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Roger had the honor of marrying Andrew & Janet on the water at the amazing Gondola Getaways in Long Beach

Roger had the honor of marrying Andrew & Janet this last weekend at a wedding venue that was a bit different than your regular wedding venue………. On the water !!  And when Roger says on the water, he truly means it !  It was at the amazing Gondola Getaways in Long Beach.  Truly an amazing, romantic ride in the Long Beach harbor for any occasion but this was extra special because Andrew and Janet were getting married on the Gondola !  And it was actually two gondolas !  They had charted the two largest gondolas, the Carolinas that held a dozen or so people each.  So after a short boat ride thru the harbor, our oarsmen found the perfect place to conduct the ceremony and it was game on !  While the two boats floated side by side; one boat for Roger, the bride and groom and the bridal party and the other boat for guests, Roger and Andrew & Janet stood and Roger married them !  It was incredibly romantic, fun and mother nature came thru with warm weather and blue skies !  It truly was the Love Boat !

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Congratulations to Daniella De La Cal & Robert Kelly on their November 12, 2016 wedding at The Ebell Club in Long Beach, CA

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Congratulations to Daniella De La Cal & Robert Kelly on their November 12, 2016 wedding at The Ebell Club in Long Beach, CA.  Everything went great – it was a simple ceremony with the couple reciting touching personal vows.  The ceremony was filled with both humor and seriousness (which was sometimes difficult to achieve due to Daniella and Robert’s great personalities and sense of humor).  But we managed to make sure the ceremony had the required doses of seriousness where it needed to be!  My best to the happy couple, who I’m sure are a perfect match for each other!   
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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

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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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A Walk on Beach Ceremony in Long Beach for Rev. Gary

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In a bayside ceremony led by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore, Kristi and Amir pledged their eternal love and faithful commitment in marriage.  They composed their own vows, expressed before God and a few cherished guests.  Great Officiants suggested their minister as well as the venue — a lovely spot at the end of the Belmont Shore peninsula in Long Beach.  The few rain-drops that fell on this late October nuptial felt like the very kiss of God’s blessing.

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A beautiful golf course wedding for Great Officiant Greg!

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor of marrying Kylie and Ramin Amely at the picturesque Long Beach Recreation Golf course on Friday, August 19, 2016.  Recreation Park 18, otherwise known as “Big Rec Golf Course,” is a classic Billy Bell-designed Long Beach golf course layout and is one of the oldest and most popular courses in Southern California, originally designed back in 1910. Recreation Park’s clubhouse is a historical landmark nestled in the trees among beautiful rolling hills, and is a fantastic venue for weddings.  It is perfectly designed for a “ceremony on the green”, and then a short walk to the historic clubhouse, patio and reception.  Lots of free (close) parking is a great bonus as well!

The happy bride and groom just looked gorgeous!  They chose the Comedic Ceremony which was customized by Great Officiant Greg.  Although a very funny ceremony, Greg kept it loving, heartfelt and happy.  Kylie and Ramin, as well as their friends and family really loved the ceremony!

After the “formal” part of the ceremony, the happy couple and friends and family had a wonderful reception and dinner at the clubhouse.  Everyone had a great time!

All of us at Great Officiants wish Kylie and Ramin all our best wishes for their happy married life together.   

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Jeremy and Nancy knew how to bring off the wedding they dreamed of — at a cost they could afford

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Jeremy and Nancy knew how to bring off the wedding they dreamed of — at a cost they could afford.   Her brother in Long Beach volunteered his home and fit seventy-five chairs into the backyard.  Family and friends provided delicious food and drink, enjoyed after the backyard was transformed with dining tables.  And best of all, they said, was the dynamic and romantic ceremony led by Rev Dr Gary Barmore, whom they engaged through Great Officiants.  These photos reveal the joy and appreciation felt by Jeremy and his Anderson family, as well as by Nancy and her Chekos family.  Now, on the voyage of a loving lifetime, following the most wonderful day of their life, this beautiful and beloved pair go forth — without having drained their financial resources.  A wise and happy couple! 
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Congratulations to Carla Loveless & Vince Deno on their August 13, 2016 wedding at the Urban Americana in Long Beach, CA

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Congratulations to Carla Loveless & Vince Deno on their August 13, 2016 wedding at the Urban Americana in Long Beach, CA.  Carla & Vince had a commitment ceremony in Italy exactly one month ago today attended by their family in Italy and some 40 California family and friends.  They invited family and friends today for an informal California reception, not knowing they were actually getting married.  It was a surprise to most and went well in a relaxed, “laid back” setting.  Urban Americana is an old “warehouse type” antique store.  After the short ceremony, drinks, cocktails and food was served.  Guests were also free to walk around and purchase merchandise.  Everyone was carefree and seemed to be having a great evening!
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