An absolutely stunning ceremony at the Doris Walker Overlook in Dana Point. Beautiful California sun illuminating the marina and warming the rolling green hills. Pictured is our wooden benches positioned to be socially distanced and our rustic two-post arch decorated with our elegant slik floral arrangement.. Proving that even in our current climate, you can still have a beautiful and safe ceremony.
Our Presiding officiant Alan Katz has married couples in a variety of interesting and unconventional places, so when he heard that this couple was looking to have their ceremony officiated on the helipad of the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills, he initially wondered why they chose such a unique location. The answer? The absolutely breath-taking cityscape that will adorn their wedding photos for the rest of their lives. The sunlit cityline emphasizing the brightest qualities of their love for one-another.
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Roger always likes to officiate at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank. It’s a beautiful setting, intimate yet spacious enough… And the bride and groom Jessica and Michael really wanted to make it special, not only for them but for their shy, 3 year old daughter Misha who was going to be the flower girl for the wedding. They were a little nervous not knowing if Misha would even walk down the aisle let alone make it thru the ceremony. So they begin the ceremony… the bridal party makes it’s way down… then the families… then the ring bearer… and then Misha… who makes it down perfectly!!! She even drops the flower petals as planned… It’s perfect… until she sees daddy standing there and runs to him to be picked up… But daddy needs her to sit down so the bride Jessica can come out… But Misha isn’t having it… She wants up!! Dad Michael doesn’t know what to do and everybody else is frozen. So Roger comes to the rescue… He whispers into the microphone that “they have cookies over in the front row for you”… That’s all it took and she was done with daddy… cookies won out! Thank goodness Roger saw that they did indeed have cookies or he would have some explaining to do! And the wedding went off without a hitch!!
Allison Dickherber and Kyle Herberger chose a wedding venue that was both elegant and earthy: The brick-walled Estate on Second Street in downtown Santa Ana, which offers pristine facilities and efficient staffing. Through Great Officiants they secured the ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore who planned with them and presided over a ceremony, not read from a script, but addressed right to the couple and their guests. The whole crowd felt deep emotion when Kyle and Allison read love letters to each other, followed by recitation of traditional vows and then unison ring vows. Guests who knew only one of them were wowed when during the pronouncement of marriage their names struck a vocal confluence. As is apparent in the photos, these two expressed their love and joy with sustained smiles throughout the ceremony and no doubt throughout the celebration.
Tessa Silva and Brett Campbell live in the modern-design neighborhood of Marina del Rey, but for their wedding they chose the historic Rancho Los Cerritos adobe estate in Long Beach — ceremony in the plaza, cocktails on the terrace and dinner-reception on the tree-shaded lawn. Through Great Officiants they secured the ministerial services of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, who planned with them and presided over their ceremony. Brett and Tessa were thrilled that their wedding was both dignified and personal, both spiritual and earthy, presented with tenderness and strength. Preceding the exchange of traditional vows the couple read love letters to each other, leaving few dry eyes among the guests.
Janet Reveles and Luis Morales were married in a gazebo at Roessler Point with a gorgeous vista from the cliffs of Palos Verdes. Not only did Great Officiants recommend to them this venue, they also recommended the ministry of Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore to plan with them and preside at their wedding. The nuptials were scheduled for sunset at 7:30. When it was 7:15 about twenty guests were present, but one or two had not arrived. Then another wedding group of ten showed up and their officiant asked if they could enter the gazebo for a “7 minute ceremony.” Luis and Janet — gracious all the way — said to go ahead. Then at 7:28 Rev Gary and the groom and immediate family entered the gazebo to commence the wedding event for this lovely couple. The bride’s father escorted her in just after the red-tinged sun had dropped out of sight in the west. Knowing the disappointment that might be there, Rev Gary said, “Luis and Evelyn, the sun on your wedding day has just set, but sunrise tomorrow will proclaim the oneness of the rest of your life on which will shine the blessings of God.”
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!’