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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

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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