Check out these three awesome weddings our Great Officiant Wesley performed

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Joe and Olivia wanted to incorporate all of their individual customs, heritage, and family into their ceremony. And their love of disco music. They decided to have a tradition Filipino Ceremony including a veil, cord, and coin tradition. Since this wasn’t the very first marriage for either and they each had 3 children, some in their early 20’s, they wanted the children to feel united among this new family. We did a beautiful Family Sand Ceremony with 8 different colors! The most special part of their Wedding was Olivia’s son who is currently serving our country in the military was able to fly in and walk his mother down the aisle. 

I was lucky enough to meet Javier and Brigitte a few months ago when I officiated a family member’s ceremony. We hit if off and I  knew we were going to have fun planning their special day and make it memorable. Their love for each other was so apparent, they had trouble getting through their vows without crying. And since they both love Game of Thrones, I couldn’t help but talk about their love being stronger than Fire and Ice. We also did a lovely Family Unity ceremony with their lovely little girl, Lynnie Poo, the Poodle. Perhaps my favorite pun of any wedding so far, they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Diaz and at the head table,they had written, “For the rest of our Diaz”.

Albert and Dana were wed in the comforts of their own backyard. With a lovely pool on a bright, sunny day, it almost felt like a destination wedding! They had close friends and family there to support them, and their dogs were playfully running around, enjoying the festivities. Once they walked down the aisle as Husband and Wife, they wasted no time celebrating with their friends and family!

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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.

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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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Octavio Saves the Day at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello

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Let me start by saying I have a very special place in my heart for this beautiful family! We met at a Bridal Show in Quiet Cannon and bonded immediately!!!! Their energies are so special I fell in love with them and was honored they chose me to be a part of such an important day in their lives!!!

Their ceremony was scheduled to start at 5 PM. For some reason there was a miscommunication with the DJ and he wasn’t at the ceremony site. He was still setting up at the reception room. We had to wait half hour for him to bring his laptop and set up the music so that we could start the ceremony. Unfortunately he needed an outlet to plug in his computer and there was none available. Luckily I pulled out one of my wedding playlists on my phone, got the authorization from the bride, and queued the music for the DJ to control it.

It ended up being perfect! Even though it wasn’t the actual songs the bride had picked, she was very happy that I was able to save the day and had some songs she loved! Even the DJ was impressed that the officiant was able to save the ceremony!

During the ceremony we did a family sand ceremony including Anthony, the couple’s son. I’m a huge fan of including family members in the sand ceremony. It’s symbolic to the fact that from that day on you will all be united as one, a family!

I had a wonderful time officiating Lionel & Yennyfer’s wedding!! They are truly special people to me!!

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A Beautiful Evening For A Beach Wedding At Sunset Beach

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It was a warm April evening. Near Broadway and PCH is an intimate location in Sunset Beach perfect for walk on ceremonies. Darren and Emma, surrounded by close family, decided to tie the knot. They exchanged vows, said i do, and exchanged rings in a very heartfelt ceremony.

They incorporated a family sand ceremony, joining their three children together with them in this beautiful custom. I used some sand from the beach as the base, then the children were the first to pour their respective colors into the jar. Finally, Darren and Emma poured their colors. The sand ceremony is a beautiful way to allow children to feel involved. After the ceremony, the jar with the blended sand can be placed on the mantle, and everyone will always remember and say “hey, that’s my color, that’s my contribution to the family!”

After the sand ceremony, a few more words were spoken. Then, the apex of the ceremony, the kiss!

And they all lived happily every after.

Photography Credit: Molly Ann, Luminaire Images Photography

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A Great Wedding at a Great Venue: The Reef in Long Beach

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Elena and Ruben's wedding took place at The Reef in Long Beach. This is a great venue because the rooftop deck has a beautiful Long Beach skyline backdrop along with the bay and all the sailboats.

Their processional and recessional was wonderful because instead of having groomsmen and bridesmaids it was composed of all the kids in their family including Elana's kids. To top off this cuteness they were all dressed up in early 1900s attire! They were too cute to handle and so adorable!

We incorporated The lasso ritual and the sand ceremony. In their sand ceremony instead of having to individual containers representing the groom and bride we had six individual containers of sand representing the happy couple and the bride's four children. Like I've said in the past we can customize any and all of our ceremonies in add-ins to fit your wants and needs.

This was truly a beautiful ceremony and a day to remember! Elena & Ruben I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you lots of hugs!!!

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Seven Colors in a Family Sand Ceremony, on the Sand on Westward Beach in Malibu

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I had a very nice wedding this past Saturday evening. The wedding took place on Westward Beach in Malibu, just south of Zuma. The wedding was for a very nice couple by the name of Mark Askey and Chelsea Otero. What made this wedding truly unique however was that this couple had five lovely children present. All of which participated in the bridal party.   

We performed the ceremony and then at the end of the service, we included a special 'unity sand' component for Mark, Chelsea and the five kids. Seven different colors of sand all being blended into a beautiful central container. 

It was really nice seeing this family come together on such a beautiful evening, and I was fortunate to be a part of their special day.

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