Rev. Gary had three weddings, one at the Rose Garden in Westminster, one at the beach at Little Corona del Mar, and one on a private boat in Balboa Bay

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It was my honor to lead the celebration of holy marriage for Mara Patricia Castaneda and Vincent Richard Paul on the evening of November 4 at the Rose Garden facility in Westminster. ¬†Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested my ministry for their big day, and then we got acquainted and planned via telephone, emails and meeting in my Costa Mesa home. ¬† I am, by the way, Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, pastor emeritus of Fairview Community Church and retired professor of Orange Coast College … but I answer to Gary or Captain or Dude or Pastor or Prof or her husband. ¬†Vincent and Mara turned the courtyard into a beautiful chapel, and Vincent, to his credit and to the delight of Mara’s family, said the ring vows not only in English but uttered his beginning Spanish in their united statements: ¬†“Con este anillo, ¬†Yo prometo mi amour, ¬†Y compartir mi vida.” ¬† ¬†Then, during the time I turned the couple toward the guests for affirmations all around, I said that ¬†“most of you never would have met in this world had not these two brought their lives together, and now you are all related! ¬†So at the reception, get to know each person here. Ustedes son una familia para este familia!”

Two winter-holiday “Little Corona del Mar” wedding ceremonies, conducted by Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, were blessed by glorious setting and perfect weather. ¬† On Christmas Eve Day Gary Schenk and Rose-Anna Romero pledged their eternal love in the cathedral-cove while gentle waves ebbed in and out before them. ¬†Then at first light of the first day of the New Year, joined by fifteen early-rising friends, ¬†Dennis Prat and Gloria Morgan stood on the sand where the stream enters the sea, and expressed their love, their faith and their joy — joy not only for their marriage, but joy for finding the ring which fell into the sand during the best man’s handoff. ¬† Both couples ¬†expressed gratitude to Great Officiants of Long Beach for providing Rev. Barmore’s personal and dynamic ministry for their beautiful, wonderful day!

Jerry Palazzo and Debora Acciarito, finding one another in mid-life as the perfect marriage match, wanted so much to have a beautiful wedding to match their love. ¬†But venues and extras were way beyond a responsible budget for this track coach and language teacher. ¬†Instead, they crafted an amazingly beautiful and romantic wedding day with just two phone calls: ¬†(1) to a dear friend whose home on Balboa Island includes a Duffy Electric Boat, and (2) to Great Officiants of Long Beach, who put them in touch with Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore. ¬†Meeting with Gary, a touching and joyous ceremony was crafted, and on February 4 (in the morning before Super Bowl kickoff) ten friends boarded Captain Chris Price’s sparkling vessel and in perfect weather motored to a beautiful cove for the nuptials. ¬† As Gary pronounced them husband and wife, a jet passing over provided an exclamation point to the declaration — as if it too was planned. After dropping off the minister and signed license, the merry crew crossed the bay to dock and celebrate at a Newport restaurant. ¬†All the money in the world could not have provided Debora and Jerry more satisfaction and joy than this one that launched their married life together.

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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!

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The wedding of Alejandra and Kenny was an intimate affair at the South Coast Botanical Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes

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Few settings calm and feed the spirit more than a well tended garden. There is a gentleness, freshness and peace that refreshes and lifts us from the noise and demands of urban life. What more fitting place for a two people to gather with their loved ones and inaugurate their life as a married couple?

This past Saturday at 3:30 in the afternoon, I had enjoyed the beauty of South Coast Botanical Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes. The gardens are open to the public and several couples have selected this venue because of its beauty, understated elegance and the peaceful energy of nature.

The wedding of Alejandra and Kenny was an intimate affair. Their family, relatives and friends sat in the amphitheater under a canopy of trees. One of the flower girls giggled and pointed to a rabbit, who was nibbling on some shrubs. Alejandra and Kenny exchanged personal vows, rings and started their life as a couple with the traditional kiss.

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Congratulations to Christina Hueso and Maulin Soneji on their August 7, 2016 wedding at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, CA

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Congratulations to Christina Hueso and Maulin Soneji on their August 7, 2016 wedding at the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton, CA.¬† The setting there is always beautiful and serine ‚Äď back to nature!¬† The ceremony in the midst of the trees, greenery and wildlife, with guests sheltered from the elements.¬† They added the sand ceremony and a presentation to Christina‚Äôs son, Sebastian by Maulin.¬† The rose presentation to their moms was very heartfelt and touching.¬† The ceremony was the perfect blend and coming together of very different cultures in a very beautiful way.¬† My best to Dr. & Mrs. Soneji as they head to the Mideast to begin their new life with a hopeful return to California in a few years.

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Gorgeous Gardens Gala

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The ceremony at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge on May 21 could not have taking place in a more idyllic setting. This was no traditional wedding as the bride Patricia Renick, resplendent in sparkling lavender, and groom Keith Hasday, looking somehow both formal and casual, entered in front of their 160 guests with no bridesmaids or groomsmen. No one gave away the pride, as the emphasis was all about joining  families. This ceremony was a simple fun celebration of their love in front of their 7 children, two of whom came up and gave very heartfelt readings, and heartily involving their family and friends, including about 80 who had flown out from New York. Everyone was treated to a glass of delicious wine prior to the ceremony and even better champagne after the ceremony, for a receiving line in the gardens accompanied  buy music provided buy a dual flown in  from Mexico for the occasion.
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The theme of the January 2nd wedding of Kelle Kensey and Ron Rezek was, “It’s all about the lighting.”

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The theme of the January 2nd wedding of Kelle Kensey and Ron Rezek was, “It’s all about the lighting.” Light streamed from the 1000 delicate lights sprinkled throughout the gorgeous barn at Serendipity Gardens in Oak Glen, on Ron’s face as he lit up when he first saw Kelle radiant in her wedding gown, to the incredible sunset, conveying a supernatural blessing on the new couple.¬†
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An Intimate Ceremony at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge

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Lisa and Dan had¬†a beautiful, intimate ceremony, with about 75 guests in the Boddy House garden at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge on September 18th, 215. It’s also so great to stand in front of two people who are so happy to have found each other. ¬†Another cool thing is that Lisa made it her own dress, and you can see from the pictures that she looked gorgeous!

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