Rev. Gary had three weddings, one at the Rose Garden in Westminster, one at the beach at Little Corona del Mar, and one on a private boat in Balboa Bay

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It was my honor to lead the celebration of holy marriage for Mara Patricia Castaneda and Vincent Richard Paul on the evening of November 4 at the Rose Garden facility in Westminster. ¬†Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested my ministry for their big day, and then we got acquainted and planned via telephone, emails and meeting in my Costa Mesa home. ¬† I am, by the way, Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, pastor emeritus of Fairview Community Church and retired professor of Orange Coast College … but I answer to Gary or Captain or Dude or Pastor or Prof or her husband. ¬†Vincent and Mara turned the courtyard into a beautiful chapel, and Vincent, to his credit and to the delight of Mara’s family, said the ring vows not only in English but uttered his beginning Spanish in their united statements: ¬†“Con este anillo, ¬†Yo prometo mi amour, ¬†Y compartir mi vida.” ¬† ¬†Then, during the time I turned the couple toward the guests for affirmations all around, I said that ¬†“most of you never would have met in this world had not these two brought their lives together, and now you are all related! ¬†So at the reception, get to know each person here. Ustedes son una familia para este familia!”

Two winter-holiday “Little Corona del Mar” wedding ceremonies, conducted by Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, were blessed by glorious setting and perfect weather. ¬† On Christmas Eve Day Gary Schenk and Rose-Anna Romero pledged their eternal love in the cathedral-cove while gentle waves ebbed in and out before them. ¬†Then at first light of the first day of the New Year, joined by fifteen early-rising friends, ¬†Dennis Prat and Gloria Morgan stood on the sand where the stream enters the sea, and expressed their love, their faith and their joy — joy not only for their marriage, but joy for finding the ring which fell into the sand during the best man’s handoff. ¬† Both couples ¬†expressed gratitude to Great Officiants of Long Beach for providing Rev. Barmore’s personal and dynamic ministry for their beautiful, wonderful day!

Jerry Palazzo and Debora Acciarito, finding one another in mid-life as the perfect marriage match, wanted so much to have a beautiful wedding to match their love. ¬†But venues and extras were way beyond a responsible budget for this track coach and language teacher. ¬†Instead, they crafted an amazingly beautiful and romantic wedding day with just two phone calls: ¬†(1) to a dear friend whose home on Balboa Island includes a Duffy Electric Boat, and (2) to Great Officiants of Long Beach, who put them in touch with Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore. ¬†Meeting with Gary, a touching and joyous ceremony was crafted, and on February 4 (in the morning before Super Bowl kickoff) ten friends boarded Captain Chris Price’s sparkling vessel and in perfect weather motored to a beautiful cove for the nuptials. ¬† As Gary pronounced them husband and wife, a jet passing over provided an exclamation point to the declaration — as if it too was planned. After dropping off the minister and signed license, the merry crew crossed the bay to dock and celebrate at a Newport restaurant. ¬†All the money in the world could not have provided Debora and Jerry more satisfaction and joy than this one that launched their married life together.

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A long time dream comes true for Philip and Marti Officiant Lisa Smith of Great Officiants had the honor and pleasure of marrying this loving couple on beautiful Corona Del Mar Beach, California

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A long time dream comes true for Philip and Marti Officiant Lisa Smith of Great Officiants had the honor and pleasure of marrying this loving couple on beautiful Corona Del Mar Beach, California. Saturday, June 3, 2017 ¬†Philip and Marti came from Indiana to fulfill their dream wedding on the beach of the Pacific ocean at last. It took a lot of phone meetings and careful planning to make it all happen Marti and Philip were joined by their son daughter family and close friends. ¬†As we all gathered for the ceremony it seemed that time stood still for this precious moment in time. The look on Philip and Marti’s faces said it all!
They composed their own heart felt vows to one another there was not a dry eye on the beach it was so romantic just magical.  They included a colorful Sand Ceremony and poem.  As Philip and Marti continued filling their sand container All of us bowed our heads for a special marriage blessing and to wish Philip and Marti Love Health and Happiness for their lifetime and forever more. Dream Granted  Bravo!!

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A Most Amazing Wedding

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Roger had the pleasure of officiating his very first wedding at the remarkable, one of a kind, Resort At Pelican Hill in Newport Beach this last weekend. Not only an amazing place to get married, but a wonderful, fun filled bridal party and guests !!  This was an fantastic wedding and Chris & Christina are an adorable couple !
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Maybe A Nice Swim Before The Ceremony…….

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Roger married wonderful couple this last Friday down in Newport Beach.  This couple, Lance and Jessica, flew out from Arizona and wanted to have an intimate wedding for two on the beach of little Corona Del Mar.  It was just Lance & Jessica, Roger and the most wonderful photographer Michelle who usually does the photos when Roger has a wedding on the beach there.  So we all were to meet up by the parking area and then walk down to the sand together.  It was a beautiful blue sky day, not too hot, not too cold, not many people, everything was perfect !  The only dilemma on this beach is that in order to get over to the area where couples usually marry, you have to hop over a small creek that feeds out to the ocean.  Not a problem, Roger has jumped it dozens of times.  So the four of us come to the stream, the couple jump over no problem, Michelle the photographer makes it over too.  Now it’s Roger’s turn, with wedding book in hand, wearing his robe…he leaps……just as an incoming wave rushes up and washes out the sand that he is leaping from !!  He barely makes the jump and starts to fall backwards into the stream !!  Fortunately there was a random bush growing there and he was able grab ahold and save himself, his robe and most importantly the wedding ceremony book !!  Fast thinking kept Roger from taking a pre-wedding swim that day !! Roger went on to officiate a wonderful ceremony and the two of them loved it !!

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We did the hokey pokey during the ceremony.

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Heidi and Judson and their family came in from Salt Lake City.
they had a blended family he had two children, she had one and together they had one on the way.

They rented a home on the beach in Newport. And with their family and friends in tow we did the ceremony with toes in the sand

They wanted a ceremony that would join their family together as well as the two of them.
so instead of the rings they exchanged bracelets.

as a gift to the family I surprised them with a free sand ceremony. I come from a blended family is well and I know how important it is to let each one of them know how important they are.

so after they exchange the bracelets and blended the sand I have them stand in the circle holding each other’s hands. I told them first to put the right foot in and then pull the right foot out and they pretty much got it from there. We did the hokey pokey and we turned ourselves around because that’s what it’s all about.

I had them make a fun silly face for the picture.

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Kaylee and Gary Graffagnino were married this past Saturday, April 2 at the St Regis Monarch Beach Resort.

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Kaylee and Gary Graffagnino were married this past Saturday, April 2 at the St Regis Monarch Beach Resort. The ceremony was held outside underneath the gazebo with 120 guests participating in the declaration. The pictures are of the ceremony set up and rehearsing quartet. Pictures of the happy couple and officiant Stephen to follow….
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Paul and Katherine Sewing traveled from the Midwest for a ceremony of marriage renewal scheduled for Sunday afternoon December 20 at the stunning venue of “Little Corona del Mar” in Newport Beach

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Paul and Katherine Sewing traveled from the Midwest for a ceremony of marriage renewal scheduled for Sunday afternoon December 20 at the stunning venue of “Little Corona del Mar” in Newport Beach.¬† Paul (only telling Katherine that it was a family photo shoot) secretly secured from Great Officiants the services of Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore, and now all the family needed to be concerned about were the bands of rain showers striking Southern California.¬† Not to worry.¬† As this photo reveals, the coast was clear of precipitation and draped with lush and warming clouds, gilded by the setting sun.¬† The gorgeous site and romantic ceremony were perfect for Paul’s anniversary surprise to Katherine his bride of thirty years, who couldn’t stop smiling with glowing appreciation for her life-long groom.

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