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 and messages that mean the most to them, as well as celebrating their stories and their journey together. 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.
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.
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 05/25/2017
Ceremonies by Bethel's reply:Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have no idea how much I love and appreciate all of this! Everything you said is exactly why I choose to do it the way that I do - and why I love celebrating really awesome couples who have a terrific relationship and are excited to share it (and for it to be a real part of their wedding). It was an honor and a total ball to celebrate you two!
Chase Blakney · Getting married on 01/04/2020
Well where to start.... I suppose the initial interview would be the best place. From Day one, Bethel made everything seamless and fun! Her experience really shined in all the detail she put into the questionnaires, homework assignments and swift responses. I can’t quite say that we had an expectation, but had we, one thing is certain - she without a doubt would have exceeded it as she knocked it clear out of the park!!!! Our feelings alone solidified our selecting in her, but we had more than a handful of people express just how good she was from their perspective as well! We would highly recommend adding her to perspective list, as we are confidant in your subsequent choosing in her! Cheers to you on your wedding day!Sent on 04/30/2019
Mel & Chase
Lori Ehrhardt · Married on 09/07/2019
Inspiring, touching, funny, meaningful and personal
Bethel, no words can describe how happy we were with our ceremony. How many people came up to us to tell us that was the best ceremony they had ever been to was overwhelming. They loved how personal, meaningful and inspiring it was. You truly made our celebration so special. You are so gifted at helping express people’s lives and made us feel so special in the process. Your words to us outside of ceremony will always stick in my mind too. You have a special place in our hearts and lives. Thank you so much for everything! So much love,Sent on 09/16/2019
Marcus & Lori Ehrhardt
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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. =))