Hawaiian wedding

A Palms Springs destination wedding for Great Officiant Greg and Beth at the world-famous Tonga Hut!

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On Saturday August 27th2016, Great Officiant Greg and Great Officiant Beth had the honor and pleasure of marrying Tim and Kristen Tristen Allegaert at the Tonga Hut, a Ultra-Kool 1958 Tiki-style bar and restaurant in Palm Springs California!  This was a real treat as it is such a unique venue for a wedding and reception!

The happy couple selected the “Aloha” ceremony.  As Aloha means love in Hawaiian (as well as hello, goodbye, and other things) so it was the perfect match for the Tonga Hut.  Great Officiant Beth, Greg’s wife, blew the conch shell prior to the ceremony.  The blowing of the shell signals the start of a new journey, and scares off evil spirits and crazy relatives and friends!  Greg was happy to have his wife Beth play the conch as she is really an expert!  Due to a freak Frisbee accident when he was a young man, Greg can no longer play the conch shell successfully.

However, Great Officiant Greg did a fantastic job with the Aloha ceremony!  Don Ho would have been impressed!   It was fun, loving, funny and full of Aloha!

Many thanks to the staff of the Tonga Hut for their help, and thanks to Great officiant Beth for the fabulous Leis!  Beth’s company Lei of Love is the preferred florist of Great Officiants.

All of the staff at Great Officiants wish Tim and Kristen many years of Aloha with their life together.

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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 Hawaiian Style Ceremony at the David Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley

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I may only do Hawaiian / beach weddings from now on. The Aloha Spirit was strong at the David Baker golf course in Fountain Valley. Guests cheered and sounded off loudly , and a conch shell was sounded to the four directions as the groom, Gene Ahlo, waited anxiously for his bride, DeEtte Lucero. She arrived, radiant in white, and they exchanged Leis with parents. I sprinkled Hawaiian words and phrases through the ceremony to honor the heritage of both families, including part of the vows.  All were thrilled at the kiss and final Alooooooo-ha!
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The Fly Boy, The Russian Bride, and the Barefoot Officiant, Malibu Beach Wedding

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Olesya and Anthony got married in front of the Sunset Restaurant in Malibu. In addition to performing the ceremony they also enlisted our beach division to design and set up a most beautiful arch. The arch was a four post bamboo arch covered with both white and sheer Tiffany blue drapes adorned with starfish and flowers.

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The ceremony was a combination of a Hawaiian style ceremony, and a traditional style ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, the conch shell was blown, the couples said their vows and did a beautiful sand ceremony at the end. The bridesmaids were beautiful and dressed to the nines. The guests thouroughly enjoyed the ceremony, and then went off to their reception.

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The rain had cleared up right before the ceremony, so they had the toes in the sand expereience they wanted. With beautiful clouds in the sky, the sun shining, we congratulate this happy and beautiful couple.
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Hawaiian and Filipino style wedding ceremony brings the spirit of aloha to this couple and their family

First off I got to tell you how much I love doing weddings at Yamashiro in Hollywood. as the preferred wedding officiant at that venue I love to get to work with the couples they send me.
Today Alfeo and Farrah had me bring aspects of the Hawaiian and Philippine cultures together.

Starting with me lighting a memorial candle to represent the brides mother; I then welcomed the guests.

The processional began and all were in place. They exchanged the beautiful shell and kakui nut necklaces. Then they passed roses to their mothers and grandmothers.
Their sponsors placed the veil and cord upon them while I explained their significance. Then exchanged the aras coins.

After their vows, I do's and ring exchange the did a unity candle ceremony filled by a prayer.

It was a beautiful light hearted wedding ceremony and they couldn't be happier.

We are pictured here "Throwing the Shaka" a hawaiian tradition showing approval and thanks.

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Congratulations to Newlyweds, Kathy and Scott

Congratulations to Newlyweds, Kathy and Scott… and Thank You to the couple as well for the following recent posting of a 5 Star review on Yelp!

"We were fortunate enough to have A.Mauricio Lubong (Mauricio) conduct our wedding ceremony. … He has a wonderful spirit, is a great writer, and set a very joyful tone for the ceremony. He gave us 'homework' and made our ceremony very personal but also he incorporated his great sense of humor. He has a warm and calming spirit that made what could be a very stressful day a complete delight."

Before posting the above review the Newlyweds wrote to Great Officiants, offering these kind words, "We just want you to know that Mauricio was such a delight and performed such a lovely ceremony. He made what I thought would be the most nerve-wracking part, the most delightful. He has such a lovely personality."

Kathy and Scott were married just last month at the iconic El Cid Restaurant in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Known as the go to venue where one can experience Flamenco dancing in the South Land for the past 50 years, However, Kathy's and Scott's wedding brought a different sight and sound and feel to the local landmark.

Seemingly endless servings and varieties of hors d'oeuvres, crudités and finger foods greeted guests at the start of the soiree, and continued to be offered throughout the evening so that by the time the cake was cut all were more than satiated. But, for those who reserved space for even a sliver were happily rewarded.

As for the ceremony itself, Kathy and Scott had informed A, Mauricio in advance that a live Hawaiian band would provide the musical backdrop for their wedding. With that in mind he suggested an idea that was well-received; and so it was that he announced the start of the ceremony by blowing a conch shell. Three blasts from the "pu" and the bride, the groom and their guests were treated to a ceremony that was both unique and personal, a balance of humor, romance, spirituality and fun — all of which are trademarks of weddings by Great Officiant A.Mauricio.

For A. Mauricio, it was a personal pleasure officiating for Kathy and Scott, who are such a unique, creative and loving couple.

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“Hau`oli la Ho’omana’o (Happy Anniversary)” to Gabrielle and Jesse

"Hau`oli la Ho'omana'o (Happy Anniversary)" to Gabrielle and Jesse who sent this wonderful note along with two photos taken during their Hawaiian-Style ceremony:

"Hi Mauricio… We have had a wonderful first year of marriage and think about our wedding all the time. It was perfect and we just wish that we could do it all over again. You officiated the most beautiful ceremony for us and we couldn't have wished for a more perfect day… Thank you again for bringing all of our hopes for the ceremony to fruition."

One of the Hawaiian ritual observances featured in Gabrielle's and Jesse's wedding involved Great Officiant A. Mauricio pouring Pacific Ocean water into a Koa Wood bowl, He then dipped the leaf of a Ti Plant into the water and used it to sprinkle the water on the rings as a form of blessing. This was introduced with a tradition Hawaiian chant using a melody he composed especially for the occasion.

Aloha, Gabrielle and Jesse!

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