Wedding Remembrances

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A consistent trend in contemporary weddings is to make note of those who cannot be with the couple, to celebrate.  It is especially important to do so during these days of the pandemic when travel is difficult and so many people remain very concerned about contracting the virus.  Today I did a sweet ceremony in a beautiful couple’s far west …

Jumping the Broom

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Yesterday, I had the honor of marrying a beautiful African-American couple in a small, romantic wedding in Central Park.  A week or two before the wedding, the bride reached out to let me know that their ceremony would end with a “jumping of the broom.”  I was thrilled.  Over the many years I’ve been a celebrate, fewer than 10 couples …

A Wedding Story in Flowers

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Today, I came home to a big box of books from Edward Hamilton Booksellers.  Among the finds was Harry & Meaghan: The Royal Wedding Album.  It was a fun stroll down memory lane of a Celebrant-worthy ceremony.  One of my favorite parts of the ceremony—the carefully selected flowers—reminded me that many people give short shrift to the flowers for the …

(Semi) Homemade Memory Book…Made with Love

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  Celebrity Chef, author, and “First Girlfriend” of New York State Sandra Lee has made famous the term “semi-homemade.”  In books and on the food network she promotes recipes of partially pre made items, couple with homemade additions.  Hopefully this include quick, relatively easy dishes that have a home cooked feel for time impoverished cooks. I borrowed the concept from …

Wishing Stones: A Dreamy Wedding at de Seversky Mansion

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the wonderful opportunity to officiate Mathew & Marissa’s wedding at the beautiful de Seversky Mansion, on the campus of New York Institute of Technology.  I’d married another couple there in 2011, but it was a summer wedding so it had a much different feel.  This is a truly stunning location less than an hour …

A Ceremony Rich in Tradition

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I’m still swooning over a recent wedding I officiated for two fellows from Denver.  It was a lovely, sophisticated autumn event at the chic NoMad Hotel in Manhattan (28th and Broadway).  The guests had flown in from all over the world, for a cocktail party and ceremony at the hotel, followed by a celebratory dinner at the famed Eleven Madison Park …

A Wedding Custom for Earth Day & Every Day

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Today is Earth Day, so it seemed like an appropriate time to recognize a custom that I adopted several years ago, following the first wedding I officiated.  After I graduated from the Celebrancy Foundation, one of my young co-workers graciously invited me to participate in the development of her wedding ceremony.  Jennifer and David were unusually creative in their ideas—open …

Remembrances

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Despite the overwhelming joy of a wedding day,  many brides and grooms wish to pay tribute to important loved ones who have passed. For some, it is a simple mention of loved ones during the opening remarks of the ceremony.  Others like to offer a more tangible remembrance-be it a mention in a wedding program or lighting a candle of …

Every Kiss Begins With “K”

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Much of contemporary advertising, I believe, portray the kind of society and culture that we think—or more probably, hope exists.  Advertisements related to engagements and weddings typically feature young, shiny, perfectly airbrushed couples.  Not present are more accurate depictions of individuals and families.   Only rarely does the so-called wedding industrial complex grapple with the modern phenomenon of blended families, men …

Signing the Registry

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In European weddings of yesteryear, the wedding “ceremony” was synonymous with the bride and groom making their way to the appropriate government office and signing the wedding registry.  While there were parties to celebrate the special day, the ritual of signing one’s name on a legal document was the centerpiece of concretizing their union. In contemporary ceremonies, the “signing of …