Outdoor wedding

Celebrating 25 years of Love

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Ron and Juan gathered close friends and family from all over, including a few different countries, and set said with Newport Charter Yachts. We pushed off into the bay, sun setting in the distance, and honored the many years they’ve spent together in an intimate ceremony. The most romantic part? The way these two met. It wasn’t through mutual friends, or some unseen chance of fate, but Jack in the Box. That’s right. Ron saw Juan at the drive thru one day before work and proceeded to visit that Jack in the Box the next 8 days in a row to see Juan again. That’s true love right there.
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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 Amanda Reynolds and Bryan Masucci on their July 16, 2016 wedding at the Galway Downs in Temecula, CA

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Congratulations to Amanda Reynolds and Bryan Masucci on their July 16, 2016 wedding at the Galway Downs in Temecula, CA.  It was another in beautiful day in the southern California Wine Country.  It was hot but tolerable in a great serine setting.  The ceremony started with Amanda entering “slow” in the two horsepower horse and carriage with the “nervous” groom anxiously waiting.  The ceremony went great with many laughs and examples of why many couples are not in favor of the traditional “repeat after me” vows (although we did not do those).  Prior to the regular vows, Amanda and Bryan pulled out their handmade notebook of written vows, from which they read.  The Wine Cup ceremony was a nice touch, although Bryan might have welcomed an “endless cup!”  The ceremony was the perfect blend of humor and seriousness and was exactly what they wanted.  My best goes out to the very happy couple as the head to some warm weather to relax!

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A Loving Couple and their beloved dog Rango……….

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Roger had the honor of marrying Mike and Angelica this last weekend.  During the planning session for their wedding ceremony, they mentioned their dog Rango who is a MAJOR part of their life together.  Roger asked them if Rango was attending the wedding and they had considered it but had not done anything about it…… Well, Roger being a giant dog love, said they had to have him there, he was family !!  So they got permission from the venue, the beautiful Malibu West Beach Club and Rango became the official ring bearer !  So all was going along smoothly……. everybody had made their way down the aisle (including Rango – “Good boy”!)…….. the ceremony was running along with lots of heart felt moments, lots of laughter… until the exchanging of the rings… which were tied to Rango’s collar…..  Not a problem, but fearing that somehow the rings might come untied, they triple tied them to make sure they were not coming off…..and that is exactly what happened !! Everything came to a sudden stop in the ceremony while the best man, (Mike’s identical twin brother) wrangled with the multiple knots trying to get the rings.  All the while, the star of the wedding, Rango, sat there patiently while they retrieved the rings !  Rango was the star of the day !

Mike and Angelica were so happy that they wrote to Roger the very next day !!

Roger, 

First of all, thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony!!   People kept asking us where we found you, and we’re so glad we did. It was exactly what we were looking for. 

We never got the opportunity to thank you, however. We would really like to make that a priority, so please let us know what would be the best way to do that. And we’d be so happy to give you an amazing review!

Thank you SO much again. You made this such a memorable day for us! It was perfect.

Angelica and Mike

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The nuptials of Kaitlin and Robert took place on May 7, 2016

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Rev. Ralph was delighted to preside over the nuptials of Kaitlin and Robert, which took place on May 7, 2016, “way out in the boondocks” at the beautiful Hartley Botanica in Somis (Ventura County) CA.  (http://hartleybotanica.com/weddings/)  The threat of rain never materialized, and the wedding was filled with love and laughter.  
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Wedding in the forest above San Juan Capistrano.


Craig and Summer wanted to have a beautiful wedding outdoors. They had recently been camping in the Caspers wilderness Park and fell in love with its rustic beauty.

So they rented a few campsites and invited a dozen guests and then hired me to perform the ceremony.

The campsite they chose couldn’t have been more beautiful. Lined with Majestic Oaks and shrubs it created a beautiful backdrop for their wedding.

I got there early and me and the brides sons collected some stones and I created a heart for them to stand out of the stones.

  When the bride showed up I had all of their guests form an aisle for the bride to walk down. I performed a beautiful ceremony filled with love and laughter and at the end they made the most wonderful Kiss.

Their family loved it and it was a great moment of celebration.

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