Weddings by Rafaela is an officiant service based out of Los Angeles, California, serving the LA and Orange County area. Rafaela got her start in weddings when close friends asked her to officiate their wedding. Going through the process made her realize how much she wants to be a part of making a day, which is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of love and happiness, special for other couples. To Rafaela, the most important thing is to personalize the sermon, in a way that best reflects the couple, and is most memorable to everyone in attendance, whether it is classic, modern, funny or theme based. Therefore, she will take her time to get to know the couple before the ceremony, to ensure their wedding day is everything they envisioned. Rafaela offers a variety of services, from vow renewals, elopement, to beach or theme weddings, and many more. Personalized vows and the initial consultation are included in the starting price. Unity ceremonies (releasing a wish lantern, lighting a unity candle, handfasting, sand or glass pouring, etc.) can be added for an additional fee. Rafaela is LGBTQ+ friendly. She is also fluent in German and can perform bilingual ceremonies on request.