Beach Wedding Blog

Tag Archive: Outdoor wedding

Easter Bunny shows up at wedding at Point Dume in Malibu Beach Wedding

Joey and Gustavo wanted to get married on Easter Sunday so i dad to bring along my bunny head.

I didn’t wear it for the ceremony only for pictures after. It made for a great laugh.

They chose Point Dume in Malibu. I was all ready to walk out onto the beach when their friend pointed to the top of the cliffs and said the wedding is up there. I was not ready for that as I was ready to be barefoot on the beach. SO I put on my dress shoes and trecked up the hill.

It was worth every gasp when i got up there. The view is amazing

They decorated the area with wild flowers and draping and the grooms walked down the gauntlet of friends to the end of the path to where I was waiting.

They did a beautiful Sand Ceremony blending their lives together.

After it was all done they had a big kiss and got tons of pictures with their family and friends.

Fun weekend of Weddings

From the beach to the forest to the hall this weekend's weddings had it all.

The thing I love about what I do is that I get to meet all sorts of different types of couples. Their stories of how they met are all different. 

The places where they get married vary as well. 

The beach is a wonderful place to get married because it's a very freeing place where your toes are in the sand. In the forest being surrounded by plants you get that natural feeling. At the hall you have the opportunity to be pampered.

One is no better than the other because they all end up with the same result. Two people who love each other get to join in the formal bond so they can celebrate the rest of their happiness together.

Shari’s Return to Blogging with a Beautiful and Romantic Love Story

IMG_6675_resizedThis story begins in Iran. The Groom was born there, then moved to Italy, then moved to sunny Los Angeles, and now lives in San Antonio. His family still lives in Palos Verdes, so the groom travelled here to LA to be married on Palos Verdes Cliffs. The bride travelled all the way from Italy to tie the knot with her love. She is now moving over to San Antonio with him, this is an intercontinental love story! But it does not stop there: at the end of July, this lovely couple will be married in Milan for the family in Italy!IMG_6593_resized

The groom was a romantic at heart, so he brought two dozen red roses in a lovely vase, it was really cute! To make things different, the bride had a boquet with red roses, baby's breath, and white marshmellows!

I love these romantic marriages. No matter the distance, love conquers all!IMG_7395

One For the Record Books!

Roger just had his most elaborate planning of a wedding yet !  Ross & Jason, who Roger married this last Monday, had very specific items and requests for their ceremony.  Roger and the couple had numerous planning sessions, plus a two hour power-point presentation rehearsal (with brunch) and an elaborate bridal party processional & recessional.  With 43 people (and three dogs) in their processional, you needed to have it planned perfectly !  And it was totally worth it.  This couple was the sweetest couple and wanted to make sure that this wedding was one for the record books !  And it was !!


rogerbeach3 rogerbeach2 rogerbeach1

What a Beautiful Bayside Beach Wedding with Great Officiant Octavio!

Juan & Aracely

Juan and Aracely

Juan & Aracely got married on 69th Place in Long Beach on the bay side. This was my second wedding at this location and frankly it’s absolutely gorgeous. You get beautiful backdrops 360 degrees. 

Our very own Beth Gates did a magnificent job in setting up all the chairs, canopy, and decorations.

Juan and Aracely are the best and looked stunning. They even insisted on me joining them at their reception, which I totally would have had I not had another wedding that night.

Juan & Aracely, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I wish you all the blessings in the World!!!

From Emergencies to Toddlers- Great Officiant Michael Thieling Can Handle It All!

Emily & Casey

Married on July 25, 2014 at Saddle Peak Lodge


Stories like Emily and Casey’s make me really proud of what we at Great Officiants do. Their ceremony was on a Friday.  That Monday, the officiant they had been working with for a while (not from Great Officiants) called and refused to perform their ceremony unless religious elements were included, which the had said from the onset they didn’t want – so he quit on them.


Enter Great Officiants.  I was happy to put together and perform a ceremony exactly how they wanted it – after all, it’s their day – that’s the point!  

Afterwords they had this to say:

About a week before our wedding, our original officiant had to cancel. We were suddenly in a bind and had to act fast to find a new officiant. About an hour after we called Great Officiants, we were put into contact with Michael Thieling. After our first conversation on the phone, we knew he was the right person for the job. Not only was he absolutely the perfect person for our ceremony, he was far better than the original officiant we planned on using! Everyone commented on how well he did.”

Emily and Casey


I’m so glad they were able to find us and have the ceremony they had dreamed of – congrats guys!!!

Monica & Jebadiah

Married on July 25, 2015 on Point Dume Beach

Monica and Jebadiah 1

Monica and Jebadiah 2

Monica and Jebadiah had a small, intimate ceremony on the beach at Point Dume – my go-to spot for couple who want to get married on the beach in Malibu.  They were so fun and I had to get an extra picture of their daughter Millicent who was very interested in how I filled out the marriage license. Congrats family!

Kara & Chris

Married on July 26, 2014 at the Courtyard Marriott – Long Beach

Kara and Chris 1

Kara and Chris 2

Kara and Chris were gracious, upbeat and super fun on their wedding day despite the one major element affecting their wedding out of control – the heat!  We were on a beautiful lawn next to the pond in downtown Long Beach with the majority of their guests in the direct sunlight.  Right before we were about to begin the bride asked me to make it quick.  As I was performing their ceremony I noticed every guest was fanning themselves with their program, so I began to edit down their ceremony on the fly – to the delight of the couple and guests who couldn’t wait to get into the shade. Congrats guys – I hope the reception was held in a location with air conditioning!

Kara and Chris 3


Paul & Keiko

Married July 27, 2014 at The Portofino – Redondo Beach

Paul and Keiko were already married, but wanted to affirm their vows in front of their family and friends and I was happy to oblige.  They performed a lovely rose ceremony to their parents and I was able to incorporate some language to include their little son Kai.

Paul and Keiko

Congratulations and good luck to this wonderful family!

From Gardens to a Breezy Pier, Great Officiant Roger Officiates Beautiful Weddings at Any Location!

Without A Doubt, One of the Best Weddings and Wedding Locations Roger Has Done!!

Lisa and Brittany_1Roger just knew that this wedding and wedding couple were something special… Even from the first time he met them. Lisa & Brittany are an adorable couple from Florida who really wanted to make the ceremony one of a kind.  

These two fought many obstacles on their way to getting married and they wanted this ceremony to be a celebration!!  So, Roger pulled out all the stops!  It turned out to be one of Roger’s favorite weddings and not to mention how amazing the Hartley Botanical Gardens are.  Check out how beautiful the gardens are!

Lisa nd Brit Collage

Lisa and Brit_8

4,000 People Attend Roger’s Wedding!!!

Tony and Jessica_1

Roger just had the largest wedding guest list in his history of officiating weddings!!!  Well over 4,000 people were in attendance for Tony & Jessica’s wedding!!!  This couple came out from Miami Florida to get married on the Santa Monica Pier…… just  the two of them…… and over 4,000 new best friends attending !!!  Needless to say with a beautiful couple walking down the pier in full wedding dress and suit with Roger and the photographers and videographers in tow, they got a lot of attention!!!!  Everybody on the pier knew they were in love and getting married….and Roger got to be part of it!! Needless to say, it was one of a kind wedding right there on the pier at sunset!  Then they had their first dance with music supplied by one of the local musicians on the pier !!  And the couple were very happy too!  Here is their video thanking Roger and Great Officiants!!

A Bride a Groom and 3 Dogs show up for a beach wedding

Celene and Milton wanted to have a beach wedding so we were happy to design it.beach wedding dogs

They wanted the arch and chairs and flowers and that’s what we do.

They also want to have their 3 dogs there and so we got the ok to have them in the ceremony.

We did it at our special beach in Long Beach and it was a blast.

They did a sand ceremony and some prayers and then I did a excerpt from How falling in love is like owning a dog by Taylor Mali

On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.

Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Somethimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go out for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise. It will run you around the block
and leave you panting, breathless. Pull you in different directions
at once, or wind itself around and around you
until you’re all wound up and you cannot move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.

Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.



Roger Does Double Duty At His San Pedro Wedding

Sometimes Officiants are needed to play the role of friend, advisor, and, in a pinch, even play the part of wedding coordinator when things don’t go quite as a couple hopes.  We’re always happy to lend a helping hand any way we can.  For Roger’s wedding at the Whalers Walk in San Pedro a new role had to be taken on.

All was great except for one thing: the groom was incredibly nervous.  Roger calmed him on more than one occasion before the ceremony started.  Finally Roger reminded him that he had nothing to worry about, because he was standing with the woman he loved and, bonus, he had Roger there as his “wingman”.  Well, evidently that did the trick because after that the wedding went off without a hitch and the groom didn’t pass out.  All was good!

Roger has now requested that his business cards read: Roger, Great Officiant/Great Wingman.

Roger San Pedro


Here’s the nice note from the couple thanking Roger:
We cant thank you enough for officiating our ceremony! Everyone present couldn’t stop commenting on how touching and fun the ceremony was. And thank you for being my wingman through it all!
Highest praises to you and the work you do. We will spread the good word far and wide!

Thanks again,
Mike and Angela