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(805) 687-4248
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    Jalal M.

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  • Having Father Jerry perform our wedding was the best choice we made and after everything was said and done everyone who attended our wedding couldn’t say enough about how well he did. He was simply amazing! Many years ago, Father Jerry performed my cousin’s marriage. I was so impressed that I made sure that he would be a part of our special day. Father Jerry is one of a kind. He is charming and charismatic and speaks to the heart of everyone in attendance. He is a rare talent in knowing how a wedding should flow. His loving and kindness really shows as he cleverly weaves in profound words of wisdom perfectly punctuated with humor that makes everyone laugh. The end result is an unforgettable heartfelt ceremony that everyone enjoys. Our wedding was one of those effected by Covid-19 which drastically changed the style and scope of our marriage. Lucky for us we had Father Jerry on our side with a wealth of ideas of how to make the most wonderful beach ceremony ever. In short, things co... Read more

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    Jalal and Setareh: that beach in Orange County was a perfect setting. All of those wonderful things that you shared are only a reflection of how great the two of you are and your love for each other. I just tried to reflect back to you how wonderful the two of you are and will be. Forever, Father Jerry

    J Ln

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  • Jerry was the best marriage officiant we could of ask for on our wedding day, he was caring, loving, and entertaining. He is also responsive and on time and everything went smoothly and I would recommend him to my friends for their wedding!

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    J Ln and G: Thank you for your comments. Meeting both of you and planning every detail of your ceremony, was a joy. You brought together two families of very different cultural backgrounds. Your love is magnetic. Our ceremony took place at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, a fitting beautiful background for you. Come to Santa Barbara for a visit please. Father Jerry

    Jasmin Z.

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  • We couldn’t thank Father Jerry enough for being a big part of our special day. My husband and I didn’t know where to begin. He was our guide, a mentor, and coordinator. He took time to get to know us and made sure we would be happy the day of . He was a great help throughout the whole process. Father Jerry made our ceremony memorable. It was heartfelt and our guests also loved his sense of humor. Also, a big plus he is bilingual!. We received so many compliments on our ceremony. Thank you Father Jerry!. You wont regret having Father Jerry as your officiant.

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    Jasmin and David: I have celebrated many weddings in Agua Dulce, but you made the Sweetwater Ranch come alive with your celebration. You had so many wonderful ideas for your ceremony, It was great to meet both of you. We have to stay in contact with each other. Father Jerry

    Alex

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  • Father Jerry was what we wanted and more. He made it exciting and fun, joked and didn’t allow it to be awkward, and that is especially hard since that’s me naturally😂. We had guest comment how amazing he was. He made the whole event fun and even added some special features to the event. I couldn’t have been more impressed and thankful. I loved it !!!

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    Alex and Armando, it was wonderful to work with the both of you to help plan and celebrate your wedding. It was so nice to see your family members who I have known for more than 40 years, celebrating weddings, Baptisms, funerals, dinners, prayers, and many parties. Please stay in touch. Father Jerry

    Brandon S.

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  • Having Father Jerry officiate our ceremony was one of the best decisions we made regarding our wedding. We met with him beforehand to plan the ceremony and he made it as easy and stress-free as possible. He is also a great, light-hearted, and funny person that is awesome to spend time with. Highly recommend!

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    Brandon and Sonia - your wedding last evening, the two of you standing on the rough cliffs, overlooking the ocean far below, was really magical. It was just the three of us - wind blown, eyes absorbing the beauty around us, reflecting your love for each other. A gift . . . Father Jerry

    Cory

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  • Father Jerry was one of the many highlights of our special day. I received countless compliments about his performance during the ceremony. He was flexible and able to find a great workaround when I forgot to bring something to the ceremony. He effortlessly made the ceremony approachable for every person present. I would not hesitate to work with Father Jerry again given the opportunity.

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    Cory and Erika, you were the best of couples. You set a tone of happiness and joyful love. Your Best Man and Best Woman were great. Your coordinator, Mayra, kept everything together at the Beautiful Presidio Chapel in Santa Barbara. Then, all of you walked down to the equally beautiful and famous El Paseo Restaurant for your reception. It was a magical afternoon and evening. Your mariachi added the perfect touch to such a wonderfully traditional and enjoyable day. Santa Barbara is now your town . . . . Father Jerry Bellamy

    Troy Q.

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  • My wife and I got married on May 31st in Beverly Hills and we were looking for the ideal priest who would bring a religious aspect to the ceremony, as I am Catholic, but also balance our multicultural and inter-religious needs as my wife's family is Pakistani Christians. Fr. Jerry couldn't be more kind, genuine, or knowledgeable about the entire process. He worked with us in detail regarding the whole ceremonial process and was a true professional, listening to our needs and wanting to make this the perfect day that it should be. Do not waste your time looking for anyone else, Fr. Jerry is the best in the business!

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    Troy, it was a great joy to plan and celebrate with both of you and your families. What I try to do is be a good mirror of my couples. So your kind words above are a reflection of your values and personalities, as was your ceremony. I try to accurately reflect all of the goodness in the ceremony. Come to Santa Barbara for a visit or concert. Father Jerry

    Ana

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  • Father Jerry is the absolute best! He helped us plan the ceremony from beginning to ends, with loads of laughs in between. He made sure both of our religious traditions were included. Our ceremony was memorable, thanks to him. He gave us a moment to look out to our guest during the ceremony and what we saw will forever be in our hearts. Our guest left the ceremony with smiles on their faces thanks to Father Jerry. To Father Jerry we say, thank you! Thank you for not only blessing our marriage but being part of it. It was a true honor having you there.

    Ryan

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  • Father Jerry was the kindest, most professional and overall best wedding officiant we could have ever hoped for. His wedding sermon contained many beautiful message, he made our ceremony so peaceful and my family was very impressed as well which made me look pretty good!! If I could do this all over again I would hire Father Jerry Without any doubt or hesitation. I owe him an eternal debt of gratitude for his professionalism, I recommend in the highest that you let Father Jerry perform your marriage ceremony. Thank you sooooo much Father Jerry!!!

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    Ryan and Danielle: it was a beautiful early afternoon at the Rincon Beach County Park. We were a small group but the best of guests, your parents. I hope you had a good dinner in Ventura afterwards. I look forward to seeing you and your parents in Santa Barbara some time in the future. It was a joy to work with you. God was really present as we were overlooking to beach below. Father Jerry

    Rachael N.

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  • Father Jerry was wonderful. My husband and I were so lucky to have found him. He was easy to work with and spent time with us on the phone getting to know us and plan the perfect wedding. He'll make great suggestions if you're completely clueless like us, or he'll let you lead. He really knows what he's doing and how to make your day magical. We had the best day and it wouldn't have been possible without his help!!

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    Rachel and David, it was wonderful to be able to plan your wedding ceremony with you. The outdoor setting at the 1880 Union Hotel Los Alamos was perfect. You were elegant and added to a wonderful history of that historical hotel. Be sure to visit Santa Barbara in the years to come, and say hello. Father Jerry

    Brittany T.

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  • Father Jerry was so helpful. He walked us through the entire ceremonial process. He offered suggestions. He was responsive and he spoke Spanish for our Mother. I was taking photos when he arrived. I did not have my phone on me and he met my parents without instruction. He handled all of the marriage license signing with both my mothers. He made everything simple and I like that.

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    Brittany and Daniel: Your wedding was on a beautiful evening in Carmel. Your families are amazing. What a wonderful mingling of cultures and religions. You couldn't see your families the way I could, during your ceremony. I was looking directly into their eyes and they were sparkling. Hugs, Father Jerry Bellamy

    Monica

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  • Jerry was very professional and friendly. He guided us every step of the way. Was always a text away for any guidance.

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    Remember that Santa Barbara is now always your home away from home. The beautiful Rose Garden is where you chose to be married. Stay close. Father Jerry

    Bobby

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  • Father Jerry is a pleasure to work with and is very detailed oriented. He really tries to understand the type of ceremony you are looking for and does a great job of building a plan for it. Highly recommend!

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    Bobby and Cristina - you did a great job on turning your home in Santa Ynez into a beautiful wedding venue. Your Uncle Ruben read the Bible selection in Spanish as a true professional. His timing and intonation was perfect. I look forward to seeing you in Santa Barbara. Father Jerry

    Nadia O.

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  • I am so glad I booked Fr. Jerry as an officiant for my wedding. He is easy to talk to, organized, and has a great sense of humor. During our wedding preparation meeting, Fr. Jerry put me and my husband at ease. Fr. Jerry had many great ideas of what to incorporate into a wedding ceremony. He also provided great advice on how to ensure all parts flow together well. He was extremely flexible, and worked with us on every detail to create the wedding we both envisioned. Our wedding was bilingual, and incorporated Catholic and Mesoamerican based traditions. Fr. Jerry is bilingual. He spoke in Spanish at parts of the ceremony, which made my grandmother (who speaks little English) feel included in our celebration. Fr. Jerry’s years of experience planning, and officiating weddings helped to calm our nerves and carry out a day I will never forget.

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    Nadia, it was so wonderful to meet both of you and plan your ceremony. In spite of COVID-19, everything came together at your parent's house. It was beautifully decorated. Your grandmother was so cute. I saw her making certain that everything was perfectly in order and clean for you, your family members and your guests. It was especially wonderful when your family member included the Chumash blessing to honor those who have gone before us. Blessings.

    Desiree K.

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  • Father Jerry was recommended to us by our photographer & then I went on Wedding Wire to read reviews & they all said the same thing; he was exactly what they wanted! I'd like to preface this review with saying my husband & I eloped; no family, no friends. We appreciated the time Father Jerry took to tailor our ceremony prior, asked our opinions about certain things, & even had suggestions. Once wedding time came everything went smooth, all according to plan. We got married on a beach bluff at sunset & one thing we especially loved was Father Jerry suggesting us to take a moment to take in the scenery & the beauty of what was around us because, although we would have photographs later, he wanted us to really remember this moment in time. And it was BEAUTIFUL! Father Jerry was extremely easy to work with & very kind!

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    Desiree and Mike: You are right. Everything was so beautiful. Even though the hundreds of friends and family could not be present, everyone was really "there". You were able to focus on each other. There will be a time to share photos and memories. Please come back to Santa Barbara often, even though it is far from where you live. SB is now your town. Father Jerry
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