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!
Whittney Clark and Sean Jarne went to the beach for their wedding. Nevertheless elegance and style were on parade at the beautiful venue located at Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove. At 4pm on first day of November on the front deck of the home used in Bette Middler’s “Beaches” fifty family and friends celebrated the marriage vows of this very happy and grateful couple. Through Great Officiants of Long Beach Whittney and Sean had secured the ministerial services of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, who met with them in his Costa Mesa home to plan the ceremony and get further acquainted. As is his practice, he began the ceremony with Sean and Whittney not yet hooked up but facing one another as the guests stood in honor, and then after they came forward together Gary turned them toward the seated guests for mutual affirmations, as he approached the guests to welcome them. But there was an added reason for these positionings — so the Good Rev would not have to try to look over Sean who is six and a half feet tall. The guests discovered themselves inspired beyond their expectation, and Mr. and Mrs. Jarne were so thrilled with fulfillment of their vision of the perfect wedding.
Riece Bailey and Ian Mueller traveled from Kansas City to the California coast for a private and picturesque ceremony. Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested the perfect site, secured their wedding license, suggested a photographer and engaged Rev Dr Gary Barmore to lead the marriage ceremony. The love each has for the other was beautifully expressed in their exchange of vows, and Rev Gary read a touching letter sent to them from Ian’s mother in Kansas. After a few more days of celebrating and seeing west coast sites, the couple will return to Kansas City to build their life together. God Bless.
Kandice Jackson and Radley Soni, residing in Texas but with family on both coasts decided on a most beautiful venue for their August 17 wedding — Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach. Planners Amanda and Julie made sure that their long-distance dreams came true, and Great Officiants of Long Beach recommended Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore to plan with them and preside over the ceremony. They “met” with Gary over the phone and knew that all would be well and wonderful. One memory they shared with Gary, asking him to make mention in the ceremony, involved a couple they met at a Mexican resort.
After taking photos of Radley and Kandice’s engagement event, the gentleman said, “We’ve been married just two years, so I’m no expert, but let me offer this advice: Always remember that you now play for the same team.” Good words for all marriages and families!
Jeanne Cook and Joseph Sladek, having decided to seal their love in marriage, wondered where the wedding should take place. They wanted a spectacular ocean setting for Jeanne’s Nebraska family to enjoy, as well as a place that would excite their six teenage children (all with names ending with “y” — suggesting they were destined to be step-sibs). Wow — did they find just the right site: Little Corona del Mar beach and coves. They also needed just the right minister to fulfill their vision of the ceremony, and were delighted that Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested Rev Dr Gary Barmore.
Gary met with them in his home and everything clicked. Jeanne’s father took on double duty — escorting his daughter down the sandy aisle and then strapping on his guitar to sing the couple a Nebraska grassland love song. The high tide brought glorious waves over the rocks, but just short of the natural altar for Joe and Jeanne’s perfect wedding.
Wesley was honored to get to officiate Steve and Suzie’s Beach Wedding at Little Corona Del Mar. They initially had planned their baby shower the day before, and since all the family was in town, they thought why not knock it all out in one weekend! It was a wonderfully intimate ceremony with their close friends and family. They had gorgeous jagged rocks behind them during the ceremony as the water cascaded off of them. Suzie and Steve have been together for over 13 years, so they were eager to finally tie the knot. Steve got emotional during the repeating of the vows, which in turn made everyone cry. It was such an incredible love that they shared and was also supported by the love of their friends and family. And afterward, they even got Grandpa to climb up to the top of a giant boulder for pictures!
Megan Cai and Kevin Courtney, with friends and family cheering, recited their marriage vows at the Huntington Beach Hilton overlooking the great Pacific Ocean. In their long courtship, Kevin and Megan traveled across that ocean to her homeland of China ten times! With homes both in Irvine and Hawaii, of course, the trip to Asia is cut into two manageable halves, and the happy couple plan to keep flying around the globe to exotic locations. The weather was perfect for the ceremony, the harpist played beautifully, and Rev Gary Barmore of Great Officiants, according the the bride and groom, offered just the right words and feelings for the auspicious occasion.