Father Jerry Bellamy is a wedding officiant based in Santa Barbara, California. Now a retired Catholic priest who is married with two children, he has been overseeing events around the area since 1971. As a non-denominational officiant, Father Jerry Bellamy specializes in religious and non-religious ceremonies. He respects each couple’s relationship and will work with you to design a plan that celebrates the uniqueness of yours.
Father Jerry Bellamy is dedicated to creating customized ceremonies and elopements for religious and non-religious couples. This officiant is bilingual and can host your event in English or Spanish. His philosophy is that every couple’s traditions and beliefs should be honored. To achieve this, he will take the time to get to know you and your partner, offering counseling services and helping to develop your dream ceremony. For those observing other milestones in their relationship, this officiant also can preside over wedding anniversaries and vow renewals. Though based in Santa Barbara, he is happy to service those celebrating in surrounding counties and cities in California.
363 Reviews for Father Jerry Bellamy
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Jalal M. · Married on 08/22/2020
Father Jerry is a "Must"
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 could not have gone better and he is the main reason why. He really took the time to listen to us and get a clear idea of who we were as individuals and how we wanted our wedding to be. He was also very fun to talk to with his lighthearted humor and upbeat personality. His attention to detail is unmatched and with all his experience, he is full of countless amazing ideas as he infused love and creativity into both the planning and the performance of the marriage. Father Jerry is a professional of the highest caliber, he loves what he does and it truly shows. I always felt that our wedding was as important to him as it was to us and it’s that level of commitment that made our marriage the most magical day ever. Thank you Father Jerry. You’re the best!Sent on 09/02/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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 · Getting married on 05/03/2022
Father Bellamy Phenomenal!!
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!Sent on 03/27/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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. · Getting married on 02/09/2022
Grateful! highly recommend Father Jerry.
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.Sent on 11/14/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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
The most important part of your wedding day is your CEREMONY. You will have many meals and parties to look back on in your lives, but only ONE ceremony. Thousands of people can be authorized to perform a ceremony, having NO training or experience. I hear stories all of the time of how terrible some ceremonies are. I have a SPREADSHEET for you to consider URGENT ISSUES about Officiants. I will send it to you....
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What a great company! We highly recommend!
It is very challenging for couples to not only choose the right person to marry them but also to find the right person! In this small pocket of California there are limited choices. I am so relieved when my clients mention Father Jerry because I know not only will they have a memorable and exquisitely penned ceremony but they will also go into their day organized, calm and excited. Father Jerry has many years of experience and knows how to set my clients' mind at ease. I highly recommend him for the job!
Father Jerry Bellamy will make your wedding ceremony relaxed, personal and beautiful. I love how he gets to know the couples so that the ceremony rings authentic to who the couple is. I always know my couples are in good hands when working with him.