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.
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.
Roger has married many a couple at the extraordinary La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes and it never fails to impress. Not only are the views amazing but the staff there is always top notch. From Brian the parking director to Sharla the on site wedding coordinator, always a great team! Plus with Susan as their wedding coordinator, they were in good hands. Aaron and Britny, the wedding couple, who flew in from Missouri for the wedding wanted a light hearted ceremony with lots of laughs and heartfelt moments and boy did they get it! The both of them were cracking jokes thru the entire ceremony trying to make each other laugh and then they both tried to get Roger to break as well… And Roger being the professional that he is, held it together… sort of! Laughs were had all around!
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!
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.”
Evelyn Benitez and Gevol (Joe) Kirpeichyan were united in marriage in a beautiful wedding by the shore of Casa de Lago in Orange. They wished to include in the ceremony tributes to their respective Hispanic and Armenian heritage. So at the planning meeting in the home of Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore, who was secured for them by Great Officiants of Long Beach, they developed a sequence to occur after the exchange of vows: kneeling pillows brought by nieces, a double-looped lasso brought by Evelyn’s family, and golden crowns presented by Joe’s family. Rev. Gary explained the significance of each symbol and then offered a prayer of God’s blessing while a cross was held over the kneeling couple. Gary reminded the guests that because Joe and Evelyn were uniting in marriage, this made all of them “one family” or “una familia para este familia” or …(he apologized for not saying it in Armenian). Everyone then went into the air-conditioned ball-room for more beautiful traditions and celebrations.
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!’