Hispanic and Armenian Heritage…Gevol and Evelyn

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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.

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A Beautiful & Intimate Wedding at Crescent Bay Park

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Roger had the honor of marrying Greg & Shannon this last Saturday at the always so beautiful Crescent Bay Park in Laguna Beach.  It was an intimate ceremony and the only bridal party was her two young girls.  Well during the first part of the ceremony, Roger noticed that the two girls who were standing over to the side were very emotional and both were crying (with happiness) inconsolably.  So Roger made an audible and invited the two girls to join Greg & Shannon and totally off the cuff, explained that this wedding is the joining of the entire family and the girls should be right next to them as well.  There was not a dry eye in the house…..  It was a beautiful moment and a beautiful wedding.

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