A beach wedding in Santa Monica, Little Corona del Mar, and a Wedding at Orange Hill Restaurant by Suvin

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Jaronica and Darryl came from Georgia and Missouri, respectively, to have their ceremony in the sands of Santa Monica

It was a beautiful day, and they got married at the perfect time, catching the golden hour for the sunset. The entire family surrounded them on the beach, and surrounded them in love. They had a Christian ceremony, sprinkled with a little bit of humor here and there. They did not want to write their own vows, but still wanted a personal touch. I advised them to share some words with each other right before the conclusion of the ceremony. Nothing formal, nothing written down, just a few loving words straight from the heart.

We delivered the marriage license also! This saved them a trip down to the county clerk’s office since they were in town just for a few days.

Congrats to the happy couple.

On a warm July day, Hala and Nicholas tied the knot overlooking the amazing view provided by the Orange Hill Restaurant.. I met this awesome couple at the Orange Hill Bridal Show, and they wanted to incorporate some Arabic traditions with some Christian elements. They did not want it too heavy handed though. I recommended we have a reading from Rumi and 1st Corinthians. A quick wedding prayer at the end of the ceremony tied everything nicely together.

Although it was a warm day, everyone enjoyed. They had a large wedding party complete with friends and family, and look at that beautiful walkway!

Brittany and Vincent had an intimate ceremony at Little Corona Del Mar, one of my favorite beaches.

They had a trying situation, Brittany’s mother has stage 4 bone cancer. In situations like this, I was happy to donate my services to this loving couple. They traveled all the way from Vegas so mom could experience this moment. They were able to have the ceremony of their dreams in front of their family on this gorgeous summer evening. They were able to catch the sunset as well.

I performed a Christian based ceremony with a sand blending. Sand Ceremonies are such a cool addition to beach ceremonies. It really captures the vibe of the moment, and it is a perfect expression of two people’s lives joining into one.

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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

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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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Jonathon Linn and Kristy Gallegos were married at Orange Hill Restaurant on 7/7/17 in the style they had always dreamed of

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Jonathon Linn and Kristy Gallegos were married at Orange Hill Restaurant on 7/7/17 in the style they had always dreamed of.  The setting was beautiful, over-looking the valley as evening lights came on.  The tough part was finding a minister who fit their faith and philosophy of life.  So they turned to Great Officiants of Long Beach and were connected with Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore.   After meeting in his home for planning the ceremony and getting acquainted, they knew that they would enjoy the experience and be very proud before family and friends.  While neither Kristy nor Jonathon are fully bi-lingual, when Rev. Gary asked them to repeat some of the ring (anillo) vows in Spanish, they did so beautifully, to the surprised delight of both Anglo and Latino guests.   Once again, Great Officiants served a marrying couple really well.

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An Amazing View And An Amazing wedding

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Orange Hill Restaurant is an extraordinary place.  It overlooks the city of Orange and its adjacent cities with a view for miles.  It is the perfect place for an afternoon or sunset dinner.  It also happens to be the place that Aaron & Margo decided to tie the knot at.  Roger was lucky enough to be there officiating their wedding this last Sunday.  It was a beautiful day and a very emotional day. Everyone cried and laughed.  It was the perfect day !!

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Congratulations to Jaemie Heiland & Greg Johnson on their July 29, 2016 wedding at the Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, CA

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Congratulations to Jaemie Heiland & Greg Johnson on their July 29, 2016 wedding at the Orange Hill Restaurant in Orange, CA.¬† It was a great day high on the hill in Orange.¬† The weather was ideal, setting was beautiful, everything was well-coordinated.¬† You would not have known that a change of officiant took place only three days prior.¬† The DJ/coordinator did a great job in making sure thing moved along without any glitches and everyone was ‚Äúon spot.‚Ä̬† The couple was more than satisfied , as were the guests.¬† They had a great start to a wonderful life together.¬† My best to the happy couple.

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What a joy to be with Tiffany and Jeff at the beautiful Orange Hill restaurant

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What a joy to be with Tiffany and Jeff at the beautiful Orange Hill restaurant.  It was decorated classically with none other than Tiffany blue and a lovely soft white,   The flowers were everywhere and simply gorgeous!   Their only match was the bride.  Tiffany looked stunning.

She and Jeff had a long road to get to this place.   Together for years, they have been career focused,  sometimes long distance, in order to advance, but always loving and supporting one another.

Tiffany’s own story is poignant.  Her parents both died when she was young, leaving her to grow up quickly.  Their death has defined her life but it hasn’t destroyed.   We can see her strength, her strong character,  her will and her compassion.   They are in everything she does, and everything she is.

So their wedding began with a recognition of parents, and an opportunity for Jeff to lay bouquets of flowers at her parents‚Äô seats,¬† reminding all present that even though they were absent physically they still present ‚Äďtheir spirits were certainly among us.

Standing with the mountains on one side, sweeping views of Orange County, and the ocean on another,¬† Jeff and Tiffany stood at the precipice of their new life and said ‚ÄúI do.‚Ä̬†¬† This wasn‚Äôt a fairytale wedding, although it had all the beauty of one,¬† but it was instead a real life wedding for a real life marriage. Aware of the ups and downs, the heartache of life and the incredible joys, Tiffany and Jeff said yes to the journey.¬† Before their family and friends, the spirit of her parents, the God who knows and loves them, they exchanged vows and rings and began a life grounded in love.

Blessings to a very special couple!

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BEAUTIFUL WEDDING NEAR THE SITE OF A GREAT RESCUE! 

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Cassandra Hummel and Jamie Cruz-Flores were married at four on August 30 in a personal and dynamic ceremony conducted by Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.¬† The venue, Orange Hill Restaurant, was just up the hill from OC Mining Co. where a bride and groom, exactly two weeks previous, were rescued by Great Officiants.¬† It seems that the couple had been abandoned by their minister and two hours before “kickoff” the coordinator called Alan Katz of Great Officiants, who called Gary Barmore, who flew off with robe and vows to serve the stressed-out wedding party.¬† The bride and groom quickly warmed to Rev.Barmore and expressed afterward that it was the most beautiful ceremony they could have ever wished for.¬† The guests were amazed when they found out it was a “rescue” wedding, saying it seemed as if the minister had planned with the couple for months.¬† (That’s what Pro’s can do!)¬† Now as for Jamie and Cassandra’s nuptials at Orange Hill Restaurant, the terrace view was beautiful, and although the heat wave had finally eased, the guests appreciated the engaging and expeditious ceremony, so that after 20 minutes they could head into the air-conditioned ballroom.

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