Monthly Archive: January 2014

Four different weddings four different stories that have one thing in common they did it at my Chapel

We had four weddings at our chapel today so far each one had a different story.

One was a couple from China who were working here in the states and have been together for two years and decided today was the day.

A fireman and his bride came in today was their two-year anniversary of meeting and they wanted to make it special.

Two ladies from Las Vegas who crisscrossed the World together and finally are able to say their vows and be wed.

And another couple who giggled and laughed through the entire ceremony surrounded by their parents and daughter. They’ve been together for quite a while and finally decided to get married.

The stories that I hear every day at the chapel are so different and unique but they all share one thing in common……..their own personal journey toward loving one another.

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Carlsbad was Carls-Great for this couple

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Our Officiant Anthony had the privilege of being the Officiant for Roark and Lacy. Neither had ever been to California and decided a private beach wedding.

On Ponto Beach in Carlsbad, early evening, with the beach as their backdrop they exchanged vows.

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A great, young, very in love couple. Lacy was a bit chilly for pictures but they, as you can see, had fun and warmed each others hearts.

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Liz Coopersmith Officiates Wedding Filled with Affirmations of Love and Commitment

Alisha &Thomas

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Alisha and Thomas had a wedding last August on the East Coast, but because of technical and logistical difficulties, they weren’t able to get themselves and a marriage license in the same place! This happens to more couples than you’d think, but it gave them the opportunity to get legally married on the anniversary of when they met – December 16th.

While I was helping them write and their ceremony script, using one of Great Officiant’s

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templates,  I was struck by the changes and affirmations they wanted to include. No reminders of what love and marriage means and what it takes to maintain and sustain both, but a confirmation that they already were doing that. “You must be open to one another,” became “You are open to one another.””You must have the faith to move forward together without knowing what the future brings” became “You have the faith.” Nothing passive, no questions or worries. They were already there.

Their ceremony was in the chapel at Great Officiants and attended by local family. Alisha and Thomas wrote their own vows. They were heartfelt and appreciative and grateful of the journey and life they had together. The hardest part of officiating for me is not choking or tearing up myself, but the best part of officiating is standing in front of so much love. It just radiates and touches every thing and everyone present. And I always feel so honored to be there, and to be a part of their day.

 See you at the end of the aisle,

 Liz Coopersmith

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“Rabbi Barry was GREAT!” – Beach Wedding Bliss

                Judi and Val

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Rabbi Barry Tuchman Co-Officiated a wonderful wedding for these two lovely interfaith women. They loved him so much they posted a positive review on Yelp and submitted a couple of beautiful photos.

Thank you Judi and Val!!

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Murrieta, California Wedding by Great Officiant Frank Meola

Ana Blanco & Charles Phillips

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Congratulations to Ana Blanco and Charles Phillips on their New Years’ Eve, 2013 wedding in Murrieta, CA.  It was a great intimate setting with immediate family at a private residence.  My wife Marlene & I were grateful  for their hospitality and were honored to have joined them for dinner.

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Crescent Bay Park in Laguna is a perfect place for a small wedding.

Having performed ceremonies up and down the coast in Southern California I have to say one of my favorite overlooks is Crescent Bay Park in Laguna.

Surrounded by water on three sides it is a picturesque place for couples tonight.

When we book a couple there we take care of all the arrangements the permits the insurance the decorations and of course the Officiant. We have even created a lshear cover to cover the amphitheater.

Today was just a simple ceremony with a lovely couple who had no decorations except for the bouquet and boutonniere.

But it still was beautiful. How could it not be the surroundings.

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