With this Ring

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

Over the years, I’ve had couples with all types of engagement rings and wedding bands. Engagement rings range from traditional solitaires (think Tiffany platinum) to rings with colored stones.  Yellow-white-rose gold….all are choices of my couples, over the years. My couples have selected vintage rings and family heirlooms.  Many contain sweet inscriptions, of course, too.  A recent Star Wars-loving couple, …

Love: American Style

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories, slider

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely young producer with ABC’s morning program “Good Morning America.” With advertising “sweeps week” on the horizon, GMA had come upon an epic idea to bump up viewership during that all important period, when advertising rates for the remainder of the year are calculated. Over the course of a 24 hour …

Congratulations to My 2015 Couples!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

This past year, 2015, was another wonderful time to serve couples from New York and beyond. Nuptials this year came in all different packages. There were fancy affairs at many local venues, restaurants, castles, vineyards, and gardens, as well as private homes. Plenty of folks eloped to Central Park or other public gardens to exchange wedding vows or renewals of …

Love is Love.

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings, Real Stories

It’s hard to know what to add to the commentary and analysis of Friday’s Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage as a Constitutional right, available in all 50 American states. For those who have been living this Civil Rights struggle, the march towards same-sex marriage has been slow, coming nearly 50 years after the Stonewall Rebellion. But, by many historical …

A Perfect Autumn Wedding

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

Although we’ve witnessed a breathtaking expansion in the rights of gay men and women to marry in America, it is not the still case in everywhere.   And so, our Empire State continues to play host to wonderful men and women who travel here to wed. Three years have come and gone since New York’s Marriage Equality Law passed, and I …

Step-by-Step: A Perfect Wedding in 1,039 Days +24 Hours

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

The beloved movie character Forrest Gump famously said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  Happily, the same could be said of my wedding Celebrancy practice!  You see, while my datebook includes weddings that are planned many months in advance, there are always “last minute” ceremonies that appear at a moment’s notice, adding …

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings, NYC Insiders Tips, wedding venue

As I prepare to join with people all over the world to celebrate Mardi Gras and “Carnivale” that precede the Christian Lenten season, I am reminded of two beautiful ladies from New Orleans that I married last summer. Justice and Loren embraced life and the wedding celebration with the gusto you expect from folks who live in the Crescent City.  …

Best Wishes to my 2013 Couples!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

One of my favorite projects in the dark days of winter’s final months is developing a slide show to remember the beautiful couples I’ve married in the prior year. I have been blessed beyond measure to work with couples representing so many places and perspectives. As I review their shining faces, I am reminded—my couples, together, form a unique, colorful …

Intimate Wedding at Corkbuzz Wine Studio

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

A recent trend I’ve noticed for smaller and mid-sized weddings, among my couples, is utilizing local restaurants for private parties.  From iconic locations such as the Russian Tea Room to newer spots local restaurants of all varieties provide excellent options for venues allowing pre-ceremony cocktails, weddings, and receptions and dinners. Brenda and Leslie, for instance, came from North Carolina a …

Modern Family: A Penny for Your Thoughts (or a Franc, or Euro, or Forint)

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

The recent Supreme Court decisions striking down DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and subsequent decisions by the IRS on the tax status of married same-sex couples, have opened a flood gate of gay couples, coming to New York to exchange their “I Dos.” Again and again, I am reminded by these pioneering partners that American families don’t look one …