Monthly Archive: August 2016

August 19th 2016 A beautiful day just happened this weekend in Big Bear City California a glorious wedding was a dream come true for Nicholas And Kelli

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August 19th 2016 A beautiful day just happened this weekend in Big Bear City California a glorious wedding was a dream come true for Nicholas And Kelli. They were Joined by family and friends and guests whom traveled from a far. Officiant Lisa Smith of Great Officiants had the honor and pleasure of marrying Nick and Kelli. This venue “Gold Mountain Manor” was like no other, it  was a beautiful log cabin in the mountains a bed-and-breakfast, everywhere you look there were special touches among the lush huge pine trees. Our ceremony was perfect! A 75* day with a light breeze and sun rays streaming through the trees. Every detail was attended to thoughtfully. I also had the great pleasure of working with the Best Photographer ever ! Greg and Stacy Zooks of “Zook Studios”Arrowhead Ca. A great 80’s band “After Party”from Huntington Beach Ca. Preformed all evening as the party continued throughout the wee hours of the night Many gusts made it a weekend and stayed overnight. What a delightful couple and family. Our very best wishes and congratulations to Nick and Kelli Degrasii
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A Windy Day by the Sea

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The day Jessica and Dylan were wed, the wind was blowing as furiously as their love for each other. All of our hair was standing straight up, but we didn’t let it deter us from the obvious love, humour, and affection they had between each other. Jessica and the Bridesmaids had so much going on, they even forgot to bring Jessica’s personal vows. However, Jessica didn’t let it hold her back in the least. She decided to “wing it”, but by the end of her heartfelt words, everyone in the audience was tearing up. It’s beautiful in the moment occurrences like this that remind us that the most honest words come straight from the heart!
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Congratulations to Carla Loveless & Vince Deno on their August 13, 2016 wedding at the Urban Americana in Long Beach, CA

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Congratulations to Carla Loveless & Vince Deno on their August 13, 2016 wedding at the Urban Americana in Long Beach, CA.  Carla & Vince had a commitment ceremony in Italy exactly one month ago today attended by their family in Italy and some 40 California family and friends.  They invited family and friends today for an informal California reception, not knowing they were actually getting married.  It was a surprise to most and went well in a relaxed, “laid back” setting.  Urban Americana is an old “warehouse type” antique store.  After the short ceremony, drinks, cocktails and food was served.  Guests were also free to walk around and purchase merchandise.  Everyone was carefree and seemed to be having a great evening!
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A Botanical Garden Wedding for Great Officiant Greg!

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor and pleasure of marrying John and Samantha Torres on Saturday August 6th 2016 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, California.  The Arboretum and Botanic Gardens covering 127 acres, is an arboretum, botanical garden, and historical site nestled into hills near the San Gabriel Mountains.  It is a wonderful venue for a wedding!

Samantha was absolutely stunning in her custom wedding dress, and John was handsome and sharp in his gray tuxedo.  Everyone was “dressed to the nines”, and looked great!

The Rose Garden was the actual site of the ceremony, and everyone had to take a Disneyland-style tram to that spot!  (The groom, groomsmen, bride and bridesmaids were in separate air-conditioned limos, however).  The setting was just beautiful, but quite hot!  The happy couple selected “My Favorite Ceremony”, customized by Great Officiant Greg.  It was fun and romantic, with just a touch of humor to keep it light.  John and Samantha were very happy and pleased with the ceremony, as were their friends and family!

The reception was held adjacent the Peacock Lounge at the Arboretum.  Aptly named, as there are thousands of peacocks at the arboretum!  Luckily, none decided to attend the ceremony!  They are beautiful, but very loud!

Dozens of movies and televisions programs have had scenes filmed at the arboretum beginning in 1936, including portions of two Jurassic Park movies and Objective, Burma!

Some of the Tarzan adventure movies were partially shot here. It was also the scenes for Paradise Island in The New Original Wonder Woman.

The Queen Anne Cottage used in the opening credits of the TV show Fantasy Island is located here. The cottage was also seen in an episode of Murder, She Wrote and Roots: The Next Generations.

In 2013, Katy Perry filmed her music video for “Roar” at the arboretum.

Many thanks to the staff at the LA Arboretum, especially the tram drivers and DJ Corey!

All of us at Great Officiants wish John and Samantha much love and happiness in their future together.

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Congratulations to Christina Hueso and Maulin Soneji on their August 7, 2016 wedding at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, CA

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Congratulations to Christina Hueso and Maulin Soneji on their August 7, 2016 wedding at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, CA.  The setting there is always beautiful and serine – back to nature!  The ceremony in the midst of the trees, greenery and wildlife, with guests sheltered from the elements.  They added the sand ceremony and a presentation to Christina’s son, Sebastian by Maulin.  The rose presentation to their moms was very heartfelt and touching.  The ceremony was the perfect blend and coming together of very different cultures in a very beautiful way.  My best to Dr. & Mrs. Soneji as they head to the Mideast to begin their new life with a hopeful return to California in a few years.

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Another beach wedding for Great Officiant Greg!

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Great Officiant Greg had the pleasure of marrying Michael and Ashley Maye Valvatne on Saturday, July 30th “on the sand” in Long Beach, California.  It was an absolutely gorgeous crystal-clear day, perfect for a beach wedding!

The event actually started on Friday with a full rehearsal “on the sand”.  With eleven bridesmaids and eleven groomsmen, the rehearsal was a must.  Everyone had great fun with the run through, which took two and a half attempts to get it right!

Ashley Maye was just stunning, beautiful and so happy!  Mike looked so handsome in his special tuxedo.  All the bridesmaids in their coral gowns were beautiful too, and the groomsmen in their tuxedos looked so handsome (and so different than the Friday rehearsal!)  Great Officiant Beth, the preferred florist for Great Officiants, had a logistics challenge with so many bouquets and boutonnieres for this very large party.  Beth also supplied the exquisite archway piece, which doubled as the sweetheart table floral arrangement at Mike and Ashley Maye’s reception at The Petroleum Club in Long Beach.

The happy couple selected “The Christian Ceremony” which was tailored for Mike and Ashley Maye.  Although a serious religious ceremony, Great Officiant Greg made it loving and fun.  The marriage was attended by a very large group of friends and family, some traveling a very long distance.  The bride, groom, their parents and many friends commented to Greg how much they enjoyed his presentation of the ceremony.

The happy couple will travel to Bora-Bora for their honeymoon!  Now that is really special!

Many thanks to Great Officiant Beth for the beautiful flowers and acting as the wedding coordinator.  And of course a big thank you to Suvin and all the staff at Great Officiants for the set-up and preparation.

Everyone at Great Officiants wish Mike and Ashley Maye much love and happiness in their future together!

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