Catholic style wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples

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As one of the leaders in performing ceremonies for same-sex couples one of the things that we have to offer is the ability to provide a Catholic style ceremony utilizing a former Catholic priest.
Our Father Geoff, in addition to being a major advocate in the marriage the quality movement he also performs many ceremonies for our same gender couples.
Same-sex couples who were raised Catholic still want to have a ceremony steeped in there belief.
This is something were happy and honored to do. Here is a wonderful review that we received from one of our Catholic same-sex couples posted on the Knot.

An absolute pleasure! 11-12-2014

We are so grateful that we found Great Officiants. We were having a difficult time as a same sex coupe trying to find a Catholic priest to marry us. Great Officiants made our dreams come true and put us in touch with Father Geoff. I emailed Alan Katz late one evening, and he called me back in a matter of minutes. Within hours, we were speaking to Father Geoff. Father Geoff was always available to us and went above and beyond the what he was contracted to do. Father Geoff was genuinely invested in our wedding. Thank you Alan and Father Geoff!..

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LGBT WEDDING TESTIMONIAL FROM LITTLE CORONA DEL MAR BEACH

Jim and Bruce came in from Georgia to get married on the beach in sunny Southern California.

They were staying in orange county so I recommended they get married on Little Corona Del Mar beach in orange county.
This beach is known for its beautiful Rocky Coves.
However due to an extreme high tide and Hurricane Maria off the coast of Baja much of the beach was underwater.

So we chose the only spot of dry land left. Surrounded by their family and friends they tied the knot.
They gave me this wonderful testimonial.

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Lou and Rose Married on Their 34th Anniversary!

Great Officiant Shari sent us this blog:

I married these two ladies on their 34th anniversary, at 3:00 pm, at Palisades¬†Gazebo Park in Dana Point. They had their two best friends (a straight couple) witness the ceremony, and then had a reception at their friend’s home nearby thereafter. All four of them worked together during the time that Lou and Rose¬†met. To quote them, they met during at time when¬†you still had to be a member of a club to get into a secret lesbian bar. They were the warmest, sweetest couple,¬†and they are still so in¬†love after all these years.

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2 Of our Great Officiants Featured in an LA Weekly article

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Great Officiants, Shari Altmark and A. Mauricio Lubong,¬†while¬†participating¬†as vendors at¬†the¬†Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay¬†Wedding Expo, were¬†interviewed by LA Weekly staff writer Gendy Alimurung. The first of its kind expo¬†was held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club downtown on¬†Sunday,¬†November 10.¬† Parts of the interview were included in an article Alimurung uploaded¬†to the publication’s Thursday, November 21¬†Arts¬†& Culture Blog.¬† Here is the link to the article.

http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2013/11/gay_wedding_expo.php

Plenty of people stop to chat with ministers Shari Altmark and A. Mauricio Lubong over at the Great Officiants booth. They haven’t been asking too many questions, though. Mostly because it is tough to get a word in edgewise.*

“Our goal,” Altmark says, “is for every guest to leave going, ‘Oh my God, that was the most amazing wedding,’ instead of, ‘Oh my God, another fucking wedding.’‚ÄČ”

She and Lubong are warm, funny, sincere, charming and talkative. Out tumbles anecdote after anecdote.

Did you know that the owner of their award-winning company married the first gay couple after the law changed? True story. Or how about the wedding in which the butch lesbian bride got her high heels stuck in the mud when the sprinklers accidentally activated during the ceremony ‚ÄĒ she ran off without her shoe. Or the one about the disapproving Catholic mother of the lesbian bride. Mom sat in the front row praying her rosary in protest for the entire wedding.

“I just ignored her,” Altmark says, rolling her eyes. “She was busy with God.”

“Really?” Lubong says. “I would’ve been, like, ‘Honey, you keep those prayers coming. We need them!’‚ÄČ”

Gay weddings, both agree, are much more emotional than straight ones. When Altmark asks friends and family to do “a blessing of the rings” ‚ÄĒ where people reach out and lay their hands on the rings as a symbolic gesture of support ‚ÄĒ she swears, “There’s not a dry eye in the house.”

 

 

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Personal Touches for Drew and Phil’s Chapel Wedding

Drew and Phil waited 16 years to get married so when they tied the knot in our chapel in Long Beach on Friday, November 22nd, they wanted to make it memorable.

Here’s what they did –

– They surprised Drew’s sister and they’re long-time family friend by inviting them to the wedding under the premise that it was a work “award lunch” and asked them to sign their marriage licenses

– They had their 4 champagne glasses engraved with their names and wedding date

РThey gave both women corsages and Pandora charms to remember their special day

– They had cuff links engraved with D & P engraved for their ceremony attire…

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Congratulations Drew and Phil!

 

 

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