Restaurant wedding

Roger had the honor of marrying Greg & Shana this last weekend at the always wonderful wedding venue, The Reef in Long Beach

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Roger had the honor of marrying Greg & Shana this last weekend at the always wonderful wedding venue, The Reef in Long Beach.  Greg & Shana had planned everything out perfectly, a great wedding venue, getting married at sunset, a full bridal party, ring bearer and a flower girl….everything !  In fact, the ring bearer and flower girl would be his kids who would participate in the wedding.  Well, the day of the wedding, everything was moving along smoothly, as everyone got ready for the big moment.  Just prior to starting, Greg the groom comes up to Roger and tells him that his kids would rather not participate (stage fright) !!!   But Greg and Roger also knew that Shana the bride REALLY wanted to walk down upon the red rose petals they had worked so hard to prepare….  So what does an officiant do in a case like this, he gets creative….  Roger walks up to the three groomsmen and makes them an offer they cant refuse…. You see, the groomsmen were not walking out with the bridesmaids but with just the three of themselves…. so they took on double duty and became the “flower girl groomsmen” !!  It was perfect !  And now these three groomsmen can check that off their bucket list !!

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Octavio Saves the Day at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello

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Let me start by saying I have a very special place in my heart for this beautiful family! We met at a Bridal Show in Quiet Cannon and bonded immediately!!!! Their energies are so special I fell in love with them and was honored they chose me to be a part of such an important day in their lives!!!

Their ceremony was scheduled to start at 5 PM. For some reason there was a miscommunication with the DJ and he wasn’t at the ceremony site. He was still setting up at the reception room. We had to wait half hour for him to bring his laptop and set up the music so that we could start the ceremony. Unfortunately he needed an outlet to plug in his computer and there was none available. Luckily I pulled out one of my wedding playlists on my phone, got the authorization from the bride, and queued the music for the DJ to control it.

It ended up being perfect! Even though it wasn’t the actual songs the bride had picked, she was very happy that I was able to save the day and had some songs she loved! Even the DJ was impressed that the officiant was able to save the ceremony!

During the ceremony we did a family sand ceremony including Anthony, the couple’s son. I’m a huge fan of including family members in the sand ceremony. It’s symbolic to the fact that from that day on you will all be united as one, a family!

I had a wonderful time officiating Lionel & Yennyfer’s wedding!! They are truly special people to me!!

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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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I LOVE surprises! I had the opportunity to pull off a “surprise birthday party” into a wedding ceremony with none of the guests knowing it.

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I LOVE surprises! I had the opportunity to pull off a “surprise birthday party” into a wedding ceremony with none of the guests knowing it.

Nathaniel and Priscilla let me in on the secret and all of their guests thought that I was her boss from her job at Disney.  Once everybody was in the restaurant the Bride came walking in the front door in her beautiful dress and shocked everybody! I had the awesome opportunity of seeing everyone’s faces when it happened. It was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time!

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Sergio Montelongo and Ana Arciniega brought family and friends together on Sunday afternoon 9/4 for a beautiful wedding and a joyous celebration at the White House in Anaheim.

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Sergio Montelongo and Ana Arciniega brought family and friends together on Sunday afternoon 9/4 for a beautiful wedding and a joyous celebration at the White House in Anaheim.  Situated in an amusement mini-park and looking just like the D.C. White House, once inside the venue’s building and grounds there is privacy and elegance.  Sergio and Ana found their minister Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore through Great Officiants, and sure enough, the ceremony was all — and more — than they could have ever dreamed.  He met with them in his Costa Mesa home, which facilitated getting acquainted and the planning of the ceremony.  Gary was pleased that the couple trusted him to express some of the service in Spanish.  Sergio and Ana Montelongo are headed for great things in their respective professions and in their married life.

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Congratulations to Jaemie Heiland & Greg Johnson on their July 29, 2016 wedding at the Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, CA

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Congratulations to Jaemie Heiland & Greg Johnson on their July 29, 2016 wedding at the Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, CA.  It was a great day high on the hill in Orange.  The weather was ideal, setting was beautiful, everything was well-coordinated.  You would not have known that a change of officiant took place only three days prior.  The DJ/coordinator did a great job in making sure thing moved along without any glitches and everyone was “on spot.”  The couple was more than satisfied , as were the guests.  They had a great start to a wonderful life together.  My best to the happy couple.

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A Joyous Pasadena wedding for Great Officiant Greg!

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor of marrying Michael and Natalee Schlech on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Raymond 1886 Restaurant in Pasadena, California.  What a unique and historical venue for small intimate weddings!   The Raymond 1886 is a living example of Pasadena’s colorful past and carries on the city’s great traditions of craftsman architecture and unparalleled hospitality.

Although it was a warm and there was a little ash from the Sand fire, the outdoor setting was wonderful and beautifully set.  The planning coordinator Teresa from the Raymond did a superb job!  Everyone was very happy!  The groom was just a little nervous, but very handsome in his blue suit.  The bride was a bit more nervous, spending a little more time in the bar with her mother and father prior to the ceremony!

Natalee was just lovely in her wedding dress!  A customized version of “My Favorite Ceremony”, the bride and groom both presented their own personal vows.  It brought everyone to tears of joy and happiness.  It was a lovely ceremony that was truly appreciated by everyone!  Natalee and Michael said “You and Great Officiant Beth really made everything so special and made us so comfortable and reassured”.  “We are so happy we selected Great Officiants and especially Greg and Beth”.

After the beautiful ceremony and pictures with the happy couple, Greg and Beth proceeded to leave the Raymond 1886.  Greg gave the valet our ticket as another car pulled up.  A beautiful women and her date got out of the car and walked towards the front door.  She said to Beth, “what a beautiful dress!”  Beth looks at her and said “you look like Michaela Pereira!”   She then exclaimed “that’s because I am Michaela Pereira!”  Oh my, Beth says “my husband is crazy about you!”  Michaela Pereira is a television personality who was on KTLA 5 Morning News for nine years, moving to CNN New York and now back to Los Angeles on HLN with her own show.  An outstanding journalist, winner of numerous awards, she is even more charming and beautiful in person!  Michaela, Beth and Great Officiant Greg chatted for a brief while and said goodbye.   He just wishes he had taken a picture with Michaela!

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