Check out these three awesome weddings at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, and a private home in Hacienda Heights

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Congratulations to Shamrock Clifton & David Stankunas on their July 15, 2017 wedding at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA.  Although it was a hot day, the temperature was perfect at the ranch.  There was about 160 guests in attendance.  The reception took place in the beautiful Redwood Room with a continuous cascading waterfall behind the bridal table.  The couple also included an abridged version of the “Chinese Tea Ceremony’ to honor their parents.  (Shamrock’s parents and, as she put it, David’s half Asian-ness).  The ceremony started on time — the DJ, photographer, and coordinator all did an exceptional job.  My best to the new couple!

Congratulations to Tatiana Lupu & Ryan Cacacho on their Sunday, July 23, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, CA.  It was a small beach wedding with about 25 guests.  The ceremony was simple with no Brides’ Maids or Groomsmen.  Tatiana walked down the aisle unescorted and was met by Ryan and their son.  They included the Picture Frame Sand Ceremony and a special reading in their Non-Denominational ceremony.  Photos were taken on the beach after the ceremony followed by cocktails and a dinner reception

Congratulations to Marie Ndoutoume & Adrian Dorsey on their Saturday, July 29, 2017 wedding at a private residence in Hacienda Heights, CA.  It was a beautiful backyard spiritual ceremony under a tent at a private home with close family and friends for this out-of-state couple.  It was a simple ceremony with  no “add-ons,”  just spiritual The weather was a little warm but no competition for the feeling of warmth and love radiating from their family and guests!  My best to the happy couple!

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Sonia and Gerzon were wed at the Laguna Beach Hotel, right on the beach

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Sonia and Gerzon were wed at the Laguna Beach Hotel, right on the beach on Friday, July 7th. There was a giddiness in the air, everyone nervous and excited before we began. While conversing with Sonia in the bridal suite before we began, she explained she wanted to show me something very special attached to her bouquet of flowers. You see, Sonia had told me about a month ago that her father had passed unexpectedly just a month prior, so she knew her wedding day was going to be an emotional one. There, hanging from her bouquet was a charm with a picture of her father inside, and on the back the words “Walk with me, Daddy.” Sonia knew as her two uncles escorted her down the aisle, her father also walked beside her. And was celebrating alongside everyone else at the love and unity of this blessed couple.

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At Hotel Laguna, Kayla and Alex were married

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Alex Martin and Kayla Blanco both played ball at Kansas University, their home state.   When they decided to “play ball” together in marriage, they chose to travel with family and friends to Laguna Beach for the wedding of their dreams.  But, as people of faith, how — they wondered — would they find a ministerial fit so far from home?   Well, Great Officiants of Long Beach more than met their expectations, hooking them up with Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore.   Initial planning for the ceremony was by email, and then the week of their 7/7/17 wedding they met with their SoCal pastor in his home and left knowing that their wedding was going to be all they had hoped for … and more.  And so, at the surf and sand of the Hotel Laguna, Kayla and Alex were married before God, family and friends, and they especially resonated with Rev. Gary’s suggestion that they write  “loving promise” notes to express before all their guests, then follow with recitation of simple traditional vows.  Those personal expressions were deeply moving to all of us, beautifully reflecting their faith, their love and their joy!

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At the beautiful Hotel Laguna, surrounded by their friends and family, Christina and Charley said, “I do.”

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At the beautiful Hotel Laguna, surrounded by their friends and family, Christina and Charley said, “I do.”   Coming from the high desert, the ocean breeze was refreshing, offering them the perfect paradise to officially begin their lives as husband and wife.  With her father nervously walking her down the aisle, Christina looked the picture of perfection, and as they approached the flower adorned gazebo, Charley greeted her.  His own eyes had teared up the moment he saw her.

Both Charley and Christina know the importance of faith in their lives. Reading from Colossians they grounded their marriage in the words of Paul who reminded them to clothe themselves in love and always be grateful for the lives and love they have been given.

There were lots of laughs in their ceremony: there was a bit of difficulty getting Charley’s ring over his knuckle – the pair demonstrated their skill in working together as partners and eventually got it on!   We know it’s not ever coming off!   And when the time came for their sand ceremony – we all giggled a bit as they employed a ketchup bottle move, in order to get the still damp sand out of one of the bottles.   Like marriage, we can make all the best plans—but things are often out of our control.  Thankfully, Christina and Charley know laughter is the best way to make it through when things don’t go exactly as expected!  In the end, those little moments of laughter will be memorable moments!

They were all smiles, when they were finally announced husband and wife, cheered on by their friends and family!  Congratulations to the happy couple: Charley and Christina!

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Krista and Kelley’s Wedding: April 29, 2017 Hotel Laguna

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Instead of April showers, Krista and Kelley were blessed with sunshine and clear skies, on their wedding day in Laguna Beach.  On the sands of Hotel Laguna, their friends and family traveled from the hot desert of Arizona to the ocean breeze of Southern California, to witness this lovely couple say, “I do.”    Everything was perfect –from the bride’s gorgeous dress and bouquet, to the beautifully decorated arch, the DJ’s music and the wedding coordinator’s attention to detail – our only fear was the rising tide!  But thanks to Hotel Laguna staff for digging a trench and creating a berm we made it through the ceremony without anyone floating away!  We even had an unexpected guest –a sea lion swam up to observe the couple exchange their vows!

It was a real joy to stand with Krista and Kelley and their family as they professed their love and vowed to be in relationship with one another as long as they both shall live.  Cherishing the love God has given them to nurture and sustain, it’s clear that Krista and Kelley will undoubtedly be blessed in their marriage as they begin their lives together as husband and wife.

Congratulations to this special couple!  What an incredibly beautiful wedding!  May your marriage continue to be filled with beauty and love!

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Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna

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Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna.  And on Sunday April 30 it all happened! — string quartet, exquisite attire, cherished guests and a ceremony conducted by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.  Gary’s voice was strong enough to be heard over waves and beach-goers, and with his counsel with the bride and groom at his Costa Mesa home providing momentous and memorable words worth hearing, the event fulfilled all the couple’s expectations and more!  When he offered the prayer of blessing, the waves didn’t pipe down, but the beach-goers did.  There was plenty of inspiration for everyone.

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Beach balls fly at this wedding ceremony at Hotel Laguna

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Brad and Alisa got married at Hotel Laguna beach. This is the only place Laguna Beach that you can set up chairs and arches it was grandfathered into the hotel.

They wanted it to be fun, silly and fast ceremony and they got just that.
They both giggled through the ceremony.
Instead of the traditional Sand ceremony they opted for a plant Unity ceremony where they placed sand into a pot with a succulent plant in it.

At the end of the ceremony as they were walking back down the aisle all of their guests, who had previously been given a beach ball, pelted them as the walked through the gauntlet. It was quite a scene everyone roared  with laughter.

They truly had a ball.  

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