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Here are some Great weddings by Lisa at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia, and the Chart House Restaurant in Redondo Beach

A Glorious day has just happened GREAT Officiants Lisa Smith had the pleasure and honor of composing and officiating Jon and Samantha’s perfect Dream Wedding Ceremony. We came up with one of the best ever ceremonies, one that  creates  lasting heartfelt memories. These two young lovers are  Doctors in the PHD department studying at UCLA. They are building a perfect future together and chose to become united in marriage today. At Los Angles Athletic Club. Located in Downtown Los Angles. This is a beautiful historical venue, family owned since the 1800’s. Wow what a first class blast from the past. So opulent, ornate, and grand simply elegant ! The nuptials took place on the rooftop at 6:45 pm surrounded by excited loving family and friends. We were granted perfect weather a balmy 78* slightly breeze. With a fabulous view of Santa Monica Beach and all of Los Angles A big Thanks to Coordinator Cynthia Najares and the professional first class staff everything was very well Orchestrated! All involved communicated so well we were all on Point. Bravo for a beautiful bright abundant future to Mr. And Mrs. Zink Thanks for choosing Great Officiants

This weekend joined by friends and family they were all honored to be there for this lovely couple they were sharing “universal love” ! the love between two families who come from so far away. From  two different continents. For this beautiful once in a lifetime occasion It took place at Alta Vista Golf and Country Club in Placentia California.  We were blessed with the most beautiful day a light breeze in the air with the dappled sunlight glistening through the trees we proceeded with our Heartfelt Ceremony. Michael And Natsuki chose to compose their own Vows Michael recited his Vows  in Japanese, as well as in English. I could see the look on the in-laws face as they beamed with delight . The staff is a tight group always point on. And willing to go the extra mile . The glorious dinner and party was enjoyed by all no language barriers here For  universal love was felt by everyone congratulations to Michael and Natsuki and and a sincere thank you for selecting Lisa Smith of GREAT Officiants‼️

Jackie and Amy fulfilled their dream of a glorious southern California beach wedding they live in Arizona and were very happy to come to the beach to cool off. We all gathered at the Chart House Restaurant in Redondo Beach for a well orchestrated and joyous afternoon into evening Celebration. Aaron and staff we’re ready and on point as usual to treat our guests. We were blessed with a perfect day a bit overcast, but welcomed for awesome photographs and a cool cover. Joined by family and friends from Missouri Arizona Oregon and all over. We gathered right on the sand to witness these two souls whom adore each other pledge to be together for eternity. Amy’s dad was so proud to give his daughters hand in marriage there was not a dry eye in the house, or should I say on the beach! Emotions were very high but we pulled through with good tears and laughs. The sand ceremony was also a grand symbol of the blending of these two lives. followed by the awesome reception it was just inside set up so perfect with all the trimmings and great attention to detail the view was outstanding all the windows facing the glorious sunset over the Pacific ocean as jackie and Amy joined by family and friends they ate fabulous food, partied and danced the night away. Best wishes to Mr and Mrs Flores

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3 Awesome Weddings, one at the Summit House in Fullerton, one at Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, and a Beach Wedding at Heisler Park Gazebo in Laguna Beach


Ever since they met, Mark Jimenez and Lisa Tone have celebrated life and love with gusto.  They value family and friends as the best blessing from above.  So their wedding ceremony at the Summit House in Fullerton featured all that and more!  They selected Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants to plan with them and carry out a wedding of romance, commitment, faith and joy.  The guests were particularly pleased to be asked for their affirmation of the couple, and they did just that with enthusiasm.  Following personal “love letters” expressed to one another Lisa and Mark recited vows led by Rev. Gary.  As they repeated each phrase, eyes locked on eyes, Mark and Lisa drifted physically closer and closer to each other, until at about six inches, Gary interjected, “Can’t kiss ’til vows are finished.”  The couple and the crowd loved the moment … and even more the moment when they did embrace and engage in the holy kiss of marriage. 

Marco Corona and Aleena Huber, very much in love, planned meticulously for their wedding day.  Most importantly they (1) reserved the ballroom and outdoor chapel at Orange Hill Restaurant, and (2) Through Great Officiants booked Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore to lead the marriage ceremony.   They liked Gary’s open-minded Christian faith, his vocal energy, and the fact that they could meet with him at his home for planning and getting better acquainted.   Then came the swift wild-fires in and around Tustin and Orange, bringing fear and devastation to so many.   Rev. Gary contacted Marco and asked if they needed his help in finding another wedding venue.  Is Orange Hill Restaurant still standing?  Fortunately although the grounds were threatened and the staff prepared for evacuation, this classic site for dining and parties was spared.  And by October 21 at 5pm, most of the smokey haze was gone and the sunset was beautiful.   While our hearts went out to all those who suffered loss in the fires, it all worked out wonderfully for Aleena and Marco and their guests.  The couple’s handsome beauty, plus their education and determination, mixed with a willingness to listen and consider the other’s perspective bodes really well for their life together in marriage.

Amy Kayl and Corey Madsen first met 26 years ago, but at age nineteen she declined his proposal of marriage.  Going their separate ways, each remembered the power of their attraction and wondered what happened to their long-lost beloved.   By means of the modern-day cupid — Facebook — they reconnected.  Love’s fire blazed anew, and next to the baggage claim at John Wayne Airport, Corey dropped to one knee and popped the question — followed by Amy’s excited “yes!”  Their favorite Bible verse, of course, is “Love Never Fails.”  So for this greatest love, this couple selected the “Greatest Wedding” from Alan Katz’ Great Officiants.  Alan’s crew secured the spectacular Gazebo in Laguna Beach, had it beautifully decorated, and suggested Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore to plan with them and conduct the ceremony.   After meeting with Gary, Corey and Amy knew all the perfect pieces were in place.   When the ceremony began at 2pm October 27, their was a mystical cloud-bank over the ocean, and then when the vows were being exchanged, the fog lifted and glorious sunshine sparkled the water and lit up the wedding site.   For this dear couple and their guests, it was truly “The Greatest.”

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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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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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