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Great Officiant Greg has a beautiful beach wedding in Santa Monica!

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Great Officiant Greg had the true pleasure of marrying Scott and Heather Chard at the Annenberg House on July 16, 2016.  What a great location for a beach wedding!  The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach facility built on the location of a now-demolished 110-room mansion that was built for Marion Davies by William Randolph Hearst.  The “guest house” is restored and certainly could qualify as a mansion on its own!

Scott, his groomsmen and of course Scott II looked so handsome in their gray Tuxedos!  Heather’s personal taste dictated an eclectic mix of the modern and old-school traditional.  Her dress was just beautiful!  The bridesmaids were gorgeous, and little Bella was so cute and beautiful as well with all her jewelry and a little bouquet of her own.

My Favorite Ceremony, customized by Great Officiant Greg for Scott and Heather, included the “Blending of the Sands” was very VERY special since it included Scott II and Bella.  A special reading by Kathy made the ceremony one to remember!  All of their friends, family and relatives really enjoyed the marriage of Scott and Heather!

The reception was held at the Annenberg House banquet room, which was so convenient for everyone.  A special mention must be made to Greg’s wife, Great Officiant Beth and owner of Lei of Love, who supplied all the flowers for the ceremony, the archway flowers and the very special centerpieces.  Each one was a unique design, in a different style container.  Heather’s eclectic design flair was reflected in her special “antique” bouquet and these unique centerpieces!  Her vision was perfectly executed by Beth, and Heather was thrilled!  Lei of Love is the preferred florist for Great Officiants.

All my thanks to the staff at the Annenberg House for their help and assistance.  Also the staff of SoCal Beach Wedding (A division of Great Officiants) for the set-up of the chairs and archway.

All of us at Great Officiants wish Scott, Heather and their children much love and happiness as a family.

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A beautiful, breezy afternoon at The Victorian in Santa Monica was the setting for the boisterously happy wedding ceremony of Kim and Michae

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A beautiful, breezy afternoon at The Victorian in Santa Monica was the setting for the boisterously happy wedding ceremony of Kim and Michael, presided over by Rev. Ralph.  The mood, fueled no doubt by the natural energy of joy and excitement, plus the influence of plenty of champagne, was bubbly and festive.

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A Beautiful Santa Monica Wedding! 

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor and pleasure of marrying John and Cleoneide Mulder on June 11th, 2016 at Michael’s Restaurant in Santa Monica, California.  What a hip and super-cool place!  A combination restaurant and wedding venue, the ceremony takes place in their beautiful garden, the receiving line leads directly to the bar, followed by dinner.  Everything in one place!  The adjacent giant parking structure is a delight as it is a little tough to park in Santa Monica!

The ceremony was beautiful.  The bride was a bit overwhelmed with happiness and joy, but Officiant Greg took it real slow and all went well.  Originally from Brazil, Cleoneide’s friend Rodrigo traveled on a red-eye flight for the ceremony all the way from Sao Paulo!  John’s mother Jean read a wonderful poem which added to the beauty of the ceremony.  Both the bride and groom looked fabulous!

Many of John and Cleoneide’ s family and friends commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony by Great Officiant Greg.

All of us at Great Officiants wish John and Cleoneide a wonderful life together, and many blessings and much happiness.

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A Wonderful Intimate Beach Wedding

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Roger married Alan & Zulmira this last weekend.  They flew out from Virginia to get married on the sunny beaches of So Cal in Santa Monica….  It was going to be a small, intimate wedding of maybe 10 people and they wanted Roger give them the perfect, quaint wedding.  And that is what Roger did !  This couple and their family were really special to Roger.  What a great wedding !

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It was a stunningly beautiful day on the Santa Monica Beach for the March 26 wedding of a stunningly beautiful couple

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It was a stunningly beautiful day on the Santa Monica Beach for the March 26 wedding of a stunningly beautiful couple. Great Officiants not only provided Rev Dr Gary Barmore to lead the ceremony, but set up a beautiful floral arch through which the guests could see the couple as well as all the sailboats on the bay.  Pastor Barmore overheard the groom, Nicolas Penate exclaim in wonder as his bride Magdelena Ayon was escorted across the sand to the altar by her father.  Her dress was indeed exquisite and Nic looked pretty dapper himself.  The ceremony contained drama, laughter, serious commitment, love and joy.  The photos attached are (1) the groom, his parents and Dr Barmore, and (2) the couple showing their affectionate appreciation for their officiant.
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A beautiful Santa Monica Beach Wedding, From Oceans away

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Justine and Mike flew all the way across the pond to have a beautiful sunny wedding at Santa Monica beach. They starting vacationing in Santa Monica a few years ago and grew so fond of California as they fell in love. They had their closet friends and family from England in attendance, and as couples strolled by and people buried each other in the sand, they sealed their love right at the water’s edge. Justine and Mike aren’t your typical Bride and Groom, they’d be the first to tell you. So when I saw Mike in a baby blue suit and converse, and Justine in a sparkling gold wedding dress and heart-shaped sunglasses, I knew they were having the wedding that they wanted, and it was perfect.
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A Beautiful Beach Wedding in Santa Monica

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A beautiful sunset on Santa Monica beach was the perfect setting for Ruby and Ben to exchange marriage vows. They had traveled from England for their dream nuptials, and Great Officiants matched them with a cool clergyman, Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore, who strode through the sand to the site of the ceremony.  Although the bride and groom looked like glamorous young Hollywood stars, ready for a movie shoot by the shore, actually they will return home to resume their professions as British engineers, and of course, a joyous life together.  Since the only witnesses that evening were the photographer and videographer, when Rev.Gary came to the part where he likes to ask the guests for their affirmation, he looked into the video camera and beseeched the folks back home “across the pond” to provide loving support for Ben and Ruby through the years.  Ruby, by the way, was relieved that the rings were not fumbled into the sand!

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