Food, Glorious Food!

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

Most of the time, when people think about food and weddings, their mind goes to elaborate spreads at cocktail receptions and fine dinners.  However, food can play a part in the actual ceremony.  In many cultures food is drawn into the ceremony as a symbol of some concept.  For example, in certain African cultures, there is a “spice ceremony” with …

Away We Go!

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

When many people think of the “end” of the wedding ceremony, their minds wander to “The Kiss!” and the introduction of the newly married couple. But, there are nifty customs that can be a charming coda, shining a light on the transition from the ceremony to the receiving line or reception. For instance, among those of Jewish faith and ancestry, stomping …

Surprise! It’s a Wedding!

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories, Wedding Ideas

On Saturday, I had the unique opportunity to participate in a “surprise” wedding for a happy bride and groom in Manhattan. The couple invited their friends and family members to an “engagement party” at the fancy Tribeca Rooftop. After a bit of mingling and some cocktails, they were told that this was really a surprise wedding. As you can imagine, the guests …

Sheer-ly Stunning

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Wedding Ideas

Sometimes the best fashion statements are the ones that we borrow from the past.  The currently trendy illusion neckline is a look that was popular in the 1950’s and now seems to be sticking.  Created using a sheer fabric, often organza or tulle, the illusion neckline shows skin without being overtly and brings to mind a classic, antique feel. This …

Sewing the Seeds of Love

Sarah Ritchie Wedding Ideas

 For those looking for an innovative unity ritual, particularly for an outdoor wedding, a “planting” might be an nifty choice. Ceremonial plantings are associated with many life events and transitions including graduations, marriages, home blessings, and remembrances. While most couples wouldn’t be keen on shoveling a lot of dirt around during the wedding, a few symbolic scoops of soil around …

Peace be with you

Sarah Ritchie Wedding Ideas

As a child growing up in Oklahoma, I attended a traditional Presbyterian Church. During the “casual” Sunday service, one of the most intimate moments was the “Passing of the Peace.” In a service filled with folk and popular music, the participation of children, and other contemporary elements, this ritual provided an immediate connection among congregants. Each individual turned to those …

Sowing the Seeds of Love

Sarah Ritchie Wedding Ideas

For those looking for an innovative unity ritual, particularly for an outdoor wedding, a “planting” might be an nifty choice. Ceremonial plantings are associated with many life events and transitions including graduations, marriages, home blessings, and remembrances. While most couples wouldn’t be keen on shoveling a lot of dirt around during the wedding, a few symbolic scoops of soil around …