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

The Grand Send Off !!

Roger had honor of marrying Alan & Aileen this last weekend at the beautiful Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano.  It is a beautiful place and a lovely couple.  But this wedding had something extra special that Roger had never experienced !  They had a grand sendoff !  Now we have all seen in movies when the bride & groom rush out to their car with all their guests there to celebrate them…. Well that is exactly what happened !  They had this beautiful classic car running and waiting and they made their way out and off they went !  It was spectacular !!

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Sonia and Gerzon were wed at the Laguna Beach Hotel, right on the beach

Sonia and Gerzon were wed at the Laguna Beach Hotel, right on the beach on Friday, July 7th. There was a giddiness in the air, everyone nervous and excited before we began. While conversing with Sonia in the bridal suite before we began, she explained she wanted to show me something very special attached to her bouquet of flowers. You see, Sonia had told me about a month ago that her father had passed unexpectedly just a month prior, so she knew her wedding day was going to be an emotional one. There, hanging from her bouquet was a charm with a picture of her father inside, and on the back the words “Walk with me, Daddy.” Sonia knew as her two uncles escorted her down the aisle, her father also walked beside her. And was celebrating alongside everyone else at the love and unity of this blessed couple.

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At Hotel Laguna, Kayla and Alex were married

Alex Martin and Kayla Blanco both played ball at Kansas University, their home state.   When they decided to “play ball” together in marriage, they chose to travel with family and friends to Laguna Beach for the wedding of their dreams.  But, as people of faith, how — they wondered — would they find a ministerial fit so far from home?   Well, Great Officiants of Long Beach more than met their expectations, hooking them up with Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore.   Initial planning for the ceremony was by email, and then the week of their 7/7/17 wedding they met with their SoCal pastor in his home and left knowing that their wedding was going to be all they had hoped for … and more.  And so, at the surf and sand of the Hotel Laguna, Kayla and Alex were married before God, family and friends, and they especially resonated with Rev. Gary’s suggestion that they write  “loving promise” notes to express before all their guests, then follow with recitation of simple traditional vows.  Those personal expressions were deeply moving to all of us, beautifully reflecting their faith, their love and their joy!

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Jonathon Linn and Kristy Gallegos were married at Orange Hill Restaurant on 7/7/17 in the style they had always dreamed of

Jonathon Linn and Kristy Gallegos were married at Orange Hill Restaurant on 7/7/17 in the style they had always dreamed of.  The setting was beautiful, over-looking the valley as evening lights came on.  The tough part was finding a minister who fit their faith and philosophy of life.  So they turned to Great Officiants of Long Beach and were connected with Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore.   After meeting in his home for planning the ceremony and getting acquainted, they knew that they would enjoy the experience and be very proud before family and friends.  While neither Kristy nor Jonathon are fully bi-lingual, when Rev. Gary asked them to repeat some of the ring (anillo) vows in Spanish, they did so beautifully, to the surprised delight of both Anglo and Latino guests.   Once again, Great Officiants served a marrying couple really well.

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When Jeremy and Allison decided to get married, the big question was “Where?”

When Jeremy and Allison decided to get married, the big question was “Where?”  They live in Kansas where his family is near, but Allison grew up in SoCal.  Once they saw San Clemente Beach, just north of the pier, they had the perfect romantic spot.  Now, how would they find a minister near the wedding site — one that is Christian yet with an open-minded perspective?   Boom … they called Great Officiants in Long Beach, and were put in touch with the Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore, pastor emeritus of Fairview Community Church in Costa Mesa CA.  Chatting long distance and then meeting in his home the week of the wedding, Allison and Jeremy knew that this was just sort of ceremony they had envisioned, and were thrilled that Rev. Gary could take over the conduct of the San Clemente event.  On the big day, it was indeed all they had imagined … and more.  The Kansan’s were stoked to be standing in the sand beside the iconic Pacific surf, and the Californians were reminded of what a great place this is to live, work and play.   The happily married couple are back in Kansas now, but their dream is to find jobs and move to coastal California.  Wherever …  they are counting the blessings of love.

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Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA

Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA.  They had a “simple” ceremony with a special reading.  The hotel is a small quaint boutique hotel tucked away on the busy South Coast Highway.  Following the short fifteen minute ceremony, guests enjoyed an hour of cocktails on the sundeck lounge followed by a beautiful reception in the courtyard.

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The Beautiful Wedding………

Roger had the honor of marrying Mark & Taylor this last weekend at the most extraordinary Redondo Beach Historic Library and Community Center.  It was a beautiful wedding with a fun filled crowd and Roger really pulled out the stops on this one.  Lot’s of laughs and lots of tears.

It was a wonderful wedding…. So much that Mark & Taylor took time out or their celebration to send this note below.

Roger,

Just wanted to say, thank you thank you thank you! You knocked it out of the park with our ceremony.  It was thoughtful, hilarious, and sweet.  We loved it and our guests were absolutely blown away by how funny it was.  It exceeded our expectations and we are so grateful to you for really taking the time to understand what we wanted, and delivering it!!

Sincerely,

Taylor and Mark

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