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About Us

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The mission of Golden Oak Weddings is to transcend the consumerist influence embedded in American wedding culture and bring weddings back home to the heart through mindfulness, education, and collaborative creation.

Rev. Elizabeth Oakes is based in Los Angeles, CA, where she has offered wedding officiation and confidential marriage licensing to Southern California since 2001. She specializes in modern, nondenominational, and multicultural weddings and is an LGBT equality ally. She is happily married to her silent partner Mr. Goldstein (Goldstein + Oakes = "Golden Oak"), tends their organic butterfly garden when time permits, and serves as a volunteer civil officiant for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder County Clerk. She has written as a nationally syndicated online columnist covering wedding stories from around the world.

In a profession traditionally dominated by male voices, she brings a progressive, humane, and joyous touch. She values the lessons she learns from each love story she encounters, and that collective wisdom informs her work.

Please feel free to request a meeting or references, or read the reviews of her MarriageToGo elopement service on Yelp. She hopes to be of service to you soon.