Country Club wedding

Steve and Teryn chose the Altadena Country Club for their day of celebration on April 1, 2017

When planning a wedding, it is important that the couple be aware of their parent’s wishes and try to accommodate them if they can, but ultimately the decisions about the ceremony are up to the bride and groom. Steve and Teryn chose the Altadena Country Club for their day of celebration on April 1, 2017.  Being an interfaith couple, Teryn, requested the pastor of her family’s church to co-officiate with Rabbi Barry.  Having never performed an interfaith ceremony, Pastor Jean was open to suggestions that would make this event all-inclusive.  However, at the last minute, Steve’s mother requested that the pastor not use certain Christian expressions as she felt they might offend their Jewish guests.  Pastor Jean was willing to honor her request, however, Steve and Teryn insisted that he use the language of his faith and to be himself. The ceremony was sweet and the pastor was sensitive to all involved. Though planning a wedding takes a village, planning a ceremony is between the bride, groom and officiant(s).

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Congratulations to Laura Ortega & Cory McDermott on their September 9, 2016 wedding at The Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside, CA

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Congratulations to Laura Ortega & Cory McDermott on their September 9, 2016 wedding at The Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside, CA.  Once the wind died down it was the perfect day for a wedding – temperature just right, right on the green with a great view.  Cocktail hour was upstairs, outside overlooking the ceremony site with the same great view.  The bride was anxious and ready to go and the ceremony started on time precisely as scheduled.  Everything was just perfect (which was extra special considering that due to unexpected circumstances the venue was changed just three weeks prior to the ceremony).  All vendors did an exceptional job.

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Congratulations to Tehra Yosifi & James Kanooni on their July 23, 2016 wedding at the beautiful Woodland Hills Country Club in Woodland Hills, CA

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Congratulations to Tehra Yosifi & James Kanooni on their July 23, 2016 wedding at the beautiful Woodland Hills Country Club in Woodland Hills, CA.  It would be an understatement to say it was a HOT day in Los Angeles (especially with the fires in neighboring Santa Clarita).  There were no issues and all went well.  The ceremony was well-coordinated, started on time and exceeded the couples expectations!  The coordinator, Rebecca was great and left nothing to the imagination.  While the ceremony was simple, the addition of the Sand Ceremony, the perfect blend of humor and seriousness and an eloquent-looking couple and bridal party resulted in a beautiful ceremony that everyone enjoyed!

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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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A Seacliff County Club Wedding for Great Officiant Greg!

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor and pleasure of marrying Jarrid and Jenna Johnston on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the beautiful Seacliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, California. The private club, owned by American Golf, is a perfect venue for a classy and elegant wedding and reception.

Jarrid and his groomsmen were very handsome and sharp in their dark gray tuxedos, and Jenna was lovely and elegant in her wedding dress.  The special diamond necklace, given by Jarrid to Jenna as part of a “series” of wedding day presents, was just spectacular and added to her beauty!

As a side story, Great Officiant Greg met Jarrid and Jenna fourteen months earlier at a bridal expo at Seacliff.  They were standing on the outside patio (were the weddings take place) talking.  Greg wanted a break, so he went outside and introduced himself noting that Great Officiants was the preferred company at Seacliff.  They asked “do you know anything about the club?”  He said “yes I sure do!” They asked “how is the food?”  Greg said “it is really great!”  Jarrid and Jenna then said “how do you know?”  He answered “I have been a member of the Seacliff Country Club for many years.”  That was it!  They booked Seacliff for their wedding and Great Officiant Greg on the spot!

Ending up at the end of the receiving line, Greg had the great fortune of having all of Jarrid and Jenna’s family state that the ceremony was the best they have ever experienced, and how enjoyable, loving and fun it was.

Many thanks to Great Officiant Beth (Greg’s wife) for the pictures, and to the staff at Seacliff County Club for their expert help and support.

All of us at Great Officiants wish Jarrid and Jenna all the love and happiness as they are now joined together as one!

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

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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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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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