Park Wedding

Father Jacob celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday

I celebrated the wedding of Rachel Chaikin and Gerry Guzman at the La Mesa Community Center near San Diego on Saturday.  The ceremony and reception took place at the same location which was convenient and allowed for a very relaxed atmosphere.  The ceremony took place overlooking a distant baseball field (Gerry and Rachel are avid softball players) and all of La Mesa.  The day was sunny and a cool breeze ensured the comfort of Rachel and Gerry’s many guests.

When they contacted me through Great Officiants, I learned that Gerry is Catholic and Rachel is Jewish.  The traditional Order of Celebrating Matrimony between a Catholic and a non-Christian in the Roman Rite does not acknowledge or celebrate the Jewish partner’s faith or heritage so I wanted to write a ceremony just for the them that was truly Catholic, maintaining all the traditional and necessary elements of the the Rite of Marriage, but which also explicitly celebrated Rachel’s rich Jewish heritage and faith.

To accomplish this, I reworked some of the language of the traditional rite.  For example when Gerry placed the ring on his wife’s finger he said: “Rachel, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring according to the Law of Moses and Israel.”  When Rachel placed the ring on her husband’s finger she said, “Gerry, behold you are consecrated to me with this ring in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  In this way, each of the spouses acknowledged the faith and heritage of the other. I inserted a Kiddush which included the Sheva Brachot.  Since Catholicism is descended from Judaism, there are many, many ritual similarities including the use of wine in liturgy so it seemed natural to include this tradition which is remarkably similar, though not identical in each faith. By the way, as a Catholic priest, I almost always use Maneshewitz when I celebrate Mass and it always reminds me of my faith’s Jewish roots. I sang the blessing over the wine in Hebrew and Rachel and Gerry shared from the cup in the presence of their families and friends before Gerry broke a glass beneath his feet and I presented them as husband and wife to their guests.

This was one of the most interesting weddings I have ever celebrated and definitely one of the funnest.  

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A Beautiful Wedding Day In Southern California……

Roger had the please of officiating a wedding at Grace E. Simons Lodge at Elysian Park this last Friday.  This was his first time there and the lodge does an amazing job !  And as he was driving over to the wedding that day, he heard on the radio about rain storms back East and when he arrived, it was nothing but blue skies.  Not too warm, not too cool.  Just a perfect day for a wedding in So Cal.  He married a wonderful couple, Adam & Tiffany who were both pretty nervous, but Roger assured them both that all was smooth sailing.  And when a last minute hiccup happened just before the ceremony, Roger reassured them that it would all work out….and it did !  Adam, even said to his dad just before walking up the aisle, that “they picked the perfect wedding officiant” !

Roger agreed………..

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Who would have guessed that across the parking lot from a Lake Forest corner mall, hidden by green trees and shrubs, there lies Heritage Hill Historical Park

Who would have guessed that across the parking lot from a Lake Forest corner mall, hidden by green trees and shrubs, there lies a beautiful wedding venue!  Chris Stewart and Evelyn De La Vega discovered Heritage Hill Historical Park, and on April 29 under a large oak, they pledged their eternal love before family and friends.   Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants led the ceremony, which two weeks previous he had planned with the couple at his Costa Mesa home, also providing opportunity for getting mutually acquainted.  During part of the ceremony the bride and groom turned to the guests to say their “I do’s” and to hear the crowd affirm them with a hearty “we do!”  They chose to write their own vows and are so happy with all that occurred at this lovely site.

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“Lasting Romance” was in the air for the marriage ceremony of William Sune and Emily Noble

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“Lasting Romance” was in the air for the marriage ceremony of William Sune and Emily Noble.  Ten years after finding attraction and affection in Middle School, the pair were married before delighted family and friends at Heritage Park in Rancho Santa Fe on May 1, 2016.  They now reside in Fairbanks Alaska, as firefighter and teacher, and requested that Rev Dr Gary Barmore of Great Officiants preside over their nuptials, which included personal love-notes shared before the guests, as well as a traditional tea ceremony that honored family.

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Bloody fingers and a family sand ceremony highlight this wedding

 RICHIE and JESSICA got married at Monte Verde Park in Lakewood. This is a cool little park that you can rent from the city very inexpensively and do a really nice DIY Occaision. in addition to this amphitheater style ceremony site they have a hall with a full kitchen.

  

they wanted to do a fun and lighthearted ceremony and that’s what I did.
they love their money because it’s combined everything that’s important to them.

their children were their best man and maid of honor.
The rings on the pillow were attached to bloody fingers which are actually gummy fingers.
when prompted the sun took the rings around to all of the guests for a special ring warming.

  

After the rings the 4 of them did a sand ceremony and then held hands in a circle for a family dedication and big hug.

it ended with beautiful kiss and smiles all around.

It’s Cake time!!!!!

  

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The Wedding of Brittney Holton and Alex Megrano, October 13 at Fountain Valley’s Mile-Square Park “Wedding Garden”

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Every officiant hopes that from every nuptial a couple begins a lifetime of love, commitment and joy.  At the wedding of Brittney Holton and Alex Megrano, October 13 at Fountain Valley’s Mile-Square Park “Wedding Garden” the Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore received a double blessing in this regard:  Not only did a beautiful and personal ceremony launch this couple on their romantic and responsible voyage, but following the wedding recessional, the officiant heard someone call “Hey Gary” — it was Bruce and Marianne, a couple he had married twenty years earlier!  After hugs and joyous expressions, Rev. Gary told their two teenaged children, “I helped make you happen.” Great Officiants, who suggested the professional services of Dr. Barmore to Alex and Brittney, can bask in the glow of bringing our world lots of lasting love.
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A Wonderful Testimonial for a Crystal Cove State Park Ceremony in Newport Beach

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Here is a great testimonial our Great Officiant Frank received:

Maria and I met Frank and liked him right away.  We had a beach wedding at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach.  We are middle aged and decided to skip the rehearsal.  Frank did a great job arriving early, organizing participants before the wedding started, and putting people at ease during the ceremony.  He’s a true professional at conducting ceremonies.  Frank did an excellent job incorporating a personal story into the ceremony, recognizing my late wife and other late relatives in a dignified way which did not detract from the celebration of our wedding day and marriage.  We truly appreciated Frank’s experience.  He is very well organized and promptly follows up with documentation of the ceremony and completed marriage license.  We highly recommend Frank as a great choice to conduct any wedding in any environment.  With all the decisions you need to make in selecting people to help with your wedding, selecting Frank will be one of your best decisions.

You did a great job.  Thank you Frank!

Sincerely,

Cary and Maria

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