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.
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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.
Tessa Silva and Brett Campbell live in the modern-design neighborhood of Marina del Rey, but for their wedding they chose the historic Rancho Los Cerritos adobe estate in Long Beach — ceremony in the plaza, cocktails on the terrace and dinner-reception on the tree-shaded lawn. Through Great Officiants they secured the ministerial services of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, who planned with them and presided over their ceremony. Brett and Tessa were thrilled that their wedding was both dignified and personal, both spiritual and earthy, presented with tenderness and strength. Preceding the exchange of traditional vows the couple read love letters to each other, leaving few dry eyes among the guests.
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…
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.