A Happy Anniversary: New York’s Marriage Equality Law, One Year Later

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings

We are just days away from the first anniversary of New York’s historic Marriage Equality Law.  As such, I am re-posting my reflections from that amazing social development. As many of you may know, Friday night, New York State made history becoming the sixth and largest American state to pass “equal marriage” legislation, which will allow same sex couples to …

Gramercy Park Hotel: Small is Beautiful

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

The following article was written by my friend Smith Moorefield, who recently married in a private New Year’s ceremony, surrounded by a handful of lifelong friends.  I think he provides some very helpful hints for those seeking stylish, affordable, and appropriate options for a small elopement or vow renewal. Want to get married in New York City in a small, …

Blessing for a Marriage

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Readings & Vows

I have been honored to work with many gay couples since the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Law this past summer.   Most of these couples have been partnered for many years–decades, actually.  So the wedding ceremony has a unique feel.  We are celebrating a long shared history together, the great political change of New York’s progressive law, and hopes …

Marriage: The Personal & The Political

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

When thinking about weddings—even on the grandest scale—they are perceived to be individualized occasions, honoring the love between a bride and groom and the affection they share with family and friends. However, with the recent passage of New York’s “Marriage Equality Law,” same-sex marriages are not only personal celebrations, but events that make a political statement about the extension of …

Come Rain or Come Shine

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories, wedding venue

By far the most popular spot for elopements/destination weddings in New York is Central Park. The Park offers innumerable beautiful locations to exchange vows. Moreover, even for those requiring a permit (for weddings with about 25 or more attendees), the cost is about $25 (and the process could be done online). A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to …