Knowing September in Southern California is an extension of summer, Diane Baquedano and Joseph Massaro planned an outdoor ceremony at Tustin Ranch Golf Club. They met with Rev Dr Gary Barmore of Great Officiants to plan every detail of a beautiful ceremony. They and their entourage were dressed “to the nines.” But the weather turned dark and stormy on their big day, September 28, and disappointment loomed large. As family and friends took their seats in the outdoor plaza the moist air was about to turn to sprinkles. Nevertheless, the processional proceeded, the full ceremony was completed and the guests who were seated clapped and cheered the happy couple, who “skipped between the raindrops” to the indoor pavilion for a sensational wedding reception.
Roger has never officiated at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course but certainly looking forward to going there again. The grounds are beautiful and perfect for that intimate wedding! Roger was marrying Chris & Rachael, a fun loving couple who wanted not only a funny wedding but a hip one too. And Roger had his work cut out for him. He had to follow the flower girl, their one year old daughter Rayelynn who was “driving” the most tricked out Mercedes he has ever seen!! The crowd went crazy when she “drove” (via remote control) down the aisle. And Roger topped off this fantastic start with a very fun and funny wedding!
Pete and Xochi were finally united in Matrimony at the Oaks Club Golf Course in Valencia. When Pete told me about his proposal to Xochi on her birthday in February, I have to say it’s the most unique, bizarre proposal I’ve ever heard. He took her out to her favorite restaurant for dinner, and right as they got their appetizer, a man adjacent to their table got down and proposed to his girlfriend! The whole restaurant cheered and Pete told Xochi he wanted to congratulate them, even though she insisted on giving them privacy and leaving them alone. Pete got uncomfortably close to them and Xochi noticed how strange Pete was acting, and suddenly he took the ring from the couple and turned around to propose to Xochi! She said, “of course, yes, but give that poor girl her ring back!”
It turns out the couple were married friends of Pete’s and he had planted them there to throw her off. Well it sure did the job. Xochi said, “it was the most confusing, awkward, most wonderful moment of my life!’
On Saturday the 22nd of June I was happy to officiate the Wedding of Jose and Ema at the Grover Washington golf course in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful wedding outside at the venue followed by a lovely reception inside. It was an honor to have wed these two and I wish them a happy and healthy life together. Thank you for letting me celebrate your special day.
Nita Marie D’stefano and Derek Lee Gully were married June 7 by Rev Dr Gary Barmore of Great Officiants, blessed by afternoon sunshine at the beautiful setting of Black Gold Golf Course in Yorba Linda. The rugged good-looks of the groom was not the main reason why the women guests felt envy for the bride, rather it came from the tears shed by Derek while he recited his vows. “Wow, Nita, you are marrying this action-hero-handsome man who also is tender-hearted, emotionally expressive and glad to be such.” Of course, the bride radiated back with beauty, affection and a tear of her own. The couple expressed their appreciation to Gary, that when they met with him for planning the ceremony, he led them in a “rehearsal” of the vows and explained that any and all feelings that flow out during the ceremony only make the experience more wonderful for everyone.
“FORE” in golf means watch out and that was the wedding of David and Ashley… something to watch out for!
David and Ashley were married at the gazebo located at the San Dimas Golf Course in San Dimas, California. This wedding was planned down to the smallest of details and as you can tell from the pictures it was beautiful.
The staff at the San Dimas Golf Course helped out tremendously to make sure that the wedding started on time and without any incidents.
Ashley came down the aisle looking so beautiful while David stood anxiously waiting for the arrival of his bride, and when he saw her he cried just a little bit, or it could’ve been the downpour of rain that happened during the ceremony outside… Either way it goes he took a deep breath when he saw her and was nothing but smiles from that point forward.
An outdoor wedding is a beautiful event and you can plan everything down to the smallest detail except how the weather is going to be, but that did not stop David and Ashley from making it a great wedding. I was proud to be a Great Officiant for their wedding.
Roger had the honor of marrying Travis & Elizabeth this last weekend at a regular favorite of his, the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course. This golf club has a beautiful, enclosed grassy area completely surrounded by beautiful shrubbery for the perfect intimate wedding ceremony. The weather came thru that day and offered up blue skies. Everything was perfect. The only semi-worry was that more that once, the bride Elizabeth had warned Roger to help her keep it together because she knew she was going to be very emotional and Roger assured her that he would…
So Roger did an excellent job of weaving both sentiment and humor throughout the ceremony. What Roger wasn’t expecting was Travis, a true man’s man, a tower of strength… to tear up… No sooner did Roger start than Travis had a tear running down his cheek. It was wonderful… But the greatest moment of the wedding, one Roger will always remember was when Janessa, Travis’s young daughter, burst into tears during the vows because she was so overcome with emotion… At that moment, Elizabeth stopped everything, went over to Janessa, spent a quiet moment with her, got her back on her feet and then came back and continued on with the vows. It single handily was the most amazing moment Roger had ever seen in a wedding. The ceremony continued on and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Funny, the one person that was worried about keeping it together ended up being the tower of strength for her family and heck… for Roger as well !