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Officiant in Santa Barbara,
(805) 687-4248
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    Connolly Smith

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  • As a same-sex, non-religious couple with Catholic parents, we struggled to figure out a ceremony and officiant that would make everyone happy. We did so much research but still had no idea what to actually say and do in our ceremony. The first time we met with Father Jerry, we knew we had found the perfect compromise. As a retired Catholic priest, he lent the gravity and seriousness our parents wanted, and as a marriage equality supporter, he made us feel comfortable and valued. He helped us personalize portions of the ceremony so that our relationship was always at the center, but kept the framework traditional so it felt like a "real" wedding. He was also willing to help us find that perfect balance of a nod to Catholicism without making us uncomfortable since we're non-religious. Father Jerry is hilarious and kind, and charmed everyone he spoke to. We heard from many guests that it was the best wedding ceremony they'd ever attended. We are so happy with how everything turned out and... Read more

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    Connolly and Sacha, you are right. Your family members and guests came from many different religious backgrounds. What pulled all of them together was your love for each other. Both of you touched something very deep within each person there. You will forever know that you have awakened something very deep within each person at your ceremony. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all of us could promise to love each other for the rest or our lives? What makes a person "holy" is determined by how loving he or she is. That is how one imitates Christ. Thank you for sharing your lives with all of us. 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

    Troy Quinn

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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

    Dolores Lamas

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  • Thank you to Father Jerry we were still able to get married turning this crazy quarantine times. It was much smaller then we had planned. We were able to zoom with our family member in attendance . Father Jerry made everyone feel like they were a part of the ceremony.

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    John and Dolores, yes, there were less people attending than you would have liked, but there was something very special about there being less people present. In fact, the ZOOM online streaming of your ceremony was a real gift for everyone that was not at your location. Blessings in your futures. Father Jerry

    Jackie Gonzalez

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  • I would recommend Father Jerry as a priest for your upcoming wedding. My wedding ceremony was perfect because I had father Jerry. He made it very comfortable as I stood there in the altar with my husband. He made it comfortable for the guests that attended the ceremony as well. I had my ceremony done in english with the reading and prayers done in Spanish. My relatives were grateful that I had some of my Spanish culture included in the ceremony because father Jerry was able to provide it for me. I had booked him a couple of weeks before the wedding since I couldn't find a priest. I was so grateful that he was able to be part of the ceremony because it turned out amazing.

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    Jackie and Armando, I have performed many weddings at the beautiful Mission Inn in Riverside. The chapel is really amazing. When I am there it reminds me of my 12 years of study in the seminary before Ordination as a Catholic Priest. I look forward to staying in touch with you. Come and visit me again in Santa Barbara. Stay healthy. Father Jerry

    Daisy Kellogg

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  • We are so grateful we found Father Jerry! From the first time I spoke with him I was comfortable and excited for him to officiate our wedding this past fall (09/2019). He made everything very easy for us and our ceremony was beyond perfect. The ceremony was in english and spanish and my family really appreciated that! Thank you father for being a huge part of our wedding and providing high quality service! We highly recommend Father Jerry Bellamy :)

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    Daisy and Logan, thank you so much for your review. We had a wonderful time doing the ceremony planning and everything worked out perfectly on your day. The Live Oak Meadows in Temecula was a very good choice for your location. I hope we can stay in touch. Father Jerry

    Isabel Gomes

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  • As wedding photographers, we have worked with Rev Bellamy for many years. His ceremonies are always so touching. He infuses so much of the couples' personalities into them.

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    Isabel, it is always a joy to work with you. You are the best. You somehow capture great photos during the ceremony without me even being aware that you are there. Father Jerry

    Christine Buccelli

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  • We loved having Father Jerry as our officiant! Our wedding was at the Santa Barbara courthouse and he did a tremendous job. He helped us design a ceremony that included all the things that were important to us and put us at such ease with his wonderful sense of humor and professionalism. Our guests raved about him and were appreciative that the ceremony reflected our families’ Christian and Buddhist faiths. We are so grateful to Father Jerry for making our day so special and memorable- we cannot recommend him enough!

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    Boy, you are right. All of your guests were right there with you, regardless of any religious backgrounds. In fact, their different backgrounds made the day so perfect - all celebrating together.

    Ashley Pekrul

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  • Father Jerry Bellamy officiated our wedding on October 19, 2019. He was amazing. All of our guests commented on how Father Bellamy was entertaining and light hearted but truly captured the the depth of the occasion. My husband is Hispanic and Father Bellamy did a beautiful job officiating our bilingual ceremony with a gorgeous blend of English and Spanish. The day was perfect and we owe much of that to Father Bellamy.

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    Ashley and Roger, the Santa Ynez Valley was beautiful that day. Your family and guests were wonderful. I tell people how you wrote a little letter to Roger and that it was written on an ice skate shoe. I know that it sounds stupid now, but, you really had to "be there"..... Roger was a little more conventional but just as creative. Please stay in touch. Father Jerry

    Karissa

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  • Father Jerry Bellamy is the absolute best! From the moment we met him, we knew he was the one we had been searching for, as he was an incredible fit for our personalities. He is kind, funny, laid back and yet, a true professional. During our initial meeting, he walked us through the entire process, explaining every step of the way. He saw our vision and brought it to fruition on the day of our wedding. He was well prepared and executed his duties with ease. Many of our guests later explained how his personality made the experience feel more engaging than any other wedding they had ever attended. I highly recommend his services and know you will not regret choosing him!

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    Karissa and Benny, what a great ceremony we put together. It was in English and Spanish and took place in the beautiful city of San Juan Bautista, North of Salinas. Remember to come back to Santa Barbara again for a visit.

    Heather Martin

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  • Father Jerry was great from start to finish. He was very responsive and worked with our tight timeframe and busy schedules. He sat down with us in person to plan the ceremony and provided insight and great ideas that we implemented during the ceremony. He was able to incorporate all of the elements we requested and kept it in the 15 minute window that we wanted. Guests and family members came up to us after the ceremony to let us know what a great officiant he was. Both personable and professional, I would highly recommend Father Jerry to officiate your ceremony!!

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    Heather and Joel - thank you for taking the time to send in this review. Your ceremony fit right into your 15 minute window and yet was full of memories. Blessings in your future and I am sure I will see you again at another ceremony somewhere between San Francisco to San Diego. Father Jerry

    Danny

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  • Father Jerry was great! We asked him to perform our ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and he knew exactly what steps we needed to take and walked us through everything like a true professional and friend. We highly recommend him for your special day!

    Jeffrey Thomas

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  • Father Jerry was awesome!! Having him lead our ceremony took the whole experience to the next level. The ceremony was definitely my favorite part of our wedding! Father Jerry was instrumental in planning it with us, he had so many pieces of advice that all turned out wonderfully. And then of course with him leading, the ceremony was funny, touching, and a great experience for everyone involved!

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    Thank you so much Jeff! What a wedding ceremony at the #Lagunabeachranch ! Let's grab coffee again soon at #belmondelencanto soon! Merry Christmas to you and Shannon!

    Frank

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  • Father Jerry performed our 25th wedding vow renewal this past September in Santa Ynez and it was a ceremony my wife and I will never forget. Think of a perfect simple ceremony and that’s what Father Jerry performed that day. Easy to work with, very delightful attitude and easy going. Thank you very much Father Jerry. We love you and will will never forget the beautiful ceremony.

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    Frank and Judy, what a beautiful gathering of friends of family in Santa Ynez that evening in September. Your 25 years together was the center of their celebration, and for good reason. Thank you, Father Jerry

    Anabel

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  • We did what we wanted he was very good
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