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Rev. Ralph had a Wonderful Wedding Weekend, marrying two delightful couples!

June 11 & 12, 2016
Rev. Ralph had a Wonderful Wedding Weekend, marrying two delightful couples!  On Saturday (6/11) Nicole & Eduardo, who both teach at the same junior high school, tied the nuptial knot at the Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills, with a delightful Disney theme!  Then on Sunday, Sarah & Brian said their own personal vows to an intimate group of family and friends at the beautiful Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.

Nicole & Eduardo wrote a lovely note:  “[We] want you to thank you for being a part of our day. We received several comments about how much our guests enjoyed our wedding ceremony. What we loved the most was that you made it a ceremony with meaning for us. We have clung to being still and knowing that He is God and the way you spoke about that verse was very touching to us. You are a kind man and we appreciate your compassion and care towards us.”

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A aloha weekend was celebrated by Sophia and Tracy in Riverside California.

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A aloha weekend was celebrated by Sophia and Tracy in Riverside California. Great Officiant Lisa Smith had the honor of performing the nuptials for this lovely couple they’re both in United States Army and have been on three tours of duty each they’ll be moving to Hawaii very soon so it was quite appropriate to have a beautiful Hawaiian style wedding. We opened the ceremony with the traditional sounding of the conch shell. This symbolizes to all that a very important ceremony is about to start.  Sophia arrived in a beautiful 57 Chevy driven by her father. They parked curbside and Sophia was escorted by her father and given away to her anxiously awaiting Groom in his full dress Army uniform. We were all happy and relived to see the sun come out for the most beautiful afternoon. We had a Lei exchange along with a Sand Ceremony we had the perfect Vows, I Do’s and ring exchange and as I pronounced them husband and wife the neighborhood ice cream man decided to drive by in all his glory blasting ice cream music !  The timing was perfect.  All the guest were socializing at the Tiki Social to be followed by dinner and entertainment a flame eater fire dancer and Hula girls were on the way to get the party started Best Wishes and Aloha to Tracy And Sophia  
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A Loving Couple and their beloved dog Rango……….

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Roger had the honor of marrying Mike and Angelica this last weekend.  During the planning session for their wedding ceremony, they mentioned their dog Rango who is a MAJOR part of their life together.  Roger asked them if Rango was attending the wedding and they had considered it but had not done anything about it…… Well, Roger being a giant dog love, said they had to have him there, he was family !!  So they got permission from the venue, the beautiful Malibu West Beach Club and Rango became the official ring bearer !  So all was going along smoothly……. everybody had made their way down the aisle (including Rango – “Good boy”!)…….. the ceremony was running along with lots of heart felt moments, lots of laughter… until the exchanging of the rings… which were tied to Rango’s collar…..  Not a problem, but fearing that somehow the rings might come untied, they triple tied them to make sure they were not coming off…..and that is exactly what happened !! Everything came to a sudden stop in the ceremony while the best man, (Mike’s identical twin brother) wrangled with the multiple knots trying to get the rings.  All the while, the star of the wedding, Rango, sat there patiently while they retrieved the rings !  Rango was the star of the day !

Mike and Angelica were so happy that they wrote to Roger the very next day !!

Roger, 

First of all, thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony!!   People kept asking us where we found you, and we’re so glad we did. It was exactly what we were looking for. 

We never got the opportunity to thank you, however. We would really like to make that a priority, so please let us know what would be the best way to do that. And we’d be so happy to give you an amazing review!

Thank you SO much again. You made this such a memorable day for us! It was perfect.

Angelica and Mike

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Another Modern Hindu Ceremony at the Charthouse in Redondo

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Joey and Kristen have been dreaming of this day for months now! Hailing all the way from Indiana, they came out here to Southern California to have their perfect wedding on the beach. Although overcast, we were still optimistic on performing the Hindu Fusion ceremony. The ceremony was complete with the major Hindu traditions such as the Vivah Homa/Mangal Fera (fire blessing/circling the fire), garland exchange (beautifully provided by Beth of Lei of Love), and parental blessing. There were some Bible readings to honor Kristen’s religion and culture, which capped off a beautiful ceremony.

During the vows, the sun shone through the clouds, as their love will shine through their lives forever.

They were married in front of 40 of their close family and friends, afterwards we took a group photo

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After the ceremony, they went to the Sunset room at the Charthouse in Redondo beach and lived happily ever after.

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Hernandez & Zack Esmaili on their June 11, 2016 ceremony at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, CA

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Hernandez & Zack Esmaili on their June 11, 2016 ceremony at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, CA.  It was a great setting on the outdoor second floor rooftop private pool deck, adjacent to the Dynasty Ballroom.  The ballroom was well appointed with great accent lighting that added class to the already “classy” setting.  If the crab legs surrounding ice carvings and the mouth-watering desert display was any indication of what was to come, their guests were in for a real treat!  As far as the ceremony, everything was well-coordinated, everyone looked great and everything went as planned.  When all was over, the happy couple would bid “Arrivederci California” for a fabulous honeymoon in Italy. 
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Maybe A Nice Swim Before The Ceremony…….

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Roger married wonderful couple this last Friday down in Newport Beach.  This couple, Lance and Jessica, flew out from Arizona and wanted to have an intimate wedding for two on the beach of little Corona Del Mar.  It was just Lance & Jessica, Roger and the most wonderful photographer Michelle who usually does the photos when Roger has a wedding on the beach there.  So we all were to meet up by the parking area and then walk down to the sand together.  It was a beautiful blue sky day, not too hot, not too cold, not many people, everything was perfect !  The only dilemma on this beach is that in order to get over to the area where couples usually marry, you have to hop over a small creek that feeds out to the ocean.  Not a problem, Roger has jumped it dozens of times.  So the four of us come to the stream, the couple jump over no problem, Michelle the photographer makes it over too.  Now it’s Roger’s turn, with wedding book in hand, wearing his robe…he leaps……just as an incoming wave rushes up and washes out the sand that he is leaping from !!  He barely makes the jump and starts to fall backwards into the stream !!  Fortunately there was a random bush growing there and he was able grab ahold and save himself, his robe and most importantly the wedding ceremony book !!  Fast thinking kept Roger from taking a pre-wedding swim that day !! Roger went on to officiate a wonderful ceremony and the two of them loved it !!

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On a beautiful June 10 at California Country Club in Whittier, William Smith and Ashley Lidwin pledged their lives together in marriage

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On a beautiful June 10 at California Country Club in Whittier, William Smith and Ashley Lidwin pledged their lives together in marriage.  They have lived for some time in Pennsylvania, but family and friends mostly reside in Southern California. So after securing the beautiful outdoor venue, they wondered who could they find as qualified clergy to lead their ceremony.  Turning to Great Officiants, they chose to engage the ministerial services of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, and sure enough, their vision of those most important fifteen minutes of their life was truly fulfilled.  Great Officiants even took care of acquiring for Will and Ashley a California marriage license.  They return to the East Coast with photos and memories, best wishes and a lifetime of love together.

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