A Hawaiian Wedding at the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, and two weddings at private homes in Malibu and Apple Valley

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A very long awaited dream came true in Apple Valley California at the beautiful Del Webb Sun City. Connie and Deb are such special ladies they have been together for 21 years and at last they were united ¬†in holy union it was a well-planned major event family and friends came from Iowa Northern California and as close as from next-door to Celebrate. We were blessed with a beautiful perfect California day, slightly breezy and 75* temperature. Connie and Deb are so well loved by all who know them. ¬†The whole community came together and gifted the glorious celebration while insisting on helping from the wedding cake and cupcakes made by a neighbor to music / sound system, flowers and photography all was covered . Thanks to Midge for her awesome skills of keeping it all together and on point . Officiant Lisa was joined by others as they sang beautiful special selected songs. And others did readings from Scripture this was a very heart felt beautifully orchestrated ceremony. Everyone’s hearts were filled with joy for Connie and Deb. We wish these ladies a beautiful happy future filled with abundance and yes dreams do come true Bravo

On September 30, 2017, a dream came true in Malibu, California. High, very high ¬†on top of the world, Mark and Lorna became united in matrimony. ¬†They are from two different continents… When Lorna arrived in the United States from Ireland she had a deep feeling, a yearning in her soul – she knew that her husband was waiting for her her in America. ¬†Mark was that man! Yes, a soulmate, it’s true. They met at Melrose Caf√© in West Hollywood, ¬†California – ¬†it was intense and instant, “just like a magnet”, as Lorna says. From that day forward they never left one another’s side! ¬†They fell deeply, madly in LOVE.

Great Officiants Lisa Smith had the honor and pleasure of working with these beautiful souls. ¬†She composed and delivered the perfect heartfelt Light Catholic Ceremony, combined with our Unity Candle Ceremony.. ¬†Lorna’s Mum brought special candles from Ireland for this part. The Irish musicians were performing beautiful soft Celtic music in the background – ¬†it sounded like angels were present, peaceful and serene. ¬†Love was truly in the air. All of Lorna’s family traveled from Ireland to celebrate – even the family’s dog got to come! ¬†Mark’s mom and family, aunties, and cousins came from Texas. Unfortunately, Mark’s ¬†Mother broke her ankle. But that didn’t slow her down. Luckily Lorna is a Registered Nurse and knew exactly what to do to take care of her new Mother in Law (this was the first time they met!) ¬†The good news is, she will be ok. She was so excited for her only Son that she said she felt no pain. The ceremony was concluded with cheerful Irish Celtic music throughout the evening. Everyone ¬†dined and celebrated under the stars overlooking the fabulous and beautiful Pacific Ocean. ¬†Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. David – may ¬†their dreams continue to come true! Thank You so much for choosing Great Officiants.

At the first trumpeting of the pu (conch shell) by A. Mauricio, Miki’s and David’s unsuspecting guests turned to see what produced the sound and from where the sound came. That initial blast was followed by a second, which gave way to a third longer, extended tone.¬† A. Mauricio then further surprised those gathered as he began to recite Onaona i ka hala me ka lehua…”,¬†the opening line of the Oli Aloha¬†— a traditional Hawaiian welcoming chant — while walking¬†down the aisle.¬† As he took his place before the couple’s family and friends, A. Mauricio¬†concluded the chant with¬† “Aloha ńď.¬†Aloha ńď.¬†Aloha ń†(which has been translated to mean “Love is here.¬† Love is now.¬† Love is.”).

 

Until the sound of the conch shell was heard, the only ones who knew that Miki and David had chosen to celebrate their wedding Hawaiian style, or in what A. Mauricio described as an “Aloha Infused Wedding”, were the bride and groom, and their DJ.¬† As the ceremony began to unfold, there was little doubt left.¬† ¬†In addition to the trumpeting of he pu and the welcome chant, ceremonial observations included a lei exchange between the couple, and a ring blessing using elements that are distinctly associated with the Islands — a koa wood bowl containing Pacific Ocean water, and a ti leaf for dipping into and sprinkling the water on the rings.¬† A. Mauricio offered another traditional chant, which begins with the words “Ei-Ah Eha-No…” as the blessing itself.

 

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Miki and David enjoyed their first honi (kiss) as husband and wife.¬† Afterward, many mahalos (thank yous) were showered on A. Mauricio by both the newlyweds and their guests for having provided a Hawaiian style wedding that truly was unique to the Mainland and memorable.¬† Indeed, for a short while, on a day in mid-October, the Spirit of Aloha rested at the Garland Hotel’s¬†Beverly Park in North Hollywood.

 

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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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A Wedding at a Private Home in Sunland, by Wesley

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Danielle and Charles were married at a lovely estate in Sunland, CA at 4:30 PM on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. They were married in front of a gorgeous terrace overlooking the rolling hills. Danielle and Charles decided to share their written vows to each other during the ceremony, and both talked about the first time Charles asked her to be his. They were sitting right next to each other 11 years ago outside of Danielle's parents' house, and Charles sent her a text message simply asking, "Be mine?" They sealed their love today, and through teary eyes dedicated their hearts to each other for the rest of their lives.