Hilton San Gabriel Christian Wedding

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Who would have thought that one of the most beautiful places for a wedding would be on top of a Hilton Hotel on Valley Blvd in San Gabriel?

 But Andy Kim and Sunhee Lee discovered this venue, and with family and friends enjoyed a wonderful day of celebrating love and marriage.  Through Great Officiants of Long Beach the couple connected with Rev Dr Gary Barmore who led a ceremony just perfect for them.  

However, when Andy and Sunhee mounted the gazebo platform, Rev Gary noticed a look of rather grave concern on their faces as they spoke softly in Korean.  He wondered if something might be hindering their plans of commitment and bliss.  Oh my!   Then Andy explained with a whisper that they had left the ring box in their hotel room.  (The attached photo shows the moment when Andy asked a friend to hasten and fetch the wedding bands.)  When it was time for the exchange of vows and rings the box had not yet arrived, so Rev Gary walked down to where the couple’s parents were sitting, asked them to stand, and for the couple to bring them hugs and words of appreciation for the heritage which they were taking into the creation of their own family.  

There was clapping and celebration all around, and the beautiful ceremony proceeded as planned.

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A Beautiful Location, Under the Shade of Elm Trees, at Swiss Park in Whittier

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A beautiful setting under the shade of thick elm trees, provided by Swiss Park and Lodge in Whittier, was the perfect venue for the wedding ceremony of Ashley Beltran and Michael Sandoval.¬† In the early-evening coolness, Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore of Great Officiants led the couple and their children in vows, sand ceremony and — to the delight of eighty guests — turned them outward and asked friends and family to affirm loving support with a rousing “We Do!”¬† The personal statements given by the bride and groom to one another in the presence of¬† their dear ones were profound and inspiring — with a touch of whimsey.¬† After the ceremony, everyone retreated to the classic ballroom where Norma and her crew took great care of the celebration.Share This Post:
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A Wedding at the Gazebo by Las Brisas in Laguna Beach

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What a cloud-studded ocean view it was!¬† The gazebo by Las Brisas Restaurant in Laguna jutted out over the surf, perfect for Victor Szabo and Beatrice Villareal to begin their married life together.¬† Led by Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore (recommended to them by Great Officiants) and surrounded by family and friends, the bride’s father escorted his daughter into the altar of earth, sky and sea.¬† Musical friends of the couple sang the song from Twilight, “I will Love You for a Thousand Years.” After the ceremony, the couple reminded Rev.Gary to always remember them because when they rehearsed the vows in¬† his Costa Mesa home, Victor’s Eastern European ears miss-heard the phrase “I give you all my tomorrows” and said to his novia Latina — a bit confused but in earnest — “I give you all my tamales.”¬† After a good laugh, their officiant shared some other humorous incidents from sacred ceremonies.¬† A joyous bond was established, and it certainly¬† showed during the very personal and professional wedding.Share This Post:
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A Warm Ceremony at the Monterey Hill

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Even though the August 29th afternoon heat kept Amy and Randy from chilling, they were thrilling during their romantic wedding ceremony on the terrace of Monterery Hill Restaurant¬†Having planned the event with Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore, associated with Great Officiants, they were able to relax and enjoy the sharing of personally-composed vows, expressed in the presence of their children, other family and friends. Rev.Gary, when entering the site where guests were seated in the sun, mentioned that the ceremony wouldn’t last more than two hours.¬† They “got” his attempt at humor, and after twenty minutes of loving expressions, everyone happily retreated to the beautiful, chilled ballroom and thrilled the bride and groom with congratulations for their marriage and for the wonderful ceremony that inspired them to thankfulness for their own lives of faithful love.Share This Post:
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A Beautiful Beach Wedding in Santa Monica

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A beautiful sunset on Santa Monica beach was the perfect setting for Ruby and Ben to exchange marriage vows. They had traveled from England for their dream nuptials, and Great Officiants matched them with a cool clergyman, Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore, who strode through the sand to the site of the ceremony.¬† Although the bride and groom looked like glamorous young Hollywood stars, ready for a movie shoot by the shore, actually they will return home to resume their professions as British engineers, and of course, a joyous life together.¬† Since the only witnesses that evening were the photographer and videographer, when Rev.Gary came to the part where he likes to ask the guests for their affirmation, he looked into the video camera and beseeched the folks back home “across the pond” to provide loving support for Ben and Ruby through the years.¬† Ruby, by the way, was relieved that the rings were not fumbled into the sand!Share This Post:
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BEAUTIFUL WEDDING NEAR THE SITE OF A GREAT RESCUE! 

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Cassandra Hummel and Jamie Cruz-Flores were married at four on August 30 in a personal and dynamic ceremony conducted by Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.¬† The venue, Orange Hill Restaurant, was just up the hill from OC Mining Co. where a bride and groom, exactly two weeks previous, were rescued by Great Officiants.¬† It seems that the couple had been abandoned by their minister and two hours before “kickoff” the coordinator called Alan Katz of Great Officiants, who called Gary Barmore, who flew off with robe and vows to serve the stressed-out wedding party.¬† The bride and groom quickly warmed to Rev.Barmore and expressed afterward that it was the most beautiful ceremony they could have ever wished for.¬† The guests were amazed when they found out it was a “rescue” wedding, saying it seemed as if the minister had planned with the couple for months.¬† (That’s what Pro’s can do!)¬† Now as for Jamie and Cassandra’s nuptials at Orange Hill Restaurant, the terrace view was beautiful, and although the heat wave had finally eased, the guests appreciated the engaging and expeditious ceremony, so that after 20 minutes they could head into the air-conditioned ballroom.Share This Post:
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An Interfaith Ceremony at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton

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Helen Wong and Howard Hsu joyously joined their lives in marriage at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton, led by Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.¬† Following their vows, the bride and groom released two white doves — symbolizing the unity of their soaring love.¬† Then, after being presented as a married couple to all the guests, they recessed down the aisle while twenty more doves were released — representing all the family and friends who will accompany this couple’s happy life through the years.¬† Rev.Barmore, a college professor and inter-faith minister, was pleased to affirm both the Christian and Buddhist traditions of Helen and Howard, encouraging everyone to read the wonderful best-selling book “Living Buddha, Living Christ” by Thich Nhat Hanh.Share This Post:
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