LaKeith and Jessamine…Everyone seemed unusually connected to one another-

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Lakeith Ghoston experienced hearing difficulty as a child, and by the time his hearing and speech were restored he had become skilled at signing.  So at Cerritos College when he saw and met Jessamine Maglantay — the girl of his dreams — she happened to be completely deaf.  No Problem — they could converse through sign language.  A match made in heaven for sure!  Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested the wedding ministry of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, and when they met at his home in Costa Mesa, Gary was put right at ease in communicating the wedding aspects, because the groom signed the words of ceremony and explanation to the beaming bride.  For the afternoon wedding November 16, a professional signer stood next to Rev Gary, instructing him to gaze, as usual, upon the couple and their guests, and she would hear his oratorical voice and sign to the bride as well as the hearing-impaired guests,  Everyone seemed unusually connected to one another, fostered by the high level of empathy and joy throughout the crowd.

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Whittney Clark and Sean Jarne went to the beach for their wedding

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Whittney Clark and Sean Jarne went to the beach for their wedding.  Nevertheless elegance and style were on parade at the beautiful venue located at Newport Beach’s Crystal Cove.  At 4pm on first day of November on the front deck of the home used in Bette Middler’s “Beaches” fifty family and friends celebrated the marriage vows of this very happy and grateful couple.   Through Great Officiants of Long Beach Whittney and Sean had secured the ministerial services of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, who met with them in his Costa Mesa home to plan the ceremony and get further acquainted.  As is his practice, he began the ceremony with Sean and Whittney not yet hooked up but facing one another as the guests stood in honor, and then after they came forward together Gary turned them toward the seated guests for mutual affirmations, as he approached the guests to welcome them.   But there was an added reason for these positionings — so the Good Rev would not have to try to look over Sean who is six and a half feet tall.  The guests discovered themselves inspired beyond their expectation, and Mr. and Mrs. Jarne were so thrilled with fulfillment of their vision of the perfect wedding.

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A Calm and Pleasant Day at Turnip Rose

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Kindal Kincade and Jeremiah Bright were worried about their chosen day for matrimonial vows.  October 12 was right in the middle of forecasted fierce and fire-hot Santa Ana winds — a big problem for an outdoor wedding at Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa.   To great relief, their special day dawned calm and pleasant.   Late-afternoon rays of the sun bathed bride and groom, as well as the wedding party and 150 guests.  Kindal smiled joyously while Jeremiah shared his “love letter” to her before God, family and friends, and Jeremiah blotted Kindal’s tears of happiness as she voiced her love note to him.  They were so appreciative to Great Officiants of Long Beach for recommending Rev Dr Gary Barmore to plan with them and preside over a ceremony that was faithful to their Lutheran tradition, yet communicated with a dynamic contemporary style.  After pronouncing the couple Husband and Wife, Dr Barmore invited them to the table of the candle ceremony, to express in symbol what had happened in reality: their two lives aflame together forever.  With no wind whatsoever, no one got nervous that the flame could start a wildfire like others burning in California.  Prayers went out for those suffering, but joyous gratitude was the order-of-the-day for Mr and Mrs Jeremiah Bright.  

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Sunshine at Rancho Los Cerritos

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Tessa Silva and Brett Campbell live in the modern-design neighborhood of Marina del Rey, but for their wedding they chose the historic Rancho Los Cerritos adobe estate in Long Beach — ceremony in the plaza, cocktails on the terrace and dinner-reception on the tree-shaded lawn.  Through Great Officiants they secured the ministerial services of Rev Dr Gary Barmore, who planned with them and presided over their ceremony.  Brett and Tessa were thrilled that their wedding was both dignified and personal, both spiritual and earthy, presented with tenderness and strength.  Preceding the exchange of traditional vows the couple read love letters to each other, leaving few dry eyes among the guests.

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A Beautiful Day at the Bel-air Bay.

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On a glorious Saturday afternoon I had the honor and pleasure of officiating at The Bel Air Bay club. This private over 100 year old club is truly old California. Spanish Moorish style, overlooking the sparkling Pacific Ocean Calvin and Helen got married in ultimate style. Every thing about this event was absolutely perfect. Trina Schmidt and her staff are no doubt professional with years of experience. We had 170 guests .

Our ceremony was custom designed to their liking a beautiful blend of Christian and Buddhists. Lighthearted yet sincere, they chose to compose their own vows. My first time working with a translator. Ms. Vy Huyen Hoang is a very skilled translator. She translated our whole ceremony to Vietnamese.

We also had the pleasure of listening to a fabulous trio of string instruments gently playing in the background. Angel’s I say WOW ! They had a beautiful group of friends in their bridal party including their two adorable doggies dressed in wedding attire. Our awesome public notary on staff Al-X came from Long Beach to hand delivered the Marriage Certificate .

We are the only company in California allowed to issue this document other than the register recorder county clerk. Such a huge plus to have this privilege for our clients. Fast and easy . Of course the evening was full of love and laughter eating drinking and dancing . I thank this beautiful couple and wish them all great things in life . Thank you for choosing Great officiants and me Officiant Lisa Smith.

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High Tide in Little Corona Del Mar

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Jeanne Cook and Joseph Sladek, having decided to seal their love in marriage, wondered where the wedding should take place.  They wanted a spectacular ocean setting for Jeanne’s Nebraska family to enjoy, as well as a place that would excite their six teenage children (all with names ending with “y” — suggesting they were destined to be step-sibs).  Wow — did they find just the right site: Little Corona del Mar beach and coves.   They also needed just the right minister to fulfill their vision of the ceremony, and were delighted that Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested Rev Dr Gary Barmore.

 Gary met with them in his home and everything clicked.   Jeanne’s father took on double duty — escorting his daughter down the sandy aisle and then strapping on his guitar to sing the couple a Nebraska grassland love song.  The high tide brought glorious waves over the rocks, but just short of the natural altar for Joe and Jeanne’s perfect wedding. 

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Rev. Sarah performs a wedding on the sand in Redondo Beach, Frank performs one at Casa Romantica in San Clemente, and he performs one at Hotel Maya in Long Beach

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On the very beach where they got engaged, Alex and Jenny said, “I do!”   They opted for a Great Officiants Beach wedding, so everything was set up and ready for them when they got there –and it looked beautiful!  With the arch, flowers, and white chairs—it was the picture of perfection!  Of course, what really made it perfect was the two of them.  Walked down the aisle, by her son, Jenny looked gorgeous.  Alex had kept his gaze away, so he wouldn’t see her as she walked down the long Redondo Beach ramp and made her way to the aisle.  When he turned around there were tears as he locked eyes with his bride.

Both Alex and Jenny are salsa dancers, to their ceremony was focused on the intricacies of dance as a metaphor for marriage.   In this bilingual wedding  they chose to say their vows and exchange rings in Spanish, while I went back and forth between the two languages.  Their journey together has been very much like a dance, as they have gently maneuvered their lives, all the while letting love lead. Now as they begin their lives as a married couple, they vow to continue to dance, even when it’s hard, when they’ve forgotten the steps, or step on one another’s toes…still they dance and as long as they let love lead, their dance will be beautiful!

It was a joy to get to know this couple and see how they support one another, make sacrifices for the other, compromise, and invest in their love.  Many blessings Jennifer and Alex!   May your marriage be as beautiful as your wedding day!

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Marmaduke & Shawn Davidson on their Saturday, August 5, 2017 wedding at the beautiful Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente, CA.  It was a beautiful day, not to mention an exceptional setting overlooking the pacific ocean from the balcony cliff patio.  Although you were able to feel the temperature the ocean breeze was present as well.  It was an eloquent ceremony that was perfect from start to finish in every aspect.  They added the Rose presentation to their moms, which is always a toughing part of the ceremony.  Afterwhich, guests enjoyed cocktails on the beautifully appointed lawn followed by dinner in a “long awaited air conditioned” banquet hall.  My best to the NOW Mr. & Mrs.!

Congratulations to Diana Catibog & Vinson Yague on their Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA.  It was a beautiful evening for a wedding with approximately 200 guests on the lawn at the edge of the water overlooking the Long Beach Seaport Village.  It was an elegant ceremony which included a Rose Bouquet presentation to Diana and Vinson’s moms as well as an exchange of heartfelt written personal vows.  The reception banquet room was eloquently appointed and the setting for a perfect time for all in attendance with beautiful ocean views following a relaxing outdoor cocktail hour on the patio on the water.  My very best to the newly married couple.Share This Post:
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