Blake teared up as he expressed his love for Christi

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Christy Lim and Blake Barnes were married November 29 in the hospitable environs of the Paracel Restaurant in Westminster. ¬†Through Great Officiants of Long Beach the couple secured the ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, and when they met with him at his Costa Mesa home they discussed the marriage relationship and planned the ceremony. ¬†Blake and Christy joyfully yet calmly rehearsed the vows and other elements of the big day’s main event. ¬† So it was a bit unexpected that when during the actual ceremony — after Rev Gary said to the guests that “words can never express the hearts of these two, but that they had composed, each in their own way, words that will do a pretty good job this day and forever” — ¬†Blake teared up as he expressed his love for Christi, and after composing himself, again broke into tears. ¬†Eventually he expressed all he wished to say to his beloved, and the good Reverend commented to everyone’s affirmation that Christi was the envy of all the women … ¬†to be marrying a sturdy and studious man who was also deep with feelings of affection, appreciation and awe ¬†… and not ashamed to let it show!

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LaKeith and Jessamine…Everyone seemed unusually connected to one another-

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Lakeith Ghoston experienced hearing difficulty as a child, and by the time his hearing and speech were restored he had become skilled at signing. ¬†So at Cerritos College when he saw and met Jessamine Maglantay — the girl of his dreams — she happened to be completely deaf. ¬†No Problem — they could converse through sign language. ¬†A match made in heaven for sure! ¬†Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested the wedding ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, and when they met at his home in Costa Mesa, Gary was put right at ease in communicating the wedding aspects, because the groom signed the words of ceremony and explanation to the beaming bride. ¬†For the afternoon wedding November 16, a professional signer stood next to Rev Gary, instructing him to gaze, as usual, upon the couple and their guests, and she would hear his oratorical voice and sign to the bride as well as the hearing-impaired guests, ¬†Everyone seemed unusually connected to one another, fostered by the high level of empathy and joy throughout the crowd.

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Whittney Clark and Sean Jarne went to the beach for their wedding

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Whittney Clark and Sean Jarne went to the beach for their wedding.  Nevertheless elegance and style were on parade at the beautiful venue located at Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove.  At 4pm on first day of November on the front deck of the home used in Bette Middler’s “Beaches” fifty family and friends celebrated the marriage vows of this very happy and grateful couple.   Through Great Officiants of Long Beach Whittney and Sean had secured the ministerial services of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, who met with them in his Costa Mesa home to plan the ceremony and get further acquainted.  As is his practice, he began the ceremony with Sean and Whittney not yet hooked up but facing one another as the guests stood in honor, and then after they came forward together Gary turned them toward the seated guests for mutual affirmations, as he approached the guests to welcome them.   But there was an added reason for these positionings — so the Good Rev would not have to try to look over Sean who is six and a half feet tall.  The guests discovered themselves inspired beyond their expectation, and Mr. and Mrs. Jarne were so thrilled with fulfillment of their vision of the perfect wedding.

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A Calm and Pleasant Day at Turnip Rose

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Kindal Kincade and Jeremiah Bright were worried about their chosen day for matrimonial vows. ¬†October 12 was right in the middle of forecasted fierce and fire-hot Santa Ana winds — a big problem for an outdoor wedding at Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa. ¬† To great relief, their special day dawned calm and pleasant. ¬† Late-afternoon rays of the sun bathed bride and groom, as well as the wedding party and 150 guests. ¬†Kindal smiled joyously while Jeremiah shared his “love letter” to her before God, family and friends, and Jeremiah blotted Kindal’s tears of happiness as she voiced her love note to him. ¬†They were so appreciative to Great Officiants of Long Beach for recommending Rev Dr Gary Barmore to plan with them and preside over a ceremony that was faithful to their Lutheran tradition, yet communicated with a dynamic contemporary style. ¬†After pronouncing the couple Husband and Wife, Dr Barmore invited them to the table of the candle ceremony, to express in symbol what had happened in reality: their two lives aflame together forever. ¬†With no wind whatsoever, no one got nervous that the flame could start a wildfire like others burning in California. ¬†Prayers went out for those suffering, but joyous gratitude was the order-of-the-day for Mr and Mrs Jeremiah Bright. ¬†

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Tying the Knot at FETE

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Wiely Yang and Tran Luu attended a bridal show at an exciting new venue in Costa Mesa named (appropriately) FETE, where they spoke with Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore who represented Great Officiants of Long Beach. As a result, they decided to contract with FETE for their wedding and reception, and also to ask Gary to be their minister for the marriage ceremony. It all came together the evening of August 4, and the couple’s many friends and family members brought best wishes, prayers, cheers and gifts to celebrate this handsome couple’s adventure into a bright future.

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Check out these three awesome weddings in Edens Garden in Moorpark, Maggiano’s in Costa Mesa, and Porter Valley Country Club

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Jasmine and Joseph’s wedding took place at Edens Garden in Moorpark, California and let me tell you this truly is the Garden of Eden‚Ķ Beautiful landscaping, wonderful greenery, captivating fountains, outstanding plants and flowers and luscious green grass are just some of the perks of this wonderful hidden gem‚Ķ An outside reception area that just captivates the mind and soul with white peacocks in cages to astound the eye.

As Jasmine was preparing to walk down the aisle Joseph could not hold his emotions back‚Ķ “oh my God, oh my God, oh my God”, was all he could say when he saw his wife to be coming down the aisle in Edens Garden. Jasmine’s smile lit up the place and her walk to him was emotional, exciting and of course a little anxious

They wrote their own vows to each other and read them with passion, feeling and conviction, and as they were pronounced husband and wife and walked off into Edens Garden to celebrate their marriage nuptials, all I could say was; this was a great wedding, for a great couple, at a great place by Great Officiants.

Joshua and Britney‚Äės wedding took place and Maggiano‚Äôs Italian Restaurant in Costa Mesa California‚Ķ This wedding was elegant, quite intimate and beautiful‚Ķ Their colors were a beautiful gray and plum that accented the oak wood tables,¬† chairs and the room was a stunning cream with soft wood oak walls that had an appeal of warmth and flavor‚Ķ Their procession was small but so heartwarming and beautiful‚Ķ They wrote their own vows in which both teared up with joy in their hearts to each other‚Ķ Their mother‚Äôs were so happy and Maggiano‚Äôs did a wonderful job of making their day beautiful.

Last April, Great Officiants contacted me with a request for a rabbi to officiate Jared and Meghann’s interfaith wedding ceremony at Porter Valley Country Club. I was available for November 18th and reached out to them.   Within a few moments, I bonded with this fun loving couple and they with me.  We met together to craft their unique ceremony and then commissioned to create their Custom Ketubah.

Explaining the opportunity they have to customize their Ketubah and infuse it with their energies, they chose the lake and fountain at the Country Club, which was to be the background of their ceremony.

Meghann and Jared’s ceremony was to start at 4:30 and the sun was just getting prepared to surround the couple and guests with a spectacular light show that was not expected.  The weather and sun setting was like soft music playing while they shared their vows before family and friends.  Congratulations to the Jared and Meghann!Share This Post:
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Congratulations to Kathleen Rivera & Tommy Zecena on their October 15, 2016 wedding at the Avenue of The Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA

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Congratulations to Kathleen Rivera & Tommy Zecena on their October 15, 2016 wedding at the Avenue of The Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA.  It was a beautiful October day in southern California with the perfect blend of weather and guests for a perfect wedding!  The ceremony started on time with the bride making the l o n g walk down the path from the opposite side of the lake to the ceremony site, slowly making her way to the aisle, for another journey to her waiting groom and officiant!  We quickly got into a meaningful ceremony with inspiring words and humor with a beautiful lake and fountain in the background.  My best to the happy couple as they begin their journey together!

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