Rabbi Barry performs a wedding at the Padua Theater in Claremont

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When Doug and Mark contacted me through Great Officiants to perform their wedding ceremony, I realized that I performed Doug’s brother’s wedding two years ago. It was awesome to know that I would once again be working with a wonderful, loving and accepting family.

The venue was one of my favorites, the Padua Theater in Claremont.  Although the setting was perfect the weather was not.  When I arrived, the Chuppah was set up in the courtyard and the wind was blowing a frigid chill through the air. I knew this would be a distraction to the guests, but Mark and Doug were dead set on the outdoor location. When it began to rain they finally decided to go inside.  There were no poles for the Chuppah, so four friends held it up for the entire twenty-five minutes.  They were such troupers and the metaphor of their friends and family being their support, especially during a difficult time, became a large part of the ceremony.

The other memorable part of the ceremony was, Mark.  He was so perfectly witty; people laughed through the ceremony when they weren’t crying.  Mozel Tov Mark and Doug and may you share many loving moments together!

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Congratulations to Rosana Andrade & Tom Carter on their September 3, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend) wedding in Claremont, CA.

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Congratulations to Rosana Andrade & Tom Carter on their September 3, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend) wedding in Claremont, CA.  It was an exceptional evening in southern California – nice moderate temperature with a cool breeze.  It was a nice intimate ceremony with about 40 guests in a beautiful backyard setting. The event was well planned, the strings did a great job with the music and everyone seemed to take in the happy time the permeated the air!

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May 21 2016 Great Officiant, Lisa Smith had the honor and pleasure of marrying David and Stephanie over the weekend at the Padua Hills theater

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May 21 2016 Great Officiant, Lisa Smith had the honor and pleasure of marrying David and Stephanie over the weekend at the Padua Hills theater a real hidden gem located in the foothills of the local mountains of Claremont California,we had a glorious day. There were blue skies and a brisk breeze blowing. Many of David and Stephanie’s family and friends came from China and Australia. Everyone was dressed in their most beautiful wedding attire. After an 8 year romance these two hearts were definitely ready for marriage. In this gorgeous old California dinner theater Setting and grounds overlooking the valley below.They had a heartfelt rose ceremony for their Moms and family’s to show there love is eternal and unite their family’s David and Stephanie chose a Unity Candle that was a great idea but remember that nice breeze,Well we had a laugh and pretended to light the Candle . However the unity could have not been stronger for The love was already a blaze for them. The newlyweds and party celebrated into the evening with much fun with a photo booth and other unique customs. We wish you a long and happy life David and Stephanie
Thank you for choosing Great Officiants.
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A Padua Hills Theater Wedding is out of the box fun. 

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In doing weddings all over Southern California I get to go to a lot of amazing places. From backyards to ballrooms I’ve seen it all. 


One of my favorite places is the Padua Hills Theater. It has a beautiful ceremony site surrounded by trees and is very picturesque.
 After the ceremony all the guest or ushered to the back patio for a giant group shot.

 Then it’s off for appetizers and drinks before heading into the beautiful ballroom.

 My couple today Jamison and Rachel had a very fun ceremony with their own vows and a sand ceremony.

So many guests after the ceremony told me what a pleasure it was to see a ceremony that was fun and not boring.

I told them “that’s how I roll”.

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Officiant Frank Performs Private Ceremony in Claremont

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Congratulations to Shannon & Michael on their September 6, 2014 wedding at a private residence with an exceptional view in Claremont, CA.  The day was perfect, the view breathtaking, and the guests having a great time.  Not to mention the sparkle in the eyes of the newlyweds!

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Three different couples three different love story but what they share the Great Officiant.

This weekend three of my weddings were stand outs.
Each couple had their own special love story on how they met how that life is changed but the one thing they have in common is their desire to be happy with their partner

Robert and Joan got married at Castaways in Burbank.

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Than and Emily got married at the Hyatt at the Pike in Long Beach.

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Anthony and Alicia got married at Padua Hills Theater in Claremont.

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