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.
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.
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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!
An outdoor wedding in late November is risky business, but Miranda Grey and Kevin Roberts really nailed it on the beautiful SoCal afternoon of November 23. Their venue, the Unitarian Church of Palos Verdes, offered a clear vista from the Pacific Ocean to the Hollywood Hills, and Rev Dr Gary Barmore, secured through Great Officiants of Long Beach, led a ceremony that lifted the couple and their guests into a celebration of life and the gift of God that makes life so worthwhile … love. Kevin and Miranda chose not to stand with a wedding entourage, so the intimate setting made it feel like everyone attending were their “best men” and “women of honor.”
From France with a small group of family and close friends, Inez and Adrian reached out to Great Officiants for a turnkey wedding on the beach. The permits, chairs, Chuppah, flowers and even a sound system were all provided and set up seamlessly.
The forecast was for thundershowers on the eve of Adrian and Inez’s Malibu beach wedding. Driving from San Clemente for two and a half hours in pouring rain didn’t exactly comfort me. With no alternative for a dry ceremony, I plunged forward until I turned onto the quiet winding road toward Point Dume. I was only ten minutes from the location when the clouds began to part and slowly the sun peeked through the gray. Arriving at the end of the road, I noticed the unmistakable van from So Cal Beach Weddings. Moments later, Michael drove up with the couple’s wedding license, issued on the spot and location. When all was set up, Inez and Adrian arrived. The license was signed, witnessed by the rabbi and the ceremony began.
There are no words to describe the beauty of the beach in the midst of a passing cloud bank. The sun lighting the coastline and the iconic Point Dume surrounded the party with beauty that could not be staged by man. It was a wonderful wedding gift from Nature herself.
We began with the signing of the couple’s beautiful custom Ketubah. With the designs given to me by Inez, I was able to complete what she envisioned. As we moved into the ceremony, it was so touching to see tears of joy falling from Inez’s eyes. The service was personable and lighthearted. When it was over, I was thinking that everyone would leave for their reception as it became quite cold and cloudy. Instead, I was surprised and moved when Adrian connected his smartphone to the speakers and played music that provided them a moment to be dancing on the beach, in Malibu, celebrating their dream wedding . Mozel Tov Adrian and Inez!