About Great Officiants

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

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Lauren Lee and Christopher Munoz are a “modern” couple, but when it came time for a wedding, they decided to go “old school.” So on December 5, 2021 they were married in the St. Celia Chapel at the Riverside Mission Inn, a beautiful site any time of the year, but especially glorious this time of year with legions of lights and and inspiring sights. The ceremony itself, in the comments of guests, was fantastic and made them not only feel so happy for Chris and Lauren but brought inspiration and reflection about love, commitment and joy in their own lives. This, said Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore, is his intention in every marriage ceremony he conducts, and that a wedding may be one of the few times in life these days that people sit attentively still, not in front of an electronic device, but before an in-person celebration of love. The Munoz’s are glad that Great Officiants of Long Beach led them to Gary and his ministry with them, and that they chose to say their vows and enjoy their reception at the Riverside Mission Inn during its awesome

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Almansor Court Wedding

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Olivia Pan and Christopher Lim made a series of good choices for their marriage ceremony May 23: the weather was lovely, as was the lakeside gazebo at Almansor Court; the coordinator, photographer, and DJ exercised their professional skills without being obtrusive; Rev Gary Barmore, their minister from Great Officiants, conducted a ceremony that he planned with the couple, allowing them to relax and really experience the expressions of love, commitment and joy. Another purposeful choice was the day of May 23, because it was exactly five years before on Chris’s May 22 birthday that they had their first date. Chris and Olivia, cherishing their families and heritage, presented roses to their parents, while coordinator Kate translated Rev. Barmore’s words into Vietnamese. Their officient himself teared-up at the close of the ceremony, remarking that this was the first time in over a year he could approach a couple and place his hands on theirs for the marriage blessing.¬†

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All Directions Point to “I Do.”

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Arch, Two-post Rustic, Floral Decor, Silk Flowers, Heritage Park, Overlook, Marina, Outdoors, Sunlit, Beautiful.

An absolutely stunning ceremony at the Doris Walker Overlook in Dana Point. Beautiful California sun illuminating the marina and warming the rolling green hills. Pictured is our wooden benches positioned to be socially distanced and our rustic two-post arch decorated with our elegant slik floral arrangement.. Proving that even in our current climate, you can still have a beautiful and safe ceremony.

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Vows in the Clouds

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A view to remember.

Our Presiding officiant Alan Katz has married couples in a variety of interesting and unconventional places, so when he heard that this couple was looking to have their ceremony officiated on the helipad of the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills, he initially wondered why they chose such a unique location. The answer? The absolutely breath-taking cityscape that will adorn their wedding photos for the rest of their lives. The sunlit cityline emphasizing the brightest qualities of their love for one-another.

Looking for a fun, safe, officiant? We can help you with that.

Check out www.GreatOfficiants.com/about-our-officiants/

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Beach weddings at sunset

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sunset wedding on San Clemente Beach
Sunset Wedding On Little Corona Del Mar

Getting Married at Sunset on the beach is a great way to get married.

These pictures are from San Clemente by the pier and on Little Corona Del Mar. Both are awesome orange county beaches.

Visit our Beach wedding website www.socalbeachweddings.com or our elopement website www.elopetoday.com

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Blake teared up as he expressed his love for Christi

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Christy Lim and Blake Barnes were married November 29 in the hospitable environs of the Paracel Restaurant in Westminster. ¬†Through Great Officiants of Long Beach the couple secured the ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, and when they met with him at his Costa Mesa home they discussed the marriage relationship and planned the ceremony. ¬†Blake and Christy joyfully yet calmly rehearsed the vows and other elements of the big day’s main event. ¬† So it was a bit unexpected that when during the actual ceremony — after Rev Gary said to the guests that “words can never express the hearts of these two, but that they had composed, each in their own way, words that will do a pretty good job this day and forever” — ¬†Blake teared up as he expressed his love for Christi, and after composing himself, again broke into tears. ¬†Eventually he expressed all he wished to say to his beloved, and the good Reverend commented to everyone’s affirmation that Christi was the envy of all the women … ¬†to be marrying a sturdy and studious man who was also deep with feelings of affection, appreciation and awe ¬†… and not ashamed to let it show!

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