Halloween + Wedding = A Very Happy Day

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

As Halloween approaches, I recall fondly a private wedding I officiated–in “costume” for a very nice local couple. The couple had met when they were very young. They went on separate journeys and reunited many years later. Pure romance. In a sweeping romantic gesture, the couple “eloped” and planned to surprise their friends and family members later in the day, …

Music for the Day

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

  Even with large, elaborate weddings, music selection for the ceremony may be a marginalied part of the wedding planning.  Understandably some couples, who may have little in the way of formal music training, are intimidated in selecting the processional and recessional music, which is often classical in nature.  Authors Barbara Rothstein and Gloria Slerov have compiled The Complete Wedding …

The Wedding As a Work of Art

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

An artist friend recently pointed me in the direction of a spectacular idea for capturing the beauty of a wedding celebration—a live portrait painting during the event. No doubt, gifted photographers work tirelessly to come up with innovative and beautiful shots of all aspects of the wedding, but a painting of the wedding serves as a stunning and timeless reminder …

Wedding 101: A Summary of the Order of Ceremony

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

Most of my clients have been to a good number of weddings, both religious and secular, by the time that they marry.  However, they generally can’t remember much about the ceremonies in aggregate.  Sometimes a bride and groom can point to ceremony components they found off-putting, but there isn’t much recollection beyond that.   Likewise, while there is a vague sense …

A Sweet Wedding Treat

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Wedding Ideas

As we all know, weddings are big business in America. Yet, goods and services of all varieties are playing catch up to recognize the recently passed Marriage Equality Law in New York. I did stumble upon a small, but “sweet,” instance of a wedding gift that embraced couples of all varieties. My office is near Rockefeller Plaza, and I have the …

Love Will Find A Way

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas

With Hurricane Irene arriving in the middle of “high wedding season,” I am certain that many couples are facing disappointment this weekend.  However for some with steely resolve and just a little bit of luck, the show is going on. This morning, I made my way to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge for a 25th wedding anniversary vow renewal of Britons …

Family Heirlooms Enhance Rituals

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas

The other day, I was lucky enough to participate in a “surprise” 20th wedding anniversary vow renewal. A thoughtful and romantic husband from Canada surprised his wife by arranging a last minute holiday to New York, to celebrate their anniversary. He found me online, and we schemed to create a sweet ceremony in Central Park. There were several moments when it …

Wedding Flourishes with Tartans

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

One of the great themes of the Celebrancy movement, at least in my mind, is the sense of “belonging”….of the inter-connectedness of things. I have come to appreciate the small symbols that exist, ones that tie us together and with our past. As a youngster in Oklahoma, I would recall that at various times during the cycles of fashions “Tartan …

Going to the Dogs

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas

On Saturday I officiated a small wedding for a fun-loving Brooklyn couple. The celebration was at the Boathouse at Prospect Park. Although Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, it is less familiar to most of us compared to his more famous Central Park. But it was a stunning spot. The day was clear as a bell and about …

The Princess Bride

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Fashion, Wedding Ideas

With the royal wedding weeks behind us it seems superfluous to revisit the events of the day…..yet again. Or does it? After seeing this picture, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the celebration one more time.  I came across this photo and was dumb struck by the visual parallels between the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the …