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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
Alex · Getting married on 12/25/2021
Father Jerry is amazing
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 !!!Sent on 05/07/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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. · Getting married on 10/22/2021
The perfect ceremony
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!Sent on 07/19/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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
Matt N. · Married on 07/23/2021
Great in every way
Father Bellamy helped in so many ways. Our original wedding plan had to be modified due to Covid and he was so helpful and full of great ideas. When we finally got to have our wedding he did a great job. He is so full of life, and really understands love.Sent on 07/31/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Matt and Megan, what a beautiful ceremony you helped me bput together. So many of your guests made the long trip from Fresno to Santa Barbara to celebrate you. I had a chance to speak to so many of them. Some came from Germany. Remember that Santa Barbara is now "your town". Always come home to visit.
Cory · Married on 07/18/2021
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.Sent on 07/20/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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. · Married on 07/05/2021
Fr. Jerry is the best in the business!!!
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!Sent on 11/08/2019
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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 · Married on 07/03/2021
Look no further Father Jerry is the BEST!!!!
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.Sent on 07/10/2021
Ryan · Married on 06/18/2021
The best decision I ever made
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!!!Sent on 06/19/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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. · Married on 06/03/2021
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!!Sent on 03/11/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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. · Married on 05/25/2021
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.Sent on 06/01/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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 · Married on 04/30/2021
Worth every penny, personalized and custom ceremony
Jerry was very professional and friendly. He guided us every step of the way. Was always a text away for any guidance.Sent on 05/04/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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 · Married on 04/03/2021
Great experience and easy to work with!
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!Sent on 04/13/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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. · Married on 02/13/2021
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.
Sent on 03/03/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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. · Married on 11/28/2020
Perfectly intimate & personal!
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!Sent on 12/14/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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
Cecilia C. · Married on 11/07/2020
Father Bellamy performed the most beautiful and unique ceremony for myself and my husband to be. Meeting with him prior to our elopement give us peace of mind that he knew what we wanted for our ceremony. He always promptly followed up with questions or answers to our questions. He made our day so beautiful and gave us a secular blessing even though we were out in open nature. He gave us such a beautiful moment in time that was also echoed by him having also performed the wedding of my fiancé’s son’s marriage as well. He had us write impromptu letters to each other the day before our wedding that he read. I especially love this because my groom had such a hard time putting down words to paper. And I of course overwrote but nothing we wrote was off-limits. And I will forever be the bride that had father Jeremy say asshole in her wedding ceremony. I love him for that. I will always recommend him. And so will my groom!Sent on 11/17/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Cecilia and Rick: Thank you for your comments and reflections. What a beautiful evening we had Ellwood Bluffs in Goleta. The cliff over looking the ocean was spectacular. Because of the Covid19 our plans jumped from your wedding being in Temecula to Seaside and finally Goleta, at the cliffs. Your ceremony was beautiful and a reflection of your love for each other. Thank you for inviting me to participate. Happy Thanksgiving. Father Jerry
Norma A. · Married on 10/24/2020
Very happy and impressed with Father Jerry
Father Jerry was the the perfect wedding officiant for us and we were so happy to have found him. He was personable, funny, detail oriented and very organized. He asked the right questions, took notes, gave his ideas on what he envisioned our wedding ceremony would look like. His expertise and experience showed when he provided guidance at our in-person meeting and at the wedding. We loved his idea of him reading our letters to each other. My husband and I as well as our guests loved and enjoyed the ceremony very much.Sent on 11/13/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Norma and David - your did a great job on planning your wedding ceremony. The Chart House staff in Dana Point really did wonderful work to make your day a true celebration. Be sure to visit Santa Barbara again, soon. Father Jerry Bellamy
Ambar V. · Married on 10/20/2020
Fun and easy to work with
Father Jerry was very thorough and thoughtful in helping us plan every detail of our wedding ceremony. He laid out clear instructions, offered helpful suggestions, and gave us the freedom to incorporate our own words and traditions. We appreciated his flexibility in delivering a bilingual ceremony and also taking the time to get to know our history as a couple. We fully recommend Father Jerry to anyone looking for an officiant!Sent on 11/08/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Amber and Julian, it was certainly great meeting, working and celebrating with you. Your family members were also great. Sylvia and Raphael did great on the readings. I will also remember the wonderful 1952 Chevy Pickup Truck your dad drove to your wedding. What a celebration. Father Jerry
Miguel T. · Married on 10/10/2020
The Best Officiant Ever!!
Father Bellamy had everything planned out perfectly! If something needed to change he was incredibly flexible as well. He really understands that some people want to discuss God in the ceremony and some people don’t and he asks that up front and is incredibly respectful! Father Bellamy also told me he stopped counting how many weddings he has done after 5000! He’s amazing! The ceremony was fun, respectful, spiritual, and very interactive. I had multiple people coming up and asking me who the officiant was because he was funny and absolutely made the experience enjoyable for everyone. I would get married again simply so I can use Father Bellamy again:)Sent on 11/03/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Miguel and Tara - both of you did such a great job in planning every little detail for yourselves, family and friends. Yes, I drove more than 8.5 hours to get to your wedding location, about 40 miles North of Lake Tahoe and Donner Pass, what a beautiful wedding location in the middle of a serene meadow, on the Kinship Ranch. We have to stay in touch. REALLY - GET MARRIED AGAIN ? OK, it will be a renewal of vows in 10 years . . . .
Jammie F. · Married on 09/05/2020
Warm and genuine
Do not hesitate on booking Fr Jerry if he is available because this amazing man is in demand! Fr Jerry was not available for our original wedding date but once we changed it we made sure to reach out to him again and luckily for us he was available. We had already booked another officiant but we decided to forego our deposit because that’s how much we wanted Fr Jerry to marry us! A few months before the wedding we met with him for a few hours to go over the ceremony and so he could learn a little about us. He made great suggestions since he has so much experience but was also very open to wedding traditions that we valued. He was also always available by phone or email. Once the big day arrived, he delivered a warm, funny, and beautiful ceremony. His words were thoughtful, intentional and loving. Many guests asked if we had known him for a long time. We requested and loved that he made it as Catholic as possible, given that it was an outdoor wedding. We’re so happy and fortunate that Fr Jerry was such an important part of our big day.Sent on 06/11/2021
Loretta P. · Married on 08/23/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy provided us with top-notch service for our money. He is very experienced, professional and friendly. He offers planning and advice that works! He is genuine and it shows in his way of tailoring the ceremony to the couple. By getting to know us through excellent communication skills, he “finds” the ceremony. We enjoyed having Father Jerry show us how a meaningful ceremonial plan helps with knowing what our expectations will be before the big day. The ceremony went perfectly as we had imagined it would be!Sent on 10/30/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Loretta and Brian: Thank you for your comments. Both of you had a dream that we made into a reality. Boy, was it ever hot in Redlands that day for your wedding but nobody noticed it. Blessings in your lives and let's stay in contact. Father Jerry.
Daniel · Married on 08/03/2020
Father Jerry made our ceremony just perfect!
He was just exactly what we were dreaming of: funny, sacred, modern yet ancient. All the starts for father Jerry, he is a truly humble spiritual soul. By the way, all our wedding pictures in which he appears are incredibly fun!Sent on 08/14/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Daniel and Anastasia, El Matador Beach in Malibu turned out to be the perfect location for your ceremony. I will always remember you and your celebration. Father Jerry
Jake B. · Married on 07/25/2020
Father Jerry was SUPERB!
Father Jerry went above and beyond to make our ceremony everything we wanted it to be. From the initial planning call to meeting in person to the actual ceremony - everything was excellent. He is so kind and really makes an effort to get to know you individually and as a couple. He was able to incorporate love, religion, storytelling and even some comedy to make our ceremony memorable for us and all of our guests. I absolutely would recommend Father Jerry to anybody looking for someone who is genuine, respectful of all religions, honest, funny, and just a great conversation. 10/10!Sent on 04/12/2021
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply:Jake, thank you so much for your review. You and Sydney and your families were such a joy to be around. You made the White Barn in Edna Valley sparkle. Remember that humor is one of the surest signs of the presence of God. Father Jerry
Dolores L. · Married on 05/17/2020
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.Sent on 05/26/2020
Father Jerry Bellamy's reply: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