Lisette & Brenda are Married by Great Officiant Octavio

Lisette & Brenda are the sweetest couple! Their friends and families were also amazing! Their wedding was at their home; they decorated everything absolutely beautiful using classic black and white colors. The vows were full of tears, just like I love them to be! You could truly feel the love these girls have for one another!   I wish them all the blessings in the WORLD!!!

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Great Officiant Michael’s Beautiful Sherman Oaks and Ayres Hotel Ceremony

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Eddie and Kenny opened their house up to easily over 150 of their friends and family to hold their wedding right where they love to entertain Рtheir home.  This couple is full of love and laughter and their commitment to friends and family is readily apparent Рthey had four different friends of theirs come up to do readings (including 1st Corinthians) throughout the ceremony after Michael had finished telling their amazing love story.  The celebration closed with a traditional glass breaking under the chuppah, thereby combining both their Christian and Jewish backgrounds.

After their ceremony, they sent Michael this lovely note:

¬†“Michael!¬†We just want to say how many people told us how amazing you were as our Officiant and they were absolutely right!¬†You were classy and fun and sweet. ¬†It was a perfect ceremony and we owe it to you.¬† Again, thanks for making our special day that much more special.

Your friends, Kenny¬†and Eddie”

Our heartfelt congratulations gentlemen!


 

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 Wilbert and Anna wanted a simple, straightforward ceremony to tie the knot in front of their family and friends in the cozy garden patio at the Ayres Hotel in Hawthorne Рand ended up getting a few hotel guest onlookers as well!

We wish them a lifetime of happiness together!

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More Thank You’s from Our Very Satisfied Couples!

We received the following thank you’s from our lovely couples this week:

“As Alan and I approach our anniversary tomorrow we are reminded of the wonderful mitzvah you did for us in making our dreams come true at our perfect backyard wedding last year.¬†It was amazing and beautiful and for that we have you to thank.¬†I was in such a quandary and you just came right in and showed us the way to have peace and love.¬† I really cannot thank you enough.¬†You are in our hearts forever”. –Cathy and Alan, Married by Rabbi Marc in May of 2013

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“Keith mentioned how comfortable you made it all, and that you did such a nice job he wished he had allowed the whole group to be present. So, thank you very much. From shy and introverted Keith, that is a major statement. Personally, I had a ball. You can marry me anytime. I’ll be sending one more photo – taken with my camera. These are the ‘official ones’. Thanks again!” – Keith and Edgar, Married by Alan in April of 2014

 

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Officiant Michael’s Packed Weddings Pt 2!!!

SueAnne and Nick had a beautiful midday ceremony just up from the beach in Santa Barbara.  I got the pleasure of telling their love story to their family and friends before they tied the knot and went off to a fabulous luncheon reception.

They sent me this lovely note afterwards and we wish them all the best!

 "Thank you so much for an awesome ceremony. Everyone came up to us after and asked us if you were a lifelong friend since you delivered our story so well. Everyone was laughing and crying throughout your dialog and most people said it was the best wedding they have ever been too. Again thank you and keep up the great work. It made our wedding day that much more special."


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Who doesn't love a surprise vow renewal?  Nathan and Rachel agreed to do one every year but this time around Rachel had no idea.  Nathan told her that I was an old softball buddy of one of their friends and that we were all going out to dinner together.  But first, their friends wanted to show them a special spot on the beach.  As Nathan and Rachel walked past me he told her that none of them knew me, I was an officiant, and it was time to renew their vows.  She was shocked and the surprise went perfectly.

Afterwards, they had this to say:

"We had a blast with our officiant – Michael Thieling. He helped me do a quick 10 min vow renewal on the beach by pretending to be one of my friend's old softball buddies that we were going to dinner with. It was quick, easy, painless, and my wife was surprised and loved it.  I would (as would my wife) use Great Officiants and more specifically Mike again anytime and highly recommend them!"


Mark and Brandon's story was amazing, as was their ceremony at the beautiful Disney Concert Hall.  After I told their love story, the couple exchanged arras (coins), performed a sand ceremony, and of course said their vows and I Do's.  The finale, however, might have been the most special – Mark surprised Brandon with a professional vocalist who performed Adele's "Make You Feel My Love" – a personal concert for two.  I then had the pleasure to go to their wonderful reception at Lexington Social House for an unforgettable party!

Afterwards, they left the following review for Great Officiants:  http://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/great-officiants-long-beach/1baffbabd5438059.html

Thank you so much gentlemen, I look forward to seeing you both again soon!


 

Terrence and Jessica was so fun and there were lots of laughs all around.  After I recounted their courtship story, they exchanged vows, I Do's, rings and followed it all up with a huge Sand Ceremony that incorporated their four children.  Afterwards I proclaimed that I married Derek Jeter to Mariah Carey – they're dead ringers. They day after their ceremony, Terrence texted me this:

 "Hello Michael, this is Terrence and Jessica.  We just wanted to thank you again for doing such a GREAT job.  Every one commented on how great you did.  It was truly an honor to have you part of our most special day." The honor was all mine guys!

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Toes in the Grass and Love in their Hearts

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Today I had the opportunity to perform a wedding ceremony for Kelsey and Meagan at the Lighthouse Park in Long Beach.

When I issued them their license 2 days prior I knew that they were so in love and wanted to have a fun ceremony. In their ceremony we did a mothers rose ceremony and a hand blessing with my kakui nuts.

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I also went around to their friends and family with the rings and had them all say a silent wish or blessing over the rings.

They were so happy.

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Officiant Michael is on a Wedding Roll!

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Matthew and Manuela were married at a walk-on style beach wedding in Marina Del Rey.  This was a beautiful, intimate ceremony with the happy couple and their family.  After we performed their wedding under a palm tree, we went directly to the sidewalk where Matthew broke the glass and the entire family (and a few friendly onlookers) shouted Mazel Tov!

They also sent a quick thank you to Michael:

“Thank you so much! Everything was amazing and you were fantastic!!!

We all had a great time!”

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Nate and Marissa found Wilshire Restaurant, in Santa Monica, to have a fantastic outdoor area to be a perfect backdrop for their light-hearted and fun ceremony.¬† After they exchanged vows and I Do’s, I scurried out of the way for their first kiss which their photographer captured from behind them, facing the audience and through a firepit!

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Megan and Diana are a couple after my own heart Рgamers!  After a lengthy first meeting over coffee where we exchanged tales of electronic victories, I had the privileged to learn all about their life as a couple: from first meeting through proposal and beyond.  Their ceremony remained true to their gamer essence. We performed an originally written Paopu Fruit Ceremony which is from the Kingdom Hearts video game series, their rings were kept in Pokémon balls and their tables were all labeled with classic games.  After their ceremony, which was held at the Mitten Building in Redlands, I retold their love story, they produced an enormous fantasy-style sword which they used to cut the cake.  Rock on ladies!

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Richard and Aimee’s wedding, held at¬†The 1909 in Topanga,¬†was all about laughter and fun – would you expect anything else from a couple who both brought each other Gummy Bears on their first date?¬† We performed a beautiful Wine Box and Love Letter ceremony under their Chuppah. After I pronounced them husband and wife, Richard took his heel straight to a glass with an awesome crush and Mazel Tov!¬† I’m sure the rest of their reception was full of just as much energy, they had an entire candy buffet setup with delectable sugary delights!

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Great Officiant Roger Marries Jim and Jason at Coco Palm

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This past Saturday Roger had an amazing wedding at the Coco Palm Restaurant in Pomona.  He officiated the wedding of Jim & Jason, a wonderful couple who are both heavily involved in the field of health and fitness.  Not only were they both in amazing shape, but there was not a person at the wedding who was over 5% in body fat!  It was the healthiest group of people Roger has seen at any of his weddings!

Roger will now be heading back to the gym…

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