Joseph is a wedding officiant, wedding minister, bilingual wedding officiant, Spanish wedding officiant.  Religious and non religious wedding ceremonies, and commitment ceremonies.

Wedding minister Joseph’s contact numbers are (213) 986-8214, (818)844-6792.  Email address: joseph@amorperfectunionglendale.com

100 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, California. 91203

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Same Sex Law

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Same-sex marriage is legal in the U.S. state of California, and first became so on June 16, 2008, when the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as the result of the Supreme Court of California ruling in In re Marriage Cases, which found that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the state’s constitution. The issuance of those licenses was halted during the period of November 5, 2008 through June 27, 2013 (though existing same-sex marriages continued to be valid) due to the passage of Proposition 8—a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriages.[1] The granting of same-sex marriages recommenced following the United States Supreme Court decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, which restored the effect of a federal district court ruling that overturned Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.

On August 4, 2010, United States District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker declared Proposition 8 a violation of the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a decision upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on February 7, 2012. The case, known as Perry v. Brown in the Ninth Circuit, was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31, 2012.[2] The case was granted review as Hollingsworth v. Perry on December 7, 2012 and a decision was issued on June 26, 2013.[3] The Court decided that the official sponsors of Proposition 8 did not have legal standing to appeal the district court decision when the state’s public officials refused to do so.[4] The judgment of the Ninth Circuit was vacated and the case was returned to that Court with instructions to dismiss the Prop 8 sponsors’ appeal. On June 28, 2013 a stay of effect was removed from the federal district court decision and same-sex marriages were able to resume. Same-sex couples married later that day.[5]

Before the passage of Proposition 8, California was only the second U.S. state (after Massachusetts) to allow same-sex marriage. Those marriages granted under the laws of other state governments, foreign and domestic, were legally recognized and retained state-level rights since 2008.[6][7]

Wedding minster Joseph, 213-986-8214, 818-844-6792, joseph@amorperfectunionglendale.com

Pictures and Video

At a ceremony, Sept. 2015

A wedding ceremony this last Sep. 2015


Palos Verdez


In our building


At a bridal show


At a commercial venue a few years ago.


A house ceremony in Los Angeles.


Same couple at commercial venue.


A venue in the urban area of Los Angeles, very interesting murals throughout.


An outdoor ceremony in Malibu a few years ago.

General Information

Joseph performs religious and non religious ceremonies. Ceremonies are performed in English, English and Spanish, and Spanish. Ceremony scripts are customized to the couples preferences.


Amor Perfect Union

100 N. Brand Blvd Suite 510

Glendale, Ca. 91203

Joseph’s email address: joseph@amorperfectunionglendale.com

Joseph’s phone numbers: (213)986-8214, (818)844-6792

Joseph Rappard is a wedding officiant, bilingual wedding officiant, and spanish wedding officiant, and provides officiant services in Los Angeles county and surrounding counties.  Wedding officiant services provided in all of the following cities in Los Angeles county, by chronological order of incorporation –

Los Angeles 2. Pasadena 3. Santa Monica 4. Monrovia 5. Pomona 6. Long Beach 7. South Pasadena 8. Compton 9. Redondo Beach 10. Whittier 11. Azusa 12. Covina 13. Alhambra 14. Arcadia 15. Vernon 16. Glendale 17. Huntington Park 18. La Verne 19. Hermosa Beach 20. Sierra Madre 21. Claremont 22. Inglewood 23. Burbank 24. San Fernando 25. Glendora 26. El Monte 27. Manhattan Beach 28. San Gabriel 29. San Marino 30. Avalon 31. Beverly Hills 32. Monterey Park 33. El Segundo 34. Culver City 35. Montebello 36. Torrance 37. Lynwood 38. Hawthorne 39. South Gate 40. West Covina 41. Signal Hill 42. Maywood 43. Bell 44. Gardena Palos Verdes Estates 46. Lakewood 47. Baldwin Park 48. Cerritos 49. La Puente 50. Downey 51. Rolling Hills 52. Paramount 53. Santa Fe Springs 54. Industry 55. Bradbury 56. Irwindale 57. Duarte 58. Norwalk 59. Bellflower 60. Rolling Hills Estates 61. Pico Rivera 62. South El Monte 63. Walnut 64. Artesia 65. Rosemead 66. Lawndale 67. Commerce 68. La Mirada 69. Temple City 70. San Dimas 71. Cudahy 72. Bell Gardens 73. Hidden Hills 74. Palmdale 75. Hawaiian Gardens 76. Lomita 77. Carson 78. Rancho Palos Verdes 79. La Cañada-Flintridge 80. Lancaster 81. La Habra Heights 82. Westlake Village 83. Agoura Hills 84. West Hollywood 85. Santa Clarita 86. Diamond Bar 87. Malibu 88. Calabasas


$300 for a wedding or commitment ceremony at a commercial venue.

$250 for a wedding ceremony in a private non commercial venue home.

Plus $50 for all wedding ceremonies in counties outside of and that border Los Angeles county.

Music for wedding party entrance and exit $50.

Prelude music (while guest are being seated) before the ceremony starts, plus $25.


Rehearsal $80.

If couple decides to do their own rehearsal, Joseph can provide the couples with written materials and also talk to couples and answer any questions on how to go about doing this.

Every wedding ceremony performed by wedding officiant/wedding minister Joseph, can be customized to couple’s taste.  Prices are the same whether the ceremony is religious, non-religious, english, bilingual, spanish, short ceremony, long ceremony, 0 unity rituals, or 7 unity rituals.  Prices are flat rates, we “do not” charge per mile, for parking/vallet, or amount of guest.

Wedding minister Joseph’s contact info: (213)986-8214, (818)844-6792. joseph@amorperfectunionglendale.com 100 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, Ca. 91203


From The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.

What is Love by Unknown

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all – one known only by those who love.

USC Wedding

Recently did a ceremony at University of Southern California, right outside of the Town & Gown building.  Very nice place for an outdoor ceremony.  Patio is well shaded by surrounding trees and greenery. There is plenty of room for guest seating and vendors, i.e., musicians area, officiant’s area, etc.

I had driven by USC for years and had never visited the campus.  I was impressed by how beautiful the campus was with its gardens, and brick structures.  I do like to do weddings on university grounds, being that I was a college student myself for quite a few years, I very much like being in an academic environment.

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Wedding minister Joseph’s contact info: (213)986-8214, (818)844-6792. joseph@amorperfectunionglendale.com 100 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, Ca. 91203

From the movie the Wedding Singer, sung by Adam Sandler:                                         I wanna grow old with you. 
I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad, carry you around when your arthritis is bad. 
All I wanna do, is grow old with you. I’ll get you medicine when your tummy aches, build you a fire if the furnace breaks, So it could be so nice growing old with you, …. I’ll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold, need you, feed you, even let you hold the remote control. So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink, put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink, oh I could be the man that grows old with you, I wanna grow old with you.

Now a days:

a lot of wedding ceremonies are taking place in homes, country clubs, parks, beaches, banquet halls, museums, restaurants, etc.; these types of ceremonies are less rigid and can allow for more customization  Weddings can be bilingual, Inter-faith, and combine rituals and readings of more than one faith/culture. And sometimes readings or lines from a popular movie; for example – The lines in the song sung by Adam Sandler (I want to grow old with you) in the movie Wedding Singer.

The physical structure, and script structure of an outside wedding ceremony can be more informal – no wedding party, uneven wedding party, more than one bestman and maid of honor, ceremony elements in different order.  As an example of this point, a previous couple wanted their ring exchange at the end of the ceremony, I believe they felt this was an important part of the ceremony and wanted to save it till almost the end, why not, if it is a legal marriage, the order or content dosen’t matter.

Heritage Square Museum                                                                                                    

I recently performed a wedding ceremony on these grounds.  I was impressed by how well maintained these buildings and the grounds were.  They have houses/structures dating back to the late 1800’s; restored to their heyday times, nice to look at with their detailed architecture of their time period.  You have a surreal sense as you walk through the gates; the urban residential community around the museum grounds has changed and modernized, but it looks like the museum grounds and structures have stayed the same authentic and presteen to their time period.  It’s a nice and interesting place for a ceremony, and they have plenty of parking.  http://heritagesquare.org

Good Wedding Book

512DEF22M2L._SX430_BO1,204,203,200_  I read this book a few years ago, and found it very informative and easy to read.  There is a lot of good advice in this book, such as dealing with wedding vendors, planning the wedding, etc.,  It looks like there up to the 5th edition now, they have made some upgrades, such as talking about social media before, during, and after the ceremony., etc., etc.

I recommend “The Everything Wedding Book” to couples to familiarize them with the wedding process from begining to end. Also to help them organize the wedding process, and inform couples on what to look for and ask for when doing business with vendors.

Ceremony Words                                                                                                    

Wedding ceremony wording in the U.S. has adapted to reflect the change in times.  For example, Catholic wedding vows, the dioceses of the United States, says the following form may be used:

“I, (Name), take you, (Name), for my lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part” (Internet source).  In these vows, there is no mention of the words “honor and obey” which were used more in vows before the civil rights movement.

Ceremony wording today (post civil rights movement 1969) has changed to reflect the changes in our society.  “To honor and obey” spoken by the brides of the past, these words are seldom used now because of more egalitarianism, and a need for equality bettween today’s couples.  As an officiant, I do not introduce these words into couple’s scripts,

Same sex marriages have been legal in California since June 28, 2013.  Words like “spouse”, wedded spouse, are used instead of husband and wife, this change reflects the change in legislation and in the times, creating a need for appropriate wording when conducting same sex ceremonies.

In conclusion, traditional wedding wording in vows, and in reference to couples, has adapted to the changes caused by the times, these being the successes of the civil rights movement, and the same sex marriage movement, known as LGBT – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual.

Ceremony tip # 1                                                                                                        

Runner on grass, at center isle. Myself, I think flower girls dropping pedals on grass is a better alternative. It is hard enough to walk on grass with heels, the runner makes it more difficult, and if it is windy the runner can move or bunch up making walking in and out of the ceremony area even harder to navigate not to mention the person or persons you will need to enlist to center and straighten it out.

My favorite wedding blessing in English and Spanish. (Apache Wedding Blessing)                                                                                                                         

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter for the other.  Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.  Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other.  Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you.  Go now to your dwelling place to enter the days of your togetherness.  May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years.  May happiness be your companion, and may your days together be good and long upon the earth.

Ahora usted se sentirá sin lluvia, porque cada uno de ustedes será refugio para el otro. Ahora usted no sentirá frío, porque cada uno de ustedes será el calor para el otro. Ahora no hay más soledad para ti, porque cada uno de ustedes será el compañero del otro. Ahora son dos cuerpos, pero sólo hay una vida antes de ti. Vaya ahora a su lugar de vivienda, para entrar en los días de su unión. Y que tus días sean buenos y largos sobre la tierra.

About Us

Joseph is a wedding officiant/wedding minister and has performed 1400 marriage and commitment ceremonies; religious and non religious, most were marriage ceremonies. Joseph also performs marriage ceremonies for the County of Los Angeles. Joseph has an Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice from Los Angeles City College, and a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Sociology from California State University Los Angeles. Besides hands on, Joseph has prepared himself by reading quite a few books on marriage traditions, customs, folklores,etc., to be informed on different marriage traditions, their meanings, and their origins.  Some of these traditions date back hundreds of years and much more and are still carried out today in your every day wedding ceremonies.

Joseph performs marriage and commitment ceremonies in English and Spanish. He is of Cuban decent and his second language is Spanish.  Joseph customizes every ceremony script to couples preferences and performs and customizes ceremonies in English, Spanish, and English and Spanish, religious, or non-religious.

One thing that I am passionate about is music.  I like 60’s,70’s, and 80’s music.  Good music is good music, it dosent matter where it is from, the janra, or who sings it.  I bring this up because I like to watch these artist perform in front of crowds, see how they connect with the audience, and enjoy the sounds they create musically and vocally.

When your listening to good music live; your favorite bands, your favorite songs that you grew up with, it can be an amazing.experience, and you feel “alive”.

Contact numbers for wedding minister Joseph: (213) 986-8214, (818) 844-6792 email address: joseph@amorperfectunionglendale.com                                                                           100 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, Ca. 91203

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