Christy Lim and Blake Barnes were married November 29 in the hospitable environs of the Paracel Restaurant in Westminster. Through Great Officiants of Long Beach the couple secured the ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, and when they met with him at his Costa Mesa home they discussed the marriage relationship and planned the ceremony. Blake and Christy joyfully yet calmly rehearsed the vows and other elements of the big day’s main event. So it was a bit unexpected that when during the actual ceremony — after Rev Gary said to the guests that “words can never express the hearts of these two, but that they had composed, each in their own way, words that will do a pretty good job this day and forever” — Blake teared up as he expressed his love for Christi, and after composing himself, again broke into tears. Eventually he expressed all he wished to say to his beloved, and the good Reverend commented to everyone’s affirmation that Christi was the envy of all the women … to be marrying a sturdy and studious man who was also deep with feelings of affection, appreciation and awe … and not ashamed to let it show!
Saturday, Kevin and Megan got married at, Plaza de Magdalena in San Juan Capistrano. These two foodies designed their Custom Ketubah to reflect their passion for cooking. Smiles were everywhere and reflected the serene coming together of these two incredible people. Mazel Tov to a wonderful couple.
Roger had the wonderful pleasure of marrying Rob & Courtney at a wedding venue he had never been to before. It’s the Emerald Peak Venue in Temecula. It’s a small family owned venue right in the middle of nothing ! It’s a beautiful, secluded place that you definitely need special instructions to find ! But once you do, you are treated to a one of a kind wedding venue ! Both Rob and Courtney were a loving and most unique couple and wanted their wedding to reflect that and Roger was the guy to bring it ! It was a wonderful wedding with tears and laughs abound !
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!
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!’
Maple syrup is sweet and can go on many things but it is not as sweet as Mark and Tara‘s wedding at the Adamson House in Malibu, California.
I mention maple syrup because this couple came all the way from Canada to enjoy the warm weather and ocean views of Southern California at the Adamson House for their wedding ceremony.
This couple along with their family and friends are the nicest individuals and they all were enjoying the beautiful landscaped grounds of the Adamson House.
Holly Orr was the wedding planner and coordinator and she and her crew did an excellent job of preparing, organizing and making sure that all the fine details for the wedding and reception were set up to perfection. Holly and her crew were instrumental in making sure that the wedding ceremony started on time.
The day was perfect with clear blue sky‘s, wonderful weather and smiles from Mark and Tara and their guests that went on for ever and ever; and I was happy to be their Great Officiant.