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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An outdoor wedding in late November is risky business…

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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.” ¬†

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Ashley and Jene we’re smiling and laughing with love and joy

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Ashley and Jene we’re married at the Ebell in Long Beach California on a very hot day but these two were cool as ice and relaxed on their special day on October 25, 2019.

The Ebell was set up with beautiful chairs, lovely flowers and a wonderful arch and with its Spanish style charm created a wonderful air of excitement for Ashley and Jene’s ceremony.

Megan and her crew from Sweet Peach Planning made sure that every detail down to the reserved seating signs for the ceremony was perfectly placed and all parties involved in the ceremony were ready to go on time.

Ashley and Jene we’re smiling and laughing with love and joy at the altar and they truly had a great wedding by Great Officiants.

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Hilton San Gabriel Christian Wedding

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Who would have thought that one of the most beautiful places for a wedding would be on top of a Hilton Hotel on Valley Blvd in San Gabriel?

 But Andy Kim and Sunhee Lee discovered this venue, and with family and friends enjoyed a wonderful day of celebrating love and marriage.  Through Great Officiants of Long Beach the couple connected with Rev Dr Gary Barmore who led a ceremony just perfect for them.  

However, when Andy and Sunhee mounted the gazebo platform, Rev Gary noticed a look of rather grave concern on their faces as they spoke softly in Korean.  He wondered if something might be hindering their plans of commitment and bliss.  Oh my!   Then Andy explained with a whisper that they had left the ring box in their hotel room.  (The attached photo shows the moment when Andy asked a friend to hasten and fetch the wedding bands.)  When it was time for the exchange of vows and rings the box had not yet arrived, so Rev Gary walked down to where the couple’s parents were sitting, asked them to stand, and for the couple to bring them hugs and words of appreciation for the heritage which they were taking into the creation of their own family.  

There was clapping and celebration all around, and the beautiful ceremony proceeded as planned.

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Mazel Tov at Plaza de Magdalena!

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Saturday, Kevin and Megan got married at, Plaza de Magdalena in San Juan Capistrano.  These two foodies designed their Custom Ketubah to reflect their passion for cooking. Smiles were everywhere and reflected the serene coming together of these two incredible people. Mazel Tov to a wonderful couple.

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A Wonderful Wedding at Wedgwood in Chino Hills

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Roger had the honor of marrying Eric & Wai-Ling at the amazing Wedgewood Country Club.  They are an adorable couple who are perfect for one another.  And their choice of a wedding venue was spot on.  The grounds are beautiful and cozy and it was a perfect day for a wedding.  Blue skies, the perfect temperature, and a great officiant !

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A Calm and Pleasant Day at Turnip Rose

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Kindal Kincade and Jeremiah Bright were worried about their chosen day for matrimonial vows. ¬†October 12 was right in the middle of forecasted fierce and fire-hot Santa Ana winds — a big problem for an outdoor wedding at Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. ¬† To great relief, their special day dawned calm and pleasant. ¬† Late-afternoon rays of the sun bathed bride and groom, as well as the wedding party and 150 guests. ¬†Kindal smiled joyously while Jeremiah shared his “love letter” to her before God, family and friends, and Jeremiah blotted Kindal’s tears of happiness as she voiced her love note to him. ¬†They were so appreciative to Great Officiants of Long Beach for recommending Rev Dr Gary Barmore to plan with them and preside over a ceremony that was faithful to their Lutheran tradition, yet communicated with a dynamic contemporary style. ¬†After pronouncing the couple Husband and Wife, Dr Barmore invited them to the table of the candle ceremony, to express in symbol what had happened in reality: their two lives aflame together forever. ¬†With no wind whatsoever, no one got nervous that the flame could start a wildfire like others burning in California. ¬†Prayers went out for those suffering, but joyous gratitude was the order-of-the-day for Mr and Mrs Jeremiah Bright. ¬†

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