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3 Awesome Weddings, one at the Summit House in Fullerton, one at Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, and a Beach Wedding at Heisler Park Gazebo in Laguna Beach


Ever since they met, Mark Jimenez and Lisa Tone have celebrated life and love with gusto.  They value family and friends as the best blessing from above.  So their wedding ceremony at the Summit House in Fullerton featured all that and more!  They selected Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants to plan with them and carry out a wedding of romance, commitment, faith and joy.  The guests were particularly pleased to be asked for their affirmation of the couple, and they did just that with enthusiasm.  Following personal “love letters” expressed to one another Lisa and Mark recited vows led by Rev. Gary.  As they repeated each phrase, eyes locked on eyes, Mark and Lisa drifted physically closer and closer to each other, until at about six inches, Gary interjected, “Can’t kiss ’til vows are finished.”  The couple and the crowd loved the moment … and even more the moment when they did embrace and engage in the holy kiss of marriage. 

Marco Corona and Aleena Huber, very much in love, planned meticulously for their wedding day.  Most importantly they (1) reserved the ballroom and outdoor chapel at Orange Hill Restaurant, and (2) Through Great Officiants booked Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore to lead the marriage ceremony.   They liked Gary’s open-minded Christian faith, his vocal energy, and the fact that they could meet with him at his home for planning and getting better acquainted.   Then came the swift wild-fires in and around Tustin and Orange, bringing fear and devastation to so many.   Rev. Gary contacted Marco and asked if they needed his help in finding another wedding venue.  Is Orange Hill Restaurant still standing?  Fortunately although the grounds were threatened and the staff prepared for evacuation, this classic site for dining and parties was spared.  And by October 21 at 5pm, most of the smokey haze was gone and the sunset was beautiful.   While our hearts went out to all those who suffered loss in the fires, it all worked out wonderfully for Aleena and Marco and their guests.  The couple’s handsome beauty, plus their education and determination, mixed with a willingness to listen and consider the other’s perspective bodes really well for their life together in marriage.

Amy Kayl and Corey Madsen first met 26 years ago, but at age nineteen she declined his proposal of marriage.  Going their separate ways, each remembered the power of their attraction and wondered what happened to their long-lost beloved.   By means of the modern-day cupid — Facebook — they reconnected.  Love’s fire blazed anew, and next to the baggage claim at John Wayne Airport, Corey dropped to one knee and popped the question — followed by Amy’s excited “yes!”  Their favorite Bible verse, of course, is “Love Never Fails.”  So for this greatest love, this couple selected the “Greatest Wedding” from Alan Katz’ Great Officiants.  Alan’s crew secured the spectacular Gazebo in Laguna Beach, had it beautifully decorated, and suggested Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore to plan with them and conduct the ceremony.   After meeting with Gary, Corey and Amy knew all the perfect pieces were in place.   When the ceremony began at 2pm October 27, their was a mystical cloud-bank over the ocean, and then when the vows were being exchanged, the fog lifted and glorious sunshine sparkled the water and lit up the wedding site.   For this dear couple and their guests, it was truly “The Greatest.”

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

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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Check out these three awesome weddings Roger performed

The Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills is an amazing place to marry.  It can hold hundred’s of guests for an over the top, giant wedding……..  But in Mario & Laura’s wedding, it was no more than 10 people.  Just an Intimate, family ceremony.  So why did they choose Greystone ?  It was a place that Mario would take Laura when they first started dating and they wanted to marry where it all began.  And Roger got to be part of this amazing event.

Roger was fortunate enough to be part of a picture perfect wedding this last weekend.  He married Jaime & Kara, a wonderful couple truly in love.  The wedding was held at the Eagles Nest Country Club in Cypress.  The only concern was the weather forecast……. It was predicting triple digit heat and everyone was worried that this outdoor wedding was going to be ruined…….  Well, it was either Roger’s wishing, or mother nature wanting to help, but the temperature at the venue was a comfortable level and everyone had a great time.  Not too hot at all !!

If you had to pick the perfect place for a sunset wedding, the Laguna Beach Surf & Sand Hotel up on the terrace would be in the top ten…….That is where Roger had the pleasure of marrying Darryl and Alexandria this last weekend.  And to top off this amazing wedding venue, Darryl & Alexandra told Roger that their guests were coming to party and Roger needed to bring the fun, funny and romance to their ceremony !  Boy did they come to the right guy !  Not only did Roger have the guests in stitches, but many, many heartfelt moments throughout the ceremony.  It was a perfect wedding !

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

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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Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA

Congratulations to Ariana Dana & Braden Priest on their July 8, 2017 wedding at the Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach, CA.  They had a “simple” ceremony with a special reading.  The hotel is a small quaint boutique hotel tucked away on the busy South Coast Highway.  Following the short fifteen minute ceremony, guests enjoyed an hour of cocktails on the sundeck lounge followed by a beautiful reception in the courtyard.

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Rev. Sarah officiated for a fun and awesome couple at the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach

Christine and Bryce hail from Colorado, so we met first on skype.  I got to know this fun, adventurous, animal loving couple, and felt like I really had a feel for who they are and their journey almost instantaneously.  I loved hearing their story and was so excited to meet them!  We finally met in person the day before their wedding at their rehearsal at the Surf and Sand in Laguna Beach.  They were loving every minute of their time in California –they looked like they were heading to the beach the moment we finished the rehearsal!

By their wedding day, both Christine and Bryce were dressed to the nines!  Her bridal gown was gorgeous, and he was looking handsome.  I got the chance to witness their “first look” and saw the tears in Bryce’s eyes as he cast his first glance at his bride!  So sweet!

Their florists did an incredible job decorating an arch and creating an aisle of rose petals.  They had three stringed musicians, who played the most beautiful music.  The view from the Ocean Terrace was perfect –the sun was nearing sunset, the whole sky was simply magical, and the waves were crashing adding a whole new dimension to the accompany the musicians!

I’ve never been to a wedding that actually started early! But everyone was ready and lined up early and ready to go, with guests already present and seated before our 7:30pm start-time.  Very impressive!

Bryce and Christine opted to write their own vows -and they did so beautifully.  It was a lovely ceremony –filled with laughter and tears and a whole lot of love!  They both have such an adventurous spirit, they will challenge each other, and support one another, and have fun doing it!   Their wedding day was incredible – a perfect way to begin their marriage.  Many blessings along your journey!   Congratulations Bryce and Christine!

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

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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