LaKeith and Jessamine…Everyone seemed unusually connected to one another-

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Lakeith Ghoston experienced hearing difficulty as a child, and by the time his hearing and speech were restored he had become skilled at signing. ¬†So at Cerritos College when he saw and met Jessamine Maglantay — the girl of his dreams — she happened to be completely deaf. ¬†No Problem — they could converse through sign language. ¬†A match made in heaven for sure! ¬†Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested the wedding ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, and when they met at his home in Costa Mesa, Gary was put right at ease in communicating the wedding aspects, because the groom signed the words of ceremony and explanation to the beaming bride. ¬†For the afternoon wedding November 16, a professional signer stood next to Rev Gary, instructing him to gaze, as usual, upon the couple and their guests, and she would hear his oratorical voice and sign to the bride as well as the hearing-impaired guests, ¬†Everyone seemed unusually connected to one another, fostered by the high level of empathy and joy throughout the crowd.

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The Pledge in Corona

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Caroline Ramirez and Robert Ahrendt selected as their minister Rev Dr Gary Barmore, provided through the wedding services of Great Officiants. Meeting at Gary’s Costa Mesa home for planning and building the inter-personal relationship, they indicated that their ceremony would take place at Robert’s Aunt Carol’s home in Corona.¬†The good reverend drove on July 13 to what he expected to be aunt Carol’s modest but nice track home, yet instead found himself arriving at the rainbow-shaped driveway of a vast ranch-style home with a huge back yard and a magnificent gazebo beyond a lawn-surrounded pool. And wow, it was perfect for this attractive and exciting, yet quite unassuming, couple. With their five daughters adding beauty and grace to the processional, Caroline and Robert pledged their undying love within an outdoor paradise.

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A Hawaiian Wedding at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, and two weddings at private homes in Malibu and Apple Valley

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A very long awaited dream came true in Apple Valley California at the beautiful Del Webb Sun City. Connie and Deb are such special ladies they have been together for 21 years and at last they were united ¬†in holy union it was a well-planned major event family and friends came from Iowa Northern California and as close as from next-door to Celebrate. We were blessed with a beautiful perfect California day, slightly breezy and 75* temperature. Connie and Deb are so well loved by all who know them. ¬†The whole community came together and gifted the glorious celebration while insisting on helping from the wedding cake and cupcakes made by a neighbor to music / sound system, flowers and photography all was covered . Thanks to Midge for her awesome skills of keeping it all together and on point . Officiant Lisa was joined by others as they sang beautiful special selected songs. And others did readings from Scripture this was a very heart felt beautifully orchestrated ceremony. Everyone’s hearts were filled with joy for Connie and Deb. We wish these ladies a beautiful happy future filled with abundance and yes dreams do come true Bravo

On September 30, 2017, a dream came true in Malibu, California. High, very high ¬†on top of the world, Mark and Lorna became united in matrimony. ¬†They are from two different continents… When Lorna arrived in the United States from Ireland she had a deep feeling, a yearning in her soul – she knew that her husband was waiting for her her in America. ¬†Mark was that man! Yes, a soulmate, it’s true. They met at Melrose Caf√© in West Hollywood, ¬†California – ¬†it was intense and instant, “just like a magnet”, as Lorna says. From that day forward they never left one another’s side! ¬†They fell deeply, madly in LOVE.

Great Officiants Lisa Smith had the honor and pleasure of working with these beautiful souls. ¬†She composed and delivered the perfect heartfelt Light Catholic Ceremony, combined with our Unity Candle Ceremony.. ¬†Lorna’s Mum brought special candles from Ireland for this part. The Irish musicians were performing beautiful soft Celtic music in the background – ¬†it sounded like angels were present, peaceful and serene. ¬†Love was truly in the air. All of Lorna’s family traveled from Ireland to celebrate – even the family’s dog got to come! ¬†Mark’s mom and family, aunties, and cousins came from Texas. Unfortunately, Mark’s ¬†Mother broke her ankle. But that didn’t slow her down. Luckily Lorna is a Registered Nurse and knew exactly what to do to take care of her new Mother in Law (this was the first time they met!) ¬†The good news is, she will be ok. She was so excited for her only Son that she said she felt no pain. The ceremony was concluded with cheerful Irish Celtic music throughout the evening. Everyone ¬†dined and celebrated under the stars overlooking the fabulous and beautiful Pacific Ocean. ¬†Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. David – may ¬†their dreams continue to come true! Thank You so much for choosing Great Officiants.

At the first trumpeting of the pu (conch shell) by A. Mauricio, Miki’s and David’s unsuspecting guests turned to see what produced the sound and from where the sound came. That initial blast was followed by a second, which gave way to a third longer, extended tone.¬† A. Mauricio then further surprised those gathered as he began to recite Onaona i ka hala me ka lehua…”,¬†the opening line of the Oli Aloha¬†— a traditional Hawaiian welcoming chant — while walking¬†down the aisle.¬† As he took his place before the couple’s family and friends, A. Mauricio¬†concluded the chant with¬† “Aloha ńď.¬†Aloha ńď.¬†Aloha ń†(which has been translated to mean “Love is here.¬† Love is now.¬† Love is.”).

 

Until the sound of the conch shell was heard, the only ones who knew that Miki and David had chosen to celebrate their wedding Hawaiian style, or in what A. Mauricio described as an “Aloha Infused Wedding”, were the bride and groom, and their DJ.¬† As the ceremony began to unfold, there was little doubt left.¬† ¬†In addition to the trumpeting of he pu and the welcome chant, ceremonial observations included a lei exchange between the couple, and a ring blessing using elements that are distinctly associated with the Islands — a koa wood bowl containing Pacific Ocean water, and a ti leaf for dipping into and sprinkling the water on the rings.¬† A. Mauricio offered another traditional chant, which begins with the words “Ei-Ah Eha-No…” as the blessing itself.

 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Miki and David enjoyed their first honi (kiss) as husband and wife.¬† Afterward, many mahalos (thank yous) were showered on A. Mauricio by both the newlyweds and their guests for having provided a Hawaiian style wedding that truly was unique to the Mainland and memorable.¬† Indeed, for a short while, on a day in mid-October, the Spirit of Aloha rested at the Garland Hotel’s¬†Beverly Park in North Hollywood.

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