A Palms Springs destination wedding for Great Officiant Greg and Beth at the world-famous Tonga Hut!

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On Saturday August 27th2016, Great Officiant Greg and Great Officiant Beth had the honor and pleasure of marrying Tim and Kristen Tristen Allegaert at the Tonga Hut, a Ultra-Kool 1958 Tiki-style bar and restaurant in Palm Springs California!  This was a real treat as it is such a unique venue for a wedding and reception!

The happy couple selected the “Aloha” ceremony.  As Aloha means love in Hawaiian (as well as hello, goodbye, and other things) so it was the perfect match for the Tonga Hut.  Great Officiant Beth, Greg’s wife, blew the conch shell prior to the ceremony.  The blowing of the shell signals the start of a new journey, and scares off evil spirits and crazy relatives and friends!  Greg was happy to have his wife Beth play the conch as she is really an expert!  Due to a freak Frisbee accident when he was a young man, Greg can no longer play the conch shell successfully.

However, Great Officiant Greg did a fantastic job with the Aloha ceremony!  Don Ho would have been impressed!   It was fun, loving, funny and full of Aloha!

Many thanks to the staff of the Tonga Hut for their help, and thanks to Great officiant Beth for the fabulous Leis!  Beth’s company Lei of Love is the preferred florist of Great Officiants.

All of the staff at Great Officiants wish Tim and Kristen many years of Aloha with their life together.

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I LOVE surprises! I had the opportunity to pull off a “surprise birthday party” into a wedding ceremony with none of the guests knowing it.

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I LOVE surprises! I had the opportunity to pull off a “surprise birthday party” into a wedding ceremony with none of the guests knowing it.

Nathaniel and Priscilla let me in on the secret and all of their guests thought that I was her boss from her job at Disney.  Once everybody was in the restaurant the Bride came walking in the front door in her beautiful dress and shocked everybody! I had the awesome opportunity of seeing everyone’s faces when it happened. It was a lot of fun and everyone had a great time!

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Sergio Montelongo and Ana Arciniega brought family and friends together on Sunday afternoon 9/4 for a beautiful wedding and a joyous celebration at the White House in Anaheim.

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Sergio Montelongo and Ana Arciniega brought family and friends together on Sunday afternoon 9/4 for a beautiful wedding and a joyous celebration at the White House in Anaheim.  Situated in an amusement mini-park and looking just like the D.C. White House, once inside the venue’s building and grounds there is privacy and elegance.  Sergio and Ana found their minister Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore through Great Officiants, and sure enough, the ceremony was all — and more — than they could have ever dreamed.  He met with them in his Costa Mesa home, which facilitated getting acquainted and the planning of the ceremony.  Gary was pleased that the couple trusted him to express some of the service in Spanish.  Sergio and Ana Montelongo are headed for great things in their respective professions and in their married life.

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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 “on spot.”  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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Congratulations to Roxanne Vanderwielen & Rajeev Ghataura on their June 25, 2016 wedding at The Odyssey in Granada Hills, CA

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Congratulations to Roxanne Vanderwielen & Rajeev Ghataura on their June 25, 2016 wedding at The Odyssey in Granada Hills, CA.  It started off with the bride pulling up in a super stretched “smokin” Hummer.  When I say “smokin” I mean smoking, like smoking from the underside.  But they got that under control, with no attention drawn.  The bride and bridal party looked beautiful and “classy.”  (The groom didn’t look bad either – lets recognize him as well).  The coordinator and photographer did a great job and the strings were exceptional.  It was a beautiful day, quite hot but bearable.  The ceremony was meaningful and enjoyed by all and was and was quite a bit shorter than the traditional two day Indian ceremony they had the week before.

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A Beautiful Santa Monica Wedding! 

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Great Officiant Greg had the honor and pleasure of marrying John and Cleoneide Mulder on June 11th, 2016 at Michael’s Restaurant in Santa Monica, California.  What a hip and super-cool place!  A combination restaurant and wedding venue, the ceremony takes place in their beautiful garden, the receiving line leads directly to the bar, followed by dinner.  Everything in one place!  The adjacent giant parking structure is a delight as it is a little tough to park in Santa Monica!

The ceremony was beautiful.  The bride was a bit overwhelmed with happiness and joy, but Officiant Greg took it real slow and all went well.  Originally from Brazil, Cleoneide’s friend Rodrigo traveled on a red-eye flight for the ceremony all the way from Sao Paulo!  John’s mother Jean read a wonderful poem which added to the beauty of the ceremony.  Both the bride and groom looked fabulous!

Many of John and Cleoneide’ s family and friends commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony by Great Officiant Greg.

All of us at Great Officiants wish John and Cleoneide a wonderful life together, and many blessings and much happiness.

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