Great Officiant Greg and the privilege of marrying Bassam and Laura Younes on Saturday November 19th 2016 at the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club in Lake Forest, California.

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Great Officiant Greg and the privilege of marrying Bassam and Laura Younes on Saturday November 19th 2016 at the Lake Forest Sun and Sail Club in Lake Forest, California.  

What a beautiful location for a wedding and reception!  The weather was absolutely perfect!  The ceremony was held on the water’s edge, with the reception at the clubhouse a short walk away.  The pictures speak for themselves!

Bassam looked so sharp in his blue suit and Laura was just lovely and beautiful in her wedding dress.  The ceremony was a customized “Catholic Lite” with the “Family Sand Ceremony” as an addition.  With their children, this ceremony was very special and heartwarming.

The special ceremony by Great Officiant Greg was very well received by the happy couple’s friends and family.  Bassam’s best friend made a special effort to thank Greg for such a wonderful and sincere, but fun wedding.  “You really nailed it!” he exclaimed!

All of us at Great Officiants wish Bassam, Laura and their children much love and happiness!

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A beach wedding for Great Officiant Greg!

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor of marrying Missy and Nick Giaone on the sand on April 30, 2016 in Long Beach, California.  The Catholic Light ceremony with the “blending of the sand” included their three children, which was very special!  Although the ceremony is serious, the setting was beautiful and casual, and Reverend Greg made it heartwarming and just a little funny and light.  With five colors of sand, the final container, representing their blended lives, was very colorful and a wonderful keepsake!

Nick and Missy’s friends and family, many who traveled from Arizona and Chicago, commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony by Reverend Greg.

Many thanks to Suvin and Amber with So Cal Beach Wedding (A division of Great Officiants) for their very professional set-up, and to Beth Gates at Lei of Love who supplied the archway, bouquet, boutonnieres and wedding flowers.

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Thanksgiving Day wedding ceremony on the beach

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 Josephine and Daniel figured that since all the family was in town for Thanksgiving it was the perfect time to get married.

Daniel is a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. They meant on their friends blind date. They got to know each other and fell in love.

They chose the beach in San Clemente by the pier.

Josephine is seven months pregnant and excited about starting a new family.

I performed a modified Catholic style ceremony while they stood in the heart that I dug into the sand.

Their family was delighted and excited about this new family coming together.

We honor our military families and hope that they have a wonderful life together.

  

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We want to kiss right at sunset” at Gladstone’s in Malibu

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“We want to kiss right at sunset” was the instructions given to Woody by Tatiana and Stephen. With Woody’s skills…..this is exactly what happened. Tatiana and Stephen had a Catholic Lite ceremony, which included their own vows which filled the beach behind Gladstone’s restaurant in Malibu with tears and laughter. And yes….the kiss was right at sunset.  
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Octavio Performs a Wedding at Disneyland Hotel’s Rose Court Garden

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Carrie & Fernando's wedding took place at Disneyland Hotel's Rose Court Garden. This venue is absolutely beautiful as you can see from the picture. Even though it was a hot day the ceremony took place inside the gazebo so the couple and I were not hot at all and there was a very nice breeze.

We did our "My Favorite" ceremony with a few catholic characteristics added to it such as 1st Corinthians, John 4: 7-12, and A wedding prayer at the end. We also added the sand ceremony but instead of using sand I customized that tradition and rewrote it to make it for a Lego heart. The couple built a red Lego heart with their initials in white. We separated the heart in half and when we got to that portion of the ceremony instead of pouring their sands into the main container the united the heart making it complete which symbolized that uniting their lives completes both of their hearts.

This was truly a beautiful ceremony and I love when my couples get creative with different traditions and add-ins that we can provide. Carrie & Fernando I wish you guys nothing but love in all the blessings in the world! Keep letting your inner childs come out and play!

 

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Octavio performs Three Bilingual Ceremonies Across the County!

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Jake & Maria got married at the Rose Garden in downtown LA. This is such a beautiful location, and it is so big that it's very easy to have a private ceremony even if the park is crowded.

Jake & Maria wanted a bilingual ceremony but Jake doesn't speak or understand much Spanish. In these situations we can still do a bilingual ceremony but since most of it is for the couple to understand I have to be careful and not translate too much so that both of them understand the message we dedicate to them.

Jake brought a wireless speaker which I used to control the music and a tripod to record the ceremony with this phone. When I saw him setting up the phone and tripod I offered to use my phone since it records at 60 frames per second. I gave him a little sample video so that he could see the quality and he was sold!

We used my phone to record the entire ceremony which lasted 15 minutes. Their ceremony was slightly bilingual and we did our "My Favorite" ceremony. They also wrote their own vows, which by the way were absolutely beautiful and touching, and I introduced the "Best Woman," who is Jake's best friend, to come up and dedicate a beautiful and heartfelt message for the happy couple!

Jake and Maria are such a sweet couple and they clearly love each other so much! I wish you guys all the blessings in the world and send you all my love!

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Ana Arely & Mario tied the knot at Hurst Ranch in West Covina. I've done several weddings at this location and they have all been outdoors. But this one was held indoors in their big ballroom. This was wonderful because the couple wanted to keep the ceremony traditional and we did not want to replace the unity candle with the sand ceremony.

We met a few months before the wedding and I fell absolutely in love with them! Mario & Ana Arely are the kind of people that just make you feel as part of their family from the minute they meet you and hug you. When I arrived to their wedding they gave me the same kind of love. It was so cool!

We did our Catholic Lite ceremony with the Coin, Lasso, and Unity Candle entirely in Spanish. The couple were so happy and are so in love that they could not contain their tears. It was so touching to see tears of joy and love!

Mario & Ana Arely, you guys are such an amazing couple and have such kind souls!!!! We need more people like you in this world! I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love and hugs!

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Words cannot begin to describe how much I love Andrea and Bryan! This is one of the couples that I have worked with the most as we were in constant communication from the moment we met up until the day of their wedding. And they were both always in such a happy and excited mood!

Their wedding and reception took place at Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge. This was my first wedding at that location and it is absolutely gorgeous! I would love to do more weddings there!

I have such a special bond with this couple and when I got to their wedding I bonded exactly the same way with their parents! Both of their parents are so cool and so much fun! I would've loved to stay for the reception and spend more time with them and their families!

As you can see in the picture Andrea and Bryan looked like Hollywood royalty, even when they are not dressed for a wedding! I felt like I was marrying two models taken out of a Vogue magazine!

The ceremony was a bilingual Catholic Lite and we also incorporated the Mothers Rose presentation and the Lasso ritual. Every word that came out of my mouth was incredibly heartfelt as I had the privilege of enjoying the love they have for one another through their eyes, smiles, and tears of joy!

Andrea & Bryan, I am honored and forever grateful that you guys granted me the opportunity to officiate your wedding ceremony and be a part of such an amazing love story! I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love and hugs!

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A Great Combination at the Oviatt Penthouse in Downtown LA

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I could not have come up with a better combination if I had tried! Brian and Diana got married at the Oviatt penthouse in downtown LA which in itself has the vibe of the 20s.

Their theme song was "I Remember" by Deadmau5! It all matched 100% perfectly! The ceremony was a bilingual Catholic Lite ceremony with the Mothers Rose presentation. When I got to the wedding The DJ told me the couple wanted to be pronounced when their theme song exploded. He and I worked together in figuring out when I would queue him in since the song has a 30 second build up before that part comes. We pulled it off!

Brian and Diana found me through Great Officiants thanks to Brian's mom. We met a week before their wedding, which is more than enough time for any of us to design a beautiful and perfect ceremony for you, and of course the end result was Great!

Brian and Diana thank you guys for making my experience so fun and exciting! You guys are amazing! I wish you all the blessings in the world and all my love!

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