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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


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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At Hotel Laguna, Kayla and Alex were married

Alex Martin and Kayla Blanco both played ball at Kansas University, their home state.   When they decided to “play ball” together in marriage, they chose to travel with family and friends to Laguna Beach for the wedding of their dreams.  But, as people of faith, how — they wondered — would they find a ministerial fit so far from home?   Well, Great Officiants of Long Beach more than met their expectations, hooking them up with Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore.   Initial planning for the ceremony was by email, and then the week of their 7/7/17 wedding they met with their SoCal pastor in his home and left knowing that their wedding was going to be all they had hoped for … and more.  And so, at the surf and sand of the Hotel Laguna, Kayla and Alex were married before God, family and friends, and they especially resonated with Rev. Gary’s suggestion that they write  “loving promise” notes to express before all their guests, then follow with recitation of simple traditional vows.  Those personal expressions were deeply moving to all of us, beautifully reflecting their faith, their love and their joy!

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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

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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When Jeremy and Allison decided to get married, the big question was “Where?”

When Jeremy and Allison decided to get married, the big question was “Where?”  They live in Kansas where his family is near, but Allison grew up in SoCal.  Once they saw San Clemente Beach, just north of the pier, they had the perfect romantic spot.  Now, how would they find a minister near the wedding site — one that is Christian yet with an open-minded perspective?   Boom … they called Great Officiants in Long Beach, and were put in touch with the Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore, pastor emeritus of Fairview Community Church in Costa Mesa CA.  Chatting long distance and then meeting in his home the week of the wedding, Allison and Jeremy knew that this was just sort of ceremony they had envisioned, and were thrilled that Rev. Gary could take over the conduct of the San Clemente event.  On the big day, it was indeed all they had imagined … and more.  The Kansan’s were stoked to be standing in the sand beside the iconic Pacific surf, and the Californians were reminded of what a great place this is to live, work and play.   The happily married couple are back in Kansas now, but their dream is to find jobs and move to coastal California.  Wherever …  they are counting the blessings of love.

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Tustin Ranch Golf Club provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding ceremony of Cindy Dubon and Shane Sceville, led by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants

Tustin Ranch Golf Club provided a beautiful backdrop for the wedding ceremony of Cindy Dubon and Shane Sceville, led by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.   They met through an on-line dating service, which is how most couples today find the right match, and it makes sense: at least they know something about the other before actually meeting for a date.  This certainly beats wandering super-market aisles or hanging out in bars, hoping to catch someone’s eye.  When they met with Dr. Barmore to plan the ceremony, he also helped them understand their dynamic — typical of most couples — of one who majors on decision and action, while the other majors on thinking things through.  Together they create a successful life, as long as they celebrate the goodness of this difference, and that the “do-it-now” person grants time and space for the other to muse, and the “muser” assures the “doer” that the time of clarity and action will come.   Shane and Cindy contacted Great Officiants to connect with a “basic minister” but are so glad that the clergy they selected offered friendship, wisdom, skill, and a really dynamic wedding ceremony!

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Late afternoon sunlight filtered through the sycamore trees and onto the lily pads at Menifee Lakes’ Wedgwood wedding venue.

Late afternoon sunlight filtered through the sycamore trees and onto the lily pads at Menifee Lakes’ Wedgwood wedding venue.  Family and friends gathered there Friday evening May 19 to witness and celebrate the joining of Joseph Fine and Mayra Meza as husband and wife.  During the ceremony, Rev.Dr.Gary Barmore of Great Officiants turned the couple toward the guests, and after the bride and groom’s “I Do’s” the whole crowd was invited to pledge their support with a hearty “We Do!”  Then, turning them toward one another, Dr. Barmore led Mayra and Joseph in holy vows both in English and in Spanish.  The wedding prayer gave thanks for life and especially for love that makes life worthwhile, as well as asking for the good gifts of patience, forgiveness, new horizons and a home wherein each can return from their work to find refreshment and renewal.   This couple elected to symbolize their union with the planting and watering of two small ficus trees tenderly intertwined.  And then … let the party begin!

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Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna

Although their reception was at another spot, Jonathon McCawley and Monica Dewi wanted to be married on the beach in front of the Hotel Laguna.  And on Sunday April 30 it all happened! — string quartet, exquisite attire, cherished guests and a ceremony conducted by Rev. Dr. Gary Barmore of Great Officiants.  Gary’s voice was strong enough to be heard over waves and beach-goers, and with his counsel with the bride and groom at his Costa Mesa home providing momentous and memorable words worth hearing, the event fulfilled all the couple’s expectations and more!  When he offered the prayer of blessing, the waves didn’t pipe down, but the beach-goers did.  There was plenty of inspiration for everyone.

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