Wedding Officiant – Charlene Murphy

Welcome! I’m Charlene Murphy, your Wedding Officiant and I stand for love.

Let your day of union be a total reflection of the unique individuals you are. Whether a large or small wedding, as your Wedding Officiant, I will co-design the perfect ceremony for you and create memories of a lifetime!

Congratulations on your decision to say “YES” to love and to the greatest adventure of your lives!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain

Are you planning your wedding in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Carmel Valley or Big Sur? If so, I’ve got you covered. In fact, I know of the most gorgeous, scenic locations that you may not know about.  Take a look HERE.

Wedding Ceremonies

They say “fortune favors the bold,” and I can’t think of a bolder expression than marriage. Your wedding day is about the two of you showing your love and appreciation for each other in a big way! As your wedding officiant, I honor that you are choosing to deepen your relationship and take an adventurous step forward in creating a new family.

I enjoy getting to know you and finding out about your journey as a couple. I love to hear stories about how you met or got engaged. These experiences help me get to know you, so I can help craft a wedding ceremony that is unique and meaningful for both of you.

I believe that finding a wedding officiant that fits you and your partner is one of the most important steps to ensuring a successful ceremony. I focus on personalized service, so your special day is as unique and memorable as you have always imagined. You can be certain that I will be there for you every step of the way to provide you with your ideal ceremony.

I delight in celebrating love wherever it blooms. I stand for love.

Your wedding ceremony will most likely include the following elements:

  • Welcome to Guests/Opening Words
  • Address to the Couple
  • Vows
  • Ring Exchange
  • Closing Words/Pronouncement

You might also wish to include:

  • Poetry or readings from literature
  • A musical selection
  • Unity candle
  • Sharing of wine
  • Hand blessing or other ceremonial ritual
  • Blending of the Sands
  • Pledge of community support
  • Family vows/inclusion of your children
  • Your personal creative touches

Of course, your ceremony will be as unique as you are. I will craft the verbiage to suit your style and even help you with your vows if you like.

My Wedding Ceremonies

Elopement Ceremony – $325

  • Available for weddings with just the bride and groom and up to 2 witnesses
  • Planning consultation by phone
  • Simple ceremony script with minor edits (approximately 10-15 minutes)
  • Officiation of your intimate wedding ceremony
  • Signing and filing your marriage license with the county

Classic Wedding Ceremony – $395

  • Available for weddings of all sizes
  • Planning consultation – in person or over the phone
  • Fully customized ceremony script
  • Unlimited support via phone and email to fine-tune your wedding script
  • Officiation of your wedding ceremony
  • Signing and filing your marriage license with the county

Complete Wedding Ceremony – $450

  • Available for weddings of all sizes
  • Planning consultation – in person or over the phone
  • Ceremony rehearsal
  • Fully customized ceremony script
  • Unlimited support via phone and email to fine-tune your wedding script
  • Officiation of your wedding ceremony
  • Signing and filing your marriage license with the county

Vow Renewal Ceremony – $295

  • Available for ceremonies of all sizes
  • Planning consultation – in person or over the phone
  • Fully customized vow renewal ceremony script
  • Unlimited support via phone and email to fine-tune your wedding script
  • Officiation of your vow renewal ceremony

All Service Agreements Include

  • Deposit for event booking: $200 (non-refundable)
  • Travel fee may be added

Areas Served

Central California Coast including (but not limited to):

Check out my favorite places to marry couples HERE

Ready to get started? Book your free phone consultation with me to ask your questions and determine if I’m the right fit for you. Call me at (831) 218-5544. Or you may email me at charlene@westcoastweddings.life

Once we’ve agreed to co-create your beautiful wedding ceremony, please make your $200 deposit payment below to lock in your wedding date.

Scenic Wedding Locations

Most people who marry in the Monterey Peninsula area are from out of town. Well, good news for you! I’m in town and in the know of many stunning scenic wedding locations for your perfect ceremony.

Depending on the size of your wedding party, you can simply show up and get married without having to bother with a permit. This is ideal for elopements and weddings that require no furniture.

If your wedding includes more than 10 people, a permit for a beach wedding is necessary. Read more about that here.

Beautiful Scenic Settings

lover's point wedding

Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove

 

asilomar beach wedding

Asilomar State Beach  (Sunset Wedding)

 

carmel wedding

Carmel Beach

 

Pebble Beach

 

big sur wedding

Big Sur

 

carmel valley wedding

Carmel Valley 

There are many gorgeous wedding venues throughout Monterey County. Some are wild and free, while others are classic and pristine. They are all quite amazing. Take a look!

Once you decide on your wedding location, next choose your Wedding Ceremony package that is perfect for you and your guests.

Helpful Wedding Resources

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want it to be perfect. The nice thing is, you don’t have to go it alone, as there are many wonderful wedding resources readily available to you. Here are a few of them.

Marriage Licence

You must obtain a marriage licence prior to your wedding and bring it with you to the ceremony. I will sign it, making your marriage legal and mail it back to the county clerk’s office if you choose.

To obtain your license locally, please visit County of Monterey website for requirements. Once you have your marriage license the ceremony can be performed within 90 days at the location of your choice within the state of California.

For directions and office hours of the Monterey County Clerk’s office, click HERE. 

Wedding Planners

A Sparkling Event Planning & Design

Wedding Photographers

Rich Jarvis Photography

Wedding Vows and Special Ceremony Rituals

A Practical Wedding
This lifestyle blog has numerous examples of vows from many traditions and tips to write your own!

The Knot
Tried and true tips for writing your own vows.

WeddingWire
10 wedding ceremony rituals and the history behind them. I encourage including a ritual, tradition or something new and special to make your day magical and memorable!

 

Charlene Murphy Wedding Officiant

I’m happy to meet you! I’m Charlene Murphy, your wedding officiant. I stand for love completely and am honored to do the work that I do – blessing unions up and down the Central California Coast!

I am ordained by the Universal Life Church and perform non-denominational wedding ceremonies throughout the Central California Coast, including the Monterey Penisula, Pacific Grove, Pebble BeachCarmel, Carmel Valley and Big Sur.

Since love knows no bounds, I honor all people wishing to be married, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. There are no room for labels or discrimination in my practice. Love rules… period.

My careers have included spiritual life coach, English teacher and magazine publisher, which have all prepared me for wedding work! I craft beautiful and unique wedding ceremonies, help my couples write the perfect vows and create a feeling of warmth for you and your guests to enjoy during your wedding ceremony.

I am an avid adventurer – always following my heart! I currently live and play in beautiful Pacific Grove, CA. My two grown children are currently living their adventures in Ashland, Oregon and London, England.

Come by and visit me at my studio: Golden Buddha Holistic Healing!

Check out my favorite places for magical weddings!