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Congratulations to Siuna Morales & Neevon Esmaili on their November 19, 2016 wedding at the Oak Room at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA

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Congratulations to Siuna Morales & Neevon Esmaili on their November 19, 2016 wedding at the Oak Room at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA.  It was a perfect day for a wedding in Malibu and the timing was just around sunset outdoors in front of a beautiful rock waterfall.  It was a traditional ceremony to which they added the “Love Lock Tree.”  Love Lock are a symbol of love and commitment which have been inspired by an ancient custom.  The custom was started in Europe in the early 2000’s where love padlocks were affixed to a fence, gate or bridge to symbolize a couples everlasting love.  In this ceremony, the locks are affixed to a metal Love Lock Tree.  Their parents also affixed their locks in support of the couples intent to marry.  It added a nice dimension to the ceremony!

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Great Officiant Greg and the privilege of marrying Bassam and Laura Younes on Saturday November 19th 2016 at the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club in Lake Forest, California.

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Great Officiant Greg and the privilege of marrying Bassam and Laura Younes on Saturday November 19th 2016 at the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club in Lake Forest, California.  

What a beautiful location for a wedding and reception!  The weather was absolutely perfect!  The ceremony was held on the water’s edge, with the reception at the clubhouse a short walk away.  The pictures speak for themselves!

Bassam looked so sharp in his blue suit and Laura was just lovely and beautiful in her wedding dress.  The ceremony was a customized “Catholic Lite” with the “Family Sand Ceremony” as an addition.  With their children, this ceremony was very special and heartwarming.

The special ceremony by Great Officiant Greg was very well received by the happy couple’s friends and family.  Bassam’s best friend made a special effort to thank Greg for such a wonderful and sincere, but fun wedding.  “You really nailed it!” he exclaimed!

All of us at Great Officiants wish Bassam, Laura and their children much love and happiness!

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Congratulations to Daniella De La Cal & Robert Kelly on their November 12, 2016 wedding at The Ebell Club in Long Beach, CA

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Congratulations to Daniella De La Cal & Robert Kelly on their November 12, 2016 wedding at The Ebell Club in Long Beach, CA.  Everything went great – it was a simple ceremony with the couple reciting touching personal vows.  The ceremony was filled with both humor and seriousness (which was sometimes difficult to achieve due to Daniella and Robert’s great personalities and sense of humor).  But we managed to make sure the ceremony had the required doses of seriousness where it needed to be!  My best to the happy couple, who I’m sure are a perfect match for each other!   
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Rabbi Barry Saves the Day at the Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon

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As I reached for my cell phone, noticing the call was from Alan Katz and Great Officiants, I knew there was a Jewish or Interfaith couple needing a rabbi.  It was Alan but to my surprise, he wanted to know if I was available in five days for the wedding.  I was and took down the information and within 20 minutes fell in love this couple and took away a tremendous amount of stress.
It was at the last minute, their original rabbi took ill and had to bail.  Apparently, he didn’t have a network of rabbis to rely on in such a situation.  It was fortuitous that Juan and Alexia called Great Officiants.  Within minutes, their problem for finding an Interfaith Rabbi was solved.
Alexia and Juan’s venue was, Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon.  And as the 20 guests were arriving, I had a chance to meet the family and get a feel that this was a fun loving group.  Being the location, the guests’ love for the couple or any number of idyllic reasons, the ceremony was fun, tender and filled with a message of how to succeed in in marriage in today’s crazy world.
In the ceremony, we combined Mexican Catholic and Jewish Traditions.  Best of all was the Benediction, where the couple was wrapped in a tallit as well as having their godparents place the Lasso around their shoulders at the same time.  Both traditions represent the bond that unites the two of them, Soul.
Over all, no one would have known that I didn’t know them but for a few days.  And that’s the way it should always be.

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Roger had the honor of marrying Greg & Shana this last weekend at the always wonderful wedding venue, The Reef in Long Beach

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Roger had the honor of marrying Greg & Shana this last weekend at the always wonderful wedding venue, The Reef in Long Beach.  Greg & Shana had planned everything out perfectly, a great wedding venue, getting married at sunset, a full bridal party, ring bearer and a flower girl….everything !  In fact, the ring bearer and flower girl would be his kids who would participate in the wedding.  Well, the day of the wedding, everything was moving along smoothly, as everyone got ready for the big moment.  Just prior to starting, Greg the groom comes up to Roger and tells him that his kids would rather not participate (stage fright) !!!   But Greg and Roger also knew that Shana the bride REALLY wanted to walk down upon the red rose petals they had worked so hard to prepare….  So what does an officiant do in a case like this, he gets creative….  Roger walks up to the three groomsmen and makes them an offer they cant refuse…. You see, the groomsmen were not walking out with the bridesmaids but with just the three of themselves…. so they took on double duty and became the “flower girl groomsmen” !!  It was perfect !  And now these three groomsmen can check that off their bucket list !!

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Rev. Sarah performs a beautiful beach ceremony in Huntington Beach

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On a sunny Saturday in October, a beautiful bride surrounded by her lovely maids, stood in the sand as the breeze gently blew her hair and rippled her dress, while she awaited the arrival of her groom so she could walk down the aisle to start their lives together in Huntington Beach.

Brianna and Melvin waited a long time for this moment, and finally on the beach before their family and friends, their love, which began with a good friendship and grew into a best friendship, true love and partnership, was sealed as they exchanged vows and said “I do.”

There under the blue, blue sky with the deep vast ocean behind them and the warm sand at their feet, they promised to journey together through the ups and downs of life’s roller coaster, to walk hand in hand, and choose to love daily.

The turquoise blues and the bright coral complemented nature’s magnificent colors, paired with the arch and flowers made a picturesque setting.  October’s warm weather made for an extended summer wedding that was perfect for Brianna and Melvin.    Of course, nothing compared to the way Melvin looked at her, both misty eyed, as they said their vows to one another.

It was a lovely wedding, filled with the hope of the bride and groom’s love, and that of their family and friends that surrounded them with love and well wishes.

Happy Wedding Brianna and Melvin!

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Leslie & Arnie had a exquisite Wedding, on the water at the Portofino Hotel & Marina

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Wow! Leslie & Arnie had a exquisite Wedding, on the water at the Portofino Hotel & Marina with a ton of friends & family that Love them so much! With the help of an amazing Event Coordinator, Caroline Cervantes…everything was perfect. The Bride & Groom decided to have a Sand, Chord & Veil & Coin Ceremony. It was an honor to preform their Wedding.

Congratulations to the both of them…best wishes!🙏

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