Check out these three awesome weddings in Edens Garden in Moorpark, Maggiano’s in Costa Mesa, and Porter Valley Country Club

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Jasmine and Joseph’s wedding took place at Edens Garden in Moorpark, California and let me tell you this truly is the Garden of Eden‚Ķ Beautiful landscaping, wonderful greenery, captivating fountains, outstanding plants and flowers and luscious green grass are just some of the perks of this wonderful hidden gem‚Ķ An outside reception area that just captivates the mind and soul with white peacocks in cages to astound the eye.

As Jasmine was preparing to walk down the aisle Joseph could not hold his emotions back‚Ķ “oh my God, oh my God, oh my God”, was all he could say when he saw his wife to be coming down the aisle in Edens Garden. Jasmine’s smile lit up the place and her walk to him was emotional, exciting and of course a little anxious

They wrote their own vows to each other and read them with passion, feeling and conviction, and as they were pronounced husband and wife and walked off into Edens Garden to celebrate their marriage nuptials, all I could say was; this was a great wedding, for a great couple, at a great place by Great Officiants.

Joshua and Britney‚Äės wedding took place and Maggiano‚Äôs Italian Restaurant in Costa Mesa California‚Ķ This wedding was elegant, quite intimate and beautiful‚Ķ Their colors were a beautiful gray and plum that accented the oak wood tables,¬† chairs and the room was a stunning cream with soft wood oak walls that had an appeal of warmth and flavor‚Ķ Their procession was small but so heartwarming and beautiful‚Ķ They wrote their own vows in which both teared up with joy in their hearts to each other‚Ķ Their mother‚Äôs were so happy and Maggiano‚Äôs did a wonderful job of making their day beautiful.

Last April, Great Officiants contacted me with a request for a rabbi to officiate Jared and Meghann’s interfaith wedding ceremony at Porter Valley Country Club. I was available for November 18th and reached out to them.   Within a few moments, I bonded with this fun loving couple and they with me.  We met together to craft their unique ceremony and then commissioned to create their Custom Ketubah.

Explaining the opportunity they have to customize their Ketubah and infuse it with their energies, they chose the lake and fountain at the Country Club, which was to be the background of their ceremony.

Meghann and Jared’s ceremony was to start at 4:30 and the sun was just getting prepared to surround the couple and guests with a spectacular light show that was not expected.  The weather and sun setting was like soft music playing while they shared their vows before family and friends.  Congratulations to the Jared and Meghann!

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Rabbi Barry performs a wedding at the Padua Theater in Claremont

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When Doug and Mark contacted me through Great Officiants to perform their wedding ceremony, I realized that I performed Doug’s brother’s wedding two years ago. It was awesome to know that I would once again be working with a wonderful, loving and accepting family.

The venue was one of my favorites, the Padua Theater in Claremont.  Although the setting was perfect the weather was not.  When I arrived, the Chuppah was set up in the courtyard and the wind was blowing a frigid chill through the air. I knew this would be a distraction to the guests, but Mark and Doug were dead set on the outdoor location. When it began to rain they finally decided to go inside.  There were no poles for the Chuppah, so four friends held it up for the entire twenty-five minutes.  They were such troupers and the metaphor of their friends and family being their support, especially during a difficult time, became a large part of the ceremony.

The other memorable part of the ceremony was, Mark.  He was so perfectly witty; people laughed through the ceremony when they weren’t crying.  Mozel Tov Mark and Doug and may you share many loving moments together!

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Steve and Teryn chose the Altadena Country Club for their day of celebration on April 1, 2017

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When planning a wedding, it is important that the couple be aware of their parent’s wishes and try to accommodate them if they can, but ultimately the decisions about the ceremony are up to the bride and groom. Steve and Teryn chose the Altadena Country Club for their day of celebration on April 1, 2017.  Being an interfaith couple, Teryn, requested the pastor of her family’s church to co-officiate with Rabbi Barry.  Having never performed an interfaith ceremony, Pastor Jean was open to suggestions that would make this event all-inclusive.  However, at the last minute, Steve’s mother requested that the pastor not use certain Christian expressions as she felt they might offend their Jewish guests.  Pastor Jean was willing to honor her request, however, Steve and Teryn insisted that he use the language of his faith and to be himself. The ceremony was sweet and the pastor was sensitive to all involved. Though planning a wedding takes a village, planning a ceremony is between the bride, groom and officiant(s).

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Calamigos’s Ranch was the perfect venue for Golan and Tannia

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Calamigos’s Ranch was the perfect venue for Golan and Tannia

After meeting the couple at the venue during one of the many shows Great Officiants attend, I was fortunate enough to meet them there.¬† When I asked who was doing performing their wedding, the said that they were looking for a rabbi who would be willing to marry an interfaith couple.¬† It wasn’t too difficult for us to bond within minutes.

The fun thing about their wedding was a friend of theirs was asked to speak the Spanish parts of the prayers and other important elements.  I was able to send him the English and we had a trilingual ceremony.

Being that Tannia was from Mexico and Golan, from Israel, you would think it was difficult to see the two families meld into one.

Here is a neat preview video right before the ceremony:

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Rabbi Barry Saves the Day at the Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon

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As I reached for my cell phone, noticing the call was from Alan Katz and Great Officiants, I knew there was a Jewish or Interfaith couple needing a rabbi.  It was Alan but to my surprise, he wanted to know if I was available in five days for the wedding.  I was and took down the information and within 20 minutes fell in love this couple and took away a tremendous amount of stress.
It was at the last minute, their original rabbi took ill and had to bail.  Apparently, he didn’t have a network of rabbis to rely on in such a situation.  It was fortuitous that Juan and Alexia called Great Officiants.  Within minutes, their problem for finding an Interfaith Rabbi was solved.
Alexia and Juan’s venue was, Inn at the 7th Ray in Topanga Canyon.  And as the 20 guests were arriving, I had a chance to meet the family and get a feel that this was a fun loving group.  Being the location, the guests’ love for the couple or any number of idyllic reasons, the ceremony was fun, tender and filled with a message of how to succeed in in marriage in today’s crazy world.
In the ceremony, we combined Mexican Catholic and Jewish Traditions.  Best of all was the Benediction, where the couple was wrapped in a tallit as well as having their godparents place the Lasso around their shoulders at the same time.  Both traditions represent the bond that unites the two of them, Soul.
Over all, no one would have known that I didn’t know them but for a few days.  And that’s the way it should always be.

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Father Geoff and Rabbi Barry Co-Officiate a Wedding at the Bel Air Bay Club

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There is nothing touchier than a Co-officiated wedding with a Priest and Rabbi.  Alan Katz has a crew of officiants who work seamlessly together.  As was the case for Shai and Marissa.  Paring Rabbi Barry Tuchman and Fr. Geoff Farrow was a gift from Heaven.  Married on August 25th at the Bel Air Bay Club, under perfect conditions, there was not one glitch to the ceremony.  Having worked with Fr. Geoff several times in the past, I have found him to be warm, compassionate and rich with knowledge and feeling.  I on the other hand provided the joyful and funny parts of the nuptials.  Of course, the Jewish traditions were explained with care for those who were not familiar to the traditions.  It was as if Fr. Geoff and I were members of a band playing our unique parts.  Rock on….
Rabbi  Barry

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Mozel Tov, Rachel and Josh! Wedding performed by Rabbi Barry Tuchman La Canada Country Club

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Josh and Rachel
Josh and Rachel put a lot of their personal energies into their ceremony at La Canada Country Club, begging, prior to anyone arriving, with the purifying ritual performed by family friend and shaman.

1.    How they brought their and their families energies into the wedding.

2.    Josh made the Chuppah himself.

3.    He used one of Rachel’s Grandfathers Tallit to cover the Chuppah.

4.    The Kiddush Cup was a gift from a dear aunt.

5.    They wrote their own vows.

6.    Rachel used her Grandmothers wedding ring.

7.    They were wrapped in another Grandfathers Tallit.

8.    The glass that was broken was a gift from another aunt.


That is a lot of contributions to the event and this is a great part of the success of the ceremony.

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