Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach

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Kandice Jackson and Radley Soni, residing in Texas but with family on both coasts decided on a most beautiful venue for their August 17 wedding — Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach.  Planners Amanda and Julie made sure that their long-distance dreams came true, and Great Officiants of Long Beach recommended Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore to plan with them and preside over the ceremony.  They “met” with Gary over the phone and knew that all would be well and wonderful.  One memory they shared with Gary, asking him to make mention in the ceremony, involved a couple they met at a Mexican resort.  

After taking photos of Radley and Kandice’s engagement event, the gentleman said, “We’ve been married just two years, so I’m no expert, but let me offer this advice:  Always remember that you now play for the same team.”  Good words for all marriages and families!

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High-school Sweethearts at Friendly Hills Country Club.

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Karina & Miguel had their ceremony at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  They chose the Greatest  Package to be able to share their Love Story with their family and friends.

Two hundred and twenty guests shared the Love Story that brought Karina & Miguel to the alter. 

Their Love Story was filled with laughter, tears and moments of nostalgia. They have been together since High School and the days of MySpace where online dating was invented [smile]. Karina & Miguel’s bilingual ceremony was mixed just enough to have their parents, grandparents as well as their friends enjoy the beginning of what was to be an epic celebration.

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Wedding Day at The Seventh Ray

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While driving 5 miles per hour on Topanga Canyon, I finally arrived at the legendary, Inn at the Seventh Ray for Gaby and Alfie’s intimate wedding. Gabi and Alfie met in France and came back to the US for their wedding.  While not religious, the couple are very connected to the planet and gain deep spiritual connection to it and helping maintaining and cleaning up our environment.  Even the rings that Alfie designed were purposely produced in the most sustainable way, with low impact on the earth.

Simply magical.  Mozel Tov to the lovely couple. 

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What have I done that is trendsetting?

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What have I done that is trendsetting?
Throughout the years I have amassed a lot of knowledge and created many different sides of my business.
Each one of these on their own is not necessarily trendsetting but together these 10 parts in my opinion exemplify what a professional in the wedding industry is all about.

1. When same-sex marriage was in its infancy I was one of the first to get on board and rally behind it's legalization and once legal showing others how to work with these amazing couples.

2. Creating the largest wedding officiant company in the area and offering a variety of styles and believe systems two couples across the Southern California area.

3. Having over 1000 online reviews and teaching wedding professionals how to get these reviews themselves. According to Wedding Wire we have more reviews than any wedding related business in the Southern California area.

4. Creating a style of ceremony unlike ceremonies of the past. Most of the ceremonies over the years have been dull and boring with my creative approach to the wedding ceremony process I have enlightened couples enabling them to have a ceremony unlike any other they or their guests have ever been to.

5 By owning the only 24 hour wedding chapel in Southern California I have enabled couples to avoid having to make that crazy drive to Las Vegas. We also issue the marriage license so couples can avoid standing in line at the County Clerk.

6. Successfully performing over 1000 ceremonies each year within Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura counties is pretty impressive.

7. Serving on on 2 ABC boards.

8. Being a featured speaker at the Wedding MBA and various wedding networking groups.

9. Mentoring new people in the industry to help them understand the industry so they can thrive.

10. Ordaining many of the venue managers I work with so they have a backup in the event the officiant is a no show.

Yes I know I'm goofy and do things completely differently than everyone else and have my own style but that is what makes me special that is what makes me stand out among others. Not everybody gets me and not everybody understands or likes my style. That's okay I don't expect to be loved by everyone. But for the couples who I serve for the 50+ venues Who have me on their preferred vendor list and for the other vendors who I work with and thrive with….. they get me and that's good enough for me.

I am proud to be this years trendsetter of the year.

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