All Directions Point to “I Do.”

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Arch, Two-post Rustic, Floral Decor, Silk Flowers, Heritage Park, Overlook, Marina, Outdoors, Sunlit, Beautiful.

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.

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Vows in the Clouds

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A view to remember.

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.

Looking for a fun, safe, officiant? We can help you with that.

Check out www.GreatOfficiants.com/about-our-officiants/

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Beach weddings at sunset

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sunset wedding on San Clemente Beach
Sunset Wedding On Little Corona Del Mar

Getting Married at Sunset on the beach is a great way to get married.

These pictures are from San Clemente by the pier and on Little Corona Del Mar. Both are awesome orange county beaches.

Visit our Beach wedding website www.socalbeachweddings.com or our elopement website www.elopetoday.com

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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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Clear Skies Ahead at Lake Oak Meadows

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On Sunday, September 29th at 5pm Maria Chaveli Garcia and Errol Rice declared themselves to be a family before their families, friends and God.  Their wedding, which took place at Lake Oak Meadows was celebrated by Father Jacob Munhoz.

After what threatened to be a rainy rehearsal the day before, the day of the wedding provided a clear blue sky, a cool breeze, and a perfect temperature for a late September wedding.  Maria and Errol gathered family and friends from all over to witness their marriage.  The couple chose a shorter ceremony but also wanted to include the traditional Catholic elements of the exchange of arras (coins) which symbolize the material commitment they are making to care for one another for the rest of their lives, the lazo which symbolizes the unbreakable bond they are forming through their vows, and the veil which symbolizes purity and God’s loving protection over their household.  They wrote their own beautiful vows and also included the vows of the Church.  

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A Very Emotional Day for Roger the Officiant!!

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Roger had the pleasure of marrying Brett & Krystle this last Saturday at his parents home in Wrightwood up in the San Bernardino Mountains.  Now if you have not had the pleasure of visiting this quaint mountain community of about 4500, you are missing out.  

It’s not a busy as its sister mountains, Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear but it is a hidden gem everyone should see. And the parents home for the wedding was spectacular!  From beautiful grounds to an intimate pond, the setting was beautiful.  And Roger had an amazing wedding… lots of laughs and lots of tears… You see Roger had to be spot on because he had THREE other couples that he had married there attending the wedding of Brett & Krystle!  And they had each passed on Roger’s name and pedigree onto the next couple to get married.  

Roger wasn’t aware of this until the day of the wedding and he was so touched and overwhelmed by the wonderful words from his past couples… This was one day Roger will always remember…

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Equinox Wedding Ceremony

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Alan and Alexis chose to have their wedding on 9-22-19 the day of the equinox where the day and night are equal and fall begins. The chose to do it under a cool tree in San Pedro.

We incorporated many things into their ceremony to make it amazing.

I burned some sage to cleanse the ceremony area.

I then invoked a special Blessing of the Four Directions. Every time i spoke the name of the direction their daughter clanged my Singing bowl.

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Wedding Singing Bowl and Smudging

Here is the text for their ceremony for the 4 directions:

Oh Great Spirit of the North, we come to you and ask for the strength and the power to bear what is cold and harsh in life. Whatever is cold and uncertain in our life, we ask you to give us the strength to bear it. Do not let the winter blow us away. Oh Spirit of Life and Spirit of the North, we ask you for strength and for warmth.

Oh Great Spirit of the East, we turn to you where the sun comes up, from where the power of light and refreshment come.Everything that is born comes up in this direction the birth of babies, the birth of the puppies, the birth of ideas and the birth of friendship. Let there be the light. Oh Spirit of the East, let the color of fresh rising in our life be glory to you.

Oh Great Spirit of the South, spirit of all that is warm and gentle and refreshing, we ask you to give us this spirit of growth, of fertility, of gentleness. Caress us with a cool breeze when the days are hot.Give us seeds that the flowers, trees and fruits of the earth may grow. Give us the warmth of good friendships. Oh Spirit of the South, send the warmth and the growth of your blessings.

Oh Great Spirit of the West, where the sun goes down each day to come up the next, we turn to you in praise of sunsets and in thanksgiving for changes. You are the great colored sunset of the red west, which illuminates us. You are the powerful cycle, which pulls us to transformation. We ask for the blessings of the sunset. Keep us open to life’s changes.

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Equinox Element Wreath

Then we did the Equinox Element Wreath:

We would like to acknowledge consciously choosing this window of time as being particularly special for our couple in our use of our Equinox Element Wreath. The Equinox in itself is a time of year meaningful for some significant themes for our couple. These are:

Balance- an Equinox is the balance of the hours of day and night. Daylight and the sun symbolize male energy, along with the elements of Air and Fire. It also, on a Star of David is represented by the Up-3-Pointed triangle as we have here. Night and the Moon represent Female energy as well as the elements of Earth and Water. It is the Down- 3-pointed triangle. The merging of these 2 triangles creates a Balanced whole in Nature -much like that Alexis and Alan seek to create not only within themselves as individuals, but together in Partnership in their Union. It is by these parallel lines inside their Star that represent their Life Journey together.

Their Star was constructed from local driftwood, olive trees and sage from walks on cherished trails by oceans, walks with BuddyDog and many explored hills.

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The Kiss

And then of course the magical kiss.

It was an amazing moment for both me and them.

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