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    Anita5: "I wanted a non-denominational officiant to marry me and my husband... we wanted a ceremony that wouldn't bore our guests, and really was able to express "us" and who we were... something that would be funny, entertaining, yet classy and sweet."
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Our Professional non-denominational Officiants can perform either religious or non-religious wedding ceremonies.

They will custom design your ceremony to meet your needs and beliefs. We love making ceremonies that reflect our couple's personalities.

Each of our Officiants will make it a ceremony to remember.


Let’s Rock your Ceremony!!!



Favorite Quote: “I will greet the day with love in my heart" —Og Mandino

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Phish Food

Soundtrack to your life: "Love is My Religion" by Ziggy Marley

Favorite Disney Movie: Anything But Frozen (but I love Toy Story)

Favorite Event Memory:  When the bride was walking down the aisle and their partner had a single tear running down their cheek.

Your Nickname: Alley Kat

As the Presiding Officiant of the Great Officiants Team I welcome you.


Since 2002 I have performed over 4000 ceremonies bringing my Fun and Romantic style into each and every ceremony.


Your wedding ceremony should be a celebration. I want you and your guests to ENJOY the ceremony and not have to ENDURE it. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want.

You can choose anything from traditional ceremonies to the unique themed weddings. Each one is specially designed for you. From Hotels to the Beach, Backyard, Hall, or your Home, I do them all. My "Fun and Romantic" approach to your wedding will ensure that you and your guests have an amazing experience. 


Well-known in the Wedding Industry as the “Ceremony Expert” and referred to as the "Top Wedding Officiant" in Southern California. 



KNOT HALL OF FAME1st Officiant in Southern California to ever be inducted.

COUPLES CHOICE award from WEDDING WIRE 6 years in a row.

TRENDSETTER of the YEAR Award from the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC).

LA HOT LIST 5-time winner


I travel across the country as a requested speaker on wedding industry issues.

I am member of and attend events for Wedding Industry Organizations including: ABC, WIPA, AFWPI, AAWO EPA, ISES, NACE, OCBRIDES and more. 


I am also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses




Favorite Quote: “You don't marry the person you can live with - you marry the person you cannot live without"

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Pralines 'n Cream

Soundtrack to your life: Over the Rainbow

Favorite Disney Movie: The Lion King

Favorite Event Memory:  Performing an outdoor ceremony when it started pouring rain. After being left out in the rain for a few minutes, finally got shuttled back to the indoor site where I continued the ceremony. Rain, sleet, snow, the show must go on!

Your Nickname: Rog Dog

Roger is the resident standup comic on the team!


He is not only an ordained minister, but he also makes his living as a professional standup comedian, comedy writer and studio audience warm-up for many of today’s most popular television shows!


His love for officiating weddings comes from his 15 years as Cruise Director with Princess Cruises, where he officiated weddings on many romantic cruises!


Roger can promise you that your wedding will not only be romantic and touching, but a light hearted and funny ceremony to remember!


Your guests will tell you over and over again, that was the wedding they wish they had!

Roger is based in the San Fernando Valley and travels all throughout So Cal.




Favorite Quote: “He wins an un-winable game by changing the rules."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookies and Cream

Soundtrack to your life: The official soundtrack to the TV show Suits

Favorite Disney Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Event Memory:  A best man once pretended to throw the wedding rings at me instead of hand them, they hit me and went flying into the audience. Turns out it was actually a couple of nickels, and everyone burst out laughing - it was awesome!

Your Nickname: Mike

Michael’s primary goal in officiating your wedding is that you have as much fun as possible in a ceremony you will never forget.


His background in business and the performing arts have fostered his ability to craft creative ceremonies that run smoothly, are stress-free and full of smiles.

Michael loves learning about new cultures and practices and is excited to work with you to incorporate all the elements that important to you into your celebration.


His hope is that when you tell the story of your wedding day, the ceremony is the absolute highlight.


Michael is based in Mar Vista and travels throughout So Cal. 


Michael is also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses.




Favorite Quote: “A healthy relationship is one where two people just make a deal that they will help make the other person the best version of themselves."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Jamocha Almond Fudge

Soundtrack to your life: Imperfect Masterpiece

Favorite Disney Movie: Finding Nemo

Favorite Event Memory:  While performing a wedding for two women, who were celebrating their 25th anniversary that day, one of the brides' brother showed up out of the blue. He was in the service and the whole family thought he was abroad serving our country. Instead, he got special leave to come and be at her wedding, surprising the whole family, it was touching and beautiful.

Your Nickname: Sharebear

Shari is an Ordained Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant. She performs LGBT, Inter-Faith, Secular and Christian Wedding ceremonies.

Shari prides herself on being able to personalize not only the ceremony but also the vows in such a way that all in attendance will feel the shining spirit of love and happiness when they leave.


She has a long history of public speaking, public service, and philanthropy.


Whether it's an intimate gathering of friends or a grand affair, Shari is honored to be a part of honoring all couples special celebration of love. She serves the entire the Southern California area and also issues Marriage Licenses.


Shari is based in Long Beach and travels throughout So Cal.


Shari is also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses.




Favorite Quote: “I gave you the best 15 minutes of my life." —Woody

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Bacon Ice Cream

Soundtrack to your life: "Had a Bad Day"

Favorite Disney Movie: Hot Lead and Cold Feet

Favorite Event Memory:  When a llama walked through my ceremony

Your Nickname: Woody

Rev. Woody is a wonderful non-denominational minister.

He is known as the "Creative Clergyman". You might recognize him from his 22 year run on GENERAL HOSPITAL , or his over 30 appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO.

He is amazing at doing serious or light-hearted ceremonies, as well as interfaith and non-denominational ceremonies.

Woody will work with you to design the perfect ceremony.

He is based in the San Fernando Valley and travels throughout So CAL.



Favorite Quote: “It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It's what you leave behind when you go." —Kim Williams and Doug Johnson

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Pistachio

Soundtrack to your life: "My Way" by Frank Sinatra

Favorite Disney Movie: Donald in Mathmagicland

Favorite Event Memory:  The unbelievable televised ceremony I performed on WE TV's "My Fair Wedding" at Castle Green in Pasadena, CA.

Your Nickname: Ciccio

Frank is an ordained non-denominational wedding Minister/Officiant, He has been happily uniting couples in Southern California for 10 years. 

He loves meeting new couples, hearing their stories, and seeing them through to the day of their wedding. Couples describe him as funny and witty, the guy with the great sense of humor! 

You can count on him to deliver a personalized ceremony with just the right amount of unexpected smiles, seriousness and a relaxed atmosphere.  He pays attention to details, and is organized to a fault!

Your guests will leave the ceremony saying “WOW, what a memorable experience!  I laughed and cried. You will enjoy your collaboration and feel comfortable to have him as your Officiant.  He looks forward to working with you

Frank is based in the Corona and travels throughout LA, OC and the IE.

Frank is also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses.



Favorite Quote: “Do what you can with what you have, where you are." —Teddy Roosevelt

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint n' Chip

Soundtrack to your life: "Mississippi" by Cheryl Crow (actually written by Bob Dylan)

Favorite Disney Movie: Up

Favorite Event Memory:  Getting invited to join the wedding party on Tower of Terror, after one of my Disneyland weddings.

Your Nickname: Liz

Liz Coopersmith is an ordained Wedding Officiant, wedding coordinator, and a contributing writer to several popular websites, including the Huffington Post.

Wedding ceremonies are all about conveying the love and joy you're going to share with the love of your life for the rest of your life; one of Liz's great pleasures is to help you create a ceremony that is all about who the two of you are as individuals, and as a couple.

She can't wait to perform your ceremony.

Liz is based in the San Fernando Valley and travels throughout So Cal.



Favorite Quote: “I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox." — Woody Allen

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: A tie between Pistachio Nut or Ube (a Filipino purple yam)

Soundtrack to your life: "Seasons of Love (525,600 Minutes)" from Rent

Favorite Disney Movie: Toy Story

Favorite Event Memory:  After the winds shattered a large floral arrangement off of a pillar next to me, I improvised by having everyone shout "Mazel Tov!" It didn't matter that neither the groom nor bride were Jewish!

Your Nickname: "Big Kahuna of Love", or "Doctor Love"

Mauricio finds the indescribable joy, the limitless hope and the immeasurable love that emanates from a couple wanting above all else to be joined together in marriage without compare.


It is the sense of possibility, the knowing that he can contribute to the singularity, the "specialness" of the occasion that he brings to being a Wedding Officiant.


He welcomes the opportunity to help co-create your day of days with you. Religious or non-religious, he can design yours and make it perfect. He is Filipino and loves to do Filipino style Wedding Ceremonies. After 36 years of being together with his partner, Mauricio knows how to honor all couples. He also issues Marriage Licenses. 


Mauricio is based in Carson and travels all over So Cal.


Mauricio is also one of our special notaries that can issue marriage licenses.



Favorite Quote: “Amateurs practice until they get it right. Professionals practice until they can't get it wrong." — Source Unknown

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla

Soundtrack to your life: "Purple Rain" by Prince

Favorite Disney Movie: Lady and the Tramp

Favorite Event Memory:  When a groom asked his mom if he should commit to his bride during the ceremony

Your Nickname: Smitty

Rev. Smith has been performing weddings as a wedding officiant since 2008 and enjoys the calling that has been placed upon him to perform this wonderful task.

Rev. Smith became a professional wedding coordinator/special events planner and DJ many years ago and loved the transition into officiating. He uses his experience in the wedding industry to create a ceremony that makes his couples feel loved and expresses their personal journeys.

Rev. Smith works with all couples and beliefs. He looks forward to making your ceremony special!

Rev. Smith is located in North Orange County and serves LA and OC.




Favorite Quote: “Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss, or dream? Because the most beautiful things in life are not seen but felt by the heart." — Denzel Washington

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Spumoni

Soundtrack to your life: "We Are The World"

Favorite Disney Movie: The Jungle Book

Favorite Event Memory:  A heartfelt surprise wedding vow renewal ceremony for my dear clients 98 years young Grandparents whom were also married on the same date 75 years ago!

Your Nickname: Birdie

Lisa Smith is an ordained minister. She has been working with Great Officiants since the beginning. Lisa has preformed many amazing weddings. Her key to success is to "always honor your couples wishes and communicate completely."

Whether it may be the mountains or the beautiful California coast, your private home, country club or any venue or special get away you desire Lisa's willing to travel to your location in Southern California to help you and your loved one make your dream day come true.

Lisa is also a very witty writer and has helped her couples compose customized ceremonies. Lisa's calm professional demeanor and availability are a relief for her busy clients to know they are in good hands.

She is based in the Diamond Bar area.




Favorite Quote: “At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of possibilities."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Salted Caramel Gelato

Soundtrack to your life: "Across the Universe"

Favorite Disney Movie: Lion King

Favorite Event Memory:  Every time I'm able to work in some words of honor of someone's heritage - in Spanish or Japanese or Hawaiian or Polish, Russian, etc. - especially when visitors from out of country are attending.

Your Nickname: Mikey Mic, The Human Mic, EmCee Mike

Mike is an Emcee, auctioneer, and most importantly, an Improv guy, writing, directing, producing, and performing interactive theatre for over 20 years. Mike will help make your wedding fun, romantic, unique, and incorporate the carefully planned with every unexpected gift of the day, absorb any stress related to the ceremony itself, so that you and your party are free to laugh and celebrate.

A former military officer, Mike has a tremendous voice, able to command attention in any room; and the sensitivity and control to deliver a subtle, realistic, layered, flexible performance, which landed him roles on JAG, Alias, and Drake & Josh. With a B.A. in English from the Univ. of Notre Dame, Mike is a lover of languages, and can weave some phrases in German, Russian, French or almost any language or accent you request into the ceremony. The right design of ceremony will come from you, as I listen to what you need, and we build your ceremony together.

Mike is based in North Orange County, and travels throughout So Cal.




Favorite Quote: “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."— Jon Krakauer

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben & Jerry's The Tonight Dough

Soundtrack to your life: "The Definition" by Jon Bellion

Favorite Disney Movie: Alice in Wonderland

Favorite Event Memory:  I married 2 Gents from my part of Texas after over 30 years of being together. They decided to get married when it was made legal for LGBT couples in all 50 states, and they walked down the aisle together, their hands tembling and holding onto each other. There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

Your Nickname: Tiny Dancer

Are you wanting your wedding ceremony to transform from something everyone just has to sit through to something truly spectacular and resounding? Wesley is ready to bring a little Southern charm to your wedding!

Born and raised in Texas, Wesley has a background in performing arts, from singing in a praise band to performing with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, England. His diverse background makes him a warm and understanding officiant, ready to share a special day with people from every background, religion, and sexual orientation. Love transcends everything and he is honored to play a part in such a momentous occasion.

Wesley is based in Downtown LA and travels all over SoCal.




Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” —Maya Angelou

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Gelato di Crema

Soundtrack to your life: "Nature Boy." by Eden Ahbez

Favorite Disney Movie: Ratatouille

Favorite Event Memory:  When couples speak personal vows to each other, capturing the deepest truths of love between two people.

Your Nickname: Sleeves

Stephen is an ordained Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant who performs beautiful ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds.

As a master at orchestrating luxury weddings and special events, Stephen understands firsthand the deadlines, pressures and stress of planning a wedding. So, he designs calming ceremonies that have deep meaning for the couple, while creating a welcoming atmosphere of joy and fun for family and friends.

Based in West Hollywood, Stephen conducts ceremonies throughout Southern California.




Favorite Quote: “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired” —Robert Frost

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rainbow Sherbert

Soundtrack to your life: Don't Stop Believin'  -Journey

Favorite Disney Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Event Memory:  A wedding with an incredible 20 person bridal party, which I helped rehearse the day before.

Your Nickname: Mamoo

Suvin is an ordained Non-Denominational Minister. He performs beautiful, fun, and romantic ceremonies.

With a professional attitude, and just the right amount of fun and humor, Suvin is sure to amaze the crowd.

With a background in writing, he is happy to prepare and perform a customized ceremony of your dreams.

He is happy to perform any kind of ceremony.

Suvin lives in the Tustin/Santa Ana area of Orange County, but travels all over Southern California.




Favorite Quote: “'If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Ben and Jerry's "Everything But the Kitchen Sink"

Soundtrack to your life: The Album "Thriller" by Michael Jackson

Favorite Disney Movie: Beauty and The Beast

Favorite Event Memory: When the groom and bride lock eyes as she floats up the aisle towards him.

Your Nickname: Stace or Stacey Mae

Stacey comes from a family of theologians and ministers and as an Ordained minister herself, would be proud to serve you on your special day.

This affable, energetic comic was a regular on the entertainment show TMZ. Stacey is one of only two women in Hollywood who works as a studio audience warmup for on a few popular tv shows and because she loves telling people where to go, she works as a private tour guide for a Los Angeles based tour company.

Stacey brings her family-friendly humor into the wedding chapel to give you a unique and memorable ceremony.

She can deliver a custom-written love story for your ceremony that celebrates YOUR union .

If you want a simple "no-humor please" "We Do" ceremony then she can do that, too! All Couples Welcomed

Stacey is located in the Studio City/Sherman Oaks area, and travels all around Southern California




Favorite Quote: “'Not all who wander are lost.” —J.R.R. Tolkien

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip

Soundtrack to your life: David Bowie's discography

Favorite Disney Movie: "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Favorite Event Memory: Realizing that the gorgeous paper-structure boutineer given to me by the couple was actually made from pages of "The Lord of the Rings"

Your Nickname: The Big Red Dog

Clifford is an ordained non-denominational Minister/Officiant and popular host for Hobbit fans around the world. With his resonant, emotive baritone and playful wit, Clifford has officiated weddings for several years.

A voiceover wizard, professional geek, and a pulished J.R.R. Tolkien Scholar, Clifford has been requested by couples across the country to provide special themed ceremonies for those who would love a touch of Gandalf or Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in their special day of celebration.

In the direction of Truth and Love, he honors all belief systems and backgrounds, providing service for his LGBT brothers and sisters and all who seek to share a lifetime together.

Combining magic with romance is Clifford's favorite alchemy; and you'll love the way he guides the audience through the most unique love story ever told - yours. He is delighted that the Universe has brought you both together; now let his voice guide you down the aisle as you both step into a new future.

He resides in Hollywood and serves the entire Los Angeles County area.


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