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Great Ceremony by Great Officiant’s Newest Team Member!

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A nervous groom was no match for our newest Officiant Shari’s kind smile and empathic demeanor!  Though she herself felt a few butterflies in her stomach being her first ceremony with Great Officiants, she quickly helped this groom, sweating some bullets as he awaited his bride to walk down the aisle, with a few calming words and her contagious laughter!

Congratulations to Shari on her Great Officiants “debut ceremony”…it was fantastic!  Though she admitted to a few butterflies of her own, the guests would have never guessed.  She was a lean, mean (actually, no, she was really nice) marrying machine who received many warm hugs and words of thanks from the parents, siblings, other guests, as well as the couple, at the end of the ceremony.

Way to go Shari, we are so glad to count you as one of the Great Officiants on our team!

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This just in from the OC Register today

This just in from the OC Register today:

The busiest man in the wedding biz

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/katz-380918-wedding-ceremony.html

By ADAM GROPMAN

The busiest man in the wedding business, Alan Katz, starts a recent workday promptly at a 9 a.m. meeting with a middle-aged couple to talk nuptials.

This will be marriage No. 3 for both bride and groom, and they have teenagers they’d like to weave into the ceremony. Katz, a burly, ebullient 51 with a healthy head of black hair, suggests multiple ceremony styles and ideas. They seem pleased.

As they exit, another couple walks in off the street. These two want to marry on the spot; specifically, right here, inside Katz’s Long Beach wedding chapel.

So Katz does some of what Katz can do; he issues a license and performs the ceremony.

“Within 21.2 minutes they are on their way, happily married,” Katz says.

“At least, I hope happily.”

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Next, Katz coordinates for a marriage license to be delivered to a Carnival cruise ship. After that he zips over to the Japanese Gardens to oversee a wedding on the picturesque footbridge. There, he performs a ceremony, has his picture snapped with the newlyweds, and does some obligatory post-event mingling.

Soon, Katz is on the freeway to Dana Point, stopping along the way in northern Orange County to deliver a singing telegram – a side venture of Katz’s in which he uses some of the same skills that he plies in his wedding business.

“The boyfriend just wanted a simple ‘I love you’ telegram sent to his girlfriend,” Katz explains.

“I assume he messed up in some way, but I didn’t want to pry. So I wore the giant heart costume over my shirt and tie and sang her some love songs.”

Singing done, Katz drives next to the Cannons Restaurant in Dana Point. This particular wedding is something he offered up in an auction to benefit the charity Wish Upon a Wedding, an organization that grants “wedding wishes” to people facing extreme life circumstances.

After a couple of post-ceremony appetizers, Katz jumps into his car, picks up a friend, and goes to see 80’s-era rocker Joe Jackson in downtown L.A.

Turns out, even Katz needs a break for creative inspiration.

On this day, Katz and his team performed seven other weddings in Temecula, Long Beach, Costa Mesa and Hacienda Heights.

At midnight, post Joe Jackson, Katz returns to his home in Long Beach. There, just before bed, he finishes his day by writing a ceremony for one of the four weddings he’s scheduled to perform the next day.

“I love every minute of it,” says Katz, owner and chief officiant of Great Officiants.

“A ceremony is going to be remembered for the ceremony, not the fancy party afterward.”

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The best ceremonies are not just spoken, they are performed.

Katz has worked the lower rungs of Southern California’s performance industry for most of his adult life.

Born in the west San Fernando Valley, Katz moved to Long Beach with his mother following his parents’ divorce. By 16, still in school, he made his first stab at show business, performing on “The Gong Show.”

As a belcher.

“I burped the word ‘Mama.’ I burped the alphabet. I just … burped,” Katz says.

Then came stand-up. Then Santa Claus. Then he started singing telegrams, eventually creating a company to capitalize on that, Funny Farm Entertainment. The company remains active, singing a few telegrams a week.

Then, in 2002, some friends asked Katz to officiate their wedding.

He’s been performing weddings ever since.

He can do traditional, but he also offers themed ceremonies, including some billed as “Ozzy Osbourne,” “Elvis” and “Borat.” He does one-off weddings (such as a wedding at Anaheim Stadium, with Crackerjacks tossed into the audience), and, he adds, he thrives on the unexpected.

“I’ve had roosters run through the ceremony, helicopters circling overheard; arches falling over.”

At a dawn wedding held at Malibu’s Point Dume beach, a sea lion started walking toward the wedding party.

“I loudly asked the sea lion ‘Is it OK if we do a wedding here?’ When the sea lion roared back, Katz says he “took that as a ‘yes.'”

Katz’s Great Officiants can tap priests, rabbis and other religious leaders to perform ceremonies, but Katz says most of his clients prefer either a non-religious or lightly religious wedding. He adds that most are satisfied with Katz’s “minister” credentials.

“They need a company that’s willing to do a ceremony based in their love, not their belief.”

Katz, single, isn’t afraid of marriage, but he’s not necessarily great at it. He’s been divorced twice. He notes that marriage requires “work.”

He also owns up to one marriage-related service he cannot perform.

“Once, a couple called four hours after their ceremony saying they had made a mistake.”

“I told them ‘I am sorry, but you need to call a lawyer.'”

Contact the writer: 323-244-1496

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Caught in the Moment Catches a great moment

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Lana and Sal from Caught in the Moment Photography were at my wedding chapel to shoot an afternoon wedding. Prior to that wedding we had a military couple getting hitched.

As a thank you to the Grooms service to our country the shot their wedding for free and posted their pix on their website and gave them a free 8×10. http://clients.caughtinthemoment.com/franz

Thanks Lana and Sal for your support of our troops and our couples.

Caught in the Moment
5608 E. 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 397-5674
sales@caughtinthemoment.com

CaughtintheMoment.com

 

 

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Roger & Beth Team Up Again For a Beautiful Yacht Club Wedding !!

Roger had a great wedding a couple of Saturdays ago at the beautiful Shoreline Yacht Club!  He was glad to have partnered up with Beth, our beach wedding coordinator, and specialist extraordinaire!  With her eye for detail, and care for the arrangements, and Roger’s beautiful ceremony that was enjoyed by all, the ceremony came off without a hitch.

It was all such a success, that the bride and groom INSISTED that Beth & Roger join them for a meal at their table!  It was a touching gesture, and they were so glad to have been a part of this special day.

A great meal and wonderful couple …er… the bride & groom, not Beth & Roger……not yet…….

 

 

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What To Do About your “Do” on your Day!

Only second to the dress, the bridal hair is a major source of sleepless nights for many brides. Your hair tells the story of your style, it should work with the dress, the make up, to tell the world this is “my day”!

Our fabulous friends at Simply Bridal have given us a wonderful chart to help all of you out there wondering how to “do” it up (or down) on that special day!

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