Yacht Club wedding

Great Officiant Greg and the privilege of marrying Bassam and Laura Younes on Saturday November 19th 2016 at the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club in Lake Forest, California.

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Great Officiant Greg and the privilege of marrying Bassam and Laura Younes on Saturday November 19th 2016 at the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club in Lake Forest, California.  

What a beautiful location for a wedding and reception!  The weather was absolutely perfect!  The ceremony was held on the water’s edge, with the reception at the clubhouse a short walk away.  The pictures speak for themselves!

Bassam looked so sharp in his blue suit and Laura was just lovely and beautiful in her wedding dress.  The ceremony was a customized “Catholic Lite” with the “Family Sand Ceremony” as an addition.  With their children, this ceremony was very special and heartwarming.

The special ceremony by Great Officiant Greg was very well received by the happy couple’s friends and family.  Bassam’s best friend made a special effort to thank Greg for such a wonderful and sincere, but fun wedding.  “You really nailed it!” he exclaimed!

All of us at Great Officiants wish Bassam, Laura and their children much love and happiness!

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Congratulations to Phuong Nguyen & David Denton on their November 7, 2015 ceremony at the Dana Point Yacht Club in Dana Point, CA

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Congratulations to Phuong Nguyen & David Denton on their November 7, 2015 ceremony at the Dana Point Yacht Club in Dana Point, CA.  It was the perfect day with a great ocean view on the balcony of the Yacht Club.  It was a small, close, intimate ceremony which was meaningful for all.  The ocean view didn’t stop there as the couple was off to Maui.

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From Emergencies to Toddlers- Great Officiant Michael Thieling Can Handle It All!


Emily & Casey

Married on July 25, 2014 at Saddle Peak Lodge

 

Stories like Emily and Casey’s make me really proud of what we at Great Officiants do. Their ceremony was on a Friday.  That Monday, the officiant they had been working with for a while (not from Great Officiants) called and refused to perform their ceremony unless religious elements were included, which the had said from the onset they didn’t want – so he quit on them.

 

Enter Great Officiants.  I was happy to put together and perform a ceremony exactly how they wanted it – after all, it’s their day – that’s the point!  

Afterwords they had this to say:

About a week before our wedding, our original officiant had to cancel. We were suddenly in a bind and had to act fast to find a new officiant. About an hour after we called Great Officiants, we were put into contact with Michael Thieling. After our first conversation on the phone, we knew he was the right person for the job. Not only was he absolutely the perfect person for our ceremony, he was far better than the original officiant we planned on using! Everyone commented on how well he did.”

Emily and Casey

 

I’m so glad they were able to find us and have the ceremony they had dreamed of – congrats guys!!!


Monica & Jebadiah

Married on July 25, 2015 on Point Dume Beach

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Monica and Jebadiah had a small, intimate ceremony on the beach at Point Dume – my go-to spot for couple who want to get married on the beach in Malibu.  They were so fun and I had to get an extra picture of their daughter Millicent who was very interested in how I filled out the marriage license. Congrats family!


Kara & Chris

Married on July 26, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott – Long Beach

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Kara and Chris were gracious, upbeat and super fun on their wedding day despite the one major element affecting their wedding out of control – the heat!  We were on a beautiful lawn next to the pond in downtown Long Beach with the majority of their guests in the direct sunlight.  Right before we were about to begin the bride asked me to make it quick.  As I was performing their ceremony I noticed every guest was fanning themselves with their program, so I began to edit down their ceremony on the fly – to the delight of the couple and guests who couldn’t wait to get into the shade. Congrats guys – I hope the reception was held in a location with air conditioning!

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Paul & Keiko

Married July 27, 2014 at The Portofino – Redondo Beach

Paul and Keiko were already married, but wanted to affirm their vows in front of their family and friends and I was happy to oblige.  They performed a lovely rose ceremony to their parents and I was able to incorporate some language to include their little son Kai.

Paul and Keiko

Congratulations and good luck to this wonderful family!

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Who Stole the Rings!- Weddings by Great Officiant Michael Thieling

 

Kelly and Alvand

Married on July 18, 2014 at The Portofino – Redondo Beach

There’s a first time for everything and nothing proves that more than Kelly and Alvand’s wedding.  I went about performing a ring warming for them and their guests but when it was time to exchange rings I asked their guests where they had been passed to and there was silence.  I made a little joke saying “What, no one wants to give them back?” to which everyone laughed but still, silence as to their actual whereabouts.  Finally after what seemed like forever, the bride’s aunt raised her hand saying “Someone handed me rings but I didn’t know what to do with them.”  It seems she decided they were gifts that all the guests had gotten and because she came in a little late she hadn’t heard the ring warming explanation.

Everyone got a great kick out of it and it added such a memorable, albeit tense, moment to a beautiful ceremony.

 

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Congrats guys!


 

Elizabeth & Brian

Married on July 19, 2014 at the Huntington Harbor Yacht Club

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Elizabeth and Brian were awesome to work with!  They had a beautiful, straight forward ceremony with a little twist and first for me – a dove release!

I worked separately with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and Mitch Todd (owner of OCDoves.com) to organize everyone and choreograph how the release would happen.  The ceremony went off without a hitch and I think the video of the dove release speaks for itself:

After their wedding they wrote us this lovely review:

“We had Michael T. as our Officiant and he did an amazing job. He was flexible in scheduling meetings with my husband and I and was very helpful in answering all the questions we had. The main website has many templates of readings and what is said during wedding ceremonies and Michael helped us find the perfect combination of things to accommodate what we were looking for.  Michael was very prompt in sending us emails with the revisions of the ceremony and also gave us different sources of readings to look at.  He speaks well and has very good stage presence! We felt extremely comfortable with him and took a liking to him automatically.”

Thanks so much guys – it was my pleasure!


 

Gail & John

Married on July 19, 2014 at a Private Residence

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Gail and John had a very simple, private ceremony at their friend’s house in the beautiful Corona del Mar. As the sun set into the ocean in the background, their friends cheered after their “I Do’s.” I was so jealous that I didn’t get to stay for the amazing food provided by a private personal chef.

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I give you all my best!

 

 

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Roger & Beth Team Up Again For a Beautiful Yacht Club Wedding !!

Roger had a great wedding a couple of Saturdays ago at the beautiful Shoreline Yacht Club!  He was glad to have partnered up with Beth, our beach wedding coordinator, and specialist extraordinaire!  With her eye for detail, and care for the arrangements, and Roger’s beautiful ceremony that was enjoyed by all, the ceremony came off without a hitch.

It was all such a success, that the bride and groom INSISTED that Beth & Roger join them for a meal at their table!  It was a touching gesture, and they were so glad to have been a part of this special day.

A great meal and wonderful couple …er… the bride & groom, not Beth & Roger……not yet…….

 

 

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