Beach wedding

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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A Total Surprise Wedding For The Bride

Roger got to be part of a very cool surprise for an unsuspecting bride this last weekend.  You see Carlos and Anna have been married for 20 years and Carlos wanted to celebrate their love for one another by renewing their vows once again after two decades together……but he wanted to do it as a surprise for her on the beach.  So Carlos had set up the perfect plan.  He arranged it all thru the The Victorian, an amazing restaurant in Santa Monica and they would set up the chairs and such on the beach.  Now to get Anna there and surprise her…… And this is where the genius of the plan came into play…. You see Anna was going to be on the beach getting some pictures taken by a family friend (who was in on the surprise) and this family friend was “casually” going to walk her over to the area where Roger and all their friends and family would be waiting and surprise her with the wedding.  But they didn’t want her to notice the assembly of friends and family…. So the photographer friend had her walk backwards for probably a couple hundred feet and she never saw it until she was right on top of it !  It worked perfect and she was overwhelmed. A beautiful wedding !!  And Roger topped it off with an amazing ceremony.  It was a great day.   Roger told Carlos the only downside to this wonderful day was that Carlos set the bar really high for every married man out there !   Touche’ Carlos !

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The Perfect Beachside Wedding………

Roger had the honor of marrying Elliott & Stephanie this last weekend on the beach at Little Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach.  Alex and Cameron flew out from Arizona so they could have that perfect beach wedding.  Just a small, intimate group, maybe 15 people.  Roger and the group walked down to a quiet end of the beach by the rocks and just as the tide was coming in, they had the perfect wedding ceremony.  It was a beautiful day and a wonderful wedding.

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A long time dream comes true for Philip and Marti Officiant Lisa Smith of Great Officiants had the honor and pleasure of marrying this loving couple on beautiful Corona Del Mar Beach, California

A long time dream comes true for Philip and Marti Officiant Lisa Smith of Great Officiants had the honor and pleasure of marrying this loving couple on beautiful Corona Del Mar Beach, California. Saturday, June 3, 2017  Philip and Marti came from Indiana to fulfill their dream wedding on the beach of the Pacific ocean at last. It took a lot of phone meetings and careful planning to make it all happen Marti and Philip were joined by their son daughter family and close friends.  As we all gathered for the ceremony it seemed that time stood still for this precious moment in time. The look on Philip and Marti’s faces said it all!
They composed their own heart felt vows to one another there was not a dry eye on the beach it was so romantic just magical.  They included a colorful Sand Ceremony and poem.  As Philip and Marti continued filling their sand container All of us bowed our heads for a special marriage blessing and to wish Philip and Marti Love Health and Happiness for their lifetime and forever more. Dream Granted  Bravo!!

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Karina and Savas had a beautiful ceremony with their toes in the sand at Shutters in Santa Monica by Suvin

Karina and Savas wanted an intimate and beautiful beach ceremony. They chose the sand near Shutters in Santa Monica for their beach wedding. Surrounded by family and friends, they had their daughter play the violin for their entrance.

I blended a few Christian elements with some Rumi quotes and a Sufi reading. It was a beautiful blending of faiths on a perfect Southern California day.

After the ceremony, they went into the Ocean View room for their reception. Overall, it was a perfect day for a perfect couple. May they live happily ever after.

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A Wedding Day Sign Like No Other………

Roger married Nicu & Marina this last Saturday morning at Point Dume.  It was to be a small, intimate, loving ceremony, maybe only 10 people attending.  The only worry for the day was the forecasted rain.  When Roger left his home that morning to head out for the wedding it was raining pretty hard.  He could only hope that Mother Nature had different plans that day other than to ruin a young couples wedding ceremony….   Because at Point Dume, you don’t really have any other back up plans to get out of the rain……. Roger got there extra early to see if he could formulate some kind of plan if indeed the black storm clouds overhead erupted into rain.  But as Roger was waiting for the couple and the wedding party to arrive, he noticed something…..  Blue skies !  He couldn’t believe it !  Mother Nature had come thru !  And once the wedding party arrived along with Nicu and Marina, Roger wasted no time rounding the group down on to the sand, better not to push their luck, not knowing how long the blue skies would last…….  And no sooner did the wedding party make their way down to the water than Mother Nature played it’s last card…….  Just as Roger was starting the ceremony, the entire wedding party started shouting……….just directly behind them, maybe 50 yards off shore……..were two Pacific Gray whales !  It’s migration season and these two love birds (whales) stopped and stayed for the wedding !  It was amazing !  All the while during the ceremony, these two whales kept rising out of the water to watch the proceedings !  It was like they were giving a sign that all was well with this wedding.  You could not ask for a better sign.

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Michele and Bob had a Casual and Fun Wedding at the Charthouse in Redondo Beach, by Suvin

Michele and Bob have a wonderful love story and celebrated this at the Charthouse in Redondo Beach. They wanted to share this with their guests, so they elected to have the Greatest Package. With this upgraded package, I wrote custom vows and sprinkled tid bits of their relationship into the ceremony by a relationship questionnaire they filled out. They met 37 years ago, crossed paths many times throughout the years, and finally re met through the magic of Facebook! They were such a fun couple, they wanted a casual beach feel with lots of humor. Surrounded by family, friends, and the amazing view of the ocean, they exchanged vows, laughed together, cried together, gave each other that magic kiss, and may they live happily ever after…

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