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Hannah Shaw and David Castellanos picked just the right day of the week for their marriage ceremony: Monday!

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Hannah Shaw and David Castellanos picked just the right day of the week for their marriage ceremony:  Monday!  Their chosen venue, Seal Beach near the Reef Cafe and jetty, was quite vacant for a beautiful mid-day in July, and their thirty guests had an excuse for an extended weekend, spending the day with this delightful couple.  The Rev Dr Gary Barmore of Great Officiants made his way across the sand, donned his clergy robe, and led a ceremony that David and Hannah as well as their parents (pictured), family and friends found inspiring for the happy couple and their own lives as well.  Dr. Barmore has oft noted that weddings are now one of the few times people actually sit/stand still — not in front of a screen, game or TV but in the presence of a loving event —  and that the couple thus offers folks around them a great opportunity to reflect on life and love and make re-commitment to deep relationships.

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A Loving and Romantic Wedding…….except for the handshake……

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Roger had the pleasure of officiating the wedding of Jason & Katherine this last weekend at the wonderful L.A. Harbor Masonic Lodge overlooking the beautiful bay of San Pedro. This was one of those picture perfect days for a wedding.  Jason & Katherine had picked a beautiful day for a wedding, the location was great, the DJ Jonathan was fantastic and Roger’s ceremony was spot on……….. It truly was a loving and romantic wedding….except for one little thing that the crowd noticed and got a kick out of…..When Katherine walked up the aisle with her godfather who was giving her away, Jason stepped down and hugged the godfather and then turned to Katherine, his wife to be and SHOOK HER HAND !!  And the entire audience chuckled but he didn’t even realize he did it till after the wedding.  Roger wanted so much to include that mishap at the end of the wedding with “I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may now shake hands with your bride”, but decided better to stick with the kiss !!

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Congratulations to Amanda Reynolds and Bryan Masucci on their July 16, 2016 wedding at the Galway Downs in Temecula, CA

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Congratulations to Amanda Reynolds and Bryan Masucci on their July 16, 2016 wedding at the Galway Downs in Temecula, CA.  It was another in beautiful day in the southern California Wine Country.  It was hot but tolerable in a great serine setting.  The ceremony started with Amanda entering “slow” in the two horsepower horse and carriage with the “nervous” groom anxiously waiting.  The ceremony went great with many laughs and examples of why many couples are not in favor of the traditional “repeat after me” vows (although we did not do those).  Prior to the regular vows, Amanda and Bryan pulled out their handmade notebook of written vows, from which they read.  The Wine Cup ceremony was a nice touch, although Bryan might have welcomed an “endless cup!”  The ceremony was the perfect blend of humor and seriousness and was exactly what they wanted.  My best goes out to the very happy couple as the head to some warm weather to relax!

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Another Seacliff County Club Wedding for Great Officiant Greg!

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor and pleasure of marrying Beau and Haylee Bergevin on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the beautiful Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, California. The private club, owned by American Golf, is a wonderful venue for a classy, elegant and fun wedding and reception.

Beau and his groomsmen were very handsome and sharp in their black tuxedos, and Haylee was just beautiful and elegant in her wedding dress, and the bridesmaids were beautiful too!

Beau and Haylee selected “My Favorite Ceremony” which was customized by Great Officiant Greg.  The loving ceremony was laced with just enough humor to keep the ceremony fun.  Haylee was beside herself with tears of joy, and Beau was so happy.  Haylee steadied herself by replying “Hell yes” when asked by Great Officiant Greg “Do you take Beau to be your Husband”?  (That does qualify as a correct two-word answer, in lieu of “I Do”)  Everyone had a great time!

Many of Beau and Haylee’s friends commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony, that it was the best they have ever experienced, and how enjoyable, loving and fun it was!

Many thanks to the staff at Seacliff Country Club for their expert help and support, and to Johnathan the DJ and sound expert for his assistance.

All of us at Great Officiants wish Beau and Haylee much love and happiness in their life together.

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Tik and Mia Sealed the Deal at Averill Park Gazebo by Suvin

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Tik and Mia are such a wonderful couple. They just gave birth to a beautiful child, and wanted to be legally married. They drove down from West Covina and enjoyed the cool breeze at the gorgeous Averill Park Gazebo while surrounded by their close family and friends. I even learned some Chinese to start the ceremony: Dajia Hao (Hello everyone!)

We assisted them by having one of our notaries Shari issue the marriage license, and Suvin provided a beautiful ceremony.

Mia was so happy after the ceremony, she wanted to take a selfie with me.

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This small, intimate wedding of eight suddenly became a large celebration !!

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Roger married Zackery and Clara this last Saturday on the sand in Corona Del Mar beach.  They flew in from Kentucky and wanted to get married on a Southern California beach with a beautiful location and dip their toes in the sand while marrying.  But they had no idea where, so they asked Roger for help in finding a place.  Without hesitation, Roger suggested Little Corona Del Mar beach !   As many of the Great Officiant team know, this location is amazing and generally pretty quiet by the time the late afternoon rolls around, perfect for an intimate wedding.  Roger has married many a couple on this small beach without anybody else there.  Well………… this particular afternoon was a superior day for weather, blue skies, comfortable temperature, absolutely perfect for a wedding……… but also great for late afternoon sunbathing !!  So Zackery and Clara’s wedding of eight guests ended up being a larger group of uninvited guests !  Not that the additional guests were not appreciated……quite the contrary…….  When Roger pronounced them married and Zackary and Clara had their first kiss as husband and wife, the beach erupted in applause, hoots and hollers !  It was an amazing sight.  A group of people who didn’t know either Zackary & Clara celebrated this amazing act of love, their wedding ceremony !!!  Now the only problem was finding seating for the extra guests at their reception ha !

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Congratulations to Lianzi Zhu and Ting Wu on their July 9, 2016 ceremony at the Ponte Vineyards in Temecula, CA.

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Congratulations to Lianzi Zhu and Ting Wu on their July 9, 2016 ceremony at the Ponte Vineyards in Temecula, CA.  It was a beautiful HOT (about 95º) day in the wine country, with the winds “kicking up.”  None the less, for the most part it was not an unbearable type of heat and everyone was able to sit back and enjoy the ceremony – not to mention the beautiful view of the mountains and the vineyards in the background.  We were under a canopy on a brick platform at the edge of the pond.  A beautiful setting!  During the sand ceremony, the photographer and myself were only a step away from a nice refreshing swim.  Fortunately, we had “eyes behind our heads!”  My best to the very happy couple.

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