Rev. Gary had three weddings, one at the Rose Garden in Westminster, one at the beach at Little Corona del Mar, and one on a private boat in Balboa Bay

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It was my honor to lead the celebration of holy marriage for Mara Patricia Castaneda and Vincent Richard Paul on the evening of November 4 at the Rose Garden facility in Westminster. ¬†Great Officiants of Long Beach suggested my ministry for their big day, and then we got acquainted and planned via telephone, emails and meeting in my Costa Mesa home. ¬† I am, by the way, Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, pastor emeritus of Fairview Community Church and retired professor of Orange Coast College … but I answer to Gary or Captain or Dude or Pastor or Prof or her husband. ¬†Vincent and Mara turned the courtyard into a beautiful chapel, and Vincent, to his credit and to the delight of Mara’s family, said the ring vows not only in English but uttered his beginning Spanish in their united statements: ¬†“Con este anillo, ¬†Yo prometo mi amour, ¬†Y compartir mi vida.” ¬† ¬†Then, during the time I turned the couple toward the guests for affirmations all around, I said that ¬†“most of you never would have met in this world had not these two brought their lives together, and now you are all related! ¬†So at the reception, get to know each person here. Ustedes son una familia para este familia!”

Two winter-holiday “Little Corona del Mar” wedding ceremonies, conducted by Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore, were blessed by glorious setting and perfect weather. ¬† On Christmas Eve Day Gary Schenk and Rose-Anna Romero pledged their eternal love in the cathedral-cove while gentle waves ebbed in and out before them. ¬†Then at first light of the first day of the New Year, joined by fifteen early-rising friends, ¬†Dennis Prat and Gloria Morgan stood on the sand where the stream enters the sea, and expressed their love, their faith and their joy — joy not only for their marriage, but joy for finding the ring which fell into the sand during the best man’s handoff. ¬† Both couples ¬†expressed gratitude to Great Officiants of Long Beach for providing Rev. Barmore’s personal and dynamic ministry for their beautiful, wonderful day!

Jerry Palazzo and Debora Acciarito, finding one another in mid-life as the perfect marriage match, wanted so much to have a beautiful wedding to match their love. ¬†But venues and extras were way beyond a responsible budget for this track coach and language teacher. ¬†Instead, they crafted an amazingly beautiful and romantic wedding day with just two phone calls: ¬†(1) to a dear friend whose home on Balboa Island includes a Duffy Electric Boat, and (2) to Great Officiants of Long Beach, who put them in touch with Rev.Dr. Gary Barmore. ¬†Meeting with Gary, a touching and joyous ceremony was crafted, and on February 4 (in the morning before Super Bowl kickoff) ten friends boarded Captain Chris Price’s sparkling vessel and in perfect weather motored to a beautiful cove for the nuptials. ¬† As Gary pronounced them husband and wife, a jet passing over provided an exclamation point to the declaration — as if it too was planned. After dropping off the minister and signed license, the merry crew crossed the bay to dock and celebrate at a Newport restaurant. ¬†All the money in the world could not have provided Debora and Jerry more satisfaction and joy than this one that launched their married life together.

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Jhorge and Lily got married at the Paracel Restaurant in Westminster

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Jhorge and Lily are such a sweet couple. They got married at the Paracel Restaurant in Westiminster on Mother’s Day. To honor this great day, they had a Mother’s Rose Presentation. In addition to the mother’s rose presentation, they also had a unity candle and wine box and love letter ceremony.¬†

They also wrote their own vows. Check out my last blog or reach out to us to see the two easy steps on writing your own vows.

It was a sweet and intimate ceremony surrounded by friends and family.

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Edwin and Patricia were married at the Westminster Manor in Westminster by Roger

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Roger had the great honor of marrying Edwin & Patricia this last weekend at the historical Westminster Manor. ¬†From the very first time Patricia reached out to Roger, she had told him that she¬†‚Äújust knew‚ÄĚ that Roger would be the person to give them their perfect wedding. ¬†And that is exactly what Roger wanted to give them. ¬†He took plenty of notes and carefully crafted the perfect ceremony for a couple that truly deserved it !!

Here’s what Patricia sent to Roger after their wedding.

“Hi Roger,

There isn’t¬†a word that can best describe how wonderful you are.¬† For some reason, I felt you were the one, my heart just told me or maybe my mom had a hand in it.¬†Together, we worked out the date so that you would be the one performing our ceremony. ¬†You even offered to have someone else step in but we figured it out and I am so glad we did.¬†You had everyone going through all the emotions… laughing, crying and falling in love. ¬†From the bottom of our heart, Ed and I thank you for giving us such a wonderful ceremony.

Thank you so much!

Patricia and Edwin.”

And here’s what Patricia sent to Alan Katz, owner of Great Officiants.

“Hi Alan,

I was married this past Saturday and the ceremony was performed by Roger. After reading Rogers profile, I felt he was a perfect fit.  Ed and I met Roger before our ceremony to go over details and fun facts.  We left our meeting feeling even more sure that we had made the right decision.
The Ceremony Roger performed was so much more that I could have ever asked or dream about. ¬†¬†Roger had the whole room laughing, crying, and falling in love all over again. ¬†Words can’t properly express just how great Roger was at performing my ceremony.¬† I am fortunate to have to have found your website and feel so blessed to have had Roger performing our ceremony.¬† Roger definitely¬†made my wedding ceremony¬†a memorable one.

Thank you so much!

Patricia. “

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