every step of the way with tons of ideas and encouragement. We had “homework” to work on that was due at several different intervals before the day of, and it was honestly our favorite part of the whole planning process. She really encourages you to take a step back and focus on the WHY of your marriage (a great and much needed reminder of why you are planning the crazy wedding in the first place). She also made it a point after the ceremony for us to really take it all in and enjoy the moment - before getting swept up in the whirlwind of the rest of the night. It was much needed and set the tone wonderfully for the rest of the night. And of course the ceremony itself was SO beautiful. So many of our family and friends were moved to tears, but it also had its light hearted and funny moments to balance it out. Looking back on the day it is the small moments during the ceremony I find myself remembering the most and smiling. It truly was magical and I cannot recommend Bethel enough for the gifts that she gave us.Sent on 12/30/2018
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Kanima · Married on 01/26/2019
Bethel was the exactly what we needed for the special something!
More than anything, the ceremony itself was of the utmost importance to have be something special, unique, and memorable. Bethel delivered all that and more! We are SO thrilled we decided to hire her for our big day. By the end of her process, you’ll feel like you’ve made a new friend.Sent on 02/13/2019
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Lauren Waldow · Married on 01/19/2019
We eloped and Bethel helped us create memories that will last a lifetime!
Bethel did the most outstanding job lovingly creating, handling and delivering our elopement ceremony. With it just being the two of us, it was paramount that we partner with an officiant that we would be proud to include in our perfect day, share with our family and friends back home, and remember for years to come. When we met Bethel, we knew immediately that our search was over. Bethel is one of the warmest, most kind individuals, and she genuinely cares about love and happiness. She keeps it very real and she also makes you work for it, because she wants your ceremony to be as unique and one-of-a-kind as you two are! She had us fill out secret questionnaires that really dug deep into the meaning of our relationship, how we feel about one another and what we plan to do in the future. When she read these woven entries to us during our ceremony, it was such a tearful and special moment that we will never forget.Sent on 02/12/2019
Eloping like we did, all of the planning and preperation was on us: the bride and groom. But when we decided to work with Bethel, she took so much of the stress away from us just knowing that she would be there to help navigate us through such a monumentous occasion. She's so professional, knowledgable and communicative throughout the entire process. I love how thorough she is, because it proves just how much she cares about every one of her couples! She provided answers to many questions we had and also gave us a lot of information and choices on how to best construct our ceremony so that it uniquely fits us as a couple.
When we began our ceremony on our wedding day, Bethel told us to take a deep breath and really take in the surroundings... and honestly, that's what it felt like working with her: you can take a deep breath and focus on your surroundings, live in the moment of your wedding day, because she will take care of your ceremony for you and encourage you to absorb just how beautiful, important and special this moment is for you two.
We are lucky to have worked with her and so happy to call her a friend. We feel that it was an honor to be considered one of her many awesome couples!
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Bethel is not only an amazing officiate she is truly a wonderful human! She loves what she does and it reflects in her work. Not only have I worked and recommended Bethel to my clients, I hired her for my own wedding a couple years back. She assigns "homework" (but don't be scared) to better get to know the two of you and works with you to ensure the ceremony is personal and meaningful. She's the best!
Bethel is the best! Definitely our go to recommendation for officiants! She is so well spoken, caring and organized. We love when we know Bethal is officiating a wedding we are photographing!
I've worked with Bethel multiple times over the years, and have ALWAYS loved the experience. Not only is she a breath of fresh air, she's a wealth of knowledge - and fortunately, willing to share! I always encourage my couples to hire her as their officiant because I KNOW she will lovingly guide them as well as create custom ceremony that is heartfelt, unique, and memorable. If you want an officiant that REALLY knows their stuff, is HILARIOUS, and is able to bring two families together as one - Bethel is a.m.a.z.i.ng. I know, with her as part of my team, my clients will truly have their Best.CEREMONY.Ever. =))