“I Do” at Pelican Hill

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If most of the guests are traveling from China, then there’s no need for a weekend wedding. So Wanbing Zhao and Liwei Deng engaged the fabulous Pelican Hill Resort as the venue for their wedding on Tuesday June 11.  Through Great Officiants of Long Beach they secured the ministerial services of Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore, who assured this bilingual couple that even the guests that spoke no English would clearly get the gist of the ceremony. After Dr Barmore asked the question of promise, both groom and bride responded “I Do” — followed by personal statements of loving commitment to each other in Mandarin.  Wedding planner Tammy Su and her staff facilitated every aspect of this beautiful celebration of family tradition and abiding love.  

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Hearts Aflutter on Pelican Hill

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Johnathan and Naomi at the beautiful Pelican Hill Gazebo

Pelican Hill Resort in Corona del Mar was a spectacular backdrop for the wedding of Jonathon Chang and Naomi Chou, celebrated the afternoon of December 23, 2018.  Great Officiants recommended the ministerial services of Rev Dr. Gary Barmore, and after meeting at his home for planning, Jon and Naomi knew that they would experience a beautiful Christian marriage ceremony.  At one point they turned toward their guests and after affirming “I do” they heard their family and friends promise an “I will” as to loving and supporting them through the years.  They released two white doves, representing their new life together.  Then, facing each other, they shared personal “love notes” and repeated traditional vows. As they kissed, more doves flew heavenward, and Mr. and Mrs. Jonathon Chang were presented to the world.  All at the gigantic gazebo overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean.

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Father Jacob had two awesome weddings, Plaza de Magdalena in San Juan Capistrano, Catamaran Resort in San Diego

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On Saturday, the eve of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the Jaramillo and Benton families gathered with their friends to celebrate the Catholic Rite of Marriage Outside of Mass at Plaza de Magdalena. Located only a block away from Mission San Juan Capistrano in south Orange County, Plaza de Magdalena is an ideal and beautiful place to celebrate a wedding.

Kimmy and Kevin opted to have scripture readings included in their Rite of Marriage allowing for fuller participation of their families in the ceremony.  In addition to using the vows of the Church, they also wrote their own beautiful vows to one another.  The ceremony ended with the parents of the newly married couple performing a “sand ceremony” along with the couple.

It has been a real pleasure over the last few months to work with Jinwen Li and Christopher Fong on the preparations for their wedding ceremony.  Today, surrounded by their families and friends, we finally celebrated their wedding at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego.

The Catamaran, a truly beautiful place to celebrate a wedding and to mark the start of a new life together, is located in the San Diego neighborhood of Pacific Beach.  The beautiful property sits between the San Diego Bay and Mission Beach.

The actual ceremony took place in the warm white sand overlooking the calm blue water of the bay.  Although the marine layer rolled in off the Pacific just before the wedding started, the sun came out from behind the clouds as the couple read the vows they prepared for one another. Appropriate to the setting, they closed their wedding with a sand ceremony to mark the permanent character of their commitment.Share This Post:
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Congratulations to Colleen Tytula & Tim Manfro on their February 11, 2017 wedding at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in Lake Arrowhead, CA.

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Congratulations to Colleen Tytula & Tim Manfro on their February 11, 2017 wedding at the Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  It was a great day in Lake Arrowhead.  The weather was perfect for this time of year — a little “brisk,” some snow on the ground and mountains, roads clear, nice “fresh, take a deep breath” winter air.  A little “nippy” during the ceremony, but heaters and blankets kept the guests warm and cozy!  The ceremony went as planned with a great view of the lake in the background.  The photographers were on point and the keyboard player/vocalist added a special touch to the ceremony.  My best to the new Mr. & Mrs. “Fro.”

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A Beautiful Wish Upon a Wedding Ceremony by Alan Katz at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point

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It was a beautiful November day at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. Alan performed an amazing ceremony for this couple who are so in love. Complete with vows, I dos, ring exchange, and a sand ceremony. An amazing team came together to provide this couple the wedding of their dreams. Wish Upon a Wedding provides an amazing service to couples who are in need, and Alan is honored to be part of such a momentous occasion. Check out the story on KTLA below:

Nonprofit Gives Bride With Cancer Her Dream Wedding in Dana Point

You can view more pictures here: http://www.linandjirsablog.com/associates/monarch-beach-resort-wish-upon-a-wedding-tiffany-jim/

Photo Credit: Lin and Jirsa Photography

Video Credit: Expressionary Films

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Another fabulous wedding preformed by Great Officiants and Officiant Lisa Smith.

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Another fabulous wedding preformed by Great Officiants and Officiant Lisa Smith. This one was very special, it was an elopement ! Just two people in love, the photographer and myself attended. We were on Coronado Island in San Diego at the Loews resort overlooking the beautiful skyline of San Diego and the Coronado Bay Bridge Kyle and Deirdre decided to do a Videotape of their special day from beginning to end. That told a story of their love for one another. They told their family’s they were on an engagement weekend getaway. But really were Eloping !! Kyle and Deirdre looked amazing so in love and both just glowing. We had a sunset wedding with beautiful Vows and all the perfect words spoken to unite them in marriage. They will have a reception celebration and unveil the heartfelt video to friends and family. Best wishes to the newlyweds for a beautiful future together forever. Thank you for choosing Great Officiants!Share This Post:
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A Very Emotional and Loving Wedding

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Roger was honored to marry Kelly & Emalee this last weekend at the unbelievable Terranea, one of the most spectacular ocean view resorts here in Southern California.  The wedding was on the bluff over looking the ocean and the alter was covered in Magnolia flowers in remembrance of Kelly’s brother who had passed on.  So before even starting the ceremony, Roger had a brief moment of silence for his brother and then led the ceremony to a beautiful conclusion !!  It was both emotional and loving !!

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