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Great Officiants features a team of Highly Qualified Wedding Officiants that perform Wedding Ceremonies and also issue Marriage Licenses

The Marriage of a Bear and a Pineapple

I first met Victoria and Thomas at a surprise wedding involving Thomas’ brother, and had the honor of being asked to officiate their wedding the following year. Over that time I got to know Victoria and Thomas and watch their relationship grow even stronger before their Big Day. They have the same Spotify playlists, they love going on adventures together and call each other their adventuremate, Thomas is her Bear and she is his Pineapple. They also had children united because of this marriage, their three dogs. After the wedding, they looked forward to sharing a loving home together somewhere in the countryside, a Bear, a Pineapple, and their three dogs.

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Tustin Ranch Golf Club provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding ceremony of Cindy Dubon and Shane Sceville, led by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants

Tustin Ranch Golf Club provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding ceremony of Cindy Dubon and Shane Sceville, led by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.   They met through an on-line dating service, which is how most couples today find the right match, and it makes sense: at least they know something about the other before actually meeting for a date.  This certainly beats wandering super-market aisles or hanging out in bars, hoping to catch someone’s eye.  When they met with Dr. Barmore to plan the ceremony, he also helped them understand their dynamic — typical of most couples — of one who majors on decision and action, while the other majors on thinking things through.  Together they create a successful life, as long as they celebrate the goodness of this difference, and that the “do-it-now” person grants time and space for the other to muse, and the “muser” assures the “doer” that the time of clarity and action will come.   Shane and Cindy contacted Great Officiants to connect with a “basic minister” but are so glad that the clergy they selected offered friendship, wisdom, skill, and a really dynamic wedding ceremony!

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This happy couple tied the knot at the Annabella Hotel in Anaheim

Saturday, June 10, 2017. This happy couple tied the knot at the Annabella Hotel in Anaheim California both of them served in the United States Navy. And this is where there story began these two patriotic love birds met one another aboard ship not knowing then, that this would be their destiny to love one another for life.  Red White And Blue adorned this beautiful Patio pool area. Where it all took place. With the help and knowledge of Catering Manager Brandy,  Lisa Smith of Great Officiants had the pleasure of working with a professional group of people . Divine Madness Ent. Mr. Phill Perez had all the state of the art DJ equipment and really knew how to utilize it. John and Leslie had a fabulous perfect wedding joined by family and friends.
A Mothers Rose Presentation and a Couples Rose Exchange were perfectly placed in the Ceremony. We Concluded with a Wedding Blessing John and Leslie became husband and Wife. The Ceremony was followed by cocktails a delightful dinner and dancing. Many congratulations to this Beautiful Happy Couple
Mr. & Mrs. O’Brien

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Getting Married in an Orange Grove……

Roger has always said that one of his favorite places to marry couples is in the middle of a lemon grove called Limoneria Ranch. Well, yesterday he can now add an orange grove to that list.  It’s fittingly called The Grove. It’s located out in Redlands and not only is it smack dab in the middle of a working orange grove, but a beautiful view of the Valley as well !   Plus, the brides and grooms’ rooms were amazing !  The girls had a bungalow in the grove and the boys had their own treehouse !!  This was for a wonderful couple by the name of Eddie & Dorian.  She was pretty relaxed but our Eddie was pretty nervous.  So Roger not only got him laughing during the ceremony but brought it serious when needed.  It was a perfect wedding.

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Father Jacob celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday

I celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday.  The ceremony and reception took place at the same location which was convenient and allowed for a very relaxed atmosphere.  The ceremony took place overlooking a distant baseball field (Gerry and Rachel are avid softball players) and all of La Mesa.  The day was sunny and a cool breeze ensured the comfort of Rachel and Gerry’s many guests.

When they contacted me through Great Officiants, I learned that Gerry is Catholic and Rachel is Jewish.  The traditional Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a non-Christian in the Roman Rite does not acknowledge or celebrate the Jewish partner’s faith or heritage so I wanted to write a ceremony just for the them that was truly Catholic, maintaining all the traditional and necessary elements of the the Rite of Marriage, but which also explicitly celebrated Rachel’s rich Jewish heritage and faith.

To accomplish this, I reworked some of the language of the traditional rite.  For example when Gerry placed the ring on his wife’s finger he said: “Rachel, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring according to the Law of Moses and Israel.”  When Rachel placed the ring on her husband’s finger she said, “Gerry, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  In this way, each of the spouses acknowledged the faith and heritage of the other. I inserted a Kiddush which included the Sheva Brachot.  Since Catholicism is descended from Judaism, there are many, many ritual similarities including the use of wine in liturgy so it seemed natural to include this tradition which is remarkably similar, though not identical in each faith. By the way, as a Catholic priest, I almost always use Maneshewitz when I celebrate Mass and it always reminds me of my faith’s Jewish roots. I sang the blessing over the wine in Hebrew and Rachel and Gerry shared from the cup in the presence of their families and friends before Gerry broke a glass beneath his feet and I presented them as husband and wife to their guests.

This was one of the most interesting weddings I have ever celebrated and definitely one of the funnest.  

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Michelle & Eugene CONTRERAS WEDDING on 03 June 2017 in Santa Ana, CA

Michelle and Eugene chose The Heritage Museum of Orange County as their wedding venue. The 19th Century mansion, its grounds and accompanying historic buildings provide a charming “yesteryear” feel. The outdoor wedding, cocktail hour and reception had guests move around the grounds and historic buildings in what was a relaxed and fanciful evening.

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A Beautiful Wedding Day In Southern California……

Roger had the please of officiating a wedding at Grace E. Simons Lodge at Elysian Park this last Friday.  This was his first time there and the lodge does an amazing job !  And as he was driving over to the wedding that day, he heard on the radio about rain storms back East and when he arrived, it was nothing but blue skies.  Not too warm, not too cool.  Just a perfect day for a wedding in So Cal.  He married a wonderful couple, Adam & Tiffany who were both pretty nervous, but Roger assured them both that all was smooth sailing.  And when a last minute hiccup happened just before the ceremony, Roger reassured them that it would all work out….and it did !  Adam, even said to his dad just before walking up the aisle, that “they picked the perfect wedding officiant” !

Roger agreed………..

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