Roger Verses Misha the Flower Girl

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Roger always likes to officiate at the Calamigos Equestrian Center in Burbank.  It’s a beautiful setting, intimate yet spacious enough… And the bride and groom Jessica and Michael really wanted to make it special, not only for them but for their shy, 3 year old daughter Misha who was going to be the flower girl for the wedding.  They were a little nervous not knowing if Misha would even walk down the aisle let alone make it thru the ceremony.  So they begin the ceremony… the bridal party makes it’s way down… then the families… then the ring bearer… and then Misha… who makes it down perfectly!!!  She even drops the flower petals as planned… 
It’s perfect… until she sees daddy standing there and runs to him to be picked up… But daddy needs her to sit down so the bride Jessica can come out… But Misha isn’t having it… She wants up!! Dad Michael doesn’t know what to do and everybody else is frozen.  So Roger comes to the rescue… He whispers into the microphone that “they have cookies over in the front row for you”… That’s all it took and she was done with daddy… cookies won out!  Thank goodness Roger saw that they did indeed have cookies or he would have some explaining to do! And the wedding went off without a hitch!!

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The Estate on Second st.

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Allison Dickherber and Kyle Herberger chose a wedding venue that was both elegant and earthy: The brick-walled Estate on Second Street in downtown Santa Ana, which offers pristine facilities and efficient staffing.   Through Great Officiants they secured the ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore who planned with them and presided over a ceremony, not read from a script, but addressed right to the couple and their guests.  The whole crowd felt deep emotion when Kyle and Allison read love letters to each other, followed by recitation of traditional vows and then unison ring vows. Guests who knew only one of them were wowed when during the pronouncement of marriage their names struck a vocal confluence. As is apparent in the photos, these two expressed their love and joy with sustained smiles throughout the ceremony and no doubt throughout the celebration.

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A Simple Intimate Wedding

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Roger had the honor of marrying Jeff & Carmay at the always so wonderful Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach.  This venue is always a crowd favorite and they once again did just that.  Everything was spot on and the wedding was an intimate, one of a kind ceremony.

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Sunshine at Rancho Los Cerritos

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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.

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Equinox Wedding Ceremony

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Alan and Alexis chose to have their wedding on 9-22-19 the day of the equinox where the day and night are equal and fall begins. The chose to do it under a cool tree in San Pedro.

We incorporated many things into their ceremony to make it amazing.

I burned some sage to cleanse the ceremony area.

I then invoked a special Blessing of the Four Directions. Every time i spoke the name of the direction their daughter clanged my Singing bowl.

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Wedding Singing Bowl and Smudging

Here is the text for their ceremony for the 4 directions:

Oh Great Spirit of the North, we come to you and ask for the strength and the power to bear what is cold and harsh in life. Whatever is cold and uncertain in our life, we ask you to give us the strength to bear it. Do not let the winter blow us away. Oh Spirit of Life and Spirit of the North, we ask you for strength and for warmth.

Oh Great Spirit of the East, we turn to you where the sun comes up, from where the power of light and refreshment come.Everything that is born comes up in this direction the birth of babies, the birth of the puppies, the birth of ideas and the birth of friendship. Let there be the light. Oh Spirit of the East, let the color of fresh rising in our life be glory to you.

Oh Great Spirit of the South, spirit of all that is warm and gentle and refreshing, we ask you to give us this spirit of growth, of fertility, of gentleness. Caress us with a cool breeze when the days are hot.Give us seeds that the flowers, trees and fruits of the earth may grow. Give us the warmth of good friendships. Oh Spirit of the South, send the warmth and the growth of your blessings.

Oh Great Spirit of the West, where the sun goes down each day to come up the next, we turn to you in praise of sunsets and in thanksgiving for changes. You are the great colored sunset of the red west, which illuminates us. You are the powerful cycle, which pulls us to transformation. We ask for the blessings of the sunset. Keep us open to life’s changes.

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Equinox Element Wreath

Then we did the Equinox Element Wreath:

We would like to acknowledge consciously choosing this window of time as being particularly special for our couple in our use of our Equinox Element Wreath. The Equinox in itself is a time of year meaningful for some significant themes for our couple. These are:

Balance- an Equinox is the balance of the hours of day and night. Daylight and the sun symbolize male energy, along with the elements of Air and Fire. It also, on a Star of David is represented by the Up-3-Pointed triangle as we have here. Night and the Moon represent Female energy as well as the elements of Earth and Water. It is the Down- 3-pointed triangle. The merging of these 2 triangles creates a Balanced whole in Nature -much like that Alexis and Alan seek to create not only within themselves as individuals, but together in Partnership in their Union. It is by these parallel lines inside their Star that represent their Life Journey together.

Their Star was constructed from local driftwood, olive trees and sage from walks on cherished trails by oceans, walks with BuddyDog and many explored hills.

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The Kiss

And then of course the magical kiss.

It was an amazing moment for both me and them.

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The Gorgeous Vistas of Roessler Point

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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.”

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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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