The Bride That Can Do It All!

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Wesley was honored to get to officiate Steve and Suzie’s Beach Wedding at Little Corona Del Mar. They initially had planned their baby shower the day¬†before, and since all the family was in town, they thought why not knock it all out in one weekend! It was a wonderfully intimate ceremony with their close friends and family. They had gorgeous jagged rocks behind them during the ceremony as the water cascaded off of them. Suzie and Steve have been together for over 13 years, so they were eager to finally tie the knot. Steve got emotional during the repeating of the vows, which in turn made everyone cry. It was such an incredible love that they shared and was also supported by the love of their friends and family. And afterward, they even got Grandpa to climb up to the top of a giant boulder for pictures!

I look forwarding to celebrating with you!

Wesley Crump

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Rev. Gary had three weddings, one at the Rose Garden in Westminster, one at the beach at Little Corona del Mar, and one on a private boat in Balboa Bay

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It was my honor to lead the celebration of holy marriage for Mara Patricia Castaneda and Vincent Richard Paul on the evening of November 4 at the Rose Garden facility in Westminster. ¬†Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested my ministry for their big day, and then we got acquainted and planned via telephone, emails and meeting in my Costa Mesa home. ¬† I am, by the way, Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, pastor emeritus of Fairview Community Church and retired professor of Orange Coast College … but I answer to Gary or Captain or Dude or Pastor or Prof or her husband. ¬†Vincent and Mara turned the courtyard into a beautiful chapel, and Vincent, to his credit and to the delight of Mara’s family, said the ring vows not only in English but uttered his beginning Spanish in their united statements: ¬†“Con este anillo, ¬†Yo prometo mi amour, ¬†Y compartir mi vida.” ¬† ¬†Then, during the time I turned the couple toward the guests for affirmations all around, I said that ¬†“most of you never would have met in this world had not these two brought their lives together, and now you are all related! ¬†So at the reception, get to know each person here. Ustedes son una familia para este familia!”

Two winter-holiday “Little Corona del Mar” wedding ceremonies, conducted by Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, were blessed by glorious setting and perfect weather. ¬† On Christmas Eve Day Gary Schenk and Rose-Anna Romero pledged their eternal love in the cathedral-cove while gentle waves ebbed in and out before them. ¬†Then at first light of the first day of the New Year, joined by fifteen early-rising friends, ¬†Dennis Prat and Gloria Morgan stood on the sand where the stream enters the sea, and expressed their love, their faith and their joy — joy not only for their marriage, but joy for finding the ring which fell into the sand during the best man’s handoff. ¬† Both couples ¬†expressed gratitude to Great Officiants of Long Beach for providing Rev. Barmore’s personal and dynamic ministry for their beautiful, wonderful day!

Jerry Palazzo and Debora Acciarito, finding one another in mid-life as the perfect marriage match, wanted so much to have a beautiful wedding to match their love. ¬†But venues and extras were way beyond a responsible budget for this track coach and language teacher. ¬†Instead, they crafted an amazingly beautiful and romantic wedding day with just two phone calls: ¬†(1) to a dear friend whose home on Balboa Island includes a Duffy Electric Boat, and (2) to Great Officiants of Long Beach, who put them in touch with Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore. ¬†Meeting with Gary, a touching and joyous ceremony was crafted, and on February 4 (in the morning before Super Bowl kickoff) ten friends boarded Captain Chris Price’s sparkling vessel and in perfect weather motored to a beautiful cove for the nuptials. ¬† As Gary pronounced them husband and wife, a jet passing over provided an exclamation point to the declaration — as if it too was planned. After dropping off the minister and signed license, the merry crew crossed the bay to dock and celebrate at a Newport restaurant. ¬†All the money in the world could not have provided Debora and Jerry more satisfaction and joy than this one that launched their married life together.Share This Post:
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Stacey has three great weddings: Palisades Park in Santa Monica, Ontario Hotel, and Upland Hills Country Club

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Their love story began with a simple friendship. A Facebook friendship. Jory admitted that when she first accepted her now-husband’s friend request on FB back in 2007 she immediately crushed on him. She quietly kept track of his status through photos and updates. Through a series of “coincidences” their virtual friendship became an actual frelationship. Fast-forward ten years: her once-skeptical family of her internet romance are now solid believers in the transcendent power of Facebook.

About 20 family members, both sets of parents, step parents, cousins and siblings assembled at Palisades Park for this ceremony on August 26.

Family members joined Officiant Stacey Newsome in blessing the couple with this  prayer they wrote for the occasion:

Bless their marriage, O God, as they begin their journey down the road of life together. We don’t know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help them to make the best of whatever comes their way.

Help them to continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first met. Help them to realize that nothing nor no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people including themselves.

Help them to respect each other’s likes and dislikes, opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears even though they may not always understand them.

Help them to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Help them to realize that no matter what happens to them they will hold on to each other and know that things have a way of working out for the good.

Help them to create for their children a peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives.

But most of all, dear God, help them to keep lit the torch of love’ that they now share so that by their loving example they may pass on the light of love to their children and to their children’s children forever.

Family members then deposited personal messages and cash gifts into a keepsake box the couple will open on their anniversary. Though, they admit the cash will likely not live in the box the entire year!

It was my pleasure to officiate this lovely ceremony and I wish them many, many happy years together.

From the Tennessee Valley to the San Gabriel Valley, it may have been a job transfer that brought this couple from the South to the West, but it’s love and and a desire for a warm-weather vacation that brought their family here for the occasion.

Scott and Nicole held an intimate ceremony at the Ontario Hotel and Convention Center. Scott says Los Angeles would not feel like home unless his long-time girlfriend Nicole joined him in the next phase of his life. Being from the South myself, I felt the warmth of their Southern Hospitality. They made me feel like an member of their big ol’ friendly family!!

On a crisp and clear afternoon in Upland, CA at the Upland Hills Country Club the friends and family of this well-loved couple gathered to celebrate their love for each other.

Laurie and Dominique exchanged vows they wrote especially for each other. From the moment they met, Laurie says she knew she could love Dominique for the rest of her life. Dominique promised to be the right partner-one who loves, comforts and protects her partner. The entire gathering got a glimpse into how the two had each others backs as they lovingly wiped errant eyelashes and tears from each other’s glowing faces.

About 135 witnesses to their love cheered them on when the rings were displayed and the deal was sealed with a kiss.

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A beach wedding in Santa Monica, Little Corona del Mar, and a Wedding at Orange Hill Restaurant by Suvin

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Jaronica and Darryl came from Georgia and Missouri, respectively, to have their ceremony in the sands of Santa Monica

It was a beautiful day, and they got married at the perfect time, catching the golden hour for the sunset. The entire family surrounded them on the beach, and surrounded them in love. They had a Christian ceremony, sprinkled with a little bit of humor here and there. They did not want to write their own vows, but still wanted a personal touch. I advised them to share some words with each other right before the conclusion of the ceremony. Nothing formal, nothing written down, just a few loving words straight from the heart.

We delivered the marriage license also! This saved them a trip down to the county clerk’s office since they were in town just for a few days.

Congrats to the happy couple.

On a warm July day, Hala and Nicholas tied the knot overlooking the amazing view provided by the Orange Hill Restaurant.. I met this awesome couple at the Orange Hill Bridal Show, and they wanted to incorporate some Arabic traditions with some Christian elements. They did not want it too heavy handed though. I recommended we have a reading from Rumi and 1st Corinthians. A quick wedding prayer at the end of the ceremony tied everything nicely together.

Although it was a warm day, everyone enjoyed. They had a large wedding party complete with friends and family, and look at that beautiful walkway!

Brittany and Vincent had an intimate ceremony at Little Corona Del Mar, one of my favorite beaches.

They had a trying situation, Brittany’s mother has stage 4 bone cancer. In situations like this, I was happy to donate my services to this loving couple. They traveled all the way from Vegas so mom could experience this moment. They were able to have the ceremony of their dreams in front of their family on this gorgeous summer evening. They were able to catch the sunset as well.

I performed a Christian based ceremony with a sand blending. Sand Ceremonies are such a cool addition to beach ceremonies. It really captures the vibe of the moment, and it is a perfect expression of two people’s lives joining into one.Share This Post:
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Rev. Sarah performs a wedding on the sand in Redondo Beach, Frank performs one at Casa Romantica in San Clemente, and he performs one at Hotel Maya in Long Beach

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On the very beach where they got engaged, Alex and Jenny said, ‚ÄúI do!‚Ä̬†¬† They opted for a Great Officiants Beach wedding, so everything was set up and ready for them when they got there ‚Äďand it looked beautiful!¬† With the arch, flowers, and white chairs‚ÄĒit was the picture of perfection!¬† Of course, what really made it perfect was the two of them.¬† Walked down the aisle, by her son, Jenny looked gorgeous.¬† Alex had kept his gaze away, so he wouldn‚Äôt see her as she walked down the long Redondo Beach ramp and made her way to the aisle.¬† When he turned around there were tears as he locked eyes with his bride.

Both Alex and Jenny are salsa dancers, to their ceremony was focused on the intricacies of dance as a metaphor for marriage.   In this bilingual wedding  they chose to say their vows and exchange rings in Spanish, while I went back and forth between the two languages.  Their journey together has been very much like a dance, as they have gently maneuvered their lives, all the while letting love lead. Now as they begin their lives as a married couple, they vow to continue to dance, even when it’s hard, when they’ve forgotten the steps, or step on one another’s toes…still they dance and as long as they let love lead, their dance will be beautiful!

It was a joy to get to know this couple and see how they support one another, make sacrifices for the other, compromise, and invest in their love.  Many blessings Jennifer and Alex!   May your marriage be as beautiful as your wedding day!

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Marmaduke & Shawn Davidson on their Saturday, August 5, 2017 wedding at the beautiful Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, CA.¬† It was a beautiful day, not to mention an exceptional setting overlooking the pacific ocean from the balcony cliff patio.¬† Although you were able to feel the temperature the ocean breeze was present as well.¬† It was an eloquent ceremony that was perfect from start to finish in every aspect.¬† They added the Rose presentation to their moms, which is always a toughing part of the ceremony.¬† Afterwhich, guests enjoyed cocktails on the beautifully appointed lawn followed by dinner in a “long awaited air conditioned” banquet hall.¬† My best to the NOW Mr. & Mrs.!

Congratulations to Diana Catibog & Vinson Yague on their Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA.¬† It was a beautiful evening for a wedding with approximately 200 guests on the lawn at the edge of the water overlooking the Long Beach Seaport Village.¬† It was an elegant ceremony which included a Rose Bouquet presentation to Diana and Vinson’s moms as well as an exchange of heartfelt written personal vows.¬† The reception banquet room was eloquently appointed and the setting for a perfect time for all in attendance with beautiful ocean views following a relaxing outdoor cocktail hour on the patio on the water.¬† My very best to the newly married couple.Share This Post:
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3 Awesome Weddings, one at the Summit House in Fullerton, one at Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, and a Beach Wedding at Heisler Park Gazebo in Laguna Beach

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Ever since they met, Mark Jimenez and Lisa Tone have celebrated life and love with gusto. ¬†They value family and friends as the best blessing from above. ¬†So their wedding ceremony at the Summit House in Fullerton featured all that and more! ¬†They selected Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants to plan with them and carry out a wedding of romance, commitment, faith and joy. ¬†The guests were particularly pleased to be asked for their affirmation of the couple, and they did just that with enthusiasm. ¬†Following personal “love letters” expressed to one another Lisa and Mark recited vows led by Rev. Gary. ¬†As they repeated each phrase, eyes locked on eyes, Mark and Lisa drifted physically closer and closer to each other, until at about six inches, Gary interjected, “Can’t kiss ’til vows are finished.” ¬†The couple and the crowd loved the moment … and even more the moment when they did embrace and engage in the holy kiss of marriage.¬†

Marco Corona and Aleena Huber, very much in love, planned meticulously for their wedding day. ¬†Most importantly they (1) reserved the ballroom and outdoor chapel at Orange Hill Restaurant, and (2) Through Great Officiants booked Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore to lead the marriage ceremony. ¬† They liked Gary’s open-minded Christian faith, his vocal energy, and the fact that they could meet with him at his home for planning and getting better acquainted. ¬† Then came the swift wild-fires in and around Tustin and Orange, bringing fear and devastation to so many. ¬† Rev. Gary contacted Marco and asked if they needed his help in finding another wedding venue. ¬†Is Orange Hill Restaurant still standing? ¬†Fortunately although the grounds were threatened and the staff prepared for evacuation, this classic site for dining and parties was spared. ¬†And by October 21 at 5pm, most of the smokey haze was gone and the sunset was beautiful. ¬† While our hearts went out to all those who suffered loss in the fires, it all worked out wonderfully for Aleena and Marco and their guests. ¬†The couple’s handsome beauty, plus their education and determination, mixed with a willingness to listen and consider the other’s perspective bodes really well for their life together in marriage.

Amy Kayl and Corey Madsen first met 26 years ago, but at age nineteen she declined his proposal of marriage. ¬†Going their separate ways, each remembered the power of their attraction and wondered what happened to their long-lost beloved. ¬† By means of the modern-day cupid — Facebook — they reconnected. ¬†Love’s fire blazed anew, and next to the baggage claim at John Wayne Airport, Corey dropped to one knee and popped the question — followed by Amy’s excited “yes!” ¬†Their favorite Bible verse, of course, is “Love Never Fails.” ¬†So for this greatest love, this couple selected the “Greatest Wedding” from Alan Katz’ Great Officiants. ¬†Alan’s crew secured the spectacular Gazebo in Laguna Beach, had it beautifully decorated, and suggested Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore to plan with them and conduct the ceremony. ¬† After meeting with Gary, Corey and Amy knew all the perfect pieces were in place. ¬† When the ceremony began at 2pm October 27, their was a mystical cloud-bank over the ocean, and then when the vows were being exchanged, the fog lifted and glorious sunshine sparkled the water and lit up the wedding site. ¬† For this dear couple and their guests, it was truly “The Greatest.”Share This Post:
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When Jeremy and Allison decided to get married, the big question was “Where?”

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When Jeremy and Allison decided to get married, the big question was “Where?” ¬†They live in Kansas where his family is near, but Allison grew up in SoCal. ¬†Once they saw San Clemente Beach, just north of the pier, they had the perfect romantic spot. ¬†Now, how would they find a minister near the wedding site — one that is Christian yet with an open-minded perspective? ¬† Boom … they called Great Officiants in Long Beach, and were put in touch with the Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore, pastor emeritus of Fairview Community Church in Costa Mesa CA. ¬†Chatting long distance and then meeting in his home the week of the wedding, Allison and Jeremy knew that this was just sort of ceremony they had envisioned, and were thrilled that Rev. Gary could take over the conduct of the San Clemente event. ¬†On the big day, it was indeed all they had imagined … and more. ¬†The Kansan’s were stoked to be standing in the sand beside the iconic Pacific surf, and the Californians were reminded of what a great place this is to live, work and play. ¬† The happily married couple are back in Kansas now, but their dream is to find jobs and move to coastal California. ¬†Wherever … ¬†they are counting the blessings of love.Share This Post:
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